click click – 18-11-13

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Personalized leather bomber jackets, via DPopTart.

  • The Logic of Stupid Poor People – I was so excited to read this article, because this topic is rarely spoken of with the empathy it deserves. Fashion is a tool – a trick even – available to the disenfranchised to allow them to transcend the adversity they deal with. The most flamboyant and the most rigorous style cultures often come from where you’d least expect them, and there’s good reasons for it.
  • An Interview With Richard Gray – I love reading a fashion illustrator interview a fashion illustrator, because I know they will ask the questions I want to know answers to. This is a great example.
  • The Beautiful Faces of Makeup Artist Pat McGrath – excellent profile documenting the career and working style of this incredible, influential makeup artist.
  • Interview: Philip Treacy – wonderful, emotional interview with the celebrated milliner on his dream client, Isabella Blow.
  • Clayton Cubitt – stumbled across this photographer and admire both his work and the way he thinks.
  • Fashion and Sewing Pattern History – terrific four part series on the history – both ancient and recent – of home sewing patterns, which is tied very closely to the emergence of both fashion illustrations and fashion magazines as well.

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click click – 28-10-13

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Film stills of the ever-enchanting Marlene Dietrich in “Morocco” (1931) – via GlamAmor.

  • Yes Logo: On the Revival of Logomania – logos are back, but this time around we’re into subverting the emphasis on authentication.
  • Real Life Ukrainian Barbie – VICE’s documentaries are at their best when they allow the subjects to speak for themselves, without any commentary or mockery.
  • Follow For More: Screen Shots of Soft Culture – online visual subcultures offer a glimpse into how fashion functions in a post-material world.
  • Lanvin in the library: Why and how fashion schools maintain archives of clothing – I spent many hours alone in the Ryerson costume archives when it was just a dark closet that no one knew about – that’s the kind of fashion student I was. Now it’s been brought into the light for all to enjoy!
  • Sebastian Horseley – the late dandy records his experience walking for Comme des Garcons. If languid depravity amuses you, the rest of the archives are worth digging through.
  • Mysteries and Scandals – Clara Bow – this is a pretty cheesy show, but when I was sick in bed it was the perfect distraction, there’s loads of them on Youtube. It’s fascinating to see from a distance which old scandals are remembered and which were successfully concealed, and many shows were a disheartening reminder of how so many famous female stars were exploited and tolerated abusive relationships despite their money and fame. Of course, it’s also striking to discover what happens to people after they’re young and famous, as they grow old and leave their notoriety behind them.


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click click – 11-10-13

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Wonderful photos of women from LIFE Magazine in the 1970s. Above, Comedienne Phyllis Diller listening to the heart of a young woman during a ‘Stop Smoking Cruise’. 1970.” Below, “Bizarrely dressed woman spectator at Watergate hearings. June, 1973.” But this one is my favourite.

  • KANYE WEST – ZANE LOW FULL INTERVIEW – if you haven’t heard it yet, LISTEN! This is not an interview about music – West is preaching fashion.
  • Why Does Saint Laurent’s Spring 2014 Look Cheap? – I enjoy Slimane’s Saint Laurent collections, perhaps for all the wrong reasons. I find it fascinating to watch a designer tip fashion’s most sacred cow, so to speak. Here my Chromatherapy collaborator Rea speculates that the currency Slimane is after is attention – and for that, nothing works better than provoking the critics with straight-up ugly.
  • The Power of Colour – terrific radio trilogy about my current obsession.
  • When Clothes No Longer Make the Man – an op-ed about trends in using fashion in historical and contemporary fiction. Do you agree that modern fashion is about “self-protective understatement”, or do clothing choices still reveal something essential about character?
  • Good Morning Sinners… with Warren Ellis – if you’re as into the futile art of futurism as I am, you’ll enjoy this column. Hat tip Thom.
  • The Real Jessica Rabbit – excellent bit of vintage ephemera here, the forgotten real-life pinup inspiration for the sexiest ‘toon.
  • Chasing Tommy Ton – what makes Ton so amazing as a street-style photographer is his finely focused understanding of fashion’s details, yet it’s his ability to have a clear-sighted conception of where his own career fits into the bigger picture that makes him even more compelling as a creative. A delightful, revealing short documentary.



click click – 20-09-13

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Maddeningly tiny scans, yet wonderful archive of the first six issues of i-D. Plus so many fabulous images of club kids, makeup and music at THE BLITZ KIDS.


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click click – 03-09-13

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Evocative pictures of 1980s Brooklyn youth from the National Geographic Archives. This week is the first time I’ve ever explored Brooklyn. It is a vast city with so much vivid visual – and vocal – culture. Via Fiona.


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click click – 17-08-13

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These beautiful portraits of elderly Algerian women by researcher Yasmin Bendaas record a lost tradition of facial tattoos once used for aesthetic and ritual purposes.

  • AGOG – The Grandmother Diaries – I’ve been looking forward to seeing artist Meg Mosley’s documentary on her friendship with her grandmother and it is heartfelt, profound, personal, and GLAM. This film explores the undeniable bonding power of beauty culture at any age.
  • Where is she now? Barbara Mullen, the misfit model of the 1950s – a great model can be obscured by her own chameleonic qualities. John-Michael O’Sullivan rediscovers her image, the meaning of her moment, the woman herself, and the triumphs and tragedies of her life. Further elaboration.
  • Napalm and Silly Putty – ever since I was a teenager, I have always turned to the late great George Carlin when I need soul comfort. He reminds me that people are stupid and crazy and reassures me that the world is a senseless mess. Here he reads from his own material, without apparent sequence, and somehow it soothes my broken heart. And there is more.
  • The Seat of Power – a profile of Bridget Foley, one of fashion’s premier opinionators who prefers to keep a lower profile, as the significance of the industry’s most enduring daily newspaper shifts along with the fashion it covers.
  • The Cannibalistic – this was a short-lived blog that took on fashion trends from a wider historical and environmental view. I’m one to talk, as Final Fashion itself has gone through a lull this year, but it reminds me that very few sites approach fashion from this angle and I have a responsibility to get back into it myself if I want to read more of it. And I do.

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click click – 28-07-13

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I think I came across these unusual styles by Samira Boon by googling “designer face masks”. Via Actually BLOG.

  • From Little Fanny to Fluffy Ruffles: The Scrappy History of Paper Dolls – this is just wonderful, featuring lots of information about the history of paper dolls I’ve never read before. Thanks Nick.
  • The Alchemists of Sound – terrific documentary about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and early innovations in electronic music.
  • You Are Not An Artisan – I do like the concept of “conspicuous production” as it does describe a lot of economic activity I like to call the “vanity economy”. I also agree that the fashion for nostalgic, retro businesses can be absurd given the digital world we now inhabit. However, I disagree that “conspicuous production” is a new thing, it’s just that nowadays a lot more of us can afford to do it. I also dislike the premise that occupations have to be “profitable” endeavours to be useful or worthwhile. Once our basic needs are taken care of, why shouldn’t the opportunity to attempt art, and possibly enjoy admiration for it be regarded as just as valuable to the quality of human life as material wealth? Via Assaf.
  • Why You Should Never Have Taken That Prestigious Internship – further to the previous link, another long piece exploring the unfortunate effects of status as currency. Is every job a fashion job now?
  • Two Flowers by Three People – Tao Lin has an ugly habit of manipulating a female subject into saying compromising things – that struck me when I discovered his work via the Bebe Zeva documentary. Here, Sarah Nicole Prickett takes control of the conversation. Prickett got her start as a fashion writer, and her work is still aesthetically driven. Unlike Lin she upholds the role of beauty in writing, just as she does in appearances. Eyeliner versus drip.
  • The Fascinating Fashion Evolution of Iran’s State-Imposed Modesty Garments –  despite laws restricting their choices, the changing fashions of Iran reveal the beauty, ingenuity, and political views of Iranian women. I love how in places where fashion is repressed, it always re-emerges regardless. Fashion is never finished. Via Tara.

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  • The Style Monster “Part time 12 year old bubblegum-riot queen of the faeries. “
  • DC in Style“Inspired by beautiful books, fairy tales, mysterious castles and colorful dreams”

click click – 09-07-13

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I do love a doll-themed editorial – and this one that touches on the tangled concepts of Orientalism, Occidentalism, commodification of beauty and globalized manufacturing too? Right on. Hat tip E.P. Cutler.

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click click – 12-06-13

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What is it about Dolce & Gabbana ads that is so prescient, topical, and dense with narrative potential? I’ve often wondered why there isn’t a blog dedicated to captioning fashion ads… so I finally started one. Feel free to add your own captions or  submit your own captioned Dolce & Gabbana ads.

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Karma to keep,

  • A Creative Reality“where you can find creativity, inspiration, and fashion”
  • doodlin’“We’re Arna and John, a husband and wife team. Our animation company is called dancingmonkeys.”
  • Paper Thin Personas“My goals are to provide a diverse collection of paper dolls, keep myself amused and gain great fame and fortune.”
  • The LUXE Life“Life is short… we’re here to make it luxe.”
  • Christopher Doeling“I’ve literally been from one coast to the other in these United States in a long search for the perfect art related career.”

click click – 17-05-13

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Like many, I discovered Harlem hip-hop tailor Dapper Dan via the New Yorker (excellent audio addendums here and here), and now it seems Jay-Z and the powers that be are bringing the master logo appropriator a much deserved second round of notoriety. These photos show an example of his work from Dapper Dan’s official blog.

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