Monday, August 30, 2010

Pop Goes The Shop.

The novelty of a fashion collaboration has long worn off (or, to some, the idea has overstayed its welcome), but to me, as long as both sides of the collabo equation are relevant and covetable, I'll still like it.

My pal Michelle Rizzardo, the adorable proprietress of much-loved One of a Few, teamed up with lily + jae designer Judith Feller to open a pop-up shop in the Gastown boutique's open loft (which, I believe, was built by Michelle's hubby Trevor Fleming of Lifetime Collective).

The pop-up shop has Fall 2010 pieces -- like 100% silk dresses and cropped sleeve blazers -- from Judith's local line, among all the other covetable labels Michelle has hanging from her racks (read: Lover, Kaylee Tankus, Ashley Watson recycled handbags). My greatest love, though, are the super cute water color paintings of pieces from the fall collection that were not only on the launch party invites, but on the wall beside the pop-up shop loft.

Here are two shots from the launch party, one of the water color paintings and one of Michelle (in the frames) and Judith.

Happy Monday!

Haute Hippie

I'm Lovin' it: Daria Werbowy walking in Balmain.

I'm Over it: Where the heck did Monday go?!

Music of the Day: Model-blogger Eric Lodwick, who happens to be the little brother of Vimeo co-founder Jakob Lodwick, also has a Brooklyn-based band called Brahms. It's very good, I think. Check out "Subtext Is Deadly".

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Ring Me Sometime.

Architect Michael Green said to me in a recent interview that an architect's design isn't finished when there's nothing more to add on, it's finished when there's nothing more to take away, a statement saying that less really is more.

Coco Chanel once said that a woman should take off one thing before leaving the house, also stating that less is more, in the fashion sense.

Then there's me, who can't help piling on the accessories, one after the other. First the earrings, then the necklace, then the bracelets, then the rings.

So in my world more is more?

Anyway, speaking of rings, these dragon ones just slay me.

Happy Friday!

Haute Hippie

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Black Swan.

Darren Aronofsky directing. Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey starring. Rodarte costuming. A seemingly physical metamorphosis.

A psychological dance thriller?


Snapshots: Things That Make Me Chuckle.

My V.I.A. editor Bob K sent me this snap of a chicken on a plank. This particular chicken is quite yellow, which I find quite funny.

This is Karl Lagerfeld's longtime bodyguard, Sebastien Jondeau. No joke. He's better dressed than most men I know. Then again, he IS protecting the one and only Karl Lagerfeld...and that, my friends, must still be done in style.

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A Good Theory.

When Olivier Theyskens and Nina Ricci parted ways, the fashion world cried a little bit, not only to see Theyskens be temporarily without a position, but because Theyskens' creations -- as much as we and all people editorial love them -- were not the recipients of commercial success.

And, unfortunately, commercial success translates into dollars, which then translates into happy brand owners and investors.

Then Theory's Andrew Rose came along and plucked the pretty-haired Olivier up to revamp his chic office attire brand with a few capsule collections.

With September and Fashion Week looming, everyone's rapidly pacing back and forth in their Pradas, waiting to see what the young, genius designer has in store for Spring 2011.

In the meantime, these amazing Theory heels are going up online tomorrow, so get those credit cards ready (and make sure you have, at max, $600 of available dollars on the plastic).

Happy hump day!

Haute Hippie

I'm Lovin' it: Made this summer salad of fresh fruits (kiwi, strawberry and blueberries), pecans, spinach and feta cheese last night. I was ribbed about my "summer salad" until tasting time, at which the offending eater ate his own words. (Point for me, none for him.)

I'm Over it: I bemoan my lack of book reading this summer. So much for THAT New Year's resolution.

Track of the Day: In the world of unexpected track covers (ie. The Birds and Bee + Hall and Oates), Jens Lekman performs his version of Boyz II Men's "Water Runs Dry" in acoustic.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

A Couple of Coupland.

I was emptying my camera out and found some good snaps of Douglas Coupland's artwork at the temporary Roots x Coupland pop-up shop that went up here (it's now, sadly, gone).

There's a funny shot of the author-artist himself, too.

Happy Monday!

Haute Hippie

I'm Lovin' it: My interview with Michael Green of McFarlane Biggar Green Architecture + Design for V.I.A. is up! What a fantastic chat with an amazing mind.

I'm Over it: Taking care of Reebs' cat is great, but I've got tons of cat fuzz all over my clothes now. He's so cute, though, I'm just going to have to get over being over it.

Track of the Day: "You" by Gold Panda. Electronic goodness from Seattle. Plus he wears a knit panda hat performing. I really think it's the last point that sold me.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Moody Blues.

Gloomy Sundays evenings are good for two things: house chores and spending (insane) amounts of time browsing the web.

It seems I did a lot of the latter last night, pulling images that caught my eye and catching up on world affairs (and taking a break to eat a Haagen Daaz ice cream bar).

As I continued to cull my little collage of images, a common theme began to emerge: the color blue.

If I were to pick apart this theme as if it were a mood ring, here's the new age explanation for my choice:

"Blue is generally regarded as indicating a relaxed mood, someone who is at ease. As blue is also the color associated with the throat chakra, this shade may appear at a time when you are vocally struggling or vocally asserting yourself."

So it appears I'm either completely at ease or completely off my equilibrium. Interesting.

How about just enjoying these images instead? Yep, let's do that.

Blinged out Chapstick.

Purple Magazine's Olivier Zahm and his cute, cute, cute daughter Asia.

The most amazing of amazing clutches.

The biggest, baddest jean jacket I ever did see.

A wee Hipstamatic shot taken by me.

I'm Lovin' it: Is it wrong to say I'm excited for the Eat, Pray, Love movie to come out? But only to see the food in Italy, all of Ubud and everything that is Javier Bardem.

I'm Over it: Um, hello summer? Did you go on holidays?? Vacation's over, friend.

Track of the Day: "Just Be Good (Joker Remix)" by Professor Green, featuring Lily Allen. There's been a little Dirty South creeping into my music blood lately, hence the epic ghetto (and sometimes chop and screw-like) beats that have been getting shout outs on here.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Happy Friday! Flux Pavilion.

I need a song to take me into the weekend.

Oh, yeah! How about this one:

Happy Friday, gangstas!

Haute Hippie

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Risky Business.

A few close girlfriends of mine often try to convince me to "try something new", like Cancansoo, who tries to get me to straighten my hair every once in awhile or Ovitch, who tries to get me to wear tighter clothing.

I usually laugh off such suggestions, since I generally have an idea of what looks work for me and which ones most certainly don't (ie. bib shirts and rounded necklines).

Having said that, though, fashion really is about risk and about willing to elicit stares for sartorial self-expression. That's why I have the utmost respect for the Japanese, who continually push the envelope when it comes to fashion. Um, hello Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe?!

Lucky for me, someone flew to the recent Fuji Rock Festival to snap concert-goers in their funky finest for

I'm turning Japanese, I'm turning Japanese...

The Vapors Turning Japanese via

I'm Lovin' it: Balenciaga. Blocked heels. Fall 2010.

I'm Over it: Let me list the ways...

Track of the Day: "White Feather" by Wolfmother. Good, old fashion kind of rock 'n' roll.

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