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02/06/2008
2:31 am

Alexander Wang FW08

06/02/2008, inspiration, runway

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My favorites from Alexander Wang’s show this week..I first fell in love with him after I read an article in Vogue about how he found early inspiration in the skater kids of San Francisco, and proceeded to promptly become infatuated with his high waisted skirts, vest dresses, and the most perfect basics imaginable, which were all styled to perfection to heighten desirability to intolerable levels.

I was beyond excited to witness the fruition of the Wang and Wasson teamup and so happy to find it was worth all the hype. Tough and boyish, the clothes channeled raw sexuality with daring cuts and the clashing of beaten up denim and leather and fluid knits. I’m not even minding the runny tights – in conjunction with oversized zipper boots, scrunchy black legwarmers, almost grim-looking skull caps, and the most perfect long vest ever created, it all blends into one gloriously cohesive collection that I kind of want one of everything from. It seems Erin has also been at work styling his website imagery, as everything below also rather screams the uncomplicated mussed-up cool that has become her signature.

(click here to watch a video of Erin and Alex in the studio..)

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PS if you’re a size 7 and love the boots in the last photo as much as I do, I’m selling what is pretty much the exact same pair in my store here. And I will be madly jealous of whoever wins them because they were just a smidge too small for me and I so NEEDED them to fit! Much woe.

Behind the scenes:
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Runway and Erin images, style.com. All others, alexanderwang.com.

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02/05/2008
10:06 pm

Gladiatrix

05/02/2008, General

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I’m wearing the top untucked for a more casual look but I think I like it equally both ways. I ordered these shoes last week from Endless and am thus far quite pleased. Supple leather, endless straps and buckles, and a relatively friendly wedge heel. I was going to hold off on them until I couldn’t stand not owning them any longer, but Zappos started running out of sizes and I caved. No will power against the Balenciaga-alike shoes…

Top, thrifted Gap. Lame skirt, American Apparel. Bangle, vintage. Bag, Charlotte Russe. Sandals, Nine West.

Categories: General
02/05/2008
5:56 pm

Ankle socks + cage heels = spring’s ankle boot?

05/02/2008, inspiration

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Clever, clever. Displeased as I was with when presented with Blake Lively’s blinding smile on the new Teen Vogue (where’s the Leighton love??), all signs of crossness melted away when I flipped to the Love Song editorial. Soft tie dyes, lavenders, and blues mixed with leather and chains? Yumm. A closer examination of what seemed to intricately patterned booties revealed them to merely be ankle socked sandals. A brilliant way to tone down heels that might otherwise feel too nighttime for frequent donning. I love styling ideas that can be discovered in one’s existing closet. Will try. Unlike the purple fur shrug in Exhibit C. Shudder.

Scans made by Luxx from thefashionspot.

Categories: inspiration
02/04/2008
11:44 pm

The oxford sandal trickledown

04/02/2008, inspiration, shopping

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I will readily admit that when I flipped to this photo of Kelly Wearstler (enviable chic thing and darling of any interior decorating publication), my heart started fluttering. Those magnificent and only slightly confusing heels! So much more palatable than the fear-inducing peep toe boots so many intrepid celebrities tried out this past fall. I must be late in the game on this one, because apparently all the mall brands have fashioned their own versions of this hybrid. Blissfully convenient for the 99% of the population that can’t spring for the original Louboutins. Though I’m also thinking that a similarly large percentage will find them recoil-worthy. I would definitely have to try them on in real life to determine their necessity to include in my already bursting-at-the-seams shoe collection. What does everyone think, would you wear these?

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Photo of Wearstler, Fabsugar. Shoe photos from their respective sites.

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02/02/2008
1:46 am

Craving…

02/02/2008, inspiration, shopping

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Images: ebay, style, ulla johnson, topshop, apc, american apparel, arden b., zappos, victoria’s secret, shopbop

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