1. Dope Beanie, $194 by Funky Bling
2. Snake Sweater, $190 by Opening Ceremony
3. Eye Printed Mini, $240 by Kenzo
4. Insect Scarf, $36 by TOPSHOP
5. Abstract Hand Painted Party Tank, $48 by Kindah
6. Hand Painted Batik Fringe Duster, $249 by Di$count
7. Pineapple Shorts, $37 by Lazy Oaf
8. Cartoons On Acid Dress, $108 by Coveted Society
9. Karl Bag, $833 by Yazbukey
Sometimes we all need a good pick me up on those drab days that are riddled with melancholy. These rad finds are sure to put you in a good mood, no matter how boring your Summer has started off feeling. Check out fASHLIN's top finds this week below:
I’m a 90s kid with real-life reference to specific pieces of childhood nostalgia, and because of that adoration coupled with my generally unorthodox nature, I often fawn over the idea of what it might have been like to experience the 90s culture from a teenage mall goth club kid perspective. Today's counter-culture 90's children wish we could raise our teenage freak flag in the decade that started the grunge mentality. It is this nostalgic longing for such aesthetics that has ultimately led to an internet-based cyberculture that is responsible for taking samples of early 90s pop-culture and turning it into a completely new way of life, often through heavy use of different visuals and blogging platforms such as Tumblr. The 1990s acts as a petri dish for the reinvention of our fondest memories into new and inspired avenues of creative self-expression, especially in the realms of what we listen to and how we dress. It feels electrifyingly fresh, but is firmly rooted with impressions engrained from our past.
If I take this modality of thinking and pair it with my natural fondness for Japanese culture or various metaphysical philosophies, then I am left with an ability to more easily identify the origins of nu-goth, pastel goth, pastel grunge, kawaii grunge, seapunk, icepunk, slimepunk or any other internet-based subculture that resonates with my personal interests. They become much more substantial than any sort of casually accepted prerequisites, such as “having turquoise hair” or “wearing flower headbands”. It is more about the emotional connection that these different physical aspects invoke within the individual, not the generic emblematic portrayal of their respective stereotype. People who focus solely on the physical attributes of these niches do not grasp the bigger picture, and are doomed to rely solely on external sources instead of becoming their own.
It is really not surprising that many of these hashtag genres are dripping with heavy surrealism when you consider that most of the ideologies represented are coming from several individual's subconscious minds. It takes a lot of various images to be able to properly convey something as abstract as an idea or feeling. These subcultures represent a group mentality that is ultimately left open to interpretation by the viewer, in a manner similar to using various symbols to decipher your dreams. The imagery used in Seapunk triggered the inspiration for several other hybrid-genres to emerge under a separate sphere of influence with their own unique common interests, most notably Slimepunk. This also explains why so many of these tags are short-lived; their content is relentlessly evolving so rapidly, that a lot of the smaller niches have already switched gears before they had any real chance of gaining some sort of group momentum in the process.
What then, do we call this creative mutable entity existing within each of us, equipped with many names and such tremendous transformative power? Perhaps we simply call it inspiration, or happiness: something that is constantly sought after and always fleeting. Inspiration is perpetual, so we chase inspiration in hopes of finally capturing our happiness for good. What I do know, is that pastel things make me happy. Acid wash, DIY and attitude from cats make me happy. Mysticism, 90s Nickelodeon television shows and poorly-misguided celebrity decisions make me happy. If I can encompass all of these truths into one intangible sphere of influence, on top of transforming this force into a variety of material presence, then as long as I am draped in pastel, I'll really be covered in happiness.
Teen Dream Sequin Billy Crop Sweater
$378 from Wildfox Couture
Chiffon Sunflower Cut Out Dress
$33 from Go Jane
Stripey Sue T-Shirt Dress
$38.59 from ASOS
Wool Ear Hat
$19 from July Joy
Anti-Valentine's Day Insult Heart Candy Kawaii Sweatshirt
$45 from fASHLIN
Fun Fur & Dalmation Mini Backpack
$580 from Nasir Mazhar
All Blogs Tee
$26 from American Apparel
fASHLIN has noticed that a lot of insanely popular fashion bloggers have fallen into a similar trap. They resort to the Holy Trinity of footwear--Jeffrey Campbell, Brand Collaborations featuring Jeffrey Campbell (i.e. Wildfox, Black Milk Clothing, etc.), and UNIF (most notably the Hellbounds)—as the only seemingly feasible styling options in the realm of shoes. While Jeffrey Campbell is quite possibly a mad genius and beyond worthy of the amazing recognition that he has built for himself, his shoes are not the only existing form of acceptable footwear. There are so many artfully talented fashion bloggers who rely entirely too much on the credibility that these brands of shoes supposedly provide. In actuality, what they provide is a guaranteed likeability; the safest "alternative" choice in stereotypically edgy footwear that is presently available; the mainstream opinion of what rad shoes should be. Jeffrey Campbell's talent and creative ingenuity alone have ultimately guaranteed him the cult following that he so rightly deserves. His ability to recycle ideas from the past and infuse them into the present is what makes his shoes so interesting and highly coveted in the first place. My issue is not with Jeffrey Campbell's talent or popularity, but with these so-called 'pioneers of fashion' who have lazily conceded their own creative perspective in footwear over to a pre-determined sure thing. I use the word lazy because you cannot identify yourself as being a styling genius while simultaneously relying on a heavily talented designer 99.9% of the time for all of your choices in a particular area of your supposed proficiency. It demonstrates a blatant lack of effort that is the antithesis of what a fashion intuitive is supposed to be. You can have all of the creative stylings of Susie Bubble, but if you choose to water it down with redundant footwear, you might as well be holding up a sign that says,
"I DON'T CARE." The interesting thing is that most of these bloggers do care a great deal, to the point that some of them have made fashion blogging their career, or at the very least a vast majority of their day-to-day lives. So what is their excuse? Perhaps there is some sort of secretive allure or professional justification behind the idea of consistently wearing a new shoe from the same-old designer that fASHLIN simply has yet to fully grasp.
One particular brand of shoes that bumps creative ingenuity straight off the radar of mainstream popularity is the crazy Japanese-obsessed fun brand, Irregular Choice. Designer Dan Sullivan uses his love and knowledge of Japanese street fashion to create his typical over-the-top signature styles that vary anywhere between the slightly unusual to highly stylized pieces of wearable art. The overall diversity and range that Irregular Choice provides allows for a multitude of unique styling options that are sure to help create an unforgettable look. This is merely one styling alternative to help you get out of the habit of forfeiting your shoe selection to only one brand, and while both Irregular Choice and Jeffrey Campbell are wholeheartedly awesome choices, be sure to put in the effort and change it up every once in a while. Here are a few of our favorites from Irregular Choice below:
Finnish designer Daniel Palillo is injecting into the world of fashion a healthy dose of dark humor through his pop-culture meets cyber-occult design aesthetic. His typical creative devices while graphically bold are symbol oriented and relatively simple, with a heavy influence of animation paired with jarring text. Sharp contrasting colors, esoteric subject matter and a bit of whimsy are packaged neatly inside the silhouettes of clothing that looks like it belongs in a Spike Lee movie from another universe. Always a sucker for anything resembling Tokyo street style, fASHLIN puts Daniel Palillo up alongside the ranks of KTZ for a battle of who can do it better. From Daniel Palillo's website:
"Palillo’s universe is situated in a time after the Internet where new styles are developed from unidentified objects; created among gangs who communicate with an enigmatic language. Here, only shirts with words speak and caps with antennas listen. The end."
Holographic notions are no longer strictly reserved for club kids, cyber glam enthusiasts or your various government issued forms of identification. With #icepunk starting to pick up momentum in the music scene (think of it like post-witch haus), the same can be said for its insurgence into the realm of fashion. Icy-silver holographic pieces have steadily transcended across t-shirts, purses and other accessories over the past two years with a subtle nuance to 90's revival, but for the most part up until now were mostly derived from smaller, independent labels targeting an even smaller niche trend. Now that luxury designers like Proenza Schouler, Sigerson Morrison and Theyskens' Theory have each integrated holographic pieces into their A/W 2012 collections, it is safe to assume that an abundance of rave aesthetics will most likely be infiltrating a broader scope of the industry, leaving more viable options for Tumblr-specific genres to choose from than ever before.
One of the most highly anticipated pieces this Fall was the drop of Hussein Chalayan's silver holographic spray on leggings. With his A/W 2012 collection finally available in expensive online boutiques, one might assume that the mainstream population would be geared more towards his geometric color-blocked pieces and tailored suit jackets. However, it was his silver holo leggings that completely sold out at Net-A-Porter for $965 before they even made it off the new arrivals page. Avid fans are practially foaming at the mouth and ripping their hair out in anticipation for Chalayan's matching holographic oxfords to be released, and who can blame them? They are almost as exciting as Miss Noir's Custom Lisa Frank Platform Creepers, inspired by Jeremy Scott's psychedelic Fall 2012 runway show. Perhaps the only disappointing factor about designer icepunk finds is the heavily inflated price point. Most snazzy young style enthusiasts we know can appreciate a more affordable alternative as compared to their luxury counterparts. With this in mind, Etsy is a great venue to not only support 100% handmade and vintage wares, but uncover a plethora of diverse styling options that won't leave you fashionably homeless. Check out some of the artisen options for holographic greatness this Fall below:
It can be difficult trying to discern how to reasonably incorporate rainbow colored pieces into your wardrobe, without looking like you accidentally left your fuzzy stuffed animal backpack filled with lollies at home. However, it is more than possible to easily integrate a multitude of brightly colored options and not come across looking like a candy kid off to their next rave. The trick is not being afraid to mix and match bold patterns, and knowing when to highlight pieces using texture and accessories. Once you get the hang of implementing these ideas, colors and patterns become less intimidating and infinitely more exciting. Check out the specs of our three outfits below: