Bibliostyle: Ilse from “Emily’s Quest”

Above: Simone Rocha Spring 2017

It would in truth have been a ghastly interview had it not been for Ilse, who chattered with all her old breeziness and tang, planning out a two weeks of gay doings while she was home […] the same lovable old madcap of laughter and jest and dressed with all her old gorgeous violations of accepted canons of taste. In an extraordinary dress–a thing of greenish-yellow. She had a big pink peony at her waist and another at her shoulder. She wore a bright green hat with a wreath of pink flowers on it. Great hoops of pearly swung in her ears. It was a weird costume. No one but Ilse could have worn it successfully. And she looked like the incarnation of a thousand tropic springs in it– exotic, provocative, beautiful. So beautiful!

  • from Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery

Above: Rodarte Spring 2018

Above: Mary Katrantzou Spring 2017

Above: Molly Goddard, Spring 2017

Above: Luisa Beccaria, Resort 2018

Above: Etro, Spring 2017

Above: Alice + Olivia Pre Fall 2017

Above: Alena Akhmadullin Resort 2018

All images above from Vogue Runway

Bibliostyle: Nancy Mitford’s “Wigs on the Green”

Above: For Restless Sleepers, Spring 2017

They also helped to design her clothes which were always an endless topic of local conversation as she never could resist appearing at everyday functions in elaborate fancy dress. The black velvet, fur hat and ear-rings of  Russian Grand Duchess, the livid greens and yellows of Bakst ballet dancer, taffeta bustle and Alexandra fringe, Mandarin tunic and trousers, making each its appearance on some most inappropriate occasion aroused each in turn, among tweeded local ladies, a storm of discussion and criticism, the repercussions of which reached Mrs. Lace, by no means displeasing her.

  • from Wigs on the Green by Nancy Mitford

Above: Hillier Bartley Spring 2017

Above: Tsumori Chisato, Spring 2017

Above: Rosie Assoulin, Spring 2017

Above: Alessandra Rich, Spring 2017

Above: Charlotte Olympia, Spring 2017

Above: Rodarte, Spring 2017

Above: For Restless Sleepers, Spring 2017


All images from Vogue Runway

Spring 2017 Trend Report: Purple

Purple can be tough. While it’s a playful colour, it is not typically considered very professional. Finding colours to go with it can be a challenge at first, so it was surprising to see purples from lavender to rich plum shades all over the Spring 2017 runways! As always, all these looks are pulled from design houses helmed by women!

Above: Rachel Comey Spring 2017

Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2017

Above: Alessandra Rich Spring 2017

Above: Attico, Spring 2017

Above: Rodarte Spring 2017

Above: Temperley London Spring 2017

Above: ThreeasFour Spring 2017

Above: Veronique Leroy, Spring 2017

Above: Versace, Spring 2017


All images from Vogue Runway.

Bibliostyle: Helen Oyeyemi’s “Boy, Snow, Bird”


Above: Betsey Johnson, Spring 2016.

A company that specialized in cocktail mixers had put a call out for blondes (lots of blondes, most shapes, shades, and sizes! Tell your friends!) to act as hostesses for their Valentine’s Day soiree. It was a one-off, an evening cruise on Lake Quinsigamond in a party boat, but the money was good, so I picked up the telephone around the corner from the soda fountain and gave my dress measurements to a decidedly unfriendly receptionist who instructed me to be at the club at four p.m. the following Friday.”You’d better not eb lying about those measurements, by the way. This party is for the big-shot investors, and the bosses want to make sure that these investors like what they see. So if you don’t fit into the dress, we’ll have ready for you, you’ll have to go home.” […]


Above: Rodarte Spring 2016.ReemAcra_Fall2015

Above: Reem Acra Fall 2015

I was one of about a hundred blondes who showed up at the dock that afternoon, and none of us got sent home–in fact, quite a few of us found that our violet chiffon dresses were too loose, evidence of the prune juice diets we’d been on ever since we’d heard the secretary’s malignant warning.

– from Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi


Above: Rebecca Taylor Fall 2015


Above: M Missoni Spring 2016LelaRose_Fall2015

Above: Lela Rose Fall 2015


Above: Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2016


Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2016

Bibliostyle: Kelly Link’s “Get In Trouble”

Style for superheroines.



Above: Tsumori Chisato Fall 2015, image found here.

She said, “Okay. So I’ve been wondering about this whole costume thing. Your new outfit. I wasn’t going to saw anything, but it’s driving me nuts. What’s with all these crazy stripes and the embroidery?”

“You don’t like it?”

“I like the lightning bolt. And the tower. And the frogs. It’s psychedelic, Biscuit. Can you please explain why ya’ll wear such stupid outfits? Promise I won’t tell anyone.” […]

He said, “Better than a suit and tie, Bunnatine. You can get a sewing machine and go to town, dee eye why, but who has the time?It’s all about advertising. Looking big and bold. But you don’t want to be too designer. Too Nike or Adidas. So last year I needed a new outfit, asked around, and found this women’s cooperative down on a remote beach in Costa Rica. They’ve got an arrangement with a charity here in the States. Collection points in forty major cities where you drop off bathing suits and leotards and bike shorts, and then everything goes down to Costa Rica. There’s a beach house some big-shot rock star donated to them. A big glass and concrete slab and the tide goes in and out right under the glass floor. I went for a personal fitting. These women are areal artists, talented people, super creative. They’re all all unwed mothers, too. They bring their kids to work and the kids are running around everywhere and they’re all wearing these really great superhero costumes. They do work for anybody. Even pro wrestlers. Villains. Crime lords, politicians. Good guys and bad guys. Sometimes you’ll be fighting somebody, this real asshole, and you’ll both be getting winded, and then you start noticing his outfit and he’s looking, too, and then you’re both wondering if you got your outfits at this same place. And you feel like you ought to stop and say something nice about what they’re wearing. How you both think it’s so great that these women can support their families like this.”

– from “Origin Story” in Get In Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link


Above: Missoni Fall 2015, image found here.


Above: Rodarte Fall 2015, image found here.


Above: Norma Kamali Fall 2015, image found here.


Above: Roksanda Fall 2015, image found here.


Above: Versace Fall 2015, image found here.

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