The 9th Soul

Men’s Wardrobe Must-Haves

Posted in life, Random by Fated Blue on October 27, 2010

FIRST: Just because I listed them doesn’t mean I actually own them.

I’m not good with fashion. Hell, men aren’t generally good with fashion. That does not excuse us from having a few basic items though. Men think it’s all about expensive clothing when it really isn’t. It’s about the combinations, the types, and how you project them.

Below is a list I made up for those bare essentials a man should have inside his wardrobe. Even if you don’t have that much on hand to buy the really expensive brands, just having these will make you just as good as the next rich guy.

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Looklet: For the frustrated fashion designer in you.

Posted in Random by Fated Blue on March 27, 2010

I’ve been browsing my friend’s blogsite recently (which happens to be a very eye candy blogsite thanks also to the eye candy owner) and I happened to stumble upon this little blog here. It tells of a website called “Looklet” wherein users play dress up online. Only that the dolls are real women and the clothes are all for fashionistas. I registered earlier today since I myself am interested in fashion (specially women’s).

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The Wardrobe Encyclopedia

Posted in Random, Special posts by Fated Blue on March 29, 2009

This blogsite is currently ownded by my friend (well…just online, but it counts!) Dominique Tiu. She’s into fashion and design, so it didn’t surprise me that she made an entire blogsite to her own fashion and style persona. She even made the title to be very bold 🙂 as quoted from her 

I know that laying claim on a blog site entitled “The Wardrobe Encyclopedia” seems pretentious and ostentatious–I mean, let’s face it, I’m just a small-town girl from an obscure Asian country with neither the background nor the education to put up her own fashion library, right?

If you don’t mind, allow me to burst your bubble.

I’ve only known Domz for only a short while but I know that she is a very good friend once you get to know her. I know, “You don’t even have her as a real life friend!” I guess you can call it a guy’s instincts. I’ve read her blogs, specially her introductory/welcome page entitled “The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships“. Which can be conveniently read at her multiply. Trust me, empowered women are hawt women. 🙂 

Also, please take a moment of your websurfing time to visit the following links, which may help gain an interest on the person I am currently advertising 🙂

Her:

Candymag Style file

dA (Deviant Art)

Fine Filipinas page

Own wardrobe shop


Fashion critic Mr. Blackwell dies in Los Angeles

Posted in entertainment by Fated Blue on October 21, 2008

 

 

In this Oct. 19, 2006 file photo, acid-tonged fashion critic Mr. Blackwell, Richard Blackwell, gets a kiss from his declared best dressed dog winner, during an event promoting Dine With Your Dog Day at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, in Los Angeles. Blackwell died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 of complications from an intestinal infection, publicist Harlan Boll said.

In this Oct. 19, 2006 file photo, acid-tonged fashion critic Mr. Blackwell, Richard Blackwell, gets a kiss from his declared best dressed dog winner, during an event promoting "Dine With Your Dog Day" at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, in Los Angeles. Blackwell died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 of complications from an intestinal infection, publicist Harlan Boll said.

 

 

Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86.

Blackwell died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from an intestinal infection, publicist Harlan Boll said.

Blackwell, whose first name was Richard, was a little-known dress designer when he issued his first tongue-in-cheek criticism of Hollywood fashion disasters for 1960 — long before Joan Rivers and others turned such ridicule into a daily affair.

Year after year, he would take Hollywood’s reigning stars and other celebrities to task for failing to dress in what he thought was the way they should.

Being dowdy was bad enough, but the more outrageous clothing a woman wore, the more biting his criticism. He once said a reigning Miss America looked “like an armadillo with cornpads.”

A few other examples:

Madonna: “The Bare-Bottomed Bore of Babylon.”

Barbra Streisand: “She looks like a masculine Bride of Frankenstein.”

Christina Aguilera: “A dazzling singer who puts good taste through the wardrobe wringer.”

Meryl Streep: “She looks like a gypsy abandoned by a caravan.”

Sharon Stone: “An over-the-hill Cruella DeVille.”

Lindsay Lohan: “From adorable to deplorable.”

Patti Davis: “Packs all the glamour of an old, worn-out sneaker.”

Ann-Margret: “A Hells Angel escapee who invaded the Ziegfeld Follies on a rainy night.”

Camilla Parker-Bowles: “The Duchess of Dowdy.”

Bjork: “She dances in the dark — and dresses there, too.”

Spears: “Her bra-topped collection of Madonna rejects are pure fashion overkill.”

The critic acknowledged he had mixed feelings about appearing so publicly mean. Most of the women he put through the wringer, he said, were people he genuinely admired for their talent if not their fashion sense.

“The list is and was a satirical look at the fashion flops of the year,” he said in 1998. “I merely said out loud what others were whispering. … It’s not my intention to hurt the feelings of these people. It’s to put down the clothing they’re wearing.”

He told the Los Angeles Times in 1968 that designers were forgetting that their job “is to dress and enhance women. … Maybe I should have named the 10 worst designers instead of blaming the women who wear their clothes.”

Surprisingly, the woman who topped his worst-dressed list for 1982 (announced in early 1983) was the newly married Diana, Princess of Wales. He said she had gone from “a very young, independent, fresh look” to a “tacky, dowdy” style. She quickly regained her footing and wound up as a regular on Blackwell’s favorites list, the “fabulous fashion independents.”

Blackwell had started out as an actor himself, having been spotted by a talent agent while still in his teens. He landed a job as an understudy in the Broadway production of Sidney Kingsley’s heralded drama “Dead End.”

Although he got to play the role of the Dead End Kids’ leader on stage only one time, it led him to Hollywood where he landed bit parts in such films as “Little Tough Guy” (uncredited) and “Juvenile Hall” (as Dick Selzer).

He abandoned his acting career in 1958 after failing to make it in movies and switched to fashion design. He claimed to be the first to make designer jeans for women, and his salon had begun to attract a few Hollywood names when he issued his first list covering the fashion faux pas of 1960. (Italian star Anna Magnani and Gabor were among his early victims.)

It quickly brought him the celebrity he had long coveted, and he quickly became a favorite on the TV talk show circuit. He hosted his own show, “Mr. Blackwell Presents,” in 1968 and appeared as himself in such TV shows as “Matlock” and “Matt Houston.”

In 1992, he sued Johnny Carson for claiming that he had added Mother Teresa to his list, saying the comment exposed him to hatred and ridicule. NBC’s response was that the “Tonight Show” host was obviously joking.

“Did you see what he said about Mother Teresa? ‘Miss Nerdy Nun is a fashion no-no,'” Carson had said. “Come on now, that’s just too much.”

During his heyday the issuing of Blackwell’s annual list was an eagerly anticipated media event.

On the second Tuesday in January he would assemble reporters at his mansion for a lavish breakfast before making a dramatic entrance for the television cameras.

By the turning of the millennium, however, the list had lost its juice and Blackwell took to issuing it by e-mail.

Born Richard Sylvan Selzer in 1922, Blackwell recounted in his autobiography, “From Rags to Bitches,” a troubled, poverty-ridden childhood in which he was variously a truant, thief and prostitute.

He is survived by Robert Spencer, his partner of nearly 60 years.

Yumemiru Musical Paradise Event Welcomes Iconic Designers Angelic Pretty and Gothic Folk Duo Kokusyoku Sumire

Posted in entertainment, internet news, Random by Fated Blue on October 17, 2008

California-based Lolita Fashion Collective Cosplay Oneesan will host celebrated Japanese clothing label Angelic Pretty and eclectic New Classical ensemble Kokusyoku Sumire at “Yumemiru Musical Paradise” an exclusive event at Los Angeles’ Kyoto Grand Hotel, Nov 8-9, 2008.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA Oct 16 ,2008 — Cosplay Oneesan will host Yumemiru Musical Paradise, an all Lolita fashion event featuring Angelic Pretty and Kokusyoku Sumire band members, Sachi and Yuka, as guests of honor. A celebration of Lolita fashion, lifestyle and community, this will be the first event of its kind held in the US. American Lolita enthusiasts will be able to purchase clothing and accessories from the popular Sweet Lolita brand Angelic Pretty. The label’s Magical Boutique, a treasure trove of lace, frills and ribbon, will be open for guests to peruse at their leisure. The event will also feature the first US performance by Kokusyoku Sumire, whose unique blend of traditional and avant-garde Japanese music has cultivated a devoted following both at home and abroad.

For the uninitiated, Lolita fashion is a Japanese subcultural phenomenon, that is distinctive for its intricately crafted, historically influenced clothing. While there are many subgroups within Lolita fashion, designs are invariably bold, eccentric and unashamedly cute. The fashion has inspired a whole lifestyle in and of itself in both Japan and abroad.Cosplay Oneesan is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Lolita Fashion in the US. Brought together by a shared love of high-quality lace and oversized bows, Oneesan members seek to preserve the integrity and the independence of this comparatively new movement.

“I believe, like with any subculture, evolution is inevitable,” contends Cosplay Oneesan member Lynda Leung, a force within the US Lolita community for over ten years. “However, Lolita fashion is still in its early stages, and is extremely vulnerable to influences who may not appreciate the nuances of this self-contained movement. There are entities who would seek to exploit the popularity of Lolita fashion and do not care about its long term prosperity. We are holding this event to encourage Lolitas to remain independent of these influences, and we hope to guide the fashion in a direction that remains authentic to its origins.”
Cosplay Oneesan’s event will be a rare opportunity for US Lolita enthusiasts to purchase from Angelic Pretty’s coveted Magical Boutique. The majority of the brand’s merchandise is only available in Japan, and is relatively difficult to acquire internationally. An iconic name among Sweet Lolita devotees, Angelic Pretty emphasize depictions of childlike innocence and are famed for their innovative fantasy themes.

Formed in 2004, Kokusyoku Sumire (Japanese for Black Violet) are a musical duo who combine classical Japanese opera and folk styles with a modern Visual Kei-inspired twist. Multi-instrumentalists Yuka and Sachi are model poster girls for the Lolita movement, both in their highly stylized appearance and their fondness of fairytales and traditional Japanese folklore. With an eclectic sound that draws from many musical genres, Kokusyoku Sumire will treat guests to the enchanting spectacle of their live show, and undoubtedly add to their rapidly growing international fanbase. The band will be building on the success of their 2007 appearances in France with their debut performance in the US.

About Cosplay Oneesan:
Founded in 2004, Cosplay Oneesan (NPO) is the premier Gothic & Lolita fashion event company in America. Our focus is on forming communities that are self-sufficient and non-profit based to enhance and enrich the enjoyment of their participants, by creating and sponsoring large scale events that bring Japanese fashionable culture to America in an unadulterated, true to it’s roots format.