(not so) random links

-i have long been a fan of the novel and the new when it comes to fashion. meaning: if it hasn’t been seen before, is a clever twist on what exists, or feels innovative, i love looking at it (even if i don’t actually wear it). show me something i haven’t seen, you know? in the words of mike skinner, let’s push things forward…!

so on that note…chances are, you’ve heard of style bubble. in case you haven’t (hello, have you been living under a rock??), i’m letting you know now, susie’s the go-to girl for the deliciously cool, the envelope-pushing, the novel…when it comes to fashion. and she seeks it all out, test drives and mixes it up on herself, and writes about it all in a personal, personable way that transcends the usual fashion blogging fare (as you might guess, i am ALL ABOUT that which transcends the usual fashion blogging fare!). i openly applaud her for being herself in a sea of sameness.

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-via craft, a link to teen vogue‘s fashion DIY archives (an online repository of the DIY features in their monthly mag), on the teen vogue website.

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my favorites? the mulberry carry-all bag DIY, and the henry holland tee DIY (b/c i’ve always had a little bit of a thing for the tacky). the latter would be an interesting embellishment on a simple frock, if used singularly…like, one giant letter spelt out in rhinestones, methinks.

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-a recent article from the telegraph entitled ‘people must stop buying and buying’ features vivienne westwood‘s opinions on the current over-consumptive, outrageously fast-trendmill-of-fashion-world we now live in, and it REALLY hit home with me. i love a woman with strong opinions…and really, i couldn’t agree more, viv. trends aren’t the be-all, end-all. some quotes from the aforementioned:

“Dame Vivienne Westwood thinks we should all stop shopping for clothes. “If you ask me what I think people should be getting next season,” she says in that softly bossy northern accent of hers. ‘I’ll tell you what I’d like them to buy รขโ‚ฌโ€œ nothing. I’d like people to stop buying and buying and buying.'”

“Granted, we are now greater consumers of fashion than ever, thanks to the fast turnover of trends on the high street. But, with endless style guides and television makeover programmes at our disposal, as well as accessible designer fashion, aren’t we much more style savvy?”

“‘There’s something really awful about the way people dress now,” she says, her eyes rolling skywards. “Everyone looks the same. Everyone wants to look neutral.’

Knitting her brows with genuine concern, she explains that, with so much fast fashion available to us, we are not giving ourselves the opportunity to develop good taste.

‘There’s this idea that somehow you’ve got to keep changing things, and as often as possible. Maybe if people just decided not to buy anything for a while, they’d get a chance to think about what they wanted; what they really liked.'”

6 comments

  1. Casey

    Thanks for sharing all these links!! And that quote from Vivienne Westwood was right on! I look at her, like many designers who really came into their own around that time period (70s/80s) as the Queen of the Individual. I mean, her collections rocked then and they’re pretty darn unique now. I love the fact that she’s voicing the idea of not following trends. I’m tired of seeing people so wed to the idea of “whats trendy” that they don’t look inside themselves or at the mountains of inspiration around them to develop they own look. Its so stifling in a way!! Dress to please yourself, not a fashion editor. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. tricia

    casey: you’re welcome. i love to share links.

    on the subject of following trends: what do you think of the trend of following or taking inspiration from street fashion shots? they are becoming hugely popular, people like to post them in their blogs and such, like to imitate the looks shown down to the letter, the way others try to replicate runway looks, i’ve noted.

    imo, street fashion photography is about celebrating and admiring other’s original twists on their own style, the creative personal, idiosyncratic expression of style, the look of the “everyday” person…it need not necessarily be replicated. most of the time those are honestly photos of people interpreting runway looks anyway, just further down the fashion foodchain from the source.

    it makes me want to ask pointed questions, in an effort to start a discourse, to question the status quo: is it all copying? is there any original thought?

    inspiration comes from everywhere…i just really like it when someone instead takes something and makes it their own, somehow, instead, instead of regurgitating. where does original thought begin and end?

    and…why don’t more people eschew the status quo? questions, questions. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Lady Julianne Eternity

    I admire Vivienne Westwood, but I do think that if she really believed what she said for that article, she would not necessarily stop designing, but at least stop mass produced items that just have her logo/label on them and no other “unique” parts. I’m sorry, I want to believe that she means what she is saying – I think that she’s right, regardless of what she really thinks – yet I think she is against people buying stuff from high street stores in massive quantities, but her own products are fine.

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