The Top image is from Elliot Ward's latest collection. Ward is a promising, insanely young Australian clothing designer. Designs like this, from people as young as him, really put some fire under our butts.
Ward and Tavi Gevinson should get a room. Far away. So the rest of us can feel better about ourselves.


Nan Goldin + Jaime King

My, my. I'm not sure what's going on in the second pic but it looks like she's up to no good. Love the tattoos, lighting, and her posture.

Nan Goldin + Erin Wasson


You're so cool, you're hot

It's my goal to have a bedroom like this one day. Pelts and all.


More color blocking and feathers

Jonathan Saunders, Jason Wu, Michael Kors...they've all been up to a whole lotta color blocking over the past few runway seasons. The accessory of the winter season is a pair of black fingerless leather gloves. I love the ones above by Lauren Ustadt - they would pair beautifully with any color blocked outfit. Santa? Anyone? Fingerless leather gloves please? I threw in Emily Valentine's rad feather puppies for two reasons: 1. because they represent a perfect directional color palette for current color trends and 2. they are made out of FEATHERS, which I love more and more every day.


Feathers, Plates and Pleats

Love this BCBG Pre-Fall 2011- the color blocking on pleated fabric is both elegant and relaxed. The blocking is somehow less harsh and more approachable when placed on pleats rather than flat fabric- which is more commonly used this runway season. I can see the woman in the top image coming out of a cabin on a cruise, somewhat like the room above, for a night of dinner and dancing on deck. The sloppy bed with its over sized pillow, covered in beautiful worn blue hued sheets, looks like the perfect spot for a nap! I'd die to get my hands on those mirrors that look like boat windows- what a great way to make a plain space exponentially more interesting! The round shape of the plate of the top image and the feathers by its side seem to tie all the images together in terms of mood, shape and color palette. I'm very fond of feathers lately, particularly when placed in hats...but that's for another post!


Wash and Go

I love the tousled locks of all three images. I'm very much a wash-and-go sort of gal. I've been threatening to die my hair the "Balenciaga Blonde" from the second picture, but then again I also love the golden natural hues of the last. I need a good colorist! I'm also coveting the eye makeup from the third image....so beautiful.


Lost & Found

Sometimes we get lost, whilst wearing a really great suit. Then we die. Then we go to heaven.
*I took the second picture on my camera phone out of a bus window, going over the BQE bridge from Brooklyn into Long Island City. It's a graveyard. Magical, isn't it?


Chunky heels don't make me want to blow chunks any more

Chunky heels are back on trendsters' feet. Remember those '90s-ish shoes that, even one year ago, I wanted to vomit all over when I saw them in ancient lookbooks? While I hope that the extreme style of "Clueless"'s footwear don't quite make it back to life, I loath to admit that I kind of like them again too. You kow what I also like? Animal prints. So when I found the best of both worlds at a neighborhood thrift store, I gave myself a high five. Mooooo.


Stripes on our toes: Christian Louboutin and Tabitha Simmons find God in Stripes

As in the past million fashion seasons, stripes are still here. But stripes are a classic trend that will always come and go- remember Audrey Hepburn in her boat neck striped- T? Thanks to Wes Anderson, the striped t-shirt fad returned full force to the 21st centry via the Royal Tenenbaums, albeit ironically. But when the Kardashians start wearing something as a staple, you know the fad is probably no longer ironic and DEFINITELY past it's prime. The Kardashian family as a whole has overused the "striped T's under a boyfriend blazer" gig to such an extent that they've beaten this once cute look to a bloody pulp for at least the next few years. Fortunately designers are finally finding more uses for stripes this past Spring 2011 runway season, mixing and matching horizontal and vertical stripes and moving them from the torso to the toes. Check out the adorbs Tabitha Simmons sneakers (top) and chic Christian Louboutin booties (2nd from bottom). I threw in the neat tote and the bottom image because they reminded me that there is something so zen and architecturally right about lines...


Beautiful Bowie And Other Men Who Are Awesome

David Bowie, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Wes Anderson….men who have shaped our lives, one really stylish outfit at a time. I don't care if any of them are (truly) straight, I just want roll around in one gigantic bed with them all at once. We could paint each other's toe nails on designer, million thread count sheets. I would steal the hat off Bowie's head in this picture...


Beautiful Blatant Ryan McGinley Rip Offs.

Above are four beautiful photographs from the most recent Dazed Digital publication (www.dazeddigital.com)- the first from the top by photographer Nico Krijno, the middle two by Sofia Ajram, and the last by Craigie Horsfield. The images are also blatant rip offs of Ryan McGinley's fantastical work (see bottom four images). In the Dazed publication there are accompanying interviews with the photographer's of these images, exploring their artistic inspirations etc.: not once do the artists reference Ryan McGinley as an inspiration. Below is Ryan McGinley's work (spanning a collection of work that proceeds the above by several years). What is wrong with this picture? Why can't artists just own up to their real inspirations, especially if they are so (stupidly, ridiculously, shamelessly) obvious?!


Yolandi Vi$$er

Last night my friend and partner Jamar Graham (@TreatedMaterial) turned me on to the hip hop group Die Antwoord, from Cape Town South Africa. I was immediately lured in by the obscene and wild imagery from their videos (read: they wear rats), their bust ya shit open beats, their controversial messages, oh… and then their was Yolandi Vi$$er, the high pitched female vocalist. A few moments spent contemplating the pixie Afrikaner, whose beach blonde beauty came with balls only comparable to Debbie Harry's, and another rocker chick girl crush happened fast. And this morning I'm continuing my week of blog ogling rock chix with sweet ass styz. I hope you'll bear with me on my little idolization bender.

A little bit of image searching this morning and I realized one of my favorite photos, that I've already posted on this blog, is the 2nd half of Yolandi's body (see last photo). What called me to the photo in the first place is exactly what I love about Yolandi- sometimes she looks like a character straight out of the early 80's club scene. In fact, that's where I thought this picture was from. Move your eyes upward however and her fashion forward, shorn mullet-ish haircut, brings us straight into 2010 (and beyond). She can wear gold spandex with abandon. She is endlessly versatile and can be both childish and sexy in a way that is different from any other female rockstar I've seen. She goes from bombshell, to child, to child in a halloween costume in milliseconds. Sometimes dressing in spandex and crop tops, sometimes taking off all her clothes completely, sometimes dressing like a child in t-shirts and short shorts, or in oversized pajama type outfits or one-sies, or like a creepy character from Lord of the Rings. There is something both off-putting and endearing about her antics. Oh and she is really, really HOT.