>> From the time when my second sister and I were born to when we were ten (basically about the time when we stopped looking cute and started to creep into awkward tween/teen territory), my two aunties in Hong Kong would send us lots of matching frocks in different colourways because fanciful childrens clothes in Hong Kong would be cheaper and more OTT decorative. There was the tulle cupcake dress in pink and yellow (Lou would wear pink, I’d wear the yellow). There were the red and green kilt pinafores with frilly blouses. Then there was the “sophisticated” long sleeved black dropped waisted dress with a tiered lamé mini skirt. They were bought when we were still too young to be wearing anything black or shiny. They were intended for when we were old enough to handle metallics. That didn’t stop us from going into the “spesh” wardrobe to touch them up. One was gold flecked with black and the other was iridescent oil slick. No prizes for guessing which one was the one my sister and I fought over. Finally when the time came, I was allowed to wear the iridescent lamé dress to a primary school disco where the skirt shimmied and twisted its way to a soundtrack of Kris Kross and New Kids on the Block.
The rainbow oil slick hues of that tiered lame number was exactly what I had in mind when I bought into Julien David’s pre fall 2014 foil netted awesomeness. It’s why I went for the iridescent foil option when I tried out “modern manicure studio” (no it’s apparently not a nail salon) Paintbox in New York last week, as it was two doors down from the Mondrian, where I was staying. As you can see from these pics taken today, they’re growing out already. Damn my speedy keratin cells. Any item of clothing or accessory featuring this iridescent rainbow oil slick surface is basically my easy peasy way of wearing what is essentially every colour under the sun depending on what light you stand in. I’m already contemplating the matching skirt to go with the Julien David top. Or I can dangerously click through to Julien David’s website, where he’s selling three different colour ways of both the foil net top and skirt and take advantage of what is currently a good Japanese Yen conversion rate (Julien David’s production is all done in Japan, despite him being based in London now) and also the fact that all prices include shipping and tax costs. Ooops. In the time it took me to type out that sentence, I just checked out my shopping basket with the skirt. That’s how much I love thee, you sheeny shiny oily slippery foily thing.
Louis Vuitton L’Invitation au Voyage mask and Julien David foil top
“Urban Jungle” iridescent foil gel nail by Paintbox on 17 Crosby Street, New York NY 10013
Julien David pre-fall 2014 collection – foil net tops and skirts in three colourways (iridescent on white netting, iridescent on black netting, pink on white netting) available on Julien David website
The Bizarre History of Women’s Clothing Sizes
Time Magazine has a short piece on the bizarre history of women’s clothing sizes. An excerpt:
“True sizing standards didn’t develop until the 1940’s,” says Lynn Boorady, fashion and textile technology chair and associate professor at Buffalo State University. “Before then sizes for young ladies and children were all based on age — so a size 16 would be for a 16-year-old — and for women it was about bust measurement.”
But consumers — and the booming catalog industry, which proliferated as Americans moved to more rural areas — were ready for change. In a 1939 article titled “No Boondoggling,” TIME explored the Department of Agriculture’s effort to standardize women’s clothes, an effort that had been inspired by the fact that U.S. manufacturers guessed it was costing them $10 million a year not to have set sizes. “Each subject — matron, maid, scrubwoman, show girl — will be [measured] in 59 different places,” the article read.
The data of 15,000 women was collected by Ruth O’Brien and William Shelton, and while the project was impressive — “especially considering they didn’t have computers to analyze the data,” Boorady says — it didn’t exactly solve the problem.
“It was flawed for many reasons,” agrees Parsons School of Fashion professor Beth Dincuff Charleston. “They didn’t really get a cross-section of American women… It was smaller than what the national average should be.”
Since the survey was done on a volunteer basis, it was largely made up of women of a lower socioeconomic status who needed the participation fee. It was also primarily white women. And the measurements still primarily relied on bust size, assuming women had an hourglass figure.
(photo via Vogue)
Survival instincts make you do crazy things.
In his series Impermanence, South Korean artist Seung-Hwan Oh creates wonderfully distorted photographic portraits by growing emulsion-eating fungus on his film. Oh first allows the fungus to partially destroy the developed film in a process that takes months or even years. He then digitally prints the distorted images (the film is too fragile to print in an analog process). Oh has been working on the series since 2012.
photos by Seung-Hwan Oh
Dear employers, I will have to take the day off today because:
☐ It’s December and the streets are papier-mached with wet bronze leaves and it’s so dark outside that the cars have their headlights on at 3pm
☐ I have recently been through a breakup, or I have been through a breakup at any time in my life really, and I woke up today with the absolute conviction that I will never be loved again
☐ A dog looked at me
☐ I got a text from someone for whom I feel a mix of concern and frustration and recognition and longing that is both more and less than romance
☐ Someone made a joke about dead pets meeting you in heaven
☐ Daylight savings time
☐ I passed a knot of flowers that were so bright they glowed through the dim grey water of the day and when was anything in my life last that luminous?
☐ Girls are too pretty
☐ For the first time I genuinely comprehend that there is not enough time to have all the lives I wanted
☐ I accidentally listened to Leonard Cohen”
This is Miko, a champagne pink fox
yesssss dis guy is ok by me also <3
AAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH FUCK YOU
KILL IT WITH FIRE
Aasif Mandvi interviews Fox Business commentator, Todd Wilemon.
Just in case anyone was wondering.
The most ‘pay attention to me’ moment I have ever seen
greet the morning