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Tiptoe Through our Shiny City
Ever listen to track one on The National’s Boxer Album? Fake Empire is one of those songs that makes you want to curl up in a cozy plaid blanket (or person), not do anything too taxing but still remain romantic and whimsical.
There is something extremely haunting about Matt Berninger’s voice. That combined with the mysteriously evasive lyrics typical of The National are the source of inspiration for this F/W12 indie-chic collage.
This Fake Empire look is based on a dark pallet mixed with gold accents in jewelry (inspired by the album art below). The look also mixes fabrics— suede with the indierock go-to fabric (plaid). Imagine a weekend where you are feeling off the grid but want to sneak out for low-key dinner or a burbon nightcap.
A little about the band: Prior to being the brooding baritone singer of The National, Matt Berninger used to be a graphic designer. This would definitely explain the clean design of the album covers by New York-based artist Mark Fox. His sculptures and these album covers certainly resemble the trending honeycomb pattern for accessories.
ArielSimone Launch: OOTN
I have tickets to attend the Arielle Simone SF Launch Party tonight at the Bold Italic but I feel like a deflated balloon (no energy) and been having an upset tummy/head-achy all day…so I’ll be getting in bed right after I hit the “create post” button.
I’m upset I’m missing this fashionable night out but admittedly I push myself so much lately that I literally have to tell myself to “sit down and chill out”. Instead I’m sharing what I planned to wear…
Guess I’ll save this lil number for another occasion but here are the details on costs.
FYI none of it is new, except the rings which I bought this past weekend.
Dress: Target, $24.99
Earrings & Bracelet: Charming Charlie, Guesstimate about $25 for both
Heels: Crossroads, $16.50
Stackable Rings: Payless, $7.99
Til next time.
NATURAL PROGRESSION: MOVING FROM SKINNY JEANS TO LEGGINGS…
OK, so Lenny Kravitz has been wearing skinny pants for years, Lil Wayne performs shows in them, Russell Brand has been spotted pairing them with combat boots and Justin Bieber recently wore them to the American Music Awards. Are they another skinny pant? A long john worn ironically? A running tight worn outside of the gym? Nope! They are called meggings. Actual leggings. For men.
We have been paying attention to the trending fashion subject of the week— and between said trending subject and 12.12.12, more than a few may have thought the end of the world had arrived… or was near.
We thought it might be useful to offer another perspective to what some are feeling about this new trend that is expected to follow follow the “skinny jeans” trend for men.
Celebrities are always ones to progress runway fashions no matter how ridiculous. Once a Paris runway joke, meggings are extremely popular in sartorial circles. Stores like Barneys, Nordstroms and even Uniqlo are selling them for the everyday guy that is a lover of skinny jeans but wants and needs more stretch. When you think about it, perhaps it is a natural progression for men? Football players and athletes alike have been wearing tights for decades, so why not move in this direction?
Patrick Jones, a Uniqlo rep shares his enlightening response to the confusion of this trend: ‘Guys have been wearing slimmer and slimmer pants in the last few years, so the natural progression is to move the man leggings.’ Uniqlo offers their own brand of a ‘made for all’ megging. While the company techinically lists the megging as a long john (designed to wear under pants), we know that fashion-forward men who are bold in their fashion choices will wear them alone.
What do you think about the megging? If you wear them, share with us!
by Nkechi Njaka