Study in Contrast.

Not only is Cate Blanchette absolutely gorgeous, I really can’t get over how amazing this photo is, and the others from her Vanity Fair spread shot by Annie Liebowitz.

I think what’s so captivating about this particular shot is all the contrasts involved. Color: the red of her dress and the various machine parts stands out starkly from the dark greenish-grey of the concrete. Line quality: the line of the dress and Cate’s curled hair vs the predominantly straight lines of the room. Weight: the floaty fabric of the dress vs the solid walls.

Plus, you have the composition (I want to know where she’s going!). And all the bits of red, plus the light at the upper left, shuttle the eye around and around and around.

Most of all, I want to find a red cape, dress up like Little Red Riding Hood, and go explore a forest. Wouldn’t it be fun to dress up like a fairy tale character every day?

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Yes, another fashion blog.

This is my fourth fashion blog. Yes, my fourth. Of course, this time I’m determined to post regularly, and find the right balance between fashion and real life, inspiration and my actual wardrobe (and possibly outfit photos, gasp!), style and other assorted internet-related tidbits. It’s also an excuse for me to write, because write regularly I do not.

I cannot decide if fashion is srs bsns, or if it’s complete frippery, or if it’s actually just a game where those who’ve figured it out laugh at everyone who takes it so seriously. Maybe it’s a mix of all three.

I just added a photo of Uncle Karl to my inspiration board, with a speech bubble that says “DEMODE!!!”. Maybe he’ll help me figure it out.

Eyeglasses.

A few months ago, I bought these rather awesome pseudo-cat eye glasses by Kate Spade. I love how they evoke the major cat eye look without being completely dated or heavy, although the wireless bottoms are making it difficult for my eyes to adjust to the new frames. I am disappointed to find out now that they come in silver, and not just this “almond” color. Ah, well.

I will not tell a lie: I was inspired by one of my most favorite editorials ever, My Funny Valentine, photographed by Arthur Elgort. I love the quirkiness of the styling, how it’s twee without being sickening. I’ve never been much for patterns, but the way these are small and worked in with solid-colored pieces is fantastic.

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