Monday, July 26, 2010

Worst Summer Trend: The Thong Flat Sandal Boot

I absolutely abhor this shoe. While I am all for updated classics, I can't understand why anyone would make the conscious decision to wear something so tacky and useless. I have yet to see this shoe look good on anyone, yet it's everywhere.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

"All along the western front..."

If Carly Margolis' jewelry line had a soundtrack it would be MGMT's Time To Pretend, replete with Native American, Egyptian and cosmic motifs, and a unique visual sensibility. “My aesthetic explores psychedelic realm and mythical landscapes, with an occasional element of camp or ironic spirituality,” Margolis says. With her artistically subversive line of jewelry, dubbed All for The Mountain, she integrates these themes into a collection of visually stunning necklaces, rings, cuffs and headpieces inspired by sacred objects of past and future.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ready to Wear: Chantell Walters

One thing I love most about working in the industry of fashion is that you become aligned with some of the most interesting and talented people. This was the case while working a photo shoot recently, when I met Chantell Walters, a makeup artist's assistant who also happens to be a really keen designer. Wearing her own creations, the native Londoner explains to me that she's in New York for networking and hopes to make a name for herself here in the states. Judging from her spring/summer 2010 collection, the future looks bright.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Impetus: Food For Thought

I'll never forget it. I was 21 years old when, one summery saturday afternoon, my mom and I took the hour-long drive from San Bernardino to Los Angeles' infamous Santee Alley shopping district. "The Alley" is an egregiously long stretch of narrow concrete nestled between throngs of mostly foreign vendors shamelessly hawking counterfeit designer wares, amongst other cheap and equally imitated merchandise. I had heard through the grapevine that this was the place to get a designer bag, albeit fake, for dirt cheap. My excitement was palpable. So what if it wasn't the real thing, nobody else would know (I think).

Letter from the Editor

The title and purpose of this platform stems from the oxymoronic phrase that is more about our current state of mind than any actual lack of clothes. That state of mind being that more often than not, we feel as though we aren't or don't have enough, when in reality we have too much. We live a society where conspicuous consumption is not only condoned, but glorified. The association and attachments we hold to material things have become dangerously intertwined with a sense of self-- who we are, or what we think we are can be easily connected to how much you have, what handbag you carry or what designer shoes you walk in. It's easy to lose sight of what's real, especially when you believe that the "Chanel" quilted handbag you bought on Canal street has any genuine attributes, physically and metaphorically speaking. How ironic is it that these things we go out of our way to acquire are the most disposable? It's time to wake up.

The fact is, people wear clothes. And I love clothes. Not clothes that communicate any particular status, association or income, but clothes that exude creativity, nostalgia and awe. Substantial, artful creations that break the status quo...or not. Because simplicity never goes out of style. Embrace individuality. Reject labels. Educate. Empty your closet.