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The American Southwest continues to inspire – when I came across these remarkable images captured by Martin Karplus, 1950s Harvard Professor of Theoretical Chemistry and Biophysics (and, oh by the way, uber-talented photographer), I had to stop and take it in. Not only am I in love with the old Kodachromes, Kodak’s trademark brandname for color reversal film, I am amazed at Karplus’ poignent depiction of this culturally rich wildland – a frontier to American bliss.

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Take a cue from the Fall 2011 Proenza Schouler collection when planning your winter wardrobe. A highly imaginative reinterpretation of textile and print; place yourself in primal, yet modern navajo fabrics & recreate Karplus’ technicolor sights. A primer for more to come (since I’m in love with this a/w trend!).

 

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Here are a few selections from the the A/W 2011 items currently at Treasury! We are supposed to be getting more fall items in this weekend and the next. Vintage basket, change purse, and shoes available at Treasury, 1843 14th St. NW, WASH. DC 20009,  Ph:202 506-6908.

www.shoptreasury.com

Love all these shoes!

 

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I was browsing through my grandfather’s collection of California watercolors (dedicated to my late grandmother, Marjorie B. King, whose enthusiasm for both classicism and just that touch of American modernity lead her to wear only the latest en fashion, Ferragamo heels, classic tweed, brooches, with an eccentric fuchsia lip) and during all this I came across above painting, Mott Street, by California-style watercolorist Dong Kingman and was completely blown away. There’s something about the way he captures the vibrance and livelihood of New York’s bustling Chinatown. I also love the cute orange tabby slyly placed on the bottom right corner of the painting! It is perfectly sly, seated there watching all the kaleidoscopic action.

I was excited to share this little gem! A personal connection to an exciting piece that keenly depicts the culturally-diverse postwar American city. I was lucky enough to find the 15 minute documentary entitled The World of Dong Kingman (Dong Kingman), produced and filmed by distinguished Asian American cinematographer James Wong Howe in 1953 or 1954.

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This weekend I immersed myself in the Warhol Sixties and the iconic Edie Sedgwick. Its funny because I was traveling to New Mexico (photos to come!) and I had a lot of reading time in between layovers and being on the plane. So, I picked up the anecdotal, POPism, written by Andy Warhol & Pat Hackett. A ten year review & personal account of the Pop phenomenon in New York in the 1960s, including several unexpected and quite intimate accounts of Warhol’s first big superstar and “It-girl” Edie Sedgwick who he met in January 1965. He writes, “Her dance moves were sort of Egyptian, with her hand and chin tilting in just the right, beautiful way. People called it the Sedgwick, and Edie was the only one who did it.” It is impossible to not fall in love with Edie.

Diana Vreeland, then the editor of American Vogue, pronounced Sedgwick a “Youthquaker!”, aged 22, describing her as “white-haired with anthracite-black eyes and legs to swoon over.” Gloria Schiff, a senior editor who soon shot with Sedgwick regularly, called her “an enchanting, remarkable creature of the moment.” As Life magazine put it in 1965, “This cropped-mop girl with the eloquent legs is doing more for black tights than anybody since Hamlet.”

 

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Jean Shrimpton, New York 1962 by David Bailey

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Welcome to AmericansWe! A look into the charm of American style and its inextricable links to 21st c. Western fashion. A site dedicated to the American spirit. To develop an understanding of present day fashion and its historical narrative – and the rapid transformations that shape its nature, whether it be elusive and beautiful, restricted and simple, bold and unabashed, casual and fancy-free. The cultural revolutions and artistic movements that have influenced our style, expression, and idea of individuality.

This is AmericansWe.

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That’s me above!* Erik helped me to set this amazing site up. He is the graphics and type guru (also my super sweet boyfriend) who helps me with all this confusing computer stuff. I am still figuring out how to use wordpress but I will add new features as I get more used to the formatting.

I grew up traveling the states from coastline to skyline drawing inspiration from the places I landed and all the people I met along the way. I work for an incredible vintage boutique which I promise to tell you much more about soon. I have a very fat cat and an addiction to deliciously sweet things. My parents epitomize classic American chic – my dad a naval officer and my mother a cool flowerchild taken by a charming and wide-eyed man. All very Fitzgerald – with a twist of 60s glamour & post-war decadence. I have a feeling this would make a great spread in Vogue. Hope you enjoy the twists and turns along the way. Lots more to come!

 

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