Friday File

One of the cool parts of my job is going to vintage fashion auctions. A few weeks ago I bid at Augusta Auctions in New York by telephone and won a stunning 1916 dress for my fashion study collection. My heart was beating so hard and fast, especially when my telephone proxy said I won. It’s a euphoric high. Yesterday, I went to a local auction, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and was not as lucky. You win some, you lose some I guess.

Here’s a few links from the week:

Did you hear that Pantone’s 2014 “Color of the Year” is radiant orchid? Christina Brinkley of The Wall Street Journal explains how Pantone comes up with their color of the year.

Fall in love with a Charles James’ Hipster dress in the Met’s preview video for the Costume Institute exhibition this summer.

Do you know when to use historic vs. historical? I’ll be honest, I didn’t know there was a difference until I read this.

I can’t wait to read this biography/memoir of Vivienne Westwood. “Vivienne is wonderfully candid. I sat there with my jaw on the table for a lot of it. Especially about what went on in the 1970s, ” Ian Kelly, the book’s co-author, said.

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to enter my Laurel Denise 2014 planner giveaway!

Friday File – Sick Week

I’ve been sick all week. I’ve been slowly getting better, but I still have a bit of a persistent cough. Consequently, this week hasn’t been the usual, since I’ve been floating through the days hopped up on decongestant.

I haven’t been online as much as usual this week either, which means I only have two links for you. But nonetheless, I think they are both quite good. Enjoy and stay healthy!

Cathy Horyn walks us through her spring shopping agenda. Her penchant is for luxury designer garments (Celine, Marni, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, etc.), a world of fashion I normally enjoy looking at, but have no experience shopping. It’s interesting to read her debate on current designer prices — some of which seem too high or right on target in her opinion. She peppers in her reflection with a few contemporary designer items (Opening Ceremony, alice + olivia, Rebecca Taylor). Of course pretty much all are above my pay grade, aside from the Uniqlo and H&M she mentions.

My friend Kirsty introduced the blog Empty Emptor to me this week via a post on a Net-A-Porter magazine article. First, the post itself was a brilliant breakdown of how the fashion industry uses language to convince a consumer that she’ll be happier for buying clothes. But second, where has this blog been all my life?!!!!!!!! (Yes, all those exclamation points are necessary.) The author, Jess, is a British post-doctoral cognitive neuroscientist whose blog aims to “analyse consumption, consumerism and consumer behaviour (in a very modest and inexpert way) through the lens of lifestyle, clothing, and my own wardrobe in particular.” Be still my beating heart, I think I’ve found my new favorite blog.

Friday File – Needing a Break

This week has been tough for the whole country, and so much tragedy takes a real toll. We need a respite from the news. There’s nothing I can say that can magically erase everything that has happened this week, but I am hoping things can turn around for all of us soon. Stay safe.

Some links from this week that can hopefully bring you a little break:

folding lamp by Issey Miyake, from Architizer Blog

Of course Issey Miyake created folding lamps made of recycled plastic. The man’s 2D to 3D-design concept cannot be contained to fashion.

I can’t believe the word fashionista has only been around for 20 years! Writer Stephen Fried coined the term in a biography of the model Gia Carangi. He was looking for a term that quickly referred to all the types of people who work in the fashion industry because he was sick of spelling out all their roles.

This article on the eight hour workday and modern capitalism really struck a chord with me. This theory that our work/life balance was designed so that we would be the ideal consumers is both disturbing and fascinating. It’s made me feel a lot more conscious of how I’m spending my spare time and my money since I read it.

Most of the time I wish they would just let old fashion design houses alone. There are too many revivals. Let the designers’ legacies stand, and don’t taint them by hiring a new designer to attempt to fill their shoes.

This is exactly how I’ve felt since it was announced that the house of Schiaparelli was going to be relaunched. Schiaparelli was an artist and extremely unique. I couldn’t imagine anyone reworking her designs and having anywhere near the same impact. But two days ago word came out that Christian Lacroix is going to design an haute couture collection for Schiaparelli. You know, I think that could actually work!