Week Fifty Two

Fashion meets Art 2

Posted in Fashion by sarahbakerhansen on 17 April 2011

Too fun not to do again.

Top to bottom: Warhol + Dior, street style + Damien Hirst, street style + Lichtenstein detail, Anna Della Russo + YSL + Madame X (I like to imagine Madame X wearing those shoes underneath her gown), The Sartorialist + Picasso, Tom Ford + Stella Tenant + Lautrec.


Fashion meets Art.

Posted in Fashion by sarahbakerhansen on 15 April 2011

Abbey Lee’s coat–as unmistakable in its bold pattern as a Jun Kaneko ceramic head–is what inspired this post. I enjoyed it so much it might become an ongoing series.

Top to bottom: Model Abbey Lee + ceramicist Jun Kaneko, Street style + Nebraska landscape painter Keith Jacobshagen, Street style + Robert Rauschenberg, Elisa Nalin + Mark Rothko

Style Icon: Garance Dore

Posted in Fashion by sarahbakerhansen on 9 December 2010

So I know she’s mostly known for taking street style photos of other people, but how cool is Garance Dore‘s personal style? I love her menswear inspired look that somehow still seems feminine. I love how she freely repeats pairs of pants, scarves, shoes, jackets and two statement handbags, one wine (Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton) and one black (Givenchy.) Clearly, her wardrobe is real. I love how sometimes she shots photographs wearing heels, capes and other items that don’t seem utilitarian but that can be made utilitarian with a bit of creativity. I love her muted color palette that’s still sexy and how she sometimes glams it up with a shot of red lipstick. It also doesn’t hurt that the Sartorialist is probably shooting most of these photos, but we’ll forgive her that much.

A different kind of artist

Posted in Fashion, general interest by sarahbakerhansen on 8 August 2010

Last winter, over Christmas, we had a flood in our apartment. Snow burst through the roof of our six-story building and water found its way through the four floors above us and into our apartment; the leak was partially over our closet. It missed a Chanel suit by mere inches; one of my bags, a Bottega Veneta, wasn’t so lucky.

Even though it was in a dust bag and stuffed with paper, dank water-soaked through both sides and into the woven leather and the silk lining. The leather, once buttery soft, became stiff and crusty. The darker portion in the picture above left a distinct water mark on the purse. Even though I knew it was likely ruined, I didn’t have the heart to give it up and it sat around my apartment, in a very sad state, for six months.

I made some calls to local cobblers and none of them wanted to touch it – they said the woven nature of the bag – Bottega’s signature “intrecciato” technique – made dying, cleaning or fixing it in any way basically impossible. I decided to take it to Andy’s Shoe Repair in Omaha and simply show it to the owner in person to see what he thought. I trust this shop with my best shoes and I’ve never been let down, so I figured it was worth a try. While he didn’t have a lot of hope, he said he’d do what he could. He had it for close to three months – partially because he did a number of treatments on it and partially because he misplaced my customer tag inside the bag and didn’t have my phone number.

Long story short, after cleaning and treating my bag, it looks like this.

It’s not entirely perfect – there’s still a few stiff, darker spots, but I’m so thrilled to have it back. If anything, I think the darker spots, the patina of the handle and the deluge this bag survived make it even more special.

A fashion moment

Posted in Fashion by sarahbakerhansen on 28 July 2010

A few things I’m swooning over, thanks to this morning’s email from Net-a-Porter.

3.1 Phillip Lim Silk Crepe Coat

3.1 Phillip Lim Waxed Leather Biker Jacket

3.1 Phillip Lim Sequin Embellished Silk Dress

Acne Amon Printed Chiffon Blouse

Marc by Marc Jacobs Suede Wedge Boots

Tom Binns Silver Plated Swarovski Crystal Safety Pin Earrings

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W52 Style: McQueen Memorialized

Posted in Art news, Fashion by sarahbakerhansen on 3 April 2010
Above: Alexander McQueen, spring 2008; right, artist Ana Juan’s tribute for the cover of The New Yorker.

My husband is a devoted reader of The New Yorker: he spends many a late night delving into lengthy, complex stories about the issues of the day, and I admire his persistence. I subscribe to no less than 20 magazines, and while I’ll put the New Yorker on the tall magazine pile every once and again, it often makes it into the recycle bag before I have the chance to read it.

The magazine’s annual style issue is a different matter: I love it. I–along with many other fashion lovers–was particularly moved by this year’s spring style cover, a haunting tribute to the late Alexander McQueen. I know most of the readers of W52 probably aren’t fashion lovers, but even for an art lover, McQueen’s stunning body of work is nothing short of genius. The butterfly headpiece is part of McQueen’s spring 2008 collection, a tribute to his mentor and friend, the late Isabella Blow, known for her dramatic style and inimitable hat collection.

Many bloggers, magazine editors and newspaper writers have written tributes to McQueen, but this simple artistic rendering of one of the designer’s most iconic moments is by far my favorite. Elle magazine interviewed Juan about the work–she’s a regular contributor to The New Yorker— and she said the butterfly piece, of all McQueen’s work, was the one that touched her most when she was working.

“I think it was the most poetic as a metaphor of death,” Juan told Elle about the cover, created with mixed acrylic and coal on paper. “The idea was to express a certain melancholic beauty without forgetting the Spring flair.”

For more on artist Ana Juan, visit her Web site.

W52 Style: 1970s fever

Posted in Fashion by sarahbakerhansen on 23 March 2010

I have a new-found obsession with the decade in which I was born. I think it started earlier this year when I saw the heavy 1970s influence many fashion designers looked toward for fall 2010. I bought a pair of high waist, bell bottom jeans, which to me looked incredibly fresh compared to the skinny jeans I’d been living in for the past year. Then last week, I found three pairs of 1970s sandals, one in maroon crocodile with barely worn soles, and the obsession went into overdrive.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized it wasn’t exactly a new obsession. In college, my friend Brad and I scoured thrift stores for late 1970s Christian Dior cardigan sweaters. (I kept my two favorite ones and still wear them around the house.) I have a 1970s Dior belt that’s one of my favorites. Vera scarves in colors like mustard yellow and avocado green are totally up my alley. The women in the ads below — all taken from The Fashion Spot — remind me of what my mom looked like when she and my dad went out on Friday nights. I was a little kid but I vividly remember my mom’s wavy, curled hair, her flowing dresses, the echo of “Solid Gold” playing in the background and the whiffs of her sweet perfume as they walked out the door and left me with the decidedly non-glamorous babysitter.

I have a handful of her vintage leather jackets, some of which she bought in London in the mid 70s, and I’m wearing the heck out of them now. They will hit the perfect pitch next fall when the 70s look goes into high gear.

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Aubrey Beardsley

Posted in Fashion, general interest by sarahbakerhansen on 15 March 2010

I de-camped this past weekend to my in-law’s home in the country. Before I left, I remembered this great book I picked up last year in the Red Cloud Bookstore, Cather & Company (which sadly shut earlier this year.) I first heard of Aubrey Beardsley when I was reading an old copy of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” and became entranced with the book-plate inside. Beardsley was the artist behind the illustrations. I was so excited to have found this book in Red Cloud, of all places. I pulled the book off the shelf and captured some of my favorite images to share here. I apologize for the semi-funky quality of  the photos–my camera seems to be on the fritz.

A collaborative approach

Posted in Fashion, general interest by sarahbakerhansen on 14 March 2010

I am so excited to announce my newest project: Only Style Remains the Same Key Pieces. Many of you may be familiar with my sister’s style blog, www.osrts.com. Because we both love fashion, we decided to launch a sister site (no pun intended) to Lindsey’s main blog, to focus solely on the pursuit of “key pieces:” those wardrobe staples that every person needs. Find the new site at http://osrts-keypieces.blogspot.com/.

Please visit, contribute, comment and, most of all, enjoy!

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W52 Style: Catherine Baba

Posted in Fashion, general interest by sarahbakerhansen on 11 March 2010

Style is such a personal thing. It’s an artistic genre in its own right, and certain people just have a way with it. Fashion is one of my deepest loves, and so this is the first of what will likely be many posts about fashion on Week Fifty Two. Art is such a vast subject matter: some people make art, while others dress themselves as art, turning a handful of lifeless pieces of fabric into an eclectic personal statement.

I first learned about stylist Catherine Baba on Scott Schuman’s blog “the Sartorialist.” I constantly find inspiration from his blog–and lots of other fashion blogs–and Baba is simply a standout.

This is the first image I ever saw of Baba, from Schuman’s blog. She’s wearing so many elements here–powerful elements–but somehow they all seem to work. Thick fur coat, embellished belt, patterned harem pants, pumpkin-shaped orange bag, fierce sunglasses. I could never pull it off, yet I love it.

I can’t imagine riding a bicycle wearing either of those pairs of shoes, but how fabulous is the thought of attempting it? And again, look at the genius layering that’s happening in both these outfits. Simple staples still make their presence here: a pair of black leggings is at the heart of both of these looks, and who doesn’t have a pair of those? A kimino-inspired top, a thick waist belt, stacks of bangles and a big pair of sunglasses are Baba staples.

To see more of Baba and her work — she’s a fantastic stylist — visit her Web site.

Images courtesy of the Sartorialist and various other fashion bloggers.

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