Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vivienne Westwood, Fall 2011

Viv Darling, I love your collection as always.  I found your poncho to be the perfect accessory on the California beach.  Especially during the chilly mornings when I waited for the clouds to lift and at the end of they day when it was time to pack up.  Your funky runway makeup also served as sun block, so thank you Vivienne, your look not only protected me against the sun's rays, but also helped me fend against the cookie-cutter-perfect California woman.  Seriously, I thought I would see many laid back California surfer girls, but instead came across the next season of Real Housewives.    

Monday, August 29, 2011

Prada, Fall 2011

If it's the beaches
If it's the beaches sands you want then you will have them
If it's the mountain's bending rivers then you will have them
If it's a wish to run away then I will grant it
Take whatever you think of
While I go gas up the truck
Pack the old love letters up
We will read them when we forget why we left here...

Avett Brothers, If It's the Beaches

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Suno, Fall 2011

Growing up surrounded by willows, spruces, pine, maple, and oak trees made the Southern California landscape so foreign to me.  There were so many plants and trees I never saw before.  When ever I go out West it feels like I am visiting another country because of the vast difference in scenery.  I always think how cool it is that with out leaving the country you can step in polar opposite worlds.  When I was walking on the trails of Torrey Pines State Reserve Suno's fall line came to mind and I immediately starting snapping shots of where I envisioned the models posing.  According to interviews Suno was inspired by Grandmas, but I also get this upscale sister-wife vibe from the collection, must be the long sleeves, prints, high hair (on the models), and skirt length that has me picturing Chloe Sevigny's character from Big Love.  As always Suno your in the top ten!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

food for thought

Man its been a while...I am trying not to get down on myself for not posting.  Its not that I haven't been thinking about the project, its just trying to find the time to think about the project and at the same time post new stuff.
I am working on fall 2011 and combining some of the upcoming fall looks with images I took in San Diego, so stay tuned oh patient reader something new will be posted this week (promise).

now I am going to pull the always looked down upon move of a blogger and repost something already on the internet.  I am doing this because the internet is HUGE and maybe you haven't seen it.  I came across this article on the nytimes website and am reposting it here for your convenience.  Its food for thought on street style something I find myself simultaneously inspired by and cringe at.  This article helped me identify that part of me that cringes.  For instance, lookbook is suppose to inspire, but it almost always leaves me uninspired and wondering is this individual style or just the reposting of individual style trends?

What do you think?  Has the internet killed street style?

image from

Here is the article:

Has Globalization Ruined Street Style?

While some cities have a unique fashion sense, others seem oddly familiar. Is the Internet to blame?

Too Self-Aware

Updated August 22, 2011, 10:56 AM
Will Welch is a senior editor at GQ.
The irony of so-called street style today is that, really, it exists online. What happened is that photo bloggers began documenting real people with real style on the world's hippest streets. Those who follow fashion clicked there for inspiration, instead of just obsessing over the runway shows, ad campaigns and editorial spreads created by the closed clique of the fashion world.
Suddenly the most influential images in fashion weren't created by designers, editors or brand-name photographers. They were created by no-names with digital cameras snapping candid street shots of the stylish editors themselves scurrying out of black cars and into runway shows in New York, Milan and Paris.
If street style has been suffering from anything, it's its own popularity. At the beginning, photographers were capturing everyday people wearing everyday clothes in a unique and expressive way. But as I argue in a new GQ essay, street style has become so popular that "real people" are now dressing for the cameras, vying to get photographed. It has become a self-aware rather than accidental culture, like reality television. The more outrageously you dress, the more likely it is you get snapped and posted online. That's created some unfortunate style trends and an environment where the blogs are as contrived as the runways. The streets are now less "Who, me?" and more "Look at me!" and, as I see it, the fickle fashion world has already moved on in search of the next big thing.Street style hasn’t really suffered globalization — it was born that way. The appeal has always been global: a blue-blooded prepster surfing the Internet from his summer home in Hyannis Port can now take fresh styling tips from an online photo of a Japanese-Americana junkie captured on the streets of Tokyo. The fact that both have access to Ralph Lauren and Uniqlo isn’t the point.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Julien David, Fall 2011

Who wants to hear about a depressing week...not me and it's my own week.  I should of drawn a peppy happy look to shake me up a bit, but when you feel like poo do you play a happy song or do you sulk in your sadness and put on Elliott Smith?  I am from the Elliott Smith camp, so come on sadness lets dance together, eat ice cream, and think of all that is wrong.  And when we get enough energy lets put on the above outfit, which says "hi world leave me be I am sad, but I'm not going to let that affect my sense of style".   

Ghost of your smile is always looking for
New bodies to haunt
And it's been here, it is up here
He's hanging around and he'll float for a while
Gradually gone
It's pleasing and freezing

While I wonder what it is you're after
Keeping company with this disaster

You looked all over town, got turned around
To walk back through the mud
The kind you had left behind you
Everybody's the same in this long knowing game
Where every new blood gets time to become resigned

Now I wonder what it is you're after
Keeping company with this disaster
Why you never try to tame your master

You just blow through the coals
Blow through the coals
Blow through the coals
Till everyone knows
That your smile is just a ghost
The ghost of your smile was seen on a body in the park
It's old news, you see that it's no use

You're waiting to start, waiting to light
Wait until dark
I told you man
I told you

While I wonder what it is you're after
Keeping company with this disaster
Why you never try to tame your master

Friday, August 12, 2011

Rick Owens, Spring 2011

Rick Owens Spring look made an appearance at a county fair this past weekend.  While most of the ladies attending the event looked like they were impersonating Jessica Simpson in Dukes of Hazards, there was one brave girl walking around in an evening gown that perplexed the farmers, but pleased the geese.  This girl didn't mind the smell of the animals, in fact it only made her feel closer to home.  She recommends always balancing a high end look with a dose of nature to keep one grounded.  

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Armani Prive, Spring 2011


How to be incognito in the city: find wall of stripes, wear hat over eyes, and stand still mimicking the wall.  However, I am not sure wearing a couture look will go unnoticed, especially one that shines and gives off a chic space age vibe.  I better stick to my cutoff jeans and t-shirt for those days when I am just focused on getting through to the next.  



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Street Style, Chicago: 2011

As you may have noticed I didn't post anything on Monday or Tuesday.  Lately I have felt like this blog formate is limiting my creativity.  To balance this feeling I decided to post a little less, so I have time to create and see where this project takes me.