NYFW Spring 2013: in review

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The word-count-per-post has been steadily inching up the past few months on theNotice, so let’s keep this one as short and succinct as possible, yeah?

I favour F/W collections by a long shot, particularly when it comes to beauty — enough so that I don’t think I even had a favourite beauty look from the just-finished fashion week. When it comes to what I actually wear, my look is much more in line with spring makeup than anything else, but… I find it kind of boring, to be honest. Fresh, dewy skin and a no-makeup look are gorgeous for everyday, but you can only do it so many times before it’s all just the same.

That said, here are a few of my favourite pieces from 2013’s spring collections. (I’m kind of all over J. Mendel at the moment — gorgeous, gorgeous work.)  

Badgley Mischka, Marchesa

J. Mendel

J. Mendel

Cushnie et Ochs (Spring 2012 on left) 

What were your favourite collections from this fall’s NYFW?

[ sources in the images’ title text ]

The Met Gala 2012 | Looks, photos, and dresses we loved (and loved to hate)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thoughts: most of the attendees were too skinny. And, to be honest, quite a few of the dresses looked like they fell out of the pages of a schizophrenic fashion spread. A good number of people looked extremely uncomfortable having to stand next to each other, too, which is always fun to catch on film.

All that said and done, though, it’s still the Met Gala. So, without further adieu, here are a few of the photos that I loved.

All image sources attributed in the file name.

Favourite dress of the night: probably this gorgeously feminine number on Rashida Jones. At right, Rooney Mara.

Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer

I’m just not sure how I feel about either of these.

Ashley Greene and Solange Knowles, lovely in white and bright lemon yellow

Left, Dianna Agron / Right, Jessica Stam

As much as i’m really hoping this see-through-skirts thing doesn’t become a trend, I love Marion’s violet and black gown. Anja Rubik’s hip bone, however, looks like a weapon and needs to be put away.

Doutzen Kroes and Amy Adams channelling Veronica Lake glamour

And one last photo…

You subvert that gender binary, Marc Jacobs. # perfect human being (…)

So this is a… problem. | The Leather Jacket Dilemma

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I’ve been thinking some Serious Thoughts about leather jackets recently, and (in light of a short Twitter conversation with a few of my favourite human beings on the interwebs), I thought I may as well get my predicament out there.

Because I’m sure lots of you will be having the same problem.

Just kidding! No one else is having this problem, because I’m a good number of degrees weirder than the rest of the world. But hey! What’s a blog for if you can’t bitch about clothes every now and again?

(Basically, I just want to find a warm, soft, secondhand leather jacket with an asymmetrical zipper and a bit of a masculine edge. Is that really so much to ask for?)

(See, but that’s funny, because it really, really is.)

The problem(s)

Basically, there’s this thing wherein when I put on a leather jacket, I look like I’m on my way to beat someone up. (Conversely, when my adorable older sister puts on the same jackets, everyone around her is faced with an unbearable urge to give her candy or pat her on the head.) It’s not my best look, by far.

(Unless I’m going for “aggressive to a fault,” I guess. Though I can’t really think of a situation which would call for that.)

That’s problem one.

Problem two is that I’m not really into leather. I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian, but there’s just something kind of uncomfortable about the idea of wearing something else’s skin around, you know? I’ll make an exception for shoes (preventing back problems is always a priority for me, and I’ll take good arch support wherever I can find it), but I’ll avoid leather bags and belts if I can.

[ Aside: If it’s something that I could find non-leather, I’ll go for the non-leather version. If not, I try not to get too hung up over it. At the end of the day, it’s a squeamish issue for me, not an ethical one. ]

Anyhow, leather biker jacket ramble –> over. I think I’d like to go secondhand or vintage if I do pick one up (smaller eco footprint, not directly supporting the businesses producing leather, etc), but I’m still not sure.

In all likelihood, I’ll just put it off until I forget that I wanted a leather jacket in the first place. Crisis averted! 

Quips, questions, qualms: hit us up in the comments.

Beauty & the Backstage | NYFW Fall 2012 RTW {part two}

Saturday, February 18, 2012

3.1 Phillip Lim / Alexander Wang

Donna Karan

Donna Karan


Derek Lam

Derek Lam


Marc Jacobs / Anna Sui

all photos via {Style.com}

Jason Wu

I fell a bit in love with the gorgeous “Ming dynasty and 1940’s Hollywood” green lids at this Fall’s Jason Wu show – and, okay, that’s probably 85% because I’ve been hugely into dark green recently, but still. They were pretty! It’s admittedly not a combination that sounds like it would really work, but it totally does, right?

Head makeup artist Diane Kendal created the look using MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Tealo (lid) and MAC Eye Kohl in Minted (crease) to act as a base, then added Club and Kelly Green (pigment) on top. To finish off, she used Haute and Naughty on the lashes, Blooz Eye Kohl to the lashline, and Blacktrack to finish defining the cat-eye shape of the eye makeup. (source)

Loving… | NYFW Fall 2012 RTW {part one}

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

.{ Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera }.

.{ Diane von Furstenberg }.

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