earth tones, winter edition

On January 19, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Earth tones suit every season and seem to be all I’m drawn to lately, with lipstick and scarves the only moments of color. Ever since I began wearing this parka I’ve been opting for more olive, dark sienna, charcoal, and miscellaneous dark taupe shades. That is, I always opt for those shades but now especially so (as opposed to the other usual suspects like camel, tan, cream, light ruddy browns).

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These colors always suit the kind of mulberry/bordeaux lip shades I’ve been going for. This is NARS Pure Matte lipstick in Volga. Nice formula, good longevity, gorgeous color. Not as forgiving on dry lips but I don’t expect that from a matte formula anyway.

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I love this broad black suede belt with its enormous gold crescent buckle, vintage Donna Karan. And seeing this American Apparel sweater dress in a different season now (which reminds me as soon as it’s warm enough I need to wear it exactly like that again).

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Stay warm.

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the winter cape

On December 1, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Of course you’ve seen capes here before. And before. Here’s a wool plaid number, another Zara find.

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I just kept layering on the navy here. I like how subtle this plaid is, both colors quite muted and dark, and the jumbo size of the pattern is appealing as well.

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The hood is massive and somewhat bizarrely lined with this dark green feathery faux fur. It works, though, I think. Makes it nice and heavy, too.

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Zara cape (out of stock online but they have a lot of others), Free People corduroys and tote, Sorel boots, J Crew scarf. On the lips: NARS pure matte lip cream in Terre de Feu (looks quite different in this light, it’s not quite this bright).

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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

 

hit ’em high

On April 7, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

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I hit ’em high, hit ’em high, hit ’em high

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Hooooops.

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These are incredibly comfortable jeans. Pseudo-jean legging things. I don’t uniformly love a high waist (not every time, not in every context), but I really like these. At one point I was going on about back pockets and proportions, and these pockets are, to me, a great size. (I also really like these jeans pocket-wise, the pockets of which are even more square). Larger back pockets, if anything, make my ass look bigger, more generous—as does a high waist—, which I like. Small back pockets do not make it look any smaller (no one is fooled by this ploy), which I don’t want anyway*, and they look immature and useless besides.

*I want it to look…not small. Like, a handful. I have no time for jeans that are not on board with this goal.

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Express Stella high waist leggings, Eric Michael boots, Urban Outfitters plaid shirt, Banana Republic trench (thrifted), necklace via asos, J Crew belt, Mulberry bag (thrifted), Fossil watch. On the lips: Milani lipstick in Naturally Pink, much blotted and with Smith’s Rosebud Salve over top. On the cheeks: Michael Kors bronzer and Tom Ford blush in Love Lust, which will tell you about soon. It’s gorgeous, just a bit more muted/sophisticated than the (otherwise very similar) Japonesque blush I like so much.

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I’ve been wearing my hair down more, too. Not as inconvenient as I was remembering. Hm. Don’t faces look totally different at 10′ vs 2′ away? The whole architecture of the face seems to change.

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p.s. I’m giving away one of these Designsix ‘love’ necklaces this week. Just leave a comment below to enter! Open internationally, winner will be chosen randomly next Monday 4/14/14 at 10pm EST and informed through disqus. Good luck!

wishlist: these boots

On February 15, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

If you follow me on facebook or caught my links post a few weeks ago, you’ll know that a few weeks ago I was debating between two pairs of boots.

To recap (the visual contrast is critical here), this pair:

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And this pair (though I gather there are quality issues with this design, and have since reconsidered):

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As I was saying earlier, though, when I can’t decide between two items it is often a sign that neither of them is quite suitable, and that the search has only begun.

This point was brought definitively home the second I saw this pair from Free People (I like many of the boots they carry, incidentally), which has so soundly thrashed the former candidates that they are like so much  dust in the wind (though, admittedly, much less expensive dust). The rewards of patient browsing and an unwillingness to compromise.

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Gah!

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AGH!

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GAHHH!

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Such slouchy, distressed, buckled, riveted, quirky pseudo-spat perfection! I must have these boots, come what may. If they do not fit me properly, I believe I shall weep. If they sell out of my size before I can raise the funds, I do not know that there will be enough doughnuts to console me.

That is all.

 

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