March 28, 2011

Spring and Summer Pallet: Color

I'm really enjoying the color block silks of spring and summer. And in this dreary cold weather I just can't wait to pull them out and shine a little light on this boring, dreary and persistent winter.

Some of my favorite inspirations from the past:
• Michelle Pfeiffer's red leather jacket in INTO THE NIGHT, and her off the shoulder grey dress with one shoulder pad decorated with beads.
• The 80's glasses that Susan Sarandon and her co-worker are wearing in THE HUNGER.
• Catherine Deneuve with her Cat Eye sunglasses and the military cap.
• Making Mr. Right. Not out on DVD yet, but when you get a chance.. it's a real laugh starring John Malkovich and Ann Magnuson. She wears these great bright outfits.

And of course.. Vintage Halston: 

Some things I'd love to own:

March 17, 2011

Going to Bed with Viktor & Rolf

Well, at least that what the collection from 2005 looks like. A real romp in the hay! Silky puffy clothing, with tongue and cheek pillows worn as capes.

with background ambiance by Tori Amos...

And the master of the boudoir line themselves...

celebs who love the look.

From Natalie Portman...

to Lady Gaga.

March 16, 2011

The bats have left the bell tower...

Hello. I've been a little behind on the amount of postings that I've wanted to do.   So much is swirling around in my life at the minute, and it's all good.  But finding time to post sometimes gets pushed to the back.  I'm reluctant to just post nonsense, but if you prefer more posts, I will. Otherwise, you have to wait for something decent.

With all the fanfare about Twilight, and even in the glory days of the anne rice novels, a film that gets over looked often, is The Hunger.   I love this film so much for so many reasons, and the main one is the amazing cast: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. 
The three of them are so sexy in The Hunger and David Bowie plays the part of the aging, and pushed aside lover so well.  There are appearances by Anne Magnusum and William Dafoe as well, and of course the opening act, the Bauhaus.  Peter Murphy never looked so delicious.

It is one of the more visual, and stylish vampire movies made.   And to me, it floats along like a dream.  I just re-rented and am planning to do a screening any day now.  I get the pleasure of showing it to my friend for the first time.  Don't you love first times!
The Opening of Hunger:

March 10, 2011

Liebling, Will you light my Zigarette?

There is a very "Berlin 1930's" moment going 
on at some of the fashion shows this year.

Louis Vuitton - Fall Winter 2011/2012 Fashion Show‬
March Jacobs, has created the most spectacular, creative and theatrical show I've ever seen. With Models riding up in one of 4 elevators, and walking around what looks like the lobby of a Hotel, they ebony Charlotte Rampling of Night Porter and look prepared for a Helmut Newton shoot. And with a spectacular ending, the retired runway walker Kate Mosses closes the show in sexy boy shorts with a jacket accented with Mongolian fur sleeves. I love the dark hunter greens, browns purples and black… with that delicious blood red accent.

photos borrowed from IMAXtree.com and Matteo Volta


John Galliano - Fall Winter 2011/2012  Fashion Show
I think the clothing in the John Galliano show is just amazing. It is with sadness that I look upon this recent show and not have my head unfiltered with thoughts of his recent behavior.  But the show should not be overlooked, even though it seemed like it wasn't complete. 

There are pieces in it, that reminded me of the same 30's Berlin lady, I see in the Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton show.  And that leads to more unfiltered thoughts… thankfully which stay in my head.

No matter though. One of my favorite individual pieces is that fluid blouse that seems to tie around the waist leaving the back exposed.

But to quote from a comment left off of the video stream:
I think we can all agree that what Galliano said was wrong, but at the same time it's a reminder that hateful words and racism continues in society today- even in the fantasized world of fashion. At the same time, Galliano acknowledged his mistake and apologized- Gaultier and von Furstenberg, his peers even stated Galliano may have been wrongfully provoked. Whatever anyone may believe, you CANNOT ignore over a decade of his work and pushing the identity of fashion into the 21st century.

I hope that this is not the last we see of his work.

photos borrowed from Style.com

Oh Darlings,  on a final note, have you seen the Menswears Fall Winter 2011-2012?
It is CRAZY!!! Really, really mad Doctor Zhivago! I would love to have seen this.  I mean, this is a show!

March 8, 2011

You can dance right through your life...

Jennifer Beals with Sunny Johnson. Suddenly I've justified my big bag again!

I have this old play list that I've added and deleted from back before I had an iPod.. back when I used to have this clunky MP3 player that I would sync to my computer.  I had it back in '99, and have updated it all the way through upgrades and new devices.   This play list was and is titled 80's new wave. It's not  80's punk music, but my 80's new wave and pop music nostalgia tunes.  Most recently I added Gloria by Laura Branigan, Fame and What a Feeling by Irene Cara. It's the music that I listed to in high-school, right between the transition from classic rock and punk rock. It was my brightly colored shoulder pad phase before my dark and spiky ripped up phase. And oddly right now, I'm enjoying a bit of a revival period of these clothes.

Most recently I raided my mom's closet. I've raided it before, but I look for different things each time. The last time I wouldn't have dared touch her silk shirts with shoulder pads. But now, they are oddly cool and funky. Even the odd sparkly mock turtlenecks.  Enough to make someone vomit and another person croon with envy.

As I listen to the Flashdance soundtrack, it brings back all those memories, so I had to look up the movie again. I really did the ripped sweat shirt and the leggings. But honestly, I did the leggings before the movie. All dancers did. I took 4 years of ballet, tap and jazz, so I was definitely sporting that look. Anyhow, who doesn't just love looking at Jennifer Beals!

This ripped T-shirt was going strong before the movie. It's important to remember, 
most of the time, movies/media copy street looks. Then movies/media reach out to 
a broader audience, so kids in... oh, Oklahoma start dressing urban as well.

The movie poster.  I remember seeing this film in the theater with my boyfriend. 
Not too long after I bought a pair of red pumps.

This is just a great example of her style from tom boy to dancer.  
Baggy clothes, to tightly fitted tights.

When I was in Junior High (long before the movie came about) I swiped several army jackets 
from my Uncle. And then again in High School, I frequented the Army Navy store.   
I have this horrendous picture of me in a wool army jacket, high waisted pants, and wearing 
my green glitter leggings.  Truly inspirational!

This was such a fun moment in the film.  She really seemed provocative and unpredictable.
This is wear all those "under the table footsie fantasies originate".

March 6, 2011

Wouldn't You Love an Autographed Rolling Stones Guitar!?

I'm just dying to share with you something really fun and exciting my sons' school, PS261 of Brooklyn New York is hosting.

We are having an Online and Silent Auction Bash to support and help fund some really important and necessary actives, supplies, programs, etc... at our school.  The budget for public schools has been cut so severely, that basic needs like toilet paper in the kids bathrooms are often left unfilled.  

But I don't want to get into the depressing stuff, I just want to let you know, that you can help us by bidding on some very aweseome items, and in return your money will go directly to the school!  

Come check out the link below, and see some of the fabulous items we have available: vacation homes, clothing and accessories, gift certificates for restaurants, classes, spas, personal trainers, wine, pets, hair and beauty, teachers for a day,  and even a signed ROLLING STONES GUITAR!!!! 

So get on it!!  The bidding starts March 7th so spread the word!!

Happy Bidding!!!!


March 3, 2011

La la lu lu loubouitin!

Have you seen the  Christian Louboutin website?  It's a beatuiful, magical website.  This is one of the best fashion flash sites I've ever seen.  I just love it!

Enough of my opinion, go play! christianlouboutin.com

March 2, 2011

Dear Mom, You gave me your smile, now let me give it back.

I know it's a ways from Mother's Day, but I just feel like celebrating my mother right now. I was never one to call every week, like my EX used to do religiously every Sunday morning. He'd call long distance to Germany to speak to Mutter, and while I should have thought it endearing (and no I did not even consider the momma's boy thing) somehow hearing german spoken while I was trying to sleep did not sooth me. And don't get me wrong, I used to thing a German accent was sexy. So maybe the call to mom killed the mood.

But as I was saying, when I voiced this once to a friend, that "I don't need to call my mom every week, she knows I love her, we talk maybe 2 times a month, and sometimes less in college" my friend said, well, I talk to my mom every other day. Oops. Ok, so maybe I'm the odd one out. But the reality is, I am my mother's daughter. Two stubborn, and strongly independent woman, who both never felt the need to call up mommy to check in regularly. We call when we want. When we have something to tell each other. Her life was as busy as mine. In fact when I went off to college, she went off to Germany (completely unrelated to my EX, and a different part of the country).

Over the years, mom and I have had some changes in our relationship, but I guess that's to be expected. We argued. We cried. We laughed. Over the last few years, I've grown worried for her, and frustrated that she doesn't take the best care of herself. She is always looking out for everyone else, and doesn't think she's worth it! This past week, I took my two boys down to Virginia and we spent the holiday with her. And on this trip, with just a few testy moments, we really hit it off. And I think the main reason was that I let her know in no uncertain terms, that she was and is just as important as everyone else in her life; her daughter, her son and her grandkids. That she is worth it!

She joked that she might have only a few years left in her, but that's really absurd. If you look at the history of the Bonnett clan, you'll see these people live well into their 90's. My grandma didn't, but that's because she worked in a Enamel factory as a girl, and smoked Pall Mall non-filtered cigarettes since she was– like 15.

Now if mom will just quit smoking, and get walking, I think she just might start smiling soon! It's about time.

The above are some of my favorite Mom photos. Listed from top, by row:

  • Mom the cheerleader (far left)
  • Gorgeous in her one shouldered dress circa early 60's.
  • As a blonde. Now you know where I get my penchant for changing my hair color.
  • A trip on a train, late 60's early 70's.
  • That's me up front, but in this photo, when I look at mom, it's like looking in a mirror.
  • I just love this goofy smile on her face, holding my brother.
  • This is a photo when I'm about 7 or 8, and we are camping.  I look like my son, and she looks like me here!  
  • I think this last one is from her honeymoon.  Gorgeous, happy, and before the disillusioned marriage.

March 1, 2011

I'm having an affair with my New MacAir

Before there was a sore shoulder, a loud humming sound, and frequent frustration.

Now there is light, lite, and lightness.

These were the Valentines Woopie Cookies I made on Valentines Day.