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Lines and lines

Marc Jacobs silk dress with piping from Spring 2010

image from style.com

I’ve been waiting for months for this Marc Jacobs dress to show up in stores.  It was the last piece in his Spring 2010 collection, which I honestly didn’t pay much attention to because I am weirdly anti-MJ.  It wasn’t until I saw the dress on Christina Ricci that I became obsessed.

photo from Glamour.com

image from glamour.com

Well, the dress is finally here.  With a price tag of $4800.  The sheerness of the layers make the dress look like it’s drawn on, with squiggly black lines floating in the air.  It also kind of makes me think of Pig-Pen.  If Pig-Pen were a girl and had to go to a formal event, I think it would turn out something like this.

image from net-a-porter.com

While I was waiting for the Marc Jacobs dress, I happened upon a similar dress by Fendi.  It’s more practical, but not much more affordable ($2,990!).

photo taken at Barney's

Spinanes – Lines and Lines

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Today I Love

The Vena Cava “XO Projects” dress. I’ve been waiting for this dress since I saw pictures from the runway show back in September.
It’s now available at Zoe and Bloomingdales for $550.

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Dresses from Alexander McQueen's final Fall 2010 Collection with a painting by Jean Fouquet of the Virgin and Child (1450)

Alexander McQueen and I had a favorite painting in common: Jean Fouquet’s Virgin and Child from 1450.  While his spring 2010 collection embraced the computer age, the collection he was working on before his suicide was a reflection on the Dark Ages.

He literally incorporated medieval art by printing Northern Renaissance paintings onto fabric.  One dress featured details from various Bosch works, including The Garden of Earthly Delights and the Temptation of St. Anthony.

Another dress was printed with part of Stefan Lochner’s Altarpiece of the Patron Saints of Cologne.

One of my favorite features of early Netherlandish is grisaille, monochromatic paintings which were usually put on the outside of altarpiece wings.  While I’m not usually a fan of photo-printed fabrics, I love the grisaille dresses in this collection.  The figures become an almost-abstract print.

For these dresses McQueen used Hugo van der Goes’ Annunciation scenes from the Portinari Altarpiece.

Even the non-printed dresses were fit for a Virgin from a Van Eyck.

McQueen said in a 2008 interview that he was inspired by the red and blue angels of Fouquet’s painting which represented the darker and lighter sides of heaven.  While some reviews point out that the wings in the final look were a reference to his first collection at Givenchy, it is hard not to wonder what else he was thinking of as he designed these clothes.

Note 1: I picked out the references to paintings as best I could given the small size of the photos on Style.com so if I missed any please let me know.  The collection pictures are from Style.com and most of the painting images are from the Web Gallery of Art.

Note 2: As far as I know, Alexander McQueen was not a fan of Polvo, but everyone should own their EP Celebrate the New Dark Age.

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The day I got back from Japan the Wall Street Journal ran an interview with Devi Kroell about packing light.  Luckily my dad taught me to be an expert packer so I didn’t need her tips and was able to make it through 10 cold days in 3 Japanese cities with one small suitcase.

I always stick with one base color palate – either black or brown.  Then I make sure I can mix-and-match everything that I’m bringing.  I pack cheap, fun jewelry to dress things up for night and to make my outfits less boring (I was so sick of looking at these clothes by the end of my trip).  Another trick is to put small items like socks and underwear in plastic bags and to stuff them inside your shoes.  This saves space and prevents the shoes from getting squished.  Also, I always try to find some things that are on their last legs which I can throw out at the end of my trip to make room for anything new I’ve bought.  This time I unloaded some very worn-out tank tops, tights and socks.  For shoes I tend to stick with flats since heels take up so much room.  I made an exception this time because I wanted to wear my new Loeffler Randall Ramona pumps, but I really regretted bringing them.  And not just because I twisted my ankle when leaving the glass-walled lobby bar at our hotel and (in the words of my mortified sister) almost “garfielded across the windows.”

Here’s a picture of almost all of the clothing that I brought with me, minus some tank tops.

I added notes to the photo on Flickr so you can see what all of the items are.

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Liberty

I had completely forgotten about Nadinoo until Modish pointed out that the label’s Liberty of London print dresses and tops would be a perfect match for Trove’s Graphica jewelry collection, which is made from beautifully patterned papers and resin.

Here are some of my choices:

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