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Friday, March 26, 2010

Alex Turco Art Show / Alexander McQueen Tribute

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Ahh, I had a fabulous night last night! Some of the models from THE Artist Agency (where I'm interning) were modeling some of Alexander McQueen's last pieces at an Alex Turco art show at the beautiful W Hotel. Here's a picture I snapped of the lobby:


Unfortunately I had class until 8 so I wasn't able to get there until 8:45, just in time to see the last outfits. However, Heather (THE's PR director) took me into the changing room to show me what was there. I got to see McQueen's trademark skulls on rings, bracelets, and pumps; moth patterns on luxurious, long dresses; intricately patterned lace tights; and structured wing-like tops. Fantastic!! Also, Alex Turco's fashion paintings had everything I love in art: lots of texture, visible brushwork and drips, tastefully done metallic paint, and of course, Marilyn Monroe. And last but not least, the people there were so much fun and, as to be expected, incredibly stylish. By the time I got there, it had cleared out some, but the best dressed had stayed. So I decided to give a go to my first time doing "street style." Take a look:


Aureta Thomollari, the most fashionable blogger I've seen, wearing an Yves Saint Laurent dress, Victor Costa Vest, Gucci python shoes, and 1920s jewelry. Check out her blog, it's incredible and inspiring! Behind her is one of Alex's paintings (my favorite one).


Ogo Offodile, the extremely talented stylist behind Poodle Pusher.


Quincy Jones, saucy blogger, and Ky'Leigh T. Wilson, abstract artist.
What Quincy is wearing: shorts and cardigan by Rugby, shoes by Donald Pligner, belt and accessories by Hermes, Vetiver by Creed (JFK's favorite scent and Quincy's signature).


From left to right:
Ashley Mason-Greene
Paul Wharton, a style expert who has worked for Elle, MTV, VH1, etc. etc. and currently blogs for The CW's TrenDC.
Erika Paola Gutierrez, Junior Account Exec for Fingerprint Communications, in Diane von Furstenberg, and whose boots were to die for.
Alex Turco, the artist himself, looking fantastic in RING jeans, a Tom Ford jacket, Dolce & Gabbana shoes, and a Dsquared2 shirt.


Scott Burkhard, my wonderful friend who went with me, wearing J. Crew jeans and dress shirt, Johnston Murphy shoes, H&M blazer and Express tie.


And finally, me, wearing my Ermenegildo Zegna glasses, Urban Outfitters feather hair clip, H&M jacket, Cindy Lee dress, and Deena & Ozzy heels.

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my night!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Neutrality

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This was clearly taken before all the 70 degree weather hit DC...
Classes/extra-curriculars are crazzzzzyyyy right now!!

Scarf: H&M
Shirt: F21
Belt: thrift
Tee: found in my room
Leggings: Hue
Ankle boots: F21

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Los Angeles in Outfits

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At the LACMA. I love Morris Louis!
Jacket: H&M
Dress: Target
Purse: thrift



Playing around at FIDM.
My omnipresent sweater: Alexander Wang
Tank: F21
Belt: thrift
Skirt: Heritage 1981
Fringe sandals: F21



The view of LA from Mulholland Drive.
Hat: Free People
Scarf: Anthropologie
Dress: Urban
Belt: Thrift
Leggings: Hue
Shoes: Urban




Oh, the beach!
Fedora: Target
Sunglasses: Walgreens (for $1.99!)
Bikini: Target
Sweater: Theory
Top: Urban
Shorts: Target
Sandals: F21




Hollywood Walk of Fame + gawking at all of the nice houses in the area
Jacket: H&M
Scarf: H&M
Sweater: Michael Kors
Tie dye top: Target
Pants: J Brand
Shoes: Target
Bag: Thrift
Sunglasses: Walgreens




Elysian Park!
Shirt: J. Crew
Tee: from Inauguration
Bracelets: all over
Skirt: F21
Shoes: F21

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hot and Bold Shoulder

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Embellished and bold shoulders can be hard to wear, especially when you're trying to make it work outside of the club, so I've gathered some tops and dresses that are a little more understated than most styles with a chip on their shoulder. Oh, and they're all on the cheaper side, priced under $70.

Tops:


The loose construction and leopard print deformalizes the shoulders, making them less of a statement on their own.
$48 from Silence and Noise from Urban Outfitters


The grommeting is fairly toned down and becomes less harsh with the neutral gray and blush pink also offered.
$68 by Eight Sixty from Nordstrom


A loose tee makes embellished shoulders work for every day.
$39.50 from Express
(There's a similar look by Romeo & Juliet Couture for $59 on Bluefly.)


This monochromatic tee would look great with jeans or black leggings for a casual look.
$20.30 from Arden B


The crop, stone gray color, and rolled sleeves give this top a cool, laid-back feel.
$40 from Topshop


The wide, bold roses give the voluminous shoulders ground to stand on, making them feel less out of place.
$15.80 from Forever 21


The plain white cotton and charming bow help tone down the exaggerated shoulders and make this top more work-appropriate.
$47.86 from ASOS

Dresses:


The lace gives a more romantic feel to the usually harsh bold shoulder statement.
$19.80 from Forever 21


Plain black, long sleeves, and a simply tucked waistline give this dress symmetry against the studded shoulders.
$68 by Silence Noise from Urban Outfitters


Delicate roses and a creamy yellow make this dress fit into a timeless garden more than a modern spaceship.
$68 from Topshop


Floral lace transforms this dress from clubby to classy.
$64.96 from ASOS Petite
(An almost exact copy of this dress is available on Forever 21 for $41 cheaper!)


Metallic "feathers" give the same feel as metal detailing but aren't as austere.
$68.38 by Rare from ASOS

and just for fun, here's dress that's definitely harder to pull off (and is more expensive than the others) but successfully achieves the futuristic, bold shoulder look.

$76.92 from ASOS

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Diesel's new Be Stupid ads... are stupid.

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Am I the only one bothered by Diesel's "Be Stupid" ad campaign?? I realize these aren't brand new but I just now starting to see them and they make me feel stupid for not understanding the reason behind them.






Okay, I get the whole point about making brave fashion choices, not sticking to the norm, blah blah... but really? Asking people to not use their brains and therefore buy your clothes? Sorry, Diesel, but that's not making any sense. I'd much rather Be Smart than get eaten by a lion while taking pictures of my new bikini wax. HOWEVER, look at me, talking about the campaign right now. That's effective.

Photos courtesy of Diesel.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Day to Night [my style]

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I went down to Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend to visit my best friend Anisa, and thank tha lawd, she let me borrow her clothes.

Day


Scarf - Anthropologie
Amazing shirt - from Anisa (from World Market)
Cardigan - Hollister
Belt - Anisa's
Jeans - Blue Cult (so. old. and faded)
Boots - Forever 21


Night


Top, Belt, and Leggings - all Anisa's
Boots - Forever 21


Zoom of the shirt pattern: