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SUMO CHIC

SUMO CHIC

Peggy Moffitt said, "To me the whole point of a caftan is freedom. Men have been striding across the desert for thousands of years in them looking marvelous and being comfortable. There is beauty and sensuality in comfort; that is the caftan's appeal. Here is one of Rudi's caftans. It was made of silk and lined in silk. That's all. It slipped and slid around the naked body and felt like a thousand baby's hands caressing me." Here she is posing barefoot like a wrestler for her husband photographer William Claxton in this silk printed “sumo”-caftan by Rudi Gernreich from...

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LAVISH JACKETS

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LAVISH JACKETS

It's hard not to gush over these three jackets by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. Despite all the buzz around him leaving the brand, his designs have lived on way beyond the drama. Classic Tom Ford-infused YSL, these neo-vintage (designer fashion from within the last 15 years that has become rare and collectible) pieces are lavish and sleek.    The emerald satin paneled jacket with pagoda shoulders is from Fall 2004 Ready-to-Wear, his last collection there, which Sarah Mower called "polished, mature, and perfectly pitched." Known for incorporating designs from the famous Chinese-inspired 1977 Rive Gauche Fall/Winter “Opium” collection, you can...

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ON THE WIG COAT BY MARTIN MARGIELA

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ON THE WIG COAT BY MARTIN MARGIELA

  In the 21st Century, your hair is an accessory and an investment. Women and men spend thousands per month to maintain expensive weaves, straightening treatments, color correcting, and take drastic measures to combat hair loss. When Martin Margiela presented one of his final shows as helm of his eponymous brand in 2008, he showed a surreal coat of wig hair with a matching wig for the head perhaps asking "what is real and what is fake?"  Since we prune our bodies of excess body hair, how brilliantly cheeky to wear a coat that embraced a Cro-Magnon dose of fuzz that no...

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INSTAGRAM KILLED THE FASHION STAR

Around two weeks ago I tweeted that “Instagram killed the Fashion Star,” passing reference to the 1980 single “Video Killed The Radio Star” by New Wavers’ The Buggles who prophesied that 20th century technology would hamper the arts. Well 21st century technology has hampered fashion and put the industry in a conundrum. The consumer wants the fashion fast. The artist wants the fashion slow to foster creativity. Can fashion be both fast and slow? Ever since Instagram took its front-row perch during fashion week, designers have actually been presenting consumer-interfacing fashion shows without the benefits. Who wants friends without benefits?...

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#TBT FOR BALMAIN LOVERS

#TBT FOR BALMAIN LOVERS

There seems to always be some kind of hype around Balmain... When this tank came out in 2011, there was a bunch of controversy surrounding the flag depicted with burn holes and tears. It's a Christophe Decarnin design from his last collection at Balmain. Despite the not-so modest price tag of $1,515, the tank quickly sold out and eventually other stores were replicating the design and concept to jump on the bandwagon. In the wake of the H&MxBalmain collection, Balmainia clearly lives on and for collectors out there, this might be a smart piece to have. - Frank @ Decades    

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