24 December 2009
21 December 2009
Stopped by Target yesterday morning on my way home for the holidays to check out the highly anticipated Rodarte collaboration. I tried on the blue swiss dot dress, the leopard mini, and the black and champagne crepe slip lace dresses and walked away with none of them, but despite that, my first impression of the line is a B.
It's definitely one of the better designer collaborations; I'll give the Mulleavy sisters that. The pieces look much better in person than they do in that hideous look book (see above), and the colors are beautiful, especially the champagne color. And the fit wasn't bad. It wasn't perfect, mind you, but it wasn't awful. I tend to agree with Kristen from Bleach Black when she says that the fit is always the deal breaker with these Target collabs, but I must say, these dresses fit better than those from past lines. (Remember those cute little Erin Fetherston dresses with the Peter Pan collars? If I ever managed to get mine on, I had to break out the scissors to get it off again.) A-lines do nothing for my figure anyway. The dresses have one other major design flaw that I could find. The tops are fastened in the back with tiny plastic snaps that are sewed right onto the mesh fabric. I had to pry the snaps open with my fingernails to avoid ripping the material.
Overall, not bad. I probably won't end up buying any of the pieces myself, but I would recommend them to others… with... slight enthusiasm. What do you think?
(photos via New York Magazine)
18 December 2009
17 December 2009
My boyfriend is a bit of a tech geek. When I saw him come across a headline containing the words "digital magazines" in his latest batch of articles this afternoon, I had him send it to me so I could check it out for myself.
BERG is a British design consultancy that works with companies like BBC and Nokia to help research and develop their technologies. They've recently teamed up with Swedish media group Bonnier, whose vision is to "continuously reinvent the art of publishing", to create this conceptual video that explores the future of digital magazines. Because I live for fashion media and hope to someday, somehow make a career out of it, the idea of digital magazines is both fascinating and frightening. It changes the game completely.
It's nice to see that developers are keeping in mind the importance of things like identifiable covers and the sense of accomplishment that comes from reading a magazine, but it seems that this sort of technology still has a long way to go before devoted magazine readers will abandon print completely. Regardless, this is a glimpse of where we are headed.
Oh, the times they are a-changin'?
Watch the video and read what BERG has to say about it here.
13 December 2009
04 December 2009
23 November 2009
22 November 2009
"If they take my manifesto, go to a vintage store somewhere and are inspired to make their own outfit, I think that's great. Then we've helped them dream a new idea of themselves. Isn't that the point?" - Stefano Pilati