Friday, February 26, 2010

Shoe obsession: Nina Ricci boots

I first saw them on Refinery29's shoe stalking:


and from the same designer:

I looove the shape of the heel on these!

Awesomeness from London Fashion Week

I'm going to give up apologizing for all of my posts being fashion-related lately. I write about things that are influencing me, and this is what I've been obsessed with lately. I do promise some regular posts soon, though! Lots going on in Crystal-land.

But let's talk London Fashion Week for a second. Tell me what is unusual and a little bit awesome about these photos:

The first two are from Mark Fast's Fall 2010 RTW collection. I am not a fan of his designs in general- I don't think he has the understanding of how to work with a woman's body that some designers have (and I haaaate the styling on this particular show, it just looks trashy). But o-m-g. Actual plus-sized models. On the runway. At fashion week. In a show with "regular" models. Even if I hate your clothes, this gets a thumbs-up from me!

For the record, it's not just the plus sized designs I dislike from his line. Even the stick-thin girls look... unflattering:

I think the third photo is my favorite, though. Hellooooo, Granny! That one is from Sykes Fall 2010 RTW. I don't even know what to say beyond HOW COOL IS THAT? Fashion should be about doing the unexpected, pushing boundaries, shaking things up. How cool to have models that make the statement that you don't have to be 20 years old and 98 pounds to be fashionable?

A "plus-sized" (aka something like size 8, which I would only be if I was just this side of starved to death) girl won America's Next Top Model a few years ago. "The girl on page 194" in a recent issue of Glamour magazine got people buzzing as women freaked out about seeing an image they could actually relate to. (It was a big deal, y'all. Google "the girl on page 194". Behold! Or check out examples of people's reactions here, here, here or here or... you get the point.) I hate when people refer to curvier girls as "REAL" women, because ALL women are real women. We're different shapes and sizes and colors and ages and personalities, and we are all flawed, and we are all beautiful.

Obviously, there is also a lot of resistance to this type of thing. Last season, when Fast first used plus-sized models mixed in with his runway, "his show stylist quit over the designer's insistence on including three models from a plus agency on the runway amongst regular girls." (quote from

I can imagine the shock of being audience when Fast opened the show with THIS look:

I mean HELLO! Normally when you see larger models in a sexy dress, it looks like this:

(Which I actually think is much sexier, but you get the point.)

However, when he used plus sized models again this season, it still caused a stir, but not to the same extent. If he continues, and maybe a few other designers join in, will this eventually seem normal?

The world is changing, and I'm excited for the crazy, fascinating ride!

Monday, February 22, 2010

McQueen is dead, Long live McQueen.

Can I take a moment to mourn the death of Alexander McQueen?

(Sorry, btw, that this seems to be turning into a fashion blog lately! I tend to get obsessed with random things for periods of time, and right now this is it. I promise non-design stuff soon!)

His Spring 2010 ready to wear collection blew my mind. The idea was, to quote,
"an apocalyptic forecast of the future ecological meltdown of the world: Humankind is made up of creatures that evolved from the sea, and we may be heading back to an underwater future as the ice cap dissolves."

The more reptilian side of the collection didn't appeal to me much, but the sea side...

The hair and makeup had me totally convinced that these guys live in the depths of the sea.

The Little Mermaid WISHES she had these shoes!

And THESE are my new obsession:

My heart still belongs to the Ann Demeulemeester Fall 2008 triple lace boots, but if these found their way into my life, I think we could be very happy together. I wonder how tall those would make me?

I got so excited scrolling through the pictures of this collection that I momentarily forgot WHY I was digging up picture for this post. I found myself excited to see what would come next, but of course, there is no next. Sadness.

Check out past Alexander McQueen collections here. And then slip into a pair of shoes that look like bedazzled armadillos to mourn.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

molto bene, del gatto

This spread in Italian Vogue has made me totally rethink my future crazy cat lady aesthetic:

New To Do List:
*Find kitty-sized sunglasses
*Decorate bathroom in awesome blue tiles
*Teach cats to play guitar
*Procure snazzy pink wallpaper and lots of yarn

Friday, February 05, 2010

Please donate a zillion dollars to the "Crystal needs new clothes" fund!

These are my favorite boots. Or at least they have been for a long time, but they are now literally falling apart! Add the fact that little chunks of the faux leather type exterior fall off every time I put them on to my recent drooling over awesome shoes (see previous post), and I decided to head to the fancy schmancy mall in Orlando to try on totally overpriced stuff I can't afford.

I started out here:

At the top of the escalator, my bellydancer gene kicked in, and I was instantly drawn to shiny things!

This slip is by Free People, and is something like a billion dollars. (Okay, i think $78.) It's kind of an awkward length- too short to wear as a dress (for me, at least!), but too long to be a shirt due to how stiff it is. It did kind of make me feel like a Vegas showgirl, though, so lots of points for being fun!

I almost didn't try on the second one, but I'm glad I did!

I reeeally wish I'd gotten a better picture of this one, because I LOVED it! It had fewer sequins than the first, so it wasn't as stiff, very light. And I never wear gold or white (this is white material with gold sequins), but somehow these colors looked so good on me!

So, shopping lesson #1- don't wear a bright red bra when you are going to try on a bunch of clothes! But besides the $$$, I couldn't get this because I don't have a bra that would work with it. Given that my cup runneth over, I can almost never find strapless bras that actually work, and wearing one with straps with this kinda kills it. Plus the bra would obviously need to be a nude color, since we see how bright colors work out above!

Close-up of the fabric over jeans

They're both made by Free People, btw, which might be my new favorite clothing brand. I tried on a ton of their stuff! And this slip comes in all kinds of colors- I totally want the silver, too!

They do all kinds of layering pieces. LOVE!

I looove this sheer ballerina slip! I would never have the body to pull it off, though!

Next stop, Anthropologie!

I could LIVE in Anthropologie. It's one of my favorite stores ever! I totally fell in love with this top:

Sadly it is $98, so I'm going to have to wait till it hits ebay, or win the lottery!

I also love this shirt from Anthropologie, but didn't see it in the store:

My final stop was Macys, where I through I would just pop in, but ended up with a ginormous pile of stuff in the dressing room!

I made a total dork of myself stopping upstairs to take pictures of the awesome white butterfly display hanging from the ceiling:

(At least I think it was Macy's with the butterflies! It may have been Neiman Marcus. But all the following clothes are def. Macy's!)

Another one I fell seriously in love with, this top from Guess! It's such a flattering shape, and the leather accent is amazing! This is what the back looks like:

I am seriously considering going back to get this. It is $54, but Macys is having a wear red sale where you can get 20% off if you wear red, so that drops it down to... well, still more than I should be spending. But man is it tempting!!

I just have to point out one more thing:

How awesome is it that the shirt looks better on me than on the model?? In what alternate universe does THAT ever happen? Hello, ego boost! YAY for boobs!

When I picked up this shirt, I also decided to try the jacket/wrap thing that was on display with it, even though it isn't my usual style:

Ok, so this one does look better on the model, but I loooove it! It's not quite a sweater, because it doesn't close, more like a wrap with arms? Or if a sweater and a big scarf had a love child. ($79 from Guess)

This one is by Weston Wear, but I haven't been able to find it online! Hard to see in this dark dressing room pic, but there is a seriously fun ruffle thing on the shoulder!

Pardon the bra, again. This top is by Jaloux, and again I can't find it online! I really considered this one, it's my favorite shape for a shirt, and it's sheer in places and solid in others, so you get little peeks of skin here and there without showing too much (except I kind of am here, sorry!).

One more top by Free People:

If it were longer, I probably would have liked it! I'm 5'11, so a lot of shirts tend to be too short on me. Too short + voluminous fabric = hello, 20 extra lbs!

I have no idea who these last two are made by, sadness!

I didn't buy anything, and actually left kind of bummed because I couldn't bring anything with me!

Do you like trying clothes on just for fun, even when you know you are broke, or does it just depress you?