Sometimes living in Brooklyn reminds me of living in Canada. We get just a little too excited when some perceived "mainstream" media source pays attention to us. Hence my excitement at watching this Style.com video of Alexa Chung willowing through Williamsburg. Yeah, sad, I know.
Housing Works rules. They may just be our favorite charity in the city (c'mon, you can buy supercheap books, clothes, furniture, all for a good cause: fighting AIDS and homelessness). So, every year they have a big ol' fashion bazaar bonanza in which over a million bucks worth of stuff goes on sale for 50-70 percent off. It's all about the deals, people. We sent videographer extraordinaire Emmanuel Cruz to check it out.
We've always looked to advertising for instructions in how to play the part of the person we want to be. This is especially true for something like shaving products: laden as they are with all sorts of father-son baggage, and walking a tricky line between man's-manliness and ladies'-manliness, their advertisements have ever tried to appeal to our sense of what, exactly, "manliness" is. And that seems to be changing, as it does every so often.
The keynote speech was delivered by public radio's Jesse Thorn, also of Put This On ("a web series about dressing like a grown-up"). In it, he discussed the pleasures of the world's greatest fabric ("As you slip your arm into the sleeve of a tattered old blazer, are you calmed? Ready to get on with the work of the mind?" Yes! Yes!), and the menace of velvet:
An artisinal butcher in Williamsburg opens his own shop. He’s doing well, selling salt-cured bacon and filet of avocado. Then one night, surfing Etsy, he spots a pair of gloves. “Those look nice,” he thinks, “and soft, as well.” He imagines how much more comfortable he’ll be without his metal gloves. When they arrive, he is comfortable. For months, he’s happy. Until one day he slips into a moment of reverie while chopping sun-dried tomatoes for an asiago sausage. No one wants to buy meat from a butcher with seven fingers.
The full speech is here.
And yes, these are actually men's shoes. Considering the menswear-on-women trend that's been going on for the past two or three years and doesn't seem to be ending any time soon, I have no shame in going straight to the source. As a rule, the difference is about two sizes. So if you're about a size 9 in women's shoes, you need a 7 in men's. I'm wearing these with high-waisted jeans, a DIY crop top (which I'll give a no-fail how-to on next week) and a men's cardigan—but I feel mighty feminine nonetheless.
Vintage coat and other similar styles available at Screaming Mimi’s, 382 Lafayette St.
Hey, it's this week's Fashionable Bystander(s), designers Coco and Breezy! Space twins from Minnesota! They are rad! You must watch this!
We sent videographer extraordinaire Emmanuel Cruz to the LES last weekend to check out Jen Bailey's Fashion/Art/Design Weekend Pop-Up Gallery/Market extravaganza (f.a.d. weekend). Here's what he found:
Put your Chucks away, cool kids, there's a new must-have sneaker in town: the Adidas Teddy Bears (in brown and pink, pictured), which look like they wandered out of some dark, godforsaken corner of our collective pool of childhood nightmares, will be available in spring. Thanks, Jeremy Scott, for undoing decades of therapy without even getting your terrifying footwear dirty. (Fubiz)
We took some photos of British rockers Deluka (more than just Fashionable Bystanders, really) and asked them some questions about fashion. And, AND, we filmed the whole thing...
Shot by videographer Lou Gruber.
We took some great snapshots of Leonora Russo, Bedford Avenue stalwart and Queen of Williamsburg, but we also took some video. Behold the Queen, in all her glory.
If there's one thing we can learn from Jacob Riis' groundbreaking work of social justice-through-documentation, How the Other Half Lives, it's the value of a good stylist (kidding). Our crack staff photographer Crystal Gwyn was, in fact, inspired by Riis' look at 19th-century immigrants and turned her eye to the migrant youth of North Brooklyn for her photo shoot, The Brooklyn Migrants. And now you get to go behind the scenes:
Common fashion faux pas on Bad Yearbook Photos: mullets, gross facial hair, huge perms, inappropriate t-shirts, awkward poses, dumb facial expressions, incongruous backdrops, and bad accessories. Also, excessive shirtlessness. Less common: eye patches. Submit yours today! (TheDailyWhat)
Hey, it's another L TV episode of The Fashionable Bystander, starring Rebecca the Designer. Yay! (Also, dream catchers, srsly?)
This is like that, except it's an ad for the Italian fashion house Missoni, and features the several generations of the eponymous owner-operator family. Watch, and ponder the easily commercialized aesthetic appeal of semi-abstract art; the artistry of commercials; and Anger's always swanky, opportunistic style (I mean that as a compliment). [Via]