Monday, August 31, 2009

Unblanding the Blog


Now to introduce the new elements of my blog.  See the background?  That's an image of a moptopped, Beatle-esque Linda Evangelista from a Vogue Italia March 1989 editorial entitled 'Maschile' that I Photoshopped.  LIKE IT??  Now I have to come up with an identity for Rags to Reverie.  After a few months of blogging (since, like, January?), I think I'm keeping this blog, unlike the past blogs I had (photography, fashion Xanga, The Beatles, and The Beatles Xanga...yikes).  I'm pretty uncreative in logo design so a new header shan't be expected soon.

Along with coming up with playful gift wrapping that is heart-breaking to tear apart, I love making mix CDs for my friends.  I've made some as birthday gifts and those friends would tell me, "OMGOSH, LUCY I LOVE THE CD YOU GAVE ME!!!!!!!!"  Potential DJ, eh??  Nah, I'm not cool enough.  Now you can read my blog without being in silence!  Check out my music playlist on the right column.  I like making each song flow into the next and I only pick my absolute favorite songs to be in these mixes, not some random stock music collecting digital dust in my iPod.  You should play the mix from start to finish because the tunes are arranged like that for a reason...to receive the greatest potential from this list of five selected songs!  Let me give a little explanation as to why I like each song...Please note that I may digress.


My Girls - Animal Collective
Okay, just about every hipster has heard and at some point, loved this song.  Can you believe I heard it just a about month ago?  Yay for Lollapalooza's free downloads!  The tune is not only beautiful with a carefully arranged mash of synth sounds but the few lyrics in this song make up a lovely contemporary poem about the necessities in life.


I Want Pity* (Jackson 5 vs. George Harrison) - ccc
This British mash-up artist has created quite a stir with his free downloadable Beatles remixes, creating a new sound to classic albums, notably Revolver (remixed into Revolved) and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (his version: Cracked Pepper).  The first time I heard one of his songs, which happened to be "I Want Pity", was while I was listening to my favorite Beatles radio show on the Sunday that followed Michael Jackson's death.  Such a trippy, light-hearted song.  It made me reflect on those innocent days...of course, I wasn't born in time for the release of the mashed-up songs "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5 or "Isn't It A Pity" by George Harrison, but I thought of happier times in the lives of these two now deceased artistic geniuses.


He Doesn't Know Why - Fleet Foxes
OMG.  Do I need to explain why I this song is good?  Fleet Foxes' first LP was on countless top 10 albums of 2008 lists and that's no surprise.  Robin Pecknold's voice is so haunting...combine that with what I call "mountain men music", and you've got a batch of folksy baroque rock that sounds fresh, yet timeless. What I love about their songs is that you won't get tired while listening to it.  The tune stays interesting til the end with Robin's raw burst of vocals...then a slow closing with a short but very sweet piano segment.


Black River Killer - Blitzen Trapper
This may be the most monotonous song in the playlist so I won't blame you if you skipped it.  I couldn't get enough of the lyric's rhythm and beat when I first heard this dark story-telling tune in my summer class.  Note that liking this song does not automatically conclude that you will like Blitzen Trapper.  I listened to more of their songs and I was like "WTF??  They sound exactly like Tom Petty!!!!!"  But it's all good, because I like Tom Petty.  Yes, my real age is in the 60's.


Strawberry Fields Forever (LOVE soundtrack) - The Beatles
If you're not familiar with this album, it's the soundtrack to the amazing Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show that I have yet to see, LOVE.  The John Lennon-sung version of "Strawberry Fields Forever" must have been from a demo of the song.  But I love this version so much more than Ringo's moody version with his deep vocals.  Well, I'd prefer John's raspy vocals over Ringo's vocals anyday.  The almost nonsensical but chilling "Strawberry Fields" then segues into a very fun "Hello, Goodbye" tune with some added circus music in there, courtesy of album producers George Martin (producer of the original Beatles albums) and his son Giles Martin.

Hope you don't find any of the tracks too odd.  Enjoy the new look and sound!

*You know what IS a pity?  The DJ didn't even mention who created the mash-up...and it was the most requested song that the radio show has ever had!  I know, it's not even a Beatles song.

P.S. You should really watch the "Black River Killer" music video.

Friday, August 28, 2009

September Issue Excitement Continues

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Nineteen models of Supreme Management and Women Management were photographed for the covers (PLURAL!) of V Magazine 61 supplement (September 2009). Yup, each of the girls have their own cover! But after seeing a video of the models pose in front of the camera, I wasn't so sure what to think of the shoot.


I was...slightly enthralled...but at the same time I wanted to look away from the scenes. Stylist Nicholas Grasa, make-up artist Janeen Witherspoon, and hair stylists Rita Marmor, Leonardo Manetti, and Franco Gobbi aimed to make the girls not pretty but exotic and a little grotesque. Dangling eye socket earrings, claw necklaces, rope chokers, and a flaming bra were just a few of the props used for this insane photoshoot.

Left to right, top to bottom: Iris Strubegger, Behati Prinsloo, Natasa Vojnovic, Meghan Collison, Daiane Conterato, Alana Zimmer, Hanne-Gaby Odiele, Suvi Koponen, Mina Cvetkovic, Rose Cordero, Darya Kurovska, Georgina Stojiljkovic, Hannelore Knuts, Yulia Kharlapanova, Isabeli Fontana, Valentina Zelyaeva, Alla Kostromicheva

Some of the cover photos are scary enough so I'm anticipating an even more frightening editorial featuring the girls. Luckily if I do buy the magazine, I won't feel as guilty for purchasing it. We can trust that V will print a drop-dead gorgeous editorial that will make up for the creepiness and an issue is only $7! I'm sure that more copies of V are sold than its big sister Visionaire. If I had to choose a cover to buy...I'd probably pick Georgina. Or Mina. Something that's not TOO haunting.  Which is your favorite (or LEAST favorite) cover?


Moving on to a frillier, girlier, more whimsical magazine that has recently been absent from the newstands. Seems like the eighth issue of Lula featuring cover model Chanel Iman and tons of highly saturated images is sold out at most places. It's definitely not available at the San Diego magazine rack I rummaged. But Lula won't be gone for long! The magazine's official website is finally updated with the eighth issue's cover. Not only that but the site, now under construction, announces that issue number nine is due out in September! Now to decide whether I really want to subscribe to Lula (costs quiiite a bit for one issue, let alone a year's subscription).

Lastly, has anyone out there watched The September Issue? I've heard nothing but good reviews for the film so I'll pay good money to see this much-anticipated film! 

Source: Big thanks to Supreme Management Being for the images and video, Lula website

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It Feels So Right Now, Hold Me Tight



I love this picture! (taken by Raymond Meier) You know what else I love? Those Gerbe tights (held by the model)! They're EVERYWHERE! When I flipped this page from Vogue August 2009, literally, there are those tights again, worn by Sea of Shoes' Jane Alridge. So these tights kind of make you look like you have some kind of pox, but these magazines are trying to tell me something (BUY THIS, LUCY!!!!!!). Whaddyaknow, Gerbe tights are now on my list of things to search for on eBay.

When I was in elementary school I hated hosiery. Mother made me wear white pantyhose to school and they're just not very comfortable while frolicking in the playground. As I got older and saw how people could wear tights so well, I've likened up to the nylon legs look. I'm not sure if I'm gutsy enough to wear an ostentatious pair of neon pink tights or anything but I've found lots of sort-of-modest, but eye-catching tights to wear under dresses or shorts. The best feature is that most pieces are at least somewhat affordable!

Here are some of my favorite pairs of pantyhose:

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Henry Holland for Pretty Polly Graduated Tights and Alphabetights, both in Black ($14) - The graduated tights appeared on the runway for Holland's FW 2009 collection...so you can now literally get a runway look for less! Each style comes in four colors, lilac, turquoise, mint green, and pink, but I'm not sure if I can pull off any of those bright hues (still, I'd love to own graduated tights in ever color).  Typical Holland keeps things playful, even with the packaging; each pair comes inside a paper coffee cup!




American Apparel Super Sheer Spiral Tight in Black / Snorkel ($14) - First on my list of things to get once I'm back in San Diego for school. There's an American Apparel store ten minutes away from campus compared to the Downtown LA store that's 30 minutes away from my house.



American Apparel Opaque Two Color Pantyhose in Black / Sand Dollar ($16) - This pair is probably a subtle rip-off of Chanel's two-toned tights but they're still cute.



Chanel Two-Toned Tights in Beige / Black ($230)
- How divine, especially worn with those pumps! And they must have some kind of slimming effect on the legs. If you're like me and you don't like the price tag, cheaper alternatives exist. But if you won't settle for a knock-off, eBay has some (questionably) authentic Chanel tights up for grabs.

I'm sure there are crazier-looking tights out there that would make me drool so I'd love to know of your favorites! Which of your coveted hosiery did not appear in this post?

Image sources: burbuja8910 (tFS), style.com, prettypolly.co.uk, American Apparel, Street Peeper, Fashion_Girl 22 (tFS)

Monday, August 24, 2009

IFB Presents Links à la Mode by Ashe Mischief

links a la mode

Beauty, Style, & the Blogosphere

Edited by Ashe Mischief

Beauty and Style come in many forms, and this weeks Links á la Mode choices showcase the many discussions entering the world of fashion blogging at the moment: excessive judgments, the value of personalities, and cultivating your inner beauty as well as your outer beauty. Bonne-Vie challenges the values of the show “More to Love” and Fivve Blog shares model sensation Lara Stone. Newcomer Jaka’s Tea Party calls to action with the Wholestyle Manifesto and Betsey J asks “Are we too judgmental as fashion bloggers?”

Not to overshadow this weeks Links á la Mode with too heavy of discussions, we’ve also go a great roundup of make-up tutorials & inspiration, along with great DIY projects & giveaways in the forums!

Links à la Mode : August 20th

  • Ask ThinkThru: – What Can You Wear From the Office To an Event?
  • Betsey J: – Have we become too judgemental when it comes to fashion & style?
  • Bonne Vie: – Fox is doin’ it wrong with new reality show “More to Love”
  • BRICK MY LANE: – 3-in-1 DIYs: Ripping, slashing andd patching everything, rock’n'roll style
  • Broke & Beautiful – International Indie Designers can be found with Novica, plus an opportunity to REALLY make a difference by shopping.
  • Confessions of a Fashion Editor – Fed up of emails from big fashion brands demanding interviews, I decided to speak to a young, bright and new designer instead.
  • Denim Debutante: – How to Clean & Care for Your Premium Denim
  • fivve blog: – If you have a fashion mag addiction, then you probably have seen who W Magazine is calling the “fashion it-girl” Lara Stone.
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: What's so great about Gravatars?
  • Jaka's Tea Party – A mission statement for a new movement that believes style isn’t about the clothes you wear, it’s about being a whole person.
  • Little Miss Makeup: – Pretty makeup is an evergreen fashion trend. Get the low-down on how to get the look!
  • Meilily: – Highlights the debut collection of Project Runway phenom Christian Siriano for VS Makeup.
  • pie wacket: – yesterday I worked with Kiehl’s to create a wonderful late summer giveaway and shot an original beauty story to demo the products.
  • Rags to Reverie: – Space 15 Twenty’s Pangaea Pop-Up makes deka ray’s architectural jewelry available for the masses
  • Retro Chick: – Why we buy – One woman’s journey in fashion and the decisions we make every day.
  • sweet archivia: – Anthropologie’s Secret Code – In-House Brand Guide
  • THE COVETED – The Coveted: Make that a double: Take Off Your Clothes Double T-Shirt Dress
  • The Demoiselles – Jennifer Nicole uncovers the secrets behind the new PETA ad, which degrades women based on weight.
  • The Fashion Planner: – The Fashion Planner’s Guide to Chicago offers great places to eat, shop, and more.
  • The Midnight Feast: – Did I really just put on black lipstick? How to tackle this trend: a guide for those who would prefer to leave the gothic look in the 90s.
  • Unfunded – Unfunded: White Rabbit Inspired Baubles
  • Wit & Whimsy: – First Look: Michael Kors Goes Hollywood Glam with the launch of VeryHollywood.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Subscriber's edition of Harper's Bazaar is HERE


THAT'S RIGHT, Agyness Deyn, NOT gossip gal Leighton Meester is on the cover of the subscriber's edition of Harper's Bazaar.  JEALOUS MUCH?...eh, I know a lot of people are up to here *raises hand as high as it can go" with Aggy.  I don't find her so annoying but maybe it's because she's not as big of a deal in America as she is in the UK.  But anyway, isn't the cover super cute with the red letter A (or should I say SCARLET LETTER??...) dangling like that?  A is for Agyness!  I love how minimalistic Harper's Bazaar covers have been lately.  They may be taking cue from our beloved European periodicals.


I was REALLY excited for this issue, despite finding out that a cast member of Gossip Girl was going to be on the newstand edition's cover.  I've only watched one ridiculous episode of Gossip Girl, when my friends decided to do a little catching up with the show (during my birthday party, too).  After being disappointed with the unflattering Bazaar cover, a slew of editorial updates for the September issue of the magazine popped up on tFS and Fashion Gone Rogue.  And...I was SO impressed!  American magazines have such a bad rep with their BORING editorials...so conservative, so Old Navy, so American-living-in-suburbia.  But here were these editorials supposedly from Harper's Bazaar that really looked like something inside Vogue Paris or i-D! (yes, you can disagree)  And the great thing is that the issue is really editorial-heavy, quite uncommon for a mainstream American fashion magazine.  Also, the editorials feature an all-star roster of models...Eniko Mihalik, Siri Tollerod, Lara Stone, Naomi Campbell, and MORE!

Here are previews of a few photo eds from the issue:


"Thriller Fashion"
Ph: Terry Richardson  Model: Agyness Deyn

Aggy's ed is a bit tacky and might piss off a few people but it's an interesting theme.  If there was a Beatles-themed editorial (and I DID find something like that!!!!!!!), I'd be pleased!


"Fabulous At Every Age"
Ph: Terry Richardson  Model: Leighton Meester

This just seems like a poor imitation of Eniko's much more convincing age transformation editorial from Vogue Paris November 2008.


"Supermodels Supernatural"
Ph: Peter Lindbergh  Models: Kristen McMenemy, Cindy Crawford, Amber Valleta, Nadia Auermann, Shalom Harlow, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Tatjana Patitz

Lindbergh has long been taking pictures for fashion mags and his skills have not gone rusty at all!  Since I never wear make-up I love that the subjects are wearing no make-up.  Even though the images weren't digitally retouched, these beautiful supermodels can make a 20-year-old jealous!


"Wild Things"
Ph: Jean-Paul Goude  Model: Naomi Campbell

Jean-Paul Goude is so talented; his images are so iconic and never boring.  I only wish this editorial was longer but I could look at each of Goude's four double-page images FOREVER.


"Unsung Hero"
Ph: Hugh Stewart  Model: Susan Boyle

Some tFS people were upset with Susan Boyle being in Bazaar, but I don't see anything wrong with that!  She looks absolutely adorable in the pictures! (um, did she ever win Britain's Got Talent? I don't keep up with these things...)


"Peggy Guggenheim's Venice"
Ph: Karl Lagerfeld  Models: Lara Stone and Baptiste Giabiconi

Obviously Karl was going to drag boytoy Baptiste into the Harper's shoot.  Lara is fully clothed (finally..) and looking nice and refined!


"Proud to Shop"
Ph: Terry Richardson  Model: Madelena Frackowiak

Magdalena looks hot, as always.  This editorial totally looks like something from Paris Vogue with that wash-out lighting and leg-flattering camera angle.

"From Seventh Avenue to Sesame Street"
Ph: Jason Schmidt  Models: Sessilee Lopez and Tao Okamoto

My favorite editorial in the whole issue!  Placing CFDA members in Sesame Street?  How kitsch. HOW CUTE!

Okay that post was super long, time to take a break.

P.S. I just noticed that Terry took a bulk of the photos in Bazaar.  I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.


Image sources: models.com, Harper's Bazaar, Luxx (tFS), flyme2themoon (tFS)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Open up a Lockerz account!


I finally accessed my Lockerz account for the first time since Thursday. Actually, I had to open a new account with another invitation...how annoying. Lockerz is an invite-only website that allows you to earn PTZ (pointz, kind of like cash) and redeem them for prizes...and it's all free! It's supposedly a legit website; the CEO of Lockerz is Kathy Savitt who was a former executive of Amazon.com and American Eagle Outfitters.



Though I'm a bit skeptical of this website, a lot of invites popped up all over the internet and I couldn't resist. Some of the prizes have included Marc by Marc Jacobs bags, BCBGirls peep-toe pumps, Chanel bracelets (!!!), and House of Harlow rings. Not to mention a bunch of Apple products. I'm not sure how this corporation is funded or how it finds all these products but it's worth a try.

To be invited to the online community, please leave me your e-mail and I'll send you an invitation immediately.
Update, Oct. 15, 2009: This has happened to me several times already...I'd get comments on this post requesting invites, and when I try to send them out, everyone is already registered within the Lockerz system. Rest assured, if you comment this post and include your email address, you will receive an invitation from me! There's no need to ask for an additional one from someone else. I check my blog daily so you should receive the invite within the same day of your request!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hurry before Pangaea splits...

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Wow, I just found out that Space 15 Twenty's current Pangaea Pop-Up won't be around for much longer.   The 30,000 sq. foot concept store from Urban Outfitters is a relatively new Hollywood hotspot that provides free entertainment to the public and collaborates with local designers and artists in rotation for exhibits and sales.

Now is an especially good time to drop by the space because their current pop-up shop which boasts an interesting array of statement jewelry, stuff you'd expect hipsters to wear.  What got me so excited was that my favorite jewelry brand Deka Ray was among the Pangaea brands!  Designer Eugenie Huang is a MIT and Columbia alum, holding bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture, but she started to craft jewelry as a little girl.  Her educational background truly shows through her work with all those geometric pieces, featured on United Bamboo's runway.  Expect big things from the offbeat label...an online Deka Ray shop is set to launch soon!

Pangaea is only here until August 20-ish (anyone know the actual date?), when the warehouse will be making room for the Sophomore pop-up.  Here are pictures from the Space 15 Twenty pop-up accompanied by some more detailed shots of Eugenie's awesome work:


The pop-up's displays reminded me of the vendor booths at Renegade Craft Fair.  It would've been cool if all the jewelry dangled from the strings.




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From the "Outland" series, made with laser-cut wood and perspex. Inspirations: north carolina woods/ ken russell's era films/ art nouveau represented/ syd mead






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The rings and earrings are so dainty and cute!  I love stackable rings...so versatile!  Multiply collection's inspirations: laurel wreaths/ roman jewelry/ wings/ ravens/ fish scene in 'yellow submarine'


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A few other pieces, including barrettes, from the Outland collection and the futuristic "Deathstar" collection. Inspirations: star wars/ bucky fuller/ current and mid-century manifestations of surfacing in architecture/ edwin abbot/ brownian motion/ fragments

By the way I don't own any Deka Ray jewelry, but I reallyreally wish I did.  If you want to get your hands on Deka Ray jewelry but you don't live around Hollywood, check out Revolve Clothing, Gargyle, and Kabiri.


Images: Space15Twenty.com, Space 15 Twenty's Flickr, Revolve Clothing, Things We Heart, Gen Art Pulse, Gargyle, Style.com, Kabiri, Refinery29