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selects from Wunderkind Spring/Summer 2011, Paris via Vogue.com.au

I find it hilarious that talking about Spring/Summer 2011 (2011!) is somehow already “passé,” but indulge me while I hearken back to what I consider to be a largely overlooked collection.

Now I don’t know if Wolfgang Joop’s collection just got lost in the shuffle, if I just missed the coverage, or if the Wunderkind brand is simply glossed over on the whole, has some bad reputation I’m not privvy to or if the term “wunderkind” is still exclusively reserved for Alex Wang and Tavi… Maybe most just didn’t have much to say – nice or otherwise. Whatever the case, me likely. Me really, really likey.

The collection may not have been a hit start to finish but barely anything gets those marks. And while yes, the model in the first photo above does look pregnant, I quite like the exaggeration and still find a number of the pieces very wearable, yes wearable (for a certain market) on their own. The blazers, the shoes, the floral tops and bottoms would kill with the requisite tee or jeans. I love how the color palette and babydoll silhouettes hint at something darker or more complicated than pure whimsy; as WWD put it, “Pippi Longstocking, as seen by Tim Burton.” The styling is also fresh (3rd photo = killer way to wear a petticoat) as are the shoes, the hair and bold prints I could actually see myself wearing. I’ll also mention the whole fruit motif thing now since it cropped up thrice this season, but I really think that’s more of a coincidence than a trend and IMO Joop did it best. Just look at the floral/fruit print in the 1st pic! The schnozberries taste like schnozberries! Still love ya though, Miuccia.

Peep the whole collection here and tell me if you, too find yourself lusting a pair of rainbow colored, floral petal-pushers… I hope to at least see this collection get some editorial love.


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Got these black & white Eddie Bauer penny loafers on eBay. +1 on the very short list of flats I own. I’m loving them, even if they don’t have super cute heart-shaped penny slots like the loafers from Ms. Antonoff‘s Spring shoe collab with Bass (practical inventor of the penny loafer). Still bummed I missed her presentation because I goofed up my calendar! Photo below borrowed from the one & only Elizabeth.

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Rachel Antonoff Spring 2011 presentation photo via White Lightning


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Diana Ross re-enacts Aquarius for LOOK magazine, 1969. Scanned & restored a bit by me.

Diana Ross. I’ve written about her here before, but that could never satiate the obsession. From karaoke nights at Shakey’s pizza singing “Stop In The Name Of Love” long before I knew what a broken heart was, to continually being stopped by old men in the street who point out the resemblance – Diana Ross has been a huge influence on my life & style. I connected with her story long before I realized we looked alike and strive to break the kinds of social, racial and fashion boundaries that Diana did.

Anyway… these scans. I haven’t been finding as much of my usual inspiration in current glossies, but found myself ordering some vintage mags on ebay. These are from 1969 issues of the long defunct LOOK magazine. It’s not really a fashion mag, but as you can see there are some beautiful visuals (and the stories are great, too). I’d never seen these images of Diana Ross, so I’m living for them right now.

There were also great shots of Mia Farrow (or Tavi, you be the judge), hilarious vintage cigarette ads and a story about (gasp!) co-ed dorms. See below.

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Elijah Wood called it too, but seeing this confirms: Tavi most definitely has a Mia Farrow thing going on!

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Co-ed dorm story image and a 1969 Salem cigarette ad

I would appreciate a credit should you re-blog any of these, thank you!

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Will be compiling lists like this regularly – sharing things I love that wouldn’t necessarily warrant their own posts otherwise.

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  • Sneak Peek: Me in my new stripper boots last night (the ones that hilariously came in “discreet” packaging). I swear my Gaga shoe complex existed before Gaga, though she has worn a version of these well on numerous occasions. Still test-driving them with various ensembles as to not look like an actual stripper, but after seeing them styled fantastically in this Oyster mag spread yesterday – I have no doubt I can do it.

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  • Getting excited for Industrie magazine – the magazine about behind the scenes. BoF got a peek inside.
  • And if you’ll allow me to hog the mic for another minute, I also did a recent Q&A with Hellz Bellz! They make some bad-ass clothes, so check it out.
  • My current mantra:

“One breath at a time is an acceptable plan” – Ani DiFranco, Tamburitza Lingua

A typical job-hunt scenario with an empowering twist. I know this has happened to me too many times to count: You’re qualified enough to land an interview, conquer the interview, complete the requisite edit-test, sweat it out for days with no response, follow-up, wait weeks, still nothing. Crickets. Wind. Tumbleweeds. Nada. You get left in the dust and eventually, take a hint. We know you’re busy, but in the wise words of Stephanie Tanner, “How rude!”  Given the time the job-seeker puts into this relationship a simple “thanks but no thanks” wouldn’t hurt. I love Neil having the guts to take a – albeit totally unprofessional – stand on the e-snub:

Back in the good old days, people used to duck your phone calls. Or just not return them. But in this, the electronic era, a whole new brand of disdain has come into vogue. The age of the e-snub is upon us. I have grown weary of this kind of “dissing.” People who seem to go blind, mute and limp when all you are seeking are a few keystrokes in reply. Prospective employers whose computers appear to crash when asked to give something resembling a definitive answer, one way or the other.

Annoying e-mail messages plague all of us, but those of a more legitimate nature are surely deserving of a simple reply. Unfortunately, basic e-courtesy is in short supply. So, having been burned in the past by e-boors, I decided that enough was enough. The magazine had left me in limbo. I was going to have my revenge…

  • AnOther‘s list of Most Commonly Used Adjectives & Expressions in Fashion Magazines. As a writer, I know it’s easy to go on auto-pilot and use the most cliché of fashion terms. Ok, so this list isn’t that great BUT it is good enough to consult next time you get the urge to say “boho-chic” in your heds & deks.

“Stylists had a season off. [They] just used the entire collection for one editorial.”

Well said, as much as I continue to love & lust over this collection.

“Nice guys finish last” are fighting words to me and clearly Shankman, too. The classic Wintour/Coddington dichotomy if you will. Of course it’s not as simple as that, and any successful person will embody a bit of both, but this is a rant I’ve been meaning to write for a while and a great read.

  • Camille‘s Mega Hose mesh leggings by Complex Geometries. I’ve had these bookmarked since I saw them. Really hoping a certain someone saw them and made a birthday note… (my birthday is May 9th! Mother’s Day!)

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  • Beyoncé’s new video for “Why Don’t You Love Me?” Seriously. Who. Styled. This. Video!? Hated the song at first, but it’s growing on me. Visually, completely and totally my steez. In love.
  • This video tour of Milk Studios Los Angeles. One of the best places to work (or party) in L.A.
  • Another from Milk, this recap of Fashion Week Fall 2010. Great video with lots of very familiar faces.









Alrighty, going to end here. The longer I have this post sitting in my ‘drafts’ the more shit I keep adding… Have at it.

Favorites on the list? Anything you’ve seen lately worth sharing?

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Ashley Banks’ awesome 90s ensemble in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Season 4 clip-show “For Sale By Owner” (1994)

Who can resist a Fresh Prince re-run when it pops up on the TV guide? I definitely can’t. In my opinion, it’s the BEST 90s sitcom & possibly my favorite on-screen family ever (right alongside the Bluths, the Fishers & the Addams). Come on, Will! Carlton! Jeffrey!?

Anyway, considering the Fresh Prince comes to mind every time someone calls me “DJ Jazzi Jeff!!!” (on average – twice a week, though I like letting everyone think they’re totally original in coming up with it. I much prefer “Jazzercize”), I don’t know how Ashley Banks has managed to slip my mind as style influence for so long. I should start a blog full of all her awesome outfits! I want to approximate this one asap. Maybe Chloe Sevs can pop it in her next Opening Ceremony collab?

Oh, and yes, that’s Donald Trump looking exactly the same in a 1994 cameo. And speaking of Ashley Banks, remember Tatyana Ali’s Daydreamin? She was like a mini-Janet Jackson.

Anyone care to walk down 90s memory lane with me? Other favorite families? Shows? My short list: Daria, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, My So Called Life, Roswell, Clarissa & Blossom… and Freaks & Geeks but let’s be honest – who actually watched it in the 90s? If you did, props.

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