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Monthly Archives: April 2012

for the record, i think this shirt is hideous, but the model and scarf are so lovely i just had to include it.

alright, so Maria Callas wasn’t Italian, but she had a marvelous, very Italian style and she fucking Owned La Scala in the 50s. And yes Sicily is only sort of Italy. As a proud 1/4 Sicilian chock full of viking, moorish, and jewish blood (the last two forcibly converted in the 12th century) i’ve heard it all, so let’s just get along and delight in the pretty pictures. 
First of all, i’d like to state that i wish designers and magazines would hire plus models so we could have greater variety in high fashion editorials.

The opening pictures are from my copies of Burdastyle Magazine (a sewing magazine full of patterns) 04/2012 and 05/2012. What’s interesting, and maybe not in a good way, is that these patterns are for sizes 34-44 and 44-52. The larger numbers are “plus” sizes. Now take a look, can you find the plus size model? Now, plus size models are much smaller than ready to wear plus sizes, but this plus model, while very beautiful, doesn’t really show how these clothes will even sort look on their intended audience. In fact, she’s a dead ringer for my body and i wear a 38. It’s disingenuous, to say the least, for Burda to use my body type and size to represent plus sizes. 
What’s up? Is it just the plight of the shrinking model? Is it due to Crystal Renn’s influence? Crystal Renn became famous as a small plus who modeled in both plus campaigns and high fashion editorials. Now that she has shrunk her hips to 36″ she’s sits in an interesting position between the two places a model can find work. And by all reports that’s exactly what she wanted. She’s been very vocal about wanting to demolish modeling barriers, which i think is great. But is this the fallout?
But back to the pictures- clothes are produced to fit certain measurements and so models are supposed to be those measurements so when they get to the shoot, they’ll fit into them. So i understand that one model shows up at the industry standard for mainstream modeling, 32″-24″34″ (although this model looks a tiny bit fuller) and ok, but how the fuck did a plus model show up looking 35″ 28″-38″ and fit into those clothes which should have been sewn a few inches larger? As in 38″-30″-40″ at the very very smallest. That’s not really very fair. Like i said, the model is beautiful, but why not put her in a straight size Burda editorial? 
Of course, ideally there’d be a mix of body types from 34″ to 50″ hips and varying heights and ethnicities. Don’t get too excited, they’d still have incredibly symmetrical faces, glorious skin, and be far better looking than us, but i’d hardly begrudge them for that. Even good looking people have to pay the rent. I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

as you’ve read many times, i think  fashion is boring boring boring mostly because it’s completely unsuited to my body and guaranteed to make me look horrendous. But, all that has changed. i came across Ulyana Sergeenko’s spring fashion line and it is heaven. Harkening back to both Dior’s New Look as well as the style of the Belle Epoch, {Dior’s influence as well} it’s as tasteful as a freshwater pearl in a pile of blood diamonds. In a world where everyone is racing to the bottom and seeking to emulate the lowest common denominator {hello “reality” tv}, Ulyana Sergeenko has designed a line whose express purpose is to not make you look like a cheap old whore {hello “real housewives” of the apocalypse- and no offense to real whores who deserve their dollars more than those bags.}
check it out~

{photo via~ honeykennedy}
what gorgeous sleeves! and the tea gown length is to die for! however, playas and bros aren’t going to try and dry hump you while pretending they’re dancing, so this may not appeal to you. 

{photo via~ honestlywtf}
i’m in love with both of these dresses. The girls look so fresh and lovely! “But Betty!” you say,”they aren’t practical! Or sexy!” To that i answer, “neither is my ass falling out of my stupid “mid-rise” pants every time i lean over to pick up my son.” I’m not going to make a speech about how a lady should have “mystery” or “modesty” because i don’t really believe that’s true. This isn’t about “how to attract a man”- which is really, “how to get as many dudes to want to have sex with you so you can feel powerful and lord it over other men and women.” It’s about my concept of what’s pretty, which is this. 
these clothes aren’t going to make tattooed guys call you “babygirl” and offer you a ride on their chopper. No one is going to catcall you and gallantly offer to “tap dat ass.” In fact, people will probably just think you’re weird or on your way to a wedding or funeral. 
But every once in a while i see something, like this, that soothes my aching eyes and offers a respite from the tide of ugly that washes over me every time i open a webpage that screams “what people are wearing!” And for that small mercy i thank Ulyana Sergeenko for her beautiful collection of clothes.

if you’d like to see more, check out my pinterest board. It includes the original urls as well, so you can surf to your delight!
Ulyana has a blog where you can also look at her winter collection.
And here are photos from backstage of the Spring 2010 show.

“The Devil’s Dance Floor” 

Lovely minion of the netherworld dances an unearthly jig. Can you keep up?
prints in the shop!

“Well she took me by the hand
I could see she was a fiery one
Her legs ran all the way
Up to heaven and past Avalon …” ~Flogging Molly
Maybe it’s because i’m an aries, or maybe i ate too much Underwood Ham as a child, but i’ve always liked horns and hooves. The glaistig is a celtic fairy {or faerie} with the appearance of a beautiful young women, but with the legs of a goat, which she hides under a long skirt. Some legends say she lures men to dance with her and then feeds on their blood. She is usually kind to children and old people. {thanks “Faeries” by Froud and Lee.}

india ink on bristol board, colored digitally.

Secretary style at it’s best! Every week i watch with anticipation to see what she’s going to wear next. Yes, i know, it’s been done before a few times, but i keep drawing little Joan’s in my sketchbook. I figure the world won’t go into melt down if i throw my fan art onto the pile. Christina Hendricks is easily one of the most beautiful actresses out there.
“Was this the face that launch’d a thousand ships- and burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.”
i particularly wanted to capture her elegant swan like neck and small lyrical hands.
*she is technically not meant to be cut out & played with, although if you do wish to, you could probably cut her out & glue her to card stock.

prints for sale  
i also drew Peggy, Betty, and Trudy as well, but i doubt i’ll have time to make posters of them.