Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Waste Land

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A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.


From "The Waste Land"
by T. S. Eliot
(read the full poem

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Model - Masha Novoselova
Images © Dutch Vogue

Monday, May 11, 2009

Look Closer

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Gaspard Yurkievich
Lace Top in Nero Argento

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Alexander Wang Oxford Top in Light Blue

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Future Classics Maxi Dress in Dipped Butterfly

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SteveJ & YoniP Front Belted Dress in Pink

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Vena Cava Netherworld Dress in Grey

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Girls on Top

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Memo to anyone who sees me on Monday: I hope you are prepared for my sexy armpits, because I'm re-intrepreting this look with a black suit, black pinstripe vest, metal man's watch and my trusty aviators.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Inspiring Me Now: The Perou Edition

Have you been watching this season of Make Me A Supermodel? Damn right, you have! And have you found yourself screaming "JONATHAN FOR THE WIN!" at every judging, particularly when he is shirtless?

Ah, but I am easily distracted. This post is not about Jonathan!
It is about another man.
Another British man.
A man often described as “the scary judge”.

A man named Perou.

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I knew I liked him as soon as I saw those damn sunglasses.

In case you are not familiar, Perou is a talented photographer with shaved head and a deep Sussex growl that makes my toes curl (you know... in a good way). He has yet to be seen without sunglasses and approximately three pounds of finger jewelry, and cuts a fine silhouette in tailored suits and aggressive marching band jackets. His ensembles are, without exception, more interesting and inspiring than anything sent down the MMAS runway.

How can I not be fascinated by someone who wears (in public) a black jumpsuit with a front pocket that says “I Like To Watch”? How can I not envy a man who sometimes appears to have stolen a jacket off the back of a reggae marching band’s drum major?

(I am also deeply gratified by the fact that he seems to hate everyone on the show that I hate... I'm looking at you, Gabriel Von Fishface. His two-week absence left the remaining judges flailing in the deep waters of their own incompetence and sending home random, undeserving models while horrible Amanda somehow remained unscathed. But since his gratifying return last night, all wrongs have been righted. RIGHTED!!!)

Perou, you are Inspiring Me Now™. Despite several of my significant material differences from you (being female instead of male, having long blond hair and not a shaved head, the notable absence of many aforementioned items of awesome clothing in my wardrobe, etc), I believe that our tastes do, indeed, overlap. I have attempted to find some awesome girl attire that gives a nod to your aesthetic while complementing my own. The results, below:

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Martin Margiela L’incognito Sunglasses

$410 at

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Wide Mixed Chain Bracelets (one for each wrist)
$34 each at Urban Outfitters

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Rag & Bone Boyfriend Jacket
$632 at Browns

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3.1 Philip Lim Frogged Waistcoat

$580 at

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Rick Owens
Mesh Jacket with Hood
$436 at Browns

The best part is that I suspect many of his own choices (particularly the band jackets) are vintage, and so I feel no obligation to pine for a specific item of designer clothing when there are
similar gems floating around the vintage universe, waiting to be discovered.

So bien joué, Perou, for experimenting and having fun with clothing, and for achieving that inimitable subset of personal style where the "look" you have works better on you than anyone else.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Impossible Desires:

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Here are some of my latest Impossible Desires. Imagine that these clothes and I are pictured together, locked in embrace, on the cover of a hideously written romance novel about my insatiable lust for sartorial conquest.

For some reason, seeing the sequins and stripes and bright red silk together reminds me of a circus, which is strange, because I hate the circus. Frightening face painting, inferior starchy popcorn, terrible terrible oompa music that haunts my every nightmare...

Question one: is my unconscious mind trying to tell me that the time has come for me to join the circus, perhaps as an exceptionally well-dressed fire eater/bowling-pin juggler?

And (more important) question two: who has $4,085 dollars to give me?

1. Diane Von Furstenberg Sequined Blazer, $795 - details
2. La Perla Venus Allure Bra, $240 - details
3. Miu Miu Stripe Drape Dress, $1,270 - details
4. Miu Miu Satin V-Neck Top, $580 - details
5. La Perla Venus Allure Lace Shorts, $205 - details
6. Stella McCartney Mesh Basket Sandals, $995 - details