colour comparisons

Valentino Fall Couture 2011

what i find pretty strange is that i’m often labelled as a fashion blogger – something i have never called myself. i don’t pretend to know anything about fashion, my knowledge of what goes on in the industry is on par with any other girl (or guy) that occasionally buys vogue or glances over the latest runway shows. my interest in it is purely aesthetic. sometimes it manifests itself in what i choose to wear, though i’d like to think that a person’s taste develops over the years rather than being plucked from the pages of a magazine or whatever trend is running rampant on the runways.

i hope that this blog is more than just a ‘fashion blog’ to you too. i don’t go by any kind of formula for what i choose to post – some weeks there are more fashion posts than anything else, mostly because i’m kind of a tart for a well cut blouse and a nice handbag… just felt i needed to get that off my chest before delving into the Valentino Couture collection. hah!

this has to be my favourite of all the couture collections… except maybe maybe maybe for Givenchy – though, i did not revisit it as much as I did Valentino. i’m not easily swayed by anything too pretty, girly or flouncy when it comes to designer gowns (or clothes in general) – so this collection really hits all the right notes with its medieval & gothic influences.

runway images courtesy of vogue and style.com. image credits from top to bottom: NYPL one & two ; Peacay ; Botticelli ; Piero della Francesca ; Giovanni Bellini

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The Comparisons Project: Cracks

Hila picked Cracks for our next comparisons project – a film I have been meaning to watch for ages but just never got round to. i actually find myself watching less and less films these days, as any available tv time is dedicated to my series addiction (cough game of thrones cough). so this was a great “excuse” to indulge in some eva green action – one of my favourite actresses who has a knack for playing seriously unhinged characters.

i’ve been seeing screenshots of Cracks floating around on various blogs and other places on the web since it was released, which painted the film as being quite dreamy and beautiful. i felt the complete opposite while watching it, however, something you will probably understand if you have seen the film yourself. i can’t say i enjoyed it. not that it matters – that’s not the point of this exercise.

i paired scenes from the film with paintings by post-impressionist Moise Kisling – there’s an underlying sense of unease in his work, especially his portraits… something that i felt throughout the film. Hila’s poem follows.

edit: felt i needed to add a post-script after Kate’s comment below, i only found out that the film was based on a book after i had watched it. not only that, but it is written by south african born author sheila kohler and set in a south african boarding school (nogal)

words by Hila Schachar

paintings from top to bottom: untitled ; les enfants du docteur tas, louis et zoucha ; portrait de femme ; ofelia ; nu couchi dans les feuillages ; les mains ; tulips ; untitled ; l’attente ; eve ; la naufragée

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Escher & Menswear

i tend to forget that Escher actually did other work besides drawing hands and relativity. his tessellation designs are quite beautiful – i’ve been wanting to pair them with something interesting for some time now.

well i don’t know about you guys, but the street style that’s been snapped at the recent menswear shows in milan and paris have been more fascinating to me than anything else fashion related in recent weeks. the men in particular are so striking and daring in their outfit choices and sartorial combinations (though of course not “daring” at all in fashion circles – merely to us ordinary folk). sometimes i wish men who aren’t in the fashion industry would be more flamboyant and adventurous in the way they dress, without worrying about what people might think. go forth!

credits top to bottom: the street fashion 5x pro ; tommy ton ; tommy ton ; streetfsnstreetfsn

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ModCloth & Miss Moss

i did an awesome little project with Modcloth which is on their blog today. Erin from Calivintage approached me about doing a colour comparisons post for them  (lucky gal works for Modcloth you see) and she came up with the best idea to put together some fantasy outfits from their inventory and pair them with paintings. not only that, but they’d actually style my choice outfits and photograph them. WHOA! was my exact reaction. then i actually saw the end result and i might have said something like, “HELLS BELLS!” (probably ruder than that actually, but i try to be a lady on this here blog.)

please go check out the post here to see the details of all the oufits & art – and much thanks goes to ModCloth!

ps: they ship to south africa… wink wink.

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