Fashion Victims unite! I’m sure y’all heard by now the LA Times’ exposé on how the brilliantly creative folks over at Maison Martin Margiela were “inspired” (yeah right) by David Penfound’s 1998 painting, Summoning the Storm. At US$1,395, Margiela’s dramatic tee is one heck of an expensive rip-off of a t-shirt that can be bought for as low as US$14.95!
Photo: Style.com, eBay
I went ahead and ordered two tees, one in size large and another one in XXXL (yes – extra extra extra large!) Are YOU thinking what I’m thinking? I see Paris, I see France. I see slits on the side and shoulder pads! Go go go, buy buy buy!
It’s Philippine Fashion Week 2008 and thanks to the very accommodating Joey Espino, I managed to grab a front row seat. Two of my closest friends were there (one is a journo and
the other was a designer who also showed) so I thought, what the heck,
might as well go, right? I have critics who always give me flak for not blogging about Filipino models, designers and what have you and there are several individuals out there calling me "racist" and such. Puhhhleeeaze!
Now. One of the collections that struck me the most (it was the styling
and the color palette) was Arnold Galang’s collection.
2008 is dat chu? Trembled Blossoms is dat chu? Click click click!
Praise Jesus! Thank GAWDDDD for helpful British people on the internet. I’ve been trying to figure out what these are called for the longest time and it’s only until now that I found out what the hell they are.
Holy gorgeous Noémie Lenoir batman! With all this hype about women of colour on the covers of Vogue (Italia, American, Abybloodyssinian bloody Vogue), is the June/July 2008 Vogue Paris double cover issue a clever ploy by Carine and Co to know which cover will sell more… the ethnic girl or the white girl?
Same outfit, same poses, same everything except for the hair.
One of the main reasons why I’ve always fantasized about working for a magazine is to constantly be surrounded by beautiful things (I’m such a materialistic whore, I know). Unfortunately, working in "the closet" is not a paid job and you cannot make a living out of it. It’s only available to interns. It’s funny because an acquaintance who used to intern for a magazine sent me a message not too long ago saying that she saw "my" bag in white. And now… another lovely angel emailed me yesterday, this time, with photos of fall/winter 2008 bags. One of them is "my" bag in a larger size and a different color!
I love this photo! It’s like a small African nation’s GDP right then and there. Look at all those bags in exotic skins — lizard, snake, ostrich and more! Thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of merchandise piled on top of each other. How I wish I was in that picture… I’ll pose with my hand on my crotch, faking an orgasm from all that jazz!!!! I spy with a Fendi Spy…. is that a Chanel bag? Click click click for a closer inspection of things none of us can’t afford.
I originally did not want to run the Ali Michael (who just turned 18 today and lost her period for OVER a year) Teen Vogue explosive but emotions are high right now online and I have to take a stand. Don’t get me wrong — I appreciate slim and slender models. IMO, clothes usually look best on a long, lean body with angular features. Olga Sherer is super fierce, fantastic and I love her! I also confess that I’m one of those people who are too quick and careless in judging a model’s body, labeling someone with just a little bit of excess weight as “plus sized”!
I do, however, support and commend Ali for speaking out on what she went through. I know there will always be someone out there willing to hit the extreme to do the job but the amount of pressure placed on models these days is absolutely insane and worse, some of these girls are so young and they’re only getting younger and younger! I don’t blame beautiful young women such as Ali to succumb to this intense pressure. If anything, I think the industry should SLOW down in discovering new models. There’s just too many of them these days, the churn rate is so high! You know there’s wayyy too many models out there when you don’t even know their names or remember their faces!
Ali Michael backstage at Lanvin, Spring/Summer 2008. Photos by Style.com
What are your thoughts on this? I have so many things going through my head. For instance, why is Teen Vogue running the story just now? Are they sensationalizing this? Is this a temporary stand? Will Teen Vogue feature “skinny” models hiding (if any) their eating disorders in the future?
Patty over at Fully Chic has snippets of Ali’s “coming out” story on Teen Vogue. Check it out.
What annoys me the MOST however is how Today reports that the average American woman is 5 foot 4 tall and 163 pounds. I hate it with a passion whenever the media brings out “real woman” statistics. Why is it such a big deal to focus on “skinny” models (a very tiny speck of the population) when everybody else is UNHEALTHILY packing (myself included) the pounds?
2:28AM Quick UPDATE re: Raf Simons Footwear. I no longer want (to pay for) them. I take
back everything I said unless it starts raining manna from heaven. Thanks for the reality check. Anyway, someone
online bought a different style/more affordable version
and the results are not pleasant.
WHO THE HELL DO I HAVE TO BLOW AROUND HERE TO GET THEM?
Should I spend my holiday money on new footwear or should I fuck fashion and go on a vacation instead? The good news is, they don’t have the boots in my size, which is 41/42, thanks very much, but the sandals, my god those sandals, are just a few keystrokes away… MUST. RESIST. TEMPTATION.
Why are they making it soooo difficult? $1,895!!!!! Ugh! We’re talking about footwear here, not handbags! (I don’t wanna hear anything about the ostrich bag either… I’m gonna have to call on the powers of “The Secret” for that.) Answer me my minions, answer me now!
PS. Mike Dumlao in NYC I know you know people at Seven New York. Get their ass on the phone… ask for a 75% discount and tell them I’m willing to be their slave for an entire year. I have talent. I’m good at answering phones and taking messages! Desperate times, desperate measures!!!!!!!!!!!