Burn These Bones

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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.



…and a grey silk tank with a similar form.



***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:

(Complex Geometries)






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…


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  1. amanda said, on 03/23/2009 at 11:16 AM

    i find myself falling for the same kinds of pieces over and over. i actually don’t own any helmut lang cause of the pricetag and like you said, not justifiable. but on a recent trip to loehmanns, i saw a few racks of lang that were priced decent, only cause this is a big discount store…

  2. luxirare said, on 03/23/2009 at 4:09 PM

    oh i love that grey vest!!!!

  3. OAK williamsburg said, on 03/28/2009 at 9:39 AM

    i NEED a paper thin leather jacket…NOWWW!

  4. a la mode said, on 03/28/2009 at 4:48 PM

    I completely agree with you about the asymmetrical vest tops, there are so many of them around, and no designing gone in to them at all. I guess they are just there to compliment the statement pieces and give that flowey Silhouette. Rick Owens is a major culprit too. Still can’t help but love those designers though!
    Love your blog xox

  5. sarah said, on 04/04/2009 at 12:56 PM

    i want to wear almost everything from lang fall 09. i dont think i need to tell you it wont happen

  6. burnthesebones said, on 04/06/2009 at 5:55 PM

    Sarah..I admit I like it too…it’s easy to like! Time to improvise, then??

  7. lmelanie said, on 04/14/2009 at 11:45 PM

    i love complex geometries…such an amazing label.

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