I was tempted to just wear what I wore yesterday again, but then my mom asked me what I was going to wear today, and she sounded so excited, so then I got excited too, and put this together, and MAN OH MAN, I love it. This scarf is secretly a throw, but its the softest virgin wool, and reminds me of blue skies, and I cant resist wrapping myself up in it on rainy grey days. I wanted to show you the rest of this dress (Sorry Katie, I'm not camping. I wish I was! In Costa Rica!). Its Helmut Lang fall '09, literally straight off the runway. I know. How did it end up in a closet in Newberg, Oregon? Well, long story short, the woman who owns Ladybird's General Store (Best vintage in Portland, hands down. Also, drop dead coolest shop girls. I want to hang out with them and make milkshakes and listen to Bowie records all. day. long.) is a stylist, and she worked on the show, and she brought a few pieces home, and this one simply HAD to be mine.
It is, by far, the most I've ever spent on an item of clothing, though, for Helmut Lang, a total steal, and worth every stinkin' penny. The construction is just breathtaking. It sort of wraps around, and fastens asymmetrically in the back, with this long vertical panel that falls straight down from the collar, and then it has this clever little built in bra thingy...Yeah. I lack the technical know-how to do it justice, but trust me, amazing. Space age Art deco Gibson girl madness. The material is a very lightweight wool challis, which makes it really versatile for year round wear, and it looks great layered for casual daytimes, or stripped down to its glorious bones for evening. Like, today, it took me from work, to hanging out with the fam, to running errands up in Portland (Geeeeeez, you guys, could it be any more miserable out there? I couldn't tell you how many times I heard people frantically asking shop owners if they sold umbrellas...in Oregon!), to late night drinks at my favorite sake bar. And yes, it has pockets. Aaaaah, love.
Helmut Lang dress, Ladybird's General Store; Vintage wool blazer, thrifted; Wool scarf, Banana Republic Home; Studded belt, Target; Jeffrey Campbell boots, The Rack; Vintage turquoise rhinestone earrings, Stars & Splendid Antiques; Antique silver and gemstone bracelet, gift from Mom.
P.S. Note to self; Do not wear virgin wool on a rainy day without an umbrella. You will smell like wet sheep. The vast majority of people do not find the smell of wet sheep remotely attractive, and those that do should be avoided.