Hello from the tropics! It seems mega-tropical by this pattern of 103 humid degrees, every single day! There's nothing like a hot summer day to make you wish for the kind of weather you can layer in. All other criticisms aside (GiniferGoodwinyou'readollbutidon'tbuythebadgirlimageyou'retryingonforsize), the June 2009 issue was full of the most inspirational clothing photos I've seen in a long time. Not necessarily inspirational as in "do something about it", but inspirational as in "this is something special, way out of the ordinary, and really beautiful". Here are a few of my faves:
Chanel, of course. Classic, luxe. Isn't it beautiful? I don't like double breasted jackets but, with the lapel and scarf, and the trim, I'm sold on it. And have you seen the Chanel ad from the same issue, with the black jacket that looks overly bedazzled in the very best way? I'm predicting a future DIY project and tutorial for someone on the WWW.
All of these are Alexander McQueen but I can't take my eyes off the sculpted houndstooth number in the middle. The asymmetrical neckline, the mounds of folds, the wrapped bodice... wow. Next time you need to blend in with houndstooth wallpaper, a la Garden State, you'll know what to wear.
Ralph Lauren. The long silk gown is so romantic and dreamy. Paired with the silky vest and crisp, cropped blazer, it's a study in texture and contrast. In my dreams, my hair is grown out and I'm wearing this ensemble, riding a horse at twilight through a dense, foggy forest. (OK, that's not true at all. But you see why I went there. Just look at her.)
I totally, completely saved the best for last. I was on the airplane flipping through this magazine a few weeks ago when I came upon this image. Of course, in print it's much bigger. I kid you not, the Rodarte leather jacket (left) took my breath away. I assumed it was lack of air pressurization in the airplane but Louis and everyone else on the plane was fine. Yesterday I was going through the mags to rip out images to save and recycle the rest, and this jacket, again, drew air from my lungs and held me in a state of suspension for a few moments. It is absolute and utter perfection. All the buckles and straps look vaguely random and haphazard, but there's a lot of intent and meaning and vision.
This image, once I catch my breath, might just inspire me to motion.
All images from Wmagazine.com.