Monday, June 28, 2010

Vintage clothing, like, legitimately

Until recently, the Brooklyn Museum's Costume collection had been hidden away in storage, gathering dust and getting forgotten about. But now it's back and in full glory in the show American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, showcasing early American designers (and some foreign ones) who've had an impact on the country's style in the past century or so. Borrowing some of the Brooklyn Museum's pieces, the Met is concurrently running a twin show on their grounds, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.

From photos on the Brooklyn Museum's website, the show highlights pieces with dramatic lines and silhouettes in a rainbow of colors and fabric. They also feature an interactive plaything via Polyvore that let's you match pieces from the collection together.

There's only about a month left for each show, so check them both out while they're all spiffed up:

American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection
Brooklyn Museum
Event description here
Now through August 1

American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Event description here
Now through August 1

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Swooning Over: Tiered, ruffley things

Nothing makes me feel more like a lady than wearing something with ruffles (thank you, J.Crew, for constantly appeasing me), but this summer, the ruffle is out in full effect. More interesting, though, are ruffles with a twist: tiered, angled, and at irregular lengths. Here's what I mean:
The Chris Benz dress in image 1 is amazingly out of control in bright colors with layered panels of slightly ruched fabric (which totally counts as a ruffle). The irregular slices of light fabric and the stacked colors are gorgeous, making it look almost weightless and petal-like. The vest in image 2 also pops with color, and makes use of chaotic pleating that makes it visually interesting and gives it the volume that more traditional ruffles would.

And who doesn't want to jump into that bed, or into that knit tank? In fact, I DO jump into that knit tank in white on the regular, c/o Madewell (J.Crew's younger sister), and I love its angled ruffles that jostle around as I walk.

Keep your eyes peeled for more irregular, angled, and unusual ruffles this summer and into the winter!

1. Layered silk organza dress, Chris Benz 2. Barcelona vest, Anthropologie 3. Waterfall ruffle shams, Urban Outfitters 4. Layered ruffles tank, Madewell

Friday, June 18, 2010

Beach style

Here's to a warm, delightfully beach-filled weekend!

Image via

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A tangle of cords and lights

Knit work slyly makes it's way into high design. This one's called Ray while its cousin is called Matt.

Image of "Ray" via Ilot Ilov

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Angora rabbits, hopping their way into my heart

I've been considering getting a pet for a while. Qualifications: pint-sized, adorable, and cuddly. This leaves me with gerbils/rats (not as high up on the adorable scale), hermit crabs (at the bottom of the adorable scale), hamsters/guinea pigs (too needy), birds (they never die), and rabbits (WINNER!). I'd been obsessing over dwarf rabbits, the smallest, most cuddly of them all, until my friend Heather (of the blog Bleach Bottle Bird House) mentioned Angora rabbits:

!!! I don't think there's anything I need to say about how ridiculous this rabbit looks. So ridiculous, in fact, that it's pawing away at my heart, asking for me to love it. AND asking for me to comb it regularly and spin its fur into delightful knit goods.

You mention "angora" to a knitter, and we swoon. It's one of those luxurious fibers we dream of using, but it tends to form a fuzzy halo once it's worked up (like my hair, thanks Puerto Rico). According to Alpaca Farm Girl, though, knitting it with another fiber reduces the fuzziness, shedding, AND pilling. She also says the fur on these bad boys is 6-8 TIMES WARMER than wool, and feels even more heavenly.


First image and info via Alpaca Farm Girl
Second image via Shruggle

Friday, June 11, 2010

Monday, June 07, 2010

An amazing DIY job

Upcycling at its best. But how easily does it snag?

Photo via Tobacco&Leather

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Swooning Over: White Porcelain

Making something in one color is pretty risky—you can always hide flaws and poor quality in a heavy, colorful pattern, but you've got to step up your game when it's a solid color. A solid color lets texture and form shine through, and lately I've been obsessed with all-white ceramic or porcelain pieces with great craftsmanship. A few examples:
I love how clean and precious these pieces look in all white, and the texture really shines through on each one. The vase in pic #1 is super modern and geometric, and the white draws attention to the intriguing facets. Matte finishes feel rustic (like with the hand-embossed "Lucky" in picture 4), while high gloss makes a piece feel more polished (like the vase in #3).

My fav is #5, the tea service set that's actually a stealth candelabra. You'd expect a tea set to be all white, but you WOULDN'T expect it to be in one piece AND hold candles. It'd be an interesting experiment, though, to use teacups and saucers around the house as candle holders. Hrm...

Keep an eye out for more all-white ceramic/porcelain pieces in your favorite store's home goods section, or follow these links to get more details on the images featured.

1. Materialized Vase, Erich Ginder 2. Petal Hook, Anthropologie 3. Small garden vase, Prettyrandomobjects 4. Lucky tiny text bowl, Paloma's Nest 5. Tea Party Candelabra, Anthropologie

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

LeAnne Marshall comes out of hiding!

I started watching (/becoming obsessed with) Project Runway back in 2008, and went gaga (not the Lady) over winner LeAnne Marshall's floaty, feminine creations. The year before, my cousin gifted me with an early design of LeAnne's from her Etsy shop, so I was stoked to see her go on and win PR. Quickly after her victory, however, LeAnne's shop went quiet while she pursued her collection...and I was very sad.

HOWEVER, she's back on the radar and keeping her shop stocked. Yay!

She's doing high and low end designs (though low-end will still run you around $250), and they all carry her signature folds, loose pleating, and origami-like accents. Her pieces tend to stick to solid primary colors, and she'll sometimes plays with a creme/white palette. All the designs look easy to wear, and she makes sure to use soft materials close to the skin, including silks and linen (perfect for the warm weather!).

If you're looking for a summer splurge, I'd highly suggest checking out LeAnne's Etsy shop, stocked regularly and full of lovely, light pieces.

1. Tania Dress 2. Emmeline Dress 3. JennyLou Dress
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