Friday, August 28, 2009

Regal Necklace in Gunmetal - $425 -

I've been seeing this necklace EVERYWHERE. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is what you find when you look up "necklaces", fourth spot on the top line, at least for the last few days. And for good reason, it's a BEAUTIFUL thing. Not just beautiful, but kinda fierce. It's got loads of texture, but not too much...I mean, you see some of these multi-chain necklaces and they either look like a scarf or like it weighs 6 tons. And like Chanel said "if it's not comfortable, it's not luxury". So let's see what some of the artists and stylists have done with this thing.

First, the most obvious use...ROCK! *Devil fingers and sticking tongue out* As you may or may not have noticed, this set would be nothing without that necklace. Mind you, it's a perfectly good outfit, but imagine it without the necklace. It loses it's whole attitude. It goes from Rock star to rock wannabe. Not cool. She was wise to utilize the item.

You could also use it this way, to add a little rockstar to a sweeter, more feminine look.

And finally, if you have a ridiculously colorful outfit, this necklace does an excellent job of toning it down some without losing the interest of the look.

What do you think? How would YOU use the necklace?

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Music A to Z - Elton John
Music A to Z - Elton John by kirakay featuring GAP accessories

You ladies and gentlemen AREN'T making it easy on me, are you? I've seen so many fabulous sets today, I was nearly at a loss to pick the set of the day today. I chose this set by kirakay at long last because I think she makes fantastic use of familiar and generic items to create something striking and unique. I mean, take that necklace, for instance. Who in Polyvore hasn't at least SEEN that necklace? It's the fourth most popular necklace right now and for good reason. I know I've used it at least twice in the last couple of days. Also, she used a basic black boot, a basic black belt, and basic aviators. Yeah, they're cool, and can amp up any boring old outfit. But then she throws them on with that kelly green dress. *throws hands up* Well!

That's just ... I mean, who thinks of that? Brilliant! The scarf is perfect as well, the subtle print keeps things visually interesting, and frankly, without that scarf, it almost doesn't work. You need that hint of grey to tie together the black and green. Furthermore, the incorporation of Elton John just works. it just does, everything your mind tells you about Elton John is applied to the set, so what you're thinking is "funky, fun, gay, happy, groovy, music, YEAH!!!"

smtg by jazzy cat featuring Forever21

Happy Street-Style Thursday everyone! I apologize for the lack of posts the last couple days. I was having too much fun making sets and I just lost complete track of time! And then the addictive feeling you get when you're living in Polyvore gets overwhelming and you just have to stop cold turkey. Anyway, I'm back, and it's thursday, so it's time to celebrate some street-style! This set is a beauty from jazzy cat. As I would expect, this isn't an exact copy, but an inspired look from our dear friend, The Sartorialist. The inspiration look is marvelously simple, but calculated. The bag is the right size and the shoes match the dress just so. In the polyvore translation, the dress and shoes are a different color, but match eachother as well as the one in the picture. Also, because this dress has a slightly fuller skirt than the one in the picture, jazzy decided on a slightly smaller bag to balance the look. She also added a little necklace, nothing too much, but adds just enough interest to the look. It's fresh, it's summery, and it's to die for!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

There was a time I didn't like sequins...about ten years ago, when sequins were too Joan Collins and old lady. But the thing I love about fashion and being a fashion lover is this; You're NEVER tied to an opinion. Trends, likes and dislikes shift and flow like some lovely gossamer fluid, and today I can say "glitz and glamour is in, hippy dippy trippy is OUT" and in a month, I could feel the exact opposite and never have to apologize for it. The permission appeals to personalities like me who are terrified of commitment and yet have powerfully strong opinions. And for you ladies and gentlemen out there who are like me, don't even BOTHER trying to explain it to the outsiders. They just won't understand. I know this from experience.

ANYWAY, I bring this up because sequins are back in a big way, and it's not all bad. In fact, I think society is ready to respond to some supreme fabulousity. Sharp, edgy, glamourous, glitzy, vogue...these power concepts are starting to edge out soft, gentle, natural, green...our fashion-loving hearts want the former and there's nothing for it but to go with the flow. So with no further ado, you're 2 for Tuesday.

This is a fairly recent set that perfectly executes the modern sequin. It allows the sequins to make the statement and keeps the accents interesting, but secondary. It's not a subtle look by any means, but it COULD have gone overboard and it didn't. This is admirably restrained and Giselle is the PERFECT model for the look.

If that's too much for you, why not try accenting your look with some subtle sequin action? Here, we see Sequins on a tiny camisole under a jacket, just a hint of shimmer and texture, but nothing over done. You can accomplish this with anything, shoes, bag, skirts etc...Personally I could go either way depending on the occasion.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Set of the Day

i dream that you are still here
i dream that you are still here by cloho deux featuring Calypso

There were so many wonderful sets today! I chose this one as set-of-the-day because the designer is new to me and I LOVE her. Granted, I've been away from Polyvore as a regular for MONTHS, but I like to think I kept in the loop fairly well. Not well ENOUGH, as this genius slipped under my radar for so long.

Anyway, in regards to the set; It's dreamy, isn't it? There are three main colors here, a soft pink, sky blue and cream. All of those colors are tinged with hints of metallics and browns...keeping it from appearing childish or too clean. Thusly, it has a foggy feel to it, like nearly focused but not quite. I know when I dream, that's just how I it's right there in front of me and I'm seeing it, but I'm incapable of seeing anything BUT that. I don't know, maybe I'm not making any sense. The whole set reminds me of my favorite childhood book of fairy tales and it's all to do with just the right choices in color, texture and general ambience. Of course, I should expect nothing less from a fellow Graphic Designer. Kudos to you, Cloho Deux!