Supermarket Yoga

Dress: Wren. Blazer: Vintage from my Mom's closet. Shoes: Modcloth. Tights: Gap.

Recently I scored this absolutely amazinnnggg dress by Wren off of ebay on the cheap. It was one of those instances where it came from hong kong and I had no idea if it would actually be the real thing but it was so all is good! This dress is actually ridiculously comfortable. The fabric looks like it would be stiff and itchy but its surprisingly super soft and breathable.

When creating this outfit I kind of wanted to go for a mystic/70's disco queen kind of vibe. My mom has this amazing metallic green blazer she bought in the early 1990's which was absolutely imperative in finding inspiration for this outfit. The shoes I'm wearing are from Modcloth that I bought for Prom last spring that I have since realized was such a good decision because they go with everything and make me look like a princess.

Back to inspiration. Over the past year I've really loved the aesthetic of 1970's Disco because everything looks like a rug, sparkles, and is full of ~good vibes~. I feel like the 70s was when people really started to understand how important it is to mix patterns and aesthetics. I'm trying really hard not to get too nostalgic about the past because it is really unhealthy and in 2013 you can watch netflix instead of trying to be social and also get email on your phone (unless your me who has a phone from 2007 that never works)The pattern on this dress reminds me of Miu Miu fw12 when Miuccia did those amazing brocade pattern suits that also remind me of rugs and second empire drawing rooms (holler attcha Sartre). I also thought a lot about the aesthetic of the most recent Arcade Fire Album. It has these hollow poetic lyrics and sound but when the band performs you get this very haunted, saturated disco feeling.
Obviously the moodboard for this outfit involves a lot of stuff that is/emulates Cindy Sherman. Saturated, drenched in blood, sweat, and deep blues, oranges, and greens.
Miu Miu F/W12 campaign featuring Chloe Sevingy. Cindy Sherman. Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop Campaign. Regine Chassange. Degen SS13 by Beautylish
-Sophie Fransays


Cold River Winds

Blouse: Topshop. Skirt, Pearls, and Belt: Vintage. Shoes: Thrifted from Buffalo Exchange in Boston. Tights: Target. Lipstick is from Portland Black Lipstick Co in Undead Red (HIGHLY Recommended, especially if you're looking for lipstick in funky colors on the cheap. I also have this in black for when I need to be a sad goth) 

It seems really weird to me that I haven't posted on here (well at least done a real post) in almost 2 months. Fortunately, the period of my life in which I stay up late doing homework is pretty much done because the first have of the term is OVER. Now I'm finishing my homework at 8:30 as opposed to 11:30 so having a little ~sophie time~ has proven rewarding. It's given me a lot of time to sit and think.  Recently, I wrote in my journal about the theme of each year of high school. Freshman year was a transition year. I stopped hating myself. Sophmore year was kind of a year of discovery. Junior year was basically spent being a moody bitch and thinking about Sophmore year and Senior year is kind of a mix of all three. 

Recently at school we had the incredibly stupid Senior Superlative election. Weirdly enough I ended up getting nominated for best dressed. It made me think a lot about how far my perception of style has come. I've spent all of high school being the quirky girl. I wore a bunch of quirky dresses and quirky shoes and quirky buttons and now I'm kind of done with that part of my life. Unfortunately, people's perception of me wants to stay stuck 2 years ago when I want to mature. I'm done being a maximalist I just want to you know, be Tilda Swinton and wear Jil Sander, Margiela, Yohji, and Comme. Aesthetic Maturity is important. My style needs to grow with me. I'm tired of feeling obligated to dress a certain way. I'm beginning to feel almost like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl Trope. I can't be stuck in time. 

As I just mentioned I'm really into Japanese minimalism mixed with 70's pulp and leather harnesses. Or in other words, Minju Kim's collab with H&M. I want to meld vintage quirky girl stuff (Think: Rachel Antonoff and Miu Miu) with Utilitarianism (Like Jil Sander and Rick Owens). To break it down pop culture style the combined aesthetic of Hausu and Patti Smith (because I'm a tuff punk)

This outfit, however, is pretty much none of those things. I based it around the blouse and lipstick. It's November which is actually the worst (no joke something horrible always happens to me in November. WHAT WILL IT BE THIS YEAR? WILL IT BE THE STOMACH FLU? WILL IT BE DUMB TEEN DRAMA? STAY TUNED NEXT WEEK KIDDOS!) Anyways, I wanted to be an ice queen with the dark lips and white eyeliner but also Sylvia Plath with the plaid school girl skirt and devious grin. My english teacher/ Creative Writing teacher (I'm taking two English classes whaddup) has been trying to get me into Plath recently so as a result I want to dress like her. 
This graphic for today's look/ For my English Teacher (YOU RULE)

And these for everything else:

 Credits: Unknown, Jesus and Mary Chain, Hausu Poster, Tavi Gevinson for Shop Ghost, Issey Miyake by Irving Penn.

That's all for now!
-Sophie Frances


Not even close to dead

Hello friends,

So it's been an embarrassingly long time since I've posted on this mighty fine internet weblog, so long you might have convinced yourself I've given up on blogging. A lot of exciting things have been happening in my life lately so I've been a bit preoccupied. I'm not dead. I'll be back soon. For now enjoy these photos that emulate how I'm feeling lately and what my aesthetic is like.
1st 3 are unknowns from tumblr. 2nd to last is by Hattie Stewart. Last is Minju Kim for H&M. 


Queen of My Dream (in other words a post on fashion week)

For whatever reason, this is the first season in fashion in a quite some time that I've actually spent the vast majority of my free time watching fashion week live streams. Part of this could be attributed to boredom, my school starts a week later than usual this year so I've had a lot of time to kill. What better way to waste time than spend hours watching 6 foot tall women walk across a stage in clothing! The other half of my involvement in this season is my rekindled interest in fashion. I went almost an entire year disliking fashion but loving style. Fashion after all is austerity at its finest and as a feminist I felt I had better things to do with my life than think about rich people buying 3000 dollar handbags. On the other hand style is personal and can only be defined by the individual. Style is really what you make of it and being on an age typical Thoreau kick I felt I was kind of above the rules and constructs of the fashion industry (which is kind of ironic and paradoxical but I'm not going to try to confuse myself too much) After a summer of self discovery I began to realize again how important fashion is. More importantly, how important the future of fashion is.

During the course of this fashion week I've realized how unbelievably bored I am by "adventures in personal branding"  like that of Alexander Wang (more on that later) or seeing yet another way to modernize the suit for the "everyday woman". I guess in general, the old class of designers (even though some would like to argue that Wang is the "future" of fashion and is still a newcomer).  What is exciting about fashion lately is watching new designers, in their nascent stages of discovery, their "still figuring it out stage". That to me is fashion.

 This season I feel has been half and half. Usually, there are a handful of collections that get me excited about fashion. The ones that make me stay up all night writing in my journal (read: comme des garcons ss12. the review by i-D is pasted on my bedroom wall). While I've yet to find those collections, I definitely have seen some great things.

Eckhaus Latta


 Recently, Eckhaus Latta has become one of my favorite design teams. Their designs are futuristic but not in the cop out sort of way by dressing in all white and playing heavy electronic music. Eckhaus Latta instead presents more of dystopian world than the pristine white future our imaginations often think of. The clothes are soft but not in a bohemian way.

Zero and Maria Cornejo 
This collection is what Rodarte should have been this season: unbelievable ethereal and structurally sound.Usually I detest the idea of "reinventing" the suit because to be honest suits will never be fun, ever. However, Cornejo somehow or another managed to take my least two favorite things: camel color and baggy crotches and made it beautiful. Cornejo managed to also mix in photorealism a metallics in the form of flawless jumpsuits. On top of all of this I'm on a major jumpsuit kick witch Cornejo is famous for. 

Thom Browne

Thom Browne this season was a complete standout. It was the warped reality of anything else that ever dreamed of existing at new york fashion week. When I think of this collection I think of psychosis , the swift descent into an alien universe in which you no longer control your own thoughts. It is also easy to make the connection that perhaps the all white color scheme acts as a tribute to an asylum. I am also reminded of Gareth Pugh and McQueen, fellow manics and fellow craftsmen. Although Browne's designs are not nearly as masterful as those by McQueen they definitely give you hope for the future. The Elizabethan silhouettes juxtaposed by crippled cyber punks and 40s housewives are pure genius. This collection is one of the reasons I love fashion.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler also helped me restore my faith in fashion. The Proenza boys are no strangers to ingenuity and this season was no exception. This collection employs a sort of sleekness in each garment. The suits are fitted perfectly to the body and the skirts are streamline. At the same time, I'm feeling a bit of an art deco vibe with how the blazers and carpet coat thing turned out. Also, can we please talk about the jewelry going on? Those copper pieces are to die for.

Marchesa this season was totally on point as far as looking ethereal and dreamy. It kind of reminds me of what happened at Imitation of Christ a couple of seasons ago and what was consistently happening at Rodarte until Laura and Kate fell deep into a shit cave. These dresses are completely over the top and that is what makes them so fantastic. You might think you have enough giant silk flowers on a dress but your really wrong. Marchesa takes the notion of 70's prom dress to the extreme. This collection is full of gorgeous pastels and delicate lace. At the same time, it reminds me a lot of 1920's brides with the drop waist and the traditional french cut going on. Perhaps the girl in question is a runaway manic bride on her way to the sea shore. Whoever she is she clearly is fantastic and frankly I want to be her. Its safe to say this collection is something to lust over.