Category Archives: Fashion

Issey Miyake

I’m in the process of writing a research paper on Issey Miyake and so excited that my first stop for information is my very own library and a book by Mark Holborn on this innovative designer.   The bright colors and the blurred focus of this photo make it my favorite of the of the “Flying Saucer” dress from the Spring/Summer 1994 collection.   In its unworn state, it looked somewhat like a flattened lantern and artfully fit over the body like a slinky.

Rudi Gernreich

This photo is from “The Rudi Gernreich Book” and shows some of his 1965 Resort Wear Collection.  Gernreich was known for his fashion forward clothing  which used shapes, colors and non-traditional materials in new and exciting ways.   While it’s filled with many inspiring images of his designs- modeled mostly by his muse, Peggy Moffit- this is one of my favorites due to my love of all things plexiglass.  These ultra fabulous sun visors were made by accessories designer Layne Nielson and were the perfect compliment to Gernreich’s futuristic vision.  Even today, I think these outfits would cause quite a stir on the beach, don’t you?


Vintage Swim Caps

Now that we’ve finally entered summer, it’s time to focus on what’s really important this season- vintage swim caps!  Back when women invested lots of time in rollers sets, swim caps were not just a fabulous fashion statement but a necessary part of glamour maintenance.  I think today’s woman spends equally as much time, if not more so, on hair color and styling processes so why not help them last longer with “Old Hollywood” style?   Some brands to search for are Kleinert’s, Jantzen and Playtex which you can find on cool specialty sites like Glamoursurf as well as from various sellers on Etsy, but act fast because they sell quickly!   There are even “retro style” caps being manufactured today which give a similar look and feel without the higher price tag.  Just be sure and do some research because they can often be mislabeled and you don’t want to pay vintage prices for something that really only costs around $12 – 14.

Above are some hot styles from Glamoursurf and below from various sellers on Etsy (LOVE the hot pink cap with fab 60’s original box from DrStrangeGoods!)

Below are some adorable retro style caps that come in lots of fun colors available at

Anna Sui Fall 2011

This the going to be THE outfit for Fall 2011 and I’m almost willing to skip over summer to have it!  Love the blue and green, love the optic nouveau designs, love the nod to Biba in a thoroughly modern way.
Anna Sui:  A+

(photo by Robert Mitra)

Jason Wu Fall 2011

New York’s Fashion Week for Fall 2011 is well under way and after seeing most of what’s been presented so far- this makeup from Jason Wu’s show is my favorite. In general, I’m a big fan of Diane Kendal and here she’s done it once again by creating a rock n’ roll look that’s also very elegant.  The rich intensity of the blue-black contrasted with gold is a striking combination on the eyes and you just can’t deny the power of bleached eyebrows.

(photo by Kyle Ericksen)

Dior Couture Spring 2011

I’m pretty sure all the angels in heaven look like this.
J’Adore Dior!