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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site
elaineperlov.com

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Awards

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
brownstoner
racked
coutorture
the girl who ate everything
coutorture
queens eats
(into) the fray
stylefinds
funky finds
style document
stylefinds
gowanus lounge
far too cute
modish
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

inspiration
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.

 

 

 


5.12.2006

how-to hints #4: regarding shoes


Managing and maintaining your shoe collection. I thought that topic deserved a how-to hints post. And since I'm on the topic of shoes already, why not.

A great way to maximize your shoe collection is to know exactly what you have, at a glance. How many shoes in your collection go unworn all season because you forgot about them? How much money do you waste buying new shoes that are exactly the same as the old ones you forgot you already owned?

It is time to start enjoying and making the most of what you have. It is time to catalogue! Photograph every pair you own, on a white backdrop. You will love this trip down memory lane, believe me. What girl doesn't love her shoes in a far too precious way? During this exhaustive process, you can dust off the cobwebs, give some pairs a polish, assess the damage, weed out the duds, create a "to-be-reheeled pile" and add up all the protective shoe bags you will need to buy, going forward.

Shoebox method
Make 2 copies of each photograph. Tape one photo onto the box; organize the other in a look book. Do this with your belts and bags too. This way, you can coordinate outfits at a glance and really maximize your minimalism!

Shoe bag method
On the plus side, the bags take up far less room than the boxes. On the minus side, the at-a-glance idea doesn't really work as well. Label the bags and let the labels show. You can attach a photo here as well. The important thing is that your shoes are dust free and protected. Take a look through your look book more often so you don't forget what treasures are hidden in the bags.



Here are pages and pages of products to help organize and protect your shoes, from the Container Store. Happy browsing. Now get photographing!

mini archive
how-to hints #1
how-to hints #2
how-to hints #3

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