Jun 22, 2017

Summer Time Swim

Daddy's Hotel Poolside by Shelly Isabel

I've been working with Polyvore for a little over 3 years now. It took me a while to get acquainted with photoshop collaging/moodboarding, so in the moment it was easy to stick to Polyvore's layout and slowly but surely start to master the art with practice. Here's a few sets I put together to get in the mood for summer time swimwear.

You can view more sets on my Polyvore account.

Botanical Garden w/ Bae by Shelly Isabel
Sunny Side Up by Shelly Isabel

Jun 8, 2017

Vogue with Me

A mock up of the powerful high fashion women serving in 90's Vogue editorials; here's a set we dedicate to the magazine fusing a 1920's fashion influence with a subtle dash of post-punk beauty.

Wearing vintage Victoria Secret gown, Brooks Brothers tie, Yazbukey earrings, vintage ascot cap, vintage Carlo Felini bag, and Y-3 clogs-- a styling collab between LC and myself. 

All photos taken on a mix of 120mm and 35mm film by Laura Ciriaco.

May 2, 2017

Met Gala 2017: Rei Kawakubo

Cara Delevingne - CDG FW1997/ SS2002
One of the best translated looks of the night. 100% properly executed. 5 out of 5.

I'm a bit outraged at the attendees of this years Met Gala. The theme this year was an ode to the great Rei Kawakubo, known as the designer of Comme des Garçons. We're talking about a woman who has dedicated her life to design, starting her company in 1973, and putting on runway shows since the early 80's!! That's basically 4 decades worth of material to not only research, but to use as inspiration. Vogue runway put out years worth of archives in April, and it seems no one cared to look through them. Very few attendees understood or cared to show respect and put on a well deserved showcase of looks. Not to mention when Kawakubo stepped onto the red carpet herself, those who were around were on their phones and barely noticed her stride by. I wasn't attending the Gala myself, so take my words lightly if you were there to witness. I'm commenting strictly from photo and video clip observations. However, I cannot suppress my feelings to the matter. Regardless of that note, I did take notice of those who attempted to comply to the theme and created a side by sides of looks vs inspo.

Runway photos courtesy of Vogue Runway, attendee photos accredited to their rightful owners.
Zoe Kravitz - CDG SS2012/ FW2016
Inspired by Kawakubo's abstract (I see flowers) ruffled cape, while playing off 2016 color ways. She gets it.
Gigi Hadid - SS 1998
Playing with Kawakubo's take on asymmetrical garments and nude palettes. Another top look of the night.
Priyanka Chopra - FW2000/ SS1992
Priyanka keeps it classic with an exaggerated take on the trench coat. A Met Gala favorite, but contrary to popular opinion it's not on my list. 
Lily Aldridge - CDG SS1991
Inspired by Kawakubo's use of head pieces.
Zendaya - CDG SS1992
Looking as if she stepped right out of a painting, Zendaya's look brings me back to Kawakubo's SS1992 color palette.
Madonna - CDG SS2001
Madonna's a bit of a hot mess, but she's working well with some of Kawakubo's funkier runway days.

Elizabeth Banks - CDG SS2001
Coming off the same runway season as Madonna is Elizabeth Banks in a hypnotizing patterned dress.
Kim Kardashian - CDG SS1994
Not as WOW as expected, but Kim did comply with the theme as Kawakobo's favorite look is a simple white gown. Would've loved to see a headpiece.
Claire Danes - CDG SS1995
Following a silhouette Kawakubo played with for some time, Claire Danes goes for a ruffle high low top and a cuffed pant. 
Lena Dunham - CDG SS1993
Self explanatory reference. Bringing back Kawakubo's patterned gowns of the 90's.
Helen Lasichanh - CDG FW2017
Ahead of the season and on theme.
Rihanna - CDG FW2016
'Phresh out the Runway' plays as Rihanna hits the red carpet and slays yet another Met Gala.

Apr 27, 2017

RUNWAY DECADE: 1995-2005

1995: Thierry Mugler F/W 1995

Although there's thousands of runways in a decade alone, my favorite decade is the 90's (without a doubt). I've disciplined myself to get through the early 2000 shows, and although I can't say I'm a fan of many of them, I've dug in to find some worthy-of-my-time shows. Here's a few shows to watch from the decade of 1995-2005. Might I add that although these shows made it, there's still shows that are deserving of a post from their time. Please note: Post may subject to change due to knowledge expansion and change of opinion.

1996: Gianni Versace F/W 1996

1997: Christian Dior F/W 1997

1998: Christian Dior S/S 1998

1999: Alexander McQueen S/S 1999

2000: Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 2000

2001: Gucci S/S 2001

2002: Chanel S/S 2002

2003: Dolce and Gabbana S/S 2003

2004: Louis Vuitton S/S 2004

2005: Fendi S/S 2005
Apr 20, 2017

Tropic Basil Mist

Pineapple Mango Mist by Shelly Isabel.

In honor of 4/20, I ate some amazing cannabis pasta and sat down to create a couple of sets. 

Strawberry Basil Lemonade by Shelly Isabel.
Tropic Thunder by Shelly Isabel.

Apr 13, 2017

Beware of the Woman

A woman in a suit is the most dangerous kind. I have rhythm while I walk, look but don't touch. I mean well, but I still mean business. When you talk to me, I demand respect. It's 'I's and 'Me's but there's 'Us' and 'We'. Dark and twisted, but soft and sweet. Don't forget, I'm a woman in a man's world with plans to make it a woman's paradise. 

Instant photos taken by Andrea Mansoor, another bad ass babe. 

Wearing vintage DKNY suit, and vintage fur. 

Apr 6, 2017

Revisiting SS1992: Prada, CDG, & Mugler

Since I revisited the 90's with my last post, it's been hard to move away from it. So I'm giving it another round this week with SS1992: Prada, Comme Des Garçons, and Mugler. Vogue runway touched my heart adding on Comme Des Garçons archives from the 90's, making it harder for me to stray away from their site. Although I wouldn't call my hours of runway research to be a waste. This week I want to highlight a few of my favorite things from these 1992 runways. 

Prada: Although the monochromatic look has had it's moment for some time now, it's still fun to remember that a head to toe color or print is never a bad idea. I'm pushing myself to wear handkerchief (my word of the day) tops and mini skirts. // I'm a huge fan of jumpsuits. It's a huge relief when you're rushing out in the morning to pull out a one piece and instantly have a look to serve. I'm with the wide leg movement, pairing it with a colorful set of earrings, and some cozy mule heels, and issa look. Also, call me a bit old school, but this last Prada dress is one of my favorite silhouettes. Growing up with broad shoulders helped me appreciate pieces that accentuate them. To finish off a bold shoulder with a feminine mini makes this piece one to hunt for this spring. Also (GLOVES)!!

Comme Des Garçons: Yellow, color blocking, mixed prints, and printed (GLOVES!!). It's all self explanatory. Yellow is a hard color to pair so these looks may be a hot mess to some, but it speaks to me none the less. Spring is the best time to forget about the usual and wear the colors you've always been afraid of pulling out of your closet, or picking up in store. So I'm all for the wacky movement. Never be afraid of being too colorful, and if you don't get it right the first time, keep going at it until you figure out the perfect combo for you. 
Next up, the cropped trench. I feel like I don't have to say much more other than that. It's a cropped trench. Why wouldn't you want to wear one?! // I always find myself saving one Christy picture from any show she's walking in. She's definitely without a doubt one of my favorite models of all time. Besides being herself, I love her look. I opt out for cozy looks all the time and pairing baggy trousers with a loose fitted top, an oversized blazer, and a pair of sneakers (always my preference) or heels is always a clean look. You can even add suspenders for a real cozy TBT look. 
I wanted to highlight these CDG zip gloves. They are amazing. I want a pair. I feel like they're reversible and if they are I'm going to cry. I must make some gloves like these for myself. I'll leave it off there.
Mugler: I used to wear a lot of high/low tops while I was in high school. I was a step away from wearing a dress with pants. I now see that maybe I was on to something, I just needed to refine it a bit more. Thank you Mugler for allowing me to figure out the missing piece to my life's puzzle with this one. Also again with the gloves and the old school blazer cut. It was truly a time for sophisticated fashion. 
Highlight: Cow print sunnies! (Deisha, this one's a look for you) // Another monochromatic look. 
Must have for this summer: Matching Bae-kinis!! It's a bit excessive, but it's like marking your territory without having to say anything to anyone.
Last but not least, let's continue to be unafraid of freeing the nipple regardless of Instagram's deleting ways. I want them to get to a point where they're sick and tired of hearing us rant about nipples that they openly accept it as a human body part and no longer feel the need to delete anyone's photos anymore!!! So, wear some beaded bras and some chain gear from Friday by Friday and don't forget to post it up.

Mar 30, 2017

The Influence: Jean Paul Gaultier SS94

Born in 1994, I must say it's an honor to know that this was a part of fashion history in the same year of my first breath. Jean Paul Gaultier is a genius. Whether you know of his work from The Fifth Element, Hermès, Madonna's cone bra, or not at all, you should understand that Jean Paul Gaultier is a living legend. 

Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring 1994 collection is everything that we need in fashion today, serving me a cross between pirates and ancient Egypt. We are full of color and boldness today, but we need to cross reference the elegance of history and basic layering. We need to find originality and look to fashion as art and a way of expression of who we are and what we represent. Everyone wants to be a trend setter but no one does research for themselves. It's so easy to copy a look off the runway or an Instagram post, it's respected when you can learn new material and apply it to something you love, like fashion. His collection reminds me of how fun was expressed through runway. His models were fierce, yet approachable and easy on the eye.  We need to find models who leave an impression on us that we'll never forget. It's becoming so easy for models to become models strictly off of a following. Collections are as timeless as their models, and we shouldn't forget that there is striking beauty in women beyond the realm of the internet. We need to compose art in fashion again. There was composition from the head of every single model, down to their toes. Gaultier wasn't fearful of tattoos or excessive prints at a time where it wasn't necessarily accepted. We must find rebellion again. Everything about this runway is art, and we have to find the same light.

All photos courtesy of Vogue.