20140828




Rick Owens Strutter jumpsuit
Rick Owens Release coat, cotton, leather
Guidi boots, calf leather

I finally had the opportunity to wear this coat- one of my more elegant pieces. I remember at the time I purchased it I had the choice between black or grey. In hindsight I should have gotten both, however I really enjoy the lightness of this particular shade. The crisp and airy cotton fans out beautifully when I walk, proving that cotton doesn't have to be a boring fabric. I initially had my wedges on but decided that would be a poor decision on a work day. Standing up for more than 15 minutes at a time in heels always ends badly.

Things have been particularly hectic over the past month and I haven't had the opportunity to update on here. For those of you who follow my instagram, you will already be aware of one positive development in my life. I've adopted a new animal friend, a big boy cat named Beela. Being used to the Devon Rex it's taken some time to accept that not all cats have outrageously large ears and elfin looks. However, he has a beautiful coat of fur and an even more beautiful personality. My crazy cat lady spirit is now at peace again.

Hopefully things will settle down and I'll be able to post more regularly. Do you have any post requests or suggestions?

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20140714

Rick Owens: Outerwear, Leather + Interview from BRITISH VOGUE – OCTOBER 2006

I often enjoy mining through the Rick Owens archives. Today I decided to wander away from the usual eye candy to Rick's words of wisdom in a delicious line of questioning about leather.


WHAT HAVE YOU ALWAYS LOVED ABOUT LEATHER?

OF COURSE I'VE ALWAYS APPRECIATED THE KINK FACTOR OF BLACK LEATHER. WHO HASN'T? IT'S KIND OF DELICIOUS THAT A SYMBOL OF LEATHER BARS AND PUNK ROCK HAS BECOME AN ACCEPTABLE PART OF OUR CULTURE. I LOVE A HINT OF CORRUPTION. BUT OF COURSE THERE'S THE ARTISANAL FACTOR. TO PRODUCE CLOTHES OUT OF LEATHER, EACH SKIN MUST BE HAND-CUT, UNLIKE METERS OF FABRIC THAT CAN BE STACKED AND CUT IN MULTIPLES. EACH SKIN IS UNIQUE AND THERE'S GREAT APPEAL IN FEELING THAT HUMAN TOUCH. MY TAKE ON IT WAS TO MAKE IT DRAPE. KIND OF A BLEND OF IGGY AND MADAME GRES. IGGY GRES.

WOULD YOU SAY IT'S SOMETHING OF A RICK OWENS SIGNATURE?

I'M PLEASED THAT IT SEEMS TO HAVE ENDED UP THAT WAY.

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE TACTILE NATURE OF LEATHER TO ITS APPEAL?

LEATHER IS ONE OF THOSE MIRACLES OF NATURE THAT CAN'T REALLY BE DUPLICATED. LIKE THE SMOOTHNESS OF MARBLE OR THE WARMTH OF WOOD, OR THE RICHNESS OF A FISTFUL OF EARTH.

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE QUALITY OF THE LEATHER TO GIVE IT AN ELEMENT OF LUXURY?

TO ME, SOMETIMES ALL THE PROCESSING IN THE PRESUMABLY HIGHER QUALITY LEATHERS SUCKS THE SOUL OUT OF IT.

DO YOU THINK LEATHER CAN BE WORN BY WOMEN OF ALL AGES?

HAVE YOU SEEN THOSE FAMOUS PICTURES OF MARLENE DIETRICH IN HER '50S IN BLACK LEATHER PANTS AND TUNIC?

WHAT CLASSIC LEATHER PIECES SHOULD EVERY WOMAN OWN?

UH, BLACK LEATHER PANTS AND TUNIC. OH, AND A JACKET.

WHAT ARE YOUR OWN EARLY MEMORIES OF LEATHER?

WHEN CHROME HEARTS FIRST STARTED IN L.A. ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO, THEY MADE ME SOME CUSTOM LEATHER PANTS THAT I WORE, NO
KIDDING, EVERY DAY FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS. MY ANIMAL YEARS.

Source: interview from www.rickowens.eu, images from stylebistro.com

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20140708

Bargain Offences Act

Don't all law students hate poorly drafted legislation? The fewer issues open to a judge's discretion and complicated common law rules, the easier exam note making can be. Nonetheless, here is my poorly drafted legislation criminalising certain behaviour during the sale period. We're all guilty of being impulsive, and what better time to address the issue than now when the end of season sales are raging harder than ever. This act seeks to criminalise such behaviour and minimise the number of items hanging in the bargain-wasteland section of your wardrobe.

If you're the defence, what loophole can you exploit here to avoid conviction? Thankfully of late I've been shameless and in ample supply of soup. Wishing you all the best during "final sale"!


Bargain Offences Act 2014 (you)
An Act to consolidate certain Acts relating to purchasing behaviour during sale time; and for other purposes.

PART 1 – Interpretation
1 – In this Act –
   ability refers to a person’s financial means to purchase a fashion item, excluding their credit limit;
   fashion item "item"- including, but not limited to, black leather, boots and other items of profound importance. For example, clothing and     accessories that are worn or carried, or anything considered a “fashion item” by the fashion community;
   rare unlikely to be on the market in your size ever again;
   significant wear the fashion item is worn at least three times a fortnight;
   want a person’s willingness to own an item.

2 – Aggravated Offences
   (1) An aggravated offence is an offence committed if the defendant purchased an item on sale that they would not have wanted before      determining their ability to purchase; or
   (2) if the defendant purchased an item that they wanted a size larger or smaller, hoping to make it fit anyway.
        (a) successfully making it work will not aggravate an offence.

PART 2 – Crimes of the irrational bargain hunter
3 – Bargain Offences
   (1) A person is guilty of a bargain offence if –
          (a) the offender purchased an item that on the balance of probabilities would not get significant wear; and
          (b) the item was not rare and wanted; or
          (c) the offender purchased an item knowing it would be unflattering on their body type; or
          (d) the item purchased is not cohesive with other items currently in the purchaser’s possession; or
          (e) the item –
              i) is not black; and
              ii) black was the first preference in colour.
   (2) It is a full defence to an offence under this section if the defendant purchased the item with the sole intention of reselling.

     Maximum Penalty:
           (a) for a basic offence– shame for 1 week or return the item;
           (b) for an aggravated offence– return the item and/or 1 year of shame and no soup for you.

Paul Harnden jacket, wool
Paul Harnden apron dress, wool, linen
Rick Owens asymmetric tank, cotton
Guidi boots, calf leather

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20140702

Rick Owens Mountain robot jacket, leather
Rick Owens Strutter jumpsuit
Rick Owens boots, leather

I have so many regrets about selling on a lot of my older Rick Owens. Each new collection he releases serves as a push to try harder to find as many pre-2012/3 pieces as possible. Here I am wearing my favourite leather jacket, and as much as I love wearing clothing in, I've also become slightly paranoid by the leather showing signs of wear. I doubt it'll be possible to replace. A Strutter s/s09 jumpsuit worn as a reminder that Summer collections used to be amazing.

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20140627

Rick Owens Men's S/S 2015 thoughts

The past few seasons we've been presented with and shocked by the collections put forth from Rick Owens. In a return to the traditional runway format the shock from this collection instead came from the clothing (and possibly painted men). All I could think about when I first saw it was Julius Caesar ruling the Roman Empire, but 1000 years in the future and on Mars. I've included of a few images of my favourite looks. You can view the full collection here and a video here.

To get it out of the way, the new adidas x Rick Owens sneakers just looks messy and odd to me. Granted, I am not the target consumer for that collaboration, but I know I wasn't the only one thinking "moon boots" with those metallic fabrics. Rick Owens has certain elements and silhouettes which are distinctly recognizable and they can all be clearly identified in this presentation. We've seen boxy tunics, denim, metallics and restricted outerwear in previous collections. We've even seen these colours used by Rick before, though a lot of us seem to forget this when staring into our black wardrobes. I don't doubt that most pieces will be bought and worn in black.

Standing alone, the styling of this collection works well, as always. I believe the paintings embroidered on the tunics were all done by a friend of Rick Owens. I hate having to give up my jackets in Summer, and if I could simply drape them over my shoulder like a tunic I'd probably do so (to prevent separation anxiety when the heat tears me from my babies). There are even a few pieces I don't mind on their own, but I'm not liking the shorts being pulled into place by a length of fabric. In the context of the Rick Owens world it is no surprise, but doesn't stand out as a memorable collection. I feel as though Rick is simply taking his established elements and having a lot of fun with them, rather than focusing on developing new honed and distinct collections. Fair enough, but I hope he makes a return. Most of us ladies will also be curious as to how the women's collection will translate. Let's together raise our black blistered leather flags as a sign of hope and solidarity.


All photos from style.com

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20140610

Bible

Title: Rick Owens, Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications Inc

For full images: Rick Owens book can be purchased from Rizzoli, or Amazon.

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