Ok, now I know this has nothing to do with fashion, but I just got this really cool journal. It’s called Wreck This Journal. I love it. I got it last week while I was visiting some family friends in Georgia. All three of us had so much fun working on it together. Each page of this journal forces you to do different things in order to ruin it. For me, this is a very hard thing to do. I don’t mind writing in my books but I don’t want to crack the binding, drag it through dirt, put sticky things in it, smear your dinner in it, etc. But you have to, that’s what the journal asks you to do! It’s really quite liberating.
The next destination on my fashion documentary journey was Valentino: The Last Emperor. The best description of this film was written by Stephen Holden. He said “watching the movie [Valentino: The Last Emperor] is a little like gorging on chocolate and Champagne until that queasy moment arrives when you realize you’ve consumed far too much.” Truer words have never been spoken. Valentino: The Last Emperor documents Garavani Valentino, the man behind Valentino (duh, right?). He knew he was destined to become a designer since he was a little boy. Valentino leads an incredibly self-indulgent and extraordinary lifestyle, so it’s no wonder that his designs reflect that. He creates these beautiful decadent dresses intended for the creme-de-la-creme of women and red-carpet events.
This movie gives a glimpse into the glamorous life of Valentino Garavani. Glamourous doesn’t even begin to describe just how exquisite the world he lives in is. The movie follows Valentino to a few of his luxurious palaces, his yacht and his private jet. It also documents his six scrawny little pugs. Additionally it features a few interactions between Valentino and his business partner/lover, Giancarlo Giammetti. Some of which are the highlights of this film.
Their best conversation was:
Valentino: How was I? Tell me the truth.
Giancarlo Giammetti: OK, I’ll tell you. You look a little bit too tan.
Valentino: Tan? No.
Giancarlo Giametti: A little less wouldn’t hurt.
To be honest I don’t have much to say about this documentary. I don’t feel particularly enlightened or inspired but it was certainly fun to watch. So if you wanna see someone living the high life whilst toting around six adorable pugs then this is definitely the documentary for you.
It’s no secret that I love Rachel Zoe. Ever since I discovered she was the mastermind behind Nicole Richie, Mischa Barton, and Lindsay Lohan’s style, I became obsessed. I love her eclectic, boho chic style. Her style influence can be seen everywhere (for better or worse). She has become a major driving force behind many fashion trends today, as she personally decides what Hollywood’s style icons are wearing. She is bananas. I die.
In order to further my Rachel Zoe education I bought her book, Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour, the second it came out in 2008. I didn’t put it down until I finished reading it. I even brought it with me on my journey to Seattle for the Annual Glitter Sale. I was hoping to pick up some good tips on leading and dressing for a more glamorous lifestyle. She has some good recommendations on things like: How to have your own red carpet moments, developing your own glamourous style, EXCESS-orizing, packing and traveling like a jet-setter, and more. Some of which I still implement today.
Then she came out with a reality show in 2009. The Rachel Zoe Project is bananas amazing. It was incredible to get a glimpse into the chaos that is her life. Not to mention the show is hilarious. She can be extremely dramatic and eccentric which makes for hours of entertainment. She has these one line zingers that kill you, literally. It’s amazing how easily adaptable these can be to one’s life. I even got my neighbors into the show because she is that amusing!
While finishing up my last year at FIDM I was asked to create a movie about one of my personal heros. So naturally I chose Rachel Zoe. To complete my project I had my neighbors helped me make a short spoof on The Rachel Zoe Project. Megan played Rachel Zoe, Aaron was Brad, and I played Taylor. I am not gonna share the whole thing but here are some of my favorite clips of Megan performing some Rachel Zoe-isms. I have to admit, Megan shut it down.
Yesterday, my neighbor and I went on a mission to find the perfect 70’s outfits for a roller skating outing. We decided to hit up some thrift/vintage stores in Burbank. Unfortunately I had no luck with the 70’s out. However, I did end up finding some amazing Frye Boots on sale at It’s A Wrap, for a very reasonable price! I was a little hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure what I would wear them with. But I ended up going for it and I’m so happy that I did, because I think I’m in love.
On my way to Stir Crazy Coffee
Boots: Frye Lace-Up Boots
Dress: American Apparel Baby Rib Cross-back Summer Dress
Vest: LunaChix from Nordstrom
Jean Jacket: Rubbish (I’ve had it since 8th grade, ridiculous!)