It’s been a lazy holiday weekend (Memorial Day here in the US). I’ve been knitting my Cropped Cardigan, went to a BBQ, and also saw the movie Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas and a bunch of great actresses. I’m into spending my first-run movie dollars on adult dramas so filmmakers keep making them. This film is good, not great, but good. Go here for: trailer, synopsis, bad review, and spoiler script analysis. It certainly is well acted, but beyond that, it has great knits. Susan Sarandon gets to wear two truly fantastic sweaters (including that one at left, shown in a still from the movie), Olivia Thirlby dons a chunky retro cardi, and Douglas himself get some stylish flair with a simple black scarf. Hats of to costume designers Jenny Gering and Ellen Mirojnick.
Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category
Typically, people who don’t live here don’t really get Los Angeles. In their defense, it’s not so easy to understand because this is a huge place that defies simple categorization. Stereotypes abound, but getting to the heart of our city and what Angelenos are all about is tricky (no, it is not all fake boobs and palm trees). Non-resident illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme does a very good job of capturing our psyche in his “Social Studies” column for the LA Times Sunday Magazine. This week’s Rodarte commentary made me laugh out loud (that’s a detail, left). So sly. So LA. Delhomme’s fashion-oriented blog is cool too. Want cartoons that are more literally focused on knitting? Check out this little treasure trove. Love this Bizarro Comic. Tee hee.
OK, what is this that Britney Spears has all wrapped around herself? That is one very long snood or mobius. I don’t believe I’ve seen anyone wearing their scarf quite like this. Spears lives in my section of Los Angeles, which is called Studio City. My neighborhood is full of television stars and the craftspeople who service the entertainment industry—sound designers, production designers, writers, etc. Sometimes I run into celebrities, like Balthazar Getty, Ryan Gosling, and William Shatner. I see the not gay Jon Cryer pushing a baby stroller with his wife. A while back, Robert Blake’s wife was shot 3 doors down from our house. Still, I haven’t yet seen Britney. Maybe you’d like to see a long long scarf? Check this out. All I can think is, really? No, really?
Who doesn’t have a favorite knit that has been attacked by moths? The little bastards seem to know the most expensive sweaters, and munch them with abandon. On my things, it’s also usually right in the front, where a repair will be totally obvious. So maddening! While catching up on my reading at Outsapop, the Finnish fashion blog that focuses on “Trashion Recycled Stlyle DYI,” I found this interesting idea. The Balmain destroyed sweatshirt (above) has deliberate holes all over it that have been “repaired” with a second layer of fabric. That just might work on my tattered grey merino cardigan that makes me look super skinny and I just can’t seem to toss.
It’s been a very stressful week getting my design management book put to bed, complete with some really draining 11th hour panic problems. Thankfully, over now. In the midst of it, I got the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, which I always must immediately read cover to cover. In it is a full page ad for Eileen Fisher’s Spring collection of their easy chic airy linens, organic cottons and light cashmeres. The ad features the gorgeous model, Jihae Kim (left). I noted a little beading pattern detail on the shirt that totally reminded me of something I saw in the new Lion Brand Yarn catalog: the Felted And Mended Afghan. Which is a FREE new pattern. Whether it is a bit of beading or contrasting yarn stitches, what a cool random detail to add to knits.
The whirlwind of Fall/Winter 2010 runway shows continues with Milan being the latest stop. The first impression from the collections shown in Italy is of a kind of retro femininity. OK, that works for me. The sooner we cycle out of this ugly 80s revival we’re trapped in, the better. My faves in Milan: D&G. Check out the gallery here. I’m loving all that Fair Isle— sweaters, legwarmers, rompers, and prints on shear fabric— not to mention those crazy mukluks (above). I feel certain that the look will be a hit here in Los Angeles with young Hollywood. They liked UGGs and sundresses, so they’ll probably love this. Anything to get them out of the leggings/skinny jeans tucked into leather knee boots look that makes even the skinniest girl’s butt look bigger.
Japanese fashion designer/artist Kosuke Tsumura’s new exhibition called “MODE less CODE” in Tokyo’s Nanzuka Underground features knitted sculptures made from fabric, old plugs, computer cables, iPods and various bit of techno rubbish. His work frequently crosses genres and incorporates recycled materials. Tsumura has a fashion brand called Final Home and also does “Fantasy Made To Order.” You may have seen his elaborate and intriguing garments like the PET Bottle Armor and his puzzle-piece Cocoon Cradle. Wild.
Thanks to Gizmodo for making me look twice.
The brilliant unconventional British designer Alexander McQueen died this month and will be greatly missed. His Men’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection is quite striking. See the show here. It features immense chunky rugged knits, which were inspired by a mash up up of hardy northern fisherman and people living in the harsh conditions at the North and South Poles. I love this sweater (above) that incorporates McQueen’s signature skull and bones motifs. I suppose it actually could function the way traditional Guernesys do. While his suits are made with interesting patterns, including one that looks like knitted cables. Such a loss in the fashion world. It was announced, however, that his label will continue without its founder and creative director.
If you read sknitter.com, then you know I am a fan of the Rodarte. The Mulleavy sisters’ Fall/Winter 2010 collection, featured Tuesday at New York Fashion Week, does not disappoint. It seems like a different direction from the lovely spidery web-like knits of the past, and onto a more substantial layered— light and chunky, sometimes fringed, look and feel (the photo above captures several themes). I even see crochet flowers in the mix. Note the layers of tights on the models too. OK by me. Read the Huffington Post coverage and see a gallery of images here. In case you missed it, check out Yarneteria’s post about the US figure skater Johnny Weir wearing Rodarte. Oh, now that is something that would actually make me watch the Olympics. OK, maybe.
A few months ago I posted about Bravo TV’s Project Runway designer Gordana and her knitwear. There’s a bit of a follow up: Project Rungay’s Tom and Lorenzo report on Gordana in VogueKnitting. I like Gordana and think she’s immensely talented. (Some of the VogueKnitting behind the scenes photos, above.) Not sure I’d ever knit that blue dress, it looks really complicated and I suck at lace, but oh well. I’m sure we’ll see more of her designs. Meanwhile, a new season of Project Runway starts this Thursday night, January 14th, here in the U.S. Read some gossip here and go here for the official show site.