Friday, September 17, 2010


Today we are going to take a waltz through my process:

getting what I want in my little fashion world!

How do I find an item I am obsessed with?

Why the obsession? 
How do I obtain it?  
How do I search for it? 
Should I just make it? 
How the hell do I wear it? 
How can you make it?

Why the obsession?

Every period had found a way to sneek ermine into fashion
but it hasn't been taken seriously as a trend since the 1950s!

Um its the symbol of anything regal....

Well I'm mad about Ermine and I'm bringing it to the 2010!!!!
There's something so crisp and almost graphic about the black and white
While still keeping its elegance in the silky fluff and texture of the black tails

I have found in the first part of my research that
secretly people have kept up a longing for ermine
I imagine this creepy but amazingly eccentric woman who opens her cupboard to get something and all of these ermine capes, collars, coats, hats, and muffs come tumbling out, and she shoves it in with haste before slamming it shut.

I secretly want(need) to be the woman ;)


How do I search for it?

I have either been outbid 
or come across a giant text: SOLD flashing before my eyes all over vintage websites

I was about to jump off a bridge while dreaming up layaway possibilities 
to make this cape be mine

I mean come on! Really why the torturous price of $4500 

I just want to touch it please???

Its only a matter of time when a museum or celebrity stylist (Yes Rachel Zoe/ Met museum that means you!) will soon get their grubby hands all over this one

How can you make it?

Very frustrated I started to think about making it....
I found a tutorial that is pretty simple
Which can lessen your frustrations as well

I recommend the "difficult" choice, which isn't so difficult!
side note:  The Elizabethan jewelry tutorials are super magical and I want to try them out myself!

One day I found the perfect 30s scarf

I bid
I won
I conquered!!!

How the hell do I wear it?

search half way over!!!
Why half way you ask?
Well when I'm obsessed 
one piece is not enough for my taste
I need at least a set or better a full ensemble covering me head to toe

So my search went like this

ermine fur cape.....nothing
ermine hat.....nothing
ermine muff.....nothing
ermine shoe clips.....nothing

I then found myself
(going to the source) 
visiting the lovely online shop 
side note: you can follow her on face book to get constant updates me its worth it

And so....

yep you guessed it!
look what I found......

this muff is going to be fantastic!

outfit post will be posted ASAP

Learn a little about the little cuties and my fur views:

They are actually stoats, but during their winter coat period
they are referred to as Ermine

I believe that fur should ONLY be worn if it is vintage or fake.

I personally would never buy anything else, but can understand cow and rabbit fur only if its from the same animal that is eaten..and since it is practically impossible for the two to exist and still be quality I continually stand by not wearing anything else.

There is such a thing as a beautiful fake.  In fact fake fur that has been designed extraordinarily well can be fantastic and precious.  It angers me when people actually set their minds to cheapness when working with the fake fur

EX: On project runway this week Chris actually said "I was looking at all the fake furs and they look soo cheap".  Well I'm sorry but what you came up with when using real fur (you thought you deserved) insulted the animal killed!!!

I feel it is ok to make up for the mistakes of the past.  To simply sweep 1000's of years worth of animals that we slaughtered is simply bad for the environment and disrespectful to the creatures.

Feedback that I would love to hear from you:

1) I'm wide open to a very tired, old, but still interesting, and valid(due to current fur trends) discussion about I want to hear it all
2) Did you like the process of my vintage search...would you like to see more?? I have many more obsessions to me hahaha!