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Fashion Friday – Must Be Marni!

Posted in Fashion Friday with tags , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

Fall Accessories

My favourite season is Fall. There is a freshness to Fall, the cooler temperatures and the beautiful breeze off the Atlantic clearing out the humidity. It is the time for harvest and abundance. This fall the abundance will come in the form armfuls of and necklines filled with accessories—chunky wood bangles, resin or acrylic cuffs, and beaded neck pieces. Jewelry will be supersized.

I always want to harvest all the new trends but I tend to get only a few, quality things to add to my existing wardrobe—pieces that will move to another season or used differently in the next year or two.

The colour palette in the fall also changes. The colours are gentle and comforting, and we move away from the pops of bright colours into palettes of earth tones and muted colours from the sea.

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From Marni to Marc Jacobs, the jewelry is highly appealing, next season, with its bold size and multiple pieces worn together creating a cascade of items and colours.

Check out other previews of the trends to find that one speecial piece that you will add to your wardrobe.

Fashion Friday – From Pristine Surfaces to Chaos?

Posted in Fashion Friday with tags , , , , , , , on April 24, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” — Stephen Sondheim

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Over the past two weeks, I have been back and forth between Miami and Boston, dealing with a family emergency (Thank you Her Geek for keeping the blog alive while I was gone). The fact that I was in Boston does not have relevance really to this post but for the fact that Husband and I were staying with his brother and family. While we were there, I talked with my niece, a Harvard University student, about her three laptops after I noticed that all of said laptops had been adorn with various stickers. I asked her to explain why she chose to mar (my word) the top of her computer. She told me that, “a plain laptop is boring and lacking a personality…just sort of naked…I want it to look like….me.”

I have noticed this stylish trend in laptop art, with the students in my environs and on television shows (The Big Bang Theory comes to mind first) and I mentioned the fad to a few friends and associates in the past, asking them if they would embellish their computers. They responded with a resounding “no.” I thought originally that their nos were attributed to their age (35-45) and their status within the community in which they live and work. That is what I thought until I saw that my brother-in-law’s had applied numerous and varying stickers to his personal laptop.

I searched on Flickr for other laptops that have been customized and I found everything from sports references, butterflies and other insects ,to Japanese cartoon characters and of course geek computer references. Political messages were surprisingly lacking, which was shocking to me.

While I applaud their, what I consider, guts for creating chaos on a pristine surface, displays like these just seem wrong. But than I could be wrong. After all, I once thought comic books were ridiculously juvenile and here I am now with a file cabinet filled with them and a pull list so long I have a spreadsheet made up for control. *shrug*

What do you think?

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Photo by Pixamelon

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Photo by Tom Carmony

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Photo by Neil Crosby

Fashion Friday – Sand People or High Fashion?

Posted in Fashion Friday with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

jiang-zhou“I don’t mind UFO’s and ghost stories, it’s just that I tend to give value to the storyteller rather than to the story itself. –Robert Stack

Fashion designers use a plethora of things to inspire them but I think this is the first time on record that a designer has used alien life-forms as inspiration.

Jiang Zhou from the Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology, was inspired by China’s recent encounter with extraterrestrials.

Jiang says that the elaborately padded and, what I can only call, gilled designs were inspired “by the theme of watching” the UFOs, but to me this clothing reminds me more of the terra-cotta soldiers of China or nomadic desert people camouflage clothing.

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I find clothing’s proportions distort the visual of the body, making the arms appear overly long and the legs short and stumpy. The partially masked faces are rather like Abe Spaien complete with the gills or even the creepy figure from Pan’s Labyrinth.

You make the call!

All I can tell you is that I will not be wearing this clothing because frankly, I can not take the chance of looking any shorter than I already am. And I don’t plan on getting lost in the desert anytime soon.

Fashion Friday – Meet me at the Happening

Posted in Fashion Friday with tags , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

“I try to create a world for myself, but I know real life subconsciously seeps in and has its effect…” –Nashir Nazhar

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When is a hat really not really a hat? When it is architecture and a happening molded by the hands of Nazhar, who by his own admission “creates a world” much like that of a writer. After looking over his work you will see that his creations are rather out of this world.

A happening is a performance piece, an event, a piece of art with an audience but, when it takes place during London’s Fashion Week it is Fashion. That’s right, Fashion with an uppercase /f/. In the late sixties happenings were part of the hippie culture taking shape in coffee houses, on street corners, or maybe even in a field in the middle of upstate New York.

Two weeks ago though, a happening took place in a less likely place—a small Soho chapel (St. Barnabas) in the heart of London. This event was covered by press from around the world.

The candlelit presentation from 26 year old, milliner, Nasir Nazhar was more performance art than fashion runway, exploring the boundaries and pushing through what is now thought of as normal into avant-garde and like most avant-garde fashion; his hat designs startled, titillated, and amazed.

Mazhar, a former hairdresser with Vidal Sassoon training, showed seven head-turning pieces propped in the heads of half naked male and female models, accompanied by one full robed opera singer senza un cappello .

This mad hatter mixed architecture and art, bringing to life extreme cast of caricatures, reminiscent of the characters Frederico Fellini created in his 1972 movie Roma, to show off metal spheres, leather winged hats, and statue like masks, creating a bizarre scene—dark and strange like the relationship between the parade of prostitutes in a brothel and a sci-fi runway fashion show featuring clerical uniforms with a papal audience.

Mazhar disintigrated the lines of tradition with dramatic swoops of leather and metal baskets and resin masks much like things that may remind you of a futuristic scene from a movie or a comic book villain/hero.

Judge for yourself. At the very least you will may find it intriguing or….

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