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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

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'

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

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

more press...

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.





november sale!

A month-long sale on elaineperlov.com will be starting November 1! Take 20% off all SKIRTS and T-SHIRTS with promo code SKIRT20T. But I'll give you a hint: it really starts October 31 (because I wanted to test the code). So be the first to order before some styles sell out! Pre-shop your faves here ~ http://www.elaineperlov.com/

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8 ferry tickets and counting

Note to self: 8 ferry tickets expire on 11/12. I can see it now, scalping ferry tickets on the dock, getting arrested, being rather late to work...

Other note to self: stop buying 10-trips.




ginger and the y

I am making progress with Tina Louise. (Yes, *that* Tina Louise. Ginger from Gilligan's Island and I go to the same Y. Near the UN.) Yesterday, as I turned the corner from my locker bank towards hers, she did not give me the stink eye as she has for the last three years. She even gave me a half-smile! Perhaps it was involuntary, but still. I walked toward the pool a little bit giddy thinking Ginger just half-smiled at me.

I am definitely cracking her shell. By averting my eyes, giving her not-knowing-glances and the like.

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star sighting! and you know how i get

Oh, I meant to mention! Richard Kind asked me for directions in my neighborhood yesterday! I was coming up the subway stairs behind a slow-moving man. He stopped at the top of the stairs and put up his umbrella. I moved around him. He said, "Which way is East?" I gave him a startled look, like I don't know, oh wait, you're Richard Kind! He made a sound like, yeah, calm down, I know I'm Richard Kind, and asked me again more pointedly. I said, "Well, that way's the East River." Luckily I figured that one out. No one asks which way is East in Brooklyn. It's not Manhattan. Sheesh.

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full of wonder

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I was doing an image search for CWonder, a new store on Crosby Street in SoHo, and these two wonderful images came up, juxtaposed. I had to keep them. Too great.




mystical citron

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Can you believe this is a citron? Amazing! Called "Buddha's Hand" -- I guess citrons are kinda sorta spiritually symbolic. Significance #1. Significance #2.




venus, goddess of love

Making the gold bracelets. All machine sewing. Velcro closures.
(Of course, I had to make the accessories first! I ♥ accessories)

Maybe Hermes (the fashion company, not the Greek God) will include these
in their line? I thought Sofia needed bracelets for sure. Every good costume
needs matching bracelets.

I am making my downstairs neighbor, Sofia's Halloween costume this year! She is 9, and she is going as Venus, Goddess of Love. I should also add that we've been discussing this for a month. She came to me with a stack of sketches and very specific ideas as to color palette and design details. I got all the stuff yesterday, and she said it was just what she was thinking! I don't know who was more excited (me, I think!!) Yes, she wants to be a fashion designer because of me. When I was showing her all the fabrics and trim yesterday, she ran to her room to whip of another sketch. It was far better than mine. I have to get a picture of her sketch.

Here's the headpiece! I worked on this for 1.5 hours. I sewed some on the bus,
and some on the subway. All hand-sewn. White/gold twist braid, gold leaf vine trim,
gold lingerie elastic for stretch (sizing). It fit her! She loved it!