Wednesday, August 20, 2014

re:work

Tippi Hendren in THE BIRDS; Moschino, 2014. 

In the Fall Fashion issue of New York Magazine, there was an editorial spread that caught my attention more than the average spread.  Studying magazines are routine for me, searching for new trends and styles and looking for the greatest fashion is something more innate.  September issues are the most important, for they showcase the most important season in fashion, Fall.

This issue did something different, something out of the ordinary.  Photographer Bobby Doherty created an innovative way to grab readers attention.  Different than the traditional spreads and advertisements from houses, Doherty inserted new season's collections into stills from iconic movies displaying the latest trends from each house.

Combining the Hollywood classics with the highest fashions go hand in hand.  Reworking stills to meet the modern trends is FLAWLESS.

Here are some of my favorites
Judy Garland in THE WIZARD OF OZ; Saint Laurent, 2014. 
Catherine Deneuve in BELLE DU JOUR; Dries Van Noten, 2014. 
Audrey Hepburn in CHARADE; Valentino, 2014.
Marilyn Monroe in GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES; Moschino, 2014. 
Gwyneth Paltrow in THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS; Valentino, 2014.
Kristen Dunst in MARIE ANTOINETTE; Dior, 2014. 
(all photos via New York Mag)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Truth About Weddings


It's wedding season, and frankly some parts of it kinda suck.  Wearing hideous bridesmaids dresses, pretending we're actually really happy for the couple when really all you're wondering is when you're gonna find the one.  Wedding Day: a day where thousands of dollars are spent to celebrate the love between two people. The truth of the matter is the core of weddings are not spent on the couple but the guests who are attending the wedding.  Most of my friends know that I do not want a wedding, because really who needs them?  Of course this is strictly my own opinion.  And I am positive not everyone agrees with me.

My perfect day would consist of these things: designer clothes and shoes with close family members only.. because really who cares about anyone else?  A ceremony that consists of both parties immediately family is exactly what I want, an extremely intimate exchange.

Here's the most important part.  Coming from extremely fashionable roots and a mother who keeps up with trends more than I do, I do not want a wedding dress.  Sometimes people gasp when I say this, and they always seem to back it up with the fact that I'll only be able to wear a wedding dress one time.  That's exactly it though.  Why do I want to spend 5k on a wedding dress that I will literally wear one time?  INSTEAD, I want a white lace embellished Dolce and Gabbana dress that I can wear for my wedding and literally to brunch as well.  Isn't this smart? I like to think of it as frugality.  Because lets be real, Dolce and Gabbana is basically the same price as lunch.

Furthermore, BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES ARE LITERALLY THE WORST.  ugh paying over $200 to get an ugly dress is seriously not my steez.  For those that want bridesmaids, I suggest your bridesmaids wear designer dress that they could wear outside of the wedding as well.  Plus, your wedding is gonna look 1000x better because everyone will be fashionable.

In conclusion, I will be wearing THIS Dolce and Gabbana gown for an upcoming wedding and that's pretty much that.  Who gonna stop me now?
currently this was fitting:


Monday, August 11, 2014

SHOE GAME SERIES

Gold Laundry is launching a shoe game series on Instagram.  Everyday this month I will be posting pictures of the shoes in my collection.  It is intended to serve those who share my love for shoes.  Follow @GOLDLAUNDRY on Instagram to keep up with the series!


Friday, August 1, 2014

The True Meaning

Yesterday I was questioned by some friends why I love designer clothes and accessories although it costs a fortune.  I, among the many, who are addicted to fashion know the true meaning comes from deep within.  They questioned why I had purchased my latest Celine, and why it was worth it.  At first I wasn't sure how to respond.

Maybe it's because purchasing a good comes with instant satisfaction and the fact of holding a shopping bag comes with a sort of pride.  Maybe it's because labels are an easy way to define oneself or maybe its because we are really masking something that we do not want to deal with in the present.  To me, its all of the above plus more.  I always say, "designer is and will always be designer." Why?  Ten years from now, a designers clothes will most likely still look fantastic and in the long run it will be given to someone in your family as a fabulous vintage piece.  To become a high-end designer one must completely study a man or woman's body to clearly identify what needs to be accentuated and what does not.  Designer clothes and shoes know exactly how to accentuate those areas.

The cut of a designers clothes should never be meddled with.  I learned that the hard way when I cut a blush colored silk Gucci dress which now resembles a night gown. High-end designers like Hedi Slimane, Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci are gods among the fashion community.  Haven't you ever noticed that all of these designer's clothes always look exceptional on most every person.  This is because a designer is always a designer.

What is the most bothersome about situations like these is that it's hard to explain to someone who has no interest in fashion that these items do indeed have that much worth.  I can't explain to one why a Stella McCartney dress is much more chic, fashionable and of quality than a dress from BCBG, a brand that rips off their customers with their low quality dresses that also copies the designs of high-end brands.  This is not something that I can explain to people very often because it does sound ridiculous to justify the prices of designer goods, because YES I do agree that it is retardedly expensive.  To me, the true meaning of fashion comes from a passion within that only people that share this passion could truely understand.  From an outsiders perspective, I also understand that actions of people like me, only encourage designers to price their products at such a high level like an Hermes Collier de Chien for $4,000 and Celine turtlenecks for $2,000.

I am not saying wearing designer clothes are the only option for me, nor am I saying that other brands are not worthy of my time, because yes I do love a deal from Gap, trust me.  But, I am saying to let those of us that love these Saint Laurent shoes, Tom Ford luggage bags and Loro Piana cashmeres to just let them be.  Because in all honesty, you didn't help pay for these so don't get so worked up as to why I needed to pay $900 for these Valentino rock studs.

xxK

Thursday, July 31, 2014

LA: Sunny Place for Shady People

I like to think that my style consists of mixing fun, casual wear with Parisian chic.  In today's out of of the day, I try to nail exactly that.  I take inspiration from fashion moguls like Nicole Richie when putting an outfit like this together.  (Also if you haven't already seen Candidly Nicole, do yourself a favor and watch it because it's probably the best thing currently on TV).  

For my day out in the sunniest place for the shadiest people, Los Angeles, I am wearing a City of Angels shirt that is honestly so ragged.. I swear if I didn't wear the blazer I would be asked "are you a crack dealer?"  I think it's important to take the clothes that you have that a little more haggard and pair them with more formal wear so you don't look so much like a washed-out teenager.  

I wear this hole-ridden shirt with a Sandro Paris blazer that makes up for my $12 Urban Outfitters shirt.  On top of this I thought it would be fun to wear a statement necklace.  This one is my favorite, I say I 'made it' but I really just bought the pieces and assembled them together.  Wearing statement necklaces can make an outfit so much more fun.  

My shorts are vintage Wranger, you can pick up a pair at any vintage store or Urban Outfitters, where they sell the Urban Renewal line, mostly of Levi's and Wrangler.  To add more spunk to my outfit I chose to wear my bright teal Prada heels.  They're high, but very worth it in the sense that it makes me look skinnier and for the visual illusion of having longer legs.  Other than that, my feet suffer.  If you're not into wearing heels, you can pair and outfit like this with any athletic shoe, Vans, Superga, Adidas, or Nikes.  My pick would be my Nike Roshe.  
xxK


Find similar here:
Sandro Virtuose Blazer, $530
SkarGorn #61 Tee, $60
Levis Demin Shorts, $29
Woven Chain Statement Necklace, $168
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SoulCycle and Raw Juice, Please?

Do you participate in SoulCycle and Raw Juice Cleanses? Yeah, I don't do that either.  BUT, everyone knows the fashion industry is picking up on much fitness wear as a new outlet for chic outfits.  I don't mean the fitness trend as in the classic Los Angeles need for PopPhysique and Pressed Juicery.  But rather the fact that Nike and Adidas are dominating the fashion industry at the moment.  Combing lifestyle wear and pairing them with something a little more fun and formal and simply putting on a pair of cool sneakers is definitely what is trending right now.  

If you didn't already know, I have a shoe problem and the trend for sneakers has heightened my already existing love for sneakers.  Tennis shoes that have become part of the trend is now just the cherry on top.  You can see world-class trend setters like Vanessa of Haute Pursuit and Sophia of Esymai to be rocking tennis shoes.  

I don't work out but I like to wear fitness clothes and pretend I just got out of hot yoga.  Today, I put this trend into my outfit.  A few months back, with the intention of wearing this as a chic outfit rather than a work out shirt, I purchased a Stella McCartney x Adidas collaboration top.  Originally intended to be a work out top, I paired this with a more formal black skirt from Zara.  As a jacket, I wore my Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti white silk bomber jacket.  To top this outfit off, I wore my Adidas Superstar 2.0's which are a definite throwback from the 90's.  So glad these are back in style, I am happy to be rocking these babes.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Erica Pelosini and Louis Leeman Wedding in Capri


Fashion muse and my honest to God idol, Erica Pelosini recently got married in Capri to her love Louis Leeman.  We all know Erica for her contributions to Vogue Nippon and her true love for Balmain, however her fairytale get-away wedding in Capri resembled her style to the next level.  100% custom tailored to her, Mary Katrantzou and Peter Dundas of Pucci took the role of dressing her on her big day.

Moreover, her wedding took place the same weekend as the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda show which was an exclusive event for both D&G's close friends and clientele.  Many of their guest attended both, making the weekend more extravagant than ever.

What catches my eye the most is her top-notch bridesmaids crew.  Erica decided to hold a bridesmaid brunch in which all of her bridesmaids wore from the Spring 2014 RTW collection.  I swear, if I don't wear Mary Katrantzou for my wedding I will murder someone.  My clique better be fashionable enough for this shit, you don't even know #uoeno.  I'm not even laughing because I'm that serious....

On that note, congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Leeman!

(for more Erica & Louis; all pictures via Coveteur)