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.