Tuesday, November 30, 2010





Monday, November 29, 2010

For all the little monsters out there...

Born This Way Updates
1. Premiered new song on The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal that will be confirmed to be in the third album: YOU AND I
Premiered on the Today Show:

2. Premiered another new song: Living on the Radio during MY BIRTHDAY! AUGUST 30! WHATTA BIRTHDAY GIFT!

3. September 12, 2010 " VMA 2010: Announced the title of the song: "BORN THIS WAY"
Sang a part of the title track:
"I'm beautiful in my way
Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track
Baby I was born this way."

4. Elton John Interview: He has heard "Born This Way" and compared it as a modern "I WILL SURVIVE".

5. November 18: GaGa tweeted: Born This Way is ALMOST PERFECT!
""Endless melodies, hooks [and] poetry sledge-hammering my skull. It won't be much longer, it's almost perfect. But I (we) don't want almost."

6. November 22: Antwerp Belgium during Monster Ball Tour: revealed more lyrics from "Born This Way."
"Tonight I will return all the fame and riches earned, with you I'd watch them all be burned"

7. November 26: During Monster Ball Tour Gdansk, Poland
it is quite possible that her upcoming album will consist of 20 tracks!!


Who made Sarah Palin's sunglasses?
Well , I never thought I would post about Sarah Palin but she is an EYEcon! Her eyeglasses though not sunglasses! Haha!
SO sunglasses are FROM VERSACE VE 2086
I am also saving up for this one! I saw this on sale! But still the price is very high! I need donations guys! Haha! Joke! But e-mail me if you are serious! :))

Anywayz, back to the sunnies, IT'S A SHIELD! And I love shields! Escpecially wrap-arounds because they offer the most protection to your eyes because it protects your whole face! I also love the temple detail with the floating Medusa head! Medusa is Versace's logo! See the split temples! It forms a V so, there VERSACE!

So my rating: 5 out of 5! That's how much I love them! :))

Sunday, November 28, 2010


It's already second semester and I'm pretty sure I'll be very very busy for the next weeks, months, even years! Haha! But I still find the time to blog even though I don't get paid because AdSense rejected my account! :(

Don't worry my readers. I won't ask for money. But I am asking for ideas, or what you want me to blog or rant about! Haha! If you have questions or post pics and ask me if they look good on you or any fashion advices, I'll make sure I'll be of help!

You can email me on itssomarkness@yahoo.com for all of your concerns! :)

I might be inactive for a while but I'll make sure that I can blog for at least twice a week. Haha! Am I that busy?

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I am in search of my own Pink Cobra boots! Figuratively! I want shoes that will last a lifetime and looks good in everything and NO! IT WILL NOT BE A PAIR OF CHUCK TAYLOR SNEAKERS! :))

Here is a picture of her Pink Cobra boots!
There is no way I am settling for Nike and Adidas rubber shoes! I am on a lookout for Gola, Puma,The Ramp, and Aldo. :) They might even be a pair of boots themselves! ;) Hope you can help me find my own and even find your own Pink Cobra boots! :)

Friday, November 26, 2010


I guess GaGa was serious when she said "You will never see me in flats, always in high heels." Okay! Even doing yoga, she has to wear heels.

GaGa was wearing Maison Martin Margiela jacket and her favorite Pink Cobra boots that were custom made for her. Those boots date way back to her 2009 MuchMusic Awards performance and has been wearing them a lot! since then. She wears it on casual occasions, tv appearances, and on her tour! Those boots were made for GaGa! And God those boots are sturdy as hell! They don't seem to be weathered at all!

Thursday, November 25, 2010



Dolce and Gabbana accused of one-billion-euro fraud: report
ROME — Italian prosecutors on Friday requested the trial of famous fashion house Dolce and Gabbana for alleged tax fraud of around one billion euros (1.4 billion dollars), ANSA news agency reported.

The request came from Milan prosecutor Laura Pedio, it said.

Reports last month said investigators had completed an inquiry into founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, as well as five other people.

Il Sole 24 Ore business daily reported earlier the company had failed to declare 840 million euros in revenues.
The reported allegation is that Dolce and Gabbana created a company in Luxembourg in 2004 and 2005 which was given control of the group's brands, thereby avoiding Italian taxes.

The unpaid taxes amount to 420 million euros, one report said.

Italy has been cracking down on widespread tax evasion in recent months in an effort to raise government revenues following the global economic crisis.

Dolce and Gabbana was set up in 1985 and employs more than 3,000 people, with a network of 116 stores and 17 factory outlets in 2009.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel Successor

Every fashion expert and any normal human being know that KARL LAGERFELD IS GETTING OLD. The guy is 77 years old for God's sake! He's older than Giorgio by a year and Valentino Garavani is older than Lagerfeld by a year but retired 2 years ago. So, when is Karl gonna stop?

NOT ANYTIME SOON! He reacted violently to Valentino's retirement saying he will just get bored. Lagerfeld is not bored with his work. He is the creative director of Chanel, Fendi, and his own label under his name, Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel showcases a ready-to-wear line, resort collection, and a haute couture show and he has 2 other labels so saying he is busy is an understatement.

But when he will retire or (God forbid) pass away, who is going to be his successor. Perez Hilton thinks it's Lanvin's Alber Elbaz but I doubted it. I thinks Alber is no Chanel material, yet! I mean Lanvin is girly like Chanel but with a little more oomph!

I was thinking that a girl should be the successor although I salute GAY POWER AND GAY PRIDE! HAHA! So my next candidate is Christopher Kane. I don't know, I love Christopher Kane and as well as Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough or even Elie Saab. Although now that I think of it, Alber Elbaz is also possible. Haha! Well NONE OF THOSE WERE KARL LAGERFELD'S CHOICE!

His choice: Haider Ackermann!

In the November issue of Numero, Karl Lagerfeld reveals who he wants to take over for him when he exits Chanel.
He tells the mag:
“I have a contract for life so it all depends on who I would like to hand it to. At the moment I’d say Haider Ackermann.”
While the compliment is amazing, we don't think Haider should be waiting by the phone for that call. Karl's made it pretty clear he won't be retiring any time soon.

Wow! Haider is very daring for Chanel. For the Karl Lagerfeld line may be because that line is very teen-like! :) But I actually love Haider Ackermann when he was featured in Vogue Magazine and I saw his creations. Love it! It's kinda rock and roll! So girly girls, this one's not for you! :))

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I love Isabel Marant!

Isabel Marant makes casual outfits. I mean casual! No prom dresses and gowns. Just leather jackets, leather pants, skirts, denim, shirts and all.

Well the Fall collection is the current collection in stores. Based on my knowledge Spring 2011 clothes won't be in stores til December-February (depends on the house).

And boy does Isabel Marant know how to put on a show with such casual clothes. Freja Beha Erichsen (my favorite model) opened and closed the show! That's good enough for me! Haha!

The bestseller: the red leather jeans! Biggest fan of those jeans is Posh herself! Victoria Beckham! She even tweeted that she loved the pants along with her Prada shoes!

My favorites would have to be the opening and closing outfits of Freja and this leather jacket!

I also loved the silver sequined pants! :) 

In the end! LOVED IT! :) Take notes Christophe Decarnin of Balmain, this is how you do rock n roll with class!

PS. I just bought a leather jacket and I am currently obsessed with customizing it! I already have ideas but unfortunately I need to find the right place that will cater to my needs! Paging Divisoria, do you have puramid studs, shoulder pads, and great tailors I can borrow! ;) I might go GaGa with this one so watch out! I'll be posting the pictures!

And Thank you to all my international readers! I can't believe my blog will travel to Europe, USA, and Canada, even in Japan and Australia! Thank you so much! :) 

Have a fashionable life everyone! :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lanvin's Spring 2011 Show Was Filled With Flats Because Only 12 Models Could Wear the Painful Runway Heels

>> When it comes to Alber Elbaz's mantra at Lanvin, he sums it up as thus: “Editors can hate me; women — no." On that note, the prevalence of flat shoes on Lanvin's Spring 2011 runway could be interpreted as a nod to comfort, but Elbaz says it was actually a last minute decision backstage, and that all of the models were originally wearing vertiginous titanium heels.

“It was a nightmare,” recalls Elbaz. “We did the rehearsal and all of a sudden I saw the girls couldn’t walk. I saw the agony in their faces. They were shaking; they looked like alcoholic girls. Only 10 or 12 [of the models] said they could walk in the heels. But the ones that couldn’t were, like, 37 of them. I got very emotional — not that I got mad at them — but I got very emotional that they didn’t complain. You know what? Damn it with image. You can be stubborn and go after an image, but I’m not an image-maker; I’m a dressmaker. If you don’t feel good in something, you don’t look good with it.” And that's how the flat sandals from the label's Spring 2011 commercial collection were switched out for the heels.

Jacquelyn Jablonski, one of the few who wore the heels for the show, told Models.com: "One of my most memorable moments of fashion week was at the Lanvin show. Every time a girl came back after walking, they were out of breath and practically limping because the heels were super high (but gorgeous) and the runway was so long!"

But the heels will still be produced, Elbaz says: “We are rethinking the whole construction. I always say fashion for me is almost like contemporary art. When does the painter know the painting is finished? It’s not a house you built and say, ‘OK, is done.’”

Source: http://www.fashionologie.com/Lanvins-Spring-2011-Show-Filled-Flats-Because-Only-12-Models-Could-Wear-Painful-Runway-Heels-11762501

Celebs that rocked the gorgeous but painful heels were my style icons Gwyneth Paltrow and Blake Lively.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Tom Ford has admitted he is careful about who wears his clothes and said only an Oscar nominee will be allowed to wear his new label to the Academy Awards next year.
Tom Ford is choosy over which celebrities wear clothes from his new line.

Although the designer - who has returned to womenswear after a six-year break - put on a show at New York Fashion Week with a cast which included Beyonce Knowles, Lauren Hutton and Julianne Moore, he said he doesn't like to see his clothes being worn by "starlets" because it cheapens the brand.

He told Vogue.com: "I do not understand everyone's need to see everything online the day after a show. I don't think it ultimately serves the customer, which is the whole point of my business - not to serve journalists or the fashion system.

"To put something out that's going to be in a store in six months, and to see it on a starlet, ranked in US magazine next week? My customer doesn't want to wear the same thing she saw on a starlet!"
Although Tom does not want young actresses to wear his clothes, he admitted there are certain celebrities who he would love to see in his outfits and said he will personally choose who to dress for the Academy Awards next year.

He said: "I'll wait to see who's nominated for the Oscars. Then I will offer to dress one person."
Vogue will show the first images of Tom's new collection in their December issue.

Source; http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/tom-ford-wary-of-celebrity-endorsement_1184242

Eye Candy: Tom Ford

Awwww... who will be the lucky celeb? She's very lucky. But remember, Tom Ford also designs menswear and well other stars can wear Tom Ford off-the-rack (bought from their own moolah!) ;)

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Yes they do! A Love Chloe fragrance ad pictured here features a YSL belt.

Well, Perez Hilton is all exaggerated in this thing. It's as if it's never done before. Well, Perez Hilton is the King of Overacting. Here is Escada's 2007 ad for their fragrance Sunset Heat which features a pair of YSL Sunglasses.

Friday, November 19, 2010


Courtesy of vogue.co.uk

Tom Ford's Return

TOM FORD has returned to womenswear after six years but has shunned "the immediacy of fashion", refusing to showcase any of his hotly anticipated spring/summer 2011 looks online or elsewhere until December.
"I don't get the need for this immediacy. In fact, I think it's bad," Ford says. "The way the system works now, you see the clothes, within an hour or so they're online, the world sees them. They don't get to a store for six months. The next week, young celebrity girls are wearing them on red carpets. They're in every magazine. The customer is bored with those clothes by the time they get to the store. They're overexposed, you're tired of them, they've lost their freshness."
Tilda Swinton was the catalyst behind Ford's decision to design a womenswear line.
To tell you the truth, I was watching a film with Tilda Swinton - I'm not going to say which one — and she had some good clothes," he tells WWD. "It happened organically. I told myself I would not come back to women's until I felt I had something new to say, and I decided I'm only going to do it if I have fun. Which means I'm going to do it my way. If it's successful, great. If it's not, I'll close it. But I think it will be successful."
The former Gucci creative director says his new collection brings a new mood to the fashion industry, a return to commericially viable clothes.
"I've been watching fashion for the last five or six years, obviously on the side, but I think we've strayed away from real clothes," he says. "I think that there are fashion designers who are artists. Alexander McQueen was an artist. He was a breathtaking, spectacular, go-down-in-history artist. What I do, and I've always said this, is commercial design. I want to make beautiful clothes for women and men who appreciate detail, quality. That's what I do. I felt that I wasn't seeing that coming from anywhere else. And I wanted fashion to be fun. I think all the fun's gone out of fashion."
His show's star cast, which included Beyoncé and Lauren Hutton, reflects the designer's new focus on real women.
"I want to concentrate on real women and the real customer," he explains. "That was also one reason last night I showed on idealised versions of our real customers, all different women of all different ages. It was all about individuality, individual style, different body types, women who have their own style."

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Here are the pictures! I am in love with this collection. You have to know Tom Ford to really appreciate this one but I think you would love it because they're just gorgeous! :)

As for the show, models included Beyonce, Solange (whatevs!), and Freja Beha Erichsen! (yey! love her!)

Credits to cocoperez.com and http://www.catwalkqueen.tv/2010/09/first_look_tom.html
PS. Here's the designer Tom Ford. Hot as hell! :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010



Not only is he hot physically (and he's on team gay!), his designs are hot too.

Tom Ford did inevitable things. Before Tom Ford, you would never see anyone wearing Gucci. After Tom Ford, stepped on the creative director position, BAM! Gucci became a must-have brand for every fashionista, even for social climbers. The current creative director of Gucci, Freida Gianini, worked under Tom Ford. After moving on with Gucci due to creative differences, he moved to Yves Saint Laurent. How ironic that he had a conflict with Saint Laurent himself. Despite growing sales, Saint Laurent didn't like the direction the brand was going to. So Tom Ford resigned.

Tom Ford launched his own label, Tom Ford, in 2005. He only designed menswear and accessories for both ladies and gentlemen. What made Tom Ford famous is his eyewear line. He even designed James Bond's Casino Royale's official eyewear. I WAS saving up on that, but after I found a counterfeit, I stopped. Haha!

Now, Tom Ford went back to designing womenswear! I only knew this a month ago. I was already starting this blog. I was looking for pictures. You don't know how much I searched everyday if there will be leaked photos. But it only leaked on NOVEMBER 16! OUR MONTHSARY! TOM FORD I LOVE YOU! THANK YOU!


Tomorrow, you will see the pictures and the next day, you will read what Tom Ford has to say about the line. If you want to touch the collection on paper, BUY VOGUE US DECEMBER '10 ISSUE WITH ANGELINA JOLIE ON THE COVER. WILL BE BUYING THAT FOR SURE! :D

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


HAHA! I can't believe it's been a month since I started blogging. And blogging daily. I didn't think I had it in me! And with school coming, I don't know if I can keep up with daily blogging. But I'll do the best I can to already write drafts here as many as possible. I guess there is only a finite amount of things you can say in a blog.

Anyway, I plan to make my blog more... getting to know me! Haha! I plan on putting my pictures of my outfits or my dream clothes here. I don't know about a lookbook or chictopia. I think this blog is enough. You can just vote chic or not on the comments or even in the tagbox.

Well, so far those are my plans and even expanding on the WHO WORE IT BETTER? and WHO WAS HE/SHE WEARING? I am thinking about having a STEAL THE LOOK post where you can get similar outfits for a cheaper price (I don't want to say affordable or reasonable, it depends on the person but cheaper is objective, you just have to compare the prices. )

So, that's all for now! Tune in tomorrow for my next post. It's something about the fashion industry. :)

Monday, November 15, 2010


Who made Britney Spears Sunglasses?

Sunglasses- Jee Vice Cry Baby 2

I love the combination of the aviator shape and the split temples. Too bad there is no Jee Vice here in the Philippines. The split temples are so Versace. ;)

Rating: 4 out of 5

PS. 1 day to go before our monthsary! :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010


So I mentioned in "My Style" blog post that Moschino is the closest thing to my style and I'm going to show you their Spring 2011 presentation. It consists of 11 looks that exude rock and pop! Like black and rainbow. Studded leather jackets and blazers with colored linings UGH! HEAVEN! I just have to show it to you! I LOVE MOSCHINO! :D
I just have to show you their 11 looks! TO.DIE.FOR.!
Loving the jacket and those pants combo!

Green pants and yellow socks! :)

My favorite look from the collection! Gotta have that blazer! :|

In love with the shoes! When will I see that in a mall here in the Philippines?

Loving the jacket and the shoes! :)

This is so rock! Love it! :D

I love the yellow pants! This collection is definitely right up in my alley! :)

This blazer is for the fashionably confident ones!

I love the shirt and the pants!!!!

Ooooh! Another great blazer! :)

Love the printed blazer! :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010


So, it was Friday yesterday and I had no classes because my professors were absent. I decided to go window shopping. :P But it ended up really literally shopping.

I went to Forever 21 and purchased 2 blazers that only costs Php 519. That's like $12! Very cheap. And then I bought a leather jacket FOR HALF THE PRICE OFF! Yehey! It was P2999 before and it was marked down to P1499.

I will be posting my fashion purchases soon! Hope you will be checking that out!!!!


Friday, November 12, 2010


So I've been ranting about different fashion shows and fashion houses that I think I can tell something about me and my fashion. I want to mention a designer line to say what my style is like but I can't find one. There is SO FAR only ONE FASHION HOUSE THAT I MIGHT SAY I WILL WEAR ALL OF THE CLOTHES AND THAT IS MOSCHINO. All the other are very minimalist or either plain awful.

I also want to say that when I look at Topman fashion shows, each outfit I would say "OH, you will never see me in that!" but when I go to Topman, I make a list of things I'm gonna buy. I guess it's just bad styling. The pieces are good but not good together. So I mix and match them with other pieces of clothing in my closet.

So, you might go to youtube and search for moschino menswear to see what my style is like. I love colors, but I can be VERY MINIMALIST. I love PRINTS but I can go plain. I think my style is even evolving to rock because of the pieces of clothing I am fascinated with: SHOULDER PADS, LEATHER JACKETS, MILITARY JACKET-STYLE, SKINNY JEANS, VESTS, AND HARD ACCESSORIES (STUDS, SPIKES, ETC.) and to its extreme opposite: DANDY (I have a cardigan, sweater vest, blazer, shorts, loafers, scarves). I'm also searching for some leather boots. I have ankle botties from levi's and nothing else. Well at least I can go to the middle and still say its approximate of my style. :P

Thursday, November 11, 2010


So, I must continue with the list of my fashion icons!
1. Madonna
2. Lady GaGa

This Australian beauty, I might say, maybe the pre-Lady GaGa no one ever noticed. You guys have to look at her tour costumes.

They're even better than GaGa's. When I look at her clothes, I'm like, she picks great clothes. Well, I know she didn't design them. It also helps that he has designer friends Jean Paul-Gaultier (who created Madonna's iconic cone bra) and John Galliano (who Michael Cinco aspires but he is still light years away) who make fierce outfits on the runway and goes to the stage with Kylie.

But when she's on the red carpet or to any event, she dresses very lady like. Kylie even snagged 2nd best dressed on a UK poll only behind Posh (Victoria Beckham). And the accent doesn't hurt too! :)

Don't you worry, I got a lot more fashion icons that might inspire you to create outfits similar to them. ;D

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I'm a Filipino. Haha! WHat a way to start a post.

So, there are a lot of Filipino designer and I will talk about Michael Cinco for now.


I read fashion magazines from US and UK (Vogue and Elle US and Vogue UK) and I read the Filipino fashion magazines (Mega and Preview). When I read those Filipino magazines, you have to take it with a grain of salt. REALLY? MICHAEL CINCO IS KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD? I've read magazines and only Monique Lhullier is the one they mention. REALLY? HE ASTOUNDED MIAMI FASHION WEEK, THERE'S A MIAMI FASHION WEEK? REALLY? MICHAEL CINCO'S GOWN ON ANGEL LOCSIN WHEN SHE WORE TO THE EMMY'S WAS RAVED ABOUT? CRITICS SAID THAT THEY'D RATHER SEE BJORK'S ACADEMY AWARDS SWAN DRESS THAN ANGEL'S GOWN.

Seriously? Don't fool us. First of all, people who read your magazines have fashion knowledge okay. And second, he's no John Galliano. THAT'S AN INSULT TO GALLIANO. HOW GREAT IS GALLIANO YOU MAY ASK? NAOMI CAMPBELL, KATE MOSS, AND ALL THE OTHER TOP MODELS LOWERED THEIR TALENT FEE SO THAT THEY COULD JOIN GALLIANO'S SHOW. YES! HIS DRESSES ARE THAT BEAUTIFUL! Galliano makes ROMANTIC COUTURE DRESSES, MICHAEL CINCO MAKES LOUSY GAUDY PROM DRESSES! HAHAHA! Google Michael Cinco and he looks... interesting? how many plastic surgeries has he had? so weird looking. I'd look at John Galliano than him thank you very much.



Monday, November 8, 2010


Alright Anna Wintour has already decided, Vogue US is for the sophisticated ladies. ;)

Here's what Anna Wintour has to say in her editorial.

Hear me roar. Hear me issue stock-purchase orders from the Wall Street trading floor. I am woman; I am not girl. I do not emulate the pop-burlesque fashion stylings of Ke$ha or Katy Perry. I do not aspire to PASSÉ MORNING-AFTER CHIC, with bird’s-nest hair and shredded leather leggings. No. Of Lana Turner and Barbara Stanwyck — and Lena Horne — I sing.
(Have you felt the smooth, snug tug of fine leather gloves being pulled on? Have you considered the REBELLION, the nonconformity, inherent today in a Marnie Eisenhower knit suit? Have you worn a crinoline lately?)
Reader, if you’re older than fourteen, fashion for fall 2010 offers more WEARABLE OPTIONS than it has in eons. Skirts fall below mid-thigh. Designers are giving us dead-cool-but-still-practical STREETWEAR UNIFORMS for work or school. Black-with-black is totally back.
Can we get an “Amen” up in here?

Alright. Goodluck! :D

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Gareth Pugh... I think only a few of you, my sexy readers, know Gareth Pugh. He's not a big name in the industry but I think you people should check him out. His collection is F-I-E-R-C-E!!!! FIERCE!

What made me know Gareth Pugh was Kylie Minogue. I'll discuss Miss Kylie on the later days. She's one of my fashion icons. It was in her video "In My Arms." Watch it! Her pink dress with those oversized hoods and where she was wearing shades was from his Spring/Summer 2007 collection. And I watched the whole collection and I fell in love with it. You may see how GaGa was influenced by Pugh with GaGa even wearing one of his creations.


Search him on youtube and view his collection and watch in awe! :)

Friday, November 5, 2010


I LOVE BALMAIN! I think they're very edgy. Well, before they were classic and now they have an edgy twist now under the directorship of Christophe Decarnin. FYI, Oscar de la Renta also led the house of Balmain. But, with the spring 2011, it looks like he has run out of ideas.

Well, you'll have to see the collection from 2008 onwards to see how he modernize Balmain. I love it. Madonna even sported one from the Fall 2009 collection in her "Celebration" music video.

Okay, so I'll review the Balmain Spring 2011 collection. Let's see,
studded blazers- check!
studded leather jacket- check!
stained shirts- check!
shirts with safety pins- check!
leather pants- check!
studded skirts- check!
denim pants- check!
studded bustier- check!
ripped shirts- check!

so, what's with the checklist? Do you see yourself spending at least $200 for any of those stuff? I'd go to SM Department Store, Topshop, Forever 21 or People are People for those stuff and save A LOT! It just seems so cheap. I mean, the last collection were edgy but did not look cheap. I think Christophe Decarnin should really think about the next collection.

And also watch Isabel Marant's Fall 2010 collection. You may see familiar pieces on the Balmain Spring 2011. And Marant's collection was shown first, might I remind you.

I'm sorry Balmain, I love your previous collection but I think I can buy those on cheaper brands or even make them my own. Putting studs on your leather jacket might be easy or even putting safety pins on your shirt. ;)

Balmain Spring 2011- FAIL! :(


Here's the link and you can post your opinions in the tagbox:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Logology (Still from The Official Preppy Handbook)

Sometime in the 1980s the cart began leading the horse. Don't look at us; preppies were certainly not to blame. Fashion followers mistakenly thought the logo was the point. (This is the place at which we would write “LOL,” except we loathe “LOL.”)

But wearing a logo-laden outfit or accessory points to the wearer's painful insecurity. If you think you are being ironic, think again.

Here's the rule of thumb: The first logo that preppies loved was the Lacoste crocodile. It belonged to the French tennis star René Lacoste, whose nickname was Le Crocodile. It was an authentic, since he himself wore la chemise in 1927, after having been the top tennis player in the world in 1926 and 1927. (He won seven grand-slam singles titles in France, Britain, and the U.S. In 1961 he also invented the first metal tennis racket, which was sold in this country as the Wilson T2000.)

The shirts, made by La Société Chemise Lacoste, became an international sensation in 1933. Initially they had long tails, crocodiles of 2.8 centimeters in width, and embroidered labels with the size in French: Patron, Grand Patron, etc. There was no need (not then nor now) to change the size of the beast.

Fred Perry, the British tennis champion of the 1930s, put his laurel-wreath logo in blue on white polo shirts in 1952 (a few years after inventing the sweatband). Fred Perry shirts were successful immediately.

Brooks Brothers introduced its golden-fleece logo as the company symbol in 1850, but, for casual sport shirts, they sold the Chemise Lacoste until the 1960s. Then they stopped selling Lacostes and segued into men's polo-style shirts with the golden fleece embroidered. Until 1969, the sheep suspended by golden ribbons was made only in men's sizes.

Ralph Lauren was already making men's wear when, in 1971, he embroidered a little man astride a polo pony on the cuff of some women's shirts. The ponies, 1 1/4 inches high, moved onto his many colored cotton polo shirts in 1972. The logo, now one of the world's best known, somehow grows up to five inches high (“BIG PONY”) though sometimes stays small.

Vineyard Vines' little pink whale appeared in 1998, and so far the whale has shown admirable restraint in staying 1.05 inches wide by 0.43 inches high (as per the universal style guide).

When labels began to understand the strong appeal their logos offered, they went wild. Gone were the subtle stripes, woven ribbons, tiny metal trademarks, and interior decoration that had been prized. Now the logos took growth hormones, and there seemed nothing too big or too crass to sell. Today's customer is more discerning and somewhat disgusted. Removing logos has become something of a hobby for purists.

When Juicy Couture arrived, emblazoning bottoms with the word “juicy” on its pricey sweatpants, we were dismayed when our daughters thought they wanted them. We steered them back to sanity. We believe that the Juicy Couture tracksuit phenomenon signals the end of civilization as we know it. Nothing less.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


22. High-heel rule: You must be able to run in them—on cobblestones, on a dock, in case of a spontaneous foot race.

23. Clothes can cost any amount, but they must fit. Many a preppy has an item from a vintage shop or a lost-and-found bin at the club that was tailored and looks incredibly chic.

24. Do not fret if cashmere is too pricey. Preppies love cotton and merino-wool sweaters.

25. We do not wear our cell phones or BlackBerrys suspended from our belts. (That includes you, President Obama.)

26. Real suspenders are attached with buttons. We do not wear the clip versions.

27. Learn how to tie your bow tie. Do not invest in clip-ons.

28. Preppies are considerate about dressing our age. It is for you, not for us.

29. Men, if you made the mistake of buying Tevas or leather sandals, please give them to Goodwill.

30. You may, however, wear flip-flops to the beach if your toes are presentable. Be vigilant!

31. Pareos (sarongs) are for the beach, not for the mall. (Even if it's near the beach.)

32. Riding boots may be worn by non-riders; cowboy boots may be worn by those who have never been on a horse. However, cowboy hats may not be worn by anyone who isn't technically a cowboy or a cowgirl.

33. You may wear a Harvard sweatshirt if: you attended Harvard, your spouse attended Harvard, or your children attend Harvard. Otherwise, you are inviting an uncomfortable question.

34. If your best friend is a designer (clothes, accessories, jewelry), you should wear a piece from his or her collection. If his or her taste and yours don't coincide, buy a piece or two to show your loyal support—but don't wear them.

35. Every preppy woman has a friend who is a jewelry designer. (Goodluck ladies! :D)

36. No man bags. (What?!?!?!?)

37. Preppies don't perm their hair.

38. Preppy men do not believe that comb-overs disguise anything.

39. You can never go wrong with a trench coat.

40. Sweat suits are for sweating. You can try to get away with wearing sweats to carpool, to pick up the newspaper, or to drive to the dump, but last time you were at the dump, the drop-dead-attractive widower from Maple Lane was there, too.

And finally:

41. The best fashion statement is no fashion statement.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


It was in 1980, 30 years ago, that The Official Preppy Handbook made its way to the bookstands and became a bestseller. Now that it's 2010, they felt the need of updating the handbook and making changes to the rules. Well, I'm only concerned about their fashion rules and their logology.

So this is the first of three parts on how to be preppy. Read on self-proclaimed preppies, I'm going to school you.

Source: Vanity Fair, September 2010 issue (Yes I bought it, GaGa was on the cover, it costs Php 600. Worth every pso! :D)
1. We wear sportswear. This makes it easier to go from sporting events to social events (not that there is much difference)

2. We generally underdress. We prefer it to overdressing.

3. Your underwear must not show. Wear a nude-colored strapless bra. Pull up your pants. Wear a belt. Do something. Use a tie!

4. We do not display our wit through T-shirt slogans.

5. Every single one of us—no matter the age or gender or sexual preference—owns a blue blazer.

6. We take care of our clothes, but we're not obsessive. A tiny hole in a sweater, a teensy stain on the knee of our trousers, doesn't throw us. (We are the people who brought you duct-taped Blucher moccasins.)

7. We do, however, wear a lot of white in the summer, and it must be spotless.

8. Don't knock seersucker till you've tried it. (Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, unless you live in Palm Beach or Southern California, or the southern Mediterranean, please.)

9. Bags and shoes need not match.

10. Jewelry should not match, though metals should.

11. On the other hand, your watch doesn't have to be the same metal as your jewelry.

12. And you can wear gold with a platinum wedding band and/or engagement ring.

13. Men's jewelry should be restricted to a handsome watch, a wedding band if he is American and married, and nothing else. If he has a family-crest ring, it may be worn as well. For black-tie, of course, shirt studs and matching cuff links are de rigueur.

14. Nose rings are never preppy.

15. Neither (shudder) are belly-button piercings.

16. Nor are (two shudders) tongue studs.

17. And that goes for ankle bracelets.

18. Tattoos: Men who have been in a war have them, and that's one thing. (Gang wars don't count.) Anyone else looks like she is trying hard to be cool. Since the body ages, if you must tattoo, find a spot that won't stretch too much. One day you will want to wear a halter-necked backless gown. Will you want everyone at the party to know you once loved John Krasinski?

19. Sneakers (a.k.a. tennis shoes, running shoes, trainers) are not worn with skirts.

20. Men may wear sneakers with linen or cotton trousers to casual summer parties.

21. Women over the age of 15 may wear a simple black dress. Women over the age of 21 must have several in rotation.

Monday, November 1, 2010


So I was watching the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2009-2010 and the first song played was La Roux's "In for the Kill." It made me remember that La Roux's Elly Jackson has an interesting sense of style. A style worth blogging about.

You see, Elly Jackson has a very androgyneous look and her fashion matches it. Well she said it herself, she doesn't feel comfortable in girl's clothes. Wow! How does she say that? Haha! She has a very distinct voice, very high!

I personally love her fashion sense and would like to wear the clothes she wears. (Maybe because she dresses like a dandy or david bowie!) I seriously love her music and her style. She even got to perform at the Viktor and Rolf Spring 2011 Menswear (Yes! Menswear) fashion show. Well, Annie Lennox performed at Dolce and Gabbana's Menswear Collection. But Annie wore a Dolce and Gabbana gown while Elly wore a Viktor and Rolf suit and glasses. And, Elly's performance was better.

Here's an article I found on the Internet about Elly's fashion sense.

SOURCE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/sep/27/elly-jackson-la-roux-fashion

How I get dressed

The singer of La Roux, Elly Jackson, on pointy shoes and pointy hair.

When I was younger I dressed like a bit of a loser. I didn't have a clue. Even though there were things I loved when I was a kid, like dressing like a wizard, I was pretty directionless. My mum's an actress and used to have a lot of theatre clothes around that she'd been given (or slyly stolen), and there was this amazing to-the-floor patchwork coat that I wore to school a few times. Most of the time as a child, though, I just wore tracksuits because I thought I was a boy. And when I was eight I became really into football and started wearing an Arsenal shirt every day.

I think at school you're almost incapable of doing anything outside of what your peers do. I went to an incredibly strict, religious private school, and it sucked the life out of me. There were ridiculous uniform regulations, like only wearing a certain type of black shoe. When I got to 16 or 17, the people I was associating with at school didn't fit in with the person I wanted to grow into. Although I didn't know it then, I think I was incredibly stifled. My friends were all very girly, going out in miniskirts, and I just didn't get it. I also got a lot of crap as a teenager because I was quite a lot bigger than I am now. There would be groups of girls at the bus stop just shouting: "FAT!", and I lost a lot of weight after that.

When I went to college, I started to come out of my shell. It was full of arty, musical people and I felt free to experiment. I wore skintight pinstripe trousers and really pointy black shoes - I looked a bit like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Until a couple of years ago I had hair down to my chest. Everyone said I looked like Joni Mitchell. I'd had enough. So I kept cutting it until it got to my ears and started experimenting with it. From then on I just started to look more and more like Rick Astley. I do wear it slicked back sometimes, though, and like to think it echoes Young Americans-era David Bowie. My record label has never had anything to do with the way I look, and I don't think they ever wanted to.

Looking at the kind of women you see on TV, I wouldn't think people would find someone like me attractive, but a lot of girls come up to me in clubs and say things like: "I've got a boyfriend, but I'm attracted to you." That's insane. I have also had girls come up and say that I make them feel better about the way they dress - about not being girly girls and helping them feel better about who they are as people. I don't sit down and write music thinking that sort of thing will happen, but it's amazing. I don't know whether it will last though - I still don't really feel like I'm having that much of an effect.

Interesting article isn't it?

Well, here's another bonus for y'all!
The video of La Roux in V&R Menswear Spring 2010 show

And if you're curious, here's the Dolce and Gabanna show but I warn you, turn off or mute your speakers while watching this. I love the suits and shoes but the music, it'll make your ears bleed. Annie Lennox was never good anyway, she has a weird music that quite frankly I don't know who understands. But I do love Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) and Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves. No offense! :D