Archive for August, 2009

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Off duty

August 25, 2009

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Inspiration: Bjorn Borg

August 24, 2009

I’m in leisure mode these days, so my thoughts have been gravitating towards lazy, fun topics– namely, Sweden and tennis. The Sweden fixation arises due to the fact that I’ve been compulsively reading nothing but books set there (The Girl Who Played With Fire and the marvellous Martin Beck mystery series from the sixties) and daydreaming about visiting the country. Tennis… I’m in Newport, and it’s a fun summer sport, so how could my thoughts not go there?

Anyway, rambling aside, these two fixation lead inevitably to thoughts of Bjorn Borg and his legendary awesomeness as both a tennis player and a style icon. Since I’m too idle to go much into sports stats and so on, I’ll focus on the fashion sense end of things.

Classic pictures are below. Dig the vintage sports styling:

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(casual picture, revealing the existence of a forehead!)

Nowadays Borg heads up his own fashion line, which is quite popular in Sweden. The website is rather hilarious and can be found here. I strongly urge you to check it out. Here’re some of the examples of the violently printed underwear you’ll find on it.

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XXY Part 2

August 21, 2009

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It’s apparently girls-dressed-as-boys day here at Casa Musie, which is surprising as I personally am swathed in the girliest of diaphonous layers in an attempt to beat the oppressive heat. Also, I can’t pull off menswear looks, tragically. Regardless, I love the idea of women dressed up as men, and so I thought I would put up this little transformation-story from Marie Claire August 2007, featuring Ashley Olsen and shot by Ruven Afanador. I’ve never particularly been interested by the Olsens, apart from respecting them as businesswomen, but I do really enjoy Ashley’s look in this shoot, and the whole moody energy of the story.

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XXY

August 21, 2009

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Jean Paul Gaultier has always had fun playing with gender. For his Autumn/Winter 2009-10 ad campaign, he continues with this trend, taking advantage of the androgyny of Raquel Zimmermann’s features to showcase her in both masculine and feminine roles. I’ve always been slightly thrown by the strength of her jawline, and so now in this campaign, I absolutely love the way she looks in drag. I actually find myself preferring the way she looks in that guise to her femme look.

Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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(semi-tangentally: how dystopian-hot are these boots in the picture above? Love them!)
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Pause

August 20, 2009

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A love letter for you

August 20, 2009

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A Love Letter For You is a new project by artist Steve Powers. The idea is to make signs  on the  blank walls  between  63rd and 45th street along Market Street in Philadelphia. Each is a message about love, in some way or other. The paintings are made using old  signpainting techniques. Power hopes to use this to draw the community in, rather than having them be opposed to his project. The result is some of the most interesting street art I’ve ever seen. if you were here

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prepay is on

i got the butter

forever begins when you say yes

i had a nice dream about you

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Inspiration

August 19, 2009

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There are some days when I deeply wish I could pull off a fantastic bouffant like this girl is doing. I bow down to her superior hair skillz.

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