Balenciaga and Spain


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Balenciaga and Spain: the tome that accompanies the exhibition is the closest one can get to the real thing (if the real thing is impossible). Indeed, for many a lazy afternoon, this book has been to me: part exhibit, part history lesson, and a total immersion in a culture foreign. The sartorial aspect was the inherent guiding force, as the main subject being studied was none other than the legendary designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972).

What fascinated me most in my perusals was the context-sensitive aspect of fashion explored. Here, the influence of country, culture, custom, and art, were all carefully curated to form an irresistible invasion of the designer’s genius.

Inspiring images, ranging a wide and complex gamut, form most of the content: at times, richly textured with life, at others, almost monastic in a strict embodiment of style and chic. But throughout, the theme is constant: that of Spain, for this is a country “stamped indelibly on the souls of its children.” As evidenced indeed, in the life and work of its visionary, Balenciaga.

Balenciaga believed ‘in the unquestionable elegance of black and white, in the color of the Spanish earth and rocks and olive trees, in the red of the bull ring, in the effective accent of turquoise, in the Goya combination of black with beige, gray with black, and in yellow.’

This Spanish house abides by the great rule that elimination is the secret of chic.

Goya, whether Balenciaga is aware of it or not, is always looking over his shoulder. He believes in lace and ribbon bows – never used in a fussy way but rather with true Spanish dignity.

For Balenciaga, designing clothes was more than a craft, more than art: it had the characteristics of a religious vocation.

…the warp-printed carnations seem, on their pale ground, like the flowers scattered on the clear yellow sand of a bullring in the blazing heat.

Black, in all its tones, was a motif of Balenciaga’s work…So, too, were the brilliant yellow and red of the Spanish flag. This is a color combination so inherent in the Spanish identity…

If a woman came in a Balenciaga dress, no other woman existed.

All images (except the first) are taken from the book. Composites were created by myself.

♥ Special thanks again to the lovely Lindsay K of Un Petit Bijou! Her lovely giveaway got me this gorgeous book, which I fully enjoy and appreciate. Thanks again, Lindsay! ♥

Black is traditional


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“Black is traditional. But if you’d prefer pink… or vermilion… or chartreuse… Though you might make me jealous!” 

-The Other Mother from The Film of the Book of Coraline

What are the odds


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What are the odds


Natalie Portman in Star Wars: Style Inspiration (II)


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Anakin : (On the battlefield) You call this a diplomatic solution?

Padmé : (Armed with blaster) No, I call it aggressive negotiations!

-excerpt from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

My previous post featuring Natalie Portman in Star Wars Episode I was so much fun that I decided to do a sequel. Because everyone ♥’s sequels, right? And of course this post is in no way related to the fact that:


Weirdly out-of-sync with the rest-of-the-world’s time-line? Indeed. I happen to be president of the Life Under the Rock club. Thank Hollywood for the glory of the rehash. Ahem. Now’s a good time as any to see Queen Amidala in all her out-of-this-world glory. Hope you enjoy my random Star Warsing! ♥

My die-hard Star Wars fiend of a brother calls this the wannabe-Padmé dress. Hey, at least it rhymes (...and at least this isn't cosplay, right? RIGHT??)

She wears this to a picnic. A. Picnic. It was a golden opportunity, after all. A very painful-to-watch-if-not-for-the-gorgeous-dress sort of opportunity.

Every girl needs an LBD. And a black feather capelet. And black glitter heels. And...

An all-white, skin-tight outfit. How diplomatic of her. Aggressively, persuasively so.

Why I wear a watch


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How would I cope without my trusty Baby-G? With my phone, of course! ♥ (But don’t tell my wrist that…)

My favorite (one and lonely) wristwatch here was a birthday present from my dad *thanksdad!* I’ve had it for almost two years now, and I still don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. It’s become my #1 accessory! So, I figured that it deserves a blog-post/rave/national holiday of its own…

The best thing about it is the color: I just love that fresh shade of mint-green! (Rather rare too, I know *snob*) Plus, it being solar-powered makes it green in just about every sense of the word *eco-snob* Wearing it everyday makes for a nice, sporty accent that pretty much clashes with everything. Here’s to color-pops and all that!

Alphabet rhythm


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Words are born within:

A clicking clacking beating

Against my poor head.

-Haiku by drifterqueen

♥ Wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year! ♥

Here’s to the Year of the Leaping Dragon! <3

(And here’s to all those out there who prefer scrabble over mahjong)


Natalie Portman in Star Wars: Style Inspiration


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Qui-Gon Jinn:…Obi-Wan, you’re sure there isn’t anything of value left on board?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: A few containers of supplies, the Queen’s wardrobe, maybe.

―excerpt from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

[Photos courtesy of Vogue. And Google Images.]

Although Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace came out almost 12 years ago, I don’t think I’ll ever cease to be amazed by the costumes. Natalie Portman as science-fantasy-fiction royalty with gorgeous costume changes in nearly every scene? That’s some prime re-watching value there. I’ve been even more smitten since re-discovering photos of said costumes featured in a Vogue US May 1999 issue. Shot by Irving Penn in all their lavish glory, the regal gowns glow with an otherworldly elegance. Designed by Trisha Biggar, each costume cost more than $60,000 each. Something “of value” indeed, Obi-Wan.

Anywho, just trying to justify my geekiness here: I made Polyvores of ’em. Yes. I. Did. Just being weirdly out-of-sync with the rest-of-the-world’s-time-line, making irrelevant sartorial tributes to yesterday’s geekdom in my own little corner of the bloggy universe ^_^ Or you can think of it as making yesterday’s geekdom relevant to the rest-of-the-world via totally-in-sync sartorial tributes. Whatever rocks your boat.

Enjoy! <3

Queen Amidala's famous red dress was inspired by the imperial robes worn by the wife of Genghis Khan, the Grand Empress Börte. Go figure.

Keira Knightley (who played the Queen's decoy, Sabé) was the one who got to wear this dress for the film. But Natalie Portman wore it for the promotional shots. Just sayin'.

Considering the beautiful Italianate scenery of her home planet, I kinda wonder where did all the royal wardrobe's Eastern influences come from. White kimonos would look quite out of place in Naboo. Plus, do those beads look like white dreadlocks to you?

A 100% Alexander McQueen ensemble. My brother dubs this the "nude peacock look".

♥ Edit: I’ve made a sequel! Clicky here for Natalie Portman in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones ♥