We Can be (Valentino) HEROes

A few weeks ago, you learned about the superhero splendor that is the Valentino X Goop “Wonder Woman” collection. A capsule that was only a small part of a larger collection set to be released in April. Well, here now  is yet another glimpse of how Valentino plans to superpower your wardrobe. Continue reading

Valentino X Goop: Wonder Woman

“The Modern Woman is a Wonder Woman.”

-Gwyneth Paltrow

My eyes widened as I approached the shop–catching site of the name Goop Mrkt first. My pace quickened, then slowed almost as quickly, my eagerness threatening to burn through the thin veil of hubris I intended to hide the truth of my bank account behind. Then, I veered right through glass doors that had only just opened 38 minutes prior. With the seeming ease of Wondy hopping into an invisible jet.

And there it was, in all its handcrafted, star-studded glory….
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#ArtinMotion: Selly’s UK Trip

TRAVEL AND STYLE HIGHLIGHTS FEATURING REDBUBBLE!

Just before I left for my trip, I packed some choice accessories. It seems I’m not the greatest at packing light (I am so, so sorry to all my hosts while abroad, for my stupidly heavy suitcase.) But the pieces with the biggest impact to my overall look each day, were actually the lightest. That’s all thanks to the fine people at Redbubble and their gorgeous Art in Motion campaign: a new womens street style line, showcasing the work of some truly brilliant independent artists.

When I look back at one of my earliest blog posts featuring Redbubble, I feel that both this blog and the company have evolved by leaps and bounds, this latest collection being a perfect example of that.

Redbubble reached out to me about showcasing some pieces from their new collection. I saw my epic trip as the perfect opportunity to do just that. I wouldn’t blog about something I didn’t love, and it was love at first sight when I saw these pieces. The “Wings” butterfly pouch by Cassia and “Peacocks” scarf by Andrea Lauren–in addition to being stunning— really resonated with me emotionally.

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Visiting Pan, the spirit of the woods at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

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Introducing SlashCode: The Brand That Geekdom Needs

On my never-ending quest to find examples of designers bridging the gap between the geek and the chic, imagine my delight when the mountain came to Muhammad. That mountain is SlashCode a new premium brand after my own heart.

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Game of Thrones Season 4 talk with WSJ and a Surprise Celebrity Guest

 

We got the surprise of our lives when we were invited to the Wall Street Journal to discuss our love of Game of Thrones and ended up participating in a candid camera experiment of blessedly geek proportions. Continue reading

RED Valentino + Snow White

Snow White never looked so sweet street.

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Once Upon a Time, we witnessed the appearance of Star Wars characters on not one, but two runways and eagerly wondered if there would be a third. Why? Because the unofficial rule of fashion is that three makes it a trend. And while Paris fashion week has only just begun, in an interesting twist designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli may have already delivered on the real trend here. No, it’s not a Star Wars collection, but much like Disney had approached the designers of Preen for collaboration, it looks like Mickey’s Marketing Team had their hand in the hig-end pot once more (<—interpret that as you will). The result: The Ultimate Snow White Collection for the modern urban princess.

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Jeremy Scott’s New Moschino Collection: Horrifying, Tacky and Genius

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Our Happy Meal came with a Spongebob toy…. and… beer?!?!

Anyone familiar with the Moschino brand knows of it’s reputation for being subversive. It’s also no secret that Jeremy Scott shares that same humor with the house’s late founder. The difference however is in execution. One of my favorite things about the Moschino label has always been it’s ability to be fun, silly, quirky… while still maintaining a lady-like charm. There’s always been a sweet and sexy feminine sensibility to the clothing that served as the perfect counterpoint to the occasionally over the top humor. It was whimsical. It was Disney princess funny. Continue reading

The Blonds + Catwoman

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Season after season The Blonds are out to prove that they have more fun. And we are ever so grateful they take us along for the ride.

Remember last year’s Spring show, when the design duo drew inspiration from several iconic “Blonds” spanning all of time and space? Tinkerbell, Barbarella, Tweety, C3P0?

Well this time, they got all the material they needed from another widely recognizable blonde. The world’s sexiest most legendary crazy cat lady: Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle. That’s right: CATWOMAN!

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Star Wars + Fashion Week : Episode I & II

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left: RODARTE at New York Fashion Week. Right: PREEN at London Fashion Week**

EPISODE  I : Childhood Nostalgia in New York

The Mulleavy sisters wear their geek pride on their sleeves, and want us to wear it too. The chic “sci-fi freaks” who brought us their ode to LARPing* (yes, that happened) took us on a trip to a galaxy far, far away. And oh, did we travel in style! Continue reading

The Blonds: Haute Halloween Inspo

The Blonds show has been hands down one of the premier highlights of New York Fashion Week, and this season was no exception. In an age where many in the industry take fashion way to seriously,  The Blonds deliver the perfect remedy of sparkle and humor. Case in point, their latest spectacle:  What better way to wake up exhausted attendees and lift their spirits, then by having designer Phillipe Blond open the show, stripping out of a sparkly spacesuit to reveal himself in fierce expert drag? …Exactly. (you know you want to read that sentence again.)

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Designer Phillipe Blond opens the show

Inspired by their 5 favorite blonds: Marilyn Monroe, Marie Antoinette, Madonna, Jane Fonda (as Barbarella), and the “Original Blond,” Tweety Bird (yes, you heard right.) The designers demonstrated how you could have a lot of fun reinterpreting inspiration into expertly crafted, charming, yet stunningly beautiful pieces.

The collection also serves as a prime example of an idea that has become almost synonymous with geek culture: the mashup.  Ever present to the point of being shoved in your face on a daily basis wherever one might purchase a geeky tee, (almost everyone I know including myself owns one.) the designers take this idea to a whole other level, as only the most brilliant forward thinking craftsmen can.

It’s apparent that the Barbarella influence runs heaviest throughout the collection. So the result is sexy space blonds. (I. E. if Marie Antoinette was another planet… and was performing “VOGUE”, she’d wear this…) There is concept. There is real design–including intricate glass detailing. There is a thoughtfulness that goes far beyond the mass-marketing idea of “put a TARDIS on it….”

By far my favorite thing about this collection is, though they only cited those 5 specific blonds as influences, I couldn’t help but notice–what with the whimsy and sci-fi of it all– the manifestation of a couple of others on the runway (I reveal them below).  Honestly, not only are they way too famous (read : ICONIC) for their appearances to have been unintentional, but they, along with the rest of the collection provide some epic costume inspiration from real world Ready-to-wear pieces.

Take a cue from the designers of this crazy fun over the top entertaining experience. Look at the research material below.  Experiment. Create something inspired. Have fun. You don’t have to be blond to know how to.

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I wouldn’t mess with these ladies.

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SS14 THE BLONDES RUNWAY NEW YORK 09/11/2013

TWEETY!

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Favorite blond: TINKERBELL!

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I think the designers were going for…..

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…THIS sexy Barbarella pic. But after Tweety all I saw was….

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…This. Hello Pepe!

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Can you guess the blond? Hint: don’t think hair, think gold metal.

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Yup, you guessed it. C3PO!!

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Oh C3P0 corset, how I covet thee!