Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gaga for Gaga

Did Marilyn Manson and Barbara Streisand have a baby or what? The whole world, myself included, has become totally obsessed with pop music darling Lady Gaga. Why? Because she is fabulous, duh! Not only does her music insist you stop whatever you are doing and dance, but she is also has the most awesome outfits ever. Every time I see her on the worst dressed list in some filthy tab I just want to scream "Shut the fuck up Ok magazine/US weekly/Life&Style/Star magazine--she looks fucking marvelous!"

Monday, November 9, 2009

Adam Arnold

This room was my favorite. Crime scene! So all the murder kind of overshadowed the clothes, but these murder victims certainly looked impeccable. They were really good at staying dead too, I didn't see any blinking or shifting around. The movie poster on the wall behind them is for The Tunnel Of Love directed by Gene Kelly and starring Doris Day. I though maybe they were reenacting a scene from the movie, but according to IMDB, Tunnel of Love is not about murder, but rather it is about babies. Well, maybe just one baby. The poster was probably just there to place them in that era (late 1950's).

Claire La Faye

Claire La Faye was romantic and feminine with a vintage feel to it. I appreciated her gratuitous use of satin. Everything looked so soft I just wanted to smash my face into it. Her clothes all have such beautiful details. I like how the tank tops have such ornate necklines, built in pearls and all! The dresses are even more over the top. The neckline of the baby pink one is adorned with both roses and feathers--pretty! I don't even like baby pink but I want it all!

See/buy her creations at her Etsy store:

Church and State

I like these dressed up basics from Church and State. The lace applique on the red and blue dresses looks like butterflies, how cute. They decorated their room with lots of colorful leafy tree branches and some of the clothes were displayed in antique leather suitcases, so it had a simple, out for a weekend in the country feel to it.

I like how they went for kind of a subtle military look with the metal buttons and whatnot on the shirts and the bathroom dresses. Good job.

"Content" Puts Fashion Week to Shame!

Despite the general excitement of Portland Fashion Week, there was a sense that it was not an accurate representation of all the fabulousness our local designers here in Portland have to offer. Many talented local designers were missing from fashion week due to high participation costs etc etc. However, these designers got the chance to showcase their fabulous clothes at Content. Located at the Ace hotel downtown, each designer was given free reign to transform their hotel room into the ideal space to showcase their fabulous designs.

And transform they did. Each room was like a different world! There was the murder room, the dinner party room, the German outer space room, the speakeasy room, the room with the fish in the sink + bathtub, the room with the cute guy making jewelry, and so on. It was great! Not only were there tons of beautiful clothes to look at, but it was also a full blown spectacle filled with nooks and crannies of meticulous decoration. My next few posts are going to take a closer look at some of the designers featured at Content.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Models Stricken With Fear When Forced To Pedal Down Narrow Runway

So the Ready To Roll show was refreshingly more low-key than the rest of fashion week. The crowd was smaller and had way more bikey and punky people compared to the "I love the Pearl" crowd that made up the night time shows.

This show gave me hope that more people are going to get into bike commuting strickly based on the new wave of fashionable biking attire. Ready To Roll proved that there is a lot more to bike clothes than your typical spandex. There was a lot of stuff on the runway that you wouldn't even have to change out of when you got to work or wherever, provided you were not ridiculously sweaty. Some of the clothes harkened back to the bike clothes people wore in the early 20th century, while other designers took practical staples like helmets and panniers and made them way cute.

Since all the designers (29 in all) were lumped into one show, it was hard to tell exactly who made what. The most obvious was the accessories. My favorite was Nutcase Helmets. Good job guys! Way to make a non-dorky helmet. Okay well, all helmets are kinda dorky, but these are stylish and offer a lot of variety. I am going to get the gold sparkly one and wear it even when I am not riding my bike. Shit, I'm just gonna sit on my ass and watch Melrose Place and look fabulous on the couch wearing that thing. Wait, I just went to their website and my gold one is not there, dammit! Now what am I going to do!?

Uh, anyway, my favorite thing about this show was that the models actually rode bikes down the runway. The runway was narrow and you could see the fear in the models eyes as they wobbled onto their bikes, trying their best not to take out front row audience members. Amazingly, no models or audience members were killed.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hot Swimwear Made in Cold Ass Portland?!

Despite Jantzen Swimwear's mind-shatteringly annoying jingle and their subsequent insistence on playing it at an ear-piercing level at their runway show last weekend, their bathing suits and cover-ups are pretty cute. I like the way they combine vintage-inspired designs with modern prints and fabrics. They had a lot of stuff that was not exactly my style, but I still had to appreciate the cuteness. At the same time they also had some hot stuff that was definitely my style and I want it all.

Jantzen has also been producing bathing-suits locally in Portland since 1910, so that's pretty cool, right? What is not cool is that they do not have pictures of their present collection on their website, just a few retrospective pics that (impressively) span the past century..... if you want to see for yourself. Beware, annoying jingle will play when you open their site so put your computer on mute first!

Polygamist Momon Attire Redux

I thought I had the perfect dress to be a polygamist Mormon cult member for Halloween. However, once I pulled up some pictures I realized that the cut of my dress is all wrong: my dress has short sleeves, theirs' are long; my dress has a modest scoop neck, theirs' have a high spread collar. My dress is also lace while theirs' look like cotton. My dress is a good gross lavender color though--which is perfect--and its really creepy looking, so I still think it would make a fantastic costume.

To my delight I found this great picture of some fashion inspired by the Mormon dresses courtesy of goth-wear specialists Artifice ( So good! I love the shiny fabric and the fact that we can see the control top part of the models' tights.

I know those women went through a lot of shit in that cult, but I think the worst part of it all was having to exist in the prison of those hideous dresses.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Way to work "the shoulder" Neil.

I was lucky enough to catch the Pet Shop Boys on their Pandemonium tour last month at the Moore in Seattle. My heart started missing a beat when Neil Tennant came out on the stage wearing a Balmain style studded jacket. Oh Neil, you are so fabulous. I was also pretty into the cubes that the band and all the dancers were wearing on their heads at the beginning and how one by one they shedded their cube hats over the course of the evening's show. And what a show it was! Fabulous!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

London Girl, I love you!

I saw this girl walking past the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was around five and i think she was just leaving work; she had that tired, rushing to the tube to get home or to the pub for a drink, post-work vibe about her. I nearly keeled over, she was so fabulous. Good thing I was sitting down.

After I took this picture I totally followed her for a couple of blocks so I could keep looking at her outfit, picking up on the subtleties of its fabulousness. I really like her sock tights.