black lips // 80's 90's now

These photos scan three decades of the hotness that black lipstick brings to the beauty game. Starting up top 'In the Ebb and Flow of Fashion' from all the way back in Jan 86', moving on to 'Crimping Out' which was shot for Harpers Bazaar back in 96' and all the way down to Miss Lara Stone working a modern black lip for French Vogue at the bottom.

Top photos // sighs and whispers

alexis bittar // kim k

Flipping through the April 14' edition of Elle US I came across this ad which caught my eye. I was enjoying the styling, the asymmetrical earrings, the gangster getup in a fine jewelry ad; before I started to get the feeling that those eyes look awfully familiar...

the varsity team // sport fashion

There is a Portlandia-ish (put a bird on it!) nature to my love of numbers on apparel, so I am digging the sports trend that has caught fire recently.

One thing I cannot get behind is the pairing of sports jerseys with heels. I get the whole high/low thing about it, but personally it just feels wrong. We'll let it slide for #75 up top because the rest of the outfit is just so good. A better shoe option would be those sweet Adidas Originals X Opening Ceremony lace ups. 

Images // Teen Vogue,

Peabody Essex Museum // Fashion Exhibits

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts has hosted some of my favorite fashion related exhibits in the past few years. The first I was able to attend at the lovely museum was the blockbuster Iris Apfel affair in 2010, Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel. The lady herself helped style the clothing and more importantly the jewelry she had donated. Pieces from Apfel's own jewelry collection were available for purchase in the gift shop.

Following the Apfel Exhibit, PEM hosted the photography exhibit in 2011 titled Man Ray | Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism. Though not a fashion exhibit in the typical sense, the influence Man Ray, Lee Miller, and surrealism in general had over the fashion world is clear.

Most recently PEM hosted, Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion, which ended last month in January 2014. Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto featured prominently in the exhibit that covered the Japapense fashion scene from the 80's onward. Many of the designs featured in the exhibit can be found in the book, Fashion A History from the 18th to the 20th century, published by Taschen, authored by The Kyoto Costume Institute.

miley cyrus // marc jacobs

This is quite nice.  Marc really knows how to fashion one up. I could do without the tats, but after the teddy bear leotards and latex panties this is the photo equivalent of one of those hot towels they give you on flights and in Japanese restaurants.

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