Sunday, February 28, 2010

The shoe for spring

See any resemblance between these beauties? They certainly all seem to follow a pattern, but each is different enough that there is one for every stiletto-lover out there. These pics ( are just a few of my favorites.

Every designer and fashion magazine out there seem to be advocating the platform, ankle-strap sandal this spring, so find one tailored to your needs, or wants, as it is admittedly not the most "need-based" purchase.

From top: Burberry, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Stuart Weitzman, Guess, Nine West (all three), and Harajuku Lovers. All available at, from where the pictures were taken.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The sky has to run out of snow eventually

We've officially reached record breaking snowfall where I live, so this is the wintery outfit I've picked out while off school. I don't wear fur - not that I could afford it - so what I've put together is not the expected, I suppose.
P.S. Remind me never to become interested in modeling. I seem to lose control of my faculties when trying to look good for a camera. But you get the idea clothing-wise, and success with the self-timer! yes!

BCBG tweed skirt and sweater, forever21 knee socks (I know, sneaky, thought they were tights didn't you?), J.Crew necklaces, Jessica Simpson pumps, and NordstromBP cloche hat - my favorite purchase this winter. Gotta love the 20s.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Agatha de la Ruiz Prada

So I've done some research and I have definitely found runway art. One of my new favorite designers is now officially Madrid-based Agatha de la Ruiz Prada. If you're not familiar with her, I recommend checking out her website:
Just viewing the home page will give you a pretty good idea about her style - it's mesmerizing.

Anyways, looking at her photos from her most recent fashion shows (she even has an online museum on her website) has opened my eyes to the world of art first, clothing second. And really, why create a piece of art that hangs on a wall or clothing that is only for modesty and warmth when you can create art that moves around on a living, breathing, catwalking human being? Or better yet, a nearly superhuman, super-gorgeous supermodel?

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

I want these tightss...
I wonder how she didn't fall? This is awesome, but to be honest, I would pretty mad if I had the opportunity to model in Milan fashion week and then had my face completely covered by an eye ball.

All of these photos are from her official website, mentioned above, under the Milan 2010 show.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Art vs Fashion

My art teacher has asked me to participate in the annual Youth Invasion fashion show at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. I'm so excited, but she told me that it's not really about creating beautiful clothes. The things people enter are apparently crazy avant-garde and unwearable. Making pieces of this nature is something I have always wanted a reason to do, and now I have one. This has, however, brought up somewhat of a dilemma: what is "art" in the context of a fashion show and am I really capable of creating it?

I have always considered fashion to be an art form, as I stated briefly in my first post, but I realize now that I have still been setting it apart from traditional art forms like painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. It's more like the art of architecture, or interior design. It is created for a purpose other than pure creative expression or the desire to convey a particular message. Fashion is based on the practical application of one of the three basic human needs: clothing.

Creating a true work of art that just happens to be in the form of clothing, then, means that I must throw practicality out the window and rely purely on imagination. Ugh. I do not do well with change.

Friday, February 19, 2010

I Love You Meghan...

Somehow, I managed to convince my model/friend Meghan to do a shoot for me in this outfit in the snow. It was below freezing at least and I made her wear flip flops! I'm really not a horrible person though, I swear.

I made this skirt out of an old shirt of my dad's and some scrap chiffon as part of a recycling project I'm working on for my art class. Basically I just raid my dad's closet and cut things up - it's great. Plus, menswear has so much more fabric to work with than anything I already own, so you can get more creative. I'll upload some other things I've made in this fashion next time.

Ps. welcome to the "nun grotto" as we like to call the set of this shoot. It's basically a garden/gazebo for the convent next to our school and the only (semi)-attractive part of our landscape, so Megh and I like to get out of class to do shoots here. It's not actually looking to hot in this one though, as the shrubs seem very dead. And it is February.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Day at musical rehearsal

This is my it's-the-day-after-Valentine's-day-and-we're-making-up-a-snowday-at-school-even-though-it's-a-holiday-so-we-get-to-wear-pink-instead-of-our-uniforms outfit. Very basic, it is true, since we still have a pretty strict dress code even while out of uniform, but it gets the job done (for that boyfriend I absolutely do not have, or want).

I love this ruffle blouse because even with a loose sweater over it, the cinched waist makes me look quite thin, if I do say so myself. Also, if you are not particularly well-endowed in the chest department, like myself, I recommend tops like this one because they are not too low cut and embellished where it counts.

These shots are taken on the set of my high school musical Beauty and the Beast, more specifically on the "grand" staircase. You may be seeing more of this set as we are in tech week right now - I am basically never home. Special thanks to my lovely photographer and friend Missa (I don't do too well with my camera's self-timer so you may be seeing more of her work as well).

J. Crew sweater, Delia's jeans, Steve Madden boots, oh and of course my heart shaped Urban Outfitters earings because if you can't be a bit tacky on Valentine's Day when can you?? (not to mention I got them in sale for 1.89 so they're just so satisfying to wear.)

There is something you should know right off the bat I suppose: I am a born shopper but I also happened to be born with a budget. Aside from formal wear, I don't think I own any single piece that is over $100, which may seem like a travesty to the average fashionista, but I manage well enough.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My First Post...

It's surprisingly intimidating starting a blog. Exciting, but intimidating. I keep having to remind myself that this is my blog and I don't need it to live up to anyone else's expectations. Especially as I don't think anyone is necessarily expecting it.

I suppose I should start by thanking fashion bloggers like Jane Aldridge, Tavi, and Hanneli for inspiring me to start my own blog, and teenvogue, for exposing me to the blogging scene as a whole. (Is it just me or should there be a synonym or two for "blog"? I just used the word about a MILLION times.)

I decided to start a style blog (a million and one) because fashion is one of the most fascinating and alluring fields to which I've been exposed in my life. I hope to enter the industry at some point, but for now I am merely an innocent and awed bystander who happens to have a lot of opinions. I hope some of these opinions will be enlightening, or at least interesting, to the readers I (potentially) will acquire. These could end up being my immediate family members, I realize, but I can only hope for the best at this premature stage in my blogging career.

Why "House of Violet?" It really just came to me, as cheesy as that sounds, but I guess it's sort of a combination between house-of-blues and a house of fashion, and purple is my favorite color. It has been since I was old enough to have a favorite color, so I figure it's one thing that won't change anytime soon. Also, violet just sounds nicer than purple.

My position on the "essence" of fashion is probably less developed than it should be for someone in my borderline-fanatical condition, but I think fashion can serve many purposes at once. I recently sat in on a design class at Cornell University and learned that fashion (when defined as frequently changing trends in the clothing industry) began in the 17th century during the reign of King Louis XIV of France. He mandated the changing and following of trends in his court because apparently he practically owned the textile industry; if everyone had to get all new wardrobes each season, he earned big time.

This obviously gives fashion a somewhat superficial, money-making face, but just because its origins seem meaningless doesn't mean it hasn't developed into much more since then. Now, I think fashion can be creative expression, a reflection of inner beauty, a reflection of culture, an outlet for mood swings, an art form, a way to set yourself apart, or a way to blend in. It defines status, social grouping, personality, and position, and yet can also intentionally defy the very institution of these things. See why I am so awed by it?

Anyways, pardon my tangent of an introduction. I'll actually address specific topics in my future posts. Until then!