Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summertime Blues

by Becky

You may have noticed a distinct lack of Becky-osity on the Fashionoclast of late and, if I may say, perhaps a dearth of frivolity.

This is because, due to a series of unfortunate life events, I have been pathetic as hell. I won't go into all of the sordid details here. Unless the situation goes right down the crapper, in which case, PREPARE FOR A PUBLIC SHAMING, JERKS.

Anyway. The point is, this usually annoyingly optimistic and happy person (I'm seriously that girl that chirps, "Good morning!" at coworkers at 7:30 a.m. like a demented parrot on Xanax) has spent weeks wallowing in some bona fide melancholy.

So, let's just call it the summertime blues and start talking fashion. I want to discuss what to wear when you are overwhelmed by the thought of leaving the safety of your snot-covered duvet.

Badass Sunglasses

I will never admit how long it took me to take this picture.

These sunglasses from Asos have saved my life. They have come in handy when:

1. Hiding red-rimmed eyes in public. It's not fair to wander into a coffee shop and catch the strains of some stupid Swedish song that remind you of better times. (What kind of barbarous barista plays First Aid Kit first thing in the morning, anyway?!) When I've been sniped by sentimentality in public, I rely on my fine, mirrored sunglasses. Crying? No way! I've got a stupid summer cold! Give me my latte, dammit.

2. Rocking out in the car. Yes, screaming Cake's version of "I Will Survive" behind the wheel of my tiny car makes me feel better, but only because these sunglasses add all the necessary effect.

Pity Ponchos

Coco Chanel, Quail
I also recommend cuddling up with a pet quail, if you have one.

I know I need to shut up about ponchos already but really, if you must leave the safety of your bed, bring a blanket. Call it a poncho. Everybody wins.

Fantastic New Shoes

This is not a beautiful image but fantastic shoes need no fancy photography

There have been days when I thought that nothing could enjoin me to muster enthusiasm about being sociable. And then, I impulse bought these beauties and suddenly, I had a reason to leave my hermitage.

These are Bucco Ceres wedges. I bought them from HauteLook.com but I'll be damned if I can find them for sale anywhere now. Sorry about that. Follow your own absurd shoe fairy.

To the random six people who gave me compliments on these: You have successfully helped to reform a misanthrope.

In Conclusion

I will say that I am feeling much, much better now and so thoughtful condolences are not necessary. Stylistic swaddlings are simply a part of self-expression and frankly, for a while, I only had morose moodiness to express.

So. What do you don when things go wrong?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

sports and designing for culture

by frédérik

Alas, plans went awry and I'm still not ready to get back into full-speed blogging. However, since I'm not on vacation and merely back in the quagmire that is a busy work schedule, I didn't want to leave you with nothing to see. And so, after ranting about l'affaire Lauren and the US Olympic Team uniforms, here's an interesting bit about sports attire attuned to an athlete's religious beliefs.

I know, this isn't a post about style per se...and yet, there's a lesson about how apparel design must serve needs other than style.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ralph Lauren keeps it classy

by frédérik

Well, the good news is that the insanity of the past few weeks has finally reached a sane conclusions. After a week and a half's vacation, I'll be back to full-strength blogging. So do check back again on Friday the 27th.

In the meantime, what do you think about l'affaire Ralph Lauren? The fashion designer responsible for dressing the US Olympic Team in uniforms that look like preppie country club wear filtered through US Marine formal dress rubbed salt AND pepper into the wound by having the clothes manufactured in China. So Team USA gets to look ridiculous in clothes that spit in the eye of American manufactures. Classy, Ralph. Real classy.

No wonder Senator Harry Reid called for the clothes to be burned.

But hey: Ralph Lauren promises that clothing for the 2014 Olympics will be made in the USA. That's a start. Next: designs that actually reflect "sports" other than parking the yacht in the marina and hemming and hawing over which club to use to drive the ball down the fairway.

This flag pole is really a golf club. Image borrowed under fair use from Yahoo sports.

Friday, July 6, 2012

lost in the swamps

Sorry, folks. I'm too swamped to offer you even a token post. However, since I don't want you to visit in search of a new post and not get anything at all, I give you milk as fashion. Enjoy.

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