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Yes, It Exists: Elf on The Shelf Claus Couture Line

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If you have children at home who still believe in Santa Claus, then you may have an Elf on The Shelf who visits each holiday season and makes your kids feel paranoid. Known as Scout Elves, theses elves are distinguished from the rest of Santa’s Helpers by their distinctive red-and-white suit, white collar and pointy hat.

I don’t have kids myself but I get that, for families with rug rats, The Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition, even if the point is to make your kids believe that the elves are spying on them (because of that whole Naughty or Nice List that Santa supposedly keeps). Is that effed up? Maybe a little bit. Then again, what does a happily-childless person like me know?
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Eye On Design: Kabuki Bomber Jacket by Kansai Yamamoto

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Kansai Yamamoto (19442020)  established his business in Tokyo in 1971. His theatrical references and exuberant designs —  a Pop response to the West’s nineteenth century fascination with Japanese art —  quickly became a favorite with youthful subcultures in London and New York. Continue reading Eye On Design: Kabuki Bomber Jacket by Kansai Yamamoto

Eye On Design: Paris Opera Coat By Paul Poiret

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In 1903, French couturier Paul Poiret made his first loose dress with hints of the kimono shape, and by 1906 he had presented his first collection to be worn without a corset. Poiret’s self-confessed lack of sewing skills pushed him to experiment  with sculpting fluid garments directly on the body. Continue reading Eye On Design: Paris Opera Coat By Paul Poiret

Eye On Design: Beach Pajamas Circa 1935

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Have you heard of Beach Pajamas? I never had until I visited The Met this past weekend and found myself in This Exhibit, which explores the influence of the Japanese Kimono on modern fashion.

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Eye On Design: Bill Blass, Pink and White Silk Shantung Ensemble

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Bill Blass (19222001) began his career as a designer f in the 1960s before establishing his own label in 1970. His early preference for bold stripes, checks, and plaids in allover patterns carried through his career in the 1990s. The varied scale of soft Pink and White Gingham silk shantung in this ensemble from the latter period adds dimension to its asymmetrical shape. The color and pattern combined with the apron-like silhouette present an idyllic image of motherhood.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the Exhibit In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.

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