Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Dress Is Your Dessert

Leith Clark, Editor-in-Chief of the always dreamy Lula Magazine, once said, “I love dresses that look like little cakes.” This quote has always spoken to me, because I, too, believe that there is a strong aesthetic cross-over between the way I look at food and the way I take to fashion. For me, fashion, like food, should not just make me feel good, but should also get me really jazzed up in the way that it looks. Cakes themselves can be really dainty and adorable and frilly, but can also be really architecturally-unique, just in the same way dresses can.  Likewise, I am not a subscriber to the notion that to be in fashion is to dislike food --- I’m not exactly sure at what point in history this seed was first sowed into our minds, but it is an idea that has been propagated for far too long.

 So with that, I was extremely excited to have gotten the chance to attend a special pop-up shop at The Highline Gallery last week for Audrey Grace, an Etsy store run by a woman named Jaclyn Bethany where the motto was essentially: “Let Them Eat Cake (And Other Pretty Sweet Things).” Audrey Grace, a combination of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, is the perfect name for this Etsy shop; all the decorations and dresses exuded the same characteristics that these women did, only trade in the paparazzi film cameras for modern day bloggers snapping pictures for their Instagrams

Everything was hyper-feminine and came in little pastel colors, making it hard for me and my friend Emily, and basically everyone around us not to be excited. When you first walked in there was jewelry, flower crowns, and walls of fashion sketches by people like Caitlin Shearer, but right around the loft’s corner was an entire room filled with racks of vintage dresses hand-selected by the Audrey Grace and the Small Girls PR team. 

Alexa Chung inspiration collages
The clothing was designed by some of my favorites like Rachel Antonoff, Leah Goren (whose Etsy shop I wrote about for Refinery29), Orla Kiely, and Alexandra Grecco. Prices ranged from $10-$400, but I have to say as a student who buys the majority of my clothes myself, I really do feel like everything that I liked was affordable as it was really nicely made. 

Have you guys heard of the band SuperCute!? SuperCute! perfomed at Audrey Grace that night; to the left, is my friend Julia Cumming from the band. Her dress is a vintage selection from Audrey Grace and next to her is my girl Emily, wearing a vintage gingham dress and some vintage pins to match her backpack. 

This dress, and the one above it, are by Alexandra Grecco. She had a whole series of these available at Audrey Grace where she painted things like cats or in this case, stars on her dresses. 

From left to right: Julia Cumming, Rachel Tratchenburg, and Olivia Ferrer of the band, SuperCute!
The band, with lyrics like “you think you are so hardcore/but we can make better smores,” couldn’t have been a better fit for the party. Check out their music here

Me and Jaclyn Bethany, owner of Audrey Grace Vintage.
Nothing says a vintage party like cats, I guess, because there were SO MANY cat prints everywhere. This dress is by Leah Goren.

The Virgin Suicides inspiration board
Meeting my idol from Rookie Magazine, Leeann Duggan and being dorky.
Rachel Tratchenburg, Julia Cumming, Emily Theoblad, Leeann Duggan, Me.
My absolute favorite thing I found there was this leather heart varsity jacket.
I had to try on the jacket too... me and Leia Jospe working it in the dressing room.
Right before I left the house to go to the Audrey Grace party, I cut this mermaid nightgown that I purchased at a thrift shop during the summer into a mini-dress. I was going for a "Doll Parts," Courtney Love vibe, which isn’t my usual source of inspiration at all, but I like this particular mix of an innocent pink night gown with the black boots.

508 West 26th Street (Off 10th Avenue)
The Audrey Grace Pop-Up boutique is still open till 8PM, and today everything is 25% off since it’s their last day! If you can’t make it, check out Jaclyn Bethany’s Etsy page here

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Googly Eyes

This here, in the photo above, is Lyris. She is one of the coolest people I know style-wise, yes, but also in the way that she thinks. I’ve been doing lots of googly eye art lately so when we met up, I was especially excited to see that Lyris’ latest DIY project was ingeniusly glue-gunning googly eyes around her denim jean jacket pockets. 

Laugh-In/ Austin Powers Vibes up in here
Encased in the chain link fence of the 11th street Mary Help of Christians Church parking lot, is a wunderkind like no other in New York. The Avenue A flea market is virtually one of the only real flea markets in NYC, as typically, the vintage/thrift prices in New York City are jacked up because everyone thinks its “trendy” and whatnot.  
The Avenue A Fleamarket (at 11th Street) is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm.

Now you can really see the extent to which my friend Lyris uses her denim jacket as a canvas. She sewed on a giant banana patch a la The Velvet Underground, a purple glitter “L” patch, and a patch that says Golden Gate on it from San Francisco. 

I’ve never heard of this band but I was really vibin’ their groovy album cover and the name “Dressy Bessy.” There were so many stands that had great deals on CDs like those by The Who, Britney Spears, Jimi Hendrix, Sonic Youth, The Grateful Dead, Josie and the Pussycats…but my personal favorite was this suspicious album called “The Poop Alley Tapes,” with no sort of official labeling. But like with a lot of the CDs we were coming across,I wanted to take a leap of faith and just purchase the CD based on the name or the album artwork, because it could either be that I discovered the best band ever, or, the worst band, but at least they had cool art to compensate, you know? 

I made Lyris buy this backpack because IT WAS $3! And also perfectly plaid! And fit all of our new CDS. 

I don’t have a VHS player, but I wish I did because this booth had some serious classics. Also, I still really want to rewatch my old Passport to Paris video that I own on VHS again and again. THANK YOU, MODERN DAY TECHNOLOGY.

Shabbat Shalom needlepoint
Among bins of shoes, I found most spectacular pair of silk chunky 90’s lavender heels. If you think it’s gross to buy used shoes then I am sorry! But also not sorry! I am unapologetically cheap and they are beautiful shoes.
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