A literary take on fashion part 4

Welcome to my fourth installment of my books into fashion posts (check out the others here).

The books I chose to showcase this week are a little bit different. So far I had mostly chosen my favorite juvenile books – books you would read as a child/early teen (even though some I read as an adult, and enjoyed every bit). The first book I want to talk about is the Help by Kathryn Stockett. I’m going to go ahead and say I enjoyed reading the book a million times better than the movie. And that the real subject of the movie goes much deeper than the book, movie, or my little Polyvore set here could be. It pains me to think of how horrible people were to other people back then – and then I think about how we have not changed very much.

Young Skeeter has aspirations of becoming a writer, and decides to do it by secretly writing of the lives of their maids, thus trying to carry on the legacy of Aibileen’s dead son. Skeeter meets hurdles from her own social circle of ladies who pretend to be prim and proper on the outside, and the maids themselves who are tired of being treated as invisible people. I read this book on a whim back in October after being stuck in a New York airport with a 6 hour flight ahead of me.

The Help

The next book I have here is probably one of the most strange books I have read, if you’ve read it, you probably know what I mean. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks) is a diary of a girl chronicling her cataclysmic downfall from society and real life. I feel like this is one of those books that they make teens read to scare the shit out of them (I never read it as a teen, I don’t even remember seeing it! I think it may have been banned from my school?)

We are never given her name (her name is not Alice, it refers to Alice in Wonderland from the White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane song). Our young main character frets over her social life, you could call her a loser, but soon finds that her father has taken a job in another city and she gets to start a new life. Well that new life is just as miserable as the old one, and she gets the chance to go back to her old town and visit her grandparents for the summer break. She doesn’t find it odd when the cool kids who didn’t pay attention to her before invite her to a party – all her former schoolmates are there, and cans of soda are passed around, and she soon begins to feel strange. Most of the cans, it turns out, were laced with LSD, and here begins her foray into this dark world of drugs. Acid, marijuana, cocaine, etc…the book deals with coming of age, family, relationships, depression, drugs, mental illness, sex/pregnancy, abuse, bullying, running away, death, friendships, and all sorts of real life problems – the problem is that they’re all in just one book, and it almost becomes too much and too unbelievable. And the character is overly dramatic, to the point that you may find it funny!

The book vacillates between her confusion about wanting to do drugs but also not wanting to do them anymore. This book was set in the 70’s, we don’t know where she lives originally, but know she runs away to San Francisco. Counter culture and teen rebellion all rolled into one.

Go Ask Alice

Both of these books have been a little more controversial than the other books I’ve chosen – have you read either, neither, or both of these books before? (Go Ask Alice is pretty short, I read it in two days).

And hope you are enjoying my series, maybe I can convince you to read one of the books if you haven’t already πŸ™‚

Also, if you have any books you’d like to recommend to me or suggestion for me to do a set, please do so. I’m open to just about anything as long as I have the time for it πŸ™‚

Vogue UK says ….the end of a trend

While reading my stack of magazines, I came across these pages of Vogue UK where they begin telling you what’s IN and OUT. Most fashion magazines create this in every issue or few. A small page is dedicated to it, maybe sometimes in the back. This one was two full pages. I thought it would look funny to take pictures of the sections to put up online. It would have looked better if the lighting had been better (indoor and outdoor light mixing). And I might have been able to do a better job if the man sitting next to me wasn’t so horribly interested that he kept telling me over and over I could get the photos on the magazines website. Not once but like seven times. I ignored him each time too, thinking he would get the point. Since that wasn’t what I was going for. Are the days of strangers minding their business gone? I don’t really need a sixty something man preaching to me about how the internet works… but whatever.

I can say some of their choices were strange but expected I guess

I don’t really know why they would choose two extremes for this. Because ballet flats now (at least I think) aren’t really worn much for style, but for comfort reasons. And to say get rid of them and wear ankle, boot, heels is quite much no?

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Someone wore fringe in the first place? Maybe in Texas…
I can’t see feathers, which is equally outlandish, more expensive, replacing something like fringe for a season.

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Not quite so sure the leggings are going anywhere yet (especially not great printed ones like those in the pic). But ribbed tights have been here already….

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I’m sorry, but they’re practically the same thing (insert Miranda Priestley’s voice explaining how they’re not the same).

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This is particularly strange because they’re trends really put on by one brand. Prada tried to insert the turban, it never really took off. Marc did these hats for LV, we’ll see where they go for Fall.

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This is a real style tip. And you can still wear bright, just not all together and just not so bright bright. Except very few people had those Christopher Kane dresses anyway. Not any real people at least. Maybe this is the backlash to all the nu rave attention.

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Ah, the same cycle that happens every few seasons. Skinny, wide, highrise, lowrise, bootcut, bellbottom, mc hammer. This is why you never throw anything away.

I still say wear whatever fits and makes you feel good.

The problems with magazines

I have been scouting all my Elle’s, Bazaar’s, Vogue’s for photoshoot ideas that I will be working on later…only to remember things I realized with many magazines and the untouchableness of many items they play to the public. Think of the times you seeGucci sweater $1,333
Marni skirt $700
Shoes and purse Balenciaga

….then it wont give a price.

Even Teen Vogue does this, is it a little ploy with magazine editors to not give the public prices of those exclusive items because 1) we will never be able to buy them or 2) it will make us call in to inquire about the price or 3) it is common knowledge (which I doubt?).

What do you guys think when you see this?

Making the world pretty

Brought to you by the team with Rem Koolhaas, all of a sudden, after only just being a front page and nothing else (with the extremely clever tip from a friend, thank you Catherine), something finally popped up on the Prada website! She had warned me that it was the collection, and I had brushed it off because I had already seen it, so when I finally did, my jaw dropped. I’m only going to post a few images here, but you have to see the whole thing to get the complete sense of what it is. I know they are going for a political edge, it is nice to see a fashion house not take themselves so seriously and focus on more issues.

As if we didn’t have any more reasons to be sad we can’t afford this stuff.