Posts in the color category

 

Letting other cultures across the world inspire me and my style has never failed.  No matter how many times I look at a colorful photo of a ceremonial ritual in Africa or of a holy man in India, a flutter in my heart occurs.  It may be the lack of interest in their part to please us westerners with their fashion, that is so appealing to me, or the intimate connection that their clothing has to their spiritual lives.  This month’s mood board draws from striking images I’ve compiled while browsing through Pinterest and Tumbr, conducting basic searches like “men in India” or “people in Africa”.  I specifically kept the search vague and open in order to eliminate the fashion riff raff I may have otherwise encountered, and really focus on the essence of these people and their cultures. The images struck a cord in certain instances due to their colors, in others it may have been the expression on ones face, or simply the diligence in which their faces were painted with perfect little dots.

Enjoy!

 

I wish I could stop thinking/consequently asking every person that crosses my path whether it’s a good idea for me to go platinum.  I get that it’s super edgy, different, striking.  All these words have been used to describe this dramatic change, and even though I am a fan of being all of the aforementioned qualities, I still can’t imagine it looking *good* on me.  Is different for the sake of being different enough?  Coloring my hair doesn’t have to be a permanent change obviously, yet it feels like asking this question is about something entirely different and much deeper than a color job.  It’s about being comfortable with letting go of something that’s been part of my identity.  I’ve always been the black haired, middle eastern, exotic girl.  What would going platinum do to that?  Who would I become?  Would I love her?  Would she feel out of place?  How would this drastic change affect the way I like my clothes? My style?
I’ve been going back and forth about all of these issues for weeks now.  Am I overthinking it all?
Most likely, yet I can’t help getting all heady when it comes to aesthetics and image.  I recently tried to think of any olive skinned girls who had successfully gone platinum and made it work.  I’ve fallen a bit short.  Any girl that does look good with a platinum color is fair skinned as far as I can recall.  Here goes my list:

Selma Blair: She’s a hottie, but def much fairer than I am. 

 Oh Edie, you sure are perfect aren’t you.. I would do it just to be compared to her :)

Kate Winslet: Probably one of the most beautiful women out there.  She would look good with a bag over her head.. so maybe she’s not the best example.

Ok, miss Gaga: Only using this example because she’s Italian and her skin tone may be sort of similar to mine.  Yet I still think she’s lighter and isn’t the best resource for me to use.

Another beauty who can pull off the platinum pixie no problem.

Agyness:  Another white girl!  See the pattern here?

 The quintessential platinum babe of my generation:  But will it work on me?

Do you see what I’m saying here?  All these girls can pull it off because they are essentially way fairer than I am.  If ANYONE can show me a good example of a girl with olive skin who pulls off platinum hair I AM DOING IT.  Until then i’ll just talk about it.

Although I missed much of this fashion week (due to my decision to drive across the country instead) I did catch the last couple of days.  Equipped (once again) with my Pentax, I gleefully marched to Lincoln Center hoping to catch some awe inspiring looks and fashions to razzle and dazzle my senses, unfortunately it was kind of a #FAIL. 
Not to say that fashionable ladies and gents weren’t strutting their stuff across the marbled steps to the tents throughout the day.. what I mean when I say it was a fail is that these fashionable ladies and gents all stuck to a pretty unanimous formula of dressing, taking oh I dunno exactly, but let’s just say 3 trends that they all telepathically decided they were all going to rock, and went for it..
Which do I mean?  Colored fur to start out… it was EVERYWHERE.. do I love it? kind of… do people also kind of look like a sesame street character? maybe a little.. yes.
Big floppy bohemian hats.. Ok I get it, the 70’s are back.. hippie’s are cool again… but if I see another girl with sleek long hair and a floppy hat I may have to punch myself in the eye ball.
Last but not least… I still spotted some jeffrey cambell Lita’s… are you for realz people? can we please bury that trend somewhere real deep and try to forget it ever happened? Ok thank you.
Now for what I did love.. COLOR.. lots of it..  I think people are growing tired of the grey skies, the grey concrete, the slushy grey turned snow.. and are ready for spring.. and dare I say I wholeheartedly agree?
Some of my favorite colorful street style looks:

Someone else is clearly pining for spring. (Photo via Racked)

Oh bubbles.. you never fail to look cute and dare I say… bubbly?

Hanneli serves color blocking much justice in this bright coat.

Mira Duma doing pastels oh so well. (Photo via Vogue.com)

Oh hello! Yeah that’s me, decked out in vintage coat, Theory Jkt, my mom’s pants, and a thrifted bag from my travels!

 Photo Courtesy of The Headhunter JL.  Check out his site www.theheadhunterjl.com

I’m posting some great detail shots today from a shoot I did a little while ago. All photos are film, and as you will see the talented Adrienne Darnell (check out her tumblr)  was able to capture some amazing details and  the mood of my look from the day beautifully.
 Vest: from Salvation Army, Skirt: my own from when i was 12, Sweater: from Salvation Army, Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff. Jewels: various vendors, no brands, mostly vintage finds. Film rules.