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Shua did a fantastic job with these illustrations, and we did quite a few poses this session. as someone who has never done yoga, let me confide in you that a full lean onto my knees isn’t exactly comfortable, as floppy as it might look. (i was aiming for languid.)

the lead illustration is the best, as it seems that the body –my body, after a fashion– is comprised of mist, hardly corporeal. the bun is a calligraphed suggestion. only by my forearm have we committed to flesh.

in the fourth illustration, a triptych, you get a sense of the scale. usually Shua’s illustrations are about three feet in height, or so. (by contrast, my illustrations are four or five inches.) lots of extended brush strokes that vary in saturation along their length.

j. crew cardigan (borrowed from the boy)

topshop satin maxi dress (it has short sleeves, but my goodness it’s too cold for that)

miu miu suede peep-toes (you can’t see them)

skinny leather belt, perforated with stars

sorry for the sourpuss expression!

girlboss

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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.

phillip lim’s phoenix v.3

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last in this series for a minute, but i’m sure i’ll come up with a bunch more ways to incorporate this sweatshirt as the temperatures drop. in this look, i’m making the most of a bodycon topshop dress. stayed mostly tone-on-tone, but the pattern on the dress is pyramid studs, pearls and square-cut diamonds. the shoes stick with the theme by having a metal-edged ankle strap and ball-stud closures. obviously, d’orsay is mt favorite shape.

nothing else matters anymore

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pre-hallowe’en bones. i love that skeleton pants really work for all year. just a really easy outfit for kicking around the neighborhood and running for groceries. i don’t drink enough to get hangovers, but it’s kind of a hungover-sunday look.

gray vintage varsity windbreaker

Nothing Else Matters Anymore t-shirt by Dead Bury Dead

skeleton leggings from Topshop

blue platform monkstrap creepers from Urban Outfitters

medusa head on me like i’m ‘luminati

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like the Migos song.

here’s some extreme high-low. versace belt with forever21 maxi dress. it’s sheer fluoro-honeydew color. kinbaku heels from topshop.

Shua really does his fashion illustration job when my face is doing something like that. what’s going on, face?

as of press time, i have already given away the dress. to quote a different great song of this summer: “rock forever21 but just turned 30” — that’s not gonna be me.

wonder woman

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modern, minimalist, tribal. gray topshop dress in cotton jersey, upper and lower halves joined by a knot at the middle. red suede boots from urban outfitters. silver torque collar from ethiopia; my mom bought it there when she visited in the 70s. (i do not mind that it looks more gold than silver, but i could scrub it with baking soda.)

i feel a little Wonder Woman.

chambray three way

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levi’s chambray shirt jacked from my dude’s closet. it’s bleached in spots and frayed at the sleeve and hem, but that makes it way better. the denim is super soft and breezy. sometimes i object to the americana aesthetic, but in this case, it’s so natural and easy and individualistic.

i feel like the words “individualistic” and “unique” get thrown around a lot, in relation to US jingoism and the marketing of denim, but somehow the estimation feels authentic. i’ve borrowed (read: stolen) a lot of jeans from boyfriends over the years, and the way they fit is always idiosyncratic to them. threadbare in certain spots, sagging in others, stained from use or paled from washing, the habits are embedded in a garment of such frequent use. carrying a cel phone or a pack of cigarettes in the back pocket will leave a certain imprint. the height of their knee demarcates the place where the bend to sit or kneel. wearing your partner’s clothes is always intimate, but wearing their jeans is a study in their physical poetry.

accordingly, in the third look, i am wearing Levi’s that were handed-down by an ex-bf. woven platform sandals by Lucky Brand and a vintage crocodile belt. very Texan tux.

the second look involves an H&M leather skirt with a sheer under-layer, a spiked Topshop headband, and Alexander Wang’s “Angela” bag. vintage beater boots, natch.

the first look also utilizes H&M — suede cheekies (barely visible beneath the untucked shirt) — and the Angela bag. the d’Orsay flats are by Chinese Laundry, and a TOTAL RIP of the Jenni Kayne style, but i love them.

i feel like extra credit should be given, for doing a different braid in each look.

common to the three styles is my new perfect necklace from By Phillipe. a little inverted crown, in light-weight gold, even though i’ve never appreciated yellow jewelry before. very optimistic and very summer.

versace wildfire

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this is a great post because i think whenever Shua and i work faster, the resulting images look more like fashion illustrations are supposed to. we get comfortable and there’s a great casual posture in the lines.

mens’ Koto sweatshirt

thigh-slit Versus Versace fluorescent woven skirt

Topshop kinbaku/shibari suede and lucite platform heels

yellow rhinestone necklace by Rachel Leigh

the body beneath

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the shirt in the first look is by Timing, which is to say an obscure sweatshop label. i found it at the thrift store, but it could be from Rainbo or a small boutique. it’s trendy, but not garishly so; sheer, but not obscenely revealing.

the wide-leg wool trousers are rag & bone, and are beautifully cut – especially in the seat and hips, which is the best way to contrast against the volume.

in the second look, the t-shirt in made of a thin gray cotton blend, gathered and knotted in the center. it isn’t terribly uncomfortable, but as the wearer, you perceive an unusual gravity bumping against your sternum. i love knotted and draped things, but this piece isn’t particularly flattering on me.

the shoes are by ShoeDazzle, which seems to be a successful enterprise based on selling cheaply-made clubbing shoes to a consumer who isn’t overly particular about quality of workmanship, materials, or even exercising personal taste. (the idea is that you fill out a survey, and the warehouse sends you one pair every month.) i found this pair – a pointy-toe, black, flocked texture with a metallic gold spike heel – at the secondhand store, so i don’t feel bad.

my mom bought the filigreed silver bangle at a craft fair before i was born. i guess it counts as vintage.

if i wasn’t dead-set on wearing skinny pants all the time, this is a silhouette i’d lean toward. it seems very grown up but still body-conscious.

 

leather and lace

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this gold jacket is insane and i love it, but i extra-love the style of short brushstrokes that Josh used to build the figure. it’s not cubist, but i’m not sure what to call it. the pure colors, all distributed in commas and exclamation points, are so kinetic!

gold leather miu miu jacket

green floral print topshop blouse

bcbg max azria wool and patent leather bow heels

h&m tweed and lace skirt

vintage ball beads necklace