Wednesday, December 9, 2009

she & him's vol 2 is on it's way...


...but we'll have to wait until March 23rd, 2010. The follow up to the duo's debut, Volume One includes eleven original tracks and two covers - "Ridin' In My Car" by NRBQ and Skeeter Davis' "Gonna Get Along Without You Now".

Here's the tracklist:

01 Thieves
02 In The Sun
03 Don't Look Back
04 Ridin' In My Car
05 Lingering Still
06 Me And You
07 Gonna Get Along With You Now
08 Home
09 I'm Gonna Make It Better
10 Sing
11 Over It Over Again
12 Brand New Shoes
13 If You Can't Sleep


Hurray! Hands up who can't wait?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ooh la la fancy pants

Sonia Rykiel for H&M...Why do overseas shops get all the good stuff?! Apparently the H&M website will be streaming the fashion parade live from Paris in around half an hour. Mon Dieu! The media release reports that the collection will be available in Sonia Rykiel boutiques around the world as well as H&M stores. Jolly good, but I don't think we have one of those either...

Friday, November 27, 2009

nadinoo






all images via nadinoo

Behold the Autumn/Winter collection from British label Nadinoo. It's a perfect mix of English rose prettiness and dapper eccentricity. Sequins and quirky satin pants add a hint of London edge. The styling is also irresistible- little hats, coloured ankle-socks and t-strap shoes. Can't you just see Zooey posing at a premiere in the red blouse and floral skirt ensemble, and Tennessee goofing around backstage in the dropped waist dress and knee socks?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

forever tennessee!


Tennessee Thomas is modelling for Forever 21! She also answered a few questions for the Forever 21 blog...

WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO YOU COLLECT?
1960’s girl group 45's, small black dresses with white collars, polka dots, and hats!!!
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
Playing music, drawing, dogs and cats.
IF YOU COULD DESIGN ANY TYPE OF CLOTHING OR ACCESSORIES, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
A line of baskets.
WHAT ERA INFLUENCES YOU MOST?
The 60’s.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC INFLUENCES YOUR STYLE?
60’s girl groups and beat-combos, and the punks.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLE ICONS?
Jane Banks from Mary Poppins.
WHERE ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO LOOK FOR INSPIRATION?
My idyllic English childhood, Portobello Road Antique Market, NYC picture library, and New York City in general.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BOUTIQUE BY FOREVER 21?
I love how each piece feels lovely and special but not fussy. You can dress them up or layer them over more casual pieces for a truly unique feel.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE LIKE?
Our new album will be out in early 2010!!! Stay tuned... ILikeTheLike.com


Images and interview via Forever 21 blog

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

liberty love







all images via liberty

Floral print fabrics by Liberty are a key part of the brand's heritage and pretty familiar to many of us. The design studio creates new and re-works classic prints every season, inspired by nature, architecture, the design archive and the store itself. Many of these prints have been around since the 1930s, and were themselves based on Victorian designs. Looking back through the design archive, I am reminded of patchwork quilts I've snuggled under, scraps of fabric from my mother's sewing box, party dresses and doll's clothes sewed by my grandmother. The recent fad for all things floral has seen Liberty patterns back in fashion, and the ubiquitous prints have been used in some unpredictable ways- like embellishing Nike Dunks for instance. But I think I'll take my liberty prints just the way they are: classic, pretty and and unapologetically girly.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

les pretty plastiscines





by rebecca thomas via her blog

I seem to recall making a mental note to check out French baby rockers Les Plastiscines after reading something in Nylon or Interview magazine earlier in the year... Pretty girls in matching outfits that sing? I'm sold. I caught them jumping about the stage at Jenny's cotillion on Gossip Girl last night and couldn't resist posting some pictures. La nouvelle Like with a French accent peut-ĂȘtre?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

a paper doll to call my own




paper dolls via The Paper Collector

Since childhood I have had a fascination for paper dolls. When my mum would take me along to the supermarket I would linger in the magazine aisle, poring over the paper doll books- usually featuring Barbie or maybe Jem and the Rockers- and wish that I could take one home to press out all the little outfits, and prop the doll up on her little paper stand. Aren't you jealous of Kathy and Karen and their fantastic little paper dresses? I am so tempted to print these out right now and start snipping!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

recent vintage finds






Behold a selection of my semi-recent op-shopping bounty! Op-shopping aint what it used to be, but that just makes the bargains I do find all the sweeter.

Monday, November 2, 2009

vanishing america- michael eastman








all images via dnj gallery and duane reed gallery

Michael Eastman has a book- Vanishing America: The End of Main Street Diners, Drive-Ins, Donut Shops, and Other Everyday Monuments.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

plaintive and in exile

"She's dressed in old European clothes, scraps of brocade, out-of-date old suits, old curtains, odd oddments, old models, moth-eaten old fox furs, old otterskins, that's her kind of beauty, tattered, chill, plaintive and in exile, everything's too big, and yet it looks marvellous. Her clothes are loose, she's too thin, nothing fits yet it looks marvellous. She's made in such a way, face and body, that anything that touches her shares immediately and infallibly in her beauty."

-The Lover, Marguerite Duras



missoni fall 2009



Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

a peak inside jane campion's scrapbook
















all images from jane campion's production scrap book for her film, bright star

I'm so looking forward to seeing Jane Campion's newest film Bright Star, about John Keats and his brief love affair with his neighbour, Fanny Brawne. Apparently, the film emphasises Fanny's love of fashion and her talents at sewing and dressmaking. So I hope that means that we can expect to see a parade of lovely 19th century dresses. I think these snippets from Jane Campion's scrapbook- poems on parchment, intricately folded love letters, photographs of morning light through wintery trees and art department sketches are so romantic and tantalising. It looks as if the film will be beautiful but restrained- Slate has even described its visual style as "austere" - but I think that will just make these pretty little details seem all the lovelier.