hiiii lovies! i've got Isa back on the blog. she's wearing something that doesn't really jibe with the current weather (which conspires to keep us all home and in bed) but it would be perfectly fresh and festive for a new years eve party. (although, Isa, if you're reading this, please weigh in! what ARE you planning to wear for NYE parties this year?)
even though these aren't colors i typically wear, i find this outfit absolutely enchanting and charming, and very in line with Isa's buoyant personality. i think the blouse is Prabal Gurung X Target, and i love the sheer black panels. the simple cut lets the florals shine, but the garment isn't overdesigned. the knife-pleated magenta skirt is a vibrant contrast with the limes and emeralds in the blouse. her sandals black and white, have a really cool angular design, with a turned heel and am ankle strap. the black and white acts as a tonic against the tropical palette.
there's also some great accessories going on, in terms of lilac glasses and a shocking pink rubber watch. Isa's high-piled hair reveals her purple cluster earrings. overall, the look is balanced -- no need for a belt or cocktail rings.
in terms of the illustrations, Shua's aims for a calm, quiet elegance. we included a photo with slightly more detail so you could see the quality of his lines. my illustration is somewhat out of focus, but you can still see that i was wowed by the energy of the colors. there's a daisy de villenueve thing going on, with lots of attitude and angles.
my boss was going through some dusty boxes and found a couple back issues of Punk Planet. this one features Jaime Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame. it is fantastic, and makes me miss Punk Planet so much. he used to lend support to Young Chicago Authors --where i worked-- but at the time i didn't understand how awesome he was. thank goodness Dan Sinker is still doing so much in chicago. (teaching at columbia, his tweets-book satire of rahm emmanuel, maintaining the time portal of infinite chicagos...)
anyway, the outfit is a quasi-plaid blouse from etoile isabel marant. (i say quasi because it's yellow and black, which is barely plaid, and closer to check, right? it is also my ONLY plaid shirt.) over that, a sheer blue H&M sweater. the vintage jellyfish necklace is a piece my friend Vince found in a junk shop. the trousers are 3.1 Phillip Lim and the kitten heel sandals are Sigerson Morrison. it's sort of artsy, the three blues with the near-cmpliment of dried mustard and the tonic of white.
someone looking at this photo will notice, first thing, that my toes are sans lacquer, and they will think it looks godawful. if i did toenail polish, lavender might have been nice.
in my spare time, i get to contribute to the fantastic street style blog Chicago Looks. this is Nick, who works at the Museum of Contemporary Art. every time i see him, he looks smashing. it's just comes naturally to him. the following photo was first published on Isa Giallorenzo's site -- go there to read Nick's great little interview and see details of his outfit.
thanks Shua and Isa! i love collaborating with you guys!
one of my best girlfriends found me this great organza blouse at the salvation army. it's emanuel emanuel ungaro, which is crazy to think. poor ungaro-- to think that they once maintained a diffusion label! (actually, i remember about 20 years ago they had a capsule for the la redoute catalog.) i really love the sensuality of ungaro, and i hope they can eventually recapture that.
underneath the blouse, which slightly gossamer, is the barest of little black brassieres. the leggings are tone-on-tone flocked velvet from topshop. the d'orsay ankle-strap heels are charles jourdan. the earrings are carved cellulose, from france. they are big and aggressive, like gauges, but luckily for me, they are clip-on. if i was a girlboss à la sophia amoruso i could probably get away with wearing this outfit to work.
moron stroke: i forgot to take a photograph of the ever-camera-ready-Rizzo-Ford. we've got the two illustrations, one from me and one from Shua, but while Rachel was holding her pose it didn't occur to me to reach for my iphone.
still, you get the idea. i layered my illustration between the Miu Miu gold leather jacket and the brocade Miu Miu trousers. the trousers don't fit me anymore, and i basically bought them with too much wishful thinking.
Rizzo made a great model and she could hold her pose, no problem, and though this isn't her everyday style, she pulls it off it with totally authenticity.
sometimes you find a dress with great potential, but something fudd-duddy about it is holding you back. maybe it's been hanging forlornly in your closet for a couple years, or maybe it's on the rejects rack at the thriftstore. either way, it's great material, a good fit, a neat pattern, or has some detail that's kept you from tossing it out.
in my case, this Albert Nippon vintage silk dress fit perfectly in the waist and bust. it had cute tiers at the hips and ruffles at the hem.... but it also had dorky puffed sleeves. even though i don't go in for polka dots, i couldn't let it languish. there was something classic about the cut, and i knew a little sexiness would make it modern.
it was a very easy step. i just cut of the sleeves and made the neckline a little lower. i made the armholes a little longer too, so it would fit more like a breezy tank. i did not even bother to finish the edges, but that wouldn't be hard to do.
Shua has given us three illustrations. in the first panel, you see the dress styled for winter, with opaque tights and a white belt. after the more casual, summery chop, i just went with bare legs and madewell booties. the third illustration is a side-view... of me reading twitter on my phone.
the last pic is a bonus, wearing the dress last february. good for you if you recognize my friend there, who came with me to the circle opening of Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, at the MCA.
(who knew the exhibit would inspire my own creative effort, Destroy the Garment: Altering the Dress.)