Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Red Valentino Autumn/Winter 2013 Pret a Porter

Valentino is known the world over for his stunning and elegant dresses, most often seen on the bodies of the rich and celebrities alike. But unless you have the ability to spend several thousand clams on a size 2 dress you will never own Valentino. You may never even see Valentino in real life. You may never even be in the room as an authentic Valentino. Who the hell do you think you are anyway??? 
Anyway Valentino released a new line called RED, and its a more contemporary (read: young) , slightly less expensive collection than it's namesake. It's full of what I personally love, HARD FEMME, yeah you heard me. I'm making this a thing people. Hold onto your butts! A-line skirts, baby doll dresses, ankle socks with kitten heels, lace, statement necklaces, silk blouses oh yeah you know whats up. Hard Femme is going to be the new thing, combining the hardness of past seasons with spikes, leather jackets, and metallics with the soft femininity of flirty knee length dresses, bouffant hair dos and pearl earrings. Feast your eyes on the fairytale fantasy of this years Red collection. 



 






Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rihanna - Pour It Up

When the world discovered twerking I thought buildings would start spontaneously setting on fire, it would start raining literal cats and dogs and people's faces would melt like that dude in that Indiana Jones movie. But it didn't. The shitstorm of news coverage made it seem like twerking was the 1st coming of the urban apocalypse. Turning respectful young nepotist into ghetto booty shaking hood rats what has become of American values! I have to admit I was amused, not by the national frothing but by how badly Miley Cyrus twerked. Twerking is meant to shake your fat, to move your ass fat around rhythmical but for someone with .09% body fat to shake it around. All I could think was, if you're going to decry twerking then you should start by using an actual example than that sorry imitation. But I digress.
The conversation underlying the Miley Cyrus twerk tornado is, what is the morality of a woman who is lieu of being objectified, objectifies herself. Is this empowering, a form of female expression or another manifestation of the indoctrination of patriarchal female identities. What is the limit of freedom that a female pop artist is allowed to go? So now we have the latest addition to the conversation on women's depiction of themselves, but with much less fanfare. Perhaps it's more acceptable in America to see a young woman of color acting in ways that people attribute as being crude than a white young woman? I don't know. But to me, Rihanna's music video makes a much more plaintive and explicit statement.
Take a look at the video and decide for yourself.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Forever 21 Bats & Cats Collection



Now regardless of your feelings about the clothing company Forever21, "Bats & Cats", the latest collection from the fast fashion brand is kinda exciting.
Now lets do the math. Comic books = good. Cheap fashionable clothes = good. Comic + cheap fashionable clothes = good. Got it? Good!
I'm going to be honest. I am so poor right now. I've been out of a job for 5 months and I'm at the point that I have to ask my family for help, I've been looking for work and I'm starting to get desperate especially now that I see this awesome shit.

I love Batman, but more than anything, I love Catwoman. I love the way that she does her own thing and if that involves being morally ambiguous than so be it. She loves jewelry and being inappropriately sexual towards Batman. She is representative of a woman who exist in a societal structure that is set against her so she, in turn, makes her own rules. When I was 9, I had to write an essay about who I wanted to be and I wrote that I wanted to be Catwoman, I was given an F and told to write it again. True story.

Back to the clothes. This collection is predominately themed after Catwoman but with the recognizable bat symbols sprinkled in there, to be polite but we know it's all about the Cat. 

My favorite pieces are:

Standout Bat Baseball Cap - $10.80USD

Batty Babe Faux Leather Backpack - $32.80

Spot-On Batman Snapback - $11.80

Batman Leggings - $15.80USD

Spotlight Nail Set - $7.80 USD

Glam Girl Batman Ring - $6.80 USD

Shredded Bat Sweater - $22.80 USD

Bold Cat-eye Sunglasses - $5.80 USD


Catty Cropped Sweater - $22.80 USD

Standout Meow Baseball Cap - $10.80 USD

Street Chic Faux Leather Baseball Cap - $9.80 USD
Round Wings Sunglasses - $5.80 USD 

That being said, I really just want everything in this line. No shame. I love it and resent the fact that I have no money. Hopefully this will be motivation for me to search even harder! Wish me luck!