Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Better to Journey Than to Arrive

Instant awesome points to these lovely ladies for using alternative transportation, for saving the world, and for wearing cool clothes in the process.

(photos by r.hunt, and collected from fashiongonerogue, favim, and thesartorialist)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Double Crossing Social Spheres

Becoming one with the sea is no easy task.  It requires scales: lots and lots of scales.

(photos collected from fashiongonerogue, studdedhearts, and dreamingweddingdress)

A Fractionating Dust Up

Hello there girl cowboy, frolicking prairie nymph, and white-wearing Charlie Chaplin.  Welcome to the pages of my Fashion Book.

(photo by e.hunt)

Between the Battle Lines

Pops of color were the way to go this year at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.  Brazil's yellow and green skirts against the dark blazers, Switzerland's red shirts surrounded by grey, and the Netherlands' contrasting orange and blue.  A delightful way to showcase the country's pride, culture, and individuality.

(photos collected from stylite)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Word of the Week: Marginalia

Marginalia  \mahr-juh-NAY-lee-uh\
1: marginal notes or embellishments (as in a book)
2: nonessential items

By the overwhelmingly detailed marginalia, we could tell that the owner of this sheet music clearly was not very focused on the song enclosed, but rather in the lively depictions of day-to-day life in a 1950s, park-hopping, diner-dancing, singing-in-the-rain Venice.

(photo collected from shannoneileenblog)

Friday, July 27, 2012

In Between the Sky and Every Piece of the Earth

Art-deco with a tribal flair.  Such juxtaposed pairings are the methods by which regimes have been changed and emperors toppled.  Quite a lot of potential to live up to; but with this much potential, there is also this much room for error.  An error which clearly, as seen below, did not come to fruition.

(photos collected from googleimages, fashionmediaph, modelideal, and pinterest)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Remaining Static Where Static Prevails

A recent fashion project of mine consisted of a size-too-big skirt, a trip to Goodwill to find two semi-matching ties, and a forage through my mom's button jar.  I modeled the idea on one of my favorite pieces of clothing, the suspender skirt, with the ties becoming the straps.  I pinned everything together to make sure it would work, sewed the ties to the skirt, then the buttons were last.  Voila!

(photos by e.hunt)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Throw the Bones in the Corner

Send me the pillow that you dream on, so darling, I can dream on it too.
-lyrics by Hank Locklin, best performed by Dean Martin

(photos colleted from fashiongonerogue, and knightcat)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Where Once Was Pity

I have been involved in a love-hate relationship for a while now, and you know what they say; acceptance is the first step on the road to recovery.  As much as I want to hate the look-at-me-ness of sequins, it's hard not to love the contrast a sequined number can provide to an outfit.  I may never be able to come 'round to a fully sequined outfit, but a skirt like one of these might need to be an investment I make for this coming fall.

(photos collected from fellt, and aftonbladet)

Rock, Paper, Fashion Book Photo

I'm thinking Kindof Maybe needs another weekly feature.  The Word of the Week is lonely, and feeling unnecessarily thrust to a higher rung on the social ladder, being the only one of it's kind and all. The new feature that will appear once a week will be a page from my Fashion Book, which is my collection of pages ripped out of fashion magazines from all the way back when I was thirteen or fourteen years old.  Clothes I wish I could afford, ideas for editing my own clothes, and pictures with a beautiful concept or composition fill the pages, often many on one page, or cut and ripped to my heart's desire in order to create a cool design and effect.  For the grand opening post, I've included three pages (instead of what will be a weekly one); the first with an altered single page, the second meshing two images together, and the third showing the overall book.

(photos and designs by e.hunt)

How the World Looked That Day

I was browsing the art section at the bookstore the other night and came across a photography book entitled Paris Changing: Revisiting Eugene Atget's Paris, in which Christopher Rauschenberg, modern day photog, revisits all of the Parisian places documented by Eugene Atget in the 30s, then documents them himself.  What results is a delightful capsule of time.  The book is laid out with Atget's photo on the left and Rauschenberg's on the right for easy comparisan of the then to the now.  This set of the trademark advertising columns is my favorite--look at the difference in advertisements!

(photos collected from Paris Changing: Revisiting Eugene Auget's Paris)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Word of the Week: Maffick

  • maffick
  • \MAF-ik\
: to celebrate with boisterous rejoicing and hilarious behavior

The two lottery winners mafficked by running through the streets in their finest clothes to the dock to catch the next cruise boat out of town.

(photo collected from flikr)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

And I Don't Know What All

Prairie wear is an interesting genre of style.  What should be sweetly innocent and dainty can easily turn into stuck-up pretentiousness.  The key is adding a modern detail to the traditional farm-girl print, like a bright hat and bangles, heavy black shoes, or a wide belt.

(photos collected from refinery29, fashiontaost, and by e.hunt)

Seen-It-All Swagger

This is the most heavily-jacketed, utility-belted, confused-looking Safari Tour Guide you will see today.

(photo collected from knightcat)

Casually Cascading

Clothing of locations.  This could be a really lucrative business opportunity for tourist destinations: unique souvenir idea!  I would have bought stuff like this everywhere I went in Europe if it had the surrounding landscape on it.

(photos collected from notcouture, and refinery29)

See Something, Say Something

Blues and Orangey-Reds are the perfect combination of colors.  Any tint, any shade, and either direction on the color wheel for a few ticks.  Like peanut butter to jelly, a lightbulb to a lamp,  and a shirt to pants,  blues and orangey-reds are meant to be together.  (That's me with my new car at the bottom!)

(photos by e.hunt, collected from getkempt, and poster by e.hunt)

Be Alright With the Freak and the Funky

There is a popular theme for a dress-up party known as Dress As Your Drink.  Unfortunately I never had the creative pleasure of coming up with a costume of this nature.  Here are some interpretations along the line of what I would want to dress like if I were invited to a party of this theme-ature.

Bloody Mary:  The title of this drink comes from a relentless Queen of English past who had a thing with killing people she didn't like.  The drink is a lot less volatile, but holds the name due to its color and consistency.  Keep the history part alive by wearing something medieval looking, and red, of course.

Sex on the Beach/Surfer On Acid:  You could go a lot of different ways with this; grass skirt hawaiian, board shorts, wrapped in a beach towel, or anything else beach related.  This idea plays up both the beach (with the bikini) and the typical morning after by the girl wearing her man's button-up.

Jungle Juice:  Let the wild, unpredictability of the jungle inspire your look for this crazy drink.  Animal prints, frizzy hair, flora and fauna, a tarzan and jane two-piece... pretty much anything goes in this category as long as you follow the "the crazier the better" rule.

Rum Runner/Captain Morgan:  Anything piratey, meaning throw on several layers of different textures, lengths, fittedness, and level of edge.  Some kind of hat or head scarf would lend itself nicely as well.  Both of these looks would recognizably be a Captain Morgan drink, especially if you did his signature pose.

Martini, Shaken, Not Stirred:  Just be James Bond, complete with suit, bow tie, walther ppk, and perhaps a homemade gadget interpretation or two.

(photos collected from googleimages, and refinery29, and fashiongonerogue)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hip to be a Square

In a lot of people's opinions, there are a few styles that get a bad rap: the prep, the ultra conservative, and the geek, for example.  In my opinion, it really depends on how people embrace and make interesting said genres of clothing.

The Prep.  Those kids who grew up learning to play golf at the country club, spent summers being torn between the lakehouse and the yaht, had a closet full of polo and j.crew classics, and whose biggest challenge was deciding which ivy league school to attend.  These ladies have a little street in them too though.  They've still got the traditional plaid, collared polos, and family crests, but they edge it up a little by sticking to darker colors, mixing prints, and patterned tights.

The Ultra Conservative.  Never will I ever wear a non-crew neck shirt, unbutton more than one button of a button-up, pull a skirt up higher than mid-thigh, or paint my nails in a bright color.  (This is what I imagine the creed starts with at The Ultra Conservatives Club meetings.)  This lady is slightly stepping outside of code, but in a good way, by wearing a trendy shorts romper and throwing a sweater on over it.  The gladiators and flashy-ish bangles add some points of interest, while the pulled up hair and neutral colors keep her in good standing with the Club.

The Geek.  School, library, studying, research, read, sleep, start over.  Geeks probably have the worst reputation fashion-wise, but there is so much potential!  Button-ups, vests, off-beat graphic t-shirts, scarves, plastic-frame glasses, sweater-vests, pants, crops, and the list goes on.  By not really knowing what to pair and how to wear, geek fashion can become effortlessly cool, like this grade-A library-dwelling lady.

(photos collected from Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style, thefashionface, and fashiongonerogue)