Friday, December 21, 2007

What did I say?

Oh yeah.

Pigeons.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Confessions


I hate Christian Lacroix's clothes.

I find them mindlessly decadent, and just this side of tacky. I imagine his customer in my mind, and find that she has bloated collagen filled lips, a botoxed forehead, and is trying desperately to look young and pretty. And she fails every time.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Oh yeah, I make stuff.







This is a jacket I made for a school project. I got a little carried away. But it's cool cause she looks hot.

Runway VS Showroom



I see this picture and see pieces that would look damn hot in a show room. I also see some crazy pirate lady. No wonder the public doesn't always get it.

Picture is from Jean Paul Gaultier's latest runway collection for SS08.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Adornment.

One of my favourite subjects is tattooing. I like to look at tattoos, I like to get them, and I like to talk about them.

There are of course trends in Tattooing.



and I say look out for Pigeon Tattoos coming to a cool kid near you.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Oh Montreal, You're so lovely.

Montreal is city with a really distinct style that has produced some really amazing designers. And we've started to see our big stars produce lower end collections for department stores, aren't we lucky.

This trend designers knocking off their own label is something I find a touch disturbing. I like having nice things, and I really like it when that nice thing is less than 100$, but what is the designers motivation? Is it for brand recognition? Is it money? Is it linked to an image change for the brand?

I've decided it's main goal is marketing myself. The brands that are doing it tend not to be the ones people mention first when asked to name their favourite designers (I recently had to do this for school, so I know). They may be relatively new designers (Proenza Schouler anyone?), or designers whose collections have been out of the limelight for a while (Karl Lagerfeld did his thing for H&M as himself, and has really launched his cult of the personality into the 21st century).

Now we're excited about Philippe Dubuc and it's department store adventures.


His last collection showed in Paris in 2005, and he's been running a small boutique not far from my house since then.

Well his come back is here. This fall La Maison Simons is carrying his downscale line of mens wear, and it's hot.



The collection features slim cut everything in muted tones. I picked up two V necked t-shirts with all over prints of sculptures from expo '67, and a very fine knit sweater (in black) with leather strap detail in the neckline. Just lovely.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

bring back the cummerbund


sarahandhannah, originally uploaded by cartwheeld.

why aren't these fine things part of every girl's wardrobe? They're easy to make and easier to wear. The cummerbund above is a DIY project, made from pink silk dupioni, a strip of elastic, and some black cotton broadcloth.

I can't wait to wear it with jeans.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Pigeon Whisperers

This winter in Montreal something strange has been going on. It appears that some of the homeless people have started to train pigeons and keep them as pets.

The first encounter I had with The Great Pigeon Whisperer was at 12:30 am just off the platform of my home metro station. There is an escalator to go up the mezzanine, and then stairs up to the street. Next to the escalator is a set of stairs that can be used when the escalator is under repairs or when it's really busy. That night there was a guy sitting in front of the bottom stair next the escalator with some bags around him. He appeared to be talking to the bags. Once I got closer it was apparent that he had a pigeon perched on his right hand, and was gently cleaning the pigeons face with his left. Around his knees were two more pigeons that were just standing there waiting for him.

How did this guy bring three pigeons down into the metro? Had he traveled from another station with them? What was he doing with the pigeons? Was this really happening?

Since this happened about three weeks ago I have seen three more Pigeon Whisperers in the downtown area. The most recent was on Sunday night. I was walking home down Saint Catherine street and see a young man walking towards me. He looked like the world had opened up for him. Everything was good. And there was his pigeon, lovingly grasped in both hands, close to his chest.