Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Taylor Schilling in Technicolor embroidered sheath

This dress is awesome!  Its fresh and exciting, not to mention a real work of art!  I see so many sources of inspiration in this beauty and love every last bit of it.  From tropical fish, to scuba inspired, to art nouveau this embroidered sheath aces it!  Taylor did a great job at keeping it simple with laid back hair and makeup.  She’s smart in letting the dress shine all on its own.

Malin Akerman

Just one question: Ho ho anyone??

The delicious Hostess dessert

Mm, not so much Lea Michele.  I think I can (maybe?) see where you were trying to go here, but girl you aimed wrong this time.  Now I am all for sheer black laced ensembles, if done in a flattering and appropriate fashion, but this aint that.  First of all it looks a smidgen too tight for Lea up top, which is a shame cause she clearly really does have a smoking body, but a proper fit is of mucho importante.  Second of all I can’t tell what’s going on with that bra/tank top situation underneath and it’s really distracting!  My eyes go straight to those white straps on her shoulder and ruin any graceful flow this trend should always possess.  My last problem with this dress is the length.  Tea length is workable at times but its tricky and best served on the tall, lanky type.  Not to say that Lea couldn’t potentially pull one off, but without the right fit there’s very little hope to be had.

Camilla Belle in Chanel

Camilla Belle is one of my absolute favorites to watch.  Besides the fact that she makes fun, yet wise fashion choices, she is ridiculously gorgeous.  I mean fucking stunning!  Her styling for this look is superb.  Between the 60’s inspired makeup, poufed hairdo, and subtle accessories, this dress looks like it was made to be worn on Miss Belle.  Ever so ladylike, but not the least bit dowdy, the actress rocks this Chanel dress.

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The Hourglass Woman

Remember when this (a size 6-8) was the epitome of sexy?  Yea me neither.  Though recently the more bodacious and curvaceous figure is slowly being well received in Hollywood again (Hello Scarlett Johansson!), I highly doubt we will we ever see such full figured gals walking down the runways.    However creating the illusion of the hourglass appears to be on the minds of designers as of late with particular focus on the waist.  Can’t say for sure if designers are intending to point out the irony or not, but either way, it’s a rather amusing trend.

Marilyn Monroe on left, Scarlett Johansson on right


Victoria Beckham, Fall 2012

Mandy Coon, Fall 2012

Peter Pilotto, Fall 2012

David Koma, Fall 2012

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people’s Most beautiful

People Magazine’s annual “Most Beautiful People” issue is here!  Here’s just a few of the lovely ladies…

Charlize Theron

Michelle Williams

Christina Hendricks

Lily Collins

Just look at those eyebrows!  Gorgeous!

Beyonce Knowles

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Inkblots StolbknI Inkblots Stolbknl

Australian Designer Dion Lee

Helmut Lang, Pre-fall 2012

Monique Lhuillier, Pre-fall 2012

Erdem, Pre-fall 2012

Michael Angel, Fall 2012

Jen Kao, Fall 2012

Prabal Gurung, Fall 2012

Mary Katrantzou, Fall 2012

Erdem, Fall 2012

Peter Pilotto, Fall 2012

Francesco Scognamiglio, Fall 2012

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Fall 2012

Stella McCartney, Spring 2012

On the Street

Rorschach Coasters available @ New Museum Store


Uniform Natural Home Pillows

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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Gwen Stefani in Stella McCartney

Gwen is too cute in this Stella McCartney!  It’s fun and whimsical thanks to its sheer side panels, but totally grounded thanks to its classic black hue.   Finding a common ground between whimsy and sophistication is one of Stella’s greatest attributes and Gwen is just the gal to highlight just that.   The silver accessories add a dash to the “sophisticated fun,” while also bringing a bit of a scifi feel to the ensemble.  And the jaunty girlish hairstyle is totally Gwen.

Krysten Ritter in Alice + Olivia

Patty Mayonnaise, anyone?  Lol, sorry to the lovely Krysten, I had to!  She does look rather animated in this peppy dress!  It is perfectly cute and though it’s not my favorite, she pulls it off.

Katy Perry

 Ripped tights? check!  Grungy sneakers? Check!  90’s floral print body con dress?  Check!  The perfect uniform for Coachella.   Super duper cute, loving this look on Katy!

Kate Bosworth in Isabel Marant Shirt and Booties

Kate Bosworth gets it right in this cute little number.  You can’t go wrong with some Isabel Marant booties, which this past season have pretty much iconic.  And that great Western inspired button down is totally badass, a la Alex Turner…

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Saluting the beautiful Johnny Depp

Sam, the misfit dandy in 1993's Benny and Joon

How beautiful is Johnny Depp here?  This is one of my all time favorites roles of all time favorite movies!  See more of the stud at‘s “We Salute a Beauty Icon.”

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she’s Crafty!

Romance Was Born Editorial

Duro Olowu, Fall 2012

Gary Graham, Fall 2012

Basso & Brooke, Fall 2012

Anna Sui, Fall 2012

Louise Gray, Fall 2012

Meadham Kirchoff, Fall 2012

Tsumori Chisato, Fall 2012

Romance Was Born, Fall 2012

Top Right: Marker stenciled birds on collar a la Miu Miu Bottom: Handmade Paper dresses available @ annex

Hand-Crafted (Badass) Skeletal T

Hand-Crafted Scalloped Jean Shorts; Handmade sequined collared Button Down

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