My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Tag: stripes

// feathers & lace & tulle all over — enter the world of Gaultier.

I have been meaning to post these photos for a few weeks now (sorry, Bethany!). Per usual, I uploaded them, forgot they were already floating around in my draft folder, promptly deleted the photos from my camera, and assumed they were lost forever. Alas, they were not. And now I can gush over the inspirational magic found in the Brooklyn Museum’s Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit.

Upon entering the exhibit, you are overwhelmed by the crowd of people (if you went on a weekend), the mannequins that were displaying the garments, and the variety in the designs. Anywhere from mermaids, to the Middle Ages, to stripe overload, you see mannequins with blinking, life-like faces smiling at you, appreciating your visit. Initially, it was a bit creepy. Later, I would say that these talking, smiling, waving characters became my storytellers, as I oohed and awed over Gaultier’s constant boundary-pushing ideas.

Let’s face it–many people know Gaultier for his relationship with Madonna’s costumes. But as I spent nearly three hours completely lost in his world, I forgot about Madonna completely. Because Gaultier is in and of himself, provocative. Gaultier’s use of models that were bigger than a Slim Jim and his constant ode to the female form (whether it be in nudity or highlighting it with his impeccable tailoring) is a move from the norm, and it’s empowering for us ladies. Gaultier allows us to be whatever size we want, define our own sexuality, and if we want to traipse around town in a cage-like corset because it makes us feel beautiful, Gaultier says DO IT. He is also a proponent of the non-traditional beauty & one of my all-time favorite materials: tulle. 

I most definitely will not be bouncing around Manhattan in a leather cut-out bustier, but you know what, I’m glad Gaultier thinks I could.

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// stripes & spots.

DSC_0005 DSC_0009 DSC_0012 DSC_0016 DSC_0031 DSC_0035One of the best things about managing Wendy Brandes‘s Instagram account–getting to wear & style all of the super cool rings. Jessica (the boy’s sister) was in town, so we toured the city while I ran errands for work. We stopped in and had dumplings for lunch, bought all of the acrylic display pieces we could find, came up with fun crafting ideas, & took photos of how I style the silver NYC Letter rings. There were multiple cappuccinos, leaves falling everywhere, and a determined hunt for the perfect winter hat. After our Sephora visits, red lipstick tutorials (even though I am wearing Revlon’s Just Bitten lip stain here), & nail polish mornings, we settled in for a night of movies.


// little update–stripes & spots.

You guys, NYC has been so rainy. What even is this? Therefore, this week’s outfit post was taken indoors.

DSC_0023 DSC_0027 DSC_0029Outfit details // DV by Dolce Vita Cheetah Print Oxfords (my mom scored this pair for only $20!) // H & M dress // J. Crew mutli-buckle leather belt // Felt hat, thrifted // Smashbox “Infrared” matte red lipstick // Madewell gold bangle // Forever 21 triangle painted earrings //

Things have been busy–I met Isaac this week! It was a brief meeting, but I think the red lipstick helped me to stand out. I didn’t wear this exact outfit, but it was pretty close. The red lips, hat, and shoes stayed the same.

I am focusing my efforts on social media for both Gabriela Moya and Isaac Mizrahi. For GM, I am managing the Pinterest and Facebook (please Like and follow us!) and at IM, I am comparing successful fashion brands and their use of social media. As it turns out, this is pretty extensive. There are even infographics for it. So I’ve been researching and researching and researching. Hope and I are going to begin an intern project at IM next week and we will possibly be styling some upcoming garments/accessories around the city. CROSS YOUR FINGERS. That would be so fun!

Also, how did I forget to mention that I was a featured guest blogger for The Hemborg Wife two weeks ago?? Where has the time gone?? Go read my post (“Accidental First Dates”) and see what Bailie is up to. She took a little trip to Cali and spends most of her days being a lovely wife in Sweden (sounds great, right?!).

Lines / red & blue.

Outfit details // Blue & white striped top, thrifted // Red patent leather belt, Target // Black cargo skinnies, Sanctuary // Blue suede ankle booties, Sam Edelman // Emerald green ring, borrowed // Dooney & Bourke leather satchel, thrifted

My little brother turned 18 this week! The family went to Surin for dinner. He and I took several very unflattering photos. As did one of my photographers of the day.

Ninesday, on a Wednesday // a design-related post.

This Ninesday post will be dedicated to the “Runway of the World” student fashion show.

9. Preliminary sketch! The show’s theme is “Runway of the World–Tokyo,London, NYC, Milan, and Paris.” I chose Tokyo and wanted to mix patterns and fold my fabric in ways that are similar to origami.

8. Next step: pattern drafting. I had no idea what I was doing. Nadene (my friend/owner of Faunhouse/sewing mentor) had to go out-of-town, so I decided to just wing it. When she returned, I learned A LOT about what not to do when drafting a pattern. Originally, I was going to just make a basic baggy/square tank. Easy, right? Probably would have been had I stuck to that. I had so much fun draping that I got more than a little bit carried away.

7. After drafting a basic pattern, on to draping. Which is SO SO FUN. I had no clue what I was doing. But Veronica (my dress form) and I made it work. Sort of. After I got more help when Nadene returned. I didn’t think of things like side seams and extra fabric for all of the darts I decided to put into it.

6. You’re probably wondering what happened with the skirt? Well. It began as a dress I found at a thrift store in ATL. I deconstructed it and made a skirt. That sounds fairly simple (and originally, I assumed it would be), but it really wasn’t. One of the biggest lessons learned from this project is that it is sometimes more simple to create a garment “from scratch” than to deal with pre-existing seams and stains and the like. For example–the hem was nearly SEVEN YARDS. I hand-hemmed (blindstitch) the entire thing; this took about twelve hours. Had I chosen new fabric and started from the beginning, I could have done a visible machine hem on a fabric that was more forgiving. Every hole I put into this 50+ year old fabric showed. A lot. Speaking of the hem–I attached a chartreuse lace (hand-dyed by Nadene).

5. More about the skirt: I drafted a pattern for the waistband and attached it. And re-attached it. About three times. We’ll call this process “the learning curve.” Really, the entire process had that curve. Some parts were more difficult than others, though. Don’t even get me started on fitting it and creating a closure,while trying to keep the pattern of the fabric in-line (this wasn’t really achieved, unfortunately).

4. Finally, a finished product!

3. It’s all in the details. Chartreuse embroidery thread to create the pleats on the front. There are several other places with this thread!

2. I spent hours, upon hours, upon hours sewing. And seam ripping. And basting. And thank God Nadene was there to help me do things properly.  I could not have done it without her!

1. I’m either wearing this or this to the show. I’m excited that I will actually have a reason to dress up! The orange one will stand out more, but we’ll see whether or not I can find shoes to go with it.

You can expect photos from the show coming up. You’ll see this ensemble until you’re as sick of looking at it as I am.

Monday needs an outfit post

Hello lovelies! Today is Monday, and it is so so so busy! I have some amazing photos of my weekend in Asheville/Brevard, where I worked with Allison to bake at a camp. It was beautiful and fun!
Yellow studded neon belt- Goodwill
Jeans- American Eagle
Stripey lace top- Forever 21, via Allison’s closet
Onto the outfit at hand–I love neon. I can’t get enough of a little punch of color; however, I do not like to stand out for that item, rather than for the outfit as a whole. This skinny little neon yellow belt has fed my neon fix for the entire summer, and guess what? It was only $1 from Goodwill.
I start my new job today at Gnu’s Room and have a photo shoot with Perch! BUSY, BUSY MONDAYS. I’ll fill you in on my day later. :)