Tuesday, September 30, 2008

pieces. messy. stoles. gumdrops. recipe for.

although it was a little too messy for my liking, i did like pieces of Vivienne Westwood SS09.

i've been researching capes & stoles lately. mostly knitted or sewn, but also vintage fur stoles so i can get a handle on the classic shaping. i plan to post more about capes & stoles later, but for now i'll just say that this little red riding hood cape is so "clean" and minimal compared to everything else i've seen that i'm ready to buy some fabric, sew a tie in the front & call it a day.

except that i know achieving this wasn't as easy that.

the piece in pieces. open weave knit top with solid ribbing.

latex top (loving the pockets) & overskirt with a bustle-y back-- something about exposing the one leg makes this seem doable.


as always, i'm attracted to comfort. or in this case - the notion of comfort because my mind went from that to how fat you'd look in them if you were not tall. & how would you keep them up without a belt?

keeping your hands in your pockets at all times isn't really practical, is it?

you could wear suspenders, but then you'd look like a clown.

etc. etc. etc.

this look is the far-more-stylish european cousin of my favorite comfort gear-- boxer shorts + turtleneck + black clogs.

the top is amazing. slimmed in all the right places & baring just a bit of hip, which in my opinion is much sexier than baring the whole midriff. i couldn't find a very good photo of the back, but the draping on the top-back is beautiful & the train covers the derrier.

i think it's brilliant.

lastly, this--

reminds me of--

--in a good way.

runway photos:


2 tb Gelatin 2 c Sugar
1/2 c Cold water 3/4 c Boiling water
Instructions for Gumdrops

Soften gelatin in cold water. Combine sugar and boiling water. Boil 5 minutes. Add gelatin. Stir until dissolved. Boil slowly 15 minutes. Divide into 3 portions. Flavor each portion, and tint with any desired food coloring. Pour into shallow pans which have been dipped in cold water. Let stand overnight. Turn out and cut in squares. Roll in powdered or granulated sugar. Let stand until firm.