Can’t.Stop.Watching.

Rodarte: The Curve of Forgotten Things.

To be honest I’m not that crazy about Rodarte in general, although they usually have a few pieces that wow me… just like the second outfit that Elle Fanning wears. I’ve watched that scene at least a dozen times. I thought it was a romper at first (and I kind of wish that it was) but I could totally rock those pants and top, together or separate!!

 

tUnE-yArDs: Bizness

Can’t stop watching. Can’t stop listening. I’m so happy that I was able to see her at SXSW this year, even if it was only a few songs. I absolutely positively cannot wait for the new album to drop.

 

Advanced Style: Age & Beauty

These women are my role models in life. Advanced Style is BY FAR one of my favorite fashion/style blogs out there, and you must check it out if you haven’t.

Favorite quote:

Young Women, you’re going to be an old woman some day – don’t sweat it, don’t worry about getting older. Every era, it builds character.

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StyleX. Style By, you know like South By.

This year was the 25th anniversary of SXSW, so it seems only fitting for it to be the debut year of StyleX. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and while they definitely have a lot of things to edit and work out for next year, I was happy and impressed overall. Unfortunately I missed all of Friday’s events, but I was able to check things out on Saturday.

The very first thing that I did during Style X was attend a panel. I arrived a few minutes late (oops!), so I didn’t get the introductions. According to the website there were supposed to be five speakers:

The Difference Between Fashion & Style and How to Break into the Biz

– Moe Boualaphanh, new faces, development & imaging, Marilyn Modeling Agency
– Bradley Carbone: lifestyle/sneaker editor, Complex Magazine
– Chloe Dao: fashion designer, Project Runway winner
– Allen Onyia: founder, UpscaleHype.com
– Amal Safdar: runway show coordinator, OneKick Productions

Obviously from my pictures there were only 4 (the moderator is in the center). The only two people I know from the panel are Chloe Dao (far left) and Moe Boualaphanh (far right). Overall I didn’t learn much that I haven’t been told at school. It was a lot of “spend time to perfect your product”, “know yourself and your market”, “make sure you produce quality products so your consumer will come back”… etc. While it was interesting and somewhat informative a concert may have been a better use of my time. For me, as an aspiring fashion designer, I would have enjoyed hearing from Chloe more about how she got started in the business and what she has done to grow and expand her brand. That would have been well-worth my time.

Afterwards I went to the Am Appy flea market, which seemed to be a big draw for most of the people at StyleX. As soon as I got in I bee-lined it for the vintage section. It was more sparse than last year (probably because it was midway through the second day) but I was able to find an AMAZING oversized olive-green corduroy mens blazer. Seriously people, this thing is to die for. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be buried in it. I also was able to snag a pair of tights and a mens chambray shirt. I spent more than I was planning but I’m super happy with my finds! At this point I had some time to burn (over an hour) so I ran back to my car which was a mile and a half away to put my bag up and then ran back and made it just in time to get a good seat for the second panel.

This was what I was really looking forward to. Indiana Adams, of AdoredAustin.com and Kelly Framel, of TheGlamourai.com are two of my favorite fashion/style bloggers so there was no way that I was going to pass up the opportunity to go see them! In fact I missed my friends’ play their last show of the weekend in order to go to the panel (sorry guys!). Again, according to the website there were supposed to be more people speaking, but this time I know who all was there: so here’s the edited list:

Technology is Cool, but Technology+Fashion is Cooler

– Indiana Adams: blogger & co-founder of Texas Style Council
– Marissa Evans: CEO/founder, GoTryItOn.com
– Kelly Framel: creator/designer, TheGlamourai.com
– Devin Hunt: co-founder, Ly.st
– Syuzi Pakhchyan: author, Fashioning Technology
– J. Erik Schaeffer: CEO/co-founder, RetailrApp.com & DoubleStereo.com

This panel was much more informative and interesting (and much more crowded) than the one earlier in the day. Kelly and Indiana talked a little bit about their style and about monetizing their blogs, Syuzi talked about her work where she puts crazy wires and lights and stuff into her designs (way cool but so not me), but what I found most interesting was what the other three – Devin, Marissa, and Erik talked about. All three of them are really excited about a new business sector that is opening up that has to do with the merging of fashion and technology. Devin mentioned at one point he and his business partner had met with a fashion house in Paris and they were told that the house held the belief that the internet is a fad (he phrased it differently, but that was definitely the gist of it). I’m sure I laughed the hardest of anyone in the audience at that notion. I’m all about being connected online: facebook, twitter, linkedin, foursquare, bloglovin, my blog, last.fm, and I’m sure my myspace is still out there somewhere (I should probably delete it if I haven’t already…). I don’t know how any business, fashion or not, can survive without taking advantage of putting their product and branding out there for everyone globally, and not simply with their website but also by being connected to other sites like ly.st or gotryiton.com.

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SXSW. Twenty-Eleven.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend to say the least, and definitely the most eventful SXSW experience that I’ve ever had. I missed out on all of Wednesday because I had class, but I made up for it by fitting in as much as possible during the next 3 days. I started Thursday off at the MTV garage. I had planned on seeing Foster the People there that morning, but I couldn’t drag my ass out of bed because of the time change/lack of sleep I’m generally running on (yay grad school!). My friends and I stood in line for over two hours to get in, and it was totally worth it. We had just enough time before Matt and Kim went on to take advantage of the free beer and fried goodies aplenty.


I don’t know much about concrete, but apparently it’s a really REALLY flexible material. Once Matt and Kim started their set the entire roof of the garage started swaying, and then it started bouncing. up and down. up and down. I was 3 free beers deep at this point and totally freaking out slash having a great time being double-bounced off of the ground. LITERALLY DOUBLE-BOUNCED!! It was insane and I wondered what the news would say that night if we all died under the rubble of the Red River garage. Eh, I honestly don’t think it would have been a bad way to go.

While waiting to get into the MTV garage I noticed Donald Glover walk in with some friends. If you don’t know who he is you obviously don’t watch Community… and if that’s the case go to Hulu right now and check it out. RIGHT NOW. If you do watch it you’ll be happy to hear that Donald informed me that they just got signed for a third season!!

I just told him that I’m coming to his show in San Francisco in about a month. Obviously he’s excited that I’ll be there.

No words. I think my face says it all.

After the MTV garage I met up with some other friends and we went to go play Rebel Bingo at the IFC Crossroads House. From the pictures and videos I’ve seen of their other events I think this was much smaller and MUCH tamer than they are used to. It turned into a  big dance party afterwards, which ended up being much more fun than the game was (mainly because I had a bum card and I wanted to win the cat suit that they gave away).

I had some time to burn the next morning before what I had planned, so I wandered over to Cedar Street to see what was going on. I caught the end of Map & Atlases’ set and stuck around for Luke Rathborne. I had no idea who he was, but I was totally crushing on the adorable drummer… so I figured why not stay? I felt bad because there weren’t that many people there compared to the crowd for Maps & Atlases, probably because they had run of out of free food by that point. He were really good and I’m glad I got a chance to check him out !

The next thing I did was probably the coolest part of the weekend (yes, even better than Donald Glover licking my face). Via twitter I found out that Yours Truly was hosting some of their In My Room shows and I immediately sent them an e-mail to get the deets. I was told to meet in front of Halcyon that afternoon, and a small group of us boarded the bus. As soon as we hit the road I immediately started thinking that I may have been a little too trusting… I couldn’t help but wonder, had we just been kidnapped? My friend Heather and I were laughing the entire ride to the MTV Hive House, which was in a part of South Austin that I’ve never been to… which only helped the hilarity of the situation.

We all stuffed out faces with free tacos and beer and then had out ears tantalized. Their voices were made for each other. I have never heard anything like it and I doubt I ever will.

They told me that I had the best style of anyone there, gotta love that.

Immediately after I ran over to the French Legation to see Tuneyards, well not literally ran I was actually driven (thanks Heather!). The line was crazy, but luckily I was able to catch the last three songs of her set. The things she does with her voice are insanely beautiful.

I didn’t see as much music on Saturday because I spent the first half of the day at Style X (post to come). I met up with some friends that evening though and we went to Cedar Street and saw Little Dragon. We spent the first half of the set out on the sidewalk because the line stretched around the corner where you couldn’t see, but we eventually got in.

These were just the highlights of the weekend, there was so much going on and so much to see it’s hard to keep it all straight. It’s all still a blur, but that just means that it was a killer weekend in my book.

Now I Know Where It Comes From.

Get ready for what might be the most exciting blog post of my life. I was talking to my mom on the phone about a week ago, and she told me that while visiting my grandma (her mother) she had taken a picture of her because my grandma had a shirt that was similar to one of mine. My grandma knew this because I was wearing it in one of the pictures included in last years family Christmas card. My mother is technologically inept, so first of all it took her a few days to send the file in an e-mail (I’m sure because she wasn’t sure how to transfer it from her iPhone to the computer) and then when I opened the file it wasn’t a picture, but rather a, awkward video clip of my grandma waiting for a picture to be taken. So first of all I was able to giggle at my mother, and then squeal from joy because… well you’ll soon see.

Before that though, here are some pictures from my birthday party last year, where I wore the aforementioned top.


Get ready…

 

BEST PICTURE EVER.

Honestly, I’ve never considered my grandma as “stylish”. Usually when we’re visiting she’s in house clothes/slippers/a muumuu. She dresses comfortably, not fashionably… but obviously I need to do some closet raiding next time I’m back home in Texas because clearly she has some hidden gems!

Totem Poles and Matryoshka Dolls.

This is my second and final project that I completed last semester for my Fashion Design class. My inspiration this time started as the totem poles of the First Nations in British Columbia. I vacationed there last summer with my family and fell in love with their culture and art. (You can check out some pictures from that trip here.) It was difficult for me to find enough images of their work, so I expanded my inspiration to also include the Indians of the Pacific Northwest.

We followed the same process as the first project (you can check it out here), except we took it a step further and included what are called flats. Flats are the technical drawing of each design. In the industry illustrations tend to be more abstract/gestural/free and a flat is what the article of clothing would literally look like if it were laid down on a flat surface. It shows all details of construction and is a kind of map for a seamstress to follow along with the patterns. I enjoyed the flats much more than the illustrations, most likely because I love sewing so much and they made sense to me because they are more technical and based in construction. My fabric choices for this project were black and pink lightweight wools, a magenta silk dupioni, olivey-green bamboo jersey, and a purple silk chiffon. Overall I’m much happier with this collection because I feel it’s more true to my inspiration and is also much more cohesive than my first project. Like the first project, it’s very hard for me to pick a favorite piece. If I had to choose though I’d say that the highwaisted shorts in the second look are probably my favorite piece, although I would also love to have the pants in the last look as well!

Whimsy and Polka-Dots.

I’m wearing brown! Yes, yes… I’ll admit that there’s more black in the outfit, but it still counts towards my new years resolution!! I first blogged about this skirt a while back (here). It’s one of my favorite pieces to wear, and I feel like it always adds a bit of femininity and whimsy to my outfits.


Details: Top: Vintage. Skirt: Vintage. Tights: American Apparel and Urban Outfitters. Shoes: Bandolino from DSW Necklaces: Forever 21 and BCBG. Ring: BCBG.

Once again my wonderful friend Heather took these pictures for me (love you!!)

Norway. ish.

I’ve been promising my friends and family that I would blog about my design projects for quite some time, and thanks to my wonderful friend Seth, who hooked me up with a scanner at UT, I’m finally am able to! I posted the first one a couple of days ago here. That was for my Fashion Illustration class, and this one is my first project from my Fashion Design class. We had to select a country as our inspiration, and I chose Norway. Don’t ask me why because all I can say is that I wanted to do something different…and I’m pretty sure that I had the song “Norway” by Beach House stuck in my head (listen to it here!). To start we all collected tons of pictures based on our country and created a research book using those images, and then we used our research books as inspiration to create sketches, tons and tons of sketches.

The picture above is my mood board, which contains some images from my research book that I felt best exemplified and explained the looks that I chose for my final collection. It also has fabric swatches that the pieces would be made out of. I ended up with a heavyweight and a midweight black wool, a grey lightweight wool, and pink velveteen, blue silk something… and I can’t remember what the white one was (ah!). I’m just at the beginning of school and learning how to sketch and render the fabrics, so I know these aren’t uh-mazing but I’m still proud of them! I can’t wait to compare these to the projects that I’m going to finish this semester. My favorite look is probably the first one on the right, but it changes a lot. My Fashion Design class was the most challenging one I took last semester, and also definitely the most rewarding. I am really looking forward to getting back to school so I can start being creative and productive again!