Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sweater Coats


 Meet Katwise. She's the creator of the fantastical Elf Coats in these pictures. Again, you can see how a sweater can become so much more than just a piece of clothing. Katwise recycles/repurposes sweaters and turns them into wearable art. Most of her coats are brilliantly colored, ethereal concoctions though she does do some with more muted color schemes. She has a shop on Etsy where you can buy one of these beautiful works of art for yourself. For the amount of work that goes into these pieces, they're reasonably priced.

There are other sweater coats out there as well, and it's interesting to see the different styles that can be made from bunch of humble old sweaters.Where Katwise creates pieces that are charmingly otherworldly, exhuberently fun, and beautiful, others create more subtle pieces, incorporating lace, velvet, and a minimum of colors.

I found these pieces on ipseity designs and thought they were lovely. They're recycled pieces, like Katwise makes, but completely different in construction, color scheme, and design. These have more of a renaissance or gothic tone in the way they fall and drape. 

Here are some other gorgeous examples from Smarmy Clothes. That black and red coat is to die for! I'd happily take any coat on this page. My birthday is coming up you know... just sayin'!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Black History Month

February is Black History Month in The States. It's a time when we pay homage to those of African decent who have changed our world through invention, innovation, political and humanitarian advances, and any other number of things. Most people know of Fredrick Douglass who championed the abolitionists movement, or Harriet Tubman who spied for the Union and worked against slavery through the Underground Railroad. George Washington Carver was a brilliant scientist who made leaps and bounds in agricultural science at the Tuskegee Institute. And there are numerous others... Garrett Morgan, Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou. The list is extensive!

However, today I'd like to focus on one African American who is not only loved by the nation for the years of laughter he has given us, but also for his famous fashion sense. I'm speaking of course, about the one and only...

When I was a child, I loved watching The Cosby Show. Turning on the TV and watching the Huxtables was like having friends over for dinner. There would always be laughter, sometimes tears, and no matter what color your skin, you were welcome. Looking back, the show feels innocent. Granted, it tackled some tough subjects on occasion, and dealt with what were at the time volatile issues. Still though, unlike much of what we see today, it did so without leaving you feeling jaded or sad. Instead, it left you hopeful. 

The Huxtables were a wonderful presentation of an ideal American family. They loved and supported each other, their community, their neighbors, and their country. Sure, they disagreed and fought, there were sibling rivalries, misunderstandings, and sometimes the injustice of the world would shake their Brooklyn Brownstone, but in the end, you knew they'd be fine, because above all else, they cared for each other.

All of that is well and good, and is a source of fond memories for me, but it's not why I've chosen to salute Mr. Cosby. No, the reason I've chosen him today is because in the history of the modern world, no one has done more for tacky sweaters that this man.


I don't even feel it requires commentary. Mr. Cosby, I raise my cup of Jell-O Puddin' to you!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day

First off, let me assure you that I'm not dead. I've just been on... hiatus. (By hiatus, I mean I had surgery, am trying to move, and then just got lazy.) However, I'm back with a vengeance... and nothing says vengeance like Valentine's Day. I think today, we'll focus on the classic emblem of Valentine's... the heart.

 "What in the Friskies have you put on me? No, I'm not going to smile! What do you mean no catnip? Seriously, if I don't smile... none? For a month!? This is blackmail!" *Is sooo going to pee in your shoes later.*

"Fine. Here, this is literally as close to a smile as I can force myself to make. Now, take it off me or I'm calling the ASPCA!"

Scoliosis never looked more adorable! Nothing says "I'm in the mood for love" like a pair of endangered Pandas with a degenerative back disease and a heart the color of a bloodless corpse. Still, it's Betsy Johnson, so it's totally crazyawesomefun! *cartwheels!*

Not quite ready to get inked? Hey, I get it, a tat's a painful, permanent commitment, and what happens if you and Mom break up later, and you find a new Mom? How many people have made that mistake, and have Mom after Mom crossed out on their arm? Oy! "Now what?" they ask themselves. "Now what?"  Thankfully, Mom loves sweaters, and you love Mom (for now!), so this is a nice compromise.  The guys at the biker bar really dig it too. Now, pony up and order that Zima like a man!


I've heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve, but really, this is taking it to extremes. Truthfully though, I'm not really feeling the heart shape here. I think it has something to do with the giant arm sticking out from it. Call me crazy, but I think it ruins the proportions and overall shape... anad actually reminds me more of a decapitated swan. 

Oh well, what can you say? Enjoy the love, the candy, the little pink boxes of sugary conversation hearts...

Cute, but not really a conversation starter...
 That, now THAT'S a conversation heart. Happy Valentine's Day!