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Despite the fact that Smashing Pumpkins‘ frontman Billy Corgan demonstrates his daft sense of style with his signature floor length Prada-esque metallic skirt, striped socks and patent leather oxfords, fans of the band typically choose a more mainstream sense of style, opting for the comfort of a nondescript tshirt, Levis and Chuck Taylors.

The Pumpkins’ recent show at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, only served to firmly establish the premise that the Chicago area Pumpkins fans really dont care or know much about fashion. The predominantly male audience of twenty and thirtysomethings looked more akin to those attending a comic book or gaming convention, with oversized tshirts, ill-fitting jeans and New Balance running shoes. A smattering opted for the suburban mall look, sporting the tired Abercrombie/American Eagle buttondown and Rainbow flips. A daring few attempted the L.A. look by wearing Affliction or Ed Hardy, but failed to realize that saggy Levis and running shoes really do not complete that look.

Advertising the fact that your entire wardrobe comes from tired mall stores seemed to be the theme, with the female crowd choosing to go with the Charlotte Russe/Forever 21/Delia’s look. Although premium denim was more prominent with the women, there were more than a few ladies that needed a gentle reminder that muffin tops are not a fashion accessory. The most common denim of choice was Seven, followed by True Religion. Style of denim did not vary, as the ultra low rise flared was the only visible jean style. The women mirrored their male counterparts when it came to the shoe choice, as most had on flips or running shoes. Those carrying purses reaffirmed the run-of-the-mill shopping mall selection, as Coach and Dooney & Bourke were the hands down favorites. Those choosing to break the mold carried Juicy Couture.

Admittedly, the Midwest has never been known for its cutting edge style when it comes to fashion, as most dress mainly for function and convenience. However, it is ironic that such a fashion iconoclast like Billy Corgan can draw such fervent Midwestern fans who derive such little wardrobe inspiration from their idol.

******OK I would have taken pics, but I had to go take the camera back to the car because they didnt allow any cameras in the place 😦 think cause its a casino venue…..

But it was so much like Lolla, yucky clothes on rank fat people. I had on a Missoni tank tunic with leggings and my lovely Lambertson Truex ankle boots and I swear people looked at me like I was from Mars. oh well, theres noplace like New York for sure.

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I have never felt this lonely before, is what I thought as I left the theater and strolled home smelling the chilly night air. Past windows of restaurants filled with the facade of people talking about their perception of life and analyzing. The act of conversation includes such simple universal gestures that make one feel included into society. I pictured myself seated at one of the empty tables surrounded by the voices of stories that I would only overhear and not respond to. I could go an entire day without speaking to anyone, as the art of speech makes the human race distinct with intelligence. I had just finished watching a movie about the balance of love and independence and the emotions of the film were still felt weighing my heart. At times like these, I always hear the beautifully harsh minor chords of Chopin’s Nocturne op. 48 clanging in my head. I wanted access to the world, to fulfill and create a greater vision for myself, these things I could make choices about but I can’t make choices about who I can share it with.

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A good friend of mine, Michelle Groenings will be guest blogging about, “music therefore fashion.” Look out for her posts!!!

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Brideshead Revisited“, directed by Julian Jarrold and starring Matthew Goode is a delicious visual film filled with beautifully dressed characters. I love the way all the young lads are tailored in fine suits and throw a simple scarf with a slender tie.

Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte

Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte

Sebastian Flyte

Sebastian Flyte

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Evidence of globalization can be seen in the works of designers such as Matthew Williamson, Naeem Khan, Zac Posen, and Christian Dior.

Mischa Barton in Matthew Williamson

Mischa Barton in Matthew Williamson

Naeem Khan Resort 2009 courtesy www.style.com

Naeem Khan Resort 2009 courtesy http://www.style.com

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I’ve never been a fan of chintzy logo pieces that scream, “Gucci” or “Vuitton!” I usually cringe when I see someone walking towards me with a huge “H” embossed on their belt buckle or a popped collar lined with Burberry’s signature plaid. Don’t get me wrong I love Frida Giannini‘s fall/winter ’08 interpretation of the chic bohemian in skinny black embroidered pants with tassels (Yes, the skinny pants are here to stay, a keep for your winter wardrobe). But the loud gold horse bit jewelery or kissing reversed “G’s” just make me wonder, “do people love Gucci because of their use of high quality, lustrous textiles or because they can show off their luxury pieces?” My interpretation of luxury? Find a good tailor to adjust classic, minimalistic basics that can be paired up with a signature top with great embellishments or a statement necklace with intricate details. In the end you will feel more luxurious in made to fit quality pieces than walking around as an ad for Vuitton’s, “Joke Line.”

Louis Vuittons, Joke Line courtesy www.kristopherdukes.com

Louis Vuitton's, "Joke Line" courtesy http://www.kristopherdukes.com

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Ecstatic to see the weekend, I spent most of Saturday afternoon meandering the aisles at Bed Bath and Beyond. Right by my apartment and very dangerous because I tend to load up on organizational items. With new purchased motivation to clean, I found a lookbook from a company called development by Erica Davies and fell in love with their laid back California layered simplicity. Now my wall is covered with their looks! Here are some of my favorite pieces… Enjoy!

My decorated wall!

My decorated wall!

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