Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Rochas S/S 2010

I am in love with Marco Zanini's second collection for Rochas. I love the idea of combining traditionally autumn-like rust and mustard for summer. The colour palette looks so fresh to me, with ocean blue, silver and dark maroon. I am also digging the mid-calf lengths as well as the ankle socks worn with strappy shoes.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

The Best and the Rest

I couldn't agree more with Cathy Horyn of the New York Times: Milan fashion week was a big disappointment. (Check her review here - not that I agree with everything she said though) The only collection that really stood out for me was Bottega Veneta. I loved the soft creamy colours, the simple ease of the styling, as well as the accessories.

It seemed to me that everyone else was just lazy- all those random unfinished, fringed edges at Prada, the overload of underwear at Fendi, the general stuffiness at Marni... I was left uninspired. I did like these pieces from the Dolce & Gabbana collection, although the rest of it was just "meh":

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Etsy favourite: emilyryan

Dana pointed out emilyryan's Etsy store to me a couple of days back. Emily Ryan is an independent designer from Portland, Oregon, and wow, she has some amazing, almost couture-like designs. Okay, the prices seem pretty steep, but then again, all the pleating and detail looks extremely time-consuming, and everything is hand-made by her and her interns.

Spiral Pleats Dress $375

Jersey Butterfly Tunic $174

Honeycomb $700

All images from emilyryan's Etsy store

Speaking of hand-made, I have managed to finish my first sewing project (more of which later). It took me several hours to complete the most simple piece of clothing. Okay, I am a beginner when it comes to sewing, so of course it takes time and effort to put together even something very basic. It does make one wonder, though: how do the cheap high street stores do it? As far as I know, it is still actual people that do the cutting and the sewing, although with extremely low salaries. Add material production costs, design costs, export-import and marketing, plus retail expenses, and I have to wonder how on earth do they pull it off. More importantly: how come us consumers allow it? Why do we want it?

Monday, 28 September 2009


I spent about an hour trying to wake up today. The murky weather kept making me drift back to dream land - to some random hot summer day, to a huge farm surrounded by hills, where they had a perfectly round, small swimming pool, gathering moss. I dream often, almost every night, but I hardly ever remember my dreams after half an hour of waking up. My dreams seem spookily real at times, and they can be repetitive too. I have visited a certain ski resort a handful of times in my dreams, but I have no idea whether the place actually exists. Still, at night time, I keep going back.

Me and Chris are quite a couple when it comes to dreams. Last night Chris hollered out a greeting to one of his favourite manga characters (yes, he is wonderfully nerdy) but later had no recollection as to why. Whereas my dreams are physically quiet and still, Chris speaks in his sleep, waves his arms about, and mistakes clothing hanging off the closet door for giant cats.

One of my oddest dreams was about my grandmother getting sick - she stood in her living room, but could not speak or move, and did not hear me. After waking up I had the strangest feeling that I had to buy her a present - I was obsessed with the idea for days and eventually spent a fortune on an antique brooch. A week later she had a stroke. Another time I dreamt of an army officer showing up at my doorstep with a folded flag, telling me that he had bad news regarding my father. Two days later I got a phone call telling me that my father's brother had died. I am the first one to say that those two incidents were random coincidences, but still, every time I have a strong dream with a certain unique presence to it, I sit down and take a mental (or concrete) note of it.

Jumper: Christian Dior / Salvation Army
Skirt: Hietsu flea market
Tights: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Vagabond
Necklace: Accessorize

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Falling for Fall

Me and Chris woke up this morning realising that autumn has arrived. Sheesh, it has felt chilly today! We went to the local farmers' market, and got all sorts of wonderfully organic and locally produced foods: apples, pears, carrots, peppers, ground beef, chicken, potatoes, garlic, cereal, tomatoes, plums, home-baked bread... we got to the market too late to get eggs, which was too bad. Once again, I am urging everyone to go see Food, Inc., and to start buying your groceries at local farmers' markets - it really makes a difference! If you think going organic and/or local is too expensive, consider that two huge green peppers or six ripe pears at the farmers' market cost as much as a can Coke. Think of it as an investment towards your future health and the health of our food industry.

This is what I am wearing today:

Cardigan: Salvation Army
Top: Max&Co.
Skirt: H&M
Leggings: Urban Outfitters
Coat: Max&Co.
Shoes: Vagabond

Friday, 25 September 2009

My New Favourite Singer

Finally, the sewing project I have been waiting for! This is my new baby: And this is the fabric I will be transforming into a piece of clothing. I was going for red brocade, but for whatever reason this is what I came home with:

I don't really have great sewing skills, and the prototype I practiced on turned out all lopsided. I guess the whole thing will be an interesting learning experience if nothing else.

I had so much trouble taking outfit pictures today. One stupid wasp just wouldn't leave me alone, and if there is one thing in nature that I really dislike, it is wasps. I ended up waiving my arms about and rushing back indoors to gather courage to go back outside. For the detail pictures I stayed indoors, which is why the colours look all wrong. Oh well. What can you do.

Blouse: Tuuli's old
Cardigan: Jones New York / Salvation Army
Zipper dress: H&M
Tights: present from Chris
Shoes: Vagabond

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Antonio Marras S/S 2010

Oh, isn't this an adorable collection? I love the sheer over-the-knee socks (or are they legwarmers?), the colours (cute but not childish), the layering (adds shape to a sense of shapelessness)... I guess I love everything that I would normally love about any collection.

Images: here

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Random Ramblings on a Wednesday

I have been listening to Monsters of Folk all day - what a great band! I don't think there is any need to label them as the latest "super group", because quite frankly, the music speaks for itself. You can listen to the entire album at their MySpace. This is what I am wearing today:

T-shirt: Salvation Army

Trousers: Acne

Necklace: JBLChicBoutique at Etsy

We found these handmade brass utensils at a gift shop sale the other day. They were 75% off, which came in handy.

Our preparations for fall include cutting down the pine tree behind me. It grows too close to our big maple, and because it doesn't have any space to grow up, it is expanding horizontally - not a pretty sight all things considered. Since we are planning on revamping the back yard to include a little veggie garden next spring, the pine has to go. This is what I wore on Monday:

Jumper: Chris' old (or current, because he insists that he will still wear it - we shall see)
Trousers: Diesel
Shoes: Diesel
Scarf: Zara

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Paul Smith S/S 2010

I am such a sucker for menswear-inspired clothes. I love the colours, the layering and the variety of shapes in this collection.

Images: here