Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Opening Ceremony S/S09 Lookbook

Hide your credit cards, the Opening Ceremony spring lookbook is out....

Wish spring was here already, perfect clothes to party like it's 1989.....

(via Refinery29)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dear Kate

I loves you like a fat kid loves cake or like models love (something sounding sort of like cake).
Your new holiday collection for Topshop is tots fab. Wish it didn't sell out in 15 minutes though, the cougar dress is a sweet slice of heaven...

(pics: Marie Claire UK)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

L'ecole Des Femmes S/S09

I think I know who the principal of this school might be. Wish I went to a school that had standard issue mouse ears....

... more cuteness here.

Just Cause It's Sunday

.... and these 2 have a book coming out. Wish they included stuff like this in it....

Friday, October 24, 2008

Chanel F/W 08/9 RTW Campaign "Harlem Shuffle"

This campaign appeals to me for 2 reasons. First, because we will all be living like this soon, even Claudia Schiffer is now forced to sleep on a mattress on floor. She can't even afford sheets or pillows! Why? Because she didn't diversify, that's why. She has tons of shares in AIG & Lehman Brothers the poor thing.

Second.... because I really love that Karl is finally addressing the true blue Chanel lovers. It's easy to throw a billionaire Olsen twin into one of these ad campaigns and call it a day. Instead, he's speaking to the true Chanel sacrificers like me, those of us who would rather spend $10,000 on that faaaaaaabulous outfit than take care of the pesky wiring problem in our apartments.... and if I had a choice between paying for my health insurance for the next few months (boooooooring) or buying those shoes (see second photo.... i die!) you know that I would be dusting off a really special place in my closet for them. Thanks Karl, you totally get me.....

(pics: chanel)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Scalloped Edge Tutorial

Now that all the fashion weeks are over, it became obvious to me that the world needs a scalloped edge tutorial. We can't all have Christopher Kane's but even if you can't construct a garment from scratch, you can can do this to modify vintage pieces or anything you have in your closet that needs to be "Kaned".

The Ingredients:

Cardboard or heavy weight card stock
Scissors (pointy)
Water soluble marking pen of fine point marking pencil
Sewing Machine
A gin and tonic as a present to yourself when you're finished. (optional/mandatory)

Step 1:

The first part is the least fun because it involves math. Don't drink gin & tonic at this point. You need to make a stencil of the scallops. The most important thing to remember is that each scallop has to be sized so that it fits evenly into the width of the hem, the last thing you want is to end up with a partial scallop. To do this you need to determine where you hem will be. If you want scallops that are 4" in length, you need to a 4 1/4" hem allowance. Then measure the finished hem line. If the measurement of your finished hem is 44" for example, you can have 11 even scallops which are 4" each. Sometimes life is not fair, so you end of with a far less pleasant number like a 45 3/4" hem. Don't let that scare you, there is no reason you can't make each scallop 4 3/8 or any other width, as long as it evenly fits into the size of your finished hem. If you're European you might have better luck with the metric system but I don't go there.

Anyway..... now that you hopefully figured out the size of your scallops the rest is a cake walk. Draw 3 or 4 symmetrical scallops on a piece of cardboard.

I am using a muslin for one of my Fonatine dresses here. In this example I am using scallops that are 4" in length & 5" in width. I also recommend practicing on something beforehand if you are not very confident about being able to sew straight.

Step 2: Fold hem under by 1/4" and press.

Step 3: Turn the garment over to the right side and fold over by 4" (or whatever length your scallops are). Press.

Step 4: Here comes the stencil/template and your marking pen. Place it just at the hemline and start tracing. If you screwed up your scallop measurements, this is the point where you will figure it out. Trace all the scallops all around the hemline.

Step 5: Pin the top part of your hem to your garment and get ready to sew.

Step 6: This is very important.... you MUST use a very small stitch length for this to work. On many machines it would be 1.5. Now sew all around each of your makings. Do not sew beyond each scallop. When you come to the point where 2 scallops meet, turn. Otherwise you will end up with very ugly puckers between each scallop.

Step 7: Now that you are done with the sewing, cut along each scallop leaving about 1/8" allowance. Use your pointy scissors to cut between each scallop making sure you don't cut through your stitches. No need for notches or clipping any where because of your small stitch length. woohoo...

Step 8: Now comes the fun part. Turn garment to the wrong side and turn your scallops out. Use your stencil/template to form each scallop and iron all around until each scallop looks perfect.

Step 9: You're almost finished... Just sew the hem as you normally would and you're done... Congratulations, Drinky time....

This is what it should look like on the right side.


Now, Gin & Tonic time.....

PS: I haven't been slacking on my collection at all... many things coming soon.... promises.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Reason #4,829 to Become a Model If You Could: Jessica Stam's Apt

Because you can have your own personal interior decorator at 22. And if Marc Jacobs names a bag after you, you can also buy a house in the Hamptons to match your East Village apartment. Why, yes I am jealous thank you very much.

(Elle Decor via Jezebel)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dear Vlada & Nicolas

I die. Dead.

(via: Jak & Jil)