I've been obsessed with details lately; patterns, materials, minute embellishments. Nuanced subtleties that make up some larger piece or idea. There is always so much going on that it never seems productive to stare at something until each component making it what it is separates itself in your mind and in your eyes. Luckily style.com do it for us as far as our sartorial concerns over delicately detailed high fashion collections go. I do think it's important to find time to look closely at the sky and the trees too; to notice the little things that we overlook day to day. The same thing goes with noticing small habits and affectations that we and the people around us have. In these photographs I initially wanted some pretty angles of my clothes and I hoped that my nails wouldn't feature in any of them because I painted them last weekend and now they're all chipped, but as I was taking the photos I realised that what I wanted to capture was all the details, not just the most aesthetically pleasing ones (not my face though- I've been revising for mocks and I look like I'm on hard drugs even though I've been living off left over Christmas chocolates and green tea.)
I've been thinking a lot about Petra Collins' "She Woke Up Like This" series for The Cut. Over the past six months I've come to look at photographs of me not as "good" or "bad", "pretty" or "ugly", "thin" or "fat", but just as photos of me. People I hang out with see me from all different angles so why shouldn't photographs represent that? It's a difficult concept to come to terms with, no less because I've been buying fashion magazines that promote an ideal notion of beauty for the past five years. Having Antonio photograph me has helped a lot with this process because his inspiration recently has mostly been about capturing people in their natural environment and how they would naturally be looking and acting. Though I really enjoyed the shoot we did for my zine last summer, which was something completely different, it is easier to come to terms with real life when you turn it into art.
I was thinking about how much my American Apparel poloneck crop looks cosmic and how I was obsessed with stars and space this time last year. Coincidently today is the exact day a year ago that I posted about it.
Beautiful Fashion Details
Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 2014
Dior Couture Fall 2007
Maison Martin Margiela Couture Fall 2013
Marchesa Spring/Summer 2015
See also...patterns at Burberry Fall 2015 menswear, embellishment details at Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2015 couture.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Last week my blog post was featured in Independent Fashion Blogger's Links a la Mode. You can see the full list of posts selected below:
Real Style EssentialsWhat do you really need for good style? The answer could be, "More clothes." But we know better. It's about knowing what you wear. It's about finding your self, not your clothing self, but your real self. It's about taking care of yourself. It's about feeling good in your own skin. This week's roundup is about the real essentials you need to be stylish. Whether it be your skin, what's under that skin, or what you're wearing to cover it.
Links à la Mode: January 15th
- Alysa Lovely: Why to Re-Watch Sex and the City
- Flower City Fashionista: 5 Trends to Try in 2015
- Jolly Caucus Race: If We Treated Golden Globes Men Like Women
- Kremb de la Kremb: Jewelry Guide for Four Different Body Types
- Lake & Moon: Raid the Closet of Alison Lockhart in The Affair
- Life in the Fash Lane: Fashion Blogger 101: Opportunities
- Moda Vracha's Spot: Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener 10 in 1 Review
- Musings of a Fashion Designer: 2014 Films: The Bollywood Edition
- Ms. Fabulous: What's New in 3-D Printed Fashion
- Purushu Arie: Ethic Wear Shopping
- Pretty Passions: Dressing Fancy
- Save Spend Splurge: How to Get That French Woman's Wardrobe
- Sechy's Diary: What I've Learned From Every Successful Person I Met
- Storybook Apothecary: 3 Way Green Beauty Results in Younger Looking Skin
- Style Bizarre: Spiritual Fashion For Modern Girls
- That Paki Blog: Men at The 2015 Golden Globes
- The Coral Pineapple: The Reverse Curling Wand Review
- The Kentucky Gent: What Does a Fashion Blogger Do?
- TLV Birdie: May Lindstrom Skin Problem Solver Review
- Yukova's Fashion Blog: Trend of the Season: Duster Coat