Carla Fernandez @ ISGM
I had almost forgotten about this fashion exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which is a shame, because not many fashion exhibitions come to Boston. But my friend and fellow classmate J reminded me, so we made a thing out of it. The Gardner is not typically known for having fashion exhibitions, but the Gardner is not your typical museum. I love to visit the Gardner and contemplate Sargent’s El Jaleo (my favorite Sargent painting), but now I had a fashion reason to go.
In my street style sessions with my sister, I’ve been trying to incorporate a more global/ethnic chic sensibility. But it’s not her personal style, so its a challenge. I hope she reconsiders after she sees this blog post.
I’m afraid to admit I hadn’t heard of Carla Fernandez before this exhibition. But I immediately connected with what she she is doing. She immediately became another person on my “This is What I Would Be Doing if I were a Designer/Artist” list. I immediately responded to her colors, textures, styling. Her artisanal approach to fashion and clothing reminded me very much of Zandra Rhodes. At the exhibition I learned that she had a previous Boston/Cambridge connection, lecturing at Harvard & MIT a few years ago. To which J and I responded “how come we weren’t aware of that?” Well, now I’m aware. Very aware. And in the tradition of my compulsive behavior, I want to learn everything about her work. And this is the jump-off.
This small, yet bold exhibition had it all: Fashion, art, a timeline, thoughtful and interesting exhibition design, and videos of the creating process. But best of all, it had a reference table to look at books and try on some of her pieces. Always one to be a participant, I had J try on some of the amazingly crafted wooden bangles.
And of course, I had my OOTD (outfit of the day) moment when I was able to try on one of her simple yet brilliant gourd masks.
- Carla Fernandez gourd mask (borrowed)
- American Apparel T-shirt
- Marc Jacobs cuff bracelet
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I usually put looks together for my sister that are a combination of things she buys and things I find on my vintage fashion hunts. This head-to-toe outfit is all me. I thrifted this dress for my sister over a year ago, but she hadn’t found a way to wear it. Let’s face it: it’s a dress that’s hard to wear without looking like you’re on your way to a live studio audience taping of The Brady Bunch or Three’s Company. But the weather’s getting better, and I’m on a trench kick.
Technically it’s not a trench coat dress, but the khaki fabric and some of the design details makes me think of this dress as a trench dress. And so it shall be named: trenchdress. I especially like how the maryjane wedges simultaneously update and compliments the look, and the vintage cosmetics bag used as a clutch takes it up a notch on the sophistication meter for a daytime thing.
- Vintage 1970s khaki “trenchdress”
- Marni navy suede platform wedge maryjanes
- Vintage 1980s Gucci toiletries bag (used as a clutch)
Entrenched in a Cape
I wasn’t sure if she would like this double-breasted trench/cape I recently thrifted, but I had to buy it. Mostly because I hadn’t seen this kind of design before, and the costume monger in me wants to put her in as many cape-like objects as possible.
But the clincher was when I saw Cyndi Lauper wearing a (higher end, no doubt) version of it at the 2014 Grammy Awards!
(photo from www.ilballodelcervello.com)
I’m not one of those “get the look for less” stylists, and since I thrifted the cape prior to the airing of the 2014 Grammys, I can say with confidence that this was NOT a bite. Besides, I already did my Cyndi Lauper Sinspiration Post [click here] where I style her inspired by one of my favorite singers of all time.
In theory, double-breasted/cape/trench/cargo pockets really sounds like a bad idea design-wise, but I think this is one of the few moments where it works.
- Bebe olive green cape trench (thrifted)
- Uni-Qlo black long-sleeve top
- H&M black wax-coated jeans
- Prada olive green nylon baguette
- Kenneth J. Lane wrapped core chain statement necklace (thrifted)
- Zara suede cream/maroon/black platform booties
- Vintage sterling silver bangles (thrifted) and sterling silver hoop earrings
One of a series of sweater dresses she owns. You can’t see it here, but it has a deep V in the back, along with this great fishtail-like hem.
- Vintage 1980s floral knit sweater dress
- Rebecca Minkoff bag
- Obsession Rules black and goldtone platform heel booties
Sometimes in my second-hand sourcing travels, I find incomplete treasures. A belt or button might be missing, but its too good to leave behind. Such was the case for the slip of this sheer Anna Sui dress. Given this frigid winter we’ve been having, I figured a good way to wear a slip-less dress would be with pants.
It made me wonder in the future if there will be a such thing as a pantslip. The closest thing we have now are leggings, but girls seem to be wearing them as pants anyway.
Pant slip. Pantslip. Pantslip.
- Anna Sui sheer floral wrap-style dress
- Yves Saint Laurent platform heel loafers
- Theory black pants
- Forever 21 black tank
- Vintage 1980s leather camel clutch with reptileprint detail
- Vintage and contemporary brass, plastic, and wood bangles
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Saturday Stroll: Textured Maxi-Dress
This vintage maxi-dress was perfect for the “warmer but still winter” weather we had this past weekend.
- Vintage 1970s long sleeved knit maxi-dress
- Moschino monogrammed bag
- Calvin Klein cork and orange suede platform heels
- Vintage 1970s Lee Bernay necklace
- Sterling Silver hoops
- Clear acrylic bangles
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- Vintage 1980s Diane von Furstenberg purple silk wrap blouse (thrifted)
- Vintage 1980s Escada pleated gray slacks (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg camel hidden platform loafers
- Vintage 1980s gray leather envelope clutch (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg blue sheath dress
- Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa wedge sandals
- Rebecca Minkoff handbag
- Wood bangle
- Diane von Furstenberg chevron/herringbone print shift dress (thrifted)
- Kenneth Cole black patent leather pumps
- Vintage 1960s tin/acrylic handbag (thrifted)
- H&M metallic bib necklace
- Metallic wire-wrapped agate cuff bracelet
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Embargowatch: Lace it up!
Lace is out there, and will always be. More so for formal occasions, but we’ve been seeing it worn more casually, like back in the 1980s. Here’s another way to get more use of that formal lace dress: Wear sneakers with it.
- 90’s Gap denim jacket
- 90’s lace dress by Ronnie & Irit Studio
- Cynthia Rowley large bag
- Converse Jack Purcell silver sneakers
My son discovered Dubspot, a DJ/Production school about a year ago. He wanted to go to one of their orientation workshops, so we turned it into a family weekend trip. He was the youngest there, putting into practice what he has learned so far on his own. I wasn’t in the workshop with him, but I know he did extremely well. Dub me proud.
Inspired by the purpose of our visit, I decided to kick it sneaker style. And by kick it, I mean walk. A lot. I’ve been previously warned against “sensible shoes” by a particular stylist brother of mine, so sneakers were the compromise. Which is fine with me, because I enjoy the look of sneakers with dresses.
- Elie Tahari dress
- Vintage 1980s Carlos Falchi clutch
- Vintage 1980s polka dot earrings and plastic necklace; assorted plastic bangles
- Nike Air Jordan sneakers