I've got ALOT of faves this week, friends (you'll see!), but this -THIS- I love this dress sooooooo much! I tried it on *several* times. This dress is nothing if not consistent, and each time it maintained that it did not fit. I can barely see the picture I took of it because my vision is blurred by my tears, but I'm pretty sure I love it because it is at once dramatic (those geometric shapes and the black against the striking greens!), while at the same time being all "What? I'm just a casual summer dress, NBD" with its brushed cotton and shirring across the top.
Hey, speaking of drama! I grabbed this dress because it's such a show-stopper, but I was shocked (SHOCKED, friends!) to see that this is Desigual! I KNOW! It's so not what I am used to from even the most surprising of Desigual pieces.
The front of the dress is so bold, so this one is also saying "What? NBD" with the relatively demure stripes across the back. But let's face it, friends, this is a pretty cool dress!!
Super small vanity tag! Again, not your typical Desigual!
This is a pretty rocking dress, friends, I'm glad to be surprised!
Weeeeeeeeee, our favorite Frye Veronica boots! I love the slouchy, gamine look of Frye's engineer boots in general, but the soft, auburn leather of these lovelies is stealing the show this time!
(These don't fit me either...it's like a conspiracy!)
An Oak+Fort lab-coat coat! Just a couple quick things about this one, which shines in its simplicity; first of all, it is clearly from the future, but, secondly, this is a finished garment. No raw edges or unsewn hems, this one even has a lining. A lining that is sewn in. Don't get me wrong, I love Oak+Fort's futuristic deconstructionism, but it's actually quite refreshing to come across such a self-assured, complete piece that lets the design speak for itself.
It's another one of my IRL closet faves: Yumi! The seafoam green colour is cheeky, bordering on cheesy, but in a self-aware way that I'm eating it up!
Adorable heart zipper-pull:
The fanciest rubber-boots ever! (And they also look like they come from outer space!)
Now that I'm all cried out from that green Calvin Klein dress (sniff), it's time to start giggling frantically, because, friends, you know I go crazy for tops with hilarious cats on them!! I mean, look, it's a cat. It's a cat wearing a crown. A cat wearing a crown in a cape! Like, now I'm crying because this is just so funny to me!
But get ready for the coolest/weirdest thing I have seen in a long time....eyeball earrings! Seriously! Friends, you have to see these for yourself, because the eyeball part is enamel so these look super, um, realistic (and creepy?). Are they cool or what?!
Here's our treat for this week! Printed on an ethically manufactured jersey t-shirt (I'm sure that's the first thing you wonder about of when you see this shirt!), and then refashioned by cutting up the ethically manufactured shirt...
...and embellished it with chains. Tiger in the Rain designer Jung Sun Lee does this kind of repurposing on high-end luxury-brand clothing too, creating one-of-a-kind pieces from vintage Chanel, Burberry etc, you get the idea. I like it as a construct, but I'm not ready to take the scissors to my Chanel tweed! (Kidding! You would know if I had Chanel tweed!)
Those luxury brands recognize and occasionally incorporate Tiger in the Rain in their shows, so we know that while this would be an awesome shirt even without all the post-production designing, in the end, this one was intended as art.
This bracelet almost flew under my radar, but as I reached into the jewelry case for those eyeball earrings (EYEBALLS!) I was all "is that barbed wire?". Holy crap! This is actually faux barbed wire; no sharp poking barbs here! But what a cool piece! This is so unique too, and I feel like it's a simple enough idea. But this was purposefully designed as jewelry and has just the right amount of joints for movement and comfort without taking away from the whole organic barbed wire look!
When I read this sweatshirt it reads "Teenage nightmare" to me. Yup, sums up my teenage years with surprising accuracy!
But seriously, friends. We can re-assert our grown-up-ness with this LBD from chez Simons:
And the back is kind of unexpected and rocker-ish:
Friends, you know I never miss an opportunity to bring up this hilarious cat t-shirt that we had, like, 3 years ago:
If you read to the end of last week's post -you all read 'til the end, right?- you know that we are moving to Whyte Ave and 99 Street in the fall. So, what's happening with the New Pony this week? Well, we've lined up the professionals who will be working on the space. And by "professionals" I mean a couple of our friends who are willing to work for store credit and beer! Ok, kidding (but not kidding), our friend Daryl is a professional painter (and musician), and he and Rod have some intense ideas for what has to happen to the ceiling of the new space that require many "meetings" at The Empress. And our friend Denise is a professional graphic designer with great aesthetic who found the awesome blue lucite chairs that we have in Red Pony (without which there would be no blog pics of shoes, bags or eyeball earrings!). The current tenant is still in the space, but he let me in for a second and I took a quick shot of the flooring:
I'll be at Red Pony on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. And don't forget that we will be closed on Sundays in August, so this will be your last chance for a Sunday visit with me for a while! See you this weekend!