So ready for Fall Fashion!

Last week we had a brief moment of cooler weather which I took advantage of. I mentioned that I inherited some clothes from my husband’s great Aunt, and here are a couple of them. The soft brown tea length skirt has wooden button that go down the side. I had to take it in about…

The Blood is the Life

Coppola and Eiko on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, part 1. This movie introduced me to the work of Eiko Ishioka, costume designer extraordinaire. Coppola’s Dracula has problems, mostly stemming from the stilted acting of Reeves and Ryder (I still remember the horror of realizing that Ryder had limited range. Up till then, she was my favorite…

Isaac Mizrahi’s Sandee the Supermodel with paper dolls

I bought this waaaaaay back when it came out in 1997. Between the adorable paper dolls and Isaac Mizrahi (I was/am quite a fan) I was in love. It’s definitely a slice of pop culture which even now, only 16 years later, seems incredibly naive. Mizrahi pokes fun at fashion and modeling, from ageism (Sandee…

Dark Shadows fashion part 2 {Michelle Pfeiffer’s hair}

I know what you’re thinking and you’re right, why isn’t everyone talking about how great Michelle Pfeiffer’s hair is in Dark Shadows? Because the world is populated by Philistines. So I have a confession, I love big Charlie’s Angels hair. Which is of course the opposite of what I have. But I have hope, because…

burda classics

well, it pains me to write it because I’m a total Burda fanatic, but the Burda Classics issue was a bust. As you can see, the problem with the patterns is that they lack both vintage fit and vintage details. I have a number of Burda patterns with far more detail and much better cut….

Vogue~ september issue 2012

There was actually a lot to love in Vogue’s 2012 September Issue. The ads were… wonderful. I know, i’m surprised too. The biggest surprise was there there were numerous black and asian models! In both the ads and in an editorial. Nice! As for the bad, welllllllll, there were a few photoshop nightmares. Brahmin, Express,…

mad men inspired summer fashion

beyond in love with Burda’s April patterns. Everything is so retro-tastic that i can barely handle it. You know Joan Holloway {i refuse to call her Harris} would look amazing in this. cream colored dress? why yes i will indulge my inner Betty Draper-Francis. a Jane Sterling special. It’s even in Peggy Olson’s signature mustard…

Love, Italian Style~ fashion

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…

Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2012

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…

fashion for "the Birds"

fashion- and fashionable people- always strikes me as being rather silly. style and stylish people on the other hand… fill me with delight, which is rather silly too, but what’s a person to do?Alfred Hitchcock was, strangely, someone with an unerring eye toward female style. While Edith Head was Hitch’s favorite costume designer, he was…

fashion~ Daphne du Maurier’s "Rebecca"

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”These pages have been on permanent display on my small easel for inspiration. i find the colors and micro patterns endlessly inspiring, art wise. And they remind of of one of my favorite movies when i was a child, Alfred Hitchcock’s, “Rebecca.” I instantly identified with the…

fashion~ tintin style for ladies and tramps

herge, how do i love your creations? Tintin, Milou/Snowy, Captain Haddock, Thompson and Thomson, Professor Calculous, and of course Loch Lomand whiskey! Herge’s beautiful style, known as ligne claire {the clear line}, is instantly recognizable. I plan to post and discuss Herge and his work at a later point, but today we have fashion inspired…

kooples!

i came across the Kooples the other day. Knowing how much i like twee shit, naturally i fell in love… {james bond via screenmusings}If you’re like me you already know what Saville Road is~ namely where James Bond and John Steed get their suits. But lately Saville Road has forsaken bankers and spies for couples,…

murder on the orient express fashion

did you know the orient express still exists? i didn’t. i was sure it had gone the way of the dodo. unfortunately {actually fortunately}, due to cheaper airfare it no longer goes to Istanbul, its original destination, and instead ends in venice*. check out their site. it’s nuts. they have animations to show you how…

wuthering heights fashion

brrrrr!!! 39 degrees F here in socal! i swear the bay area was warmer. i have a theory the cloud cover kept us insulated. anyway, these burda patterns are so lovely, so romantic, i want to wrap myself in plaids and wools and daydream about scottish selkies and ghosts on the moors, especially Emily Bronte’s,…

fashion~ english country stroll

i’m already dreaming about cold weather fashion. we’re moving back up to northern california in february. what to make, what to make? burdastyle magazine 8/2009~ i have some beautiful fabric set to make this amazing cape, but time? hmmmm, not so much. i promised myself i’d sew something after my paper doll project was finished, but…

patterns inspired by coco chanel

as i discussed earlier here– generally, i don’t read fashion magazines. sewing magazines, however, are the best. looking at pretty clothes is nice, but shopping for clothes is terrible. they never fit me correctly and the entire experience is demoralizing. thankfully, making and sewing clothes is awesome. sure i have to slash and alter every single…

sartorial inspiration~ burdastyle magazine

i‘ve been thinking a lot about sartorial inspiration. probably bc it’s fall and fall equals cute clothes. generally, i don’t read fashion magazines. i have my own set style and whatever’s happening in mainstream fashion doesn’t interest me {with rare exceptions.} i’m far more influenced by movies {amelie}, books {agatha christie}, and art {too many…

anthropologie catalog, autumn 2001~

calling all yankie spirits~ i first discovered “anthropologie” in 2001. i was delighted that an entire company was dedicated to yankie secretary style. between the twin evils of expense and impossible fit {hello sewing}, i’ve never owned anything of theirs, but their catalogs still inspire my sartorial choices.step into the way-back machine and say hello…

coco chanel: legend and liar

“you could search forever for the whole truth about gabrielle chanel, and never find the last of the missing pieces; for when she cut up her history, she scattered it all around, losing some details, hiding others, covering her trail.”-coco chanel: the legend and the lifejustine picardie justine picardie’s excellent biography is heavily illustrated, as…