Black Textures for Fall

 It is all in the details! 
Texture added to black and white with print (seahorses!), dip die, and jewel embellishment 
(Balmain-pearls), creates a new dimension for our wardrobe staples, that once were so flat!
A bit rock 'n roll, a bit romantic, either way you were is so cool.

To Reflect

                                                   The article that follows is high-lighting young great fashion designers. When this article came out they were still new to the scene, burgeoning into the fashion icons they are now. It is only upon reflection that we see how their "pioneering" help shape the fashion of now.
                                                         As all of you fashion devotees follow the new fall collections on Instagram, Twitter, all in the present, all right now, which is arguably, what fashion is all about. Fashion is every changing ever now, which it should be! 
                                                        However, it occurred to me that only after time has past that we can recognize the statement with in the art, the art of fashion, the point of view, the true avant-guard, the trends the color and more importantly the clothing that WE actually want to where! So while all other fashion blogs are sharing the NOW I am here to share a reflected upon, edited, present. I strive to find and show classic timeless and real artists of fashion.

The Green and Grey of It

In keeping with the style theme of the "new neutral" these wardrobe building piece are even better in alternative greens and greys. The clean and polish is there but with a bit more of a tomboy, masculine twist, army green is the ultimate modern girl neutral.

Miu Miu Of a Different Age yet Timeless


It is impossible to speak of a 40’s cinematic aesthetic without 
Miu Miu’s 2011 fall collection.
I gushed over this collection when it first debuted, at the time, on my Tumblr page I wrote:
 "Out of all the fall's collections this was my most coveted. Subtle in its’ play on classic silhouettes it becomes about the art of the finish details. The large buttons the floral the sequined birds create a tone of whimsy while still these looks demand a elegant seriousness. A glamour not to be trifled with but can still spark fantasy." 
Looking back I still swoon but more importantly I see its relevance to the fall collections of now. The silhouette speaks to the return of suiting, and turns to a different proportion one that is larger with shoulders (bye -bye maxi dress), the appliques of glittery birds and florals hint to the hyper embellishment that is now in,  then the modernizing of fur, and the use bright color that is now every wear!  Miuccia Prada is ever pushing us forward in how we dress  and she certainly did so with a classic kid-glove and this 
stunning collection. 


 To re-experiance the whole collection visit:

The Soceity Slouch Vogue 10/10

This fashion shoot comes entirely from Vogue. The joining article (HERE) is all about “The Society Slouch” – the new cocktail dressing.  “The Slouch” refers to a looseness, an ease to clothing and life. It is a style about the lux sex appealed of  fabric, draping, and mystery as appose to the body-con dress and stiletto look. These women show case their style more than their cleavage. What you get in place of vulgarity  are looks that tell you a story. A narrative not necessarily of this time and place but one that brings together classic literature and cocktail notions.

Mood Board #6 Fall Wind Storm

Beautiful Faye as Bonnie                                           Mood Board #7 Fall Wind Storm                                                                                                                                As we feel the crispness in the air, the chilly breeze, we begin to put on layers. This can be such a wardrobe conundrum, to find the right combination with all our own rules. I personally don't want to wear a coat in till I have to, or skin jeans tucked into boots (Portlands staple in the rain) until the last second! These inspired looks are a modernized take on 40's style, with a layered, slightly unkempt look. I must call attention to the iconic film "Bonnie and Clyde". The fashion in this film is truly inspirational and speaks to a resurgence of this sweater girl style I see more and more on the street. Just look at the seductive Faye as Bonnie. Well, hipsters we now know where some of your looks originated!

Article Archive: Prints by Karen Walker

Karen Walker is a designer that has turned her attention to the whimsical, wearable prints that have a very vintage inspired appeal.  With collection titles such as "Perfect Day" (shown above) featuring petite oiseaux printed blouses, and current collection "Sea Monsters" featuring swirly nautical prints, the joy of dressing is the well executed mission.
Article from Nylon Magazine 

Print Riot

Print Riot 
In the joyous sun-soaked days, at the height of summer, all you need is print on top of print. Some prints are vintage, some prints are whimsically "animally" (for this you need Charlotte Taylor) and the print of the most importance, almost a wardrobe staple is the TRIBAL PRINT! 

Mood Board #4 Prints

This mood board is all about the prints. Some of my absolute favorites! Notice the origami cat print by Piamita* in the head to toe look and the reptile-esque print on the Anthropologie dress. Adding a whimsical playfulness to the spirit of summer, the looks stay polished by keeping the palates monotone and the silhouettes structured. If the other style elements stay refined then the thoughtful prints really stand out!
-This post goes out to my friend Felicity, a true master of print and design. I always imaged her being able to pull of the hot pant striped blazer ensemble!

mood board #3: Cutting Loose with Decorum

 Mood Board #3: Cutting Loose with Decorum
In this town were I reside (Portland, Or.) The first warming and sunny days seems signal women to step out of the house, quite suddenly, totally scantly clad. All pail flesh. This mood board is about the glory of a transition. These woman look cool and put together in lovely lose long pants, so breezy and so many playful colors. Give yourself the time to acclimate to the new weather, the new spring fever and the new style you adapt. It's never becoming to bare-all too soon.

Franny & Campari

Franny who? Franny wears brilliant trousers and holds her hands in a purposeful, suggestive manner. Franny is one in a series of character studies inspired by photos.

Mid-day sun pierces Franny's eyes. Blithely, she positions her hand above her head, reminiscent of a Victorian lady prior to a fainting spell. What lies in the distance. A bird? No. A flock of birds? A ship? No. An Armani-swathed gentleman holding two Campari sodas approaches Franny. The bold color of Campari parallels Franny's belted, chic trousers. The hour strikes 18 30. Aperitivo seems more than appropriate. Franny coyly takes the Campari soda. Tomorrow she will be adorned in her traditional day-time armor. An ideally balanced homme-femme blouse, bright tailored trousers, gold pseudo (faux?)-tie necklace lingering sensually. Sunglasses borrowed from Jackie O's personal collection hide memories of mysteries from the night before. Franny's red, nearly pursed, lips suggest self-imposed alienation, albeit inciting endless invitations. She will accept a few. Politely decline the masses. Friday evening arrives. Franny dons a new-age garden kimono, revisited. She glides from the New York City Ballet to a jazz bar in the East Village as seamlessly as her kimono. White slacks command simplicity and sophistication. Will she accompany Claude or Giovanni to the next bar du jour for Sazeracs? Franny couldn't be bothered to decide. She ponders a spontaneous flight to Oslo or Vienna.
Madeline Pearl at

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard in Vogue. 
This is a woman of glamorous refined sex appeal. This photo shoot does an impeccable job of capturing her tour de force French style while still giving a wink to nostalgia and a pin-up silhouette. How could you not be inspired by Marion Cotillard?
"Josephine" is a fictional character inspired by Marion Cotillard. To me she embodies whimsy. She is the first in a series of characters that will be featured on The False Unicorn.

Edith Piaf's "Non, Je ne Regret Rien" billows from a third floor lavender lined window. Josephine possesses the kind of laissez-faire elegance and ennuie that only a Frenchwoman can embody. Daytime finds her casually photographed against a Provincial blue door, hair disheveled. Purse held lazily in hand, Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" nearly falls to the ground. Josephine's slate colored lingerie evokes a 1930's aesthetic. She is cut from another era. Nighttime crawls. Josephine grows bored with the day. Dressing herself in a bow trimmed ensemble demanding any gentleman to inquire whether she would like her dirty martini shaken or stirred. Surrounded by stones and artifacts, Josephine poses, aware of the gaze she summons. Framed by sleek hair and dark sunglasses, Josephine embodies the modern woman, conscious of decades past. She hasn't yet decided where to go. She steps in to a 1937 Aston Martin, vanishing with barely an embrace goodbye.

By Madeline Pearl at

A Dedication

Every now and again some one walks into your life and inspires creation.

I was just so lucky to have two lovely ladies do just that for me. These friendships sparked in me the need to share my passions. These two women (they come in a pair), even though as different as water and sky, are smart, savvy, graceful, outspoken, avant-guard, and truly stylish. They are the best kind of women, the ones that inhabit who they are in every moment. That power spills and radiates out to others. Through their being, they confirmed and enforced my own artist vision and voice. My perspective is not only unique but valuable. I was held back from sharing my ideas before as I feel/felt that the blogo-spear is over saturated with the mundane details of narcissistic lives. I cannot deny that to share in this way you have to feel slightly self-important. However, I’m spinning this idea to be one about giving/sharing. I think of these women and many others as I paint, make, shop, flip fashion mags, find great design blogs, sip my favorite cocktails, read a true literary novels. I want to show them my thoughts of them filtering through my own vision. I wanted to create a record of all that is inspired by the ideas of those we love. So this blog exist. It is not a literal translation of my admiration but in an magical indirect way they inspired it!

Thank you Maddie and Emma