Sochi’s Fiercest Duo: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski

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“Definitely, we’re overpacked,” Johnny Weir told Today of his and Tara Lipinski’s Sochi wardrobes. “We have pounds and pounds and pounds of clothes. But we’re in this position where we’re the new kids on the block and we have to prove ourselves. You can’t wear the same black suit every day so we have to mix it up.”

Weir and Lipinski have been a pleasant surprise in this year’s Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Not only because they’ve done an amazing job giving live commentary on the figure skating events, but also because it’s been a treat to tune in and be inspired by their outfit choices, day after day.

How did they pull it off? Collectively they counted eight suitcases, 22 pairs of shoes and 10 pounds of jewelry (there were also some fur coats and leather pants thrown into the mix). And if their outfits looked uncannily coordinated, it’s because they absolutely were. The pair planned ahead of time to make sure their looks played off one another.

Certainly they are the perfect example of dressing for the job and experience you want. Johnny and Tara make me want to spend the extra time when putting together outfits for work. I also feel inspired to add that extra touch of glamour and drama into my own wardrobe.

It’s not all window dressing though, their banter makes them the freshest pair of commentators on NBC’s Olympics coverage. In one segment, Tara mentioned that she didn’t enjoy pairs skating because she wasn’t in control. Johnny replied, “I enjoy being thrown.” 

It’s equally heartwarming to discover that the two are close friends off camera. The duo created an Instagram account to capture all of their outfits and adventures in Sochi. It is definitely worth checking out.

Now, all I need to do is figure out where I can wear a fabulous headpiece.

Photo Credit: Instagram

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Greyhounds Steal the Show as Fashion Models for Trussardi

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Italian fashion brand Trussardi’s quirky new campaign features Greyhounds as models for their latest collection. Dogs have been stealing the spotlight in fashion recently — for example, rescue dogs modeled Ralph Lauren’s Fall accessories collection in a partnership with ASPCA. Then there’s the popular Tumblr, Menswear Dog, that chronicles the style interests of a 4-year-old Shiba Inu who lives in New York City.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Trussardi’s Greyhound logo, the campaign features Greyhounds donning items from the new collection, such as handbags, sunglasses and jackets.

The campaign’s photographer, William Wegman, is most famous for his dog photography. You’ll remember him from his photographs of his own Weimaraners. This was the first time the photographer took photos of greyhounds — he said of the breed: “They are mysteriously calm, wonderfully photogenic and most of all incredibly elegant.”

Last year, Wegman photographed a campaign for Acne, featuring his own dogs in the brand’s collection of tropical prints, Panama hats, bags and shoes (an example below).

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Wegman reflected on his work with his dogs in an interview for The Morgan Library and Museum: “I avoided anthropomorphism [for a while] because I thought it was cheap and easy, but I don’t anymore, I just don’t. I think that… what I did with these characters… it’s really amazing not only for what I did, but what for they did.”

Photo Credits: 1) AnOther Magazine, Photographed for Trussardi by William Wegman; 2) Vogue Paris, Photographed for Acne by William Wegman

Pure Seventies Style and the Icons that Defined the Decade

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Possibly my favorite decade for style is the 1970s. After watching American Hustle this weekend I was inspired to do some digging on the style icons of the era. Here are a few of my favorites and some ways to steal their iconic looks:

Bianca Jagger / The Drapey Maxi

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The Nicaraguan-born icon met Mick Jagger at a party after a 1970 Rolling Stones concert in France. She was a frequenter of Studio 54 in the 70s and 80s, notably arriving at the club on a white horse for her 30th birthday party. Though her marriage to the rock star wouldn’t last, she would later make her mark as a human rights activist.

Steal her lookIndah Jade V Neck Draped Lounge Dress, Revolve Clothing

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Faye Dunaway / The Fabulous Floppy Hat

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Actress Faye Dunaway made her first big splash in the 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde alongside Warren Beatty. She would later win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the drama, Network (1976). You can learn more about her life in her autobiography, Looking for Gatsby.

Steal her look: David & Young Floppy Felt Hat, Nordstrom
a04a0da0b6a254e0cb015353d30a04c7Bianca Jagger / Killer Aviators

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Yes, Bianca again, because she rocks those sunglasses. Another fun fact, Bianca’s daughter, Jade, is a jewelry designer.

Steal her look:  MICHAEL Michael Kors Kennedy Aviator, Michael Kors

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Farrah Fawcett / Bell Bottom Jeans

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Texas-born Farrah is best known for her role in Charlie’s Angels, though she started her career in commercials for brands like Noxzema and Max Factor. Farrah’s career took off after a photograph of her in a red bathing suit became a best-selling poster. Her “Farrah-flip” hairstyle became an international trend and influenced women’s hairstyles well into the 1980s.

Steal her look: Citizens of Humanity ‘Hutton’ High Rise Flared Jeans, Nordstrom

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Photo Credits: 1) Intro/Halston – Late Boots, 2) Bianca Jagger – ErinKimStyle.blogspot.com, 3) Faye Dunaway – Paris Vogue, 4) Bianca Jagger – www.elsecretocanario.com, 5) Farrah Fawcett – Glamour

Artistic, Funky, Cool: Snowboarders Have the Most Fun With Design

I stumbled across a photo of a Chanel snowboard recently (not sure if they still sell sporting equipment but it looks they did at one time). Now I’m not knocking Chanel, but when I think about personal style, it’s less about labels and more about expression — and nothing compares to the artistic, funky, cool styles coming out of the true snowboarding companies.

I’m obsessed with the artwork on these snowboards:

Bird of Paradise
My favorite of the bunch, the Birds of a Feather board from Seattle-based CAPiTA has a beautiful, jewel toned design.

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The Gothic
For the Alexander McQueen lover: the Skull Skates Endeavor. Vancouver-based Skull Skates was the first brand to put a full-length skeleton on a snowboard back in 1988. Endeavor Snowboards collaborated with Skull Skate to re-release this design in 2013.

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The Cutest Yeti
Niche’s Theme dons artwork from the Austin-based illustrator and artist Michael Sieben. Another plus about Niche — their boards are eco-friendly.

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So Eighties
Technine’s MFM Mass Appeal features a ghettoblaster and that iconic 80s font. You’ll be humming along to Simple Minds before you know it: “Won’t you come see about me? I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby.”

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Color Blast
GNU prides itself on having weird designs.The splashy B-Street feels like a throwback 90s surfboard design and the colors will  pop when you hit the mountain.

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Rock and Roll
Burton continues to issue snowboards in new and unique designs. The Restricted Easy Livin’ pays homage to the great Jimi Hendrix. Those are the lyrics to Angel on the middle of the board, by the way.

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Photos (in order): 1) CAPiTA, 2) Endeavor, 3) Niche, 4) Complex, 5) GNU and 6) Burton

Impeccable Taste in Style: Saint Laurent’s Homage to Music Legends

As a lover of fashion and music I can’t help but appreciate when the two bleed together in harmonious and unusual ways. I’m intrigued by Saint Laurent’s Music Project — a campaign that pays homage to musicians — most recently the legends B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry.

Saint Laurent’s Creative Director, Hedi Slimane, photographed the three musicians in specially-made suits during August and September on a road trip through the South and Midwest U.S. The result is a series of beautiful black and white portraits of the musicians (and did I mention they are impeccably dressed?) These three in particular are said to be childhood heroes of the designer.

I love that Slimane is much a photographer as he is a designer — and the way he’s been able to intertwine passions for fashion, music and photography. (You can get a taste of some of his other photographic work on his personal blog.)

In a 2012 interview with The Daily Beast, he explained what drives his work, “Photography is always a way to preserve, [a vain] attempt to keep your subjects alive, both in their youth and grace or elderness.”

And blues in particular has played an important role in Saint Laurent — Dazed Digital makes the connection to Slimane’s first collection for the fashion house — the 2012 show featured music by American blues musician Junior Kimbrough (and edited by none other than Daft Punk).

Primer: In Pursuit of Personal Style

Primer: Personal StyleI’ve always been fascinated by style because it’s an accessible form of artistic expression. One needn’t be as talented with a paint brush as Picasso or Rembrandt to express what they feel on any given day. So many of us are not professional artists, photographers or writers; our jobs don’t afford the luxury of time to ruminate on how to express ourselves creatively.

Personal style can serve as our creative outlet. It is as much an existential process as it is a necessity for leaving our homes in the morning. Style is not something a person is born with, rather, it’s a series of choices. It’s not choosing the most expensive accessories or adorning yourself with the most prominent labels – we can all breathe a sigh of relief on that one. From the shoes on your feet, to the way you wear your hair – style communicates who you are.

Clothes are a necessity – and why not experiment in our day-to-day lives with a little art. We love to Pin, we love to Instagram, but personal style can be intimidating. High fashion can seem out-of-reach, too expensive, to flash-in-the-pan for us to bother. But style is something else entirely. A well-dressed person communicates assuredness, commands respect and expresses their inner artist — all without speaking a word.

And just as art takes practice so too does style. The most stylish among us have made many attempts, and failed miserably, but continued to study the classics and found what works best for them. They know the colors that complement their skin tone; the silhouettes that make them appear taller, thinner; the fabrics that will last forever (or at least outlast several seasons).

This is a blog for the haute, those seekers of all things fashion, who restlessly pursue style as a way of life — whether in art, music, books or, of course, what they choose to wear.