Friday, October 18, 2013

History of the Feathered Hat

I've been researching hats lately, and came across some fascinating information concerning feathers.

We all know the iconic mega-feathered hats of the Edwardian era.  The Edwardians were particularly enamored with plumage, but unlike their be-feathered predecessors, the Victorians and the Georgians, many a fine species of bird was taken to the brink of extinction by the incredible demand for ladies be-feathered hats.

Friday, July 19, 2013

New Van's Tennis Shoes: Day Glow is Back! Again!

Van's tennis shoes have come a long way! 
And seriously, how many times are they going to bring day glow back, you know your kinda old when you have walked into Target and discovered day glow was back in not once but twice! 
If I was going to wear it again or encourage my kids to it would be a classic item like Van's though for sure! 

Buy the pink ones right here on Xanaland! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Shoes to Die For: Are Women Still Killing Their Feet in High Heels? Yes!

“Oh my God. My feet are killing me!” This oft repeated phrase is more or less the tag-line for a night out, it’s almost guaranteed that by around about midnight someone will realize they may have overestimated their stiletto tolerance. It’s something of a stereotype: the barefoot girl walking home heels in hand, defeated by her footwear. So why do so many of us continue to suffer through the platform agony? More and more women seem to be asking themselves this question: heels are expensive, painful and often difficult to walk in – far from the most practical footwear solution. Are we finally moving away from the long reign of the skyscraper heel?

Vertiginous footwear has had more than its fair share of cultural attention over the years; the humble heel sparking philosophical, moral and feminist debates, immensely contrasting to the deceptively simple lure of the shoe as a beautiful object. Scholars, shoppers and designers clamouring to explain the seemingly irrevocable lure of the heel have whipped up a storm of attention for the heel. Talk to a feminist, and you are likely to hear one thing ‘high heels objectify women: making them weak and vulnerable.’ While this might seem a little extreme, the point does stand. How often have you seen a girl being supported by her friends as her shoe choice tips from uncomfortable to unbearable? There is a stigma of weakness that can come with heels: girls tottering, bambi-like through the streets hardly suggests empowerment and independence… And this doesn’t seem like something the students of today, girls who are spending their days building their future through hard work, would desire anymore.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Original Grungers Pippi Longstocking and Demri Parrot: Denim Overalls...check!

Well, lets face it, most Seattle grunge kids are poor, and in the 80's and 90's even if they were not, some even slummed with poor kids to get away from their parents! I can think of at least a few that adopted a poor kid appearance even though they were rich kids from Mercer Island ( you know who you are ) , and then of course there was Demri, the ultimate female Peter Pan/ Pippi, she clearly grew up in the 70's and had fun dressing like all the characters she read about in books.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dress Made of 50, 000 Gummy Bears

If you had 50,000 gummy bears what would you do with them? Eat them? Throw them at people? Maybe re-enact a famous battle with them? Those are three things that instantly came into my head when I heard about the possibility of doing something with 50,000 gummy bears. I don’t think that I would ever, ever have considered making a dress out of them, and not just because I’m a dude either. I just don’t think gummy bears are something I would ever want to wear. Or that they lend themselves to fashion really.

But guess what? You got it – some wacky fashion types called Hisha Igarashi and Sayuri Makarumi decided to make a dress out of 50,000 gummy bears to publicise the launch of some new fashion magazine called Twelv. Yeah, that’s meant to be spelled without an E – because it’s just way more edgy, you know? Apparently the dress was inspired by an old Alexander McQueen dress, which predictably  led to most of East London swooning all over it and (hopefully) Twelve magazine.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hardy Amies Sunglasses Are Finally Here

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It’s been a long time coming but last year Hardy Amies finally debuted an eyewear collection to accompany their unique tailoring; and now they’ve launched a sunglasses range too, hoorah. Summer dressing for those with strict sartorial needs may have just been met.
For the man who looks “as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them” (as Amies would have all his customers do), the frames offer a suitably contemporary take on retro themes. Paying reference to the 20s, 30s and 40s the sunnies come in a range of styles and colours, primarily staying neutral with tortoiseshell and light horn amongst them. The latter can be seen in our choice pair above, so called Ada. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

75 Years of Ray Bans: The Coolest Glasses Ever Made. Fact, Not Opinion!

rom Audrey Hepburn's classic shades in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Tom Cruise's reflective style in Top Gun and Will Smith's sleek look in Men in Black, Ray-Ban is a brand that has not only stood the test of time, but helped create icons along the way. This year marks the momentous 75th anniversary since the American label made its very first style of sunglasses – a style that was intended more for function than fashion and, like most of Ray-Ban's creations, has lasted the test of time.

Why Every Girl Needs A Great Red Lipstick

Feeling chic and sophisticated? Feeling too grungy?  Want to channel your inner goddess? When the mood overtakes you, choose RED! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hat's Off To Men With Style! The Return Of Sinatra's Classic Hat, The Fedora

It may not be entirely accurate to say that clothes make the man, but any Sinatra fan knows that they can showcase
the man in a pretty elegant wrapper. And any good wrap job, of course, needs a good bow on top-which is to say, the right hat.
For Sinatra, particularly late in his life, that hat was occasionally a baseball cap. But that's not the topper we associate with him, the lid that became one of his trademarks as it adorned all those classic album covers. The classic Sinatra hat is the fedora. And in many ways, the fedora-the hat that Sinatra made as personal and stylish a signature as authoritative but conversational singing and an immaculate pocket square-is back.

The Tide Is High In Xanaland And The Seamstress Is In!

It will not surprise anyone who has known me for a while, that anything involving Blondie, red lipstick and Helmut Newton would be the first thing I would blog about!

There is so much amazing style today, and such great quality, and endless choices... learn with us as we try to achieve and maintain that Xanaland medium gorgeous appearance all while supporting all our favorite artist, writers, and musicians, not to mention seamstresses! 
We are very close to launching some of our own ideas to clothe some local musicians with a little help from some local schools, so stay informed and check back for that and other community involved projects. 

One of our ideas is re creating some classic rock star and celebrity outfits, like this epic little number from the Blondie The Tide Is High album.. of course using local artist in the re-creation, so please contact Xanaland to get involved! 

The tide is always high In Xanaland, so get with the latest styles, participate, share, create, recycle clothing if possible, and never forget the good tunes to go with!