Monday, March 31, 2014

inspiration - Ashish Sequin "Shopping" bag.

Every once in a while, a designer piece comes along that literally symbolizes everything I love about fashion and style.  It's rare, but it happens, a piece so compelling that I have to share it here:

This bag was part of Ashish's Spring Ready-To-Wear 2014 collection.  I pretty much loved everything about this collection.  The deconstructed "jeans", dripping with sequins in a kind of beautiful decay, the slouchy, easy silhouettes, the brand names and bold stripes splashed brazenly over the garments.  But this bag was the highlight of the show to me, and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it.  There's something about it that immediately appealed to me:  the simple, humble shape of the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag, but all gussied up with sequins. It's that rare combination, that perfect balance of high and low:  so elusive and so easily overdone.  But this, this is perfect to me.

All of the designs were based on UK grocery chains, but changed a little, with fashion-y twist in mind.  What do I love about this exactly?  I'd actually use it.  It's sensible and adds a bit of whimsy to your everyday random trip to the bodega to buy avocados or coconut water or whatever. Also, it reminds me to stay open, and to remember that inspiration can be find in the most unlikely places. (image above from Plus: SEQUINS. I mean, enough said.

To me this is "fast fashion" at it's finest...the only problem might be trying to track one of these bags down...(in the meantime, I guess I can keep using my regular plastic shopping bag ;) you can find out more about Ashish here >> <<

Monday, March 24, 2014

random observations

i'm back. well, sort of.  my friend over here mentioned me on her oh-so-lovely blog so you all should go follow her, she rocks.  and, she wanted me to answer these questions, so i'm coming out of hiding to answer her questions in this post:

  1. What was the last thing you read/watched/listen to that changed your life? "Cosmos" (currently airing and hosted by Neil Tyson), last summer, "Dune" by Frank Herbert.
  2. What is your favorite thing to wear lately? a black mens' watch cap, it keeps my ears and head warm.
  3. If you could afford to buy one designer’s line in whatever size you are, which one would you get? JUSTONE???? ughhhhhhh so hard....I'm going to say Hedi Slimane's most recent "Saint Laurent" collection.
  4. What is your latest inspiration? listening to girl rock/grunge/punk bands from the 1990s.
  5. What’s your favorite play/musical? Hamlet
  6. If you could be a fruit, what fruit would you be? Definitely a lemon. Antiseptic, and sour, but feels nice in tea when you're sick.
  7. Buzzfeed quizes, harmless fun or the work of Satan? BOTH. Satan works in mysterious ways.
  8. What do you think happened to Flight 370? advanced alien technology.
  9. What’s your favorite Stephen King story? "The Shining"
  10. If you were allowed to have an exotic pet, what would you have? A pool boy who wore head-to-toe leather and a dog leash.
  11. Please describe your imaginary super hero, inner drag queen persona, or imaginary stripper playlist. IMAGINARY (ok, we'll go with that) STRIPPER PLAYIST: "Maneater" by Nelly Furtado, "American Boy" by Estelle, "Toxic" by Britney Spears, "Love In This Club" by Usher, "Knock You Down" by Keri Hilson, "She-Wolf" by Shakira, "Push It" by Salt-N-Peppa,  "Creator",  by Santigold, "Womanizer" by Britney Spears, "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus, "Milkshake" by Kelis, "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj, "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston, "The Way I Are" by Timbaland, "Rocking With the Best" by MC Lyte, and "Big Poppa" by The Notorious BIG.
i'm not sure if i have to do this, but i'm doing it anyway,

11 Random Facts about Me:
1. I've never permed, dyed, colored, or bleached my hair.  HAIR VIRGIN, PEOPLE.
2. I'm looking forward to getting old and being a crazy wild lady with many cats and an "i don't give a fuck" style sense, and possibly living in a trailer in Florida.
3. I have insomnia.
4. During the nights when I don't have insomnia, I have very vivid dreams. Always have, can remember dreams from my childhood too.
5. I co-host a radio show on alternative healing.
6. I like collecting feathers, bones, skulls, weird pieces of wood, and rocks.
7. I am a huge procrastinator.
8. Some of my random jobs have included over the years: artists' assistant, artist's model, dog-sitter, dog-walker, retail store salesperson,  hair salon sweeper/receptionist, and entertainer.
9. I hate the texture of bananas.
10. I just learned how to crochet last year with a group of much-older ladies.
11. When I moved in the middle of my junior year in high school, a small group of my friends and I carried on an epic written letter correspondence complete with illustrations, that to this day, I believe should be published and documented.