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Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.Meet Allison.It was fellow Pop Library Associate Alana who first saw Allison, 21, and suggested I approach her for the Pop! fashion blog. I turned in the direction she was pointing. What I saw was a striking, self-possessed young woman with amazing hair. Her simultaneously basic and provocative prints (a mysterious eye pattern on her shirt! A pair of geometric-patterned leggings!) coexisted gorgeously with that magnificent pouf on her head. Perhaps she had decided that morning to reinterpret the 60s bouffant for the contemporary woman. (I approve.)The simplicity of her make-up—a swipe of black eyeliner on her lids—really framed the look. But what I found even more fascinating than Allison’s self-described "space princess" style was her intelligence, grace, and thoughtful responses.Read more after the jump.
Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.Meet Brea.
Pop!Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.Meet Laura.On one very hot summer day, MLK library visitor Laura was a refreshing sight. Decked out in basics—white t-shirt, circle skirt, lace-up sandals—Laura’s outfit intimated the very lovely, very simple pleasures of summer: eating frozen popsicles, looking for seashells along the shore, or just attending a casual, but no doubt stylish, barbeque with friends. The addition of a pair of chunky black frames added urban chic appeal to an otherwise beach-ready outfit. Doubtless, Laura’s understated sartorial approach delineates a famous quote by renowned fashion designer Coco Chanel: “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”Read more after the jump.
In this photograph, My Nguyen attempts to reinterpret the famed Kubrick film poster of Lolita in a contemporary office setting, while still conforming to Mies van der Rohe's architectural vision of restrained beauty and maximum simplicity. The key word here is "attempt." / Photograph by Kathryn Sigler.In an effort, gentle reader, to have something to discuss with my junior year high school crush, I did something any shy, but sensible bibliophilic 16 year-old would do: I mimicked his reading habits. First, there were the war-torn stories of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, which he toted in a clear plastic backpack. Next, it was Yusef Komonyakaa’s brilliant Dien Cai Dau, which made me crazy, too — over Komonyakaa that is. (“Dien cai dau” means "crazy in the head" in Vietnamese). And while these two works have significantly influenced the way I appreciate literature, it wasn’t until I saw my crush reading Vladamir Nabokov’s Lolita that my (puppy) love for him was eventually replaced by my (very real, very long-lasting) love for Nabokov.No book has moved me in simultaneous states of obstreperous laughter, deep sympathy, and utter revulsion as masterfully as Lolita. The writing is unarguably good—beautiful, even. The subject matter is profoundly repulsive. Indeed, it is the perverse central theme of the book that makes Plato’s indictment against poetry quite relevant: Stripped of its airs, Lolita, peppered with fancy-pants literary allusions, is nothing more than a book about a pathetic murderer and his bizarre penchant for a 12-year-old girl.