Next, we have a simply adorable DIY Summer Hammock from our friend @LauraLeeBaird, who says:
use 1.) rug 2.) Nylon rope and 3.) extra jeans from your summer cut-offs to build a hammock!
The term Haute Couture is often thrown around in conversation, but unless you have taken a fashion class ( where the teacher practically engraves the terms true meaning into your brain) you probably don’t realize how elite and specific the term is. In honor of the recent Couture showing for fall 2013 in Paris earlier in July, I attached a wiki link to give all sorts of details. Basically the term is very selective: items must be made for specific people, a certain percentage must be hand made, and a special governing board is in charge of deciding who can be listed as Haute Couture. Every season the number of designers/houses changes but usually it is between 8 and 16. All this to say, your Juicy Couture track suit from middle school probably doesn’t technically qualify as Couture.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haute_couture
Adrenaline park opens near Dubrovnik
“Konavle valley, near Dubrovnik, just got a major rush of adrenalin. The area’s first adrenalin park has finally opened its doors.” Keep reading.
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Liberty of London is a store located in the West End shopping district in London. It started in 1875 by Arthur Liberty who traveled the world looking for unique items to sell. It eventually became known for its luxury goods as well as its unique fabric patterns (over 40,000 vintage prints). To this day the department store creates new prints each season. The fabric is used for merchandise and is also sold for upholstery and home sewing. The flagship store was constructed in 1924 out of the wood of two ships-HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan. The wood gives the store a homey feel that makes the shopper feel like they are connected to past decades. I first visited the store in 2011 and fell in love with it- My mother had told me about the store after coming across the Liberty of London Target collection. I then saw the collaboration with Nike (and searched everywhere until I found a pair on Ebay) and knew I had to visit the store.
As an American my first impression of the store was through collaborations with American retailers. I then became fascinated with the store and its rich history. Here is a quick run through of my favorite collaborations with American designers/brands.
1.) Target- In February of 2010 Target launched the collection. Target has a history of collaborating with designers for a wide arrange of items and this was no different. Blouses, dresses, and bedding were all up for grabs. My favorite items were a Liberty of London printed beach cruiser bike and the tea set (for obvious reasons).
2.) Nike- I could go on for days about this collaboration. Simply put, it is brilliant. I love Nike and I was fascinated with Liberty of London but never would have thought to pair the two up. It is a match made for the sporty girly complex I face every day. The delicate florals, in contrast to the sporty and often masculine appearance of athletic shoes, perfectly offset the other. The shoes were once only available in limited quantities and would sell out within two months in the UK. I was on a mission to find a pair for myself but after some stealthy internet snooping I realized they were only available at two boutiques in the United States ( LA and NYC). This would not do! I scoured eBay and landed the perfect floral pair that I wore (literally) everywhere. They are now available stateside from stores like Nordstrom’s and other boutiques. The new collection comes out every spring.
This firecracker was riding to the Hermosa Festival to register voters - I love public transportation #Bus109 #morris4president #1988 #CatJokes #SoulMate (at West Marine)
Evolution of the galaxy print
So cool to see Sophia Amoruso of @nastygal on the cover of @entmagazine #inspired
She uses social media in a way that expanded her company quickly and she was open to a changing business model that allowed her to expand and grow exponentially. Without those two things I do not think the store would be the success that it is today. Such a cool story.
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The cotton oxford button-down is one of the most versatile items in your closet and consequently one of the most replicated items in the marketplace. Named after the Oxford weave (which was named after the university), these shirts traditionally are made of 100% cotton. Cotton is perfect for this item because the fiber properties coupled with the weave allows for breathability. This was especially important in the athletic origin of this clothing item. Since it is cotton it is also easily laundered, a necessity for anyone that is lazy like myself.
In the 1800’s the cotton oxford button-down could only be found on polo players in England as a portion of their uniform. Lucky for us, in 1896 Brooks Brothers launched the first line of cotton oxford button-downs catapulting this popular item into the American marketplace. By the middle of the 20th century button downs were a staple for both men and women. What started as a uniform for athletes soon turned into the “WASPY” uniform of east coast Ivy leaguers.
1930’s film star Marlene Dietrich is credited with “androgynous style” of oxford button downs and suites. She was once the highest paid actress in Hollywood and by many considered one of the sexiest. She shows a different way to wear the ever versatile oxford button-down. It was once considered a male only item, but through women like Marlene Dietrich it soon became a staple for men and women alike.
In the 1960’s JFK brought the Ivy-league style of oxford button-downs to center stage. As America’s president and a style icon through the years, he forever preserved the relaxed preppy style of a white oxford. I would like to take a second to thank Brooks Brothers for making all the handsome oxford clad pictures of JFK possible.
In the 1980’s Tom Cruise placed the oxford button-down on the silver screen in a very big way. His dance scene in Risky Business, wearing only oxford button-down, underwear, and tall white socks forever immortalized this shirt. During the mid-80’s the “preppy” look was in and that meant oxford button-downs and boat shoes. This look has staying power, as we still see it across college campuses 30 years later.
Today we see oxford button-downs every day. The item has been transformed, restored, and transformed again. Children and adults of both genders wear oxfords daily. This item seems to never go out of style even if it goes through styling changes. Today you can find college girls wearing oversize or “boyfriend” oxfords with leggings or shorts. J-crew inspired families’ wear them paired with kakis and sweaters for family portraits. Women of all ages wear oxfords with skirts and pants of all silhouettes and shapes. Men wear them at the beach and to the office in traditional and non-traditional fabric patterns. No other item can be worn so many ways and by so many people; it has become a ”uniform” of sorts for Americans across the country.
Jim Stark, played by James Dean in the 1955 film “Rebel without a Cause”, is an angst filled teen that became a “role model” of sorts for generations. He was cool, mysterious, and handsome. The film was nominated for academy awards but didn’t win, this is ironic because it later went on to be inducted into the U.S. National Film Registry and listed as one of the 100 Greatest American Movies by the American Film Institute. The movie has stood the test of time because most of us can relate to the rebellious spirit held by James Dean, even if the most rebellious thing we have ever done is stay out 30 minutes past curfew. The movie sadly features several deaths of young adults, and gained publicity for this fact when James Dean died in a car accident a month before the movie’s release.
The movie starts out in a police station where the three main characters cross paths, and it ends with a police standoff where one of those same characters dies. Jim is the new kid in town and has a way of getting into trouble without trying. He angers some sketchy characters that challenge him to a knife fight, stolen car chicken race, and a chain wilding altercation.
Jim decides to stand up for himself and face the gang in a dangerous challenge. This is where we see his iconic wardrobe change; he changes from slacks and button downs to Lee rider 101 blue jeans, a plain white t-shirt, boots, and a red nylon windbreaker (the windbreaker is often confused for a leather jacket). This is the look he is famous for and often related to the rebel image he portrays in the movie. In the movie it signified a choice to rebel and outside the movie it signified the rebellious spirit of a generation. The film is iconic for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is because of James Dean’s style. It was mimicked and became the uniform for cool teenagers. His windbreaker was created by Moss Mabry, and it is said that he made three of these jackets for the film. For years after the film Bob Dylan, John Belushi, and other celebrities decided they needed a jacket just like the one worn by Dean.
“Rebel without a Cause” continues to be an inspiration through the decades. Michael Jackson’s famous red leather jacket in Thriller music video is said to be inspired by James Dean’s from the film. Joseph Abbound, at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013, showed a collection of menswear that was inspired by Jim Stark and Ryan Gosling’s character in Drive. During spring 2012 collection Michael Bastian honored James Dean’s style by created a collection of menswear that was inspired by how James would dress now. This film also inspired art, an exhibit at MOCA in LA curated by James Franco and sponsored by Gucci and Seven went on display in May 2012. These show the generational transcendence of this film’s style.