Burn These Bones

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Posted in revisitation by burnthesebones on 03/29/2009

I normally roll my eyes at the mindless worship of monotonous “model style” out there, but I’ll make an exception for the very notable Hanne-Gaby Odiele.

This video demonstrates why- full of distinct pieces, her wardrobe is to die for.

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courtesy of http://www.modelinia.com

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hide and seek

Posted in editorials by burnthesebones on 03/28/2009

Selected images from “Peek-a-boo”.

POP Fall 2007.

Photographer: Mert & Marcus

Models: Megan Collison and Lara Stone.

I’m enjoying the mood this story conveys, as well as its use of color..faded and decayed yet highly saturated and vibrant.

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Still Here

Posted in review, revisitation by burnthesebones on 03/23/2009

Despite the unorthodox, “out there” (and overly precious) references often mentioned here, they are not reflected as much as I would like in my admittedly homogeneous personal style.

Particularly during those bleak, freezing mornings when I’m flailing around still half asleep, can’t bother with much besides making it to class on time. So I just throw on the old reliables that are comfortable and look decent under most circumstances.

How many black sweaters, angular cut jackets and draped tops can one possibly own?

Examples from a recent outing:

I was quite derisive about the “new” Helmut Lang in a previous post, but that did not stop me from being drawn to these two pieces (did not buy).

Biker jacket made out of a paper thin grey leather.

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…and a grey silk tank with a similar form.

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***My criticism of Helmut Lang still stands- though some pieces are certainly easy to wear, there is nothing innovative or special about it. Just because a plain cotton tank top has an asymmetrical hem or a dangling bondage strap doesn’t mean it’s worth $250.00. And this holds true for so many other overpriced brands within the “minimalist” niche of the contemporary market.

These also caught my eye while browsing around the other day:

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(Various)

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See what I mean?

It’s not even a conscious decision at this point, really. These are all quite unnecessary as I already have scads of similar pieces- but I rationalize new purchases by looking for small details that the “old” ones don’t have ..such a differently angled driped, or an extra series of closures. Silly, but I just call it consistency.

As the weather warms up and symptoms of S.A.D. are alleviated, hopefully more ambitious details will be incorporated into the daily outfits…

I-C-U

Posted in themes by burnthesebones on 03/03/2009

I tend to revisit certain things over and over again. Call it beating a dead horse? I call it being obsessed.

As in, right now I am obsessed with jewelry featuring eyes.

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This Victorian era “protective eye” hinged gilded bangle with glass stone details is perfect..and can be yours for the bargain price of $575.00

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true blood

Posted in themes by burnthesebones on 03/03/2009

Pardon the hiatus, I’m working hard to resume posting on a regular basis..

Vampires have been an integral part of our cultural landscape for a while now, whether through film, TV or literature, and lately I’ve noticed how certain components of their mythos have been popping up in fashion.

While Ann-Sofie Back’s fall 2009 collection was not specifically inspired by vampires, it took direction from the campy dregs of Americana found in B horror movies (Stephen King’s Carrie in particular).

I’m glad that someone attempted create a collection encapsulating teen ennui, without resorting once again to misappropriating youth subculture.

Young, innocence waiting to be corrupted: collegiate jackets, poufy white dresses

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Adolescent rage (the most powerful kind): the shredded and slashed offerings

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Dreamlike mysticism: dangling dreamcatchers

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The violence of the garments are tempered by the tongue in cheek attitude of pieces like the intarsia knit sweaters, and those amazing sunglasses.

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It’s the ghastly visages, bruised lips and sunken, startling pale and bloodshot eyes that immediately bring to mind the creatures of the night

Complementary accessories:

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Antti Asplund’s hilarious blood bag and perspex cross necklaces, which I discovered via SixSixSick.

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Delfina Delettrez’s stunning mouth…piece (?) crafted out of precious gems.

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To top it all off, how about some of Karen Walker’s protective eyewear?

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Ann-Sofie Back’s aviators shaped like dripping blood are killing me in the best way possible:

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I’ve always been entranced by the image of the vampire- if I were milky pale, lithe and somber enough, you can be sure I would be accentuating those those features.

In the mean time, us mortals can achieve the look on the exterior. But that last thing we want is a literal interpretation, a costume. Aim for subtly unsettling accents that will make the person standing next to you blink and take a second glance instead of roll their eyes.