lets start my "birthday week" with my favorite fashion blog.
some of you may know about the sartorialist, also a great fashion photoblog run by scott schuman [an indiana native!]. i was a religious daily viewer of scott's blog for years until i discovered that his ladyfriend, garance had a blog of her own! her blog used to be only in french, as that is her native tongue, when i first started looking at it. it had the occasional english translation, but it really wasn't a problem when she included her amazing sketches.
let me just go off on a small tangent here. i love fashion sketches. i always have. i remember rifling through my mom's sewing patterns looking for the covers that were the most enchanting. then in high school when i became enthralled with high fashion and whatnot, i really got into mock-ups and drawings. matt got me this great book this past christmas - drawing fashion: the art of kenneth paul block - and it is soooo inspiring.
so back to garance, i just feel that her sketches are so expressive of what she is saying about the clothing and the models. i love the clean lines and the intense eyes. she often jots little notes on the sketch or on the photos she features. its the most appealing thing about her blog.
some people find her off-putting because she is super paris-french. very hearts everywhere and always saying, "ooo! kiss! kiss!!". but i like that she is like a little girl about fashion. she appreciates that her commentary is light and that she isn't passing judgement on some great world issues. she includes photographs and sketches of people most of the time and often has a little something to say about whats going on in her life at the time. its nice, its easy to read and its beautiful - just what a fashion blog should be.