Effie Trinket Vs. Inkvixen

It’s a fashion showdown! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters today, and if the trailers for the second installment of the trilogy are any indication, the costume design, by Trish Summerville, looks pretty off the hook. Clothing all of Panem is no mean feat. If Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket has her way, we are in for quite the Alexander McQueen-laden affair. Trinket, of the oft-changing hair color and superficial demeanor, takes... Read More

McQueen’s Garden of Live Flowers

’There’s one other flower in the garden that can move about like you,’ said the Rose…’she has the same awkward shape as you, but she’s redder–and her petals are shorter, I think.’ ’Her petals are done up close, almost like a dahlia,’ the Tiger-lily interrupted: ’not tumbled about anyhow, like yours.’ ’But that’s not YOUR fault,’ the Rose added kindly: ’you’re beginning to fade, you know–and then one can’t... Read More

Mad as a Hatter

Last week’s Royal Wedding came and went in a flurry of vivid Anglomania and Disneyesque fairy tale romance. I can’t say I was completely immune, though the majority of the spectacle was hardly to my particular taste. If nothing else, cultural curiosity took over, inviting an anthropological examination of the entire phenomenon. You know the fact that Catherine Middleton was wearing McQueen tugged at my heartstrings a bit, though in some... Read More

Dia de los Butterflies

“Here are letters, all yours (already on the folds their traces of jerky pencil are fading). By day, folded up, they sleep, amid dry flowers, in my fragrant drawer, but at night they fly out, semitransparent and weak, they glide and flutter over me, like butterflies: one I may catch in my fingers, and at the night blue I look through it, and in it the stars shine through.” -Vladimir Nabokov, 1923 Translated from the Russian by Brian Boyd... Read More