Monday, August 25

Habitually Chic: Houndstooth

What's black and white and habitually chic? Houndstooth! As I first wrote in 2009, the two-tone fabric originated in the Scottish Lowlands, but became a fashion fabric sometime in the late nineteenth century, when it was adopted for men's suits. Around the mid-twentieth century, the fabric was borrowed from the boys to make stylish suits, separates and coats for women. As seen in the above Vogue spread, houndstooth was popular again in the 1990s, when designers used the patterned fabric to create sculptural suits that recalled the wasp-waisted styles the 1950s. 

This season, houndstooth is not only being used to revamp vintage-inspired styles, like the loose-fitting blouses and boxy coats, but also to create new designs that befit modern women, like hard-edged frames, body-hugging sheath dresses, and asymmetrical mini skirts. Whether you go old school or opt for a look that's brand new, you can make this trend your own with a selection of styles for $250.00 or less:


S.S.W. Asks: Will YOU try the houndstooth trend?


Thursday, August 14

Some Updates...

Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

It's been a busy few weeks, S.S.W. readers! Here are a few highlights:

  • My latest exhibition, Reinventing Italy’s Decorative Arts: Velvets and Glass from the Interwar Era, is now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibition features Italian costumes, textiles and glassworks by artists Maria Monaci Gallenga and Vittorio Zecchin and companies Venini S.p.A., Cappellin & C., and Zecchin and Martinuzzi. Explore it online here.
  • Coinciding with this exhibition, I discussed Maria Monaci Gallenga's career and designs on the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's "Object of the Day" blog. Read my entry here
  • Lastly, I had the pleasure of being interviewed as an emerging arts leader by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. In the profile, I talk about my background, current position and the future of the curatorial field. Read it here.


Monday, August 11

Obsessions: Adidas Originals x Jeremy Scott's Wings Easy Five Shoe

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I have always wondered what it would be like to be a Greek God. Thanks to Adidas Originals x Jeremy Scott, I am one step closer to being one (or at least dressing like one). The AO x JS Spring Summer 2014 Collection celebrates the brands' decade long collaboration, and features a magnificent pair of winged gold metallic shoes that evoke the footwear of the Greek God Hermes. Although Hermes’ footwear was technically a pair of sandals made from palm and myrtle branches, they were golden and beautiful, much like Mr. Scott’s leather upper for Adidas. (Let's face it, leather is more durable.) If the Gods rule in my favor, I will be fluttering about town in a pair very soon. Available at, $152.00