Friday, February 19, 2010

Beautiful in Butt Ugly


 



 

  

 





Just down the street from my home, lives one of my all time favorite local designers.  About 15 years or so ago, she created a clothing line called BUTT UGLY. Her clothes are anything but. She uses vintage fabrics and notions and creates funky, eclectic and wearable clothing for the Sacramento set.

Her name is Kris Laskey, and she's mercilessly inventive. She's been known to sew a pair of palazzo pants outs of a vintage shower curtains, keep the rings attached and using them as trim on the hem. She lso creates bags and purses out of just about everything including tapestries, sleeping bags and wood-grained patterned vinyl.  Tonight, hanging on one of the racks was a beautiful wool coat that had been made out of a super soft wooly army blanket with lining made out of salvaged satin printed "Pierre Cardin." She has a rabid, cult crew of followers, and yours truly is certainly one of them. At every show, I'll quip that she deserves a Nobel Prize for Fashion. SHE DOES!

Her events pack a modest house. And there's always laughter, good stories and chow to to be found at a Butt Ugly trunk show.  The people are like her clothes, smart, quirky,  and beautiful. I stepped behind the camera for the evening and took some snaps of  folks shopping BUTT UGLY.

There's a tiny little story to my picture taking.  My first photo was of the lovely Sasha P and I had asked her to pose with this sweet vintage barkcloth dress with a charming little print. One of my last photos of the evening was of my dear amiga, Kerry D who was trying on the very same dress. It fit her like a dream, and she promptly bought it. Lucky girl!

13 comments:

Martwa Marta said...

sounds exciting! i like the wedges very much - they are the designer's creation as well? and the dresses are so unique - absolutely fantastic!

kiwaczek2 said...

now that dress on the last pic is awesome. and those wedges, I need such wedges!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

That dress is even more adorable up close and personal. Perfect condition vintage bark cloth with this odd charming print from the 1960's, a horse is on it, I think. The cut of the dress is gorgeous, a little high waisted and very, very flattering. Kerry rocks it, yes?

As for those freakishly delicious wedges, Kerry D is a major Jeffery Campbell shoe fan, so I'm guessing that those beauties are from Jeffery Campbell. I need those too!

chaoskontrolowany said...

Love the last dress;))

xoxo M.

A and A said...

loooove those shoes in the third pic...
perfect!

lots of SF love to yoooouuu....

xx refusestolabel.blogspot.com

HeatherClark said...

ooo the clothes look super cute!

http://www.heatherinacandyshop.com

Meggstatus said...

Thanks so much for the kind words I really do appreciate it. It's so encouraging to hear that people appreciate what you do. You are spot on with my wardrobe, the only things not vintage are my tights and socks (I haven't quite gotten to THAT level yet).

The prints on these dresses are just to die for, especially the dress in the last picture *swoon*

the Citizen Rosebud said...

One of the best things about style blogging is connecting with others who love individual style as much as we do! Meggstatus is the author of a blog I've recently become enchanted with: another vintage lover rocking it in the 21st century. Check out her blog here: http://anotherdaytodressup.blogspot.com/

Tell her the Citizen sent ya! - Bella Q

kacesi said...

Look the Orson Welles Citizen Kane inspired blog name! Thanks for checking out my blog and following it! Now I'm following yours :)

JenThunder said...

Woohoo, just found this and equinebovine by searching for butt ugly- so stoked! I wish we couldve combined forces and had joint house sales when I had mine! I'm in Ithaca now for skool, but my sis Mar is running our shop Thunderhorse on Jst I trust you have been into to compare similar fascinations with pristine vintage!!?

the Citizen Rosebud said...

JEN THUNDER! love that store, and the two swesome/cool/sweet chicas that ran it. wondered what happened to it; heard it sold to another couple. you two still own it? ithica? a good friend of mine is there now; his wife goes to school nearby. <3

JenThunder said...

Oh yay! this comment got lost in my inbox! yes, our shop is still on Jst,
2522 J st as a matter of fact :p
Mar runs it and I just shipped her a huge 4 ft box of boots too!
Sadly, I'm in the upstate NY land of measly thrift stores- nothing compares to suburbia thrift store overload!

Ginny Crandall said...

Thank you, Citizen Rosebud, for such a terrific find! I am totally in love with that purse. It kind of makes me want to go completely vintage and get like a vintage shower or something like that. So cool. LOVE IT!

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