Friday, January 29, 2010


By Aqua Catlin

Well it feels like 17 years since I last actually published a completed post and I hope you feel the same. Frederik has pushed his mis-shapen shoes uninterupted too freely! But he has done an amazing job carrying the Fashionoclast!! I have a couple posts still in draft-form waiting on further research and responses, but for now, our guest spot with Becky really hit on something. ("What Becky says you shouldn't be afraid to do" post.) She read my mind and she’s an inspiration to the blogger with block. And forgive me for reviewing what we all know but I just want to.

It’s all about wanting to go forward but still having to deal with nostalgia. - Miuccia Prada, Ultimate Fashionoclast
And she doesn't mean that in the good way. While Queen Miuccia is always avoiding what's come before, everyone has different thoughts on what's acceptable to wear, style rules, thoughts on appropriate looks and so on. If we’re lucky, they’ve actually used their eyes to determine those and not just based it on what's available or in their closet from long, long ago. Dear Sneakers With Jeans, that was for you. I myself have far too many old and easy pieces I still rely on. ( Try getting a costumer to throw out anything with seams. Nopey, I'll need it someday.) And on a basic level of clothing ourselves but still evolving, we have to LEARN TO FEEL SAFE BREAKING THE RULES WE HAD TO LEARN THAT MAKE US FEEL SAFE.

But looking deeper, this defiance, its what fashion is about. We know we can’t have a new trend, fresh new look or season without contrast to what came before. Ask Miuccia Prada! Want to know what will be in next year? She’s doing it now and it’s opposite, hybrid or essence of what you see on the streets and catwalks. And she always comes before her time, she's the first to make the change.
One of the big things right now is wild prints and patterns in wild colors. I'd break my "Never wear anything this loud" rule because I love it - its so different from everything I feel safe in. Balenciaga Spring 2010, followed by Marc by Marc Jacobs bright yellow offering that I would'nt break my rule for:

And guess who did this piece, the most minimal silhouette and completely lacking the use of bright - or any - color:

(Q. What will be in next?
A. Black and White. Buy now and savvey your money.)

So, we're doing Minimalist? Were we doing built up architectural silhouettes last year? Yes.
Naturally, Miuccia Prada was pretty much bored with over-done silhouettes AND the bold colors, presenting this simple frock on the left through her younger line Miu Miu, while Karl Lagerfeld, Reigning King of Perfect Design, (The man offering clogs for Chanel next spring...I have much to learn), gave us this, one of the simpler examples of the architectural designs of the time, at right. Both Spring 2009.

All photos
This winter its flat boots for ladies, last couple years, it was high-heeled boots and we were sworn off flat versions. Who cares about the flat boots coming "in"? Well...if you’ve already been wearing them all of last winter: No one. Same goes for aviator and over-sized sunglasses. Won't be long before they're slivers again.
Nothing can be “out” unless it can also be “in”. If not fashionoclashion, at least commerceshion, is about opposites. Contrast, duality, relativity. Hmm, reminds me of something. But anyway, even classics, will always need a contemporary twist to keep them fresh and desirable. Otherwise they fall away and don't qualify as a classic.
I break my own rules more and more as I become better at following them. Knowing why I have my rules, it makes sense that there are times the opposite will apply. I won’t use that tired old cliché but they are made to be broken because they only apply in general.
Except for clogs. Clogs are snow slippers for walking to the barn. That's my rule, please borrow it. Here are a couple of my tired old rules for safety and may or may not make sense to you.

Don’t mix cool and warm of the same color. Such as a cool salmon pink and hot fushcia. See too many people breaking this rule and it makes an outfit come off not matched but patchy and sloppy if, like me, you’re a color. Person. But of late I’ve found that I can wear the fuschia up top and the salmon on my feet and enjoy it knowing that
1. The two versions of pink are far enough away from eachother that they don’t disturb the eyes like if they were touching or nearer.
2. Most people aren’t looking to see if I’ve mixed my warm and cools.
3. If someone’s looked at my shoes and noticed that they reference my top but don’t match it, they’ll have to assume it was a choice, (which it is – I can easily choose a neutral), and to appreciate each on their own terms for what they are.
4. If Lagerfeld noticed and judged, I'd point out how desperate selling a clog as fashion seems to be.

Other rules I’m more comfortable breaking lately:
Wear high heels. This one has been a problem after 1-2 nights of tango a week. I need more flats for winter, my feet will not tolerate heels the next day after hours of dancing. This is a new set of circumstances to deal with. Like the weather, the culture, body shape etc. so the rule must be broken. I’ll have to find shorter pants and deal with the fact that, no, I’m not really 5’7” . I'm not even 5'6". But maybe in an inspirational flat twice a week, I can still feel cute, somehow. (I walk pretty pigeon toed in flats. Chirp, tweet.)

Avoid mixing greys, browns and blacks. This one is a toughie. Lots of people mix them but not necessarily successfully and for me, again it comes down to are they mixing warm and cool versions? These colors seem like neutrals but often they're not.
Some say don't mix navy with black. Well I see they fight eachother but I love the power of this pair!

If its not a shift, don’t belt it. Then again, that silver lame minidress with its empire waist above the bust line needs some shape - I demand a waistline!

Here are a couple rules I see others breaking:
No white after Labor Day or Before Memorial Day
On the heaviest day of the recent LA downpouring of rain, I saw a plus-size woman wearing head-to-toe white. Long white cotton skirt as seen at Venice Beach and a simple white cotton longsleeve blouse. She carried a briefcase and was in the business end of Wilshire Blvd. and I know that she woke up and CHOSE to put on that outfit during days of cold and rain with no end in sight. Why? I like to think: To spite the rain, because she could and because she wanted to.

I was with a European guy who was utterly disgusted about a man wearing black trousers with a contrasting colored sock. Sure, it distracted our eyes, but was I offended? No! Turns out the Euro has had a self-imposed rule since age 15: No black trousers sans black socks. Makes perfect aesthetic sense. But what if its Christmas and I want to wear a pair of plaid socks to my holiday dinner party? Ok. Not saying we should all buy sweaters with cartoon reindeer on them. Just that the rule is now broken and improved upon for the circumstance.
Who knew we could get so philosophical about clothes, rules, fashion. If I've learned anything from the wonderful posts here of late, and my slavish admiration of Prada, its that I don't want to get left behind! We need to keep evolving, trying new looks, (its hard to dress myself and easy to dress others), breaking rules! And posting. Would love to hear about your revelations that its ok to just do what you want!

Terra Plana making of POP video

Terra Plana's brand manager Damian Pleat shared a link to a fascinating video explaining the design and manufacture of POP shoes. Two key words: no glue! The video also explains the eco-matrix they use to evaluate the eco-friendliness of Terra Plana's products. Check it out:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jenny's adventures in clog-land

Frédérik here with another special treat; a guest post from reader Jenny Harrison. Inspired by my pontificating on the topic of clogs - see a few words with Tessa Clogs - Jenny set out discover for herself whether clogs truly are a blight or if, somehow, there is more to them than fashionistas give them credit for.

So, with my thanks for sharing her adventures with us, I turn it over to Jenny. Did her quest lead her to buy clogs for herself? Did she run away screaming from what she found? Grab yourself a cuppa and read on, dear Reader, read on...

Two months ago, I came across Frederik’s article about society’s underestimation of a particular shoe style...the clog. Even just seeing the title of the post, “a few words with Tessa Clogs,” brought to mind images of fat, yodeling Swedish women who had just got done milking cows in the hills. I mean, really Frederik? You’re writing a FASHION post about clogs? I continued to read to see how he could possibly try to make these shoes seem fashionable. I mean come on here, clogs are big, clunky, heavy shoes only socially acceptable if worn by women who live on mountains far away from civilization, women over the age of 50, or for that sexy milk maiden Halloween costume. Oh yeah, you could say I’m caught under society’s stigma upon clogs – at least, I was…

I read on in the article– “Clogs… have a certain proletarian quality that comes across as bohemian and down-to-earth.”

Well, bohemian sounds fun and carefree, and I would like to be viewed as down-to-earth. That doesn’t sound so bad…

“And practical? Oh yes. Clogs are comfortable footwear with the substance of a shoe but the ease of a slide.”

Practical and comfortable? That doesn’t sound so bad either…but what about aesthetics? Aren’t we missing that key element? Isn’t that what fashion is mostly about? How things LOOK?
So, with a harsh and prejudiced eye, I looked at the posted picture of Chanel’s 2010 Spring Collection and the Tessa Clog website which was mentioned later in the post. While most of them were still hideous looking to me, I was actually surprised by some of the heeled clogs. They had a subtle sexiness to them (a clog, sexy?!) but at the same time maintained a playful coyness. I thought,”Maybe clogs are evolving, you know, getting with the program.” It was at this point that I decided maybe I should get searching for some of these updated clogs for myself. How could I pass up the chance to be sexy AND coy? And more importantly, how could I pass up a chance to buy a new pair of shoes?

Before beginning my new clog searching journey, I opened my shoe closet (not really a closet, but a small cabinet that I like to over exaggerate about) and took a look at my shoes. Just like every woman, I’ve got those nice and simple monotone heels for work, the blister-forming but oh so sexy shoes for a night out, the low-key sandals for beach days, the dressy sandals for summer nights or that perfect sundress, the flats for days when I want to be comfortable but still look girly, and finally, boots to dress up my sweater dresses, or for when I’m actually in cold weather. I realized all of these shoes evoke certain feelings and memories. I wear these shoes based on my current mood or I wear these shoes to reflect what I’m feeling that day (or what I want to feel).
In what situation would I want to wear a clog? I pondered for a moment and decided I would wait before I came to a conclusion prematurely. I would have to try some on for myself to see how I felt actually wearing them.

I first visited O’ My Sole which is known for selling “fashion and comfort shoes” according to their website and was less than excited about my findings. Only the typical frumpy, flat, boring clogs here - nothing cute, sexy, or playful to be found.

I traveled back to my car thinking this whole experiment was a bust when a small, glimmering, white light caught my eye. Ah..yes…a DSW sign… I decided that THIS would be the place to find fashionable clogs if they did exist. I excitedly bounded my way into the store.

I searched aisle after aisle. “Are there ANY clogs in this store?” I wondered. Then suddenly I came across 2 pairs, side by side as if loyal friends in the sea of more socially acceptable shoes. And to my surprise they weren’t too bad looking either. So I tried the first pair on. They were the Bessie Clogs by Rocket Dog:

They had a nice heel to them which I liked, and a nice, soft interior, so they were also very comfy. I also was intrigued by its neighbor the Bella Clog by Madden Girl:

The sweater material was very playful and girly, and being a wide flat it was naturally comfortable. So the moment of truth came when I had to ask myself, “would you actually buy and wear either of these?” And the internal questioning began…

“Where and with what outfit would you wear these?” They were both too casual for work or a night out. The flats almost seemed to look like slippers which would even be too casual for everyday wear. The heels I felt were too bulky to wear with jeans, and would look out of place if I were wearing shorts or a shirt. So…nowhere and with nothing basically.

I thought back to all my shoes in my “closet.” “Would these shoes bring me the same feelings and memories that my other shoes evoked?”

Sadly, I decided no – these clogs are just not for me. If I can’t even think of an outfit to wear them with or a situation in which to wear them, then I’ve got nothing. But I DID come to a discovery about what “fashion” really is for me.

Fashion is not a matter of what meets the eye. Fashion is about attitude. It’s about how you FEEL when you wear something, whether it be suave, sexy, flirty, outgoing, casual, authoritative, or even lazy. My fashion choices are directly correlated to how I feel and who I want the world to see.

So who am I to judge clog wearers? I guess people who wear them just want to be and feel practical, comfortable, and down-to-earth. And by my new-found reasoning (like I said in the beginning) – that doesn’t sound so bad.

Adriana Lima sums my thoughts up perfectly - “Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it's about attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.”

So, thanks Frederik. Although I did not gain a new pair of shoes after this experiment, I did gain a new holistic outlook on the true meaning of fashion, which, to some, might be even more valuable. :)

If you'd like to share your own fashion thoughts here at The Fashionoclast, I'd love to hear from you at fsisa[at]thefrontpageonline[dot]com
- F

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Terra Plana SS10 - introducing Barack!

by frédérik sisa

No, not THAT Barack. This Barack:

- the newest addition to Terra Plana’s men collection. Fully embracing this season’s spirit of minimalism, Barack isn’t just a sleek-looking shoe, it’s the result of a new modular manufacturing process that eliminates glue and cuts down on the number of parts needed to make the shoe. And the sole is interchangeable! This video illustrates the process, called POP:

Barack retails for $180 and is offered in black tumbled leather, brown tumbled leather, desert suede and green suede – an exciting example of cutting-edge eco-conscious footwear.

Also worthy of mention are the upcoming spring/summer collections due to be released in March. The men’s goes for elegantly simple with a muted, earthy colour palette – check out the current releases if you want to go vivid.

Very hip, but where are the sandals (other than Dopies and Themba, an all-too- straightforward slide whose profits go towards helping AIDS-infected children in South Africa)? Nitpick aside, if I were one to wear shoes on a regular basis I’d definitely consider investing in a pair. The Claudius (middle, top row) is an appealingly simple shoe that suits me just fine – it currently comes in black or brown tumbled leather at a price of $160. It uses minimal glue by stitching the upper to the sole and “turning” it inside-out. Again, an example of how Terra Plana is notable not only for style but also for innovative engineering.

The women’s collection has a 50’s, retro flourish – and the colours are certainly brave and bold. Named after movie stars – there’s Grace, Rita, and Audrey – the collection features a collaboration with Choolips, a dynamite textile designer whose work is rooted in fair-trade practices with Ghanaian women. Extra bonus: heels made from recycled wood and nylons, minimal glue, as well as recycled PET nylon and eco-mesh – all to minimize toxins and pollutions. I particular like the flat with the woven strap – Frenchie, they call it – although they all offer something interesting either in terms of construction or pattern.

So there you have it, a peek at Terra Plana’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection. It looks promising to me…what do YOU think?

Note: Many thanks to Patty Kahn of Nylon Communications for use of the images and for updating me on Terra Plana's latest offerings.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

what Becky says you shouldn't be afraid of doing

Greetings, citizens! Frédérik here with that surprise I promised yesterday; a new feature here at the Fashionoclast. Starting today and occurring on an "it happens when it happens" basis, I'll feature guest posts from fun, savvy folk on all topics fashion. This week's guest contributor, whom you'll remember as a "Featured Blogger" not too long ago, is Becky Haltermon from Pump Up the Frump. With many thanks to Becky for taking the time to share her thoughts about fashion rules with us, I now turn it over to her...

I'm sure readers of a fashion blog that embraces iconoclasm can appreciate the fact that in my own style blog, Pump up the Frump, I try to never dole out clothing advice. Because while I do adhere to a litany of bizarre and unfounded fashion regulations regarding what style of boot should and should not be worn and what cut of jeans is appropriate for any given situation, imposing these rules on other people is impossible because I can't even stick to them myself. Case in point: I was shopping with my sister at a fabulous discount outlet and went on a psychotic rant about how the sweater dress is an overrated scam of a garment. They never flatter anyone, I prophesied to my sis, and they will inevitably make you look lumpy and dumpy. Not only that, who wants to wear a sweater they can't take off if it gets too balmy? People think they look cute and cozy and all it does is make them look fat. No one looks good in a sweater dress. No one. My sister patiently tolerated my diatribe and then amazingly held her tongue when I purchased a sweater dress within moments of my anti-sweater dress oration. I couldn't help it... It was gorgeous and on clearance.

(Dress by BCBG Max Azria.)

That was not the first time my self-imposed ideology was challenged by a beautiful bargain find. For years, I was arbitrarily opposed to leggings, only to find the world's most perfect pair on Etsy and then proceed to wear them three times a week.

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(Leggings from Lamixx.)

I absolutely loathed flare/boot cut jeans until I happened upon a lovely pair from Free People.

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I refused to wear the color yellow for years.

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I've absolutely forgotten where I bought this beret but the gray and yellow top is by Supermaggie.

For some reason, I never mixed navy blue and black until a year or two ago...

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And I used to be staunchly opposed to rompers.


This is a vintage romper from Eclectiques in Columbus, OH. Again and again I find that my apparel prejudices, no matter how well founded (google "sweater dress" and I guarantee you'll find a plethora of tiny women who look chunky in clingy knit gowns) ultimately have an exception. And that exception makes me rethink all of my notions about dressing well.

So while I try not to give out fashion advice, I will say that no one should be afraid to break the rules. Even your own.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

scarves and the designer - meet LOOMLAB's Jane Henry

by frédérik sisa

This week I’m pleased to bring you an interview with LOOMLAB founder Jane Henry. You’ll remember LOOMLAB from my write-up of Unique LA; this is the place to go for some beautiful scarves inspired by, and making full use of, technology. Jane’s background includes a stint design tennis apparel for Reebok and, here in LA, work at the fashion house of Tadashi Shoji & Associates. LOOMLAB is a labour of love, as the saying goes, and it shows in the creative scarf designs and ambitious projects.

And good news for us guys; Jane hasn’t forgotten about us. “The next lookbook featuring both EXP1 and EXP2 will include men and women rocking the neckwear,” she told me.

So, without further delay, here’s Jane:

What’s the design philosophy underlying your work with LOOMLAB?
Technology-inspired scarf design. LOOMLAB is a springboard for inventive design and experimentation with fashion.

At LOOMLAB, we build a story into each product. It could be a pictorial narrative, hidden details, messages to decipher or decode, or a scientific formula. I love the light-bulb moment of personal recognition or the discovery, when someone makes a connection with the scarf. Fashion is both emotional and artful – it is your unique and individual statement to the world. Our scarves support our need for personal self-expression.

Tactile qualities are also key to the design of our scarves: fit, shape, cocoon-like comfort, surface treatments and weaves, handpicked yarns and fabrications.

The name LOOMLAB came from the idea of combining technology and experimentation with fashion and textiles. This lead to our first foray into scarf design.

Additionally, experimental and/or unique collaborations are also formed in the lab. I love the premise behind Exquisite Corpse, a game started in the 1920’s by artists of the Surrealist movement. It’s these types of collective design experiments I would love to further develop.

How do you design and develop a new LOOMLAB scarf?

I start with a theme or idea that inspires me. Concept formation is always the most fun – for example I’m wrapping up the next collection: EXPERIMENT 2 “Ocean Transport”. I drew inspiration from Astrolabes, Fibonacci codes, Fractal Patterns, mood tides, stereographs, and Chitimacha basket weaves. Also new this season, will be a few new scarf shapes and printing with reflective inks.

LOOMLAB’s first collection [EXPERIMENT 1] was inspired by the interpretation of visual language. I focused on language that is not immediately thought of as ‘language’ such as Braille, QR coding, Binary Codes, circuit boards, EKG graphs.

There is definitely common thread woven into each collection: science and technology-inspired with a hi-tech color palette.

LOOMLAB also encourages and supports artistic collaboration. I am currently working with Amir Ali on our collaborative project: O3TSM.

I met Amir at an art event I organized for LOOMLAB called The Pixel Project. Amir had served 32 months of detention in a non-criminal immigration detention facility. Each day to preserve his sanity, he kept his mind busy by drawing. We are working on sharing his story and bringing his drawings to life via a scarf collection.

What will LOOMLAB look like in 2020?

Building on our current platform, LOOMLAB will be…
A Virtual Design Lab or Experimental Studio
A Platform for Future Creative Collaborations
A Local Hive for Creativity and Supporter of the local arts
A Support System for Original Endeavors
An Incubator for fabric, textile innovation
A Global Network of Artisan/Design Communities
A Leader in the Scarves

Eventually, I would love to build LOOMLAB by offering additional products, but for now, necessity is the mother of invention and scarves are the inventions of LOOMLAB.
Many thanks to Jane for taking the time to elaborate on her work - I look forward to EXPERIMENT 2, O3TSM, and all other future LOOMLAB endeavours. To see scarves from LOOMLAB’s current collection, visit the website at

Note to readers: Tune in tomorrow! I have a surprise for you - a new feature here at The Fashionoclast.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Posting Soon:

Aqua Catlin

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

surprise! it's H and M's spring 2010 men's collection

by frédérik sisa

It’s not often a mainstream store prompts something more than a raised eyebrow but, as they say, an optimist can never be pleasantly surprised. Enter H&M’s – I have to use the word – fabulous spring men’s collection. Hypebeast has a number of images for you to study, but these are the ensembles and pieces that stand out for me.
I don’t care much for the rolled-up pants in combination with the pointed anklet boots, shirt rolled up to three-quarters and the t-shirt sleeve length sweater. As a whole, it looks like wearing clothes that shrank in the wash. However, the layered look of the sweater and shirt works wonderfully well; it would look quite dashing with full-length pants.
Another great example of layering, this ensemble rocks thanks to the blazer’s black piping and not one but two very different layers. Slim fitting pants and chic shoes that are content with subtly completing the outfit translates to a casual yet refined look.
The bold red colour of the jacket contrasted with an earthy pair of pants takes a refined casual style and pops it. The hat and scarf are just the sort of accessories to add both a touch of formality and a touch of relaxed luxury – that scarf is quite simply gorgeous. And the sandals? Works for me. I know there’s a general taboo in formal circles against men wearing sandals, especially with this kind of more-than-casual ensemble, but it’s a subversive, stylish touch and entirely practical given the warming weather.

The humble grey suit. Classical. Universal. And spiked with a colourful shirt, and pop by an explosion of colour in the form of a loose, breezy scarf that waits for a wind to achieve a theatrical effect. (I can picture this ensemble with a lovely piece from LOOMLAB, yes?) Sandals remind us that spring is in the air. An elegant look.

Accessories are kept to a minimum is this understated ensemble, which is powerful without being overpowering. I’m not sold on brown as the colour of choice for the shoes and hat, and the peach shirt is definitely not my colour, but the subtly patterned pants have an edge and the smooth cut of the blazer offers a relaxed look. Overall, the contrast between the vivid colour of the shirt and the dark canvas of the blazer and pant combination gives this ensemble considerable panache.

Since blazers seem to be the collection’s dominant piece, here’s a dapper piece. I’m quite taken by the geometrical use of shading to create the impression of panels. And the two-tone effect? It’s not just for Two-Face anymore.

The real surprise in the collection, however, is this:

That’s right, a skirt. With large pleats. For men. Paired with that humble grey blazer, the ensemble works remarkably well and yes, I dig the rebellious chicness of it. The question is, will avant-garde men embrace it? Could this be the start of a new trend? Or will these skirts die a horrible death, unwanted even by the homeless whom H&M is supposed to give unwanted clothes to? Whatever the skirt's eventual fate, I'm persuaded to make a trip to a local H&M's to see all these pieces for myself. Field trip, yeah.

So what do you think? Yay? Nay?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

happy new year...with a hands-on review of Shanti Boutique

by frédérik sisa

Happy New Year, everyone. Welcome back to The Fashionoclast.

To kick off 2010, I follow up on my eyeball review of Shanti Boutique with a hands-on review thanks to a product kindly sent to me by Crystal Water. It’s one of their Om anklets/bracelets, with a vegetarian ultrasuede band and a small sterling silver cube decorated with the well-known sacred syllable. It looks as elegant, sturdy, and stylish in person as it does on screen.

Although personally I really like it as an anklet (one of my favourite accessories), I’ll spare you another photo of my foot and show it to you instead as a bracelet – which actually works so nicely I might also wear it that way from time to time:

Many of their other anklets have actual clasps, incidentally.

A very nice touch of flair is the little bag the piece comes in:

With a nice selection of colours and a price of $11 – a portion of which goes to support the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation – the Om anklet/bracelet is affordable style indeed.

Something I forgot to mention in my previous post on Shanti Boutique is that not only do they classify their vast catalog of products by material and theme, they go out of their way with a “Groovy for Guys” category. When you consider that retailers like Gaiam, for example, only offer men’s products at Christmas time – a rather cynical ploy to get money from customers, considering that they don’t offer these products at other times of the year – it’s refreshing that Shanti Boutique takes products that are essentially unisex and points them out to guys. So here we have a boutique selling a wide variety quality fair trade, eco-friendly products at reasonable prices sure to delight the ladies…without ignoring us guys, who are not typically seen as the target customer base for this sort of thing. Excellent.

And on that note I want to turn it over to you, dear readers. I mentioned that anklets are one of my favourite accessories. But what is your favourite accessory? Why? How do you wear it? Send me your pictures and comments at fsisa [at] thefrontpageonline [dot] com.

Out of all the entries received, Aqua and I will randomly pick one lucky reader to be immortalized in a future “Featured Reader” post…and maybe not just one. Here’s an added incentive to participate: knowing what you folks like, and having a good number of participants, will motivate us to organize The Fashionoclast’s first giveaway contest. That’s right, we want to giveaway cool prizes to lucky readers. But the ball, as they say, is now in your court...

Note: Many thanks to Crystal Water for sending me a free anklet/bracelet to try out.