Thursday

Titus Andronicus

Half of this year's most exhilarating song. The full-length track unspools in a more studied way, but this version still satisfies.

Sunday

Evening film

I was utterly charmed by it. The acting is peerless.

Thursday

Favorite albums of 2010

1. Menomena: Mines
2. Villagers: Becoming a Jackal
3. Titus Andronicus: The Monitor
4. Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest
6. The Walkmen: Lisbon
7. Beach House: Teen Dream
9. Joanna Newsom: Have One on Me
10. Local Natives: Gorilla Manor

Wednesday

Evening film

I feel dizzied. I feel charged. What a nightmarish dream of a film. It enthralls me still.

3.1 Phillip Lim





Phillip Lim is my favorite fashion designer. I admit it now. This Pre-Fall 2011 collection has proven it. After a blog post signifying what I want high fashion to be in the form of a Seinfeld snapshotshrunken coats, layered sweaters and scarves, darkened neutrals, quiet audacityPhillip presents looks that mirror that resolute attitude.

While the collection is sizable, all the looks maintain this relaxed yet risky sophistication. Sharp shapes in beige-peach, pumpkin, and navy layer with cozy heather gray knits, taupe fur, and maple leather, animating what could have been outfits of lazy simplicity if not for Phillip's knack for spare American sportswear. Void of cheapening patterns, it is a curve of a hem, a clever weaving of fabrics, or a surprise fur cuff that revives a common shape with youthful, adorable formality. I've said it beforeI want to be a 3.1 girl.

(Photos from style.com)

Sunday

Seinfeld


This is fashion. These three ensembles are what I want fashionnay, high fashionto be at all times.

Saturday

Twee As Punk

Twee As Punk will not return until the new year begins, but, in anticipation of that, I've made a new poster with the help of a favorite Young Marble Giants photograph.

Friday

Lucian Freud


His paintings Hotel Bedroom (1954) and Jeune Fille a la Veste Noite (1947) are my new favorite discoveries. I want to be that young girl with finger waves and a side part.

Duck Soup

It was Franz Kafka who said...

Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Wednesday

Square Records

I bought these compact discs at Square Records this past weekend before seeing the newest Chronicles of Narnia film. This next weekend has in store a venture to the Cleveland Museum of Art followed by a stop at Music Saves and these two record stores' Holiday Get Down:



Friday

Thakoon




Thakoon has thousands of ideas, as is evident in this extensive, divergent Pre-Fall collection, which covers mainstay sportswear themes of the 1990s. Calvin Klein blank-page silhouettes in black and primary red, geometric-print column dresses, and once-modern asymmetric silk draping take turns in what is a disjointed series of conflicting images. What lacks is purposeful cohesion. Stovepipe trousers, paperbag-waist miniskirts, a printed pantsuit, and a full-length henley dress all appear in this series of 42 looks.

Together these differing ideas, falsely presented as a collection, feel forced and oftentimes dated. The prints are mild, the colors staid. I expect more from Thakoon, whose Resort 2011 collection was fresh and allowed effortless transitions to unfold.

(Photos from style.com)

Wednesday

Monday

Barbra Streisand

I watched Funny Girl with the family tonight. The secret of my secrets is that I want to singto belt with her ability and courage. Broadway is an indulgence for me and a passive love that I nurture only every so often.

Rag & Bone




As much as it pains me to see bare shins and sweaterless forearms in early December as I am forced to only wear the winterized portion of my wardrobe, the Pre-Fall compositions from Rag & Bone are no less appealing. They could be cohesively layered over thermaled legs and arms, shuffled under enrobing scarves.

Calf-length skirts and boatneck tops have reinforced my once failing affectionsee their Spring 2011 collection for overexposed, overworked evidencefor the Rag & Bone team. The bookends of a cut yet informal floor-length skirt and a palette of dark chambray and black leather exhibit a fall-tinged aesthetic, which penetrates their most effortless moments. Once again I am struck by how these designers bring allure to stalwart American classics in a way that does not require checking the tags for brand names. The styling is so clearly Rag & Bone.

(Photos from style.com)

Thursday

The Illusionist

Jacques Tati and Sylvain Chomet. This will be magic.

Woody Allen

It was his birthday yesterday.