booktruck spring inspiration board!

May 18, 2007


It’s spring, school’s out, and it’s time to reconsider the work wardrobe. We are indebted to Cathy Horyn, who this week unpacked how difficult it is to talk sensibly about how difficult it is to find appropriate clothes. She was talking about ladies of a certain age who can afford Prada.  But we are talking about librarians, and the quest to find a professional wardrobe. In short: retire your khakis and Danskos! Correspondents KBD and Mimi scoured the street fashions of The Sartorialist and have some suggestions.

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two sartorial questions, for thursday afternoon

May 10, 2007

Via Book Patrol via Minerva Shelved

Militaristic uniforms from Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam‘s”Library of the future.”(To paraphrase Anne Simmons, “What is up with Northern European Libraries?!”)

Via StyleDash Via Fashionista

The pink cocktail dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is on the auction block. Fashionista asks, “Would you wear this to a party?”

Tell, would you wear a robot uniform to work? Would you let your colleagues do so? Would you wear an archive dress?

knockoff ethics and other perils

April 26, 2007


If you’re in the midst of trying to sell your colleagues on Creative Commons, or are up to your neck in reworking licensing agreements, take a break and browse Counterfeit Chic,  a blog by law professor Susan Scafdi.  Refocus your analysis of copyright and intellectual property to fake designer handbags and Forever 21’s DVF ripoffs. Scafdi, who wrote the excellent Who Owns Culture:Appropriation And Authenticity In American Law takes obvious delight in her subject matter, and presents fake Chanel as the relevant social issue it really is.

Released from the Vault

April 17, 2007

Laura Ashley Patterns

Since I know basically nothing about fashion and wear the same five things every week (thank god I work alone in a basement), I probably shouldn’t be posting about this, but Laura Ashley – a designer that seems to specialize in lacy kind of country gingham clothing, as well as poofy bedspreads and window treatments – has literally dipped into their design archive and released an all-things-old-are-here-again line in select stores and online this spring.

I think this is a nice idea, although I would personally look like an idiot in anything that was bright yellow, gingham printed, halter-topped, or all of the above.

I’ve got to have these shoes!

March 12, 2007


A couple of months back, a former co-worker sent me a link to , a search engine that allows you to find items by likeness. What an ingenius idea, one that I think we’ve all wished for at one time or another, but didn’t imagine could ever exist. When you see a woman wearing the perfect black peep-toe stilettos, you can’t ask her where she got them (she’d probably lie anyway). allows you to search for “peep toe stilettos” and will return thousands of hits, pictures plus pricing information, from tons of vendors. The site seems to plan on building its fan-base with fashionistas, but the idea obviously has a much wider application. So next time you see a picture of Ciara at Quincy Jones’ pre-Grammy party and wonder where you can find a (cheaper) version of her ridiculously hot chunky YSL platforms, go to the site and search by that description. You can also browse through celebrity profiles, pre-selected by the site, where you can find out where to purchase a handbag similiar to the one Alicia Keys wore to the Black Ball or the precious heart-drop earrings Drew Barrymore wore to the Golden Globes. The site returns items from both low and high-end vendors and you can sort by shop, by color, price, etc. You can also register an account and save items you plan on purchasing or would like to add to your wish list.