Since I don’t post enough in this blog, this year I am going to take part in F Yeah Lolita’s Lolita 52 Challenge, which will hopefully keep me motivated and get me to post more. Since I renewed my love of Lolita in the past two years I think this is the perfect time! While you can do the challenge in any order, I’ll probably try to do it starting with number 1 and working my way through.
Here’s the list:
- 5 pieces that every Lolita wardrobe should have, regardless of style
- 5 movies for Lolitas
- What my own Lolita lifestyle is like
- Favorite thing to put on my head
- My wardrobe turnover
- My favorite Lolita brand
- Why I wear Lolita?
- Why don’t I wear Lolita more often?
- 5 keywords that describe my personal Lolita style
- How I first found out about Lolita
- 3 trends I wish would come back
- Combining other fashions with Lolita
- Lolitas I have met in real life
- Lolitas I would love to meet
- 3 things I wish I was told when I was a new Lolita
- 10 facts about my Lolita wardrobe
- My first meetup
- Trends I thought I would never get into, but I now love
- Trends I thought I loved, but now I’m not too keen on
- How satisfied I am with my current wardrobe
- Plan for a trip! A week’s worth of Lolita outfits I can fit in a small suitcase
- How I accessorize
- What influences my Lolita style
- What’s in my makeup bag
- Best places to wear Lolita
- How I get out of a wardrobe slump
- Purses that I love
- Bloomers or no bloomers?
- Lolitafying things in my everyday life
- How long it took me to build a complete wardrobe
- Impulse buys that were totally worth it
- My best deal
- Something that I made
- Wardrobe blunders! Things I bought that I ended up regretting!
- What I thought when I got my first real piece of Lolita
- Nails to match my favorite looks
- Something that’s not my style, but I love anyways
- Favorite hair style
- Most versatile Lolita item I own
- 5 inspirational fictional characters
- Fondest meetup memory
- The ways in which I fit the cliche
- The ways in which I do not fit the cliche
- How strangers react to my clothes, and how I react to their reactions
- Something that was a gift
- Parasols: Vital or frivolous?
- The item in my wardrobe that was the hardest to get
- My “signature” outfit
- My favorite Lolita print
- What’s in my closet, but I haven’t worn yet!
- Predict the next Lolita trend!
- How Lolita has changed me
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.
Elizabeth Taylor was an amazing woman and a style icon. With the recent death of this Hollywood icon, it’s wonderful to look back and remember her for her style.
- Elizabeth Taylor’s Designer Wardrobe Is Up For Grabs, Too! (lukewilliamss.wordpress.com)
- Elizabeth Taylor’s Wedding Dresses To Be Sold (iamritaliciouz.wordpress.com)
- Elizabeth Taylor’s designer clothes to be auctioned (huffingtonpost.com)
I don’t know remember how I found Smarmy Clothes, but I know that I love the clothing! Below is an interview with Lex, the brains (and hands) behind Smarmy Clothes.
1. I see that you got your BA in nursing, but then began doing fashion full time. Can you tell me a little bit about that journey? How long have you been interested in fashion and when did you realize it was viable business option?
I initially wanted to go to school for music, but it wasn’t long before I realized that I would be miserable going to school for almost anything creative. I don’t like the attitude of most art/fashion/music schools that there’s a “right” way to do things. (Their way being the right way, of course.) So science was the next best thing for me, and I’ve always had an interest in medicine. There was a nursing shortage, and the super long waiting lists for nursing schools hadn’t happened yet, so it seemed like a good fit.
Being in such a practical program, I needed some sort of creative outlet, so I started sewing. If you asked me at the time how long I’d been interested in fashion, I might have said, “never”. But looking back, even in elementary school I loved experimenting by combining different pieces from my wardrobe. When I was in 5th grade, I once wore a black mini skirt with my favorite black and white polka dot bicycle shorts underneath. I had a black tank top on with a neon green paint splattered cropped t-shirt over that. My teacher asked if I got dressed in the dark. In middle school, my favorite clothing items were some vintage t-shirts I found in my mom’s closet. And in high school, my friends and I spent hours combing through thrift shops for cool stuff. So I guess I’ve been interested in fashion most of my life, just not in the mainstream sense.
The selling started because I got so hooked on sewing, I thought it would be a good way to make a little money back so I could buy more supplies. And once I sold a few things, I was hooked. I don’t know if I realized it was a viable business option so much as I became determined to make it one.
I’ve always been interested in how all the little parts of things work, so I approached designing that way. I don’t think I’d be satisfied designing the clothing and letting a company manufacture the actual garments for me. The actual construction process is just as fun as coming up with the idea itself. Or maybe I’m just a control freak. Ha!
3. Where did you come up with the name for your line and why did you choose “smarmy”?
I actually started out as Tally-Ho Clothing, which was just sort of randomly chosen. When I realized that I wanted to take it more seriously, I felt like a name change was in order. My boyfriend and I came up with a list of words we liked and started from there. I was THIS CLOSE to being Snarky Clothes (which I now cringe at, haha), when my boyfriend said, “smarmy!” It hadn’t even been on the list, but I knew that was it when he said it. I liked the sound of it, but I also like those words that are the perfect description for something, and no other word means quite the same thing, and Smarmy is that way for me.
I get most of my inspiration from the materials themselves. Certain fabrics are just asking to be made into a particular design. I also watch a lot of movies and sometimes I see something that makes me jump up to grab a pencil and paper so I can draw a quick sketch.
I think my biggest influences are my grandmother and Betsey Johnson. My grandmother was an awesome seamstress and knitter. She also had a fondness for bright sequined sweaters, which had a big impression on me. When I was a kid, the old lady section of the store with the loud sequined sweaters was like a candy shop.
My favorite designers are Betsey Johnson and Vivienne Westwood. I love over-the-top. I love color. I love a sense of humor in design. Fashion to me should be fun. Rules, schmules. Those ladies are keeping it real.
I don’t have any hands-on collaborators, but I do have an awesome support group of sorts at AttackoftheCraft.com. It’s a forum made up of independent designers and lovers of handmade, and I get a lot of inspiration and encouragement from the people there.
I haven’t made up my mind yet, but I’ve wanted to do a La Catrina costume, which is a Day of the Dead skeleton lady with a big fancy dress and a hat with lots of flowers.
Visit Smarmy Clothes at http://smarmyclothes.com/.
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