A lot Tim Burton ‘corpse bride’ , a bit Tony Viramontes ‘stylised ‘- meet fashion illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin


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Meet Toronto born

LA based fashion illustrator-

Jamie Lee Reardin.


(image from pink academy):

fashion illustration, Jamie-Lee-Reardin

In studio

fashion illustrator,  Jamie Lee Reardin

Hers is a distinctive artistic style for body presentation.

As evidenced in her drawings, Ms. Reardin is much influenced by a

Tim Burton-esque imagery à la The Corpse Bride.



(image from fact.co.uk):

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Director Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride

Ms. Reardin’s drawings accentuate:

exaggeratedly long necks

sharp chinned, heart shaped facial structure

immense, piercing eyes with direct, unblinking stare

single, slendered, outstretched lashes at corners

elongated / thin phsyiques without element of frailty

and body posed in awkward, though elegant stances.


by Jamie Lee Reardin

Illustrations for design houses

(images from jamie lee reardin):

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Oscar de la Renta,  Fall 2014

fashion illustration, jaimeleereardin

Muhair Murad,  Fall 2014

fashion illustration, jaimeleereardin

Chanel,  Spring 2014

fashion illustration, jaimeleereardin

Vivienne Westwood,  Fall 2013

(images from fashion magazine):

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Carven,  Fall 2013

fashion illustration, jaime lee reardin

Céline,  Fall 2013

by Jamie Lee Reardin

Famous fashion faces

(image from htfashion):

fashion illustration, jaime lee reardin

Vogue Japan editor-at-large and fashion street photographer darling

Anna dello Russo

(image from ebay tumblr):

fashion illustration, jaime lee reardin

Fashion stylist to the stars Johnny Wujek and

pop princess Katy Perry

Double Takes

(image from fashion magazine):

fashion illustration, Jamie-Lee-Reardin

(image from a stairway to fashion):

fashion illustration, Jamie-Lee-Reardin

Clearly a Tim Burton aficionado

Ms. Reardin’s creations also display hints of influence from

Tony Viramontes

famed American fashion illustrator of the late ’70s and ’80s

who collaborated with haute couture houses and

whose works graced the pages of leading fashion publications.

Mr. Viramontes’ work were alluring, captivating, mysterious, stylised

as is those by Ms. Reardin

(image from vogue uk):

fashion illustration, viramontes,

by Tony Viramontes for Vogue UK

(image from hprints):

fashion illustration, viramontes,

by Tony Viramontes for Valentino Couture,   1984

Ms.  Reardin who has worked on projects for

Dior, DKNY and L.A. stylist Rachel Zoe, among others

possesses an aesthetics of the slightly macabre-

beautifully executed with an eerie quality of singular feature.







Red and gold: Chinese culture colourspeak


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In any given society,

certain colours are assigned meanings of import and reverence.

In Chinese culture, red and gold / yellow are weighted of particular significance.

Red  symbolizes good fortune and joy.


Gold / Yellow considered the most beautiful hue(s)

are said to create Yin and Yang-

two halves, which represent wholeness, harmony.

Associated also with the emperors of Imperial China

gold / yellow are equated with freedom from worldly cares.


(image from china.org.cn):

Chinese imperial clothing

Of royal garb

(image from hnmuseum.com):

of chinese inspiration, Han dynasty, ladies gown

Gown of a noble lady

Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 25 AD)

In addition, yellow is colour honoured in Chinese Buddhism-

a philosophy, which focuses on spiritual development and

a communion with nature.


Often worn as colour combination on Chinese garments-

to be attired in red and gold / yellow vibrancy

is to exude fashion confidence, balance, contentment.

Red, yellow / gold

Chinese Culture colourspeak

(photo by Tommy Ton):

of chinese inspiration

Scarf in silk textile

red, bordered with gold

(photo by the urbanspotter):

of chinese inspiration

Mandarin collared blouse

(image from freepeople):

of chinese inspiration

Front split skirt

floral impact with red background

trimmed in black

(photo from the urbanspotter):

of chinese inspiration

Red button front shirt

in flower bouquet motif

The Look: accessorise me, in silver!


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Silver metallic:   a winning finish, anything but secondary-

accessorise in singular sterling  silver pieces for “The Look” :

goggle sunnies

large ‘ear piercing”  pin

rings of varying shapes and sizes

chain link bag handle

accessories, ladies, silver

(photo by Tommy Ton)

‘If’ a poem of inspiration by Rudyard Kipling


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by Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


Famed for his imaginative,  fantastical,

wonderful story-telling in prose and in verse

Rudyard Kipling

is one of the most widely read authors in the English language.

To this day, his popularity remains at height.


Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1907)

he was the first English language writer to receive this honour

and continues with the distinction of being its youngest recipient.

Hounours were heaped upon him, including the submission for knighthood

of which he refused.

Written in 1895 and first published in 1910, his poem


is a beautifully styled inspirational piece.

It reads as a father giving sound advice to a son:

wise words on how to achieve a positive life and manner of living-

“if” only.

The line:

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same

is written on the wall of the players’ entrance at Wimbledon Tennis Courts

and serves as sentiment of encouragement and integrity to fierce competitors.

Rudyard Kipling

author of The Jungle Book  (1894)

Just So Stories (1902)

(among many others)

Rudyard Kipling, portrait

(image from theguardian.com)



It’s a shoe- in!


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Shoes are often the starting point of a desired finished look.

As a key accessory, they can  triumph or defeat

the over-all visual of an outfit.



Score a winning style statement with a pefect pair:

of shoes.




Shoes,  Shoes,  Shoes



(images from elle uk):

shoes, ladies, summer 2015

Of assorted adornmnet

shoes, booties,

Bootie – ful

(photos fromt the urbanspotter):

shoes, ladies, 2015

Two hues

tomato red and black heels

(photos from the urbanspotter):

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And we’re off-

in trainers with pom poms


shoes, ladies, 2015

A bit of a lift

platforms with circular cut-outs

(image from elle uk):

shoes, ladies, 2015

Liquid blue

thigh high patent leather boots


(photo from before sunrise):

shoes, ladies, 2015

Origami folds

satin, heeled mules

(photo by Adam Katz Sinding):

shoes, ladies, 2015

An eye opener

bejewelled, heeled slip-ons

(image from free people):

shoes, ladies, 2015


coiled to ankle

(image from vogue uk):

shoes, ladies, 2015

Embellished flats

(photo from Adam Katz Sinding):

shoes, ladies, 2015


short and stocky

(photo by the urbanspotter):

shoes, ladies, 2015

AiW (All in White)

brogues as well

The Look: a bit of country in the city


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Fashion is about the clothes.

Styling is about the unique manner in which,

clothes are coordinated to achieve a singular look.

The Look

Urban Li’l Abner

a bit country boy ,  a bit citiy slicker

street, men, favlook, urban lil abner

(photo from Adam Katz Sinding)

The Look

seemingly inspired by

comic strip character and syndicated comic strip series

Li’l Abner

created in 1934 by cartoonist Al Capp

little abner by al capps

(image from belief.net)

A few Favlook – Lookfav favourites from Haute Couture Fashion Week, Fall 2015:


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The haute couture runway shows for Fall 2015- Paris, France

have finished for another season.

As expected, the presentations featured designs on the

ultimate level of fashion spectrum.


The term haute couture is French,  translating to mean:

haute – high, elegant

couture – dress making, sewing.

Haute couture designs are bespoke pieces, which are:

works of fashion art and of singular beauty

with details of the avant garde

custom-made for individual clients

hand crafted and labour intensive

produced from the finest materials

accompanied by a price tag to match.

For a design house to be considered haute couture

it must be registered with the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris-

an association administered by the French Department of Industry.

During the 19th century, haute couture garments-

as symbols of high status,

were worn by ladies of the French elite.

After WWII, the  haute couture industry was at the height of its glory.

Today, it comprises a small sector of the fashion industry

not a money-maker but continued as reverence for the past

and the element of associated prestige bestowed.

From the Paris runways for Haute Couture, Fall 2015

a few Favlook – Lookfav Favourites:

(images from style.com):

Viktor and Rolf

by design duo, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren

Framed in “wearable art”

couture, f15

couture, f15

Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition

by designer, Alberta Ferretti

18th century-inspired

Rock -a- Rococo

couture, f15

couture, f15

by designer, Ulyana Sergeenko

Form fit  / shoulders bared

girdwork and floral appliques

couture, f15couture, f15

Maison Margiela

by designer, John Galliano


hard / soft sculpturals

couture, f15couture, f15

by designer, Giambattista Valli

Textural trousers

couture, f15couture, f15


by designer, Bertrand Guyon

Colour,  brocade, faux fur

presented in ’50s silhouette

couture, f15,couture, f15,

by designer, Jean Paul Gaultier

Fun and whimsy

on land:  rawhide geometrics

at sea:  marinière stripes

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couture, f 15couture, f 15

from Chanel

by Karl Lagerfeld


feathers and fluff

couture, f15couture, f15

Fashion-speak: dictionary entry, and the term is ‘fashion fluid’


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Fashion – speak is a living language,

ever evolving to better describe

dress images presented

And the term is

fashion fluid

as introduced and defined by meappropriatestyle

fash’ion flu’id   (n.) and (adj.) usage

(1)  a term to connote an uninhibited expression of dress and styling

(2) a sartorial mix and match, which presents a contradiction

to the norm, to the expected –

this could be of subtle or dramatic impact

(3)  a ‘free to be me’ dress / styling  attitude in all permutations

(4)  in keeping with the emergence of current acknowledgement / acceptance

of distinction in gender fluid, racial fluid, cultural fluid, (etc.)  statuses

Synonymical relationship:  agender, gender-less fashion, gender neutral fashion

Fashion Fluid Flair


Off – runway

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fashion fluid


(Off- runway photos:  the trendspotter, Tommy Ton,

the urbanspotter, before sunrise)


On – runway


JW Anderson

s / s  2016

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(On – runway images:  style.com)

Favlook – Lookfav Focus: Men’s short trouser suiting, suited for all ages


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Short trouser suiting is pure gender nonspecific fashion:

a fluid style statement, and yes-

this fluency also translates into an age – neutral sartorial flair.


Favlook –  Lookfav Focus

Fashion fluid

Men’s short trouser suiting … ageless!

Off – runway

(image from styletv.com):

short trouser suiting, men, nick wooster

Nick Wooster

short trouser suiting showman



(photos from the trendspotter):


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On – runway

(image from style.com):

from Moncler Gamme Bleu

by designer, Thom Browne

Sporting chaps

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mens, short trouser suiting, moncler gamme bleu

She said what?! : quoted from Ayn Rand


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‘She said what?!’

featuring statements from outspoken women:

opinions, outlooks, observations

which they were more than willing to share.


Writer, philosopher Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982)

Russian born and raised, American naturalised-

is best known for her novels:

The Fountainhead (1943),  Atlas Shrugged (1957).

Collectively, her novels served as ideal vehicles to promote

Ms. Rand’s philosophy for life, which she called Objectivism.

(image from the nydailynews.com):

ayn rand, portrait


Ayn Rand

Starting out informally in the 1950s and

eventually evolving into an organised movement


is a perspective which promotes rational self- interest

defined as focused pursuit of one’s own happiness

as “the highest moral aim”.

A “She said what ?!” quote by Ayn Rand

she said what quote, ayn rand

A ” you and what army” challenge!


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