Pass Me a *Pipe

Mens-Navy-Blue-Double-Breasted-BlazerA man’s blazer is a mark of the ‘establishment’ and differs from a sports jacket chiefly in the material. A blazer is made of a solid dark color, usually navy, sometimes black, and on occasion bottle green, or red.

Sports jackets have plastic or leather buttons whereas blazers are usually embellished with nautical-style brass or gold-tone buttons. The buttons should not be shiny or garish. If they are, detach them, and look into having them dipped in bleach to remove the lacquer finish and speed up tarnishing. A navy or black soft wool and cashmere blazer can be modernized by replacing the brass buttons with black horn.

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Weddings

Dinner Dates

Films

Graduations

Brunches

Blazer Don’ts

Funerals

Job Interviews

Evenings at the Opera

IPOs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_public_offering

Brisses http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brisses

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Five Ways to Wear a Blazer

  • Relaxed, with an ivory white turtleneck sweater and jeans.
  • Classic, with mid-tone grey flannels, white dress shirt, and solid blue-red silk tie.
  • Funky, with a white vintage T-shirt, tooled leather belt, and jeans.
  • Collegiate, with a grey cashmere hoodie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoodie, woven belt, and putty colored casual cotton pants.
  • Celebrity Style, with layers of denim; beginning with a bleached denim ‘cowboy’ shirt and a Levi’s medium blue denim jacket, studded leather belt, and off-white jeans.

*Pipe:  Optional

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Divorce your White Shirt

The New Year Shirt Paradigm

Tattoo your shirt with brilliantly colored threads. Letters of the alphabet, poetic musings, girlfriends’ first names, pet names, nicknames… you name it!

Taken to the ludicrous… I love it! Snippets from a diary, love letters, rejections, inspirations, predictions, joie de vivre, melodies.

Stock market symbols, codes; I can’t think of a better way to express yourself without puncturing your skin. Colors, patterns, contrasts, textures; a field wide open for your experimentation.

$1,000 worth of monograms
$1,000 worth of monograms

Copyright © 2011 Nicole Rigets

 

Wise-ass Say-so Denim

"If it's Denim... it's Universal"
“If it’s Denim… it’s Universal”

Jeans are an invention of 19th century U.S.A. Initially conceived as rugged work pants by the founder of Levi Strauss they eventually became a symbol of rebellious youth in the fifties. In the late sixties jeans became a socially acceptable designer item and worn by well-to-do young in Europe.

A Men & Women’s Wise-Ass Neoteric Look:

Begin with Designer Jeans, worn with a striped shirt open at the neck, and paired with a noteworthy belt and Italian loafers. Choose a boldly colored and printed pocket square to contrast with the shirt. Pull the centre of the pocket square down and tuck it inside the back pocket of your jeans leaving the points out to give a loose relaxed effect.

Levi’s 501 are the celebrity jeans. Why? Because famous people, like Andy Warhol, wore them…

with…

check shirt, necktie, and blue blazer.

Bob Colacello, writer for Vanity Fair, has mentioned that it was Warhol”s colleague and friend, Fred Hughes, who birthed the combination of jeans with a suit jacket. Hughes had his 501’s washed and pressed every day so the seams were never crooked and there was no loose fabric on the thighs. Warhol was far more notorious than Hughes and so the “uniform” became known as the ‘Warhol Look’.

"Warhol WOW"
“Warhol WOW”

To keep 501’s true blue they should be dry cleaned, not washed.

Copyright © 2011 Nicole Rigets

 

Unforgettable WordPress

Your Annual Report from WordPress.com

Hi nicolerigets,

Remember me? I’m your website.

I miss you, and so do other people. Did you know that 590 people visited me in 2014, even though you didn’t publish anything new? They like what you have to say!

Maybe you should give them more of what they’re enjoying! How about logging in, looking at what was popular last year and writing about something similar

Your adoring public misses you!

Following this Message I was offered an opportunity to take a complimentary course in  Blogging 101.

My Annual Report from WordPress reminded me of how much I missed writing Blog posts.  Writing manually, using a fountain pen, I work in my Journal almost daily.  This process is different than Blogging because it’s much slower and more contemplative.  When I’m typing on the computer, or along a ‘vintage’ typewriter, words take action, form and shape, and become more than inner sounds.

“High Frequency”
My life is a deck of cards; I never know what will be dealt out to me next. This factor has influenced my blog, and to describe the blog, I would say it’s a “pastiche” of fifteen years journaling and living everyday as a process in the making of art.  I think of this pastiche as a myriad of movements and impressions affecting the pitch and frequency of my life; turning it up and down without my consent.

I’m a published Photographer, Artist and Designer.  In 2004 I graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver B.C. with a BFA and a Major in Photography.  I live by the sea in West Vancouver.

I’ve just changed the appearance of my Blog, to the ‘Hive” theme, and I’m excited to be learning how to assimilate the features it offers into my upcoming Posts relating to Color & Design, Painting, Writing, Photography, Fashion, Poetry, Collage, and Jewellery as wearable Sculpture.  Thank you WordPress for bringing me into 2015… you are Loved! <3

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Blue, Black & Silver Holiday Street

December 21st… Robson Street, Vancouver B.C.

A heartfelt Thank-You to all my viewers for visiting this Blog throughout 2010… you have given me great joy and I wish you Peace and Happiness throughout the Holiday Season. xo

I recently published a Fashion Blog to inform and create inspiration in my readers… see you at:  http://www.nicolerigetsonvogue.wordpress.com

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

ZenZing

Thanking my unconscious mind for these permissive ideas.

Eating lunch with a  friend at 3:30 p.m. in Capers Courtyard on Fourth Avenue yesterday. Two pigeons strutted around the table and between our feet.  I noticed they had black toenails at the end of their red toes and legs.  This is very dramatic and beautiful. I feel I need coral red fingernails with jet black tips:  very Zen!!  Now here I think the next Fashion Movement will be a ‘Zen’ look. I could do one:  Paper, water blue, soft jade green, moonlight, horizontal planes, 7″ x 7″ proportions, whispers.  Nothingness, lightness, being (3 stages of birth)… I like my new concept.

What else comes from my Zen?  Bowls, trees, discs, flow, chromium yellow and wine-stain red, high altitudes/attitudes, thinness, sticks, stones, smoothness, waving, layers, reduction, balance, harmony zones:  The Zen Zone; how would that look?  How would I combine the colors?

One stroke on a brass gong: a single strike against a brass gong!

Tastes like pepperment:  Peppermint Zen.

Smells like cinnamon-sea air.

Feels like mountain (Whistler) wind.

The energy of a horse’s mane in the air as it gallops, the flames of a fire (fire flame), a bird wing fanned out (against) or into the wind.

I like these images.

My “imagineered” design style is a place where Zen and Clutter Meet.

"Zen by Nature"

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Magnificent Mannequins

"Manikin Profile"
"Untitled"
"Manikin Reflection"

I take artistic license and paint this Mannequin in poster pretty colors.

"Owns" the City!

Mark Teasdale is a Professional Photographer based in North Vancouver, B.C.  To view the scope of his work online please click on the following link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24346373@N08/

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

“Look so Good it Feels Dangerous to Go Out!”

Now over the fashion firsts and faux-pas, from the Oscars and Fashion Week in Vancouver, spring arrives dressed in sunny elements and cherry blossoms.

Jasjit Rai - Fashion Stylist
Jasjit Rai in Evening Attire

Jasjit and I met at Artigiano; a barrista’s dream in downtown Vancouver.  While the long Olympic line-ups filled Granville Street outside she and I sat at a small round table inside amid the hubbub: excited talk and laughter, ringing phones and passers-by.  We moved smoothly into an hour of discussion regarding fashion.  Once settled I asked Jasjit to tell me about her new business centered on:   Fashion Styling and Self-Expression.

“Style is more lasting than fashion,” Jasjit tells me, “It is like your personal signature.”

One of her services is:  the Wardrobe Audit. It begins with a Needs Assessment.

The assessment is to find out the purpose of the client’s requirements.  Jasjit will ask questions such as:

“What makes you feel good?” She receives inspirations for the client by their answers.

Once the assessment is completed, the client is ready for their Wardrobe Cleanse.

I ask Jasjit, “How does energy get blocked into our clothing… do clothes have memory?”

“Who we are gets poured into our clothing; over time there is more of ‘Me’ in it,” Jasjit replies. “Clothes become drenched with who we were at a certain time.”

The clothing continues to contain the consciousness of the wearer and how they expressed themselves.  The person has moved on but the clothing hasn’t.

Once in awhile Jasjit knows from body language she will have a tug-of-war on her hands: the person holds tightly to the article. If it’s not too invasive Jasjit considers letting it ‘blend’ with other items that may fit together.

I ask, “Is it a sentimental clutch or a crutch?” Jasjit checks their body language to help her decide on the answer to this question as she works.  She states, “Again, it goes back to the clothing containing the chi, or energy, of the wearer.”

Part of the cleansing includes tips and tricks to update:

There are classic items that every wardrobe needs along with the fun and more frivolous buys that add variety and style to an outfit.

Jasjit has helped clients pull armloads of $20 stylish blouses from sale sources.  At this price I ask if she considers these, “wash or toss!”

When the person does not know “what works,” Jasjit will create a Personal Look Book for them in which she will email images to take shopping with them.

Jasjit wants to bring out the best in everyone and not only is she successful in doing so, but her clients enjoy the process of discovery about their true aesthetic, unveiling who they are now at this point in life.

Bringing out a client’s true energy or true self is the special gift that Jasjit has committed to each individual she works with.

I asked why women hang on to clothing that no longers suits their look or fits their lifestyle. Jasjit calls this, fear of the unknown, or “clinging.”  The client’s inner voice defends the past; “I knew that part of me.” and the new identity could feel risky.

Jasjit told me she was able to release the inner self of a client by taking an architectural approach to their wardrobe. Once the timeless proportions, and beautiful lines of the garments were gracing this woman, Jasjit was filled with joy to bring out what she saw as this person’s “grandeur.”

I wanted to speak person to person with Jasjit because her clients have extolled her virtues in testimonials:

"Elaine"

“I look so good, it feels dangerous to go out! Thanks so much.  Line up the clients, I can see them fighting their way to your door.” Elaine  – Musician

"Rebecca"

“I really felt like I was stuck in a style rut.  I was defaulting to what was easy and comfortable, but not really thinking about how to put an outfit together that looked polished.  My business is fairly casual, so I was dressing accordingly.  But Jasjit talked about the possibility of attracting a higher-paying category of client, and I may be more attractive to that kind of person if I dressed in a more professional, upscale way.  I now feel like my wardrobe reflects ‘Rebecca Coleman, Marketing Professional.’  My wardrobe is an investment in my business and therefore, myself.  And I’m worth it!” Rebecca  –  Media Consultant

"Sulia"
"Sulia" - Versatility of Ties

“I have successfully worn the jean jacket, the dark grey trench coat, the short jacket with fluffy sleeves, the black pants, the reddish wrap around top, and of course, the knitted top.  I am happy wearing every one of these pieces.  They feel like they are really me; just different facets of me.  THANK YOU!”  Sulia

“I am extremely intrigued at your smouldering affair with ties.  Given that I consider your taste and style as being on the level of goddess… the thought of speaking in ties – to the extent that my name came up… is something of a knighthood.”  Rory (“A Guy” BTW)  – Musician

Choose a new look, cleanse your wardrobe, or enjoy the benefits of shopping with your own personal stylist.  Jasjit works to fit your needs and your budget, by incorporating elements of the current season along with your lifestyle to create a more stylish and confident you. Book a free initial assessment at 604-644-9362 or info@joiworks.com

Contact information is at this link to Jasjit Rai’s Blog where you can read more about her as well as exciting up-dates on fashion and styling: http://joiworks.wordpress.com/

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Adrian “Woo” Wu!!

I am Scarlet Black’s Muse.  All of last week Scarlet Black waved her press pass attending Fashion Week in Vancouver with zeal and determination to bring the latest to her blog. Fashion writing drives up our desires and makes us want to live in the world we see in print. When my subscription to Scarlet Black’s blog arrived on the threshold of my Mac there was no time to cross it:  I fell in love with Wu and was swiftly carried away.

Outstanding and Individual; Wu’s work is the most exciting since I fanned Yves St. Laurent ‘s magic years ago.

Adrian Wu's Black/White Gown

Magnificent!  And who but Wu would add notes to the symphony of his designs by deliberately placing heavy black-framed eyeglasses on his delicate models !!!

Adrian Wu's Fabric Sculpture

I’m just as impressed with this teenager’s outlook toward his fashion, family, life and education as I am by his unstoppable creativity!  I have always been flawless at spotting new trends and artists.  I scored again with Wu:  so many viewers are trying to access his website I cannot get on it today. High regard for women and the history of fashion comes naturally to Wu.

Beautiful Back View - Sweet Toffee Gown

Wu:  “I never design my dresses; I just take the fabric that I have and try to make it beautiful.”

"Bella"

Adrian Wu and Model

Wu is self-taught and plans to further his study of fashion design in England this fall… he has been accepted into the “Instituto Marangoni” in London.

For a link to Wu’s website and up-to-the-minute fashion reporting on Vancouver Fashion Week by Scarlet Black click on the following:  http://scarletblackfashion.wordpress.com/about

Province Newspaper Interview with Adrian Wu at:  http://www.theprovince.com/life/Designer+Adrian/2766169/story.html

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

iPages

"Frenchie"-Tulle over Fur

I consider my journals a collection of me! – in a visual and voiced format.  A formation of me; a framework generating a material composition of my days.

Working my way through fashion magazines reminds me of my teens when I reverted into them for place and inspiration.  Each glossy page announced the promise of a beautiful future.  I spotted people I needed to adopt as role models.  The pages whispered of excitement and destinations like Paris and New York.

"Lanvin & Peonies" - I Want it All!

If you see something in a magazine that makes you think of a friend, clip it out for them, and send it off with a hand-written card or note.  My friend Sonny always reaches into her handbag as soon as we sit down together for coffee out, and produces a small sheaf of magazine clips for me, to inspire me.  I rework hand-me-down jewelry into new designs by re-assembling elements from multiple pieces.  Sonny’s thoughtfulness has led me to new ways of seeing and inventing.

My friend Elaine provides me with three huge shopping bags of fashion mags and one of Vanity Fair annually.  She passes them along to me because she knows I need them for collage, and subsequently, I pass them along down the line to friends who are also artists.  I keep beautiful floral file folders available for the parts of mags I’m saving. One for articles, one for writing prompts, and one for design tips and ideas.  Oops… there’s more:  one for creative ideas for paintings and the fifth one is for photographs I admire for their lighting, composition, or novelty subjects.  Magazines make excellent reference tools when you slip a piece of silk ribbon or a lovely bookmark into the pages you’re interested in re-visiting.

Begin this art exercise by cutting out things you are attracted to for just twenty minutes. Don’t think about it.  Pretend you’ve won a shopping spree and you’re just grabbing everything you can and throwing it into your basket.  Have a pretty basket beside you and drop your clippings into it.

These will be, what I call your ipages, or your VIP’s:  Very Important Pages.  Spend ten or fifteen minutes arranging these on a few large pieces of paper.  Choose any background to attach them to.  I like pure white or lined, but you decide on the color that best resonates for you and then take a gluestick and secure them neatly to the papers.

Now lay them out and contemplate what you’re seeing.  How do you like this glimpse of your inner workings??  What shapes repeat themselves?  What colors dominate your collages? Are there ways for you to make changes in your wardrobe or environment using these ideas and objects.  A new tabletop display perhaps or outrageous accessories to liven a conservative outfit.  Take time; sit down and record your thoughts and feelings about the work you just accomplished.

"Toney Three-Button Cropped Sleeve and Leather Gloves"

Flower and garden magazines offer beauty in landscape that can be cut out and pasted over a nondescript book or journal to enhance the cover.  Used bookstores have so many bargains jumbled on shelves or tables you might want to pick up a good solid one. When you get home with it you can paste or staple a fresh sheet of paper over a page and make it presentable for attaching particles of fabric, color swatches, ribbon, stamps, photographs; the choices are unlimited.  As an alternative, gesso can be brushed over the page and left to dry, and now you have a plain white sheet to work on.  Yes, it may be a little imperfect, but in art that’s all the better to show life in matter.

Go inside your ‘new’ journal, your source and improv book, your altered book, and live between the pages for awhile.  Photograph some of your results and post the pictures inside.  Send me images to post here and we can all be inspired.  Failing that show them to your friends and help them try something new; bring them to my blog to view these examples.  I remember when I bought my first journal; I could hardly think of what to do, or write down in it, or even what to collect in it.  Now the family is horrified wondering how many truckloads it will take to clean out my studio when I… well, you know when.  How many trucks it’ll take is open for debate.

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets