ash wednesday. &fashion!!

18Feb10
Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. — Genesis 3:19

I’m normally not very religious. I didn’t really grow up going to church (which seems like a rarity here in the South), and I never felt particularly compelled to follow any specific message. I’ve wrestled with religion for several years now, partially because I felt pressured from the various Christian institutions I attended (middle school through college). There were always too many questions that could not be answered, or the guilt of not feeling a connection to a spiritual being, or the fear that perhaps I was just trying to hard and whatever was out there didn’t really feeling like bothering with me.

Two years ago, I spent three months traveling around the UK and continental Europe, based out of Cambridge, England. My travel group visited so many beautiful churches and cathedrals. It really was amazing. Through these visits, I realized that I actually enjoyed attending the liturgical services of the Anglican Church. I have never liked going to church. Ever. I don’t enjoy it. It makes me nervous and uncomfortable, and the whole time I can’t focus because I’m usually hungry and tired and restless, but I actually enjoyed a lot of these services.

Last year, I went to Ash Wednesday at a local Episcopal church for the first time. It was an interesting service, and while I still felt a little uncomfortable (not quite being able to follow the standing, sitting, kneeling rhythm), the service felt meaningful. I think it’s good for people to remember where they came from: dust. Nothing. The whole idea is very interesting to me.

I wasn’t able to attend an Ash Wednesday service yesterday, and I kind of felt sad about it. I’m not really sure why, because I don’t have any concrete beliefs about any of it, but I did.

On a completely different note, I’ve been loving the fashion overload that’s been going on lately with all the fashion weeks! I’ve especially enjoyed my twitter feed blowing up with New York Fashion Week related posts so I can (attempt) to keep up with what’s been going on…or I guess I should say what will go on, since all the couture is for Fall 2010. Anyway, here are some of my favorite fashion pieces from recent weeks.

Jean Paul Gaultier, Fall 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier, Fall 2010

I’m absolutely loving Jean Paul Gaultier’s Avatar-inspired collection. The details on this dress and handbag are so impressive, and I desperately want those viridian, over-the-knee boots. I can’t wait until the JPG line hits Target on March 7.

Vera Wang, Fall 2010

The use of tulle in this piece is stunning. I love the effect the light has on the fabric.

Proenza Schouler, Fall 2010

I really love the work of Proenza Schouler. From the shots I saw, everything from this collection is about cut outs. I love the vampy thigh-high hosiery and the tiny bit of skin showing above the waist of the dress. This piece makes me actually like powder blue (I’m usually drawn to warmer shades). I want to buy this fabric and make pretty things with it.

Marc Jacobs, Fall 2010

Marc Jacobs, Fall 2010

And last but definitely not least, Marc Jacobs. The name alone needs to introduction. I think MJ is my absolute favorite designer. I just think his presentation is so stunning…it brings together classic fashion, kitsch, glam and natural beauty. The second dress is phenomenal. I would be happy to even afford Marc by Marc Jacobs. Geez, ha. I always love his ads…I mean, how fierce does M.I.A. look here? I love it.

-Hope

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