Showing posts from January, 2011

Hair! Iranian Style

If Iran's hardliners had their way, men would keep their hair cropped short and women's locks would be out of sight under tight veils. As a result, free-spirited young Iranians have decided to wear their curly locks Jimmy Hendrix-style, a move less innocuous than it would first appear…
The MooFerferia (curly-hair in Persian) Facebook community has about 8000 members worldwide, and for the first time gathered in Tehran’s Nation Park in January 2011 for a few hours before they were asked to leave by park police.

Blanket Statements

Burberry Fall 2011

The European men's runway collections for Fall 2011 are underway and I really enjoyed watching the video of the Burberry show It began with a group of terrific coats, a perfectly balanced mix of new organic shapes in traditional materials including a buffalo plaid that has been popping up all over the place recently.
I love the way this Balenciaga version from Pre-Fall 2011 looks shown against a Chinoiserie-patterned seamless and miss-matched plaid mittens.

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2011

I did some research on Buffalo Plaid and discovered that it is in fact an ancient tartan that traces its legacy to 8th century Scotland and the legendary warrior leader, Rob Roy MacGregor. It is believed that the large sized red and black plaid known as Rob Roy MacGregor Tartan arrived in America after the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. But buffalo plaid didn’t become a fashion craze until 40-years later, when a giant, mythological lumberjack named Paul Bunyan made his 19…

The Wordsmith

Patti Smith with Robert Mapplethorpe

I recently read Just Kids Patti Smith's memoir of her relationship with the late artist/photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and of their life together in the New York of the 1960s and 70s. It was wonderfully evocative of the music and art landscape of that particular time, dominated by the doyennes of Andy Warhol's Factory, Max's Kansas City and the Chelsea Hotel. I thought it was an absolute knock-out and wasn't surprised to learn that it won the National Book Award for nonfiction in November 2010.
Before she was a rock star Patti Smith was a poet, inspired by other poets, and apparently not just by their work but also by their style and appearance.

Arthur Rimbaud

She worshiped the eighteenth century French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, and describes the shopping she did before undertaking a pilgrimage to his birthplace and grave in Charleville, France.
On the Bowery I found an unconstructed raincoat of kelly green rubberized silk, a Dior blous…