The Clothesliine

Going Postal: Street Style Sans Street

Notre Dame, Indiana- Home of the post office runway. Seriously, that should be the tagline as you enter our campus post office.

For a while now, I’ve been trying to find interesting ensembles that would work for a bumpin’ street style section. But as of yet, I’ve seen some of the coolest compilations at the campus post office. So instead of true street style, as I try to get up the nerve to ask people to take their picture (shammme on me), this has become more of an introductory human study. Why did you wear that to the post office…


 I particularly love that this outfit combines err Russia with some rather boho boots. When the world is covered in snow, you just have to go light and blend in. My only remaining question is, if this woman wears full fur to the post office, I wonder what she wears to the bank.


Say hello to grown up Ron Weasley, still wearing oversized knitted sweaters. Though it’s not very visible, his jacket looks very standard issue, and he’s coupled the homemade knitting with an obviously store bought scarf. I love the combination of neutral tones, and let’s be honest, I want that sweater. It slouches so nicely!


Red hair, don’t care. I enjoyed the glam rock look this girl has going on. Leather studded bag to match her boots. Did she roll out of bed or #justmadethisway? You be the judge.

Thanks for bearing with me. These pictures serve the dual purpose to shaming me. I guess I should add covert iphone pictures as belated lent offering. Henceforward, I will try to actually talk to these people so that I will be able to get more of their outfit than their backs.

Fashion Late-ly

My loyal followers and fortuitous visitors! I have emerged from the depths, a happier Orpheus, bursting with song (and silent anxieties) since my brief (an edifice of law school’s vise and unsolicited grip round my throat), ripened, has relinquished my bonds!

Yet during this struggle, I have shown that I run the most miserable attempt of a fashion blog, seeing as I left the grid just long enough for both Fashion Week 2014 AND the Oscars to pass me by. Let’s just say I’ve been cogitating.
I mean is anyone really sure how they feel about Chanel’s grocery store?


Once I get past wanting every piece of uniquely-punned Chanel merchandise, the high culture/ low culture/ ubiquity of human experience really starts to play with me. Also, while Karl Lagerfield may think that one should wear Haute couture as if you were “going to the supermarket.” There seems to be some speculation as to whether he even knows what that is like… For more on the show see here.

Moving right along McDonalds at Moschino…

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Well, I can tell you it clearly WASN’T a whopper. Jeremy Scott’s bold choices are nothing more than a clever ploy aimed at expanding his market. But you can’t go from selling to the 1% overnight. While they may not have made it quite to the billion marker yet, Business Week reports they’ve managed to borrow quite a few. 

It came as a great surprise to absolutely no one that my favorite from fashion week was none other than…


Come on, it featured the Bloomsbury bag. Unfortunately, the real advertisements were lost in a ill-fated file backup. Luckily, Burberry sent us one of the promos before the crash and revisions. Here’s how it was supposed to be modeled:

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Pretty great, huh?

Regarding the collection, I love the mix of Monet hues with the Scottish-looking shoulder throw rugs. Tuck your blanket into your belt for a practical and fashionable snowy day. Particularly, I love the color scheme because it is so conventionally Spring, but somewhere in the midst of Labor Day I think that people forget what snow looks like.


Maybe we favor dark colors in Winter because we’re afraid we will be lost in the snow otherwise, but when I look outside across snow colored fields, the color is remarkably subdued. In the sunless places, peoples eyes are pastel blue and Burberry’s color scheme seems to recognize that. At the same time you can be the wisp of a figure trekking across the moor with your caftan, you can sit inside with it wrapped around you, watching the snow fall as you drink tea over light stories with shadowy undertones. Bravo Burberry. I think this collection really channeled that for me. While Chanel channeled its roots with requisite tweeds and pearls, Burberry’s approach was subtler. The Bloomsbury Set wrote in the time around World War I burst with all its dreary determinism, giving us if nothing else, the Trench coat. It’s nice to see Burberry hearken back with a new interpretation of the period piece.

More to come on Fashion Week, the Oscars, post offices, and more!