Monday, March 31, 2008

Summer of Love

Robert Indiana

I'm so glad the Summer of Love revival isn't over yet, at least according to Fashion Spotlight at Elle. The exhibition at the Kunsthalle last summer already was sooo inspiring, and reminded me of my personal SoL in 1991. I was working outdoors for the holidays, the "Doors" film just came out, and I was high on life, music and other things. I doubt I will don beads, fringe or a muu muu this year, but color is definately on the palette, clothes-wise as well as my painting palette!

Photos taken from

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Golden Thread

"Walking about so attired attracts far more attention than carrying a whole face-full of piercings" says the designer of these incredible, historically inspired clothes, Astrid Luise Warter, who wants to look like her grandma, but with style! Disappointed and frustrated with current fashion, especially the discomfort it often provides (tight trousers, cropped tops exposing ones kidneys to the winds), she sews and wears her own wardrobe. Empire, Rococo and even kimono come into play, and not only for special occasions. Everything she makes is super-comfy as well as enforces good posture, nevertheless, Ms. Warter usually dons a reform dress at home.

These are my favorite outfits, check out the rest here at your leisure!

Photos all taken from the website:

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tea Time

I don't live in the hippest of districts of Vienna (the 9th), but being a classic kind of girl, I ain't complaining. I like wandering around in it, and yesterday, this new store caught my fancy due to the adorable cup and saucer sets, teapots and cake-stands in the window. None of these designs would work in my apartment, but I can still dream of tables laden with tea, cucumber sandwiches and scones, can't I? If I ever have my own family, "afternoon tea" would definately be a regular.

High Tea  or 'Meat Tea' - dinner
Afternoon Tea:
Cream Tea  (my favorite) - tea, scones, jam and cream
Light Tea - tea, scones and sweets
Full Tea - tea, savories, scones, sweets and dessert

Friday, March 28, 2008

Practicing for Being an Angel

Reading about some artists, their biographies sound like police reports: "Female, caucasian, photographer, born here, schooling there, suicide at 22". So cold. Therefore, I like how Gianni Romano starts out on this page about Francesca Woodman's ethereal art:

"It's difficult at times to find the proper words to describe certain works. You just want to slip the images right under the viewer's nose, feeling certain he will understand and share the feeling that, yes, nothing need be said. It also demands a great effort to evaluate as photographs, pictures that look like rehearsals, the act of practicing in preparation for being an angel".

I envy people who are able to talk or write eloquently about art, since I generally have little to say about mine. It was always my belief that art is a universal language that needn't be translated into words. Words can only fall short of explaining for something understood on an intuitive, archaic level. In the art world today, however, work without long accompanying theoretical texts doesn't seem to be taken seriously anymore. Maybe that's why this photographer remains relatively unknown, since really,  about her oeuvre "nothing need be said"...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Closet Full of Clothes, and Nothing to Wear

Women like to have new things all the time, especially new clothes. It's just that way. "Must have" lists in fashion magazines and blogs only reflect our seasonal yearnings for the latest draperies without which we feel hopelessly demod├ę. That's how fashion works. Oscar Wilde, himself not indifferent to outward appearances, caught on a long time ago: "Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable, we have to alter it every six months".

While I don't agree that trends are necessarily hideous, purchasing "in" wear is effectively more frustrating than gratifying. For with each new item, we realize we require another (and another) to properly combine it with. And so it never ends. We amass ever more garb, while our old things (which we just HAD to have a season or two ago) lie in our closets for the moths to feast on. Some of them we haven't even worn once.

From now on, I aim to buy less and air out my old stuff more instead. The same shirt can look so different combined in varying ways, who will care that I bought it ages ago and have it on every other week? Anyway, fashion draws on past styles at a faster pace than ever these days - an outfit bought a decade ago will probably have a revival every few years! 

It takes more ingenuity to work with what there is, than to run out for something new whenever you get stuck or bored with the status quo. Take half a day off (a day you would normally spend shopping) to spread out all the clothes and accessories you own around your room. Now try putting them together in novel ways. You'll be amazed at how many looks can be created by alternating just one dress with different scarves, hats or jackets. And if you take photos while you're at it, you'll have several instant outfits to choose from next time you need to spruce up in a rush!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

A Style of Her Own

Frida crazes have come and gone, but with individuality leading the way in fashion these days, she will remain an icon to those who love the colorful, the unusual and the extravagant!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

What I Wore

Hat: thrifted
Scarf: thrifted
Coat: Patrizia Pepe
Suede skirt: Patrizia Pepe
Boots: Shu
Bag: Coccinelle

Friday, March 21, 2008

Color Field

Probably because it has been grey, grey, grey and rainy for the last week, I had the urge to post these paintings by Mark Rothko...

Madame Kury

It is rare to find vintage decor that is hand-picked and nicely displayed, so you can imagine my joy at discovering Madame Kury tucked away just off Mariahilferstra├če. The shop window alone is so inviting! Among the mid-century ceramics - 50s-70s teapots, cake-stands and lampshades from Austria and the UK, beautifully hand-made pillows, hats and bags are sold, each one unique and made from original vintage fabric. Take a look!

These Jugendstil mirrors are just too gorgeous:

Love the fabric on these pillows:

Don't these just make you want to throw a tea party (with scones!)?

Photos: all taken from the Madame Kury website