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couture bag lady meets headgear extravaganza

posted by:  audra

okay, audra, becoolbecoolbecool…

you guys ready to lose your shit?!  never mind the crappy perez hilton-esque art i’ve created, but alex was just screaming for a heart to be drawn around him!  i just saw the new alexander mcqueen fall 2009 runway collection… & there just are no words to describe how amazing this stuff is.  okay, maybe a few.  houndstooth.  houndstooth!!  and lots of it!  blacks!  reds!  big hats!  gothic!  big, fat, wax-like lips!  birds!  feathers!  flocking together!  ridiculous hats!  models without eyebrows!

…and i can’t help but think that the hats he designed are a sweet little nod to my idol, isabella blow.  she discovered alex, you know!

ready, kids?!  brace yourselves…you may need to run & grab a towel right quick…your knickers will experience dampness…in fact, you might just come in your panties:

while you’re all in a fashion-tizzy, get your lube ready & watch this.  it’s like fashion porn!  awesome!  and there’s even mention of edie beale.  shit, i think my head may explode.  isn’t this stuff just so fucking rad you can barely stand it?!  oh…it makes my chest feel like hot cherry pie…& then i think of the smell of brand new plastic beach balls & realize that not every single person on earth is a complete moron.  thank you, alex!  i heart you real hard.

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john galliano may be cooler than kim deal

posted by:  audra

i realize everyone’s probably getting sick of fashion posts…even i am just a little bit…but sometimes it’s just too good to pass up, right?  anyway, i haven’t even been at home on the weekends long enough to turn on the oven.  what’s a girl to do?  i’m pulling a warhol:  it’s easy.  fashiony things are easy.  something food related next week.  i promise.  in the meantime…

christian dior spring 2009 couture collection.  so gorge.  bless john galliano!  he’s been the grands couturier for dior since 1996.  i love dior, & i’ve been obsessed with john galliano since i was about 12 after watching him on fashion televison.  my mom gave me an exquisite[ly big] book on christian dior’s early work for christmas, & this stuff galliano designed looks a lot like the young material dior was churning out in the late 1940s.  i love them.  so glamorous, regal…and prommy — in a good way.  there are belts cinched in at the (real) waist; i live for these.  there are yards & yards of silky, delicious fabrics.  and there are hats.  big, gaudy, glamorous hats…with crimped hair! a-fucking-men.  i’m heating up my crimper right this very second…

i love this one; very modern technicolor eye with the crimped hair, but sort of 1800’s victorian inspired gown.  so pretty:

if i had to get married over again & had an extra hundred grand or so lying about, dying to be spent, this is what i would wear:

loves this.  i wanna wear it to the orangette book signing:

i just love the color of this, even if the shape wasn’t as amazing at it is…someday i will have walls this color:

i’m not even that wild about blue, especially a blue this shade, but i think this is so lovely:

i want this; i’d totally wear it to work:

there.  i think i’m runway’d out for now(!).  food.  next week.  i promise.

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audra: blow me

i love me some isabella blow.  after last night’s hot mess of a resolution post, i got to thinking about wearing hats more often (à la blow) & her incredible iconic stature.  famous among fashionistas for eccentric hat-wearing, she died may 7th, 2007; just a single day following a one person cocktail party she hosted with a bottle of the herbicide paraquat.  isabella was dying of ovarian cancer, & instead of succumbing to the disease, she decided it best to off herself on her own terms…something her grandfather & father-in-law had done themselves in the past.

born in london, isabella bounced around from job to job – once even as a maid – & eventually moved to new york city in 1979 when she was 21.  by 1981, she was working directly for andre leon talley at vogue(!), and went on to be anna wintour’s assistant(!!).  as if she couldn’t possibly get any more rad, blow was apparently bffs with andy warhol & jean-michel basquiat.

in all this investigation, i found out that isabella is the genius behind discovering some of my favorite-favorite style icons like alexander mcqueen(!), sophie dahl & stella tennant.  it has also been noted that the reason she always wore such face-obstructing hats was to hide her face; she thought she was ugly.  that broke my heart.

but then i read this quote from her on wikipedia, offering a cooler guise for the bizarre hats:

…to keep everyone away from me. they say, oh, can i kiss you? i say, no, thank you very much. that’s why i’ve worn the hat. goodbye. i don’t want to be kissed by all and sundry. i want to be kissed by the people i love.

i love that.  you see?  this is why i should be wearing hats all the time.  it would help filter out all the unwanted kissersby.  i love what she says in the clip below too, “i hate crap.  i like craftsmanship.”  and how her “…ingredients are clothes.”  lovely.  be sure to note her impeccable taste in haircuts as well.

i still miss her terribly.  however, whilst doing a bit of research, i read that she’d attempted suicide many times in 2007 before the weedkiller cocktail incident; various overdoses, purposely driving her car into the back end of a truck…she even tried drowning herself.  i’m happy she went out with a little bit of drama instead of becoming another cancer victim.  good for her.  that’s some damn good craftsmanship, wouldn’t you say?

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