May 17, 2013
jeans: Cheap Monday
trainers: white painted thrifted
coat: borrowed Charlie May
I got mail from Charlie last week! She knows how much I love her work and was so sweet to let me wear it.
Had a quick meet-up with her in Antwerp during the sample sales last month, but we got too caught up in drinking Belgian beer, eating Belgian fries and going through the racks
of the Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann(where unlike everyone else, I ended up buying nothing), that we never got around to picking up her garments at her hotel.
Oh well, the long, heavy silk, mint coat -one of my favorite pieces from her show last year- did make it to my house in the end!
May 14, 2013
magnetic bracelet: found it here
magnetic necklace: here
Confession: I have a weakness for accessories. And almost every month end up purchasing a new piece.
This time I fell for this set in white coated metal with magnetic closures. I had seen an identical minty green version of these at COS, but the color put me off.
Though I've got to be honest; a part of me feels guilty about bringing these non-investments into my collection, another part really loves them.
Oh, and you can also create one long necklace by connecting the bracelet and necklace together.
May 12, 2013
shorts: thrifted Adidas
coat: made by me
shoes: courtesy of Tibi
bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim
I'm always amazed about how year after year thrift stores, vintage boutiques and seconhand markets have an endless supply of these Adidas running shorts from the 70s and 80s.
Every single person in the world must have owned a few back then, because the current vintage stock doesn't seem to be running out any time soon.
I got mine last spring and the funny thing about them is that the label inside still says it 'made in West-Germany'.
Besides using them for their intended purpose; running, they also get worn on lazier days. Their place in my wardrobe isn't in the workout-gear drawer but among the regular shorts and skirts.
May 11, 2013
May 08, 2013
I have a little obsession going on with marble lately, specially in objects around the home. I love how luxurious yet natural it is.
Last week I tried out a marble pattern out on my nails. It took a bit of experimenting, but I got it down after a few tries.
Having it only on a couple of nails keeps it subtle and not too decadent.
/ white nail polish
/ light grey nail polish (I didn't have light grey so I blended a bit of white and dark grey together)
/ dark grey nail polish
/ topcoat nail polish
/ thin nail art brush (or if you don't have that like me, an old nail polish brush from which you can cut half of the hairs.)
01/ Coat your nails with white polish
02/ With the thin brush apply the first veins with a bit of a zig zag motion, it doesn't matter if it turns out sloppy. See second picture.
Keep an image of actual marble close to use as a reference to guide you when shaping the veins.
03/ When the light grey 'draft' of the marble has dried, trace these lines with the dark grey polish, like shown in the third picture.
Just let your brush go along the light grey lines. These thinner dark grey lines will add a lot of depth to your marble.
04/ When the darker veins are almost dry, apply a layer of shiny topcoat to make it all blend together.
May 07, 2013
Photography, Dominik Tarabanski
Set Design, Zu Sb
Fashion Design, Harim Jung
Makeup, Francisca Saavedra
Hairstyle, Takayoshi Tsukisawa
Yesterday I stumbled upon these gorgeous images made by Polish photographer Dominik Tarabanski.
But what struck me the most were the designs by Parsons student Harim Jung. Specially the techniques she used to build her clothes is incredibly exciting: the technical way she deconstructed the
garments and worked with the patterns, layering them , leaving them loose from the rest of the garment and then applying beautiful luxe finishings like a metal gold strip.
It even reminded me a bit of the dress with layered patterns from Hussein Chalayan.
Harim has been selected as one of the 14 Parsons student for the Empowering Imagination competition, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for her!
Managed to contact Harim Jung (thank you anonymous for leaving a link to her website!) and she was so kind to answer a few questions:
/Can you please tell me a bit about the fabrics and materials that you used?
My inspiration first started from my high school uniform so I wanted the fabrics to carry the essence of it. The navy pieces were mainly wool fabrics, where as the white pieces were mainly cotton resembling the white shirt of the uniform. The brass is an additional element that comes from my experience back in high school where we couldn't wear any accessories due to the school's policy, so I designed the brass to accessorize the clothes rather than the body.
/What are your plans after graduation?
I would love to continue with my own work at the same time I am open to experiencing any opportunities that come in my way!
/In the style.com interview you mentioned that you'd like keep your garments accessible, how do you do that, do you keep functionality in mind a lot when designing?
Because the entire process of my thesis was very experimental, I didn't want to make clothes that people had a hard time wearing. The collection was about sharing my story, my memories, yet providing an experience for the wearer to create their own and interpret the pieces in their own way. I also focused on creating pieces for anyone to wear and have access to. Ultimately the goal was to to find a happy medium between the creativity and the accessibility
May 05, 2013
shoes: Dr. Martens (similar here)
Breaking into new docs can hurt like hell. The leather is so stiff that I can still wear them without laces.
Though I also love how they look with a bare ankle, it's a lot less painful with a thin sock.
Can't let this go unmentioned; Happy liberation day! Exactly 68 years ago The Netherlands was liberated from Nazi Germany.
Enjoy the peace, if you're lucky enough to have it guys!
May 03, 2013
tee: H&M men's (last year)
Meet my only printed garment!
Didn't even get it myself, my boyfriend bought it for himself last summer in a size too small. As he was cleaning out his closet I claimed it right before he threw it on
the salvastion-army pile. Usually I don't like to wear prints and even dislike text prints even more, but this tee is an exception.
Clear the mind! Get all the BS out and make some space to actually think! Happy Weekend!