Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category


October 11, 2009

Photo via Huffington Post

“To do my part, I refuse to accept any misogynistic and homophobic behavior in music, lyrics, or actions in the music industry.”  – Lady Gaga at the National Equality March via C-Span

Watch the video here.


Please Welcome our new FIRST LADY

January 20, 2009



obama2Photos via Getty Images

Tim Gunn just said [on Larry King] he was enraptured by this gown. Congrats to Jason Wu, his former student.

Tears of Joy!

January 20, 2009


I am so excited!

Pump it Up!

November 19, 2008


Though gas prices are finally below $3.00 in California, I cannot help think of all the clothes, shoes and accessories I could’ve bought with the money I spent on gas.  Sigh – have you felt our economic apocalypse, or what?

President Obama

November 5, 2008

I am happpy & speechless today.

Visible but Subservient

September 5, 2008

If you have taken any class within a cultural studies context or have managed to become socially conscious, you probably share with the Fashion Intel the ability to spot a binary from a mile away. No matter the greatness of these clothes nor the beauty of the photography, it is evident to the conscious eye we have a lightly veiled theme of master and servant. Many have demanded visibility for more diverse models, positing participation in editorial spreads rather than acting as scenery, but surely this is not the kind of representation we desired.

New York Magazine is one of my favorites to read and they have by far the best blogs on the internet [see The Cut], but apparently they didn’t get the memo that Asian women have the capability to do more than simply serve white women. I love Fall Fashion spreads, but not when they continue to perpetuate racist images.


A Letter to Michelle

August 29, 2008

Dear Michelle,

You looked absolutely amazing last night. I heard from WWD that you were wearing a “floral Radzimir kimono dress” from one of my favorite designers, Thakoon Panichgul . Oh, and that it was from the pre-spring 2009 collection. Sounds like you and the fashion world have a lovely relationship.

I know Barack will inspire the country to do better, but I believe you will inspire the country to dress better.

Fashion Intel

Floral Arrangement, Michelle Obama

August 27, 2008

This has been an exciting week for the democrats, as the DNC has been going well and the speeches have been right on the mark. I already had an idea of what would be said and how the crowd would cheer, so I would have to say the thing I had been looking forward to the most was listening to Michelle Obama, and seeing how fabulous she looked.

Day 3 has proven to be Michelle’s best DNC fashion moment, if you can believe that with all the lovely ensembles she has sported these past couple days. She looks absolutely stunning, and I always fall over for florals. Who made this dress – Could it be her favorite local designer Maria Pinto, who got a great write up in the New York Times last week?

Couture Moment: Sasha Grey

June 8, 2008


The world of fashion cannot be conceptualized into one sphere, nor can it abide by one truism. The manifestation of art through clothing should not be dictated by a hegemonic system, but rather exist as it alone.

A realization as such is crucial in understanding the style of Sasha Grey. I had the privilege of meeting this esoteric girl at Erotica L.A. (photos from our encounter), and as I anticipated she was undoubtedly the avant-garde of the industry. What other adult film actress would you see donning a hot pink scarf on their head as an accoutrement to a Robert Palmer-esque ensemble? What caught me the most was her au courant shoes in the vein of Carine Roitfeld.

The fashion intelligentsia aims to present a discourse on fashion; we judge on what you’re wearing not what you’re doing. Besides, with my current studies at U.C.L.A and love for fashion, how could I pass up the chance to speak with an existentialist gamine. (calling Simon Doonan!)

Here are some shoes Sasha could add to her collection/ Chloe Black Patent Motorcycle Heels (SALE – $420), Barbara Bui Braided Pump ($1,690), Givenchy Gladiator Bootie ($995)

The full NSFW photos under the cut. These two are my favorite, as they could appear to be pulled from the pages of Paris Vogue. Photographed by Richard Kern (top)


Political Pinnings

May 13, 2008


It is apropos with Hillary’s behemoth victory in West Virginia, to mention Urban Outfitters new “political pins.” Never did I think a store, more often associated with apathy rather than politics, would plunge into the sea of presidential candidates. Much less selling Hillary pins! Barry, I understand because he has a lock-down on the hipster vote, but I was astounded to see these colorful gems in support of Hill. Whether she makes it to the White House or not, these are too royally hip to forget. Save them for the future, as you will remember being a part of history, both political and fashion.

The Politics of Dressing

April 24, 2008

Go Hill!

Does is truly matter if Senator Hillary Clinton is fashionable? If you are a writer at Fashion Intelligentsia you might say that it never hurts to have a strong look. Of course, with any politician, one’s support should most importantly be based on merits over looks, but this is the first time a woman has ever come close to reigning in the White House (women have run for president before) and she might as well do it in style.

Hillary or Hill, as I like to call her, took Pennsylvania two days ago much to my surprise. Today I received my new Harper’s Bazaar and couldn’t be more excited on their feature entitled Dressing the President. Before you start claiming that critics wouldn’t dare say this about a male candidate (which I can agree with) I’d like to say that I would easily point out a man’s fashion flaws, because I am an equal opportunist when it comes to fashion critique. I will be first on line to support Tom Ford’s comments that Obama is “… a great-looking guy but I think his suits don’t fit him very well.” But this post isn’t about him, it is about my girl Hil and the looks from Zac Posen, Rodarte, Ralph Lauren and many more that could easily replace those pant suits. Lastly, I would like to address that I can understand the pant suits – it is probably one of the fashion devices that Hil thinks will translate into “serious candidate.”

If only this were France and we had a socialist/feminist fashionista almost winning the presidency. Thank you Marie-Ségolène Royal.

full scans behind the jump