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Could Taylor Momsen be our new fashion icon? Who needs wacky Deyn?

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Most of my generation has grown up watching the Olsen twins on television. I must admit that I have always been drawn to their sense of style and interpretation of creativness. Mary Kate and Ashley have many projects under their wings including a clothing line named, Elizabeth and James but more recently, they have delved into writing a book entitled, Influence. The funny thing is that they bend the focus of their collection into a vignette of raw interviews of fascinating people who have shaped them, not the other way around. Their book fixates on people such as Jack Pierson, David Collins, and Robert Lee Morris who have influence their journey into developing their unique spirit. Eventually they reveal their ideas on creative distinction between feeders of the public such as Andy Worhol and more reclusive artists who don’t pay attention to the visions of the outside world. I can’t wait to get my copy of this book!

Influence by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

Influence by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

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I was reading some blogs today and ran across this hilarious post in NYMag.com’s, The Cut about Rachel Zoe. I will say I’m sad that her new reality show, The Rachel Zoe Project has already aired it’s season finale. She has this excessive boho thing going on which I’m totally into right now.

Will ‘The Rachel Zoe Project’ See a Second Season?

The season finale of the not-so-warmly received Rachel Zoe Project is tonight on Bravo. The first season seemed so short — we can’t believe it’s nearly over. Then again, The Real Housewives of Atlanta just started and we suppose the world can only take so much shameless consumerism in These Economic Times. Indeed, New York Times television critic Ginia Bellafante called Zoe “a pox on humanity” and her “mad consumption … downright unseemly.” Sensitive Zoe — who cried when she found a post about herself on this blog — has memorized all of this, of course. She tells the L.A. Times:

“It was the strangest thing in the world for someone who has never met me to accuse me of making our society superficial,” Zoe says. “Judging the state of society based on me? A ‘pox’? This show is not an effort to solve world issues. It’s a bit of glamour, a bit of an escape.”

Or just another shameless spender for the world to joyfully resent/envy? However one sees it, the first episode’s ratings were better than the first episode of Project Runway‘s. So it seems rather odd that Bravo hasn’t confirmed if it will shoot a second season. “Nothing’s official, but if Bravo asks, I’d love to. I can take it,” Zoe says. Maybe you can, Zoe. But can the world?

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I haven’t been posting much since we have been experiencing this global failure in our economy. Basically I had a conniption (quite literally, I was yelling) about the whole mentality of my interest in fashion which I have decided to make my career. The exact thought process stemmed from the idea of superficiality, as the way we dress is the result of disgusting consumerism displayed as the outer lining of who we want people to see us as. Although my sole interest in fashion is not elitism, how does one produce great style without seeming narcissistic when fashion lives in an alternate universe filled with excessive primping of self image? Don’t get me wrong, I die when I see vintage Valentino, melt if I could wear Balmain, and dressing the part feels powerful but I would like to think its not my sole reason for purpose. With that said I am feeling this wave of ’70’s bohemian thing going on, excessive jewelry and flowery prints…

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My little sister Sarah (who takes after me and takes all my clothes) has started a blog about her own style! Here is an intro and her blog at http://thefinestthings1.blogspot.com/!!!!!!
Sarah posing at my University's Free Expression Tunnel

Sarah posing at my University's Free Expression Tunnel

Hi guys! So I was overcome with the urge to create a blog since I’ve been following Scott Schuman’s “The Sartorialist” and watching The Rachel Zoe Project online, which I’m totally in love with. Both of my sisters have been blogging for a while now, and I have finally joined the ranks.

Title explanation: My friends Angela, Bobby, Mo and I started a club called the “Finest Things Club” after viewing The Office’s “Finer Things Club”. It is a highly cultured book club featuring works of author’s around the world. Bored with the few hangout options the Raleigh/Cary area offered, we started a similar club, but instead of reading, we do “cultured activities” on the weekends such as outdoor movies at the museum, tea parties, and street painting festivals.

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I’ve found a new respect to the idea of, “everything in excess and nothing in moderation.” To flaunt extreme style is to create a buzz. So let them talk!

Lost and Found New Yorkers

James Stevenson reflects on the life of Morris Lapidus, a New York architect with Russian roots, whose famous creations include the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Hotels in Miami.

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New York Times’ Screen Test – Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. Thank goodness for Lanvin for the world would be filled with mere trends and no innovation.

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