Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Alas, my out-of-school uniform: leggings and anything that covers my butt enough not to require pants (I'm not personally comfortable with the leggings and t-shirt here-is-everything-I've-got-in-plain-view look). The fact that the legging trend has managed to not only make a come-back from the 80s but also to stick around these past few seasons after seasons, salvaged with only a select group of delectable treasures from the ever-changing wardrobes of fashionistas world wide speaks to its unique practicality and versitility, and it has spoiled me; I cannot stand wearing a binding pair of jeans anymore! It's leggings, dress, or bust. Of course, there is always the romper, but that is a rave review for a later date.

(dress from Nordstrom BP, Me Too studded flats, Forever21 leggings, American Eagle necklace)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pleated Skirts Without the Catholic School Connotation

(I cut my face out of most of these pictures because I've just had my wisdom teeth out. It's a very squirrely situation.)

I made this skirt about a year ago with the left over fabric from a fashion show piece. The big net bow in the back makes me happy. Paired with a J. Crew bow t-shirt, various boutique bracelets and Steve Madden Mary Janes.

I found this skirt in the back of my closet. I got it from Express a few years ago and totally forgot about it! (Aerie sweater, Steve Madden shoes, Abercrombie belt, Forever21 necklace)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My favorite resort collection pieces


Peter Jenson - this is just too adorable.

Michael Angel - rockin' the Elizabethan crinoline with a short hemline - brilliant.


Well obviously.

Elie Tahari
Cynthia Rowley - I think this might have to be favorite look of any 2011 resort outfit. It's so vintage, yet so modern.

Sonia Rykiel
(pictures are from

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hot Off the Sewing Machine

I made this out of the denim left over from my Andy Warhol fashion show romper and the scrap lace from my prom dress. I cannot for the life of me decide whether or not I actually like it. Is it possible to design something you don't like? I was going for a 1950s style cut with a shorter hemline and then the zipper and the back detail obviously break away from the era's well-known conservatism, but I don't think it all tied to together quite right. Hmmm...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Never liked tube tops...until now

I cannot believe it has been so long since I've posted anything to House of Violet! My computer finally died after a long period of randomly shutting down when I was in the middle of something, claiming to need a battery charge while it was PLUGGED IN. It's still dead, but I've resorted to using our impossibley slow home computer. I realize I sound liek the typical spoiled American teen with a delusional dependency on technology right now, but it literally takes a minute or two to load every single screen, and freezes frequently. I don't even bother with facebook anymore. The creeping is not worth it.

So my apologies for my online absence, and now to the point: I actually made this shirt for New Year's Eve and ended up not wearing it that night, so here it is in a more seasonal context. Can I pull off the rock look? Probably not, but I can say that all the instruments photographed are mine, so why not? The jeans are Roxy and the necklace is J. Crew. I do, in fact, normally hate tube tops, but that is because the ones they have in stores are always cotton and striped and 0% flattering on anyone, not to mention completely without inspiration. I like the one below (obviously, since I made it, but I don't mean to brag) but it does still pose the problem of having to re-adjust yourself bothersomely often.

The shirt was made by layering purple satin and a white gauzy material, with silk chiffon side inserts in a Pucci-esque print - a purchase I made at my glorious trip to Mood Fabrics, where they film project runway. The bust detail is a sequined shape cut from another kind of fabric surrounded by shredded fragments of the green material and some pieces of white feather.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Almost forgot...

My finished prom dress!

(I believe this was taken by my friend Chris; the rest were me with the self timer trying to get some good shots for Joanne Fabrics' prom dress making contest)
Prom was a masquerade ball, so I decided to use the extra lace from the dress to make one of those 1930s/40s lace things that cover the eyes for modesty, I would imagine, but that come off as mysterious, conversely. (I really should learn the term for those.) Actual masks, as it turns out, look very awkward on my face.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mrs. Kelly in Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier

Patricia Ward Kelly (again) this time in a custom gown by Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier.
Ali Rahimi has designed her gown for the Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre the last nine years and she immediately took the opportunity to rave about how wonderful he is when I asked his name. Mrs. Kelly recommends checking out some of his other work at or visiting his boutique in LA. She so kindly sent me some details over facebook about the piece she is wearing in these photos (which are also taken from facebook, not sure who was behind the lense).
The picture below shows off the gold flecks in the fabric a bit better (made of metallic brocade and with "a subtle pattern like snake skin," she says) and reveals the red silk charmeuse lining exposed in the folds of her train. This picture also features the red silk wrap that "Ali created as an accent for the black and gold." The gloves are black leather and she paired it all with Mon Atelier red satin pumps and gold earrings that Gene gave her "many, many years ago." An sexy and modern look with all the class and glamour of an Old Hollywood movie premier.