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Eye On Design: Red Plastic Bandeau Top and Skirt By Pierre Cardin

pierre cardin red bandeau top and skirt photo by gail worley
Fashion In The Space Age (All Photos By Gail)

Over the course of a seven-decade career in design, Pierre Cardin has released collections that have rocketed so far into the future they were once emblematic of the Space Age.  For an example of Cardin’s influence in popular culture, look no further than  the 1960s cartoon The Jetsons, where Jane Jetson’s styles look as though they could have been lifted from the designer’s showroom.

pierre cardin red bandeau top and skirt photo by gail worley
Installation View Alongside the Porthole Dress (1968), Made from Wool Crepe and Silver Leather

But perhaps it is the Jetson’s teenage daughter Judy who would have been more inclined to fancy this vibrant and fun two-piece red suit consisting of a Bandeau Top and Miniskirt made of vinyl and plastic. The top’s circular breast rings remind me very fondly of costumes worn by Jane Fonda in the 1968 film Barbarella.

pierre cardin red bandeau top and skirt photo by gail worley
pierre cardin red bandeau top and skirt photo by gail worley
Mannequin Also Wears the Wool Envelope Hat  (1979)

This Out-Of-This World Design was Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum as Part of the 2019 – 2020 Exhibit, Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion.

Pink Thing of The Day: Ugli Pygs Street Art

pink ugli pyg photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

I never heard of lifestyle/clothing brand Ugli Pygs in my life before I spotted this cute Pink Pig painted on the wall adjacent to this monumental work, and decided to Google the tag Ugli Pygs so I could find out who the artist is. As it turns out, Ugli Pygs is a brand, and this little guy is its mascot. An artist name was nowhere to be found, I’m afraid.

super pink ugli pyg photo by gail worley

Located on an adjacent wall, I found another Ugli Pyg, clad in a pair of tighty-whities and sporting a cape, who appears to be a super hero of some kind. The conversation bubble close by, obscured by the gate, reads “Unity is Strength . . . Division is Weakness.” Words to live by in these troubling times.

Shop for Ugli Pygs-branded T-Shits, Hats, Beanies, Coffee Mugs, and other swag at This Link.

Pink Thing of The Day: No Mask No Empathy T Shirt By Austen Marie

no mask no empathy image by austen marie

I would never wish for anyone to become ill with the Covid, but if you’re outside your home and you’re not wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, then you are asking for it. No mask, no empathy. Wear one of these awesome shirts, designed by Austen Marie, and piss off the Karens and Chads who refuse to mask up because they are ignorant idiots They’ll be dead soon, so I hope it was worth it. This slogan is available to rock on a variety of T-Shirts, Hoodies and even Masks, and there are many other colors besides pink to choose from, but this is the Pink Thing of The Day, Bitches! Adult T-Shirt prices start at just $19.95, so get some quarantine shopping done now at This Link!

no mask no empathy image by austen marie

T-Shirt Sale: The Distancing

the distancing t shirt artwork

Oh, how timely is this T-Shirt parody of the undead Grady Sisters from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining? Designed by Boggs Nicolas, the shirt is shown here in dark (blood) red, but it’s available in over a dozen different colors, and in sizes and styles to please everyone. Best of all, The Distancing T-Shirt is here just in time for all of your summer quarantining needs! You can pick one up for yourself or as a gift for a fan, at This Link! Prices start at just $19.95!

the distancing t shirt artwork detail

Eye On Design: Parabolic Evening Gown by Pierre Cardin

pierre cardin parabolic evening gown photo by gail worley
All Photos By Gail

Technically, a parabola is a symmetrically mirrored U-shape. Pierre Cardin began working with the parabola in the 1950s, particularly in the 1957 Lasso collection. With the introduction of stretch fabrics and hoops in the 1960s, those sweeping, graceful parabolic drapes became amplified, evolving into ellipses and cones.

pierre cardin parabolic evening gown photo by gail worley

Some of Cardin’s “Parabolic” fashions collapse flat, are easily packed, and emerge as before — like his earlier Cardine dresses, which could be twisted, rolled and stowed effortlessly into luggage. Developed alongside Cardin’s investigations into furniture sculpture, the big, sculptural shapes of the Parabolic dresses were likewise designed to be seen in 360 degrees. And since they were made of stretch fabric, they had a bounce reminiscent of his “Kinetic” dresses from 1972.

pierre cardin parabolic evening gown photo by gail worley

Referencing his earlier “Lasso” or “Eye of the Needle” designs done in wool and mohair, in 1990s’ Parabolic Evening GownCardin creates the shape as a pink and green silk parabola.

Photographed in The Brooklyn Museum.

Eye On Design: Pink and Black Sequined Mini Dress By Stephen Sprouse

Sequined Mini Dress By Stephen Sprouse Photo By Gail Worley
Photos By Gail

This Pink and Black Sequined Mini Dress (autumn / winter 1983 84) is characteristic of paradoxical charm of the work of Stephen Sprouse (19532004). He often sited the cutout, mini-skirted styles that designers like Andre Courreges and Rudi Gernreich introduced in the 1960s, yet he reartciluated these silhouettes within the distinct cultural context of 1980s New York. From his debut collection, he established a unique look, artfully integrating pop culture and street style into youthful fashions executed in luxurious materials.

Sequined Mini Dress By Stephen Sprouse Photo By Gail Worley

Sprouse was particularly known for his ability to sketch: the graffiti motifs developed for his textiles were frequently drawn by his own hand. The scrawled neon print of this dress has been skillfully engineered and embroidered with a gleaming layer if clear paillettes, lending a patina of glamour to an otherwise edgy garment.

Photographed as part of the exhibit In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, on view through May 17th, 2020 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

How to Put Together an Outfit: 5 Top Tips

Fashionistas

You work hard to look your best. Unfortunately, not everyone is born with great fashion skills. Some people need more fashion advice than others. One of the keys to making sure that your look stays current and on point is to learn the basics of how to put together an outfit. After all, the right outfit can make all the difference.

If you’ve been looking for help with how to match your clothes, you’ve come to the right place for answers. Keep reading to discover tips for cute outfits to wear so that you’ll look like a million bucks rather than a wrinkled old dollar bill.

  1. Build Your Outfit Around a Single Item

When great style isn’t exactly your main strength, you’d be wise to build your daily ensemble around a single item that you really love. This could be an amazing pair of shoes, a skirt, a killer top, or even a gorgeous necklace or bracelet that you’ve been wanting to showcase.

Once you’ve picked an item to work around, you can start adding other details that will really make your look pop. This is a great way to keep from getting overwhelmed in the decision-making process as you’re getting dressed.

If you’re looking for the perfect accessory for your outfit, shop Fendi bags at SSENSE.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Mix & Match

Learning to mix and match can take some practice, and yet this is the secret to maximizing the contents of your closet. When you get good at mixing and matching your clothes, you’ll quickly develop an eye for how to make 10 different outfits from a small variety of clothing, from jeans to skirts, to blouses, cardigan, and from heels to sandals. The sky is the limit, really. You might think that this is a patchwork approach to fashion, but it’s actually a ton of fun.

  1. Remember to Think Seasonal

One of the keys to keeping your fashion game really rocking is to change your wardrobe with the changing seasons. This includes the colors you choose to the footwear that you match with the appropriate outfit. Even if you live in an area where the weather stays warm year-round, you can still change up your looks from paler colors to bright floral prints, depending on the weather and the specific month of the year.

  1. Always Be On the Lookout for New Ideas

If you’re a ‘people watcher,’ remember to always be on the lookout for cute outfit ideas. After all, great inspiration is all around you if you just pay attention. You’ll learn a lot by studying the fashion game of both strangers on the street and those you admire.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

Never be afraid to experiment with your outfits. Be bold, be creative, and be willing to take risks, because that’s ultimately what fashion is all about. For some people, figuring out how to put together an outfit that looks great can be challenging. Fortunately, the tips contained here can help you start looking your best in no time

Watchmen Squid Landing Area T-Shirt

Squid Landing Area T Shirt

Hey, Happy Thanksgiving! You definitely should be celebrating today with family and/ or friends, and should not be doing any early Black Friday shopping, unless you are doing it online right now and picking up one of these on-trend Squid Landing Area T-shirts! Inspired by the Watchmen comic book series and fabulous HBO TV show, this attractive body wear with a retro design by Demonigote comes in a variety of styles, sizes and shirt colors to fit every super hero on your holiday shopping list! Buy it now for just $19.95 at This Link!

Eye On Design: Brocade Evening Coat By Jeanne-Marie Lanvin

Brocade Evening Coat By Jeanne Lanvin
Installation View (Photos By Gail)

The Nazi occupation of Paris lasted from June 14, 1940 to August 25, 1944. The Nazi authorities initially planned to move the entire Paris fashion industry to the German Reich. Lucian Lelong, then head of the Chambre Syndicale, convinced them that the haute couture could only exist, “in Paris or . . . not at all.” Among those who could legally purchase Paris couture during the Occupation were some 20,000 French women (who had special couture ration cards) about 200 Germans, and citizens of neutral countries, such as Spain and Switzerland.

Jeanne-Marie Lanvin was a French haute couture fashion designer, who founded the Lanvin fashion house and the beauty and perfume company Lanvin Parfums. She designed this gray, black and gold Brocade Evening Coat in 1943.

Brocade Evening Coat By Jeanne Lanvin

Photographed as Part of The Exhibit, Paris, Capital of Fashion, On View at The Museum at FIT in Manhattan Through January 4th, 2020.

Eye On Design: Multidimensional Graffiti Ensemble by Rei Kawakubo for Comme de Garçons

Multidimensional Graffit
All Photos By Gail

Exaggerated proportions and visual intricacy define this maximalist ensemble by Comme des Garçons. The elaborate coat and bodysuit, in various fabrics  including cotton, wool, nylon, polyester and linen — and in assorted shades of pink, red and white, are part of the Spring 2018 Multidimensional Graffiti collection, which appropriated the works 10 artists ranging from the 16th century to today.

Multidimensional Graffit
Shown Here in Contrast to a Minimalist Design By Narciso Rodriguez (Left)

According to Women’s Wear Daily, the result was a mash-up of prints and textures that allied to “the possibilities inherent when wildly unlike visual perspective coexist.”

Multidimensional Graffiti

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit Minimalism / Maximalism at the Museum at FIT in Manhattan Through November 16, 2019.

Multidimensional Graffit