the autumn/winter palette

On November 30, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

So-called autumn colors are consistently my favorites, regardless of the season. Deep jewel tones, warm earth tones, any color a leaf might conceivably turn, the dark, sophisticated cousins of their spring/summer counterparts. There’s a lot of overlap between classic autumn and classic winter shades and I don’t make much of a distinction, though if forced I would say it is the warm, rusty, browned shades that dominate the autumn palette, and the winter palette substitutes that warmth for still more heavily saturated jewel tones.* Ex. the turn from the oxblood lip to the deep, blue-toned red lip (or burgundy to bordeaux). Ex. the turn from copper and gold to amethyst and jade.

*Jewel tones meaning (at least, I mean) colors somewhere on the spectrum of a true gemstone color, just darker or lighter, paler or more vibrant. A questionable phrase as the terms jewel and gem are hazy, and could really be said to include every color thanks to the diversity of minerals, but when we talk about beauty and fashion we understand the term to mean saturated and vibrant, often dark colors. So, OK, fine. Jewel tones.

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I like this transitional period wherein it’s not too late (I mean, it’s never too late) to evoke the rust and copper of autumn, and the muted violets, rosy reds, and deep greens of winter are fair game. I’m especially into plummy, bordeaux shades this year. Definitely another burgundy/bordeaux lip round up coming soon. Will be telling you more about some of my favorites pictured here as well, mostly quite new, and some real beauties.

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Really the only thing to do with piles of beautifully colored objects is to arrange endless configurations of them. Right? I, at least, never tire of this.

For me makeup is only fractionally about the medium/texture/formula, and primarily about the color. I am not even shopping for a category, sometimes, not a blush or a lipstick or a shadow (many of these can be multi-purpose, anyway), I am shopping for a color. An excellent formula is then a happy bonus. I have a few lipsticks that are lovely in texture but a little eh color-wise, and they don’t get much love. On the other hand I have some mediocre shadows that I make work because I like the colors so well.

Color is also the most dangerously effective justification for getting another thing, makeup-wise. I think I may accurately blame much of my stash on color preoccupation.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

On November 27, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

I am thankful for my friends, and family (I guess!), and lipstick, and big scarves, and white v-neck tees, and perfume, and light rain, and several shades of green, and pearls, and parsnips, and toast, and waffles. And peanut butter. And popcorn. And gold things.

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Currently loving NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Terre de Feu, a dark but still vibrant burgundy with a hint of rust that keeps it in the warm rather than plummy camp of dark reds. Just bright enough for the color to shine through rather than coming across as only ‘really dark’. Beautiful. Wears nicely on the lips as well, I don’t find the formula at all drying. NARS does mattes so well.

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I really wanted Volga, but it is currently sold out everyplace.

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Happy Thanksgiving.

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the hooded parka

On November 24, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Surely winter could not come and go without at least the consideration of a new coat. Surely.

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And wouldn’t you know it, I found one! An olive green parka with a fur lined hood, like I’ve been hoping to find for ages. Ages I tell you. Cotton, not down, but still quite heavy and warm, and not $600. Not inexpensive, either, but that’s a coat for you.

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It’s getting to be that time where the fashion element of the site consists of various outerwear and protective gear. I do love coats, but still. It’s going to be a lot of coats. A lot of a few coats. One does want to look just as stylish with or without a coat, true. I’ll be mostly wearing thermal shirts and sweaters underneath them so will probably look a good deal more put together with the coat on, but one does long for the days of bare arms and wearing whatever one wants.

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Two scarves!

Zara parka, Express Jeans, Jeffrey Campbell France Strapped boots (I do like olive and rust together). On the lips: MAC lipstick in Hang Up, a deep raspberry bordeaux, which liking very much. I need to do another bordeaux lip round up, I think. Have found several I like since the first one.

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I can’t get enough of dramatic hoods and collars, and dramatic necklines in general. Fur is an easy way to achieve this kind of massive sculptural volume around the shoulders and/or throat, and I’m always lamenting that some of the old school strategies have gone out of style, i.e. ruffs and vertiginously high collars. A generous hood can be such a pleasing frame for the head and shoulders when down (think the massively hooded cloaks the women are wearing throughout the Danish film Babette’s Feast – excellent film btw), it’s almost a shame to put it up. Then, though, up it is a completely different kind of pleasing frame.

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we like: Versace Fall 2014 RTW

On November 23, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

The Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection from Versace features micro dresses—that mod, 60’s length—asymmetrical hems, boxy coats, playful (or playlike, or toylike) military buttons, and a restrained color palette of mainly red, black, and a deep, saturated teal. I am often on board with superfluous buttons, but the real beauties of this collection are the bias cut dresses, a new thing for Versace, and the absolutely stunning boots. Leave it to an Italian designer to present badass thigh-high boots for daywear.

The bias is the 45 degree angle across the grid of a woven fabric, in which direction the fabric has greater flexibility and stretch. Fabrics cut in this direction, bias cut, are known for draping beautifully and hugging the body in a way that is fluid and seamless (or seemingly seamless, compared to the complex tailoring/seaming of a fitted dress cut straight), at least in luxury fabrics like silk and satin. They are usually easy to spot as the fabric of the garment and the internal seams necessary to piece together a sufficiently large swathe of fabric are at that 45 degree angle from the major seams. Galliano, for example, especially in his work at Dior, is known for his bias cut dresses.

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So these boots above are handsome, yes, chic and witchy, but I was talking about these boots.

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Ugh! Beautifully done, Donatella. The sleek silhouette is given a bohemian softness by the elaborate cut-outs and suede finish.

These ones not bad, either. These, still more baroque in their embellishment, seem to me even more blatantly Italian.

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images via style.com, click through to the slideshow to see the whole collection

 

playlist: still burning

On November 22, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

My taste is all over the place across the board, really, but especially when it comes to music. Here are some tracks I’m liking lately, with Ella Henderson’s ‘Ghost’ the reigning favorite dance track.

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1. Ella Henderson – Ghost

2. Iggy Azalea – Black Widow ft. Rita Ora

3. Parliament – The Motor Booty Affair (classic funk, no one else seems to like this song quite as much as I do, which is baffling)

4. Bloc Party – She’s Hearing Voices (and old favorite)

5. The New Pornographers – Challengers

6. Tom Petty – Zombie Zoo (caught this on the radio around Halloween and have been listening to it ever since)

7. Modest Mouse – Dashboard

8. Cansei de ser Sexy – Music is My Hot Hot Sex

9. Blue Oyster Cult – Burnin’ for You

10. Le Tigre – I’m So Excited (great cover)

11. Darius – Velour

12. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (cutesy but damn catchy)

image via pinterest

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