Improvised Life » apparel http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Annals of Hair Design: LaBelle’s Nightbird Platter-Do (with Music) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/22/annals-hair-design-patti-labelles-nightbird-platter/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/22/annals-hair-design-patti-labelles-nightbird-platter/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:10 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46030

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The Hair Hats in our recent Annals of Hair Design reminded me of the great “platter” do, Patti LaBelle wore when performing her album Nightbirds in the 80’s. I loved watching her perform it and wondered how she got that hair to STAY.

Years later, she came to my old studio for a photo shoot and I asked her how she got her hair to make those fabulous platters. (more…)

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GIF of the Week: Escape Packing http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/09/gif-week-escape-packing/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/09/gif-week-escape-packing/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:01:57 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45019

The weather’s so beautifu, it makes us think of going on a road trip. Dave Hax’s fast-and-minimalist packing job begs the question:

What do we REALLY need to take with us?

via i.imgur

Thanks Holton!

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Primitive Modernist Body Art: Stars, Stripes, Zigzag, FAB http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/25/primitive-modernist-body-art-stars-stripes-fab-zigzag/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/25/primitive-modernist-body-art-stars-stripes-fab-zigzag/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:00:08 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45173

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We WISH that we could see people who had adorned themselves like this — with stars, stripes, zigzags, more —as we wander the city. Such possibilities. We envision the top one as wondrous tattoos. (more…)

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Artful Pubic Wigs! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/24/artful-pubic-wigs/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/24/artful-pubic-wigs/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:32:39 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45679

Sinnae Choi in collaboration with unnamed participant

We check into Improvised Life part-time support staff and contributor Sinnae Choi’s website periodically to see what the multi-talented artist is up to. We were amazed at the LOL beauty of the human hair merkins she collaborated on… And learned that a merkin is by definition a pubic wig.

Who knew? and… Why not?!!   Writes Choi and her collaborator:  (more…)

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Embroidery Fix Redux: Disguise Rips with Images or Symbols http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/23/embroidery-fix-redux/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/23/embroidery-fix-redux/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:01:31 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45122

Recalling Virginia del Giudice‘s recent post on using needlework to cover holes in vintage garments, Susan Dworski alerted us to an inspiring iteration on the theme of embroidery fixes: (more…)

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Our FIX for the Flawed Cos Backpack http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/annals-bad-design-fix-flawed-cos-backpack/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/annals-bad-design-fix-flawed-cos-backpack/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:00:50 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45163

Sally Schneider

In July, we posted a compelling backpack we’d bought from the stylish COS site only to discover that its design was profoundly flawed. If you put all but the lightest items in it, its magnetic closure instantly popped open, inviting strangers to dip their hand into the bag and steal our wallet (image below).  In that post, we experimented with a possible fix by using binder clips. Since the approach seemed workable, during our recent break we hacked the straps and sewed on sliding holders. We’re proud to say our fix WORKED: a lesson in trying ideas out, and flexing our own untrained design muscles to make things better or at the very least learn a few things.  (more…)

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Huge Linen Shirt Becomes a TeaTowel http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/02/huge-linen-shirt-becomes-tea-towel/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/02/huge-linen-shirt-becomes-tea-towel/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:36:53 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45114

Marella Consolini

This just in from our friend Marella Consolini (whose daybooks with custom covers we love):

A new improvised project! Jimmy bought a gorgeous linen shirt on eBay for pennies, that turned out to be about a hundred sizes too big. But I fell in love with the pattern and the quality of the linen. Rather than send it on to the thrift shop, I folded it up and put it in my drawer, certain that I’d eventually figure out something to do with it.

Finally it dawned on me: the back was big enough to turn into a small pillow case or a towel — yes, a linen tea towel, which I love best! (more…)

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An Embroidered Fix for Torn, Treasured Fabric http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/07/embroidered-fix-treasured-torn-fabric/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/07/embroidered-fix-treasured-torn-fabric/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:00:52 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44867

Virginia del Giudice

We recently received another inspiring fabric fix from Virginia del Giudice, photographer and co-owner with Alejandra Agüero of La Percalina, a fine vintage clothing shop in Buenos Aires. 

Alejandra and I had a beautifully made maxi skirt from the sixties at La Percalina. We worked on it for days to clean and restore it and when it was ready to be hunged we found a little hole at the front!  I had to do something to rescue this beauty!

This is what we did:

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Sculptural, Dimensional Textiles—for Couture or DIY http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/sculptural-dimensional-textiles-couture-home/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/sculptural-dimensional-textiles-couture-home/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:05 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44467

Zita Merényi

We love designer Zita Merényi’s Provo-CUT collection of seared-and-soldered neoprene garments. Forgoing traditional draping and stitching, these pieces are instead constructed panel-by-panel, pleated together, and heat-joined into dimensional, puffy, future-ish jackets and cloaks punctuated by thick, raw seams and unlikely openings. The gist: synthetic fabics melt, so heat, not thread can be used to join the seams. (more…)

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Annals of Bad Design: COS Lightweight Backpack + Our FIX http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/annals-bad-design-cool-cos-backpack/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/annals-bad-design-cool-cos-backpack/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:01:02 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44522

Sally Schneider

When we looked at images of the COS Lightweight Backpack online and read the product description we thought PERFECT. Just what we’re looking for:

Made from a lightweight technical fabric, this cotton-lined backpack has an all-over print and fastens using a magnet and wide drawstring. Multi-functional, it can also be worn as a tote bag using the two top handles.

We ordered one and the harsh realities set in. (more…)

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Chic Newspaper Hat (Inge Morath) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/chic-newspaper-hat-inge-morath/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/chic-newspaper-hat-inge-morath/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:29:04 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44119

Ilse Bing

We love this curiously stylish newspaper hat that a new dealer wore in 1947 in Paris at Place de la Concorde. Captured by the great Inge Morath.  Dig the little ends turned up. “Chic” can be fashioned out of pretty much anything!

 

With thanks to Chris Eldredge! 

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Closet Strategies with a Simple Piece of Fabric http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/21/un-hide-tide-peevish-annals-boring-design/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/21/un-hide-tide-peevish-annals-boring-design/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:05 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44267

myscandinavianhome.com

Since when is it hip, slick and cool to lie in bed and stare at your clothes and shoe racks––no matter how neatly organized––when you’re rustling up romance? I’m talking about a very particular theme of design porn these days: highly-styled, out-in-the-open clothes racks that make me wonder: What would happen in this uber-neuter scheme if one dared to own something scarlet, purple or orange!  Is it old school not to want to have all your clothes in your face 24/7?

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DIY Fake Fingernail (Vegetable) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/07/edible-diy-fake-fingernail/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/07/edible-diy-fake-fingernail/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:00:24 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43733

Holton Rower

Holton Rower sent us his latest off-the-cuff improvisation, done while making dinner: an inspired fake fingernail made of celery.

Hmmm. Wondering about that exact moment when Holton SAW the possibilities in an ordinary stalk of celery.

 

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Use the Difficulty (Michael Caine) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/25/use-difficulty-michael-caine/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/25/use-difficulty-michael-caine/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:17:53 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43429


(Video link HERE.) I was bogged down today in a creative funk, head-buttingly blocked, wandering in a dark wood, wrestling with a component for a necklace that is carved from clear, rock crystal so that it seemed, well… simply invisible. How do you showcase something invisible?

I recalled something I’d read in an interview long ago with actor Michael Caine: (more…)

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