Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cheeky NOLA

I've missed New Orleans...

Vintage Fur from Libby Story, Motorcycle Jacket by Free People, Shirts and Necklace by J.Crew, Shorts by MINKPINK, Knee-highs by American Apparel, "Zoe" Boots by Sam Edelman, Bobbi by Ban.do
A decidedly whore-ish look in the Garden District

I spent Thanksgiving with Mark's family in New Orleans.  We were lucky enough to stay in a shotgun house in the middle of Magazine Street.  His brother Jacob and Jacob's friend Austin (collectively known as Turner Graff) also made the trip to NOLA.  We had so much fun spending time with two "cheeky" (to steal their term) 19-year-olds... it made me feel young and old at the same time.  I'm still coming to terms with turning 25!

On Mary: INRI Beanie by Supreme (it's Jacob's), Bodysuit by Maison Martin Margiela for H&M, Disco Pants by American Apparel / On Jacob: Heather Crewneck Sweatshirt by Supreme
It's become something of a New Orleans tradition for me to wear my Margiela bodysuit when I visit.  I'm not sure how anything can really be scandalous on Bourbon street, but I always manage to attract a shit-ton of attention when I'm wearing it.  I paired it with this Supreme INRI beanie, one of the plethora of Supreme items in Jacob's suitcase. 

Being in NOLA for Thanksgiving also meant being in NOLA for Black Friday.  Yay!!! Shopping!!!  We hit Canal and Decatur streets that morning and I got to check out some more Isabel Marant pour H&M at the brand new H&M in the French Quarter.  We got kind of caught up shopping and almost missed our lunch reservation at Commander's Palace, which would have sucked because the food was phenomenal.  Seriously, lunch was on-point and the martinis were 25 cents apiece... I was in heaven!
Vintage Fur from Libby Story, Sweatshirt by H&M, Pants by Isabel Marant pour H&M, MAC Bag by Rebecca Minkoff, Bobbi by Ban.do
And Magazine Street was so pretty and fun at night!  We could walk to all of the amazing vintage shops and then stop at Sucre for some French macarons and gelato :)

We had the best Thanksgiving in New Orleans!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Scene: Rodarte Spring 2014

A collection of photos Mark took at the Rodarte show.  Anna Wintour, Anna Dello Russo, Susie Bubble, Grace Coddington, Aline Weber, Lindsey Wixson, Leandra Medine, Terry Richardson, and more below...

Street Style: Rodarte Spring 2014

Highlight of my pilgrimage to Rodarte Spring 2014: being photographed by Bill Cunningham.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Scene: Alexander Wang Spring 2014

Erin Wasson at Alexander Wang Spring 2014 / Photo: Mark Herndon

Mark snapped some seriously gorgeous atmospheric photos outside the Alexander Wang Spring 2014 show during New York Fashion Week.

(20+ pics inside this post)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

American Perez

American Perez, the perfect wardrobe for slumming it in downtown Jackson.

American Perez Country Club Dress, Miu Miu Studded Peep-toe booties
Seriously, I'm in a crack den... in Miu Miu.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rodarte: 10th Place Collection

Isabel Marant for H&M

November 14 can't come quickly enough. I'm definitely going to be camping out in New Orleans or Nashville.  Fingers crossed for some amazing boots!  H&M press materials below the cut...

Monday, June 3, 2013

Rodarte: 12th Place Collection

Downtown Jackson in Leah Reena Goren

I'm obsessed with Leah Reena Goren's prints.  They're simple, whimsical, and feminine - her whole aesthetic is just something I really respond to. 

I first found out about Leah when her Made in Kind collection debuted at Anthropologie last year and featured the amazing Feline Karma dress.  Her Etsy shop is full of all sorts of cute dresses, accessories, and knick-knacks, and my boyfriend surprised me with a custom dress in a cat print!

And I'm in love with my new Jeffrey Campbells.  They are basically me as a shoe and I can't take them off :)

More pics below!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rodarte: Ranking the Collections

My love affair with Rodarte began in 2008.  I was a college freshman and reading ELLE and was struck by an editorial featuring Jena Malone and this other flavor-of-the-week-ish actress. 

I had really only gotten into fashion about a year prior (hence the magazine choice), but at the time I was living for those Balenciaga gladiator sandals and was all excited at how the stylist kept using them throughout the shoot.  Somewhere in the middle of the spread, Jena was wearing them with this tulle dress that I absolutely didn’t get.  It just seemed so… random?  Like the beading seemed just so inconsistent, and then there were these oddly-placed ruffled portions, and yeah, it was just so different from the Alexander McQueen and Dolce &Gabbana that I was used to.

My confusion (seriously, like, my initial impression of Rodarte was similar to the one I got from Meadham Kirchhoff) soon gave way to intrigue, though.  I read about the Mulleavy sisters, the non-traditional, artistic ways in which they crafted their garments, how they tied these seemingly disparate reference points and inspirations into gorgeous and meaningful collections, and I became obsessed.  

What I appreciate most about the Mulleavys, besides the obvious artistry of their clothing, is the evolving narrative of their Rodarte girl over the twelve collections they’ve put out since that editorial.  Seriously, while Kate and Laura always maintain the intellectual, romantic DNA of their brand in their collections, there are such distinct stories within the Rodarte oeuvre.  While there are reoccurring motifs in their work, each season feels fresh, experimental, even, and makes a unique artistic statement.  

Now… take all of this and couple it with my compulsion to categorize and list things.  What do you have? My next twelve blog posts, of course!  I’ve always wanted to do this, and to be honest, I need a way to procrastinate from personal statements and CVs and the like but still feel productive.  It was actually very difficult to come up with a solid ranking of the twelve collections (I’m choosing not to include the first four Rodarte collections, since they were “before my time,” if you will, and would all end up getting booted first in succession anyways), and to be honest, I’m not even sure that my top five will stay the same between now and when I write their posts.  But this seems like a fun idea and I hope fashion-lovers in general will enjoy reading my take on these collections!  Here's a quick rundown of the collections I will be ranking…

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Planning New Orleans...

Tonight I planned some outfits for my upcoming trip to New Orleans. It's one of the few places I can dress as ostentatiously as possible and get away with it!  Some looks below...

Friday, March 15, 2013

Kate Young for Target Lookbook

I didn't really know what to think when Target announced stylist Kate Young as their latest design collaborator in January.  She uses a lot of Rodarte, Jason Wu, and Miu Miu when she dresses her clients (Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz), so I have a general appreciation for her taste and styling aesthetic, but as this is the first collection she's actually designed I wasn't sure what to expect.  I guess I was kind of hoping for a pleasant surprise?

Well, the Kate Young for Target lookbook was just realeased, and she's created a line of mostly formal/semi-formal dresses.  There are few things I'll probably buy and a lot I won't.  The good, bad, and awkward are below:

Kate Young for Target: (l to r) Open-back dress in Black Polka Dot print, Beaded dress in yellow, Strapless Ruffle dress in black, and Peter Pan Collar dress in Gem City print

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Instagram Duo

Sweater from Anthropologie, Hi There! by Karen Walker skirt, J.Crew socks, and random Balmain knock-off heels
 A couple of outfits I've worn this week c/o my boyfriend's Instagram account.  Lots of J.Crew and Anthropologie since I wore both to work...
Boucle jacket from Target, heart pin by ban.do, top from Anthropologie, Pixie pants from J.Crew, heels by Prabal Gurung for Target