Friday, July 29, 2011

Mood Board: Midsummer Night's Scream

Kate Moss with a diamond in her mouth: some old French Vogue;  Jesus Christo prayer card;  Quite possibly the best coaster we've ever seen, stolen from my friend John;  Easy rider: "I felt like an arrow that could shoot out all the way." -- Keroac, On the Road;  Flyer for a Macbeth performance by the Redd Tale Theatre Company;  Postcard from Germany my Dad sent me ages ago;  Celine FW 2010 ad campaign;  Edward Gorey;  Postcard from an amazing show we saw a while back in Chelsea, featuring the work of sculptress Beth Cavener Stichter;  Liars album artwork from They Were Wrong So We We Drowned;  a kittenish Bardot;  Image from an Anne Taintor calendar;  illustration by Camille Rose Garcia;  collage we made featuring melted crayons;  Blondie rocking out in white on white;  Edie Sedgwick;  Invitation from the Erin Wasson X RVCA SS10 show;  kitty face we ripped off the wall in the subway;  Givenchy FW 2010 ad campaign;  Dead animal wrap from Lost Art; Stock car babe that would be right at home on this blog;  more Liars album art;  weird image of an insect that kind of looks like a skull with furry horns;  Stevie Knicks possessed by spirits;  The Miller High Life Girl -- the champagne of beer wenches.

After poring over these images, we wanted to channel some kind of sexy witch from the 70s, so we picked these red cross earrings from our collection at Vagabond NYC. We think it's tres apropos, non?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Sense of Childlike Wonderment & A Little Bill Blass Too

We here at Vagabond are proud to know so many young talented artists from the New York City area, and it is our pleasure to introduce to you the artwork from up and coming illustrator Ross Schaner. His work is whimsical and colorful, depicting flora and fauna from a technicolor world. The crude style belies this artist's gift for visual balance and simplistic rendering, with numerous references to the graphic style of Keith Haring, as well as German cartoons from the 70s. We are inspired by the childlike subject matter because it is approached in a way that makes it seem as if we've just ate some kind of mushroom. Just remember what the door mouse said and feed your head.

After looking through Schaner's blog, Jack in the Pulpit, we wanted to mimic his psychedelic naturalism style in this Bill Blass Contrast Striped Knife-Pleated Dress. Its multicolored stripes play with the eye, and we love the unexpected playfulness of the frog print on the pleated skirt.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Inspiration: Eccentric 40's at Miu Miu Fall 2011

Loving the unexpected fur accents, boxy silhouette, and dark palette offset by exaggerated white pointed collar. Miu Miu's Fall Winter 2011 show is a collection that, in true Miuccia form, mixed traditional references with quirky details. Pencil skirts, Obi belts, baseball hats, and glittery socks -- an intellectual cocktail of style and attitude. Kind of like Joan Crawford with a sense of humor.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Sleep Rules Everything Around Me by WUGAZI

Wu Tang + Fugazi = Wugazi

Dandy in the Underworld

We were looking to dandyism and teddy boy style, reinterpreted through a minimalist aesthetic and worn  gracefully on a woman's body. 

All clothes: Vagabond NYC. Photography: Toto Cullen. Model: Gwen Lu at Major

"Style is when they're running you out of town and you make it look as if you're leading the parade" -- Sebastian Horsley (1962-2010) 

George Boreham couture sequin jacket, Chanel fingerless gloves

Chanel sleeveless tuxedo top, Gianni Versace high waist black trouser

Jean Paul Gaultier velvet and mesh top, Claude Montana ivory tapered pants

Valentino zebra print trouser, Jil Sander shirt

We were catching a very strong Tina Chow feel from the unfinished proofs. Her androgynous yet elegant style was distinctive and often imitated, yet never improved upon.