Ever Wondered About Lolita Fashion?

August 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm (Modern Fashion) (, , , , )

This short documentary about Lolitas in Australia is a great look into what it’s like to be a Lolita and where the fashion came from.


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Men are Jealous of the Jason Wu for Target Collection

January 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern Fashion) (, , )

Tom and Lorenzo can’t help it – they are jealous of this fresh, cool, and affordable collection for Target by Jason Wu.

Why are we jealous of the ladies? Contrary to some opinions, we do not want to wear dresses, but we sure would love a diffusion line for men as affordable and yet stylishly well made as this one. There are some GREAT pieces here; perfect for a young gal with a new job or even a newly single gal who feels the need to add some pretty to her wardrobe. But we’ll be honest: it’s that kitty bag. We squee’d when we saw it, but try as we might to imagine such a scenario, there’s no where and no way for us to ever get away with sporting it. You lucky bitches. What an adorable line this is.

via Jason Wu for Target Collection | Tom & Lorenzo.

Here are some tantalizing images of this cool line.  More at Tom & Lorenzo’s blog post.

Images via Tom & Lorenzo via Target.com

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Japonista Sole – Ninja Jika Tabi

October 20, 2011 at 8:03 am (Links, Modern Fashion)

I just saw these Japonista Sole brand ninja jika tabi shoes with an accent pattern on La Carmina’s blog.  What do you think of these?  Would you wear them?  Theses shoes are in a more classic Japanese style, though certain types of workmen in Japan commonly wear them.

See La Carmina modeling these at the following link:


Buy the shoes at japonista-sole.com/

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The Ximena Valero OMG Dress

January 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm (Modern Fashion) (, , , , )

My friend just introduced me to the OMG Dress by Ximena Valero.  This dress is amazing.  You can wear it in a million different ways and all of them look good!

Buy the dress here: Ximena Valero | Official Online Store » Shop » Catalog Products » OMG Dress

Or buy a similar (and much cheaper) dress at American Apparel:  Cotton Spandex Jersey Bandeau Dress

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Forever 21 News

August 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern Fashion, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I recently read a few interesting articles in the news about Forever 21 and some new moves by the company.

According to this post by the Huffington Post, Forever 21 is launching a maternity line and the line will first launch in states with high rates of teen pregnancy.  Some people are up in arms about this, as Forever 21 caters to a teenage market.  Critics fear that this new line, called Love21, will encourage teenagers to think of teen pregnancy as something “cool”.  However, branching into the maternity market might be a very good business move for Forever 21, and I suspect that many of their clientele will not be teens.  The maternity clothing market is underserved, with maternity clothing tending to be both ugly and expensive and Forever 21 may be able to capitalize on those women who want something a little more trendy, yet don’t want to pay big bucks for something they can only wear for 9 months.

Another interesting wave in the consumable fashion world is releases targeted at plus sizes who also want to be fashionable.  H&M, and the Hot Topic sister Torrid have already entered this market.  According to this article from the New York Times, both Topshop and Forever 21 have launched plus sized lines to reach another underserved market.  Topshop launched their line after challenged by a plus size fashionable favorite from the band Gossip.  Forever 21’s line will be called Faith 21 and is focused on bringing the larger, curvier gals some fun and funky things to wear.

Lastly, something near and dear to my heart, fashion in Japan!  In Ginza, the second Forever 21 in Japan has recently opened, replacing a Gucci boutique.  This article from the Huffington Post talks about Japan’s new focus on fast and cheap fashion.

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Amelia’s Magazine | London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Catwalk Review: J Maskrey by Amelia

July 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern Fashion) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I recently stumbled upon this blog post (I can’t remember how, as I am one of those individuals with about 30 browser windows open on her computer) and I was taken in by the lovely illustrations and photographs detailing J Maskrey’s Swarovski skin jewelry.  As a big fan of glittery skin accessories, I swooned over the beauty of some of these!

This post includes illustrations as well as some fantastic catwalk photographs.

Check out the blog post a Amelia’s Magazine for more:

Amelia’s Magazine | London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Catwalk Review: J Maskrey by Amelia.

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Fashion in The Financial Times

January 28, 2010 at 11:38 am (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern Fashion) (, , , , )

When you think of the Financial Times you may not think of style or fashion, but the weekend edition of the Financial Times often features fashion related articles, while the full-color supplement How To Spend It provides soft focus models in veils and Chanel along with sharp photos of Rolexes on midnight black backdrops.  It perhaps shouldn’t be much of a surprise that a paper that talks about money would also talk about how to spend that money.  The couture featured in the Financial times may only be bought by a select few, but there is something dazzling about imagining that you could one day have the purchase power to own those beauties, and the How to Spend It supplement captures it as elegantly as any fashion magazine.

In last weekend’s Life & Arts section, the FT ran articles on the Milan’s masculine autumn/winter shows, the fashion industries’ capitalization on the rise of female gamers, a review of the perfume Un Petit Rien with a reference to The A to Z of Perfumes, and reviews of fashion apps for smartphones.  What caught my eye in the latest weekend edition was not fashion, however.  It was an article about how future anthropologists might view the artifacts of our times, including Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull, which was a fascinating read.

For more see: http://www.ft.com/arts-leisure

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Book Review – Fruits

January 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm (Modern Fashion) (, , , , , , , )

Fruits Magazine was the brainchild of Shoichi Aoki, a photographer who began documenting the interesting new fashion that began popping up in the Harajuku region of Tokyo.  This new style featured traditional Japanese elements such as kimono and Japanese patterns combined with DIY clothing and accessories.  The fashion captured in the monthly Fruits Magazine, which is still popular in Japan, is some of the most unique you will see anywhere.  The selections in the Fruits book publication are highlights from past issues of the magazine.  Not all of the fashions could be described as beautiful, but all are unique.  The essence of Fruits matches the ideals we hold at Spikes or Stud, which is that fashion is a form of self expression and some of the best fashion is not a form of imitation, but rather creation.

Fruits Magazine can be ordered to the US (for a hefty price) on their website, but they also provide some inside peeks.

The Fruits book can be ordered from Amazon.


Here's a "Fruits" photo I took in Harajuku.

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