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I Hate Generic

I Hate Generic
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
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Grecian Calf Tassles, Gravity and Guardsmen
2008-06-07 18:50:00
Since I'm already thinking about Greece (see previous post), I thought I'd post this picture of Nicolas Sarkozy taken yesterday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square in Athens. I love the uniforms the guardsmen - or Evzones - wear. It's hard not to stare at the little red slides (tsarouhi) with enormous pompoms, and the calf tassles (kaltsodetes). The white skirt is called a fustanella and is apparently the cultural equivalent of a kilt. According to the very scholarly source Wikipedia, the fustanella has "400 pleats, commemorating the 400 years of Ottoman occupation." Aside from the pleats, the uniform has many details that hail Greece's amazing and ancient history.Tombs to unknown soldiers are such somber symbols of nationalism, history and gratitude. Dozens of countries have them to commemorate their lost. It seems to me that the guardsmen chosen to watch the monuments, aside from adding to the pomp and circumstance, would also be cloaked in uniforms th...
Grecian Holiday
2008-06-06 18:29:00
My brother and sister-in-law just celebrated their one-year anniversary by taking a weekend holiday to Santorini, Greece. (They live in London, so weekend trips to Greece are relatively easy, damn them.)My sister-in-law is so cute I had to post pictures of her, but also, because I'm beginning to pack my suitcase for Mexico, I'm taking warm-weather-wear tips from her Grecian holiday attire.Apparently Santorini is known for its sunsets.
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I thought it was Sex and the City, not Canine Sex and the City
2008-06-06 09:04:00
First, I'll say something nice. The movie got me really excited to be in New York next week. Really excited.Second, I kind of wish I hadn't seen it. I assumed I'd be underwhelmed, and I was. Really underwhelmed.Actually, I should clarify. The quality was underwhelming, but the content was overwhelming.There were so many unnecessary things - I wish they'd just stuck with what worked. Jennifer Hudson? Served no purpose - I kept waiting to get back to Sex and the City as I knew it. Why didn't they give poor Stanford the screentime that Jennifer Hudson used up? Seriously - he was the one who always pulled Carrie together after something dramatic happened.Samantha in Los Angeles? No. Doesn't work. Samantha on Rodeo Drive, or reclining on her deck of her beach front Malibu pad doesn't make sense in the slightest - she's a Meatpacking District girl.Charlotte? Hmm... just as annoying as ever. Her snottiness is totally intolerable when the girls are in Mexico and she o...
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Laura Miller Hates Generic
2008-06-03 19:32:00
From "We Are What We Buy" on Salon.com:"It's all too easy for people, under the influence of the siren songs of marketing (or murketing), to drift into a situation in which they use commodities 'not to reflect who they are, but to construct who they are. Not to reflect a self, but to build a self.'"Read the rest here.
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YSL on BBC
2008-06-03 01:45:00
Click here for a slideshow of YSL's work.
Wedding Season
2008-06-02 03:41:00
I went to two weddings yesterday. In general, I try to avoid weddings because I find them exhausting, gaudy displays of vanity that are the first expensive step towards divorce. Yes, I know I'm cynical. But also, I find that weddings very rarely diverge from puffy, chichi and formulaic.Wedding #2 yesterday was held on a beautiful piece of property in Olympia. It was outdoors, and all the blossoms were out (so were the goats, chickens and kittens). The bride, my friend C., found her lovely ivory lace gown at a boutique in Seattle. It was refreshing to see something other than a starchy white, bedazzled-cupcake gown.I was grateful she avoided the poodle prom updo and went for a soft classic updo, with a little feather hairpiece. Her sash and shawl contrasted splendidly with her vibrant hair.
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RIP YSL
2008-06-02 01:18:00
Yves Saint Laurent passed away today. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts just opened a YSL retrospective this week, and San Francisco's de Young Museum announced it will host the YSL retrospective this November."Fashion does not only exist to embellish women, but also to reassure them, to give them confidence, to allow them to accept themselves? I have wanted? to place myself in the service of women? Meaning to serve them." - Yves Saint Laurent
Best Accessories (And Eyes) Ever
2008-05-31 00:07:00
Have you ever seen such amazing eyes? These are women from the Pakistani Kalash tribe, known for its amazing handicrafts and ancient culture.>source
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I just wanna put the kibosh on this nonsense...
2008-05-30 03:51:00
I just read this in a blog entry about 18-year-old Dutch model Cato van Ee: "At 5?9? with 33-23-35 measurements, pillowy lips, dark blonde hair and intriguing blue eyes, it wouldn?t surprise me if Cato is soon moving in the circle of highly versatile, ridiculously beautiful girls who are changing the face of modeling."Uh... tall, skinny, blonde, blue-eyed... and she's 'changing the face of modeling'? HOW?
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Santa Cruz Style
2008-05-25 05:03:00
You can almost get high by just inhaling in Santa Cruz . People's conversation is peppered with "bro" and "right on" and the city is extremely chilled out. I'm tempted to move here and hang out with happy stoned hippies. Make sure to stock up on George W. Bush toilet paper.
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Ick
2008-05-22 07:02:00
Hard not to feel a little upset by this picture, taken in Bangalore. Maids are seen in front of a Louis Vuitton ad, hanging callously in a city (and country) racked by poverty. Almost as crass as the Louis-clad elephant from the Keira in Africa Vogue layout.NYT
Le weekend
2008-05-22 04:33:00
I'm off to San Francisco for Memorial Day weekend. I hope to be swept off my feet by a reincarnation of Jimmy Stewart under the Golden Gate Bridge while wearing a beautiful creation by Edith Head.xo,Ailsa
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Geishas for Obama
2008-05-21 21:43:00
A woman dressed as a maiko (apprentice geisha) walks down a street wearing Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama campaign buttons in Kyoto, Japan May 20, 2008. - Reuters
Necessity Is The Mother of Alteration
2008-05-20 03:15:00
I mentioned a few posts ago that I had taken scissors to some old dresses. Here's one of the products of that experiment. Basically, I've collected about a dozen cheap dresses from various charity shops. Most of them are circa 1985 and fairly unflattering (mid-shin length... shudder). Because I'm going to be in hot, hot places all summer, I knew I'd be wanting some summer dresses. But because I'm pinching pennies for the actual traveling, I don't consider buying more clothing an option. This dress was actually from my grandmother's rag bag (she's an avid quilter and collects tons of old clothing to harvest). I salvaged it and then forgot about it.I chopped about 16 inches off of it, left it unhemmed, and sinched it with an old Army Surplus belt. I wore it with some gladiator sandals today and my roommate said that all I needed to complete the outfit was a trident. The crazy people on the bus seemed to like it. So did the greasy pervert who asked me if I'd like to k...
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Forward Thinking Fashion
2008-05-16 01:19:00
Only in Europe. The U.S. is too regressive to catch onto something so progressive as teaching inmates skills and trades to reincorporate them back into society as contributors."A model displays a creation during a fashion show in San Vittore prison in Milan, May 14, 2008. A group of fashion designers have created a local cooperative called 'Sartoria San Vittore' to help prisoners learn job skills. Female inmates have learned tailoring skills from cooperative members and have made costumes for theatre and television." - Reuters
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Pretty Pictures
2008-05-14 08:12:00
I wrote a few weeks ago about my delightful afternoon with La Femme. She has posted a lovely pictorial of her trip to the Pacific Northwest. Check out the adorable seals, killer Burberry platforms, graffiti art and fluffy pink blossoms.
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Rant Rant Rant
2008-05-13 04:36:00
Once upon a time I scribbled out a rant that, as it grew, morphed into an "I Hate Generic" manifesto. Then this blog was born. It was created as a forum for blowing off steam. Over the last (almost) two years, it has become many other things.But forgive me while I return to my roots.I've been in a frenzy trying to complete my final projects before graduation, while simultaneously trying to pack up my life (I'm moving out of my place the same day I graduate and also the same day I fly off into the wild blue yonder for two months).I had a brief window of opportunity this evening to run out and buy a pair of sandals for my summer travels. I did some research online to figure out what I wanted so I wouldn't end up wasting more time and energy than necessary.What I want (in a nutshell): good quality sandals that will survive ambulating around Mexico City and through Mayan ruins and then all around Manhattan. Not so difficult, right?I despise the mall with my entire being and in t...
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Fashionation
2008-05-04 07:23:00
Coming soon from The Cool Hunter: Fashionation
If Money Grew On Trees...
2008-05-03 21:39:00
...I'd climb trees in these shoes.BalenciagaBurberrySource
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Shoes I Don't Understand
2008-05-03 21:38:00
If I wore these I'd feel like an elephant wearing fur anklets.Calvin Klein/Source
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One-Upped by Akira
2008-05-03 21:19:00
Today is drizzly and gray and I have to go to work. Sometimes I enjoy the fact that I have to get all dolled up for work, and other days - like today - it feels like a hassle.So instead of allowing the weather to dictate my mood, I decided to have a little fun with my makeup. I applied loads of burgundy eyeshadow (Sumac by Aveda - it's actually a blush). Feeling better and a little more amped up, I began scrolling through today's photos online.Holy smokes. Look what I found. I've been totally one-upped. She wins, hands down.A model waits in the backstage of Akira show during the last day of Australian Fashion week in Sydney May 2, 2008. - Reuters
summertime
2008-05-03 18:19:00
After seeing this beautiful woman on The Sartorialist, I'm inspired to finally get out my summer clothes.
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Old School Coiffures
2008-05-03 18:07:00
The Face Hunter snapped this photo in Moscow and I couldn't help but be reminded of the eternal and international influence of Vidal Sassoon.
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Steve & Barry's
2008-05-01 16:43:00
The Times has an article on ultra-cheap clothing chain Steve & Barry's. I've never been to one because, well, there isn't one near me and I was worried about the whole sweatshop thing. (Apparently they don't use sweatshops? Is this possible? I'm not convinced).Anyway, I'm curious to know if anyone has shopped Steve & Barry's and is willing to review the quality of the clothes?xo
un après-midi avec La Femme
2008-04-29 19:50:00
I spent yesterday afternoon with La Femme and we had a lovely (if taxing) walk around Seattle, capped off with lemondrop cocktails (we couldn't find mojitos). Before La Femme went to India last winter, she asked me if I wanted a souvenir. I asked her to bring me back something red and gold (my favorite combination). She brought me back a whole bag full of beautiful red and gold items, including pillowcases, bangles, earrings, a table runner and a sari.I'm spending six weeks traveling in Mexico this summer, so I've promised to bring her back a whole bag full of Mexican loot as a thank you.On another note, sorry for the lack of blogging. I'm getting ready to graduate in June, but I'm also going to be traveling quite a bit in the coming months.Here's my schedule:May: San Francisco and Santa CruzJune: New York City, Mexico City (and elsewhere in Mexico)July: New York City (and possibly Montreal and Toronto)I hope to blog about my travels, so check in periodically.Much Love,Moi
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Checkers
2008-04-19 18:41:00
Gustave Doré looks fantastic with his variously checkered raiments.
How To: Gold Accessories
2008-04-19 09:17:00
"Kashmiri Muslim women prayed outside the shrine of Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani, a Sufi saint, during the saint's yearly commemoration, in Srinagar, India." - New York Times
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Quote of the Day
2008-04-19 09:12:00
It's been awhile since I posted on Lou Doillon, but because she was recently in the New York Times, I'll post my favorite quote from the interview."What attracts me is something broken, something a bit off. I never comb my hair or make anything pretty. When people look too beautiful, it's too easy. I know I'm dressed wrong if the businessman turns his head. But I like to think that after an hour of sitting next to me on the train, he'd look. I'd have grown on him... Someone suggested I design men's wear. I should. I have such trouble dressing up as a girl."
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Frolicking Belarussian Child Models
2008-04-11 00:23:00
Ekaterina Atrakhimovich's show in Minsk. The creation on the right looks a little Sesame Street-ish, no?Reuters
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Burberry Afghan
2008-04-11 00:17:00
That is to say, an Afghan wearing Burberry ...Reuters
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