when i first saw some of these images from the new campaign for the Metropolis collection by Levi’s Vintage Clothing i thought, wow these are some great vintage shots. then i looked more carefully. mmm, those construction workers are awfully good looking. and they are very sharply dressed while building those skyscrapers. nice one, Levis – you did a great job in almost tricking this vintage photo lover.
now that we’re at issue 2 of Mid Week Distractions it already feels like a regular thing! i enjoyed bookmarking all the interesting things i came across in the last week, and it was also pretty nice for me to go through them again. enjoy.
shortly after i did my SS15 collections round-up the Valentino show debuted on the runway and i almost kicked myself because it was, naturally, amazing. but it was a good thing in a way because Valentino always deserves its own post. but how? i didn’t want to just cut and paste the images – that’s why fabulous resources like Syle.com and other fashion blogs exist. no, this called for a comparisons post. of course.
i sat and stared at the pieces: some so vastly from each other that i couldn’t pull a common thread in my mind, at least not related to any artist or movement i could conjure up. i thought about who would wear these dresses. in what fantasy situation would they exist in someone’s wardrobe. perhaps a dress for every occasion? for every excursion? for every… country?
“draw me like one of your French girls”. yes, these dresses would be suitable for women like Rose DeWitt Bukater who in their day would have leisurely travelled between countries and continents and have a special dress for every gangplank they might set foot on.
please note that this post is in no way affiliated with Valentino and is simply a fun fan tribute. all runway images courtesy of Style.com. all vintage posters available for purchase at Affiches Marci. please do not reproduce these collages in any print or commercial publication.
there are 9 Mondays left till 2014 comes to a close. let that marinate for a second. okay, don’t panic. don’t freak out. buy a new calendar instead and embrace 2015 like the adult you are.
i got such nice responses on my first Mid Week Distractions post and i just want to say thank you SO much for being so lovely and supportive of the blog. it really does help me on days when i think, jees what am i DOING? sometimes you feel like you are just shouting into an empty room, especially in a time when comments on blogs are decreasing and everyone is so bleak about the general landscape of blogging – so it really is appreciated!
i know every time i do a giveaway i’m all, “you guys i’m soooo excited for this giveaway!!” and it’s ALWAYS true but seriously i am… so, so, SO excited for this giveaway.
i come across a lot of things during my week that don’t necessarily fit into the category of These Things or Nice Things, but that i usually tweet about or just email to my friends. that’s one of the main ways that i, too, discover interesting and/or enjoyably distracting things online – especially from geniuses such as Jessica, whose READ LOOK THINK posts i always look forward to, and Of A Kind’s 10 Things We’re Doing newsletter which is just excellent.
the rad thing about the blog is that often after i’ve discovered and posted about the work of talented people it allows us to connect and keep in touch – so i’m kept in the loop whenever something new is on the horizon (good for me, and good for you!) one such person is Jill Sawatzky of Tony Chestnut who i posted about earlier this year. she just released her FW14 collection, available at her online shop.
i was lucky enough to work with the talented photographer Lar Rattray on designing her new website, and in the process of sorting through & curating all her photographs i fell in love with this story that she did about ballerinas at the Cape Town City Ballet. i asked Lar for a bit of background about the Swans. you can see the entire story here.
i first posted about Austin based shop Spartan waaaaaay back in 2010! that’s like a 100 years in internet time. so i’ve been excited to share their new lookbook, which i was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of before it launched. they stock items by designers that i love like Crescioni, Erin Considine, Dealtry and a whole host of others that are new-to-me.
when i first saw the work of Liz Markus i immediately thought of the portraiture of Slim Aarons, known for photographing the lifestyles of the rich and famous. and i wasn’t wrong, many of the paintings reference Aaron’s own photographs. they form part of her collection Town & Country. Markus applies acrylic wash to unprimed canvas, meaning the paint spreads as it dries – an unpredictable method of painting.
i’ve done a beauty type post before, but never really delved into what i actually use in my daily routine. confession: i am a beauty product hoarder. the other day i discovered a box of half empty beauty products from years ago and for a moment i thought – maybe i should keep them, you never know? it’s pretty bad. my overflowing bathroom countertop can attest to this.