Posted on December 7, 2012 by michaelbalkenhol
Blogs are cool. Clothes are just fun. So is photography. That’s what this blog post is about.
A few years ago I stumbled upon a blog called The Sartorialist. Fashion photographer Scott Schuman sees fashion as a form of self-expression. After years of working in the fashion industry in New York, he felt there was a disconnect between runway fashion and what real people were actually wearing. He started to take photographs of people on the street – Just regular people rocking a unique look. He started the blog and began to travel the world taking photographs of REAL people of all ages, shapes, ethnicities and gender expressions. Some of his best photos are now available in a book!
The Facehunter is photo fashion blog by photographer Yvan Rodic. Same idea: Real people with unique style. The blog is now also a book!
My personal philosophy is that no matter your age, ethnicity, body type, or gender/gender expession you can find a look and clothes that are unique to you. Fashion should be less about fitting in and more about standing out. Check out some of the books the library has on fashion, custom sneakers, learning photography, deconstructed t-shirts, working in the fashion industry and creating your own style.
Michael (CLP Hazelwood)
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Posted on November 27, 2012 by aeiounsometimesy
I dig. I’m usually off on Fridays, so I dig then. Heaps of discarded rubble and junk are, to me, familiar friends. Other diggers are the ENEMY. I’m talking about the battlefield that is thrift store excavation, where the competition is usually high and supply of any particular item is drastically limited and exceptionally unique. Trust me, I’ve seen things get primal in ‘House Wares’ – we diggers are not to be denied our precious.
Luckily (and luck is the crucial element in the realm of second-hand shopping), the Pittsburgh area is blessed with a wealth of bargain-based institutions: Goodwill(s), Red/White/Blue(s), Salvation Armies, and various independent establishments – all of which keep me well-stocked with trinkets high up on the random/bizarre spectrum and, I guess more importantly, keep me clothed.
Some favorite finds:
First edition of ‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’ by Thomas De Quincey. Published in 1822. It’s a little beat-up, but the spine is intact.
iron vampire fangs
original Rubik’s Cube + box
Black glass. The gold label reads: Glass from the Franklin Glass Factory where Lighthouse Single Parent Townhouses now stand.
So if you’ve never dug (?!) or you think you might get SARS or something (you won’t), you should definitely try unearthing some buried treasure to marvel at or to redesign into something else – I give my stamp of recommendation for a little thrift store hopping. Come be my new enemy!
Jon : Carrick
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Posted on November 7, 2012 by bibliotessaria
One of my favorite tumblrs (apart from the CLP Teens – Main tumblr, ahem) is Of Another Fashion. Its subtitle is: An alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color. Not only is it cool that a tumblr has a subtitle, it is also very cool that these photographs, stories, and articles are being collected and digitized to reach our eyes and brains. It’s an offshoot of a project of Minh-Ha T. Pham, who also writes at the blog Threadbared, which talks about the politics (among other things) behind the common representations of fashion and beauty.
It’s always exciting to me to see the stories and, if possible, pictures of people who wouldn’t always get a chance to surface in the public after their personal history is over. In some cases these are people who should be mentioned in history books, and in some cases they’re just normal ladies like you and me, living their lives and having their own style. I love those glimpses into other people’s lives. (I also check out how people have decorated their houses if their windows are illuminated at night. I’m nebby.)
For example, here’s one of the amazing librarian photos from Of Another Fashion (used via a Creative Commons License):
“Lucille Baldwin Brown was the first Black public county librarian in Tallahassee, Florida. This photograph is part of the collection at the State Library and Archives of Florida.”
It’s so easy to get lost in digital archives, like Historic Pittsburgh, the NYPL Digital Gallery and so many more. It’s really the best form of time travel I know. All the better that tumblrs like Of Another Fashion are giving us better, fuller ways to see history and the people’s lives that may not have been documented and celebrated so publicly before.
Don’t forget about the library’s collection of books of portrait photography.
– Tessa, CLP- East Liberty
Filed under: Art, Blogs, Books and Reading, Local History, photography, Pittsburgh | Tagged: clothing, fashion, history, minorities, photograph, photography, portraits | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 5, 2012 by marianj
Developing Your Own Style
Start with The Book of Styling: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Your Own Look by professional stylist Somer Flaherty. Chapters include “Finding Your Look”, “The Elements of Style”, “Understanding Your Body Type”, “Putting Everything Together Like a Pro” and “Styling as a Career”.
Somer describes a variety of fashion types:
The Glam Girl
The Preppy Girl
The Sporty Girl
The Country Girl
The Bohemian (or BoHo)
The Surfer Girl
The Goth Girl
The Grunge Girl
Which fashion type do you like?
Current Fashion Trends
Checking out the trends in Nylon, Teen Vogue and In Style.
Big, bold floral prints
Bronze and gold tones
Jeans in bright colors
New shades of color
Photograph by Hans Feurer
The Fashion and Style Bloggers
Childhood Flames –Camille Rushanaedy
The Emma Edition –Emma Orlow
Sea of Shoes –Jane Aldridge
Song of Style –Aimee Song
Sincerely Jules –Julie Sarinava
The Style Rookie –Tavi Geninson
And finally, good advice is you want to start your own fashion blog:
How to Start Your First Fashion Blog by Kelsey Nguyen.
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Posted on March 15, 2011 by andertonh
Spring! Bird are singing, flowers are blooming, and your wardrobe is welcoming the change from bulky sweaters to light t shirts.
To find out what’s new for this season, you can always check with the mothership, Vogue to see what’s going on. You can also find a local fashion voice on the Post-Gazette website. They claim that orange will be big, as well as shiny, jewel tones.
Looking for something a little more avant-garde? There are a ton of good, global street fashion blogs. Check out The Locals, which features street styles in Copenhagen, photographed by an Icelandic photag. Street Peeper collects photos of amazing fashion from all over the world, from New York to Jakarta. Style Scout is London-based, and offers up more unique (less Prada and Versace, more thrift store) fashion plates from London sidewalks.
You can always go your own way. ReadyMade is a great place to start looking for ideas outside of the fashion box.
Or, you can try out looks online before sporting them on the street.
At Polyvore, you can sign up for a free account, and sift through thousands and thousands of clothes, jewelry, bags, and shoes. You get a blank template to create outfits and collections. I pieced together this little simple outfit in about 5 minutes. Of course, I’m not actually going to buy these things. But it was fun nonetheless.
And the library has tons of fashion books to inspire you, starting with the New York Look Book. Click on the covers below to check our catalog for these titles.
Here’s to welcoming spring with a fresh, new look!
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Posted on August 9, 2010 by marianj
It is always fun to check out the new fall fashions before school starts. Flipping through fashion magazines with a glass of lemonade is like my own private fashion show. Magazines like Seventeen and TeenVogue and others also have web sites.
According to STYLEBAKERYTEEN, the 3 must-have trends for back-to-school are:
- print tops
- detailed vests
To learn more about fashion terminology and how to put a wardrobe together, check out Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing by Erika Stalder. The illustrations are by Ariel Krietzman.
If you like to make your own outfits and accessories, check out Cosmogirl! Make it Yourself: 50 Fun and Funky Projects.
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