On the BIG SCREEN.

Mark yer calendars: March 16th is the USA release date for the documentary Bill Cunningham New York, a look into the life of the man behind NYT’s “On the Street” feature. CAN’T WAIT!!!! Lurve him.

Photo cred: zeitgeistfilms.com

See you there, popcorn in hand, middle center.
Cheers,

PoseCity xo


Oscar Eve Eve!

Hi Pose-ys! A quick ‘ello before the excitement of Oscar weekend commences. I hope you all have wonderful plans to watch the ceremony….or at least the arrivals. I am so hoping for a great spectacle of glaaaa-mour on the Red Carpet as I’m about to write off [blog off?] Awards Season 2K11 as a snooze fest. I am also curious to see how the Academy’s shot at “sexing” up the show by introducing young/hott hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway goes over with viewers. Honestly, I am excited and I appreciate the effort because it is needed. It does seem like a move that could either seriously sink or swim. Here’s toasting some bubbly to the latter!

I stumbled upon a great site yesterday by way of Little Edie’s Five & Dime Facebook page. I must gush about this store for a hot minute. Check out their official website for the shop’s manifesto of “thrifty vintage.” The ‘thrift v. vintage’ argument is on my mind a lot when wandering about town, and I hope to expand on that thought more in the future as my views become more clear. Although I cannot artfully explain my opinions at the moment, I do know that Little Edie’s is the perfect blend of thrift and vintage, a testament to a shop that is thoughtful and purposeful in it’s stock, but also ridiculously affordable. The store features quite possibly…bold statement alert… my best discovered gem in the city: a ONE DOLLAR BIN. Paging my inner Dumpster Diver! And no, it is not all stained polos and smelly old man cardigans [notice I said not all… you do have to search for the good shiz], but rather items that are truly worth about a dollar. Used and worn and loved, but still with a few breaths of life left. During my Snow Day aka Spend Day visit yesterday, I found 3 items, walked up to the counter and handed over $3.00 [no sales tax, thank you Oregon!]. So refreshing. I’m almost glad Little Edie’s is out of my way or else I’d be booty up in that bin every darn day.

Photo cred: facebook.com

Photo from the outside of the shop. Most definitely visit the Waypost for shopping fuel.

Photo cred: facebook.com

A view inside [can you spot a furry friend?]:

Photo cred: facebook.com

Sigh….

So yes, by way of Little Edie’s Facebook, I discovered Ms.Ms. The aim of Ms. Ms., as asserted on their website, is to “offer a curated event calendar for the greater Portland area. The inspiration for MS.MS. comes from our love of this many bridged city and our excitement to promote and support the people and projects that make our local community so wonderful.”  Um, okay! Count ME in. They also have a blog [duh], which led me to the tunage for this post: A Sonic Youth “Mixed Tape”. Been on repeat in #5!

Such a great day of local discoveries yesterday. Rose City lurve all around. I am very grateful to have an unexpectedly longer long weekend. Perhaps it speaks of my mood during 9-5, but any time away and to myself feels like the creative forces are storming my brain. I scramble to keep up for fear of them retreating without being captured! I don’t know why I’ve suddenly taken to explaining in terms of battlefield metaphors. That’s my cue.. white flag, white flag!

Much love, as always.
Cheers,

PoseCity xo.


NBA All-Star Fashion Weekend

In fashion, when a particular item is practical, fits well, and is durable it is called a staple, a piece that is invited into one’s closet again and again [i.e. white collared shirt, solid layering tees, button up cardigans, etc.]. In blogging, when a trial invite is deemed a success, it becomes a collaboration [aka: letting others write about what they know/love]. Sports Fashion is a beautiful thing, the combining of two seemingly opposite worlds into one harmonious force. Fashion enhances the athlete/team/brand; sport provides the avenues and occasions for fashion to shine [sport also keeps those bodies looking so good in clothes, mmmm].
More on this by way of another Guest Post for my Pose-rs to enjoy. Reed on!

The Magenta Carpet – Los Angeles CA  02.20.11

This past weekend was NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, California.  Not only did the City of Angels bring out the big time celebs (Jack Nicholson court side in Red Ray-Ban Wayferer eyeglasses) and musicians for the game, but it also showcased a side of premier NBA players that few people ever see: their personal style off the court.  In addition, the All-Star game featured one-of-a-kind uniforms that were designed by Adidas this year.  (Adidas is the official uniform supplier to the NBA. Adidas is based in Portland.  Rose City holler!)   Without further adieu, let’s get down to the PoseCity best/worst dressed and Uni critique!

The NBA MVP of Fashion

Amar’e Stoudemire – New York Knickerbockers

No surprise here.  Amar’e does live in NYC, the heart of fashion central.  His style has been evolving over the past couple of years and since coming to NY this past off-season, his connections in the fashion world have greatly influenced his own personal style.  Amar’e has the intellectual look down.  This magenta carpet look is straight out of his repertoire.  His greyscale palette is very concise, well put together and seasonally appropriate.  The lapel widths are very complimentary to his 6′ 10″ frame and the pinstripes on the jacket really pop over the solids found on his pants, shirt and pocket insert.  The bow tie is a regular item for him and it is always encouraging to see a man that gets it just right.  The bow tie is impeccably tied, STRAIGHT, and also correctly fits with the width of the lapels on his suit jacket.  One last note on his look: some men are known to put on the glasses simply as an accessory.  Not Amar’e.  The glasses are truly functional for him.  Amar’e has been wearing glasses since suffering a detached retina injury earlier in his career.  He plays in protective glasses for each game.  Way to bring your “A” game to the All-Star game Magenta Carpet Amar’e!

First Runner-Up: Kevin Garnett & the Boston Celtics (KG on the far left)

Second Runner-Up: Chris Paul – New Orleans Hornets

The NBA LVP of Fashion

Tim Duncan – San Antonio Spurs

4-time NBA Champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, & 2-time NBA MVP Tim Duncan was the #1 LVP of All-Star weekend on the Magenta Carpet.  Wow, where to begin?  Okay . . . Tim we know you play in San Antonio and love to play Dungeons & Dragons, but that does not excuse you from being this fashion blind. If it were not for the sponsor board behind him, I would have guessed that someone captured a photo of him walking into 8a.m. practice.  Jeers to Tim for not arriving in more formal attire.  You are a champion, dress like one.  As far as the clothes go, a white button up shirt that one can clearly see your undershirt beneath?  And jeans, really?  Not only jeans, but jeans that are hella-relaxed.  Tim, relaxed fit jeans went out of style when you were at Wake Forest University in the mid-90’s!  Oh and don’t bother to tuck your shirt in either.  You are one of the best athletes in the world, show off your athletic build a little bit. At the very least put in SOME effort. Magenta carpet FAIL.

First Runner-Up: Dwight Howard – Orlando Magic

Second Runner-Up: Carmelo Anthony – New York Knickerbockers

Adidas All-Star Uniforms

All-Star game uniforms rarely are aesthetically pleasing and this year was not all that different.  I must say that while I am not particularly impressed with this year’s showing, I am not altogether appalled by them either.  There are some really nice structural elements in these uniforms.  The typeface used is easy to read and the colors translated well on television.  I must say that I was disappointed to see Red vs. Blue (a bit too political if you ask me), but historically speaking that is the typical color matchup for the All-Star game.  It could have been worse, much worse.  The sequined style on the lettering in gold & silver definitely was noticeable on TV, but in my opinion was little bit too “Paris Hilton” even for an LA event.  I believe the letter coloring could have been a bit more muted on the uniforms.  However, the sequined style did work well on the warm up kits worn by the players.

UNIFORM INNOVATION: high-five to Adidas for its addition of stars on the upper back of each uniform.  Taking a nod from soccer, in which a star is representative of a championship, stars were added to the uniforms to represent how many times a player has been an All-Star.

For more detailed Hi-Res photos of the uniforms and warmups check this website.

I’d put in a vote on having the All-Star game in Los Angeles every year.  The Staples Center complex downtown is perfect for all of the festivities and where else is better suited for Sport, Fashion, Celebs, & Music?

And truly, where else is better to break it all down than on PoseCity?! Much thanks to my Guest Poster for all his observations.

All-Stars come in the form of NBA superstars AND mega cute tennies. Sports and Fashion, natch!

Cheers,

PoseCity xo.


36FIVE.

Haven’t we all desired a little of what this song is about from time to time? I know I’m coming off a few weeks where I’d like to numb my insides for a while just to not feel so goshdarn much. Stress, pressure, anxiety, can all weigh on one’s soul and taking a time-out sounds quite alluring. But I suppose that’s where outlets come into play, a way to escape momentarily. And since I’m pecking away at one of mine, let’s get to da news!

Shhh…what’s that you hear?! Noooo, not the buzzing from the hip kids huddled around their iMacs debating which song off The King of Limbs is their new faaaaaaaavorite [although that certainly is legitimate noise pollution in the Rose City since Friday]. It’s actually a quiet, a lull after the last chair has been folded up and the last spotlight dimmed. Fashion Week is over. Tear!

NYT’s Cathy Horyn on NYFW: part one, part two
Two nice videos narrated by her highness to encapsulate the week (1) and offer insights on specific designers (2). Annoyed that NYT vids cannot be embedded. Grrrr…

A mega cute snap of Mick Jagger playing oh so supportive BF at his lady L’Wren Scott’s show:

Photo cred: nytimes.com/pages/fashion

Who can blame him for wanting to capture a moment or two of his woman’s amazing collection?! Check it out here.

As far as the other shows, you know I recommend NYT for the best views. All shows are posted with the “Launch Big Photo” option, which allows for maximum zooming potential and the ability to move around the frame to see details like shoe buckles and blouse buttons as best as one can sitting 3,000 miles away. Luv!

In other news…

Jeggs go corporate: Hope boss in question isn’t lurking around MY place of employment.. [#heartbrokenwithoutmyjeggs]

Any relation to Edie?: Sedgwick is a super young brand started by two besties from Sedgwick County in Kansas [Spring Break 2011!!!!]. They had a tiny feature in February Elle and I was immediately drawn to the lacy clutch below.

Photo cred: sedgwickstudio.com

Y’all know how much I dig lace, espesh when used so uniquely as a handbag adornment. There isn’t a lot on the website in terms of product, although I did enjoy skimming their blog. A quick trip to Sedgwick’s Facebook features a “Fall 2010” album of amazing purses, as well as photos of other items I love such as: nail polish, cats and snow.
Wonder if they are currently accepting others into their BFF-verse?!

Photo cred:www.free-extras.com

Oh Pose-rs, our time together is through for this post. How I appreciate thee like a perfectly worn-in vintage shirt.

Numbers don’t lie: 9 outta 10 doctors agree, reeding PoseCity on the reg is essential for your non-novocained soul. And that 10th doctor had on fugly shoes anyway, WINK.

Cheers,

PoseCity xo.


#posethisway


Is there any other song to post right now?! Methinks NOT. Lots [LOTS] can be said about Ms. Gags, but true to form, this tune gets my body moving! And c’mon, what’s not to love about an empowering message? Madge/Cher rip-off accusations be damned. I just can’t wait to be on a dance floor when this is played for the first time of the night!

Speaking of Lady G, the Grammy’s happened on Sunday and were the typical fashion nightmare they always are. Am in a 2011 boycott of RiRi. Yes it is shocking, but girlfrand needs to pull herself togeth:

Photo cred: rap-up.com

Photo cred: people.com

Ok, I can sort of overlook the ridic performance garb because it is for a dramatic stage effect blah blah blah. But the white Jean Paul Gaultier for the red carpet?! Somebody help me understand cuz I don’t. The boycott continues until further notice. Tragic.

Opposite of a Rural Jerk: I’d love to call attention to a subject I don’t often focus on for what should be obvious reasons: DUDE FASHION! Take a look around the Rose City however, and it is clear that this topic needs plenty of attention. Am reminded of a quote from Clueless

So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair – ew – and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.

Fo realz, trade ‘baggy’ for ‘nut hugging’ and you’ve got PDX Dude Fashion 2K11. Unacceptable. Enter The Urban Gentleman [TUG], an uber user friendly life & style site that features tips for guys on everything from manscaping to where to take yer lady on a night out. There’s even a “Cars & Electronics” tab so it is safe for dude in question to have open in a public place! I don’t mean to tease- guys need a lot more help than most girls. I’m merely suggesting a way to get that help. And ladies, the site is fun to read for us, too- aaaaaand TUG does provide plenty of eye candy for all the sexes, ahem:

Photo cred: theurbangent.com

Oh yes, yer welcome.

For extra giggles:
To Mugg or Not to Mugg?
Mandals?

Am soliciting insights for future EyeCon posts, FYI. I really want to have more Guest Posts to present other opinions and points of view as I obvi don’t have the end all/be all say on everything fashion…….just don’t tell my blogging alter ego that, WINK!

Mucha lova,
Cheers,

PoseCity xo.


Sooper Bowl of Fashion.

NEWS FLASH: It’s NYC Fashion Week! Quite possibly the biggest/brightest event in all of the fashion world. Thursday kicked off the Fall 2011 shows in The Big Apple with the usual media flood of backstage shots [extra points for capturing a model eating], reports on who’s in the front row of what show and photos of smug looking editors who insist on wearing sunglasses indoors.

New York Fashion Week Is Here By STUART EMMRICH

Thursday marks the official start of Fashion Week, with more than 250 designers showing their fall 2011 collections at dozens of locations around the city, including Lincoln Center, now in its second season as home of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.

The Fashion and Style department of The New York Times will have wall-to-wall coverage of all the key Fashion Week events between now and Feb. 18, including:
• Daily runway, scene and party slide shows.
• Videos.
• Cathy Horyn’s On the Runway posts.
• Eric Wilson’s Fast Fashion reports.
• Guy Trebay’s Fashion Diaries.
• The Moment blog from T: The Times Style Magazine.
• Model-Morphosis interactives from T.

In addition, for constant updates during the shows, you can follow the Styles editors and writers on Twitter, including Cathy Horyn (@CathyHorynNYT), Eric Wilson (@EricWilsonNYT), Guy Trebay (@GuyTrebay), Simone S. Oliver (@SimoneSOliver), myself at @StuartEmmrichNYT, plus all of us and other staff members at @NYTimesfashion, and @themoment. Here is the New York Fashion Week show schedule.

All of this and more at: nytimes.com/fashionweek.

Shoo, is there anything else you need to know?! Luv the “constant updates” via Twatter from all the NYT peeps, hilar! What an age we live in. Am thisclose to joining the Twitterverse, just to witness such spectacles of real time “live” blogging. Equal parts funny, disgusting and intriguing.

Personally, I can think of nothing better to lift my Vitamin D-deficient mood than gazing at lovely garments. I’ve taken an Interwebz hiatus of sorts [collective gasp!] in an effort to focus more on my work life and feeling creatively stimulated. Both areas of my life have been draaaaaaging ass since the dawn of 2011. Lame! Enough! Bring on the duds!

BIG NEWS THIS WEEK: FLOTUS in H&M + yellow kitten heels= Department of le Hottness! Even ALT noticed! Like butt.on.

Photo cred: huffpost.com

Ok, I do think it is a weeeee bit ridic how much FLOTUS is judged for her garment choices, but I also cannot help but get swept up in all of her beauty and elegance. Call me cray, but it is patriotically inspiring [not even kidding]. Fire up “Taps,” Imma salute the next USA flag I see!

Blogging Lady Soul Mate: Might I direct your next pose towards Anna Dello Russo’s blog. As the editor of Japanese Vogue, I’m not sure how Ms. ADR has time to keep up such a site, leading me to believe it is run by minions. Am jeally of minions. Want to be such a minion. Am also OBVI quite partial to her moniker and initials, wink. In addition to loving her posts, I also am so enamored with the images to the far right on her page- I’m sure there is a technical bloggette term for this area, but what-to-the-evs. Whimsy alert:

Sweet Tooth: Just discovered this site, Daily Candy. Have spent many minutes watching the charming and informative vids they post. One below is about using strawberries as a dye for clothing! So Portland.

The site can be tailored to your locale, if you live in one of their designated “hot spots” that is. Unforch, the Rose City is not on that list [lame] but Seattle is repping the PacNW and Chicago can stand in for my midwest homeland.

Expect a more Fashion Week-centric post later. Going to wait and do a wrap up, possibly whilst wearing a wrap dress. Can’t hurt. [paging DVF]

In football, the main event is only a few hours; in fashion it’s a whole MFin’ WEEK! Win.

Cheers,
PoseCity xo.


Ms. Kool Thing

Introducing a new PoseCity feature: EyeCons!
[eye-con: icon, visually pleasing hero, YA DIG? Miso clever!]
I’ve been wanting to do brief highlights of ladies with enviable style for a while now, so hey, no time but the present to begin! I would love to feature more Guest Posts in this category, as inspiration is such a unique feeling.
Hint, hint/ wink, wink, don’t be shy my reeders!
First up: Kim Gordon

Yeah, she’s 57. Ms. Gordon is the ultimate self-assured rock chick. Listening to her songs with Sonic Youth is cathartic, revealing that under her perma-cool exterior she is totally relatable and dealing with many of the same insecurities as most females. Her approach to fashion allows for plenty of movement on stage, favoring dresses and sleeveless tops. All while managing to be age appropriate and sexy. Win!

Offstage, Ms. Gordon still keeps it simple, using bright color in place of bold accessories for a night out or publicity appearance.

Luvs it, KG!

More lady candy to come. Who inspires your fashion choices?
Cheers,

PoseCity xo.