National Grouch Day!


dievca’s favorite Muppet is the headliner for today!

And don’t lie to yourself — EVERYONE is a grouch at some point….embrace it.

Celebrated since 1976, according to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day — a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life.

dievca was looking for a little Grouch Couture for inspiration and came up with these photos:

But then realized that if she was really going to be true to her Mentor, Moschino was the way to go!
(Who doesn’t NEED a garbage can crossbody bag?)

PS. dievca is meeting Master for coffee, we will see if He is grouchy~

HAVE AN EXCELLENT GROUCHY MOMENT!


BodystockingS (lingerie)

A Bodystocking, is a unitard (one-piece) which is worn over the torso and legs. The tops can have sleeves or no sleeves.  The fabric tends to be a stretchy  stocking-like material (opaque, sheer, fishnet, mesh, lace, cut-outs, etc.) As lingerie, they often have openings between the legs and they are sometimes used by women to appear slimmer.


Some people want…

a Tiffany Blue Box.

And others desire a Tiffany Blue Hood.

Which one are you?


What are Fishnets? (lingerie history)

Sophia Loren Fishnet tights

What a way to show off your legs! FISHNETS!  The graphic pattern of this lingerie piece highlights the curves and muscles of the legs and blurs the imperfections – but where did the idea come from?

The origin of fishnet stockings or fishnet pantyhose is hard to pinpoint. The earliest mention of “fishnet clothing” actually goes back to one of Aesop’s Fables in the early 1900s, “The Peasant’s Wise Daughter”. In the story, the king tells a peasant’s daughter that if she can solve his riddle, he will marry her. He challenges her to “Come to me not clothed, not naked, not riding…” and she solves the riddle by wrapping herself in a fisherman’s net. This idea of being covered and not covered has been a major reason in the appeal of fishnet.

E.J. Bellocq photograph circa 1915

Roland Barthes, philospher, writes in his 1973 essay, The Pleasure of the Text, about the eroticism of the interplay of seen and unseen that fishnet embody. Including the grid pattern visual properties of netted clothing.
These eye-catching characteristics follow along the same path which striped pantyhose were great attention-grabbers on Prostitutes.

People say that fishnet stockings began in the early 1900s with the showgirls of the famous Moulin Rouge, but most images of women from the time were adorned in black stockings, not fishnets. The New Orleans Red-light District wore vertically striped pantyhose to catch the eye.

Fishnet stockings became popular with flappers and showgirls in the 1920’s as hemlines rose to just barely below the knee. They were popular for a couple of reasons:  from a distance the fishnet encased legs look as though they were adorned in black tights, but under the bright lights of a stage, pieces of flesh would show through. And fishnet tights were more functional  than standard silk and rayon because they allowed the flappers to dance more freely. Silk and rayon stockings were not ideal for a large range of motion.

Bettie Page

Fishnet continued to be associated with a ‘loose’ type of woman especially as they gained popularity with print-porn and the pin-up girls of the 1950’s.

In the 1960’s, with the rise of the miniskirt, some women took to playing with the amount of leg they showed by wearing  tight weave fishnet tights in various colors.

Subverting mainstream fashion, punks and goths of the 1970’s took control of the fishnet tights and made them more extreme by ripping holes in them. Along with safety-pin earrings, patched denim jackets, and more, female punks found this a great way to give the mainstream idea of proper women’s clothing the finger.

Fishnet tights graduated to any fishnet piece of clothing with Madonna in the 1980’s. This pop singer and fashion icon was often dressed in fishnets, but she didn’t limit herself to just stockings.

By the 1990’s, a number of fashion and knitwear designers were creating fishnet stockings and loose-knit, nearly nude dresses.  Thereafter, fishnet tights and clothing became normalized “fashion”.

Present day fishnet clothing is offered by Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Marchesa, Cushnie et Ochs, and more
And as fashion designers often do…they took this provocative piece of clothing material and turned fishnet mainstream.   Offering pieces that range from conservative layering pieces to risqué ripped garments.

What is made out of fishnet in your closet?

In dievca’s? gloves, lingerie, stockings, tights, bodysuits

Sources: dievca, Vice, CR Fashion Book, Foot Traffic, Amy Boone

And if you would like to source a pair of traditional Fishnet stockings or tights – click here!


Feeling kinda green~

mon·o·chro·mat·ic

mänōkrəˈmadik
adjective
containing or using only one color.
“monochromatic light”
PHYSICS
(of light or other radiation) of a single wavelength or frequency.

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Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.

Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; such as, a ‘greenhorn’ is a novice. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the color of free passage in road traffic.

Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

dievca shopped the OutNet sales and was seduced by something which should look great with her coloring…perhaps its a bit much, we’ll see. What is your favorite monochromatic outfit?

  • Tibi sequinned chiffon Skirt
  • Tibi Sibina wool v-neck Sweater
  • Superga suede Sneakers
  • Diane von Furestenberg suede boho Handbag

Leaving a Footprint

A gift for the Sir or Madame who appreciates fashion.
dievca picked this up at the Met for her Master.
A small touch of Fashion insider knowledge –what is it?

A quirky leather bookmark inspired by Japanese footwear. Celebrating The Costume Institute exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology at The Met, in which inventive creations by Maison Margiela were on view.

 

The cult fashion label expresses its creativity by recycling, transforming, and reinterpreting the quotidian in unexpected ways. The Tabi bookmark displays Maison Martin Margiela’s signature avant-garde sensibility. Handmade in France with the logo stamped in gold.

EDIT FROM OLIVIA KIM: “Always provocative and witty, Maison Martin Margiela accessories are fun and collectible. I love the Tabi bookmark, based on the insole from his iconic split-toe shoes. This is a perfect companion with the Manus x Machina exhibition catalog.”

And where does it come from?

The Footprint of the Iconic Tabi Boots –
A staple for Maison Margiela since A/W 1995-1996

dievca’s gift to Master for His last birthday.  He reads, a lot.


Cosplay Auction featuring Latex

All Sassy Cosplay items are on Auction
at 2nd & 64th Street.
Ends on August 30th, around 9pm EST.