Monday, September 29, 2008

doin' it yo self

On the few days I have between the end of finals and the beginning of class I can just let loose and do whatever. Go to fashion shows(hah), veg out, and DIY...!

I love going through my closet and digging out stuff I don't wear anymore (or haven't worn at all), only to update it and make it wearable somehow. Some pieces are just too horrible to rescue, but some come out pretty damn cool and are inserted into my regular wardrobe again. Yay!

Case in point, a pair of skinny H&M black satin pants. Not exactly ugly or unwearable, but they were were pretty much taking up space on a hanger. I was feeling pretty inspired after the Rad Hourani ss09 show in NY and decided to give the pants a little makeover.


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the look that started the madness..

and the end result:




Since winter is coming I think I'll be wearing them with grey tights underneath. I love them!!!!

forgot to add today's outfit

I need to smile more in pics :P

Sunday, September 28, 2008



Me backstage at a fashion show. Never would've thought !!

I volunteered to be a dresser, and my BF was game as well. We were to help out backstage at the White Club-sponsored fashion shows, which included Jean Pierre Braganza, Klavers von Engelen and Kristian Aadnevik!

We arrived to a warehouse-type venue right on the brink of the Naviglio. Walking in we came upon a mini-fashion show taking place in a small annex next to the entrance.....I failed to catch the designer's name. What I did catch (right away), were the Louboutins on the girls. The red sole worked its magic on me.



We made our way backstage where I was ushered into a room full of FIERCE. No, I am not kidding.

Jean-Pierre Braganza on the left and Kristian Aadnevik on the right. Neither of them design for the faint of heart. Kristian's jewel-colored mini dresses with bondage-inspired straps, buckles and belts, and Jean Pierre's architectural coats and drapy dresses were enough to send my senses into a frenzy.


I went a little crazy taking pictures of the shoes, but how couldn't I?? both were GORGEOUS. JP's were reminiscent of the givenchy gladiators of past season but had an awesome metal spike heel, that turned invisible against the gray carpeting. It was as if the girls were on tiptoes. Among his other shoes were these KILLER booties that have to be seen to be believed. Olena R. was supposed to wear these, and my BF told me he had to go get a band aid for her foot after she had walked with them. She didn't have a blister... she had a downright CUT.

poor Olena!

KA's shoes were chunky black platforms with metal rings... I loved the contrast of the aggressive black patent w/ metal rings against the flowy femininity of the chiffon straps (that were a bitch to tie, BTW!)

Kristian and his stylist Marcus introduced themselves right away, which was a gesture I appreciated greatly... they are incredibly chill and down-to-earth.
Jean Pierre was pretty amazing himself... I wanted to go up to him to tell him how much I loved his winter knits from FW08 but I didn't want to sound like an eager fangirl. After all of 20 minutes of containing myself I just went up to him and told him... and he was so sweet, hugging me and saying "awww thank you!".

I was assigned the model Zhanna Havlenko, she had two looks (in both shows) while my BF had Olena Romaniuk... He was pretty antsy about the whole-abundance-of-naked-girls thing but I just told him to relax. I am not, as you may have gathered, a jealous girlfriend :D
On the other hand, the young security guys were constantly trying to peek inside while the girls were changing... They also were asking the backstage photographers to email them the "money shots". Gross.

I fortunately was able to get my girl in and out of her two looks without a hitch. It was so fast how everything unfolded!

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JP happy as a clam at the end of the show

Innovative materials and cuts will hopefully get JP more noticed... I would've worn pretty much everything out of there. Futuristic, sharp, and drapy are all things I die over!

After recieving instructions from Kristian on how to tie the shoes me (that were to be left on for both looks) and Diana (my dresser partner) started mulling about...until we realized that our girl was the only girl with pants, and the intricate shoes were supposed to come off for her to be able to change into the minidress.
When Zhanna came back after the first look with the pants we scrambled to get her shoes off while getting her into the dress, but the girls on staff were rushing everybody so Z did her second look without the chiffon laces. Ah well.

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Olena R.

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yay for Olena! she closed the show with this look.

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Zhanna H.

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It was over as soon as it started, at least it seemed. D (my BF) wondered how strange it must feel for the designers, slaving over the collection and perfecting every last detail for the show to have it be over in around 20 minutes...!

Though Kristian's 'look' is not my style for everyday, I couldn't help swooning over the whole collection. The details were mind-blowing. Feathers, painted sequins, patent leather, buckles and delicate chains layered over delicate chiffon and satin. Total bondage-glam!
The bright, saturated colors of the chiffon kept the look from going into cliche' "frilly+aggressive" territory.

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Kristian being interviewed

We had an absolute blast and cannot wait for February when the FW09 collections show... plus FW always delivers the most gorgeous collections.

oh, in case you're wondering what I wore...

petit bateau
Simple...but I didn't want to out-fierce the designers, hahaha!

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

just a taste...

I had the funnest experience helping out backstage at the Jean Pierre Braganza and Kristian Aadnevik show yesterday in Milan. I took TONS of pics!

I am uploading them now and it is taking awhile (I am also doing some resizing as they are pretty big). I will, however, give you these two in the meanwhile!

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Disappointment #2


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I kinda know I'm going to be disappointed before I even click on the Gucci SS09 thread on TFS. True enough, Frida has delivered a collection that confirms, yet again, why Gucci is now called "the H&M of high fashion".

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Disappointment #1

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need I say more?

I usually wait till I bash a collection, because 70% of the time it grows on me as I digest it.

Not this time.

As I do appreciate the metallic fabric (it supposedly cinkles to mold to the wearer, not unlike aluminum foil) and the drawstrings meant to be undone to expose other garments underneath (or maybe skin), this collection is very unappealing. It seemed uninspired, as if Miuccia just decided on a tech-y, innovative fabric and just whipped up some flimsy layering pieces.
She reportedly said that it was based on the "early woman, obsessed with gold and snake print". I don't know, I just feel that one of the most revered desigers of our time would come up with a less superficial and vague statement.

Moreover, the excecution was appalling. The shoes were so high that more than a couple models stumbled or fell. Many people that attended the show admitted to have been distracted by the perilous shoes.

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from The Telegraph:

“I was having a panic attack, my hands were shaking. The heels were so high,” one of the models said. “Some of the girls were crying backstage they were so scared.”

Ms Prada said the shoes were safe, but had been made slippery by the little bow-tied socket’s the girls were wearing with them. The heels would be lower when the shoes went into the shops next year, she said.
As if Miuccia cared. She was probably only pissed that the models couldn't keep their balance.

another excerpt, from Sarah Mower's review on the collection on
There was something fabulously Italian about all this shameless reveling in femininity. The fifties overtones, with the high chignons, the ruched bras, and swishing rear action in the below-knee pencil skirts, managed to channel the heyday of Cinecittà without cliché. Best of all, this is a collection destined to look even better on a woman with a real body than it does on a teen model. And that, Mrs. Prada surely knows, really is "what counts."

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Hello everyone!
I haven't been posting so much because I had a very busy couple of weeks... I had a test on Monday so I was studying my butt off, and...I passed! yesss :)
I have been keeping up with Milan fashion week, and as usual there are only a small number of collections that I really loved right off the bat and a vast number of disappointments. I keep waiting for Paris as it is chock full of promising shows!

I also managed to snag a gig as a dresser backstage for Jean Pierre Braganza, Klavers von Engelen and Kristian Aadnevik!! they are all showing at the same venue, one after another. I promise to take many pictures :DDDDD w00t!

Saturday, September 20, 2008


^^ photog Chadwick Tyler captures wood nymphs frolicking around a creek in the woods.

John William Waterhouse: Nymphs finding the head of Orpheus (study) - 1900
"Nymphs finding the head of Orpheus" - John William Waterhouse, 1900