Posts Tagged ‘ Necklaces

‘Hippy’ is the New Black (Apparently)

According to the New York Post, this Summer’s beachwear (the northern hemisphere’s at least) is all about looking like a ‘hippy’. Not that I have a problem with hippies (except vegans, well, vegans in general), but from the pictures that were published it just looks like an excuse to wear your mother’s hand-me-downs, making special consideration not to pick anything that goes with anything else. I’m also curious to how my mother’s hand-me-downs are suddenly considered ‘hippy’ because she surely was not (it would definitely make the stories at Christmas a lot more exciting if she was).

Hippie-inspired summer beachwear perfect for tanning and drinking cocktails - NYPOST.com Hippie-inspired summer beachwear perfect for tanning and drinking cocktails - NYPOST.com

As you can imagine with any accepted fashion trend, the clothing and accessories related to it are never cheap, and this ‘hippy-inspired’ beach party is no exception. Giuseppe Zanotti sandals for USD$1,041; Limpopo necklace for USD$350; Nanette Lepore Skort (what the hell is a skort?) for USD$99; Jean Paul Gaultier tunic and bikini for a cheap USD$390 and USD$295, respectively; necklace from Patricia Field, USD$72; Hei Hei shorts for USD$58; the list goes on and on. And you can see just like I can, these are not fancy items, they’re crappy bits and pieces that look like they were made by some girl with too much hair in too many places that only bathes in the ocean, wears nothing but frangipanis in her hair and whose name is Experience. Come to think of it, I remember making one of those necklaces for my mother for mother’s day in art in primary school.

Hippie-inspired summer beachwear perfect for tanning and drinking cocktails - NYPOST.com Hippie-inspired summer beachwear perfect for tanning and drinking cocktails - NYPOST.com

People will pay though, people will pay.

Pino…

Stix + Stones

When I first saw Stix + Stones I was really struck by how incredibly simple yet brilliant they were, until I saw the price. In one hand you have a striking, customisable necklace that will most likely look with almost anything you wear, with quite a bit of technology in those little ‘stix’, and in other you have a couple of bits of metal hanging on a chord.

There are two types: the Basic Stix + Stones for USD$99 and the Full Stix + Stones for a steep USD$159. At time of writing I am still torn between should I buy it, should I not? This isn’t something that you can simply buy a cheaper version of or even buy a similar product as this product really does sit pretty far outside of the box. Also, if I did buy it, would I buy the full or just the basic? The designer inside me would kick me again and again if I didn’t buy the full but the full IS USD$159 JUST for a metal and chord necklace (that’s not taking into account the conversion or the shipping).

Lichen Studio -- Full Stix + Stones Lichen Studio -- Basic Stix + Stones
Lichen Studio -- Full Stix + Stones Lichen Studio -- Basic Stix + Stones
Lichen Studio -- Full Stix + Stones Lichen Studio -- Basic Stix + Stones

I think I am going to have to sleep on this one, for now.

Pino…

Discovering Vivienne Westwood (sort-of).

A friend of mine spends a good chunk of our conversations going on and on about Vivienne Westwood (necklaces in particular). She did it to the point of just saying ‘Vivienne Westwood necklace‘ on many occasions as if that was a substitute for friendly banter. I thought I’d be the good friend and do some research of my own and actually find out who Vivienne Westwood is/was and what is so good about her wears (it is a she, isn’t it?).

Upon my search I found some very impressive fakes (or ‘replicas’ as they call them, almost as if they were toy planes) amongst the genuine articles with nothing but the price to separate them. Below is some of the ‘replicas’:

Now I’m not the sort of guy to wear a necklace or bracelet but if I was I’d be buying the ‘replicas’ over the genuine articles any day! Is that wrong? Does this mean I’m going to fashion hell? Probably, but luckily Jesus wore nothing but sandals and rags and Buddha was a prince-cum-homeless guy so as far as references and credible character witnesses at the hearing on judgement day are concerned, I think I’m covered :).

Pino…