The Geekier Side Of Style

Goth Anatomy

In Beauty, Fashion, Fine Art, History, Home Design, Movies, Music, Style, Trends on November 19, 2011 at 6:21 am

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The Goth subculture began in England during the 1980s as an offshoot of the post-punk genre. Goth has associated tastes in music, aesthetics and fashion.  According to Wikipedia, gothic music encompasses a number of different styles including Gothic rock, Darkwave, Deathrock, Ethereal, Neo-Medieval and neoclassical and styles of dress within the culture range from punk to Victorian, most often with dark makeup and hair. This post pays ode to all things Tim Burton through his 1999 adaptation of Sleepy Hollow to Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and even Batman.  Here we create a stylish account of an atmosphere filled with darkness and shadows.

Johnny Depp in the 1990 Burton film, Edward Scissorhands.

Valentino lace-appliqued mesh knee boots, $1295.

Rike Feurstein “Annalou” mesh hat, $335.

Antonio Berardi lace top, $1320.

Cellula chandelier from Nunzia Carbone and Tiziano Vudafieri for Anthologie Quartett, Germany (1996), $3080.

Diana von Furstenberg “Harri” jewel-embellished suede box clutch, $375.

Goth inspired Fall/Winter 2012 Campaign.

Dolce & Gabbana charm-embellished woven wool clutch, $3075.

Agent Provocateur “Raphaella” lace and tulle corset, $990.

Lulu Frost “Plaza” silk-satin and bronze number necklace, $350.

Dolce & Gabbana brass and resin cameo ring, $355.

Kiki De Montparnasse lace garter tank top,, $395.

Backstage at the Gucci Spring 2012 Runway Presentation, Milan.

“Black Honey” curved bowl by Arik Levy for .MGX by Materialise, Belgium (2005), $1850.

Stella Tennant, from a fall 2011 Italian Vogue shooting, sporting divine Lacrasia Gloves. This is the goth in the flesh.

Auriele Bidermann blackened silver-dipped cotton-lace ring, $460.

“Nest” chandelier in jet by Yves Behar for Swarovski, Austria (2004), price upon request.

Valentino “Plisse” cashmere-blend and lace scarf, $1396.

Jason Wu preparing backstage for his Fall/Winter runway presentation.

“Fly” chaise by Mark Robson for Zanotta, Italy (2003), $7500.

House of Matching Colors “Palmtree Birthday” dress, $600.

House of Matching Colors “Balloon” dress, $365.

Maria Pryor “Manguita Larga” with sleeves, $620.

Peter Jensen black lace artist smock dress, $280.

Walter Van Beirendonck for Linda Farrow crystal cut sunglasses, $235.

Proenza Schoeler calfskin and suede boots, $1033.

Eskuche, the “45” headphones, $130.

Ann Demeulemeester lace-up leather gloves, $1150. via Feathers, UK.

Opening Ceremony long crochet socks, $280.

Opening Ceremony crochet wrist bag, $150.

Jeremy Scott for Linda Farrow Vintage “Cross” sunglasses, $315.

Jimmy Choo “Flaxman” suede cage sandals, $995.

S.T Dupont x Karl Lagerfeld lighter, $330.

“Clay” coffee table by Maarten Baas for Maarten Baas, Netherlands (2006), $9750.

Alexander Wang “Kirsten” tote, $945.

Chrome Hearts black diamond ring, $5063.

Rodarte for Opening Ceremony lace-up crochet booties, $610.

Pamela Love “Triangle” bead necklace, $1220.

Lanvin brass and Swarovski crystal “Rose” necklace, $1124.

See By Chloe “Rodas” laser-cut leather shoulder bag, $395.

“Tutu Flarelace”  false eyelashes from the Shu Uemura Tokyo Lash Bar, $28.

Alexis Bittar gold and black “Ballerina” cuff, $345.

Smythson “Little Black Book” Wafer notebook, $58.

Alexander McQueen leather and velvet sandals, $585.

MAC for Dsquared2 makeup concept for it’s Spring 2012 Runway Presentation, Milan.

Colette “Black” Musk Oil, $34.

Lace clutch by Bottega Veneta.

Norma Kamali “Zora” stretch mesh and lace swim dress, $525.

Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe ankle boots, $766.

Bumble and Bumble “BLACK” HAIR POWDER, at Bloomingdales.

Pristine diamond “Cone” earring, $5233.

Swarovski Jet Amphora Vitrine, 42oz, $3500.

Tweezerman Luxe Edition Crystal Slant, $100.

Isabel Marant “Pop Color” beaded brass bracelet, $80.

“Naughty” lamp by Jonathan Adler, $395.

Jonathan Adler “Quaaludes” jar, $138.

Swatch x Jeremy Scott watch, $57.

Kiel Mead “Forget Me Knot Ring,” $50.

“Smoke” armchair by Maarten Baas for MOOOl, $5316.

Molami “Twine” Headphones, $340.

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Session on 2012 Spectacles

In Fashion, Geniuses, History, News, Style, Technology, Textiles, Trends on October 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

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In the first century AD, the Emperor Nero of Rome is said to have watched gladiatorial games using an emerald as a corrective lens. And in 12th Century China, flat pieces of smokey quartz served as sunglasses. While materials and shapes of what we call “spectacles” have changed greatly with scientific and creative innovation, fundamentally they still aid our sight.

And so the innovation continues. For spring/summer and fall/winter 2012 unisex sunwear  and optical trends run the gamut, from retro and vintage-inspired from the likes of RETROSUN and Dita, to sci-fi, where Mykita is most likely to take the prize.  And don’t forget everything in between. Perhaps what is pushing the optical category forward most, are the many fashion and optical brand collaborations that are emerging. Ready-to-wear designers are making eyewear integral parts of their collections and in doing so are working with the best optical manufacturers, from Safilo (which produces Prada) to Linda Farrow Vintage (which manufactures Jeremy Scott).  The result–optical quality frames as much on-trend as the apparel that’s hitting the runway.  As we are seeing a flux in the number of fashion trends designers are producing each season, we can expect extensive optical line-ups as well.

Let’s recap the optical and sunwear trends we can expect to see this season and next and introduce some of the trend-right brands that are already making a huge splash the market:

1. Color and Patterns:

Colored shades were all over the runway at Anna Sui's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York.
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  • Summer Rayne Oakes for eco Eyewear is a most colorful selection of optical and sunwear made from 95% recycled materials, $175, The eco brand helps rebuild forests by replanting a tree for every frame sold. Photo courtesy of Modo.

  • Derek Lam’s flare for color, as seen in his ready-to-wear collection, is undeniable, his most popular style being the “Aria,”  frame $375, Photo courtesy of Derek Lam.

  • Get glowing with Karen Walker “Number One’s”, $180, Photo courtesy of Karen Walker.
  • Karen Walker’s  “Va Va” floral motif frames, $200, Photo courtesy of Karen Walker.
  • Rodarte for Opening Ceremony “Roy Orbison”  frames, $235, Photo courtesy of Rodarte.
  • Plaid sunglasses from Bottega Veneta, $420, Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

2. Color blocking:

Color block eyewear was the craze at Nina Ricci's Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Presentation, Paris.
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  • Prada “D-Frames,” $325, Photo courtesy of Prada

  • Striped nautical-inspired frames from Dior Croisette, $325, Photo courtesy of Christian Dior.

3. Vintage-Inspired:

Cat-eyes were lurking at Proenza Schouler's Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Presentation, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York.
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  • Prada gets swirly and curly with its “Minimal Baroque” sunglasses, $290,  Photo courtesy of  Prada.

  • Cateye’s are cool again with Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony, “Barton Parreira Darlings,” $325,  Photo courtesy of Opening Ceremony.


  • Newcomer to the eyewear scene, RETROSUN, brings you original, new old stock, optical quality, vintage designer frames.   Here, a pair of vintage Christian Dior’s, $285, Photo courtesy of RETROSUN.
  • More from RETROSUN, vintage Christian Dior aviators,  $285, Photo courtesy of RETROSUN.
  • Get packing for the Riviera with Dita’s “Marseilles” frames, $350, Photo courtesy of Dita.

4. Futuristic:

Futuristic Inspired eyewear at 3.1 Philip Lim's Spring/Summer Runway Presentation, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York.
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  • Get ready Buck Rogers for Romain Kremer’s “Gordon” frames, $395, Photo courtesy of Mykita.

  • Tom Ford “Daphne” frames, $475, Photo courtesy of Tom Ford.
  • Bernhard Willhelm “Gold Mask” shades, $185, Photo courtesy of Linda Farrow.
  • KZT shields, $355,  Photo courtesy of Linda Farrow.

5. Avant garde and whimsical:

Frames with whimsy were the center of attention at Jeremy Scott's Spring/Summer Runway Presentation, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York.
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  • Alexander Wang’s “Zip-Effect’s Z-Frames,” $390, Photo courtesy of NET-A-PORTER.

  • Alexander Wang’s “Extreme Cat Eye” frames, $355, Photo courtesy of Alexander Wang.

  • Jeremy Scott “Wing” frames are quite fly, $315, Photo courtesy of Linda Farrow.
  • We have you covered with this  Romain Kremer shield, $805,  Photo courtesy of Mykita.
  • Moo Plyasombatkul “Desire One” plastic and ceramic leaf frames just grow on you, $505, Photo courtesy of Moo Plyasombatkul.

6. Gold Noveau:

Gold seashell encrusted sunglasses as seen backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2012 Runway Presentation, Milan.
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  • Jeremy Scott “Caesar,” frames $465, Photo courtesy of Linda Farrow.

  • Bernard Willhelm “Andreas” frames, $400, Photo courtesy of Mykita.

7. Geometrics:

It was Geometry 101 at Karen Walker's Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Presentation, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York.
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  •  The Olsen twins collection, The Row, “Lennon” frames, $410, Photo courtesy of Linda Farrow.

  • Rad Hourani “RAD” frames, couldn’t be more square, $395, Photo courtesy of Mykita.
  • Jeremy Scott “Mickey” frames, $440, Photo courtesy of Linda Farrow.
  • Karen Walker’s “Flight On” frames, $200,  Photo courtesy of Karen Walker.

8. Fetishism:

Blindfold-inspired shields at Alexander McQueen's Fall/Winter 2012 Runway Presentation, London Fashion Week.
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  • KTZ “Armor,” $410, Photo courtesy of Linda Farrow.

  • Time to play peek-a-boo with Jeremy Scott’s “Vintage Hand” frames, $260, Photo courtesy of Linda Farrow.

  • Agent Provocateur “Ride Me” frames are more than just studly, $410, Photo courtesy of Agent Provocateur.

  • “Fishnet” frames from Cutler and Gross, $420, Photo courtesy of Cutler and Gross.
  • Rodarte for Opening Ceremony eyewear slithers with its black “Snake” frames, $255, Photo courtesy of Opening Ceremony.

10. Clear, White and Chic:

It was all out white, at United Bamboo's Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Presentation, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York.
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  • Alexander Wang’s mink strap sunglasses, $800, Photo courtesy of Alexander Wang.

  • Oliver Peoples for Balmain “Limited Edition” frames, $595,  Photo courtesy of Oliver Peoples.

  • Veronique Branquinho’s leather-ators, $370, Photo courtesy of Linda Farrow.

  • Clear oversized frames from Balenciaga, $400,  Photo courtesy of Balenciaga.

Woody: By Definition

In Books, Designers, Fashion, Fine Art, Home Design, Science, Style, Textiles, Trends on May 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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Get those minds out of the gutter…and we’re not talking short for Woodrow either. We’re speaking of that HARD, FIBROUS tissue found in most plants. It is an organic material, a natural composite of cellulose fibers (which are strong in tension) embedded in a matrix of lignin which resists compression. In the strict sense, wood is produced as secondary xylem in the stems of trees and other woody plants. In a living tree it transfers water and nutrients to the leaves and other growing tissues, and has a support function, enabling woody plants to reach large sizes or to stand up for themselves. People have used wood for millennia for many purposes, primarily as a fuel  or as a construction material for making houses tools, weapons, furniture, packaging, artworks and paper.

Today at Style Syllabus we see wood as satisfying hard style cravings designers or we, as consumers may have, be it intricately carved heels of Rodarte x Nicholas Kirkwood to genius Bark Cloth textiles, a recent alternative to leather for Christian Siriano.  Rather difficult to manipulate, these artists and style-makers push the envelope and show us how soft they can make sturdiness.

Sterling and wood heart necklace by Pamela Love, $190.

Wood sunglasses by Kulte, $190.

Be@rbrick 400% Karimoku Chess Wood Medicom Toy, $1425.

Naturally Harvested Mohagony and Sonokeling Wood Magnifying Glass by Sinngih Kartono, $24.

Carved heeled wooden and leather embossed sandal by Rodarte.

Naturally Harvested Pine and Rosewood Clock by Singgih Kartano, $90.

Silk wrap-over wood print dress by Rodarte, $7715.

Ralph Lauren la montre Automotive watch, $13,195.

Wooden box clutch from a selection by Devi Kroell. From a selection at

Silver, ebony wood chain bracelet, yellow and blue sapphire on golden pendant by Ann Dexter Jones, $5977.

Wood block light, $200.

Lanvin gold leather court shoes with wood heel, $735.

Wood and gold ring from Yves Saint Laurent.

“Rock Star” Wood Cabochon ring by Vanessa Montiel, $234.

Perch n.2 necklace by Sabrina Dehoff, $280.

Darcel x LAQ Darcel stool #2, realized in association with the New York based artist Craig REDMAN, $4992.

Rodarte x Nicholas Kirkwood carved wood wedge, $2870.

Gourmette metal, wood and crystal strass pave link by Lanvin. $560.

Ebony ring with wood pave skull by Jessica Kagan Cushman.

Wood necklace, part of the “RITUALS” collection presented by the Chi ha paura foundation at the Salone del Mobile, Milan. $775.

Indian Rosewood bench by Studio Job (The Netherlands), $120,ooo.

Chainsaw rocker (unique piece) by Christopher Chiappa, price upon request.

Tablee Beech wooden cutlery, $5.

Perplex, wood and Swarovski crystal necklace by Holly Fulton.

Door No. 2 by Richard Woods (UK), $16,500.

Plexiglass tree stumps by DFC Mexico City, price upon request.

Brazilian Pinus wood “Favela” chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana, $4685.

Spiral wood bracelet by Gustav Reyes.

Estense cabinet De Lucchi by Michele De Lucchi for Design Gallery (Milano), $62,000.

Gustav Reyes ring.

24 K gold-edged woodgrain breakfast set by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg (Germany), $4220.

Wood carved “branch” cuff by Anthony Roussel (UK).

Full Court Pine Edition (lacquered sustainable Danish Pine wood) by Soren Rose for Mater, $2200.

Carved wood ring by Anthony Roussel.

Douglas Fir and Ashwood “Keel” Collection sidetable by Oscar Magnus Narud, $2000.

Brave New World XL Oak lamp by Fresh West for MOOOI, $8270.

Wood grain linen pillow by Kevin O’Brien, $120.

Wood Rub by Richard Woods for Established & Sons, $7800.

MShelving bookshelf, $1615.

100% lambswool “Wooly Wood Blanket” by Donna Wilson, $296.