Archive for the ‘Academia’ Category


August 27, 2009



1.  This photo from Stokholm Street Style is perfection.  Signs of strength + creativity.

2.  I was inspired by my dear friend Stefani to calculate my online identity.  I made one for my own name and Fashion Intel’s – here is the result.  Not only is it fun, but it looks cool while it is hard at work. Try it! (click image to enlarge)

Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you.

Get your own Persona, HERE


Golden AGE

July 27, 2009




Last week I ran into an old handsome friend of mine from the screen-printing lab and he reminded me about all the art we used to make.  I considered art school for a brief moment but thought I was much too rigid for it or at least that was the hilarious excuse I used at the time.  It wasn’t my number one passion so I chose another route which I loved but I still feel a longing for making art.

In this conversation I mentioned one of my best friends and lab regulars, Martine Syms.  I told the handsome artist about the amazing things Martine and her boyfriend Marco are doing these days and it made me so proud to know her.  It also reminded me that Martine featured me on her blog back in May and I forgot to mention it on Fashion Intel. You’ll want to read it, trust me..  Check it out here.

Besides having a great blog at Golden Age, they also launched what looks to be their first Golden Age shirt. [seen above]  Do yourself a favor and buy one from their online shop.  If you’re in the Chicago area make sure to check out their store @ 1744 W. 18th Street.

Ethnic WHAT?

June 25, 2009

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In truth, Gaga’s attractive, slightly off-kilter features – ethnic nose, prominent front teeth – seem almost infinitely mutable: One day she looks like Debbie Harry, the next, Donatella Versace.” Rolling Stone Issue #1080

Ethnic. Tribal. Words used to classify the “Other.”  Not familiar with “Othering”, please read up on it here, here, and over on Racialicious.  This quote from Rolling Stone really struck a nerve and I find it crucial to address as I constantly see people, fashion, and food described as either ethnic or tribal.  Lady Gaga is one of my favorite women right now and I find her incredibly talented and sexy.  So what about this “ethnic nose”?  Rolling Stone apparently thinks this is the most appropriate way to describe a woman who doesn’t meet the Euro-centric facial features criteria.  Obviously they haven’t looked at a map lately, so I’d like to remind them that “ethnic” people make up more than half of the world’s population.  Why is it that we are then called the “other” and exotified?

I live for fashion as you know, but I cringe every time I read lines like this: Teen Vogue’s “…Explore new horizons in layered–on ethnic prints”, or Who What Wear Daily’s “Trend Report: Tribal Punk.”  And who could forget American Apparel’s “Afrika” print?  When I see these words being used I cannot help but think of bell hook’s Eating the Other.  I had an amazing course at UCLA entitled Special Topics in Women’s Studies: Femininities: Queering, Countering, Racializing taught by Stacy Macias in which I read this by the aforementioned author.

“Within commodity culture, ethnicity becomes spice, seasoning that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture.

Currently, the commodification of difference promotes paradigms of consumption wherein whatever difference the Other inhabits is eradicated, via exchange, by a consumer cannibalism that not only displaces the Other but denies significance of that Other’s history through a process of decontextualization.” bell hooks, Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance

Post-modern cultural studies/feminist theory.  Applicable to fashion?  You bet.  I’d really love to hear from one of my favorite bloggers – Mimi of Thread Bared – and from all of you.  Lets start a discourse.

Graduation DAY

June 12, 2009


Today I graduate from college and I cannot tell you how happy I am!  Many of you I’m sure know the feeling but I am so elated I don’t know what to do with myself.  Luckily I’ve got a plan: wake up, eat breakfast, yoga at Equinox, massage/spa at Equinox, relax at home, eat lunch, graduate, cry, and dinner at Anisette. Oh, and a whole lot in between.

I really wanted to find an image that summed up how I felt about graduating.  Last week I was browsing google images for “Vogue Paris” and this image of model Natasha Poly grabbed me immediately.

I Forgot to Mention

January 16, 2009



Because of my sparse posting in December, I did not have the chance to share with you many fashion items that caught my eye.  While going through my collection of magazine cutouts, I was reminded to share how much I loved these Banana Republic holiday ads.  I didn’t simply love them because the couple is gorgeous, I loved them because rarely do I see positive images of interracial love.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, start perusing your magazines or television shows for an image that comes remotely close to this.  You most likely won’t find it.  Why does this discourse even matter?  It is called media literacy and it is undeniable that images have influenced our socialization since birth. Over at UCLA, I have been involved in the Women’s Studies program with an emphasis is arts, media and culture.  This might give you an inclination why I love media and why we should all develop critical thinking skills.

Are You Accepting Adds, Anna?

October 2, 2008

I’ve already started my Fall school schedule, but I have just found out about a class I would love to add.  Too bad it is in Italy, and not at UCLA.  Sigh – we never get Italian fashion writers!

Anna Piaggi told Fashion Week Daily: “I’m very excited because I’m traveling to the center of Italy, for a lecture at the University of Urbino…” and “The lesson will be based really on my words, and nothing else.”

I would love to listen to whatever lesson she has planned, and I would promise to take good notes for all my readers.