What is your childhood trauma Pt. 10

#74: Kristy and the Copycat

"Claudia was wearing a red satin baseball cap, purple sweatpants that were cut off just below the knees, purple high-tops with neon pink laces, red-and-white striped socks, and a red and pink tie-dyed crop top shirt... [Claudia and Stacey] were both using old gloves of mine... Claudia had this funky clay whistle shaped like a bird on a leather thong around her neck that she'd made in art class. It didn't really blast like Stacey's, but the Krushers all liked it anyway."

I know a lot of people think she sounds like a colorblind fool, but all I can see is sexy baseball elf of the Victoria's Secret persuasion (I'm almost positive they used to have red and white rugby socks, too).

And yes, I accidentally made the shoelaces black when they should be pink... But I'm having some technical difficulties transferring files (note to self, do not ignore hard drive failure warnings with six year old, decrepit laptop). I'll change it (eventually) so just deal for now.

**Edit 2/15 - Updated! Fixed the laces and general coloring to make her... cuter heh. I'm about 95% satisfied with this one, but you can still view the previous one here.

At any rate, she's doing better than Stacey's black/yellow/Nike getup. Weren't the Krushers red, anyways? There must be an appropriate Incredulous Kristy meme around here somewhere...


What is your childhood trauma Pt. 9

5 days until Christmas! All I wanted?

1) Colin Morgan
2) JC Taupe Litas
3) JC Charli Cs
4) New Laptop

5) Morinaga Caramel Candy (20 pack)

Lucky for all of you, I already have three of the five listed items, so all you guys have to do is send me Colin Morgan holding a box of Japanese candy tied up with a festive Christmas ribbon.

Not possible? Ah, well...

Doesn't hurt to ask, and anyways, 'tis the season of giving [a Dawn outfit for Poire Gourmande] so here's my gift to all of you :)

#50: Dawn's Big Date

"She helped me put together a great outfit, which was what I was wearing as we waited for Lewis.

... black ballet slippers; black lace capri leggings; a short metallic silver skirt with all this crinoliny stuff underneath that made it poof out; a stretchy, tight, black-and-white-striped top with long sleeves. I'd bought six rubber bangle bracelets, and a new pair of feather earrings that reached down to my shoulder. (I wore both earrings in the two holes in my right ear. I put a pair of small black hoops in the two holes on the left.) This time I didn't set my hair; I piled it on top of my head, then made six braids."

1) This outfit makes me want to_________.

A) cringe
B) laugh
C) burst into "Like a Virgin"
D) all of the above

I took many inspirations for this outfit: Robin Sparkles, 80's Madonna and Veronica Mars as 80's Madonna

Images via HIMYM @ CBS / Madonna Infinity / TV Cappers Anonymous

I'm not really sure who I had in mind when I pictured Dawn's face (Blake Lively, maybe?), but she turned out a lot more Stacey/Taylor Momsen than intended... Their faces were interchangeable as a child.

Oops (but not really).


Lone fashionable wolf

Introducing my ZOMG!Shoes (FYI, out of all the many Lita colorways, this fabric/heel combo is still my favorite). You'll have to pry these out of my cold, dead hands to take these babies away from me:

Jeffrey Campbell Lita Fur in Black Pony from Nasty Gal

In illustration-relevant news, I'm working on some reader-requests right now (hopefully in time for Christmas), so until they are ready, amuse yourself with these glorious Interweb curios:

  • Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling = "Hey Girl, I got in sort of a... emo mood... So, I planted you a garden" & "Hey Girl, I'm really concerned about all your problems with your roommate. Very Concerned".

  • Get your nostalgia on at Im Remembering (The Swatch phone is soooo Stacy)

  • Better Book Titles for all the Lit. Geeks in the house.

  • Why should you give alcohol to babies? Fake Science will tell you why.

  • Asami at Pink Kitten.chu.jp might as well be Fuck Yeah! Jeffery Campbell. Her collection and updates on new styles is an online library of everything you could ever need to know about JC shoes.
  • 12.12.2010

    What is you childhood trauma Pt. 8

    #71: Claudia and the Perfect Boy

    "You'd be amazed by the colors that go together. Take pink and gold. You might not think to wear pink socks with gold stretch pants, and then add a gold turtleneck** under a pink sweater. But that's what I did yesterday, and then I added blue jewelry. It was great! I looked like a human sunset."

    **Do you remember sleeveless turtlenecks? I remember sleeveless turtlenecks...

    AA Opaque Ankle Sock // AA Shiny Legging // AA Raglan Pullover // Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Dragon Lady IV // Ksubi Atria Sunglasses // JnEDesigns Turquoise Necklace // summerandsilver Turquoise Elastic Bracelet // AMIdesigns Pearl Memory Wire Bracelet // ImpossibleAlice Resin Bracelet // TrashyTrashyTrash Upcycled Wood Bracelet

    Before any of you go hating on Miss Human Sunset herself, watch this LG cellphone commercial (starring Korean pop idols Big Bang and 2NE1) and tell me Claudia would not fit right in:

    Boys in pink, hats wearing mini hats, bodysuits worn outside of leggings and gravity defying ponytails?

    Clusterfucking awesome.


    What is your childhood trauma Pt. 7

    #36: Jessi's Baby-sitter

    "Claud was wearing a fake leopard-skin vest, a fairly tame blouse, and blue leggings. She had made her jewelry herself - five paper-mache bracelets that were painted in soft desert colors."

    LaROK Wild Thing Vest // Wilt Hi Lo Tunic // Giuseppe Zanotti Sculpted Platform Wedge Booties

    Happy Cyber Monday! I wanted to squeeze in one more post before December rolls in.

    I took the liberty of theme-ing it up a bit by imagining Claudia imagining herself as a leopard roaming the sub-Saharan terrains (did any of that make sense?) Also remember, Stacey is the one who can't tell a palm tree from a cactus and Claudia is the one who can't spell Mary Anne Spier. I'm staunchly in favor of the theory that Claudia had an uncanny knack for Biology, but her apparent plant & animal interests were completely eclipsed by her kindergarten grammar.

    But mostly, I wanted an excuse to draw these boots, even if leopard on leopard seems like overkill (a word that doesn't reside in Claudia's vocabulary or closet)...

    Also, these Glamorous Sky leggings could be cool... *nudges James*


    This illustration/description was made possible by Kristen's snarky goodness at BSC Revisited. Remember Kristy's little step-sister Karen? Relive your hate for the ankle biter when she revisits not only the BSC, but also the Little Sister spin-off books.


    It's a ritual sacrifice... with pie

    I finally succumbed to the ways of the great American Thanksgiving (happy belated, btw) tradition of losing your marbles over Black Friday sales... I can offer no excuses except the bum of these Alexander Wang quilted denim shorts (from Gilt Groupe for 80% off!!) are fantastic and the Jeffrey Campbell Taupe Suede Litas are going to keep my lonely pair of Pony Litas some company.

    Images via Gilt and shinyplastichag

    By now, most of you have noticed my weakness for all things with a giant high heel. My footwear teacher used to get so annoyed because I refused to design any kind of flat shoe even though they were much easier to make, since we had to carve all wooden heels by hand... Most of my designs ended up looking like fetish platforms or cartoon shoes.

    mixed media illustration: pencil, marker & gold leaf

    In retrospect, I wonder if I should have designed these in silver/gunmetal instead of gold. Either way satisfies my lust for metallic leather.

    I designed these wedge pumps as part of a collection based on the Grecian god of the sun. If I had the proper supplies to construct the pair, you can bet I would have wore them until my feet stained from the blue leather lining.

    Ah, well... At least I can cross off the Taupe Litas from my Christmas Wishlist :)

    Anybody else give in to the weekend shopping temptation?


    What is your childhood trauma Pt. 6

    Before I decided to study fashion, I wanted to be a mangaka (comic book artist - yes, I am a huge geek), and I guess here is a good place as any to uncover my deep, dark not-so-secret:

    I LOATHE the Raina Telemeiger BSC graphic novels.

    There. I said it.

    Yes, I know I should shut my trap because Telemeiger is apparently an award winning artist, but I don't care. Claudia with hot pink bangs? She's a 3rd generation Japanese-American artsy-fartsy teen from a upper-middle class Connecticut suburb, not some Got-Rice AzN chick of The Fast and the Furious persuasion.

    Plus, the characters are drawn as if their bodies are shaped after potatoes, SO SUCK ON THIS, TELEMEIGER:

    Mystery #6: The Mystery at Claudia's House

    "...as soon as I looked in my closet that morning, I knew I wanted to wear this pair of black-and-white-checked stretch pants I just bought. I grabbed them and pulled them on. Next I started to look around for my red belt, since it would look perfect with the black and white....

    ...I remembered that fashion magazines always say to be bold and mix your patterns. That's what I'd do! I checked the closet again and found a black shirt with white polka dots. I held it up and looked in the mirror. The dots next to the checks made me a little dizzy, but I decided that the total effect was just what I had been looking for. I pulled on my red ankle boots, put my hair into a ponytail on the side of my head (fastened with a black-and-white barrette), stuck on my favorite red heart-shaped earrings, and I was ready to go."

    Black Milk Houndstooth Leggings
    // AA Wide Clasp Elastic Belt // Joie French Dot Silk Top //
    Jeffrey Campbell Denmark Boots
    // Eugenia Kim Herringbone Kelly Ruffled Barrette



    I really want these booties in black, along with about a dozen other Jeffrey Campbell shoes (mostly more Lita Boots) for Christmas. I know I'm slapping high heels on Claudia every chance I get, but what can I say? I love sky-scraping platforms ^_^

    Still taking requests. If you want to see a particular outfit illustrated, leave the book number & description in the comments [/shameless comment mongering]


    What is your childhood trauma Pt. 5

    Super Mystery #2: Baby-sitters Beware

    "Claudia (who is Japanese-American with creamy, perfect skin, brown eyes, and long, straight black hair*) was wearing leggings, too - purple ones - with black Doc Martens, red slouch socks, black bicycle shorts over the leggings, a big t-shirt with the words "This Might Be Art" scrawled on it in purple (I knew she'd made it herself), and an old black suit jacket of her father's, with the sleeves rolled up... Claudia's earrings were purple feathers (she made those herself, too)."

    * Yes, I know Claudia has straight hair blah blah blah, but you can't possibly have a girl that will braid her hair in a bajillion different ways and not experiment with a curling iron once in a while.

    So I might be able to get down with lace bike shorts over leggings with slouch socks, after all (or it could still be the meds talking), but if I had both ears pierced, I'd definitely be down with some feather earrings. The peacock pair is modeled after ones I found browsing through Swan River Stone's Etsy Shop. Handmade feather jewelry? I'm sure Claudia would approve.

    What say the peanut gallery?


    From beneath you, it devours

    Whoops ~ sorry, folks but it looks like yours truly suffered massive blogging-setbacks due to the cold/flu season. I've been sniffling up tissue-mountains ever since I returned from beautiful, mild & warm Taichung. I've a puny immune system to start out with, so combined with the temperature/climate change and jetlag, the cold totally kicked my ass :(

    But enough woe-is-me's. I haven't been up for editing any of my Claudia scans since I can barely stay awake for more than 3 hours on end, but I'm slowly and surely working at it. For now, here's an oldie but a goodie.

    This is from a look from the Barney's New York catalog in 2008, and I drew the illustration about a year ago. The dress is by Jean Paul Gautier... I have this masochistic tendency to LOVE illustrating prints/lace/textures, but this was too intense and I half-assed it towards the end (heh). The scan came out kind of funky, but I blame my lack of photo editing skills on the meds. Maybe someday (when I'm not dripping boogers everywhere) I'll post the high quality version of the sketch.

    Pass the tissues, please T-T


    What is your childhood trauma Pt. 4

    #41: Mary Anne vs. Logan:

    "Claudia flopped onto her bed* and leaned against the wall. She was looking especially acute that day. (Acute means cool. My friends and I make up words all the time, and only we know what they mean. Distant and dibble also mean cool.) Claud was wearing an oversized raspberry-colored shirt, a short black skirt, and black leggings (the layered look). On her feet were black cowboy boots*, and dangling from an earcuff was a huge collection of beads and stones."

    * J'accuse! No shoes inside the Asian American's house!

    As with all my other fanarts, I've updated her wardrobe to give our heroine a more modern feel. And because you know... this is a fashion blog (I swear), I've even put together a handy shopping guide if you want to recreate my illustrated ensemble:

    Patterson J. Kincaid Gene Tee // Splendid Skirt // Black Milk Spartan Leggings // Frye Bruce Boots

    Aren't those leggings bad ass? Claudia would be all over Black Milk like white on rice (the Galaxies! the Liquids! Bodysuits!! I want them all O_O) Plus points for being handmade by the artist, too.

    In other news, I'll be leaving on a jet plane, I don't know when I'll be back again (early Nov). I'm still trying to figure how I can bring along my rainboots, but at least I'll get in a total of 30 hours flying over the Pacific Ocean to crank out more illustrations (*sob/sigh*).


    What is your childhood trauma Pt. 3

    Ask and you shall receive.

    This one's for Kim.

    #2: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (1986)

    "Today, for instance, I'm wearing purple pants that stop just below my knees and are held up with suspenders, white tights with clocks on them, a purple plaid shirt with a matching hat, my high-top sneakers, and lobster earrings."

    She looks Huck Finn shoved into a Salvador Dali painting, promoting Karmaloop.com. I actually had to restrain myself from slapping a pair of high heeled thigh-high boots just to make up for the inherent stumpification, but I'm staying true to the descriptions.

    In hindsight, I kind of wish I made Claud's Converse X-Hi's in black instead of all white, but I had my hands full with all the purple, color wasn't really registering properly in my brain. In some other context, I'd definitely be down with some Clock Tights... probably not the lobster earrings, tho.

    In efforts to help me complete my list of Claudia's outfits, I'm going to start taking requests.

    Leave the book number, title, and outfit description in the comments, and I will (eventually) get to it.

    BTW I'm going overseas next week (hello, 15 hour plane ride), but I have a couple Claud outfits already ready for the coming posts, so fear not and expect more oversized shirts and leggings.


    The wolf is inside me

    When I saw this editorial, I immediately fell in love with the shaggy, high heeled boots and the model's piercing stare. They seemed to take the photograph into a new territory - darker and more intriguing.

    Unfortunately, I don't know designer of the boots since I cannot read Japanese (I only uncovered that the necklace is by Assad Mounser), though the Alexander Wang Polina Boot is quite gorgeous if you are looking for a similarly aggressive boot of the fur-variety.

    Original: Lovisa for SO-EN, 09-2010


    What is your childhood trauma Pt. 2

    #110: Abby the Bad Sport

    "Claudia often wears her art on her sleeve - almost literally. On this, my first Monday back at the BSC, for example, she was in a little crop-top muscle shirt that she had batikked green and blue. She'd sewed a bunch of buttons up the front as if it were a vest. She also had on skinny black shorts, one blue sock and one green sock, and black Doc Martens with one blue shoelace (on the foot with the green sock) and one green shoelace (on the foot with the blue sock). Her long black hair had been gathered into a single braid. A blue ribbon with more buttons attached to it was woven into the braid. Her earrings? Buttons, naturally."

    I took some liberties (suggested in What Claudia Wore's original post) with this look to update Claud's wardrobe, mainly with the thigh highs, Chloe Doc Martens and leather Rag & Bone shorts... plus the big ol' Twiggy braid, but that's more of a throwback.

    I always had my doubts about the Kishi parents, because my parents would have stapled me to my bedroom floor if I tried to leave the house in a cropped muscle tee with skinny shorts (seriously).


    We have very different coloring

    Red, Green, Blue & Spaghetti hair triplets

    Having fun with the 'Replace Color' function in Photoshop. I started with the navy blue, and it's probably my favorite. Green and Red both make me think of Robin Hood, and I can't decide if that's good or bad. Whatever the matter, I really love illustrating hair, but have the tendency to go overboard resulting in pasta-like coifs.

    Almost makes me want to Photoshop in some meatballs... Almost.

    PS - Hi to all the BSC fans! Claudia updates will come by roughly once a week.
    I have yet to decide if I will take a stab at any of the other characters.

    PPS - Follow me on Twitter @entropificus


    What is your childhood trauma

    I think I was around 8 or 9 when I became addicted to The Babysitters Club. I used to think Ann M. Martin had a magic mirror where she watched me stash fun-sized Snickers and Almond Joys in my dresser, deciding my penchant for art, ultra-conservative Asian parents and baby blue platform sneakers would make for a great Token Minority in her literary ensemble of tweenage babysitters.

    Claudia was always my favorite, and I can't even explain how traumatized I was when she had to stay back in the 7th grade because of her poor grades or when she had to suffer through summer school in that terrible BSC movie.

    No surprise that I not-so-secretly love the What Claudia Wore Blog.

    What Claudia Wore: #60: Mary Anne's Makeover: "#60: Mary Anne's Makeover - Claudia "can put together the oddest collection of clothes - a slouch hat, a sequined vest, an oversized button-down shirt, stirrup pants, and lace-up boots - and she looks stunning.""

    My rendition of #60 Claudia looks like a 2-D version of designer Jen Kao when I visited her studio a few years ago. Jen was wearing fitted grey pants tucked into high tops, with a baggy shirt and a slouchy beanie. She was tall, lean and so lovely - had a bit of a girl-crush on her, truthfully.

    Please excuse the less than smooth lines and uneven coloring - Digital illustration is not my usual thing and I haven't had much practice in the medium (plus my mouse is missing in action, leaving me to color on my laptop's touchpad). That said, I'm going to attempt illustrating all of the looks described on What Claudia Wore. Wish me luck!


    you'll be in love 'till it kills you both

    Creatures of the Wind, Spring 2011 // Xinhua/Reuters Photo

    Woe my heart, Creatures of the Wind - Spring 2011 was all about expressing the emotional response from getting struck by lightning uncannily similar to being heartbroken. I saw most of the individual pieces before they showed at NYFW, but I had no idea how C & S were going to style the looks. I couldn't decide on a favorite, and but my imaginary wallet would definitely like anything with the polka dot print, honeycomb lace and all of the mini dresses, please


    Sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks

    Vivienne Westwood Spring 2008 RTW

    Welcome to the Westwood tribe, where tartan and asymmetry rule and wild hair abounds. The Queen of Punk's massive empire (as well as her rocking horse platform shoes) never ceases to amaze me. Long live the Queen, indeed.