duminică, 30 august 2009
Even though this post is totally off-topic, I would like to "publicly" write down some of the things that made simona one of my best friends.
- she doesn't ask questions like "why do you do that??". that's what acceptance is about.
- on the other hand, her pieces of advice are always well argumented.
- she knows how to bring the sun on my street with a phone call.
- she listens with her eyes glowing. and that happens with her closest friends only.
- we like to spend an entire day eating chinese food and watching audrey hepburn movies. during breaks we pick the crumbles on the bed like children and giggle while sharing our plans for the future.
- she knows how to stand her ground
- she makes 50s skirts and oversized sunglasses look fantastic. not the other way round.
- she knows exactly what's the best part of me, even when I forget it.
- she enjoys marry-go-rounds and waffles on a hot day and never complains about the fact that her feet are blistered.
- when she feels lost she needs a friend, not a designer's boutique adress.
- we found out what's the meaning of having a McFlurry while listening to Blondie, driving out of town.
- we manage to find each other at a table or on the dancefloor on "alcohol/El Comandante/Fire/Expirat/B52 nights", laughing like crazy about the same thing. and no, we don't even need to mention the thing, because we already know it.
- she drinks tequilla and Lipton Lemon Ice Tea with the same enthusiasm.
- she matches her earrings with the flowers on her sandals and resembles a butterfly.
- she understands what "different point of view" means. this is a very rare quality nowadays.
- she literally gets involved in a situation when needed, and literally helps me. just like old school friendships. a friend in need is a friend indeed.
- because I can tell it's something real by the way she surprises me with things I truly care about.
Because you're always there. Happy birthday bub!
joi, 27 august 2009
The swinging '60 and '70 fashion will always be linked to some girls that waited quietly backstage for their superstar boyfriends. Or maybe not. Or maybe they were right in the spotlight, living their lives to the fullest, having the nerve to stand up to rock idols that dizzy crowds adored. Rock and Roll brides and girlfriends certainly turned themselves into icons.
Pamela Courson Morrison (December 22, 1946 - April 25, 1974) was Jim Morrison's (The Doors) cosmic mate, and together reigned as the regal reptile and his faerie queen (Mark Ebner). He dedicated his self-published poetry books to her as well as some of their songs - Love street, Queen of the highway,etc. Described as having an innate sense of style, Pamela ran a very expensive fashion boutique called Themis, financed by Jim. She would travel to Europe and Africa to get the most unusual and exotic merchandise, the highest quality fabrics and lavishing textures, designing exclusive clothes for the fashionable rock scene. She planned to take with her a "silver mini, silk paisley suit and hat, Indian suit, moccasins, feather fringe, hair beads" (Angels Dance and Angels Die, Patricia Butler) on one of their trips. She always dressed in vogue and moreover, she would often wear fashion-forward items, as one of her acquaintance recalls: " Pamela at a social event - she would stop the party! people would look at her because she was wearing the type of clothing that nobody else would dare to."
Anita Pallenberg (born 25 January 1944), also "known" as the 6th Rolling Stone, had a long term relationship with Keith Richards, probably the most talented, deep and intelligent band member. She speaks fluently four languages and studied graphic design. Model and actress, she had a some kind of earthy glamour in the way she dressed, generating the gypsy rock'n'roll look, mixing antique clothing and short tunics with large hats, low-waist belts, scarves and hand-made boots. She is quite the quintessential rock'n'roll babe, adventurous to the bone yet having an undeniable sense of style, powered by her unique italian glamour. Her personal view on fashion "set" the words used nowadays as to describe the term "boho style". Sweet Anita, You got the silver!
Marianne Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) is not that much linked to the fashion world per se, as to the music world; her carreer spans over four decades, her innocent voice from the beggining, singing As tears go by turned into a sorrowful one, marked by the long period of drug addiction and a lifetime of smoking. She divorced John Dunbar to live with Mick Jagger, the Stone whom she considered to be "the best bet". She can be considered a perfect rebel: dissing conventions for a life lived by her own rules - she hit rock bottom once, living on the streets, "very high and very anorexic", but recovered as a phoenix. She is definitely considered a 60s beauty icon: full lips and long lashes, wearing painted velvet mini skirts and fur coats, oversized sunglasses and tons of attitude. She and Anita remained great friends after their separation from the Rolling Stones.
Exiled in the land of fame and changing so many people's lives in such different ways, I wonder if the blessed can ever turn into the damned?
marți, 25 august 2009
Yesterday I just ended (hopefully) what I call a series of unfortunate events, topped by a minor car crash. So I decided to make the best day out of today, thinking and reading about eye-pleasing items.
First, i would like to have the most perfect breakfast: peanut butter with banana slices, grapes and cereals. I would watch Garfield, my cat, chasing butterflies in golden sunlights. Afterwards, I would check my To Do list written in an unsual shaped, hand-made notebook. Then, i would put on Manolo Blahnik's The Campari, also known as Carrie Bradshaw's urban myth, the Mary Jane's. I would spend the evening browsing through the wonderful paintings on youngatarts, spending more than 5 minutes on each art piece made by Alexandra Ecobici. I would drink a glass of red wine and fall asleep thinking of Elsa Schiaparelli's avant-garde hats. This way, I would break the night into day.
p.s.: i won't rotate garfield's pic.
joi, 20 august 2009
What could be better than a striking blue dress? Loose, tight, dotted or stripped, mini or maxi. Seems like the summerish blue dress has a lot of fans among street style queens. Not a trend, but rather a feeling that goes perfectly with Live forever - Oasis. Because the blue dress, or the black dress with a funky twist as I like to call it sometimes, will never get old.
Today, the term boho chic is usually used to describe a certain style: loose floral dresses accesorized with waist-belts, head-scarves, dirty leather boots, furs and gipsy-hats, long silver necklaces and body-cross bags. However, the definition of this style has its roots in the parisian bohemian lifestyle back in the 19th century.
The parisian young artists had several things in common: they disagreed the bourgeois lifestyle and rejected all material values; they didn't have a steady home and they lived only for their art. I guess this was the period when being idle was a true distinctive and valued characteristic in this counter-culture.
Writers, musicians and painters lived in glasses of wine, on drug beds, along with their muses, the so-called grisettes. During the day they worked on their art, while at night inspiration came in large amounts of alcohol.
Their fashion reflected their lives: messy, chaotic and defined by contrasts. They combined different textures and patterns, different materials, adopting a subversive attitude which completed a very special, emerging category: the young, carefree artists that turned their poverty into a statement and a lifestyle into a flourishing culture.
"...wild whimsical characters, bearded, long-haired, dressed in every fashion except the reigning one, in pea-jackets, Spanish cloaks, in waistcoats a la Robespierre, in Henry III bonnets...and this in the middle of Paris in broad daylight".
Victor Hugo, Hernani
miercuri, 19 august 2009
Kate Moss covers both British and Russian september issues for Vogue, and also W magazine issue. Something about her makes fashion addicted girls and not only buy magazines like candy. Editors are paid and that's how fashion journalism keeps out of the financial crisis. Maybe?
luni, 17 august 2009
The wedding season is coming and I felt like searching for the cuttest gowns.
I couldn't resist not taking into consideration Vivienne Westwood's Gold Label Lily Gown, which Carrie Bradshaw wore so beautifully in SATC The Movie. No extra words needed.
The second dress is made by the ultimate wedding gowns designer, Vera Wang. It's the perfect choice for a slim figure, suggesting an ethereal presence, walking on thin air.
You can find the third and the fourth ones in Bien Savvy's boutique, a romanian fashion house where it's impossible not to find something perfect for your body type. I especially like the second dress because of the delicate embroidery reminding of long gone good times, and the first one for its greek-goddess allure,simple design and overwhelming elegance and purity.
If you're more of a fairy tale person just go for a chiffonne fantasy, designed by Oscar de la Renta.
Break all traditional rules and get into a grunge-inspired wedding dress designed by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin.
Nostalgic for the domestic 40s? Opt for an ultra-classy Carolina Herrera ensemble. Don't forget the fabulous veil-hat.
Last, but not least, i admired this asymmetrical one shoulder dress with tulle application, designed by David Fielden.
joi, 13 august 2009
I wonder if extra-long boots (Prada, Emilio Pucci, Louis Vuitton) will be mass-produced in winter.
On the other hand, i'm pretty sure the funky hats (Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Anna Sui's Peter Pan feathered hats, Christian Dior, Diane von Furstenberg) will be more present in the streets. Besides, if Sasha Pivovarova manages to wear so perfectly a bun-ribbon head-band in H&M's fall ad campaign, we all do.