Fashion Soup For the Sartorial Soul: So Subcultured (Cyber Grunge)

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If you were born sometime between 1990 and 1998, you probably remember what it was like to grow up as a teenybopper or wee child in simpler times of the early 2000s. It was the era of Lizzie Mcguire, Bratz Dolls, Neopets, crimped hair, Nokia cell phones, temporary tattoos, Gameboys, and more. And while I’ll try to refrain from getting all “Only true 90s kids will remember this!!!!” –– I could go on and on in a reminiscent trance.  Continue reading

Fashion Soup for the Sartorial Soul: So Subcultured (Normcore)

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A new cycle of SMW is upon us, hence my triumphant return to the ever-changing blog that is FSftSS. And yes, I’m resorting to abbreviations this time around, because lets be real –– who has the time to type out my endearing mouthful of a column name? (Hint: not me)

With another cycle comes another miniseries within FSftSS. While summer was filled with artist profiles and “Hood Life,” fall is ladened with new beginnings in the form of “So Subcultured” –– where you’ll get the lowdown on fashion’s most underground, yet alluring, trends. Feel free to join me in my new blogging adventure, as I explore everything from the weirdly fabulous to the glamorously eccentric. So without further ado… Continue reading

Fashion Soup for the Sartorial Soul: Rick Owens & Michèle Lamy

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While the music business was blessed with Beyonce and Jay-Z, the fashion industry was given an equally as mighty power-couple, in the form of designer Rick Owens and eccentric entrepreneur Michele Lamy. The black-clad husband and wife team are unconventional, to say the least, but together they’ve used their incomparable sartorial talents to turn Owen’s clothing label into a game-changing creative empire within the high fashion world. Though the two met in LA, their relationship –– where the lines between business and love are admittedly, closely intertwined –– blossomed in their current home of Paris. Since then, Owen and Lamy have acted as each other’s muses, producing works of art in place of offspring.  Continue reading

Fashion Soup for the Sartorial Soul: Hood Life (The Haight)

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The Hood: Haight Ashbury

For most, San Francisco’s iconic Haight Ashbury district instantly evokes images of dirty hippies, liberal peace and love, wearing flowers in your hair and last but not least –– a rebellious abundance of Mary Jane. And while much of those sentiments and practices are very much alive within the neighborhood, the Haight is slowly undergoing a transition from a tourist-ladened 1960s paradise to an up-and-coming hot spot for locals. From book stores, to designer thrift shops, girly boutiques and a diverse selection of eateries –– the notoriously psychedelic area is shedding its old ways and beginning to embrace SF’s fresh forward-focused aesthetic.  Continue reading

Fashion Soup for the Sartorial Soul: Hood Life (The Mission)

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Whenever I need an escape from my home in the dreary fog-land that is the Sunset District (what should be called the city’s greatest misnomer), I head straight to the Mission. And although I will always hold a special place in my heart for our very own Karl the Fog, my pasty-white self requires a little Vitamin-D every once in a while. Believe me when I tell you, it’s almost always sunny. From Church to Mission street lies a warm path of crystal clear skies and UV rays. Continue reading

Fashion Soup for the Sartorial Soul: Yayoi Kusama

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From psychedelic polka dots, to abstract pumpkins, large-scale sculptures, designer collaborations and published novels, it’s safe to say that Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has done it all within the span of her over half-a-century-long career. Though born in Tokyo, the maven moved to America in her 20s and soon became an innovator in the NYC avant garde art scene among the likes of Eva Hess and Andy Warhol. A feminist and social justice activist, the eccentric Kusama often performed nude to protest the Vietnam war and even went as far as writing errotic letters to president Nixon in an unconventional effort to stop the fighting. Continue reading

Fashion Soup for the Sartorial Soul: Frida Kahlo

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Featured this week in my “Female Artists” miniseries is Frida Kahlo. You might know her as (most notably) a Mexican painter, queen of the unibrow, or even “that person Salma Hayek played in that one movie.” But aside from her ingenious artistic style and famous facial hair, Freda also boasted an impeccable fashion sense throughout her lifetime, which highlighted both her openness with personal physical struggles and her proud Latin heritage.

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Fashion Soup for the Sartorial Soul: Marina Abramovic

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To say that performance artist Marina Abramovic has pushed boundaries and gone to extremes throughout her 40-year-long career would be an understatement. The Serbian-born New Yorker has managed to all at once—explore universal themes, find fame and test her physical/mental endurance through art pieces like her Rhythm series and The Artist is Present. In the realm of other female performance artists, Abramovic’s work makes Tilda Swinton’s napping gig at New York City’s MoMA last year look like child’s play and even makes Yoko Ono’s infamous Cut Piece seem like a…well, piece of cake. Having said that, allow me to list a few reasons as to why Marina is the original bad bitch of art… Continue reading