26 December 2005

Adrien Brody's so hot. Tee hee!

I dremt this morning that I put a post up on my blog about Adrien Brody--so here it is. His eyes are so pretty. And I'm a nose woman. He has very sexy, confident screen presence. Of course, his mom is photographer Sylvia Plachy. I saw King Kong on Christmas Eve. That movie totally blew. But the costumes were pretty awesome. The film mentioned size-4 costumes for a certain character. From my days in the Costume & Textiles Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society, I can tell you that this was bullshit. That's not how clothing was sized back then. (As an interactive movie consumer, I did not hesitate to share this insight with whoever was in hearing distance.) Even though the movie was dreck, it was a consolation knowing I was going to be looking at Adrien Brody in dapper period menswear. It seems he spends a good part of his time in dapper period menswear. See The Pianist, The Singing Detective and Liberty Heights. Oh, also The Last Time I Committed Suicide, though he didn't have much screen time. But he looks good whatever he wears. I loved him in Summer of Sam and Love the Hard Way. Thank god he's a brilliant actor.

17 December 2005


Shoo has opened kitty-corner from where I work in Milwaukee's Third Ward, replacing the odious children's store Sprout at 241 N. Broadway. The sell Cydwoq, Miss Sixty, Diesel, Tsubo and United Nude--that line co-created by Rem D. Koolhaas, nephew of the superarchitect. To say nothing of the Portuguese (!) shoes they carry. Also cool bags aplenty. Their website should be up and running in mid-January, I think. They're open Monday-Saturday 10-6; Thursday 10-7; and Sunday 12-4.

13 December 2005

Tegan and Sara: So Adorable

I have a gig to interview Tegan and Sara again. They did this PETA ad that's on the back of the Winter 2005 issue of Venus. I'm like, Aww, look at them! They're so cute! I saw them when they played in Madison last December. They're teeny-teeny in person. And they rock the 80s hair that really ought not work. I've been trying to figure out who they remind me of for the last year. At first I thought it was Joan Jett. Hmmm...no. Ok, I got it! Jane Fonda in Klute. Or not. I'm looking at this ad last week. And. The truth is, they look like Alyssa Milano. I mean that in a good way, though. T&S have a DVD coming out this spring. The last time I interviewed one of them, I asked if they were available. I came off sounding like the biggest dolt ever. Oh, great, now one of them thinks I'm really clueless. Yeh, so what? It's not like they did it [become quasi-famous rocker types to ] be friends with me.

12 December 2005

FASTEN Co-op Clothing...Gallery

I went to Fasten yesterday. That was the whole point of my going to Bay View. Many of the designers there do a lot of cut-up, recycled kind of stuff. My opinion is that that kind of stuff can be ok, but I'm sort of past it. They are carrying stuff by Christina Perez. Her work, which I've seen in Lela in the Third Ward, is always really cute and well put together. And her prices are so affordable!!! I was going to buy this adorable top, but, well, as can the the case with cute little tops--the boobie clearance wasn't optimal. Fasten is in Bay View at 2365 S. Howell Ave.

01 December 2005

Well-dressed men

I watched the new Star Wars movies over Thanksgiving holiday. Hayden Christensen is my new crush. He's attractive in that yummy kinda girly way. I was trying to figure out who he reminds me of. And finally it occurred to me: Darren Risley, a guy several years older that I used to go to church with. I think Darren's a chiropractor now. He was a really great guy. He always looked really sharp when I was growing up. From time to time, he and his brother appear in my dreams. Another guy I dremt of recently was my friend Geronimo Washington. I knew him in Iowa. I would run into him on the street. He would compliment my outfit, and it would make my fucking day.

18 November 2005

Art v. Craft

I meant to post this yesterday, but got lazy. Art v. Craft is going down right here in Milwaukee today and tomorrow. Check it out at Turner Ballroom. I will be there, repping for the Chicago-based zine Venus's website. Be there or the cool kids will laugh/sneer at you!

17 November 2005

14 November 2005

J'adore Christian Joy

I punched up this post with photo from stylelikeu.com in 2012. But I interviewed Christian Joy in 2005. Which was before stylelikeu.com even, like,  existed. Just, you know, sayin'...
If you don't know who Christian Joy is, come from under your rock now. She does clothes for the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O. She's also a nice girl from Iowa nice enough to email me about her stuff this past spring.

How'd you get interested in clothes?
Accidentally. I was working at a clothing store (Antique Boutique) because I had just gotten fired from a different job. My friend and I held this contest to design t-shirts and I won—I guess that's what got me interested, not so much in clothes themselves, but in making stuff myself.

What brought you from Iowa to New York?
A train and dreams. I was bored, man! There wasn't a direct route from Iowa to New York—before coming here I had actually lived in Chicago and Dublin. I moved to New York because I figured I had nothing better to do.

You worked at Daryl K, right? Is that where you met Karen O? I think I read that somewhere.
Correct you are, madam. Karen would come in all the time and eventually we became friends, I guess. I showed her a prom dress that I had made - the 'Teenage Car Crash Dress' and she liked it and wanted me to make some for her.

You're perhaps best known for the pieces you've made for Karen. Yet, your fall 2005 collection is going in a different direction. What inspired that?
I wanted to make something that I could wear. It feels like everything in stores right now is boring and ugly—I wanted to make interesting, wearable clothes.

What kinds of clothes do you like? Or what are you likely to be wearing on an average day?
Somebody told me that I looked conservative the other day, but I'm not sure how true that is. I don't really have a fashion bible that I live by, I guess my style is pretty eclectic. At the moment I am way into these pointy white shoes. I also have this amazing giant blue necklace that is pretty awesome.

Are you part of the New York fashion scene?
Hell, no.

Do you also consider yourself an artist?
I guess...I mean it feels kind of pretentious to think of myself as CHRISTIAN JOY: ARTIST, but I do believe that fashion is an art form.

If you do have a fashion idol, who is it?
Issey Miyake comes to mind immediately, but there are a bunch of people who I admire tremendously as designers.

In which shops can you buy Christian Joy stuff?
None, at the moment.

What was it like starting your own line for (I assume) production?
It was super hard, because it I am pretty much alone. I have someone sewing and two interns, but it is definitely not easy.

Where do you see yourself fitting in in the fashion universe?
I don't; why would I want to fit into the fashion universe?

What's your opinion of the fashion system as it currently exists?
BORING! UGLY! Fashion needs more of a sense of humor and more originality. Also, I think that consumers need to realize that they aren't limited to what's on the racks. People can go out and make their own stuff or at least make what they have more interesting, rather than just buying another velour suit.

Which designers do you like? Who are (underground) designers people should be checking for?
The Salvation Army is my favorite underground designer. Seriously, though...Shenan makes incredible jeans and tops. She had a really good fall collection. She is also doing a line of mens’ jeans. Rebecca Turbow of Safe Clothing has an interesting concept, which I admire her for. I've seen some pieces from 'ojoj' which are really rad, I'm super excited about that. My intern, Louisa Pillot also makes some sweet bags and shirts.

What's in your future?
I am going to continue working with Karen, and developing my own line. The future is bright.

07 November 2005

So...it's been a while.

Ciao, bambini! It's been a while. I think I'm going to put my fashion zine Fringe up on this blog. I wanted to do print and really prefer that, but I'm so broke now that paper isn't an option. I live in Milwaukee now where I am participating in a program called Public Allies. I've been planning this issue forever. It's my big Iowa issue! I interviewed Christian Joy, the talented girl who does clothes for Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, cuz she's a nice girl from Iowa. And I shot some great photos of Andrea Loest's dresses modeled by the awesome Mae Singerman. Andrea lived in New Orleans, but has since, well, fled. Oh, and there's going to be a bangin' piece about Donna Reed. I've had this stuff since March, so, yeh, I think I'm going to put it up online. Milwaukee's an interesting place. There's truly more fashion shit going on here than could be realistically expected for a place its size--which is great. I would advise you to stay tuned.

04 August 2005

My Friend Andrea Loest

I met Andrea in Iowa City when we were both students there. She went on to bigger, better adventure in New Orleans; I stayed on in CIC a while longer. This past winter, Andrea emails me, like, "There's a picture of Jessica Simpson in one of my jackets in People." Holy fuck! A celebrity in People in one of her designs!!!!??? I've never seen her reality series and I don't really care about her--but I went wolfshit anyway. In the spring, I shot Andrea's designs for my fashion zine Fringe. Andrea has a brand new wesbsite that you can see at www.andrealoest.com. Andrea has done shows in London, New York, and Chicago. She's been living my fashion dream while I schlumped through shit jobs educational assistant at an alternative school. She gets loads of attention in NO. My interview of her ran in Venus Zine in 2003. Check out her site! I would love to buy her Office Bitch dress. I love the color.

Uh, why's this blog called Church of Style?

Never you mind. Anyway, what I'm working on right now is a column called "My Favorite Things" for the Madison weekly The Isthmus. It's about shopping. Not really. I notice lots of things. If I see a new storefront going up, I'll poke my head through the door and ask, "What're you doing in there? What's this gonna be?" So, why not make nosiness work for me. I notice lots of things and I'm curious. I worked in a Fair Trade gift store called A Greater Gift here in Madison. People would come in there all the time, like, "I never knew this place was here!" Like, how could you not? It's there. It's been there. Were you not looking? Nevermind. So, I'm putting this impulse to work. And this fits my shopping/fashion/design/decorative arts impulses, non?

Well, it's about time Courtney Becks got a blog, right?

So, this is my first posting. How do people find time to do blogs anyway? Isn't everyone too busy with her/his life to post regularly? I just need to be able to make a posting to the Madison Zine Fest blog, so I, uh, started one of my own.