The Fashion Rabbit

by Aly on Monday, November 28, 2011

Anthropologie Silk Top, Cheap Monday sheer black maxi, Pucci head scarf.

by Aly on Saturday, November 12, 2011

Anthropologie Leapard Jacket, Gap Sequins Scarf & Vintage Silver Collar.

by Aly on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Anthropologie Sun dress, Gap Sequins Scarf, Pucci head Scarf & Dior Wig.

by Aly on Friday, November 4, 2011

Vintage Dior Silk top, Urban Tennis Skirt, Gap Sequins Head wrap, Nordstrom Pearls & Dior Brunette Wig.

by Aly on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Elizabeth and James button down, Hinge Silk Trousers, Michael Kors Platforms, YSL creme lipstick.

Love, Marc

by Aly on Sunday, October 2, 2011

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, American Apparel scoop neck tee, Marc Jacobs Bar Jacket, Joes Skinnys, Steve Madden Boots, and Marc by Marc Messenger.

J'adore Dior!

by Aly on Sunday, May 29, 2011

Emilio Pucci Scarf, Splendid white tee, Banana Republic Monogram trousers, Louis Vuitton Speedy 25, DVF Opal Wedges, Marc by Marc sunglasses, Marc by Marc belt cuff.

After much thought I've finally decided on an outfit to wear for my first day at Dior! I actually wore these trousers with a button down for my first interview, but this time I wanted to put together a look what was a bit more casual, but also on trend with the "casual dress" in Paris.  The trousers I found brand new at Second Time Around for $15, and the scarf I had been drooling over at work until it got marked down for women's half yearly! I think that the scarf is the perfect finishing touch to dress up the outfit just enough.

Now that I've figured out what to wear, I'm still a little apprehensive about my move to the city tomorrow, and also about my last day at Nordstrom, because for once in my life I'm really content in both my living situation and at the workplace.. its hard to leave something good and trust that what you're moving to will be better.  I feel like the only way that my life could be better though.... is if I lived in New York.  (This is really stupid, but when I saw the Glee finale my heart skipped when I saw the scene where Kurt and Rachel share breakfast at Tiffany's!) 

I've only ever visited the city a handful of times, but I know that there are many more places to explore.  Each summer I set some goals for myself, most of which I actually accomplish, so this summer I want to set some that are a bit more challenging.  A few of my goals for the summer will be to learn french (again), take photos each week either for personal purposes or artistically, keep up my blog, and find my boyfriend an apartment for September.  I hope to post soon, my first day will be June 1 and I hope to post again after I move.



by Aly on Monday, April 18, 2011

HM puff sleeve top, Anthropologie Dress, Vintage metallic woven belt, Urban Outfitters knee-highs, Kork Ease platform sandals.

This shoot was definitely inspired by the recent set of photos featured in Vogue's celebration of Grace Coddington's 70th birthday! I was particularly inspired by one photo of a bedroom full of cakes representing the volatile relationship between women and their birthdays.  I wanted to use this relationship as an inspiration by including the ladder in this shoot, but constantly trying to avoid any interaction with it through my body language.

For those of you who don't know, Grace is the Creative Director of Vogue (US), and her job included orchestrating the editorial shoots in the back of the magazine.  She has an unbelievable imaginative way of creative expression, and also a deep affection for high-end fashion.  She is a constant inspiration for these shoots. Happy Birthday Grace!



by Aly on Sunday, April 10, 2011

DVF striped resort top, HM striped henley, Urban Outfitters sheer maxi skirt, Nordstrom black tights, DVF Opal Wedges.

This shoot was sort of spontaneous.. I left work once I hit the break room and saw the amazing light!  I haven't posted pictures from the original shoot incorporating the ladder, but regardless I wanted to try it out again in an open environment.  Ian and I climbed the hill outside of his house to this small extension of a park that overlooks the city.  I liked how the park (on a hill) and the ladder worked together to build an environment that was unstable.

This weekend Ian and I rented a couple Fellini movies, which everyone should watch! Please don't dismiss the fact that these movies are old.. because they are simply stunning!  Try and check out La Dolce Vita from your local library!  The way that Fellini portrayed the women as  glamorous vixens really inspired me to strive to achieve this same power in my character.  Enjoy the photos!


Shot in the Dark

by Aly on Friday, April 1, 2011

Dolce Vita cape, Vintage padded tee, Vintage silk maxi, Zodiac over knee boots.

This shoot fulfilled the requirement for a portrait assignment in my photo class.  I wanted high contrast, paired with a lack of emotion.  I like how the photos in black and white really captured the drama that I had hoped for.  The makeup and head piece are consistent with the previous shoots, but I this time I made the lines more crisp to add a little dimensionality to the face.  My friend Tiffany was a great model, she really captured the look that I was going for.  Now that I feel that I have a handle on the creature, or the model that I have created for the portrait, in future shoots I would like to see how the creature interacts with the environment.  



by Aly on Sunday, March 27, 2011

I tried to schedule another shoot with a model, and because of a last minute cancellation I forced Ian to let me take his picture instead! I only got one nice shot, and although he refused to wear makeup, I wanted to achieve a feeling of being wrapped, in the headpiece.  I am considering taking color photos next, I want to put a little more thought into the styling and sites for shooting. I hope you like them!



by Aly on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Banana Republic dress, American Apparel thigh highs, Frye Clogs.

Recently at the MFA, I experienced a magnificent Richard Avedon exhibit!  Avedon shot fashion photos that appeared on the pages of vogue amongst other major fashion publications, but beyond the fashion world, his work possessed an element of intrigue, his photos showed active moments in fashion. I decided to use his work as an inspiration for my second shoot of this series that critiques the ridiculousness of fashion.

Avedon's photos not only effectively captured movement, but they also relied heavily on obscurity, and as many of us know, obscurity is what fashion is all about, it is what prompts me to buy the real thing instead of the cheap imitation of a trend.  I tried to mirror his sense of obscurity by encouraging the model to contort her body as much as she could for the shot.

Inspiration for my personal style has always come from something like the provacative theatrics of McQueen, or the active photos of Avedon that force the viewer to want to live in this fabricated world. Enjoy the photos, more to come!



by Aly on Friday, February 18, 2011

Vintage wool faux fur walker, Citizen Ava denim, Frye Harness boots, Louis Vuitton Speedy 25, Chanel nails in Black Pearl.

I woke up early on Saturday with a pleasant Valentines day surprise–a day trip to the city!  Ian and I barely made it to the bus, and slept until we arrived around 10am.  I have to say, it was nice to not arrive in nasty times square at 2am for a change!  We dined at a fancy brunch place opposite Bryant Park, and then decided to explore some unfamiliar areas before going to Lincoln Center.

The weather was perfect to say the least, and I was so comfortable in my latest purchase, ($10 from second time around), and blue Chanel nails.  We mainly hung around Greenwich, and window shopped on Bleeker street.  It was my first time at Bookmarc, the new Marc Jacobs bookstore, which was a bit of a disappointment–I mean urban has a better book selection, and from what I saw, they pretty much moved all the crap from the Marc by Marc store, you know the keychains and shit and stashed it in whatever space was available.  I guess I was disappointed because I had always imagined it like a coffee shop on capital hill, where you could stay a while?  There was no place to stay here.. too many people (asians).

We continued to window shop around fifth avenue, and took many photos, it was so great to just see display done well for a change.  People were actually crowded outside of Louis Vuitton, it was pure madness but still really awesome.  I want to work on displays that attract people like that.. the whole spectacle of display is what interests me the most.  We finally made it to Lincoln center, (we didn't see any celebrities) and we ate dinner at a hotdog stand! It was a nice relaxing day off of work, and I was so happy to spend it with Ian.


Start Living

by Aly on Monday, February 14, 2011

Anthropologie faux fur coat, Forever 21 button down, Citizen Ava denim, Free People covered wedge booties, RIP my favorite MJ sunglasses.  

I haven't posted in a while.. (an awful way to start a post i know) regardless, I wanted to use this post not only as an obvious transition between seasons, but also to give explanation to some major life changes that will come into play this summer and after I finish school.  In two months I will be having my final review, and although I have had many great reviews in the past, I am most apprehensive about this coming review.  I am both eager and nervous to talk about my work, because I see it as something that I am beginning to enjoy making and presenting for the first time in my art practice.  

I am eager to share with whoever actually reads this, my deep connection to fashion as art.  In my work I am interested in critiquing the ridiulousness of fashion in terms of display, and advertising.  My internship at Anthropologie is nearing an end, and perhaps a new season as well.  I am waiting to hear back from the hiring coordinator in New York about a potential summer position.  In the meantime, I feel that through my art I have only begun to explore my deep connection to display and develop a position that I want to express going forward professionally.  

My boyfriend who will be graduating this June, has been offered a position at a design firm in the city.  He has accomplished so much through persistence, passion and constant hard work, and I only hope that I can mirror his drive as I start my final year in school.  I have always dreamed about, and pictured a busy life in the city and I am eager to start living.  In the future, I hope to post more images of my work, including creative influences and bits and pieces of inspiration.  


Fresh Cuts

by Aly on Thursday, February 10, 2011

MAC Fluid Line in Rich Ground, Givenchy Colorblock blush, Elizabeth and James top.

This photo I recovered from a previous shoot, but it totally captures the way that I'm feeling this week.  I typically go in and out of being health conscious and this week I'm just feeling like I need more energy to get through the day.  I started making time to go to the gym and eat healthier.. (less coffee and croissants) adding more fresh fruits to my diet, and making time to take care of myself in general.  

I noticed an immediate overall better mood, and better skin! I can't thank my Chanel Hydramax Serum for that!  I hope that this post encourages my readers to take a moment for themselves and get back on track.  Also I titled this post Fresh Cuts because I just learned that it is a term used for new sale items (my favorite) at Anthro!  Have a great week and be inspired to take care of yourself!


Black Pearl

by Aly on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Zac Posen dress, Vintage denim Jacket, & Steve Madden oxfords.

You can tell a lot about someone when you look inside their closet.  You would be surprised that some girls actually buy designer fashion, but never wear it.  For this shoot, I wanted to put a look together that really stayed true to the model's personal style.  For me, this vintage Posen really fit in with the styling for Chanel's spring 11 runway.  I re-invented the look by adding serious body to her hair, and duplicating a heavy eye, similar to the black pearl eyeshadow used on the runway. 

Its still winter here, so we wanted to definitely stay inside for the shoot.  We wandered around the college building at school and stumbled upon this space.  The windows reflected light from the brick building behind it, creating this metallic pink light, which also emanated from the dress.

Balancing Act

by Aly

These photos were taken a couple weeks ago, where I was given the opportunity to merchandise most of the day.  I started out merchandising accessories, I mainly cleaned everything up and re-organized items in order of color and size.  We also got in a few new cuffs that I added to the display.  After the store opened, I worked on the bath shelves, and focused on keeping them balanced and neat.  I don't have any pics of them, because I found it really difficult to take my camera on the floor.  The past few weeks I've been fabricating Spring displays, and I intend to take more photos behind the scenes, that unfortunately I will not be able to post.. at least not until they are up for everyone to see.


high contrast

by Aly on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groovin mens fedora, Vintage blazer, belt & black crochet tunic, black express tights, Chelsea Crew oxfords, MAC lipstick in media & Marc by Marc vintage timepiece.

Shooting in the snow is extremely difficult.  I am so thankful that this time I didn't have to brave the cold, but instead I had a beautiful model, and good friend Shani do it for me.  Besides having the most gorgeous natural disco inspired curls, Shani also had so many cool pieces in her closet, most of which used to be worn by her Mom.  I hope to shoot her again, because we didn't get to try as many looks as we had hoped.  For this shoot, I really wanted to juxtapose black against white.. and use the snow to my advantage for once.  I hope you all enjoy the shots, there are definitely more to come.


Color Story

by Aly on Friday, January 28, 2011

I think that everybody lusts after Anthro's displays, because they are fully developed stories executed to perfection.  Each area within the store is designated an element, color or theme, which narrates the most unique experience for each visitor.  For the Spring season, I found that the colors play an integral part to each visit.  I worked mainly in the front section, which is one of the most cared for places in the store.  The lush greenery and heavy print are used to beguile the customer, as well as a very specific set of colors including cobalt, fuschia and a light hue of sap green.  I spent a lot of time admiring the front this morning, probably because I kept having to re-set the front table (above).   It was difficult to set because it is the most important, but also because I'm not use to having to integrate home decor.

Anyway, in between taking photos, I mainly folded down the remaining tables and pranced around in my DVF (which everyone LOVED) and listened in on my two managers tactful deliberation.  The second half of the day was more eventful.  First I changed into my asymetrical flounce top and repotted some plants, painted some wood that will serve as spacers for the front display, and for the rest of the day I took down an old display hanging upstairs with the other intern.  It took a lot longer than I thought, but it was cool because SO MANY customers told us how talented we were and asked if they could have the display that we were taking down--that we didn't make..but took credit for.  At the end of the day, I found out that we hired a few more interns because we have a lot more work for the next few months.. I can't wait!