style fuss

Obsession du Jour: Fashion Film

Posted in Obsession du Jour by Ciara on April 9, 2010

As part of my thesis work for my MFA in Media Design I am researching fashion films as well as the impact of fashion on film and vice versa.  Motion graphics and video art have always been my favorite mediums to work in.  Through my initial research I’ve found so many amazing short films that merge video art and experimental film narrative with beautiful clothes.  I’m interested in the idea of the story that a beautiful piece of clothing or a collection inspires.

Here are a few videos I’ve found that I’m really into.

And anyone who was a fan of Sofia Coppola’s Miss Dior Cherie Commercial (a forever favorite of mine) will enjoy the new Tucker by Gaby Basora Web Shop video viewable on Facebook.


Obsession du Jour: The Runaways

Posted in Obsession du Jour by Ciara on January 13, 2010

I have been a long time Joan Jett fan.  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Runaways…  ♥♥♥ Perhaps it’s because my mother was such a huge fan around the time that I was incubating/developing.  I have quite a few of her albums on vinyl and I remember my naive, “tough” high school self rejoicing when I discovered the song “Cherry Bomb” in 11th grade…

Cherie Currie and Joan Jett from The Runaways Live in Japan

This said, I am anxiously anticipating the bio pic featuring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, The Runaways, which is debuting at the Sundance Film Festival January 21-31, 2010 and will be in theaters later this spring.

Kristen Stewart (as Jett) and Dakota Fanning (as Currie) on the set of The Runaways

From the trailer and the pictures I’ve been able to find I’m pretty excited about this film.  I’m a big fan of Dakota Fanning (recently enchanted by her Teen Vogue pictures and she was great as Jane in New Moon).  I think Kristen Stewart — though perhaps not the first person to come to my mind for this role — will do a great job as well.

For more inspiration, view the Joan Jett Beauty Icon slideshow here.

D.I.Y. Artist Creates Lady Gaga Barbies That’ll Leave You Speechless

Posted in Art Star, Found, inspiration, Obsession du Jour by Ciara on January 4, 2010

Beijing “doll player” and strong advocate of D.I.Y., Veik, has the most amazing Flickr stream with images of his Lady Gaga Barbie Dolls!  He says he doesn’t intend to sell the dolls; he just really wants to encourage others to get crafty.  “Crafty” isn’t even an appropriate word for what he is doing — this is fine art (I hate these labels, BTW and dislike that D.I.Y. is often dismissed as kitsch, etc. but that is a discussion for another day…).  He has the evolution of the Gaga-coif down to a science and the Alexander McQueen re-creations’ details are insane, especially considering working on such a tiny scale.  I, for one, feel very inspired – I’ve recently added some new dolls to my collection, maybe they need a few Gaga-esque accessories! 😉

Photo by Veik

Photo by Veik

Photo by Veik

Photo by Veik

Photo by Veik

Photo by Veik

Photo by Veik

Photo by Veik

Lady Gaga: Bad Romance = Great Fashion

Posted in Obsession du Jour by Ciara on November 12, 2009

While my bestie was up our anthem was definitely Bad Romance by Lady Gaga.  We seriously danced around to it at least once a day during the week-long visit!  (I’m a bit of a fangirl and I don’t care.)  Now that the video is out I am thrilled!  (side note:  That last shot in the video?!  Seriously, I die.)

Bad Romance screenshot

Lady Gaga in Agent Provocateur

I am IN LOVE with the Agent Provocateur black Love Demi Bra and Briefs she rocks in the video.

Agent Provocateur Love Demi Bra

Not to mention pieces from Alexander McQueen’s amazing Spring 2010 collection.

I was also interested to find out that the over-the-top polar bear coat she dons later in the video is by New York-based designer Benjamin Cho. Originally created for his Spring 2004 runway show with the Human Society, the completely faux-fur coat was “reworked” just for Gaga’s video…  Gorgeous!

Bad Romance - Lady Gaga

photo from The Cut


Obsession du Jour: Grace Coddington

Posted in Obsession du Jour by Ciara on October 10, 2009
photo from

photo from

Since I devoured The September Issue I have definitely been slightly obsessed with Grace Coddington, American Vogue‘s Creative Director and indispensable fixture in the industry for more than 40 years.  There are many out there with the opinion that Grace totally stole the show from Anna Wintour in the film and I happen to agree.  I was completely drawn to her tenacity and spirit.  She is truly an artist and to see her weave her creative magic in spite of many obstacles  and objections along the way was one of the highlights of the film for me.

Grace’s advice to surviving the fashion industry?

“There is no secret—just by absolutely loving what you do.”

And for the obsessed, this fabulous shirt from Deer Dana.  I am coveting this and adding it to my wishlist!

$45 Deer Dana

$45 Deer Dana