Thursday, July 27, 2006

one thing?

If there were one thing you all could do just once what would it be? I just want you to know I have been reading all of your responses, you have all been so gracious. One day we should all sit at dinner and just talk about life and our journey and what we dream for, We can all achieve anything we set out to, I met two students tonight who were so excited to be going to Parson's, they want to be succesful I could see all of my dreams in their eyes. Just remember work really hard be an original create new shapes, use new textures, make it your own, and you can accomplish anything you dream. There was a girl who just wanted a nice birthday. If I could buy you a cake and a million presents, but the greatest gift is that which is inside your heart, So from my heart to yours Happy Birthday. I heard some amazing music tonight, a new cd of a new friend, so moving and melodic.
Do me a favour tell me about one item that you think is the greatest thing you have ever worn. lets keep this G rated, hehe, but what is your favourite item of clothing? My favourite piece in my wardrobe is a Magenta cotton blazer I made for myself. If you ever have a rough day look in the mirror smile and say I am gorgeous, because you are. Have a good nights sleep darlings, I cant wait to hear your responses.

61 Comments:

Blogger c ceres merry said...

I hope to have something by you one day soon but my favorite casual combination is my Kara Janx coffee and cream colored Kimono dress over a Jill anderson black lace slip thats long and pretty. The combination of the two is wonderful to me. :) Hope you had a great night, wish I could have been there but just couldn't.. but the wonderful Italian restaurant here in the East Village called Frank has this great big oak table you can fit a lot of people around.. :)

10:20 PM  
Blogger Kayla said...

The one thing I want more than anything else is to make atleast ONE design that will make a woman feel like the most beautiful person in the world because of it. Just to have someone be happy in something that I made, it would be such an amazing feeling I think.
My favorite piece in my wardrobe is my pink dress that I wore to my Aunt and Unlces wedding this year that is based off a "Classic Lolita" design. It's a four paneled dress and the top part seems to hug me in just to right places to make my figure more shapely after tying up the bow in the back. Always nice to have a piece that just makes you feel like a princess.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

The one thing that I want i the world (emotionaly or physacly?) is long silk and lace corsetted dress. It would be like a light green and have light pink and black lace. The corset would have a ribbion tie up. My favorite artical of clothing is either my new pair of shoes that are flats that are off white covered in beautifuly designed black lace and is trimed by a shiny black thing (dont really know what it is) or my new very fitted black vest and the back is all lace and has a ribbon tie in the back. It has 3 buttons. I love it. (and as u can tell i love lace!)

10:33 PM  
Blogger katiecoo said...

Hi Malan,

First off, thank you for selecting my poem as one of your favorites on BPR. You totally made my day with that. :)

Ok to answer your question, I have really had to think about this.

I'm thinking I want to write about my pink "newsboy" hat. I love that hat and I wear it almost once a week. I thought I lost it, but it mysteriously just surfaced in my closet again. I wear it with so many outfits and I just feel very "me" when I am wearing that pink hat. Sometimes I put a handmade felt/vintage jewelry collage brooch on it that my friend Jenny made.

Yes, I love my pink hat. :)

Glad I found your blog. Miss you on PR.

11:17 PM  
Blogger ArsenicJulep said...

My favorite purchased clothing item is a Cynthia Steffe dress that has brown lace over a deep sky blue knit lining. It shows my figure to advantage, and I always get compliments when I wear it. My other fave is a pale green silk/wool dupioni evening jacket that I designed and made for myself back in college. It had bouffant (but not pleated) sleeves, a box pleated peplum waist, and black frog closures in front. It's still in my closet; maybe it'll be back in style, or I'll have a daughter who'll wear it one day.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Kayla said...

My favorite item of clothing would have to be this black blazer. It's fitted and just makes me feel pulled togehter, it can be paired with jeans to dress it up or dressed up with black pants and a silk cami. It makes me feel like I have somewhere important to be and that I look more beautiful and sophisticated, I wish I felt like that in everything I wear!!

11:35 PM  
Blogger Amasa said...

If there was one thing I could do just once, it would be to bring to life a physical impossibility, the child of two women. Hey, if wishes were horses, we'd be knee-deep in...

My favorite item of clothing is probably a long brown corduroy jacket with HUGE pockets. I love the pockets because I can actually fit small paperback books in there. I don't particularly like handbags and purses, so the huge pockets are a godsend. I call it my "bum coat" because it's fraying and has holes in it, but I won't ever throw it out! I'll repair it until it's threadbare. I've had it forever and I can't imagine a winter jaunt without it.

When I pair the coat with my floppy plaid hat, I really look like the sort to ask for a dime :P but I feel comfortable and cozy, as if I'm walking around in jammies. Also, that plaid hat's wide floppy brim enabled me to get away with sleeping in many a high school class. :3

I also love this post because my 19th birthday is tomorrow!! I've said that a billion times, I know I know. XD But it's like you're saying happy birthday to me, and that's exciting. :)

12:20 AM  
Blogger Jessiqua said...

I believe that if there was one thing that I could do just once I would probably have a discussion with you, actually. You, sir, are absolutely fascinating. But, like you've said before, everyone is. I think that you're actually one of the sweetest men alive, at least of the men I know.

Getting on, I think that my favorite article of clothing is probably my long black velvet coat. It frames my body perfectly and really has a very elegant look and feel to it. It's simply wonderful, in my opinion.

Have a wonderful evening.

12:24 AM  
Blogger bubbles said...

it must sound silly after these magnificent dreams but i want to meet the remaining pythons, just to be able to sit at a little table sip tea with such brilliant men would make me so happy, knowing my biggest inspirations are sitting right infront of me, absurd huh? as for my outfit, my lucky white dress i wore when i recited annabelle lee, it too must seem dumb but i can still remember being up on the stage all eyes on me, my heart and soul laying in that poem, i love language, the feel and look of words, mostly why i'm learning another, i like the feel of talking, oops off the topic eh? but anywho, sweetdreams

1:11 AM  
Blogger Knives said...

If there was one thing I could do once... It would be to meet the man who has influenced my life the most, he is a musician. I have dreams of meeting him all the time. Just to have a conversation with him would be beyond anything I could ever dream. I have seen him in person once in my life, and I had to travel over 1000 miles to do so. To meet him personally would be anything I'd ever ask for.

My favorite item of clothing.. hmm... that's very tough. I have no money so I don't own anything elegant- it's all cheap stuff! ^_^ I really love tank tops, "beater" style ones, that men usually wear under their shirts. My favorite one is a black and pink one. I wear it all the time. I also love a certain pair of black shoes that are several years old, I would wear them everyday and now they've simply fallen apart. Holes everywear, the soles have started to come apart. I have bought new shoes since then but I still wear them occasionally because I love them so much!

1:55 AM  
Blogger Aiko Valentine said...

I think I've already done the one thing, which was spend time as an exchange student in Japan. My mom told me there was no way she would let me go, and the company I signed up for rejected me for the year-long program. However, I worked every weekend throughout high school and saved enough to pay for the whole thing (and I was 18 by then so my mom couldn't legally stop me, lol). Now I guess I'd like to visit Germany and France someday as well.

The greatest thing I've ever worn is this insanely frilly red dress my grandmother bought me when I was about five years old. She went out of her way to get the frilliest dress she could find, and I wore that dress for a week straight after I got it (slept in it and didn't bathe because I loved it so much).

I still have it in my closet, hidden behind a bunch of other clothes. Obviously though I can't wear it now, but I still like to look at it and remember my grandmother.

2:06 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi Malan; just discovered your blog. It's wonderful, darling!
My favorite piece of clothing is a beautiful silk Hermes scarf I bought many years ago in London. I love everything about it: the sea-green color, the size, the texture, the way it feels against my neck. So often the simplest and most basic things are the most meaningful.

3:12 AM  
Blogger Flash your little Flashes said...

if there were one thing what would it be? Could it be to know something? could it be to know what I would like to do for the rest of my life? because thats the only thing that I really want to know. I want to know what I will love doing, because I am so confused as to what I should be doing. my favriote piece of clothing is...a green hat that my grandmother owned, she passed away a couple years ago. I did not cry when she died. and everyone else was...actually. if there was one thing I could do just once in life, it would be to say goodbye to her. because I hadn't seen her for months when she died, she wasn't even sick or that old it was just really unexpected. and her hat hangs in my room and I wear it alot during the winter. I guess it's the only thing that really makes me feel diffrent from everyone else...

3:36 AM  
Blogger Anyacat said...

A simple ivory silk evening suit with a mandarin collar and red shoes (I love shoes). I felt elegant

5:31 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Birch said...

One thing I could do just once? There are so many things that I have done that I would like to do again, coupled with trying things that I may enjoy so much that I'd want to do them over and over. This is a difficult question; will have to consider the answer further.

Favorite piece of clothing?
This is another difficult one. I'm very fond of all of my 1950s vintage, but wouldn't be able to wear the dresses without a proper girdle. As such, I'd say my open-bottomed girdle with built-in garters.

5:43 AM  
Blogger basquette said...

Good questions ... my "one thing before I kick off the planet" would be to climb Mt Kili before the snows vanish in a tribute to my dad who was, I suspect, secretly Ernest Hemingway's doppelganger. My "one item of clothing" would be the drop-dead gorgeous black matte jersey evening gown I wore in a friend's Greek Orthodox wedding a few years back - diagonal-strapped halter bodice with crystal brooch at the cleavage. It's killer and shows off all the right places, skimming over the "others".

6:30 AM  
Blogger Ides Childe said...

The best thing I have ever worn was my "Ring Night" dress on April 29, 1988. I was 16, it was a bland catholic school, we got our school rings in this big ceremony, blah blah blah. Everyone wore Laura Ashley, preppy schmattes--all safe and boring. I wore a jet black rouched tube dress with organza "poufs" on the skirt, a sweetheart neckline, and sheer jersey sleeves with rhinestone "cufflinks" at the wrists which were trimmed with satin. Oh, and did I mention my four-inch black suede stillettos? I called it my "Indy 500" look--DANGEROUS CURVES, lol! And yes, I have a picture. Well, my mother almost dropped DEAD she had no idea what I bought, I didn't even warn her. My dad told me to "knock them dead", and I did. The nuns and my classmates gasped as I walked by. Two girls fell out of their high heels going up on stage, but not me, THE 80's Rock Chick. I strutted as I presented my hand for the ring as if I were accepting an Oscar. The teacher was speechless. A girl named Nicole Pernice (oh, how vividly I remember this) refused to speak to me that Monday because her boyfriend went ON and ON about Who Was That Blonde Girl in The Black Dress? Legend has it they broke up! Because of me! I had no idea. As for the one thing I'd love to do just once would be to skate again with my father. He put me on the ice in February 1976, I was barely 4 years old. He used to skate across the Hudson River in upstate NY as a boy, he was so small. He only grew to be about 5 ft 9 inches tall, and we'd do our "Currier and Ives" thing at various rinks in NYC and Coney Island. He died in 2001. It's the one thing he couldn't do when his arthritis got really bad. I like to think he's young and spritely laughing at his zany little girl when I go into my scratch spins. Even though I'm 34! And not so little...hee hee hee

7:50 AM  
Blogger Anyacat said...

What I like best, however, would be flowing kimono-style tunics of hand painted silk, with or without frog closures. They can be worn over jeans (my favorite form of attire) or a dress. I'm also fond of the occasional bit of 1940s rhinestone costume jewelry--the big bow looks cool on the pocket of my jeans (as if I had any fashion sense at all)--I have all of mother's stuff. And I have a weakness for feathered hats from the 30s, when it was okay to wear feathers (now one runs of the risk of being assault on the streets).

7:51 AM  
Blogger Evie said...

When I was twelve (and 5'7") I bought a black 50s vintage party dress for my friends bat mitzfah for $20. It was a little more than knee length, made out of beautiful, thick black fabric with small black embroidered flowers. I bought the most gorgeous jewelry to compliment the delicate v-neck. For a night, I felt like Audrey Hepburn.

Of course, now I'm 5'9" and can't zip the thing up anymore. But I prey that my children will be girls and so I keep it hanging in my closet just for them.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Lydia Deitz said...

I don't have one favorite item. But I have several cute simple summer dresses that I love. One is a beautiful deep purple and the others are black. I feel beautiful when I wear them and strangers give compliments.
Malan, I hope you don't mind a suggestion: lots of navy blue and dark purple. Those colors are so flattering on any shade of skin.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Ides Childe said...

I just remembered something...there is another thing I'd like to do once: dance with magical creatures! Here's a site that captures everything my heart forgets sometimes. Go to the site when you have a chance and click on the Flash movie "A Knock at the Duir" to see what I mean. It's the Irish in me, I guess. Enjoy....http://www.duirwaighgallery.com/

9:23 AM  
Blogger c ceres merry said...

The mention of colors made me think too how wonderfully you'd handle platinums and silvers and mystical greys maybe an ethereal undertone of heathers. Like a gorgeous mist on a moor coming together to create a garment. *sigh*

9:40 AM  
Blogger gogopilgrim said...

Hi Malan. If there were one thing I could do just once, I would like to go travelling around the world with Gemma Ward. 2 days ago i accidentally watched one video on youtube, it's called "Where the hell is Matt?" and Matt(the guy in the video) quit his job to dance around the world. It was very touching. you should see it yourself. oh and why take Gemma Ward with me? haha I don't know. It just feels right. :)

link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiGDSr_DFlE&search=where%20is%20matt

My favourite item of clothing? It must be my Havaianas camo print thongs! I can't remember when the last time was i actually wore a pair of shoes. I feel so comfortable wearing them. I think as long as I feel comfy, I'm happy.

anyway... You have a good day :)

9:41 AM  
Blogger Ada said...

Great post! Hmmm...if I could do one thing only once in my life, I'd love to take the Hokule'a, a canoe handmade by native Hawaiians in the style of our ancestors, across the Pacific. What an adventure that would be! I'd love to know what they experienced on the way to the islands so many, many years ago!

As for clothing...I found two beautiful heavy silk gypsy-style skirts, knee length, in brown and orange, and I've been building my summer wardrobe around them. It's been fun because they aren't colors I normally wear, so it's forcing me to get outside of my comfort zone and explore new combinations of color! For winter, I love the idea of finding a couple of very exotic, jewel-toned dresses or skirts and making some fitted tops for them...have been drooling over the beautiful sari materials at my local fabric store; bright reds, pinks, turquoise blues, and violets, yum!

Hugs!!!

9:54 AM  
Blogger c ceres merry said...

I love imagining all the things you'd do with color and I really think you are one of the few who could take colors people wouldn't quite think of as lovely and make them wonderful- I loved the color of the gown you did on PR it wasn't like a tree, anyway I love trees... but look at this wonderful picture

http://static.flickr.com/59/200384925_8443bde8aa.jpg

Umbers and dark roses and hues of rich earth tones another *sigh*.... I look forward to all you do :) Oh and a modern take on the dress she is wearing I would love. That fairytale feel is wonderful..

9:59 AM  
Blogger CandyisDandy said...

Hello sweety, it's Anastasia Leigh from over on myspace. As usual myspace is being a pain in the butt, so I'll comment to this post here.

1. If I could do anything just once? Be on stage again. I miss it so very much. But there is a million things I want to do. I am far too greedy for this question. ;)

2. Greatest thing I have ever worn? Define great. *giggle* My favorite piece I own has to be a tie between my black widow corset and my top hat. Okay, top hats aren't *really* clothes per se, but it's over 100 years old and I got it from the Roycroft. I adore victorian style clothing. Most of my own clothes are trashy and costumy. I think they are all wonderful, but very few other people probably would.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I've always wanted to have one of the plays I've written produced. It would be the greatest joy in the world to see it up there on stage. All the actors and the set. Sigh. Maybe someday.

Greatest thing in my wardbrobe? My beautiful Indian print skirt. I wear it all the time. Or, on a sillier note, my Harry and the Potters t-shirt that reads "Save Ginny!"

10:42 AM  
Blogger AbbyNormal said...

If I could just win POWER BALL when it's at 100 million dollars then once would be more than enough. LOL
Actually I'd like to walk through a waterfall, just once.
As for a favorite garment, I have a chaneele <----- probably spelled wrong) jacket multi-colored with dark colors. I always think of the bible reference to Joseph and his many colored coat. Mine is soft, warm and pretty. Hey, everyone have a nice weekend. ;-)

10:49 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

ohhh my wardrobe is so disposible that I don't think I even have a favorite piece of clothing. :( I feel so left out now.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Leann said...

Hi, Malan!I found your website through the BPR page and your blog is very interesting. Let's see, I think the one thing I want is to have the chance to travel. My family dislikes going places so I hardly ever leave my side of town and, quite frankly, I'm sick of looking at the same things every day! Sometimes my father talks about when he went to Asia and Europe when he was in the military and I can only think about how much I would love to go. NYC or LA would be fun as well because I adore large cities. The only one I've been to is Atlanta for a marching band competition, but it was for only two days and we weren't allowed to go anywhere. It was very disappointing but it was still great being able to see all the crazy buildings. :)

As for the greatest thing I've worn? It's not clothing, but it would have to be the engagement ring my father gave my mother. She gave it to be for my last birthday and now the ring has become one of my favorite things I own. Even though my parents have always been apart, it's nice to think about a time when they weren't. :)

12:23 PM  
Blogger Magenta Fox said...

Oh why must you maek me think? Hmmm...

In my life I hope to become fluent in American Sign Language. I knwo you're a fan of many different spoken languages, but ASL just does something for me like nothing else. You express so much, put your whole body and self into it. Your eyes, hands, posture... they all speak instead. I began ASL in high school, but my college is in one of the remaining oralist parts of Massachusetts. Oralists believe the deaf should read lips and speak. I'm losing my ability to sign, forgetting a lot if it and limiting my vocabulary to simple, mundane conversation. I one told deaf children that story of Little Red Riding Hood, now I need ot think for a second to remember "Please to meet you." I'm going to search for someone to teach me again once the fall semester starts again.

My favorite TYPE of artical of clothing is a good pair of boots. When I feel bad I just strut around the city in some black boots and I feel like I'm on top of it all.

My favorite thing I've ever worn is this extremely bright, complicated costume I made 3 years ago. It was a video game character that I liked, and since many other people like this character as well, they all came over to talk to me. I met a lot of friends then, and today they mean so much to me.

And YAY Magneta.

Question for YOU. What exactly ARE you listening to. Many other blogs have a
Current Music:
at the end. I'm interested in knowing artists and titles for what you're listening to.

12:38 PM  
Blogger KiWi said...

My vintage royal blue Christian Dior silk blouse. Mostly because I found it at a resale as a teenager in the '80s and it was my first piece of couture.

1:33 PM  
Blogger market chippie said...

If I could do one thing just once? I would go on a long and epic road trip around the country with my three best friend. They're the people I love most in the world, and we all aspire to do something truly grand together. Someday, this will happen. I know it.

As for my favorite outfit...that's a toss-up. The single most wonderfully, epically gorgeous thing I have ever worn is this dress I own...a plum velvet affair with a black ribbon that laces up the front like a corset and a built-in petticoat that falls below the skirt's hem the bottom and is made of black lace. It's everything I adore spun into one dress--lush fabric, corset style, ribbon, lace...decolletage--and it makes me feel gorgeous every time I wear it (with my amazing black Joan Crawford heels!). However, the article of clothing that I love the most is a shirt I made from a simple white tank top that has rainbow ribbons lacing up the sides and tells the world to "SAVE THE COMMAS" (because I'm a compulsive editor, and I get ever-so-snarky when reading bad writing). I always get odd looks when I wear it, and I revel in it. It's physically impossible for me to be in a bad mood whilst wearing that shirt.

Oh, and by the way...You're gorgeous. :D

2:52 PM  
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4:29 PM  
Blogger Katelynn said...

Oh Malan, are you speaking of me? (The birthday girl) (Yes I didn't care for money or presents, just someone who expressed they truly cared.) If so, Thank You.

If I could do anything, I don't know if this counts, but I would end all unnecessary suffering, to speak out for those who cannot. (and to meet the few people who have really inspired me.)

I really don't have one piece of clothing that is oh so fabulous or that I wear all the time. I have a few favorites that compliment my figure, but my sister has this beautiful dress that she has never worn. I had tried it on once before, it is beautiful pink, sparkle all over, low cut; I thought it just looks gorgeous on me. There really isn't anywhere to where it here in OK, I feel like it should be worn somewhere important and elegant.

I am wanting to get your design T-shirt available on the pr site, I think it's fabulous. It probably sounds silly to you, but I'm sure it will become my favorite piece of clothing!

Sending love your way... Kate

4:34 PM  
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5:10 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

i would like to live in iceland and study math. i would also like to see sound and record dreams like videos, but that's not very practical is it.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Leontine said...

Malan Breton from Taiwan! How cool that you have a blog and how doubly cool that you live in Queens. I liked that brown Project Runway dress - it did look like a twisted burnt tree stump, but aren't twisted burnt tree stumps exquisite? Yes.

For most of my life I would have said that what I'd like to do more than anything would be to make just one piece of art that reaches out to people and really moves them. More recently I would have said that the one thing I'd most like to do would be have or adopt a kid, but then, oh my god, I did! So I'll go back to the art one.

I don't have a favorite article of clothing, but I do have a favorite "moment" of clothing, which is that point when something is worn enough that it has a sort of overall softness and beautiful interesting textures, but it doesn't look limp or dirty. It's such a wonderful ephemeral thing, but I so wish it could last.

5:14 PM  
Blogger chombowombo said...

Well, if there was one thing that I could do just once it would be to create a piece of artwork that everyone would just love, especially my mom. I mean she supports my art, but unless its a picture of a flower she doesn't seem too interested in it. I wish I could create something to show in my upcoming art show at school that would just blow everyone's minds away, and I could look at it and be genuinely proud of what I have done.

One piece that I love in my wardrobe would have to be this beautiful silky shirt that I have. Its a halter that ties in the back with a complex bohemian design consisting of off whites, greens, pinks and blacks. I love to wear it because I feel so unique in it, that I dont just blend into the crowd but stand out in a good way.

hope you have a good day
- Amber

5:18 PM  
Blogger c ceres merry said...

Your pictures on BPR look wonderful wish I could have gone but I could not *pout* maybe some other show some other day
:)

5:30 PM  
Blogger stephentennant said...

Malan, could you possibly tell us what cd you were listening to?

5:56 PM  
Blogger Christin said...

Hi Malan,

If there was one thing I want more than anything, it would be to study with the Shaolin Monks in China for a year to learn their mystic ways, healings and meditations.

My favorite artical of clothing? I would have to say it is a floor length black dress with beautiful details sewn throughout the front and waist. It makes me feel absolutely beautiful and has a sensual quality to it that makes me feel very mysterious and alluring!!

I'm so glad you are finding time to read all of our responses. I feel so happy to have this connection with you.

My musical suggestion to you would be to check out Lisa Gerard, "Duality". It's a VERY moving CD. Her voice is full of rich texture and beauty...just like a lot of your fashions!

Love to you,
~C

7:10 PM  
Blogger Marlaina816 said...

Hello Malan,

I hope my blog finds you happy and well.

You were one of my favs on Project Runway, so I was please that I came accross this web site.

I was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago this August. So I think the greatest thing that I've ever worn would be my chemo scarfs. It was the only thing that my poor head could tolorate after loosing all my hair to chemo treatments. I still have them to this day. I can't bring myself to get rid of them. Part of me wants to throw them out because they remind me of how sick I was, but another part of me has to keep them as a trophy for my courage and strength for surviving the ordeal. The moment I remember the most wearing them is when I saw my Grandmother for the first time after losing all of my long hair. She huged me and cried and told me that she had never been so proud of me for being so brave. My scarfs are such a powerful symbol of what I've been through and what now lies ahead in my future. Someday when I get the change I'd like to turn my scarfs into something else like a throw pillow. So that way I would still have them, so they can remind me of my past that I should never forget as well as my new outlook on life.

Stay sweet Malan, all the best to you.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Shisei said...

If I could do anything just once...well, I am doing something just once here aren't I? I'm living this life the best I am. And I don't think I'd really have it any other way. If it wasn't I wouldn't be who I am. It's late at night so I suppose I'm becoming a bit philosophical.

Favorite article of clothing...I know you said to keep it G rated but I realize to me it's black cotton underwear. I don't know why it's more comfortable than red or white or pink or yellow with blue stars. Cotton underwear that is black! If it were to be anything else I suppose I'd say this green vintage coat that I've been keeping around for a while. It's not a rain coat, but somehow I feel like I ought to wear it when it is. So I do, and it makes me feel happy when I do (and looking fabulous of course).

10:22 PM  
Blogger c ceres merry said...

Marlaina I feel strange doing this saying something to you on Malan's blog but I think he would understand feeling this way- your post was amazing and beautiful. I hope all your dreams come true you have come through so much.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Marlaina816 said...

Thank you c ceres merry! Your comment means so much. My best to you as well.

12:38 PM  
Blogger XtremePear said...

What a poet you are Malan! And a beautiful voice as well!
My favorite piece of clothing was a drop waist teal knit dress(forgive me, it was the 80s) that I wore to my first trip to Paris. A Parisian man called to me from the street as I was walking over a bridge and looking below--"Hello, Beautiful, I love you!" Ahhhh, what a moment! :)

5:02 PM  
Blogger XtremePear said...

What a poet you are Malan! And a beautiful voice as well!
My favorite piece of clothing was a drop waist teal knit dress(forgive me, it was the 80s) that I wore to my first trip to Paris. A Parisian man called to me from the street as I was walking over a bridge and looking below--"Hello, Beautiful, I love you!" Ahhhh, what a moment! :)

5:02 PM  
Blogger Adria said...

Good questions to pose the next time I'm having dinner with friends. The one thing I would like to do is live in another country for a few months or a year. Or even live in NYC.

I just got my teaching credential so my wardrobe is teacher comfortable/kid friendly. I feel a shopping spree coming on.

A favorite dress from about 15 years ago was a sleeveless summer dress with a V-neck and a pleated skirt with a print fabric. I remember the attention and comments I got from the men at work that day:-)

I miss dresses:-( Women hardly wear them anymore.

And I'm luvin this blog. Fun things to think about.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

If I could do any one thing once, I would definitely play in the pit orchestra of any broadway play. I'm an aspiring high school oboe & english horn player... & I'm absolutely in LOVE with New York & Broadway... I'm actually a little obsessed with many broadway plays. Music is my true passion. I'm really no good at sports, so I devote all my time to band & music. But if I could one day become good enough to play in a pit orchestra of a play on Broadway.. I think that would be the most incredible experience.

& As for my favourite article of clothing-- I'm in high school, so obviously I don't have any expensive or elegant clothing. But I really love polo shirts. I have them in alot of different colours. I love 'beater' style tanktops as well... the ones that are designed for men to wear under their shirts, you know? I have tons of those in different colours as well. I also pretty much live in my "Rainbow" brand leather flip flops. :]

11:19 PM  
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12:58 PM  
Blogger lil giggle-byte said...

First, I just wanted to tell you that I think you're absolutely fabulous. Your wonderful attitude and style caught my eye the second I saw you on television and, after reading your blog, I see that you have a great heart. You are an absolute pleasure to read. Very uplifting.

And my parents bought me 2 fur jackets - one from France and one from Italy. The first is made of rabbit fur, dyed in different shades of green, with a very luxuriously soft collar. The second is fox fur and it done it a dalmation print with another very soft collar (white as snow). I wish it were winter right now because I wear those jackets anytime I was a pick-me-up. They make me feel beautiful even when I'm too lazy to put on makeup and get out of my exercise clothing. Tres mignon!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

My favorite piece of clothing is either an old tie-dye tshirt from when I was 10 (the classics, man) and later turned into a dress for my teddy bear, or an Indian kurta from my recent semester abroad. It's a beige-with-very-tinily-patterned-maroon fabric, with pale green embellishments and a gold-embroidered collar, cuffs and hem.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Sophie said...

One thing? Go to New York and not be afraid of getting lost. Big crowds freak me out and one day I would love to go and not be scared. Or maybe get a chance to meet you. I haven't worn anything that good yet, but I hope to!

Best wishes... Sophie D.

12:50 PM  
Blogger andie said...

The best thing I've worn? I'd say my Anna Sui ruched silk bell bottom dress. I got it at Anthropologie, and it's my absolute favorite. I also hope to have something by you, too. I'll tell you my size, even! I'm anxiously awaiting your response to my comments, and I hope you write back soon. If I were to get mail from you, my life would be whole, and I would not need any more. I live in Florida, but I also lived in Long Island and Manhaatan for a while, so when I go back to visit, we can go to Serendipity.
Awaiting your reply!
Andie L.
andie_yasha@hotmail.com

4:18 PM  
Blogger grudge girl said...

My loveliest and most wondrous garment is a pristine vintage peacock blue velvet swing coat with 3/4 sleeves and a huge, drapey collar that almost functions like a scarf.

I found it in an antique store, and there is an embroidered label inside with the name Elizabeth on it. Which is my name. I knew it was meant for me, and yet I love the sense of history of this other Elizabeth who took such beautiful care of her vivid, luscious coat.

While I certainly am not the siren I was before my 3 children, when I wear this coat I feel like all light emanates from me - like a star!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Hephaestion said...

Back in 1979 I bought a simple cream-colored linen jacket at Macy's Herald Square for $19. It was almost magical in its ability to make me look FAR hunkier than I really was at the time. So naturally I wore it ALL the time I could get away with wearing it! I must have gotten 400 million compliments on that jacket, and no one could believe it was so cheap.

All these years later I still remember that jacket and wish I could find another just like it!

5:51 PM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

The ONE thing that I would like to do would be to create something beautiful like your beautiful clothes, Malan. I have creative energy but it gets stifled sometimes by negativity around me. I'm 44 years old so also feel it's a little late to set big, huge goals. One other small thing I guess would be to make sure I raise my 14 year old son to always chase his dreams and not let anything stop him.
My favorite item of clothing that I own is a pair of Levis jeans. Such a simple thing and not really designer quality. I just like comfort and these jeans make me feel young and sexy.
Malan, I just want to say that I think your designs are unique and gorgeous. I loved watching you do your thing on Project Runway! Was sorry you weren't on for a longer time and thought that whole show with your departure was not quite fair in that your model was too tall. However, you exhibited great class and style. That story about your mom throwing your designs on the floor brought tears to my eyes.
Just wondering.. a lot of people would like to see you return to Project Runway... would you do it if it were offered to you?

9:58 PM  
Blogger LisaSabatier said...

A pink lace slip dress - I'm not sure "whose" it was, maybe Bannana Republic or D. H. Holmes (New Orleans department store -- long gone), but I was much, much younger then, and it didn't matter "who" designed it.

8:31 PM  
Blogger onfoyou said...

Your are Nice. And so is your site! Maybe you need some more pictures. Will return in the near future.
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5:37 AM  
Blogger Ebony said...

What is the geatest thing I have ever worn...hmm...Casual wear?Probably a Black Peasant Skirt,A Black Laced Shirt, Black and grey striped striped stockings, and my black and pink Anarchy/Peace Converse...all of witch I got at Hot Topic. Cheap store, I know, but oh How I love it so. :D

10:25 PM  

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