Thursday, November 26, 2009

on my wishlist

I don't know what my current (by current, I mean for the past 6 months or so) infactuation with loose, drapey garments originated, but I'm loving this Circular Oversized Pullover by American Apparel. It's so simple (and I'm sure I could DIY it myself), but also makes a statement at the same time. And for only $40, I'm sure I'll get my money's worth out of it because I'll probably wear it everyday.

What the Hel

Mette 28
I came across this site (Hel Looks) over a year ago, and I just love the style of the people in Helsinki. It's uncoventional, edgy, and fun...all what fashion should be. They're definitely 5 steps ahead of American fashion. Oh, how I love European fashion!

Trompe L'Oeil

Wish you could turn an oversized black tee into an LBD? Or transform a simple shift dress into a sexy boustier dress? Well, with the Trompe L'Oeil Collection by young designer Rosalind Keep, all of your wishes can come true. Keep is getting rave reviews about this new collection, which is being called a "breath of fresh air" for "otherwise painfully boring clothing."






I don't know how I feel about this collection. Perez Hilton and I both agree that it reminds us too much of those God awful tuxedo shirts (remember those??). But it is fun, and screams DIY! Trompe l'oeil is chic and cheap!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I've moved!

Hello dear GARCON NOIR readers.
I've decided to venture to bigger and better things, so you can now find my on tumblr:
http://streetsophisticato.tumblr.com/
My new site is called STREET SOPHISTICATO. I weeding through all of my old post and picking and choosing which ones to carry over to tumblr because I really think the blog's had a very successful summer. So stop by my new tumblr page, leave a comment or two...or three, and follow me!
http://streetsophisticato.tumblr.com/

Saturday, August 15, 2009

La Roux


I discovered La Roux while I was watching It's On With Alexa Chung a few weeks ago, and I immediately began to look up and listen to more of this British group's songs. Bulletproof is by far my favorite, and the video is so visually haute.

LB_look of the week

Damien V.
19 yrs old
Montreal
Who likes short shorts...and oversized deep v-necks...and big bulky boots...and shiny sequin jackts???
I do!
And Damien does too

on my wishlist

My obsession for all things American Apparel continues, and my obsession for all things shiny is starting to blossom. All while I worked at AA last year, I never paid this jacket too much attention, but now that I look at and see how it closely follows a lot of the trends for fall, I'm now dying to buy this jacket. AA's Shiny windbreaker is the perfect jacket for early fall because it's thin, and would be a really good layering piece for light sweaters or tee's. Plus, this is a great "starter" jacket before I buy a leather one for the cooler autumn days.This fun jacket would be just right for the day, but also could be dressed up and look soo good for going out at night. Now, all I need is $58 so I can buy it!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sir GaGa

So Lady, or shall I say Sir GaGa is a hermaphrodite. I always knew there was something different about her that I couldn't figure out, but never did I guess that she had her very own disco stick. It doesn't change the way how I feel about her music, and I could care less if she was born with boy parts... and neither does she:

"It’s not something that I’m ashamed of, just isn’t something that I go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but I consider myself a female. It’s just a little bit of a penis and really doesn’t interfere much with my life. The reason I haven’t talked about it is that it’s not a big deal to me. Like come on. It’s not like we all go around talking about our vags. I think this is a great opportunity to make other multiple gendered people feel more comfortable with their bodies. I’m sexy, I’m hot. I have both a poon and a peener. Big f*cking deal."

I still love her wacky style and crazy personality, so if she's fine with it, then so am I...but I must say, it is still a little weird.

Check out the video clip below(you can see it at 1:10), and see what caused all the hoopla concerning Lady GaGa's little friend

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

zara f/w 2009







This is posted on every other blog, so I started to feel left out. So, here it is...Zara's new campaign for the upcoming Fall/ Winter seasons (with the exception of a few...these are my favorite). Everything is stellar, and I love it all...especially the 1st and 3rd looks.

Friday, August 7, 2009

LB_look(s) of the week

Rodrigo
19 yrs old.
Spain
Blanca
24 yrs old.
I couldn't crown just 1 look as my favorite Lookbook look of the week, because I saw these 2 awesome looks.
Rodrigo pulls his eurochic look off so effortlessly. I really like his shorts, and I love how all the colors look so good together, although all are different shades of blue. The ankle socks with the flats are classic, and everyone who knows me, knows that I'm a fan of longsleeved tops with shorts.
Blanca's bag and belt really make her look come to life. The detail of the belt is amazing, and the fringed purse was the icing on this cobalt blue cake. Blanca looks like she read my blog and decided to have an Indian Summer too (one could only wish, right?)!

Monday, August 3, 2009

don'tcha wanna dance?



Someone please tell me why this song has been stuck in my head for nearly a week? I find myself singing this at the most random times...it's really starting to annoy and upset me. lol.

Oh well, Whitney's making a comeback at the end of this month, so I guess I can let is slide for now ;)

too legit

As you all may know by now, I'm not afraid to play around with fashion and different trends, so it's no surprise that I jumped on the harem pant bandwaggon. I used to own a pair (and I still do) that my good friend Shanice made for me last winter, but I had to retire them recently because I wore them out so much that they now have holes! They struck a lot of attention around campus (both positive and negative), but I didn't care...I just loved them so much. Well, as a gift to myself, I purchased a these new harem pants from American Apparel last week (for only $40), and I'm in love all over again. These pants are amazing, look amazing, and fit amazing in all the right places. They're tight around the leg and low in the crotch, making them easy-breezy for the summer weather. I love pairing mine with a tank or a button down tucked in, but they also look great with just a fitted tshirt. I'm sure that within the next few months I'll have to buy another replacement pair of harem pants, but sadly by then, they'll be retired in the hall of fame of "Fashions of Decades Past" like they were after MC Hammer sported his in the 90s. So go get yours and have a blast before these pants become fashion history yet again!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

LB_look of the week

Marc
18 yrs old
Ontario
Pretty obvious as to why I like this, so there's no need for an explaination.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Trend Alert? Half-Shaved Head

I didn't like it when Cassie did it, and I'm not too sure if I like it now that Rihanna's done it. Although Rihanna's following the trend that many famous femmes seem to be doing, it actually doesn't look bad on her (but there's only so much that I can take of Rihanna trying to validate the fact that she's edgy...WE GET IT, RIHANNA!).

Now that a few ladies have "made the cut" (including Elle style director Kate Lanphear, British model Alice Dellal, Carmen Electra, and former Mtv VJ LaLa Vasquez), I've concluded that this half-shaved head look only looks best with short hair, and NOT with long hair like Cassies' (which reminds me of My Little Pony).

Elle Style Director Kate Lanphear


So ladies (or gents), if you're brave enough jump on the "half-shaved head" bandwagon, please make sure that 1) you have the right face shape to carry such a short cut, 2) you have a pretty face, 3) you have a pretty head, and 4) you exude tons of self confidence because it's going to take A LOT to pull off this do.

LB_look of the week

Madalina
18 yrs old
Bucharest
Blazer, silk scarf, seersucker, and great legs...what more could you ask for?

OBSESSED: Lykke Li



I don't know what my current obsession is with this girl and her music. Like everything else, I don't really have an explaination as to why I like a lot of things. But she's good, and thats all that matters.

HAUTE

Photo cred:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

How to Get Shot by the Sartorialist




This is sooo funny. My friend Ayesha came across this, and I think it's the best thing I've seen in a long time...the sad thing is, I may actually try it out!
*Click photo to enlarge so you too can find out how to be shot by the Sartorialist!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

LB_look of the week

Andres S.
18 yrs old
Toronto
Me being bias again...I promise for next week I'll try to find a look that's so not my style. I just couldn't resist when I saw this today. And the fact that it's titled, "Ferris Bueller will never have a day off again!" made me like it even more. Thanks Andres for making me feel like I'm not the only one out there who dresses like an 80s teen from a John Hughes film.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

OBSESSED: STYLISTA, ep 1









I liked this show when it aired on the CW last Fall...thought I'd introduce it to people who didn't or haven't watched it.

OBSESSED: THE CITY, ep.1


I don't know what my current obsession is about this show all of a sudden, but I pretty much wathced the entire seaso in 1 day...I know, I have no life.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

LOL


Saw this online and I had to post it. Looks like the fashion world IS taking steps to promote healthy models. Taken backstage of the Givenchy Haute Couture Show.
Photo cred: http://jakandjil.thepop.com/

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It's On With Alexa Chung


Awhile back, my friend and I were watching MTV, and a promo for "It's On With Alexa Chung" came on. He asked me who she was, and I honestly didn't know. I had seen bits and pieces of her show before and it was okay, but it was nothing to jizz in my pants about. But as I watched more and more of her show daily, I began to really like the show and Alexa Chung. She has awesome style, and everyday I look forward to see what she's wearing.
Her great sense of style may be due to her being a former model for both Elite and Storm Models, and also having a successful career as a host and fashionista in the United Kingdom. Now that she's here in the United States, reviews have been mixed about her and her television show, but I think a lot of people just don't understand her sense of humor. She conducts offbeat interviews with celebs, and plays silly games and asks them off-the-wall questions.
She's also very witty, and has a dry sense of humor, which is why I think I like her so much. If you haven't wathced her show yet, you really should check it out. Catch "It's on with Alexa Chung" on MTV, 12pm everday.
*BTW- did you know she's half Chinese??

Sunday, July 5, 2009

D&G S/S 2007: Inspiration



I know this collection is more than 2 years old now, but I don't care. This is certainly inspiration for whole "Indian Summer" theme. Now, if only I owned every piece from this collection...

faux pas: Christopher Kane Monkey Tee


I'm all about embracing current trends and hot, new, "it" items, but I'm sorry to say that I absolutely desteste the Christopher Kane tshirts that almost every fashionista and celebrity is sporting. I don't know if I'm missing something or what, but I don't understand why anyone would want an all-over print of a gorilla, a chimp, or a baboon on a tshirt. And the fact that this shirt retails for over $300, makes me want it even less. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Christopher Kane's work, but this is something that Idon't think I'd be caught dead in.

LB_look of the week

Andy T.
24 yrs old
Amsterdam
There's not much that I can say about this look except that I just simply like it. It's one of the best I've seen all week, and all of Andy's looks are great. Check out her blog Style Scrapbook at
http://www.stylescrapbook.com/

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Spring 2010 Trends

Paris and Milan Fashion Week just wrapped up, and there are quite a few standout trends that male fashionistas should be looking forward to this upcoming Spring. Men.Style has broken down the top 10 trends, but I've only decided to highlight the 5 that I like the most, and already happen to wear now in 2009. Looks like I'm ahead of the game yet again.
GUN SHOW
Sleeveless tops, tank tops
This Look: Hermes

BLACK AND WHITE
Chic black and white combos
This Look: Raf Simons

TIGHTS FIT
Tights and leggings for men
This Look: Louis Vuitton

GLADIATOR SANDALS
Greco-Roman inspired footwear
This Look: Givenchy

BERBER SHOP
Loose, drapey North African inspired garments
This Look: Yves Saint Laurent
To see the other 5 Spring 2010 Trends go to http://men.style.com/fashion/top_ten.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Givenchy Spring 2010 Menswear


























Gawd, I don't I don't even know where to begin with this collection. I think I loved everything that Riccardo Tisci had to offer for Givenchy's Spring 2010 Menswear line, and I think anyone who doesn't is dumb (sorry, I had to say it). I'm glad that menswear is finally getting some elegance and masculinity back, and I'm also glad that Tisci is continuing to be one of few designers to keep his model selection diverse and masculine. It really is refreshing to see manly men wearing high fashion, as compared to the sickly, feminine looking waif boys that many designers cast in their shows.
Let's see...I loved the play on black and white, the leggings with shorts (for those who know me, I tried really hard to bring leggings into menswear this past fall and winter seasons!), the North African prints, loose, yet fitted silhouettes, and God, I can't forget the shoes! Those gladiators are INSANE! Well, I could sit here all night and rant about how amazing this collection is, but you all have eyes, and you can let the images above speak for themselves.
Check out the rest of Givenchy Spring 2010 here:

Monday, June 29, 2009

trend alert: fall 2k9


Julien MacDonald Embroidered Suade Stingray Jacket

Miss SIxty Leather Shorts

Miu Miu Bleached Jeans





Balmain Leather Jacket


Remember the post I did on leather being on trend for the fall? Well I was right! I've been seeing leather, studs, and an all around biker chic trend all over fashion sites, blogs and magazines. I was on the Elle Magazine website and discovered the "Biker Glam" trend for fall and I decided to post a few pieces that I found really haute. It shouldn't be too difficult to find knock-off pieces that I featured, so recreating these looks and following this trend should be a piece of cake this fall. I like to think that I had something to do with this new fall trend because of my previous post, but we all know that it was just another coincidence! Let's see what I "coincedentally" predict for the following season.