Week Fifty Two

Fashion Meets Art III

Posted in Fashion Meets Art by sarahbakerhansen on 16 June 2011

Top to bottom: Buckminster Fuller, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Henri Rousseau and John Singer Sargent meet some modern day fashionistas. Hope you enjoy. 

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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 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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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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