In Case You Ever Wondered…

Posted in Fashion, Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on March 28, 2009


If you’ve ever thought to yourself why I, or thousands if not millions of people work in the fashion industry, or care about the clothing we put on our backs, maybe this statement will help you understand why.

In a recent interview, the man and designer that I most idolize, Alber Elbaz, the artistic director for Lanvin says that a woman once came up to him and told him, “…that every time she wore Lanvin, men fell in love with her.” He told her, “Ugh, I hope next time you will tell me that every time you wear Lanvin, you fall in love.” And she said, “What is the difference?” To which he replied, “Passive and active.”

It is this man that has summed up years of my own thought. If one day a women walked up to me and said, “The day I first put you on, I fell in love,” I would probably cry. But I think that over all we forget the things we fall in love with aren’t always people. It could be a sight, or smell, color, sound or song, a flower, a taste, a way of thinking… if I could inspire just one person to feel this way about something in the space of a day, evening, or hour I will have felt my life to be complete.

Growing up, my Aunt always told me to “Dress to impress.” So the next time you walk to your closet or pull open a drawer, think about what you’re reaching in to put on for the rest of that day, it could be the day that you fall in love.

❤ VS


Draw For Me!

Posted in Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on March 25, 2009


While perusing chictopia I discovered someone who MUST share my love for Lanvin…. why else would he draw this amazing shoe!?!?!

Check out more work by Enteni Karyuk if you know what’s good for you!

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Posted in Fashion by Virgil Sparks on March 23, 2009

I know it’s been awhile, but after spending a full Spring-break in 157, I felt it was time to update you on the progress. This week, we’re chillin’ with the affectionately curious, Yu Qi Tan.

After a brief stint at the University of Iowa where she was taking her LA’s in the pursuit of a BA in Business, the Singapore native changed her mind to come to SF to pursue her love of art in a more diverse, multi-cultural city.

“I’ve always liked fabrics, texture and different shapes. I had considered using my studying career on textile design, but in the end it was my love of fabric discovery that drew me to design.”

Her use of neoprene in her up coming collection should definitely vouch for that. When questioned about her Senior collection inspiration she responds in one word, “Wrapping.”

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“I started on my journey with the Geoffrey Beene project, when I started my quest for using non-fabrics as fabrics. I then explored the idea of straight lines mixed with curves. From there, through the toiling process I played with the ideas of textures and prints, mostly because I was just using the fabrics under the tables. Many of the garments came about more by accident than previous thought. The idea of different colored facings and contrast colors began when I just ran out of my original self fabric and Rob threw me a scrap and said to work with it. Afterwards we thought that it was nice, and introduced the idea further into my collection.”

Her brightly diverse choice of colors and prints will definitely leave the viewer questioning the combination. Which is what it is intended to do, “Who said what colors should go with others? Who made those rules?”

No one I know.

So let’s wish her luck as she continues to discover and question the limits of fashion. Thank god somebody is.

Over and out.

❤ VS

Something Must Be Wrong With Me…

Posted in Fashion by Virgil Sparks on March 9, 2009

… because I am loving the new Vivienne Westwood collection for Fall ’09. Generally I feel like a collection by Viv is out of pure necessity. It often feels as though they just threw together some random cuts and prints that look like her style merely to have a runway show… and then there are others, (very few others) where it looks as though some thought, emotion, and talent have exuded from her and her team.

The collection was classic Westwood, but I feel, at her best. The clash of prints was tame, and the long triangle cut coats and jackets were superbly thoughtful. Not to mention the dash of dreaming fantasy she threw in with her tulle concoctions. For these things, I must admit that yes, she definitely has earned the place she’s created for herself in the world of fashion.


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Photo: Marcio Madeira

Open Water

Posted in Fashion, Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on March 9, 2009

I’m not generally too big into following trends, but it seems like boating shoes have been EVERYWHERE lately and I couldn’t resist trying some on. After perusing the racks at a few different stores I settled on a pair of Sperry Topsiders, pictured above, but in cream.

I must say, even though I may not constantly be sailing the Ocean’s waves, I feel living in San Francisco gives me enough justification to not feel like a poser when running around town in these. Not to mention they are some of the most comfortable things to ever grace my tired soles 😉

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On My Radar: Kris Van Assche

Posted in Fashion by Virgil Sparks on March 5, 2009

Four seasons into his RTW line, Van Assche has caught my attention. After a brief stint in Menswear before starting his Womenswear line two years ago, he seems to be slowly, but surely, coming into his own.

The opening sequence of silk charmeuse and chiffon laden kaftans were quite chic, and wearable to boot. His color palette; mostly blacks and greys, was jazzed up with the exciting print or two, the marvelous jewelry and obi belts that were thrown into the mix.

Overall the feeling was soft, but edgy, and the majority of the pieces would definitely hold their own in any modern woman’s closet. His shows will be worth watching for me from now on… even despite the fact that Van Assche himself is easy on the eyes. 😉

❤ VS

Photo: Marcio Madeira