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Is the runway ready for high-tech fashion?

"There’s been signs of progress recently. Apple just teased the release of its much-hyped smartwatch, and designer Rebecca Minkoff premiered two pieces of wearable tech, a bracelet that delivers mobile call and text notifications and one with a USB that charges your smartphone, at New York Fashion Week.

But few of these products have caught on in the general marketplace, and designers and developers have consistently failed to achieve one simple goal—creating wearable tech that you’d actually want to wear. That prompts the question: Why has it been so hard for designers to marry high tech with high fashion? And what does that say about the future of wearable tech in general?”

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Great article by Flavorwire on Pop Culture’s Most Fashionable Vampires - they also mention us! Thanks Alison and Judy!


Pop Culture’s Most Fashionable Vampires

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Interview With A Vampire by Karl Lagerfeld

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Acid attack survivors in India model new clothing range for powerful photoshoot

Survivors of acid attacks in India have become the face of a new clothing range designed by a woman who had acid thrown in her face while she was asleep four years ago.Delhi-based designer Rupa and her friends Rita, Sonam, Laxmi and Chanchal modelled the clothes from her new range, Rupa Designs, for photographer Rahul Saharan.

Rupa suffered extensive injuries when her stepmother threw acid in her face while she was sleeping in 2008.

She was allegedly left without any medical aid for six hours before her uncle found her and transported her to hospital, where she underwent eleven operations and spent three months being cared for.

this is so powerful

Bless them and their beautiful spirits

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I guess it really is going to depend on what they mean by “vintage”. Looking at their website, it seems like they mean anachronistic circus looks, vaguely turn-of-the-century. Corsets, louis heels, feathers, fringe, top hats and bowlers, Moulin Rouge, that kind of thing. “Steampunk in colors other than brown” seems like a good byword for this outfit, meaning don’t get hung up on period accuracy because this is circus/entertainment, and not a reenactment. The performers and employees on their site are wearing clothing mashups across the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

I would look at the work of Toulouse Latrec for inspiration, because the venue is definitely trading heavily on the Moulin Rouge look, which he coined. I included a ton of his work above, but there’s even more if you want to google.

Some touchstones to make these outfits suit the “type”: black or white gloves, black or white or solid-colored opaque stockings, red lips, dainty boots, gibson girl hair, hats, monocles, jewel tones on black.

I’m not sure if you’re looking for male or female wardrobe, but imo it is easier to put together a more typical women’s ensemble in this style.

Men’s clothing involves fewer layers and drapes, and is usually very strongly dependent on the cut of the garment to sell the period style. But there are some nerd tricks that can work sometimes. You can do a lot with a basic white buttonup and a small scrap of fabric:


Sleeve garters are another outfit cue that says “vintage” and can help sell a regular Kmart buttondown.


Sashes are a good alternative to a cummerbund for a circus look. It might make you look a little like a halloween pirate or a vampire LARPer, but that’s actually not necessarily a bad thing in the context of what I’m seeing on the Spiegeltent site. You can make the garters out of old bra straps or underpants elastic. Covering them with fabric is an added step that can help disguise the source. If you don’t want to sew, safety pins will hold it all together but make sure they are not visible, and make sure they are strong and redundant so you don’t get stabbed during your shift.

If you have a vest, great, just make sure it’s TIGHT. Baggy or boxy vests are the #1 fuckup on anachronistic men’s outifts; baggy vest says “prom” or “dad’s suit” louder than almost anything else except maybe a badly-fitted jacket. if your vest isn’t form fitting, take it in at the sides with sewing or concealed pins, or cinch it in the back. Clip elastics are a good option here:

Search for “dress cinch” or “elastic dress clip”. They can often be found at craft stores and are insanely useful for all kinds of clothing issues.

Ladies’ clothes are a little easier imo. If you have a corset or anything that looks vaguely like a corset you can drape your entire outfit around it and use it to hide the safety pins holding the whole thing together. For example, you can fake a bustle skirt like this:


Make sure to experiment about where the best place is to pin. This method will work with any length of skirt, but I find the witchy/hippie “broom” skirts you see in farmer’s markets and thrift stores, with as much fabric as possible, work best. Make sure your bustle is symmetrical, with the drapes the same size on both sides. Depending on where you pin, the front hem of your skirt may dip lower than the back. This is a matter of preference. Here’s another bustle method that makes a central drape, instead of two.


You can wear this by itself, or on top of another skirt of the same or different color, or with a petticoat, or even on top of another fake bustle.


You also don’t have to use a skirt, pieces of fabric work fine. If you’re using a bedsheet—and I have—make sure you’re concealing the telltale hems, which is how people will be able to tell! Hide your safety pins and elastic and bunchy edges under a vest or corset or sash. Corsets are really great for tucking things into because they will flatten out bulges caused by hidden fabric and folds.

I really like this fake bustle method and I use it all the time because it is no-sew, and you can build dozens of different dresses out of a single skirt and some safety pins, and just tear it down at the end of the night.

Footwear is pretty important too, but not everyone has access to retro shoes and that’s ok. Men’s shoes are the biggest difficultly here; women’s shoes can be concealed a bit. One thing you can do is tie a long ribbon under the arch of the shoe and around your ankle, creating a circusy, ballet sort of look.


As a bonus, this really helps your heels from popping out the backs of your shoes and can prevent blisters during a shift. The ribbon will migrate around a bit as you move, unless you pin it down.

A couple last words of advice: Polyester or rayon satin, cheap crushed velvet, and cheap scratchy lace almost always look tacky, like a premade halloween costume. Satin also wrinkles instantly and gets runs easily. It’s better to avoid these fabrics if possible, even if it means sticking with cotton. If you’re wearing a bra, keep it concealed. Modern underwear is a big jarring “tell” that can hijack “vintage” looks. Opaque jewel tone, black or white tights are very Victorian-looking, and if you want to go whole hog you can cut them off at the tops of the thighs and tie them above the knee with ribbon or elastic. Feathers and fake flowers are a lot cheaper at the craft store than they are when already sewn onto headbands or hats on Etsy. Cat toys maybe be an even cheaper source of feathers. When you’re in a fabric store, ask where the “remnants” rack is and make a beeline there. Chances are you aren’t going to need more than a couple yards of fabric or ribbon, so why pay for pristine yardage from the roll? Interior designer fabric sample catalogs are often discarded whole and you get a huge book of foot-squared, extremely expensive and durable sofa or curtain fabrics. You can also find cheap fabric in the form of curtains, sheets and large size clothing in thrift stores. Furniture trim, like little pompoms or tassels or beads, are durable as hell and it doesn’t take much to edge a hat or a corset for a night. Tie a long thick sash into a big fat bow and put it on top of your fake bustle; it’ll look great and hide your pins and edges. If you’re wearing jewelry, try to make it all one tone or metal (gold or copper or silver), OR make sure the mix is fairly even.

I could go on but this has been a few hours already. I hope this helped, and break a leg on your application!

or everyone not yet aware that i started a makeup, hair and clothing ask blog

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"Guinness has been variously described in the press as an heiress, a muse, a socialite, a designer, and an artist, and though all these characterizations are partly accurate, none quite conveys her affect, which is that of a slightly deranged fairy invented by C. S. Lewis."

- Rebecca Mead writes in her 2011 Profile of Daphne Guinness: http://nyr.kr/1A0gsBv

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The poor models at Louis Vuitton.

Update (07/11/14): This blew up and there were a lot of comments on the post and people messaging me to ask what happened. Since I’m not a runway model, I decided to ask one. I asked Kayley Chabot (whose résumé includes more than 100 shows in the four fashion capitals) if she had ever had to deal with uncomfortable shoes during fashion month, and here’s what she told me:

"The shoes are undoubtedly the worst part of fashion month. I’ve gone down the runway as my feet have been bleeding and torn apart from ridiculously small shoes. Almost every show I’ve ever done, the shoes have been much too small, either cutting off circulation and molding your foot to the shoe, or blisters and blood everywhere. Generally at the end of fashion month, I don’t recognize my own feet. They’re covered in blisters, cuts, everything. So yes, all of our feet look like that by the end of the month! (If a girl’s eyes look rather glossy during a show, she’s probably holding back tears.)”

So there you have it. Runway modeling may seem like a walk in the park, but it sounds like it can be a pretty excruciating, blister-filled walk.

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RAMI KADI Un Souffle d’Orient Collection

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literally cannot wait for the day when society advances to the point where women are no longer obligated to wear bras in public

this was the case in the 70s for quite a while (any movie from that time will show you braless actresses), but the conservative backlash took all that away from us.


Deborah Van Valkenburgh in The Warriors, 1979


Jane Fonda in Klute, 1971


Cindy Morgan in Caddyshack, 1980

…which is a shame because my tits are my most fashionable accessory

also Jennifer Aniston tried to bring it back in the 90s and looked good doing it, but it didn’t stick.

yes please 

since middle school i’ve been ashamed of having boobs but i hate wearing bras so much. especially in the summer

lets bring back the braless look. free the boobiadoos 2014, the future starts now

ya’ll tiny-titted folk can keep your braless movement… I’m not walking around with my 44H boobs unsupported


Nah I’m not feeling it. Unsupported DD’s are not what I’m about

YOU GUYS ARE MISSING THE POINT its not like. lets never wear bras ever, my main point was let’s not make bra-wearing something that a woman has to do in order to be deemed ~acceptable to be seen in public

agree. the point is “bras optional”, not “bras forbidden” or “bras required”. “bras optional” periods in recent american fashion history can be said to coincide with the status of women, and particularly the popularity of women’s movements. at the turn of the century a lot of suffragettes rejected the corset and skirt and went for bloomers and loose blouses, a trend which was ridiculed in the popular press. in the 1920s and 30s (flappers were liberated women) there were a lot of braless looks and braless fashion, then post-world wars, things got conservative again, and the famous and uncomfortable bras and girdles of the 40s-50s became de facto. in the 60s and 70s the women’s and sexual liberation movements shocked all the buttoned-down old folks with bringing back the visible nipple, and this lasted into the early 80s, when conservatism snapped back and we ended up in a whole new generation of consumeristic, de rigeur underwear.  

prior to this, the 1700s in Europe boasted a lot of Visible Breasts, often in conjunction with the corsets of the day, and sometimes in a more Greco-Roman “loose” style.  and this likewise was a comparatively progressive era in terms of the very earliest proto-feminist ideas.

the whole point is that we should have the option. the fact that we dont, unless we are intent on “transgressing” and being met with negative attention, reflects the societal status of women and the broad feelings of our current culture towards feminism and women’s issues.

my official prediction is that bralessness is about to come back, and early fashion adopters are already pushing that envelope, notably Rihanna and Beyonce.

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By the 1960s, Carnaby Street proved popular for followers of both the mod and hippie styles. Many independent fashion boutiques, and designers such as Mary Quant, Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, Lord John, Merc, Take Six, and Irvine Sellars were located in Carnaby Street as well as various underground music bars such as the Roaring Twenties in the surrounding streets. With bands such as Small Faces, The Who, and The Rolling Stones appearing in the area to work (with the legendary Marquee Club located round the corner in Wardour Street), shop, and socialize, it became one of the coolest destinations associated with the Swinging London of the 1960s.

The Carnaby Street contingent of Swinging London stormed into North American and international awareness with the April 15, 1966 publication of Time magazine’s cover and article that extolled this street’s role:

Perhaps nothing illustrates the new swinging London better than narrow, three-block-long Carnaby Street, which is crammed with a cluster of the ‘gear’ boutiques where the girls and boys buy each other clothing…

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Paul Hiebert on the perpetual dilemma of the luxury brand: How do you sell more stuff without desecrating your name? http://nyr.kr/1snhvak

Photograph by Christopher Morris/VII.

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This is the Alexander Henry Pin-Up collection - and they are all fucking amazing!

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This is Mason’s inner life. Mason never dies, you know. Mason just goes to the Club Section…

Tilda Swinton explaining her surprise secondary role inSnowpiercer' as one of the partygoers in the Nightclub Section (see video here).


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The incomparable Katharine Hepburn as a smouldering, irresistible aviatrix in Christopher Strong (1933). Costume designs by Walter Plunkett and Howard Greer. 

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