Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week, the clam dress. This was made years ago by the late designer Alexander McQueen. I thought his death was tragic and untimely, but his creativity and ability to think outside of the box will inspire me for the rest of my life. I love how he was just walking with a friend along the beach and decided that the empty clam shells needed to be repurposed into a couture gown. Love that mind! You are missed!
In McQueen’s Words
“My friend George and I were walking on the beach in Norfolk, and there were thousands of [razor-clam] shells. They were so beautiful, I thought I had to do something with them. So, we decided to make [a dress] out of them. . . . The shells had outlived their usefulness on the beach, so we put them to another use on a dress. Then Erin [O’Conner] came out and trashed the dress, so their usefulness was over once again. Kind of like fashion, really.”
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010)
VOSS, spring/summer 2001
Razor-clam shells stripped and varnished
Courtesy of Alexander McQueen
Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce
When two people from different backgrounds collaborate, the end result can be rather stunning. That’s what happened when Charlotte Olympia and Tom Binns married their ideas.
Charlotte Olympia’s designs are whimsical, fun, and full of intense femininity, while Tom Binns tends to err on the side of anarchy. The two created this Punk Rock- inspired collection of shoes and handbags to coincide with the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The show will reveal early day Punk style and how it has gradually inspired the fashion industry over the years.
I remember in 1981 when the band Black Flag came to my high school (Katella) in Anaheim, CA. Punkers came in droves from surrounding cities just to see them play. It was a sea of rebels with mohawks and black, skin-tight pants. Doc Martins covered the walk ways, while bad-ass anarchists smoked their cigarettes and invaded our school’s front lawn. A huge riot broke out in the streets and within minutes the cops were there to break it up and cancel the show. It was the most exciting thing I’d ever seen.
I found myself wanting to be in the midst of the action, well, I was in the midst of the action, but wanted more of a screaming and yelling in the streets kind of action. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite fit in with my Dittos and ’70s-inspired, ruffled blouse. But, if I would’ve had these safety pin pumps and clutch bag, I may have been bold enough to run out there and shout a few words of my own.
I love their classy collaboration and the collection will be available for sale at http://charlotteolympia.com, and some Macy’s stores in the beginning of May.
Drew Barrymore has just launched a new beauty and makeup line called Flower.
“The reason I have created this makeup line is because I grew up in a makeup chair. I loved watching women in this aspirational environment. But it was and always will be important to me to send messages of empowerment.” Says Barrymore.
Her new line will be sold exclusively at Wal Mart. I know what you’re thinking. Wal Mart? Why would a lady with such class and organic style be selling her beauty line at the world’s most mocked at retailer?
Drew says she wanted to provide a quality product at an affordable price and make it accessible to ALL women.
The collection is proudly made in the USA and is never tested on animals. She uses high-quality ingredients that are comparable to department store brands. Look for eye pencils, lip plumpers and nail polish. One of her biggest beauty secrets can’t be manufactured because she believes in the magic of a well-lived life.
“It’s the inside.” Says Drew. “That’s where the poison or the sunshine lays.”
Coachella, the musical festival that takes place each year in the deserts of California came to end yesterday.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join the free-loving, bare-footed, crazy-styled party. However, my good friend Corky (owner of Fullerton Foundry) was in attendance and was kind enough to report a live stream of fashion pics for me.
Style mavens (and a slew of gypsies,tramps and thieves) from around the world joined together in the name of music. From half-naked men (and women) to hipsters, to rockers, to hippies, and everything in between, it was the fashion party of the year. (Oh, and there were some bands too.) These pictures speak for themselves, so I need not write much. Summing it up I would say, fun is the new black and any kind of head or hair accessory was a fashion fave.
Thank you Corky for the great coverage! (And for allowing me to live vicariously through you and Ryan.)
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Photo credit: Corky Nepomuceno
Oakley, the brand most noted for their eyewear, has just opened a 1,000 sq. ft. signature store inside the Angel Stadium. Oakley provides sunglasses to all of the baseball players. And now, you can get a custom pair of shades too, and have them etched with the “A” logo while you wait. The store also carries, T-shirts, wallets, caps and pretty much anything with the “Big A” logo.
I have mixed feelings about this. I grew up in Anaheim and this old pic brings back instant, happy, childhood memories of baseball games and fun times. The landmark still towers the side of the 57 freeway today. My mom used it as a tool (back in the day) while driving to keep us kids quiet in the back seat of our El Camino station wagon. “OK kids, pipe down! Here comes the Big A!” It’s funny how we all silenced in awe of the structure. It was also a comforting sign to see after a long drive, because we knew we were close to home.
Anyway, now everything seems so commercial. I’m happy for Oakley, this seems like a good move financially, I just don’t want the Angel Stadium to start looking like an airport mall, or for Oakley to start pushing for a name change like the “Big O”. Stay true Angels!!
Oh, and since some professional bloggers suggest that inserting more personal info into your blog makes for a better read, I’ve decided to share this “Big A”artwork with you. It’s a piece I bought at the third anniversary Fullerton Art Walk in March, by artist “Elika”. I fell in love with it, and since it was Elika’s favorite too, we bonded. Now, he’s going to be exhibiting his work at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique in the fall for our monthly Art Walk. Not only that, my son’s bedroom decor just got a bit cooler! Looks like a home run for all.
OC Fashion Week was in March, but the pics are still rolling in. I wrote about some of the emerging designers and the dramatic styles a few weeks ago, but it really didn’t translate to my blog the way I had anticipated since none of my pictures turned out.
My photographer friend Megan Crothers was able to get some amazing shots, because, well, she’s amazing!!! So, better late then never, here’s some more great shots from OC Fashion Week. Thank you Megan Crothers for always getting it right! I can’t wait for her to take more pictures for our Roadkill Ranch site that’s coming soon.
Check out more of her brilliant photography at http://www.meganjeannephotography.com
Avante-garde and Emerging Designers: Coral Castillo, Dan Richters, Kerrie Kordowski, Luis Valenzuela and Pravenn Sinha.
Visit http://ocfashionassociation.com for more info.
This is my friend Karyn, she is the owner and lead designer of Classic Hardware. Classic Hardware is a long-standing, amazing jewelry company made in the USA, and we’re proud to carry it at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. Her motto is: “Jewelry With Class and Sass.”
I had admired her “K” necklace a few weeks back while visiting her in Burbank. I loved the chunky feel with the black chain, and wished I had my own with the letter “J”.
Anyway, we met up this weekend in Orange, and much to my surprise she had a gift for me, yep, you guessed it, my very own “J” necklace. I was so excited, I put it on right away. She was wearing hers too, so we decided to be twins. (There comes a point in your life when you just don’t care anymore if you and your friend are wearing the same thing.) And that’s when the night took off. I can’t tell you everything that happened, but we kept it classy and definitely sassy.
After painting The Orange Circle red, we ended up hanging out with some artists, gallery owners (and a woman who was trying to cure breast cancer) at Havens Gastropub and had a blast. Well, except for one person, who didn’t seem to be having such a good time. My OCD kicked in and I kept trying to figure out what her problem was. Was she tired? Was it too loud? After a while I realized she was sad because she didn’t have a Classic Hardware initial necklace too.
Check out the link to order yours today.
This message has been brought to you by the letter “J”!
Ever feel like you could use an extra hand or two? Well, here ya go! Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week “All Hands”.
If only these had some sort of robotic brains, you’d be able to Instagram, FB, Tweet, blog, Pinterest, Polyvore, and shop online all at the same time (not to mention the advantage you’d have if someone cut you off while driving). But, unfortunately, they’re just for looks. So, let’s give this outfit a big round of applause and hand it back to the runway (since it’s “hands down” the most awkward design we’ve seen in a while).
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