A Take on the Gilded Age





VPL coat (Bib+Tuck), Free People blouse (℅), Asos skirt and cardigan, Free People x Sol Sana heels, vintage collar bar

This whole thing may or may not have been influenced by the fact that I watched half of Ken Burns' PBS documentary series on Jazz and Prohibition these past two days (note the Jazz website that doesn't look like it's been updated in years). Still working not he new Roosevelt series, but these are close to my heart.

Burns' work has always been in my life. When I was a kid, my parents would dust off the VHS tapes they recorded of the Civil War series, pop one into the TV per night, and for a week we would sit around together and have a good cry into our popcorn before heading off to bed, contemplating the follies of man.

If you wanna really look at some amazing clothes though, I really suggest you take a look at both these miniseries. Prohibition begins with the Woman's Rights movement of the late-19th and early-20th centuries because suffragettes sought to bring Americans' attention to the immense issue of alcoholism throughout the country, and they had a particular mode of dress that emphasized (relatively) easy movement (remember, they still had corsets), and sensibility. They also used a lot of color, with green being a symbol of generosity and white for femininity (well, chastity, really...what can ya do, it was a different time).  So, Prohibition starts with women, and is then rebelled against by a new definition of female empowerment by them Jazz age tomboys and flappers, who smoked and drank and stayed out all night.

I'm not terribly prone to considering modesty, but I thought doing some kind of take on Gilded Age dress with a high collar, masculine accents (cardigan turned waistcoat, long coat and collar bar) and super layers. Of course, a Suffragette wouldn't have  a long slit down the front of her petticoats, but, hey, who knows if it'd be there if it weren't for them.

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Vintage top and cashmere duster via Bib & Tuck (℅), Cheap Monday jeans (℅), Rollie Sneakers (℅), Lafayette 148 silk blouse

Been paying more attention to the Spring/Summer 2015 shows, which has been moving me to experiment with layering. I suppose these layers came about after seeing the Dries Van Noten "Gilded Woodstock" collection (as Susie Bubble referred to it as) and also after taking a look at Bottega Veneta's severe treatment of gingham. The layering of open sheer fabrics/use of opulent materials and details came from Dries, where Veneta reminded me that one of the reasons why I was drawn to the silk gingham print shirt was that it puts a classic print onto a relatively unusual garment (the only closure on the top is a single button at the collar. I kept it open and a little more sexy by having the shape mirror that of the open duster.

Then I guess the sneakers were something of an homage to Margiela. Dunno if it all works, but it doesn't have to, it's an experiment.

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Cheap Monday...well, everything (woo!), Rollie sneakers, By Boe eye necklace (to which I have attached a broken key) and ring

I aksed Cheap Monday if I could play up some pieces for them in an effort to spread the word about their 10th anniversary pop-up event, which, with everyone's help, can happen here in NYC (or your own city, yea)!

Here's the deal: Cheap Monday, my beloved favorite über-cool jeans brand from Stockholm is celebrating 10 years of existence, and to mark the occassion, they're holding this little contest to see which major city will get its own Cheap Monday pop-up, where they will GIVE AWAY 10,000 PAIRS OF JEANS in 10 cities on 10/10 at 10am for 10 minutes.
If you want this in your city like I do, CLICK HURR.

I'm obsessed with this celebration idea, so I'm encouraging everyone to vote for their city (but preferably NYC because I live here and I'm selfish). 

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Vintage jeans, beret and belt, James Rowland sandals, vintage mixed pins, Asos top, Ray Ban 3347s

Perhaps the beret was a silly choice, but who cares really?
I was definitely having a Robert Plant sorta day, either that or an emerging-Ramones-fan-who-also-listened-to-Nancy-Sinantra-chick circa 1974.

I dunno, let's just say I'm having fun.

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Vintage shirt via Dusty Rose, Maurices jeans (℅), Asos cardigan, La Canadienne flats (℅)

Maurices sent me some product to try out, so I thought it fitting to really try them out, like with these super sexytime poses. 

I'm a gem.

Thanks, Maurices, these are super comfortable *high five*

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