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J. Alexander

Who do you think has the best and worst catwalk walk of all time?
BEST:MOSES – HE WALKED ON WATER…!
WORST: ANYONE WHO HAS NOT SEEN ME.

Models falling on the catwalk – are they just doing it for attention?
NO, SOME TRIP OVER THE DRESS OR LOSE THEIR FOOTING IN HIGH HEELS, OR SOME JUST CAN’T CHEW AND WALK AT THE SAME TIME.

Are designers cruel giving models crazy shoes to walk in?
NO, THEY ARE NOT CRUEL THEY ARE BEING CREATIVE.

Talking of crazy heels, have you seen Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo shoes?
YES.

Lady Gaga’s worn them in her latest video, how do you rate her strut in them?
ON A SCALE FROM 1 -10, I WILL SAY NINE FOR NERVE TO MAKE THE ATTEMPT.

Is it wrong to break into a catwalk strut to get a man’s attention?
YES, HE MAY THINK YOUR SELLING MORE THAN CLOTHES…  YOU’RE CRAZY, OR HAD A BAD HIP REPLACEMENT.

Why do male models always look like they’re walking somewhere they don’t want to go?
BECAUSE I BELIEVE THEY STILL THINK IT’S A BUSINESS FOR WOMEN AND GAY MEN, SO THEY ARE WALKING SOMEWHERE I THINK BETWEEN THE BANK AND THE GYM.

Can you please teach Julia Roberts how to walk in a dress? Seriously, that woman needs help…
ONLY IF JULIA, WHO I ADORE, CALLS ME…! I MOST CERTAINLY WILL HELP HER. IF I DON’T GRAB THE DRESS FIRST..

Have you ever fallen over in public ? Be honest…!
YES. RED CROPPED WOOL JACKET, PRINTED VERSACE JEANS, AND RED SUEDE NANCY GIALLOMBARDO HAND-MADE SHOES, AND BLACK LEATHER BAG ON 23RD ST AND 5TH AVE AT 2:10 P.M. IN FRONT OF A NEW YORK CITY BUS.

For S/S’10 the kitten heel is back (eek!), does this sound like a good plan or an atrocious idea?
I THINK IT’S A GREAT PLAN FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO START WEARING HEELS AND MAY BE AFRAID TO WEAR THE STILETTO OR SKYSCRAPER PLATFORM IN “WALKING IN HEELS 101”

It’s almost New Year’s Eve, which means working your best outfit of the whole year. Any suggestions?
AS LONG AS YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IT CAN BE TIGHT, SHORT, LONG , BEADED, FULL, TAILORED, SIMPLE AND CHIC, READY TO WEAR, COUTURE, TARGET, H&M, DIOR OR CHANEL. JUST CLICK YOUR HEELS (AND THE CHAMPAGNE GLASS) AND RING IN THE NEW YEAR…SAFE AND IN STYLE.

What’s next for you? A clothing line? A work out video? Maybe a range of heels?
REST…! MAYBE…! HELL, NO…! A THOUGHT…!

– Hannah Almassi, Grazia‘s Fashion News and Features Assistant

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Whilst doing some research for my humanities project, I came across this little gem of an article…

“Female fashion photography has evolved over the years since the first cavemen and women clothed themselves in furs and strolled around the caverns.

Female fashion photography, in its humble beginnings was simply about Hulga and Mulga parading around the cave for their men Ogg and Bogg.”

“In those prehistoric days, female fashion photography was pretty much the same as it is today. The women would strut around, teasing the men with their allure, show a little shoulder and get the men all worked up so that they would start to hoot and holler with delight.

The men would respond by going out and killing better grades of animals, skin them and fashion them into even more visually pleasing clothing for the womenfolk. Pleased, the women would show off the new designs to other women in other caves. These other women would take mental pictures of Hulga and Mulga and then draw pictures of these images on cave walls.

This primitive type of female fashion photography would evolve over the years and especially take off with the invention of the camera. At this point in history, most feminine types in the world were no longer wearing animals skins to show off to one another except in winter and except to piss off the animal rights activists.

In the early 1900s, is when female fashion photography first hit its stride. Designers were creating clothing in many different styles, patterns, colors and shapes and female fashion photography help propel this information into newspapers and magazines of the day.

Since automobiles were now rolling down the highways, billboards naturally had to pop up with the latest in female fashion photography plastered all over them. Fast forward another 50 years and catwalks and catfights would become the “in” thing and female fashion photography would be there to capture the action.

The point of female fashion photography is to selling clothing. Some say that female fashion photography is all about setting a mood and portraying a style. This is also true. But, if the beautiful clothing that models are wearing don’t sell, then the female fashion photography hasn’t done its job, and heads will naturally role. Naomi may even bitch-slap someone when this happens.”

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Do you ever get that feeling where you’d just love to stay up really late into the night and into the morning, tapping away on your keyboard, writing something wonderful? Or scribbling away and getting pencil dust all over the side of your hand, but being so engrossed  in your writing that you don’t bother to wipe it off, then fall asleep at your desk?

I love nights like that.

For interesting and good reading, read this NYT article about women in the military.

sorry for lack of actual posts, I’ve been… otherwise occupied lately. night

~ r

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We all know and live with the fact that the fall shows occur months and months before we can actually pull on those chunky knits or those thigh-high charcoal grey suede boots or that slouchy, camel oversize trench, but we can’t help but imagine ourselves striding around in the golden autumn colours in our funky tights and long gloves while it’s still 85 degrees and insanely humid outside. I tend to ensconce myself in the season I’m currently in, putting off my fall shopping until it’s a cold, hard fact that summer is ending. This year, though, I’ve been trying to think about exactly what pieces I’ll actually purchase, as opposed to endlessly (and futilely) perusing the runways, dreaming of Stella McCartney thighhighs and Givenchy 7-inch platform booties.

Unfortunately (in my mind), I am still a student, stuck in the mindless drag of high school; it’s a waste of time – I think high school should be two years max, for a basic grounding of general knowledge, but I’ll get to that later. My budget is limited, my pieces need to be versatile, and my parents think any shoe that’s not a running shoe is weird. (They tend to observe my fashion jaunts with a sort of disturbed, distanced amusement; my friends know me and tend to think, ‘Oh, ok, it’s Becca’; people who don’t know me think I’m a freak, wearing skirts and heels to school).
Anyway.
As I said, my pieces need to be versatile – able to be worn lightly for the earliest fall days (still summer, really) and easily transition to the chilliest fall evenings. Another element I look for is comfort; I’m always fond of knits in any shape or form; anything soft is good (unless it’s heinous, but that’s a given). It needs to be semi-practical: I’m either sitting around (ok, slouching most of the time) or striding briskly in narrow hallways filled with slow-moving, oblivious teenagers. (I’m not frustrated at all…) (Sarcasm…) I tend to gravitate towards basics that can be reworked quickly and stylishly, combined and mixed so that people ask if I ever wear the same outfit. (I do, they just don’t pay that much attention). Thus, I bring you…

my fall essentials.
[also, for the record, trends I like: sculpted shoulders, full skirts, harem pants, oxfords, architectural heels, one-pieces (worn correctly),

Bottoms: skirts are good (although it’s difficult for me to remember to sit “ladylike”-ly, so I usually throw on my spandex); pants are good (no explaination needed); jeans are ok, used sparingly. I’m primarily looking at a few pieces…

1. Knit harem pants: comfy, loose, and interchangable (is that the right word?); they’re like sweats, but chic!
Cheap: F21, $20


Mid-range: AA, $40
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2. Cropped trousers: easy to wear and put together, but they look infinitely better than jeans. Wear with heels or oxfords, either way is guarenteed to look polished.
Cheap:

Mid-range: UO, $48

3. Tulip skirt: basic, comfy, and versatile; wear with strappy sandals, funky flats or chic booties – add some socks for extra flair.
Cheap: UO, $20

Mid-range: UO, $48 [this has a bit more shape and structure to it; more drapes…

4. Full and/or pleated short: simple. (Must be finger-length for school, though, which is a major feat to work…)
Cheap: UO, $20. Although these probably aren’t within the finger-length guidelines… Maybe I can get off with really tall socks under, or tights… hmm. Or just get in trouble  😉

F21, $20

[Also try bubble shorts, they’re fun… F21, $30]

5. Trench: …yeah. (I love Emma Watson’s Burberry campaign!)
Cheap: F21, $30. Not bad, actually…

Mid-range: London Fog, $110, macys.com – a classic
london-fog-trench

Haha-I-Wish-Range: Burberry, $1595
burberry-trench

6. Jeans: I’m looking at traditional levi’s boyfriend jeans and/or some sort of white denim.
Urban Outfitters, $
68

UO, $30

7. The Perfect Loose-But-Fitted, Cool-Shoulders Blazer: Ideally, a Balmain would be in my hands this minute. However, this is real life, so I’m looking at Urban Outfitters and down, basically. An unfortunate reality, but it’s the only one I’ve got (I ran out of hallucinogenics a couple days ago). …(I’m kidding). Anyway, I’m talking about The Blazer: the one you can pair with pants or jeans or cinch over a skirt or throw on with harem pants and a loose tank. The Blazer.

UO, $78

UO, $58

Ah, and vests… I have a thing about vests. I like them, but sometimes I have trouble envisioning myself wearing them. And no, I’m not talking about a denim vest of any type, colour, trend, shape, etc. I do not endorse denim in anything but jeans and shorts – miniskirts included. Miniskirts especially. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been exposed to too many not-so-skinny girls parading around in ripped, shredded, torn, splattered, very mini minis with their cutoff leggings and Uggs. Uggghhhhh.
Anyway, vests. I want to find one, someday (or end up making it myself), that’s perfect: double-breasted; cream, charcoal, or black; sort of a low, swooping neckline; folded over lapels; fitted. Throw on a full skirt and thigh-highs and gloves (and oh, maybe a shirt too, haha) and you’ve got my ideal fall outfit. Maybe a feathered skirt (I prefer ostrich).
This is sort of what I mean… but the cut I want is longer, the neckline deeper (more of a U-neck or boatneck, almost), and it needs to actually have shoulders… hmm. Maybe it’s more of a sleeveless jacket than a vest…

F21, $32

And oooh, wouldn’t a cape be nice? For fall? All swishy and draped and dramatic? Mmm, yes…

8. SHOES: ah, the big one. Due to my narrow budget, I’m looking at mainly a beige architectural heel, a grey suede cutout MaryJane-type bootie, a basic bootie, and probably/hopefully/maybe? a wide-shaft, knee-high boot. (There’s no way in hell my parents would let me sport even the most modest thigh-high… understated grey suede is my preference).

36313-BEIGE

$26, gojane.com

35970-GREY

$22, gojane.com

36657-RUST

$24, gojane.com

Black Peep Toe Platform Bootie Pump

$25, amiclubwear.com.

Tan Lace up Cuffed Collar Ankle Boots Heel Booties

$21, amiclubwear.com

Black Suede Platform Knee High Stacked Boot

$28, amiclubwear.com

You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned tops much at all. It’s a weird thing I have, my relationship with tops of all sorts. I never know until I put it on in the store and take into account every aspect of it: colour, shape, texture, swing, how it lays, how it’ll look with various other articles of clothing I own; I buy tops last, usually, depending on which skirts in particular I’ve bought, which pant I ended up with… In short, I’m leaving tops out of this – for now. I’ll be looking for a mix of loose basics and more statement-y shirts. Dolman sleeves are good, silky is good, vintage rock tees are good (Zeppelin and Pink Floyd are top on my list – I usually don’t venture into the t-shirts area, but I think I’ll go wild this year and wear some. Maybe). Sweaters with cool shoulders are good. I want to find a cardigan with rounded shoulders. I need some type of lace shirt – I’m thinking a nude, longsleeved number with a navy or burgundy flower brooch. A bustier – not too risque (it is school, after all).

Ok, I think that’s a wrap… for now. I’ll do a separate post on accessories (gloves, bib necklaces, and cuffs…) later. Right now, it’s French Toast time. Yummm. All that brown-sugary goodness, warm and oozy… Yes, it’s one of my guilty pleasures. Food is, actually.

~ r

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It’s only been what, a week or so, since the highly disputed Iranian elections, and already this hot topic seems to be fading into the woodworks (relatively speaking). Such is the fate of any international news item… [Overshadowed by Al Franken’s Senatorial (haha) election and the Marines’ attempt to gain control of that Afghan valley from the Taliban… I predict that Afghan/Taliban/Pakistan conflict-related news will soon have a surge in worldwide coverage… I’m just sayin’.]
Strangely enough, I’ve spent most of today in front of the TV watching the Burn Notice marathon… granted, I ran this morning, but I also pretty much undid said exercise with a donut (long john, Bavarian-creme-filled, caramel-topped… delicious, needless to say!) and a pizza bagel for lunch (also hugely YUMMM). Abs and weights offset the laziness, though… eh, who cares? Even the most exercise-addicted addicts need fat days  🙂  (plus, it’s been rainy and cloudy and generally not very July-ish for the past 2 or 3 days, so there’s no guilt there…)

Read Vanity Fair’s article on Johnny Depp today… gotta love ‘im. He’s so much more than just an incredibly sexy face… I am so seeing Public Enemies!


images via vanity fair

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smarties make you smart AND hyper!

~ r

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Staying up for more than 18 hours is usually a challenge for me (depending on motivation and whether or not I want to actually be functioning), so 36+ hours of sheer wakefulness isn’t exactly high on my list of Super Fun Things To Do. However.
If that forced wakefulness results in hours of early morning silliness with your best friend, I’d say it is highly worth it. All in all, though, the end result is the same: one very, very tired you. Depending on what you have scheduled for the next day and how much time you have, there are a variety of approaches to take for post-crazy-night recoup.

Option 1/a day: sleep all the next day and night. (I actually don’t recommend this one, it’ll really throw your sleeping pattern off).

Option 2/a few hours: if you’ve got a bit of time, I highly recommend exercise, no matter how disgustingly bleary-eyed or mussed-hair or dead you are. I know it sounds like the most repulsive thing ever after a night of shenanigans, but it wakes you up, gets you energized, and stimulates you; a short run or bike ride will do the trick. Resist the urge to take a long, hot shower, as this will only lull you into a very sleepy mood. The best route is an average-length shower, warm water, good scrubbing and shampooing (feels refreshing), and ended with a short blast of cold water to jolt you awake. You probably won’t be in the mood to mess around with clothes, hair, and makeup, so opt for a simple hair/makeup look and use a tried-and-true outfit that you’re comfortable in. (NOTE: don’t dress sloppily or overly comfy – dressing well will keep you awake and make you feel good, not sleepy). This is best if you have to be somewhere later on in the day and, more importantly, have to be functioning.

Option 3/an hour or so: if you’re pressed for time and need to be somewhere (why did you pull a crazy all-nighter on a Sunday night, silly?), doing a few push-ups and crunches will suffice for getting you going. Again, opt for a short, warm/cold-blast shower and a simple look (bright colours wake you up!).

Option 4/mere minutes: worst-case scenario. Apres all-nighter, work. Late for work. Must look decent. No time to even shower. AGHHHHH. Brain not functioning. So what do you do? Wash your face in COLD water, use invigorating face wash (or, if you’re really sapped for time, some nice-smelling facial wipes – eep!), wrap your hair in a chic, messy bun OR a slick pony, and slip into a comfy-yet-work-appropriate outfit. Avoid at ALL COSTS dressing down. No matter how tired and crummy you feel, wearing ratty jeans or sweats will only seduce you into a mental state of zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

What sparked me to write that? Well, at the moment, I’ve been awake now for… (strains to count)… 37 1/2 hours, give or take. Oh wait, there was that 20-minute nap on the porch, hmm… At any rate, I had to wake up and look presentable for church in just under 2 hours. [The event: the youth group acting as “security” staked out in the youth room overnight – security for the rental stuff for the parish festival. Lame, I know, but my best friend and I slipped off to the playground – WHEE, playground! – around 2 a.m. and were completely, utterly, brain-numbingly silly for 3 hours in the wee hours of the mornin’… while the rest of the holy do-gooders sang praise & worship songs in the parking lot. Mmm, not exactly my cup of tea. I had much more fun concocting some sort of utterly nonsensical script for our nonexistant TV show, in which we both seemed to be very, very drunk. But I digress.] I was home by 7:20, went for a quick 2-mile run (motivated to move faster by horse flies, ugghh), took a warmish shower and ended it with a bout of very, very cold water. I threw together a very colourful, funky outfit and headed off to mass at 8:45 (during which I managed to lose all my wakefulness and fall asleep at least twice)(but I did come up with some sketches to do).

The point of all this being: no matter how utterly crappy you feel, force yourself to wake up and look decent after a crazy all-nighter.

Cheers,
~ r

PS: that strawberry is one of about 5 grown in our garden that have actually ripened decently and are edible (and haven’t been previously nibbled by bunnies)

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From NYT [here – about Stephen Colbert going overseas]

“There was a general feeling among soldiers there, the board member said, that Americans had largely tuned the war out, that the economy had vacuumed up all the attention even though there are around 135,000 troops still here and still doing dangerous work… Soldiers here are all too aware of America’s attention span about this war, several of them at the taping said.”


Colbert in his camo suit.

And a map on CNN showing where our troops are currently deployed: here.

Ok, off to school – French and Am Lit (!) exams today, followed by bdubs… yummm… and then a run (hopefully). Ciao!

~ r

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