Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Bread

WWD reports that Michelle's dress is by Thakoon.


Friday, August 29, 2008

Street Snaps: late August

I'm sure everyone's seen this on the Sartorialist by now, but come on! The layering is spot-on for this fall's aesthetic: long blazer, quirky knits, conservative color scheme. Lovin' it!

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Hi guys. I started school on Monday!

(American Rhetoric.)

I am taking this really awesome class: the Anthropology of Food. Today, we discussed Andean farming traditions: how they've been in practice for thousands of years with no detriment to the soil or slackening in crop yields. These dudes have literally found the perfect way to farm!


They have also found the perfect way to dress!


(Walking the Amazon.)

Note: sweet headgear, 50-inspired circle skirts, jewel tones, long braids, and baby-as-accessory. Listopad approves!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Portraits of Past

I've gone on and on about the National Portrait Gallery before, but I wanted to recommend a couple shows up right now after seeing them myself.

Kehinde Wiley's pieces in as part of the RECOGNIZE exhibit that Fiona talked about earlier this year...I mean, I mostly love Ice-T because of SVU but this is on a whole other level:

watch out're not allowed to photograph this exhibit even though I did.

--dumb name, but awesome poster examples of portraiture. The posters really capture design aesthetics of their time and are truly beautiful:

Lastly, the Katherine Hepburn exhibit is tiny but cute--they even have her famous red sweater!

P.S. Aren't the online exhibit pages amazing? You don't even have to go to the museum! But you should ;)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Music for Lovers: Meltdown

Lots of music on Listopad lately, but we want to take it closer to home today by featuring DC no-wave ladies Meltdown...actually I am just going to link to this awesome feature on a really awesome blog: check out Fiona in her teens here!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Vintage Vault

Because we love all things vintage, we're introducing a new column around vintage "education." We want to share the knowledge with all of you regarding all aspects of vintage clothing and you can learn to be obsessed just like us ;)

Bakelite: there is no one better equipped to teach you about Bakelite than this obsessive European guy. He's photographed his collection, which he also loans out to museums, for your perusal. Ah, the golden age of plastics, before we hated them for killing us and our planet.

Antique dealers are always hawking the stuff in case you want to start your own collection, and Antiques Anonymous in Woodley Park is a great place to start. Good luck!

Get To It: Weekly Suggestions

Welcome back to the week! Now, get to all the awesome stuff DC is doing:

Monday: Crystal City is apparently doing a season-long James Bond film festival for free! Tonight, 8pm, you can catch Goldeneye--pretty meh for the movie but I loved Tina Turner's theme song.

Tuesday: OMG Cuteness! The Panda habitat is re-opening after its massive renovations at the National Zoo. Go before work to warm your heart, they open at 6am.

Thursday: Modernist Society hosts Whitney Matheson at Bourbon, 9pm

Friday: Massive party at 9:30 club for local DJ superstar Tittsworth's album release! All the hotties will be there, I promise.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Icons Part I

Today's stand-in music post is about under-the-radar style icons in American music.

When most people think of style icons in the American rock music world, a few names come to mind: Elvis, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, The Ramones. In jazz, it's Miles Davis; in funk, it started with the James Brown and led to the cowboy-outfitted, mega-spectacled excesses of Funkadelic; in pop, well, do I really have to name names?

Then there were those stylish players that should have made it huge in America, but never quite caught on. They were big in France, Australia, and the UK, or maybe they were big fish in small ponds here in the States, but they didn't win many points for stylishness in the U.S.

My favorite under-appreciated pop outfit is the still-living-and-making-music duo Sparks, originally from Los Angeles. They were enormous in the U.K., but we Americans, too enamored with Barbara Streisand and Barry Manilow at the time, kinda missed the boat.

Their posters and record covers were always bold and sassy as hell. My favorites? 1974's "Propaganda" (a top tenner in the U.K; a top 200-er in the U.S.) and 1975's "Indiscreet":

Neut, Glorious Neut

Here at Listopad, there is a lot of discussion about all things neutral. We ask ourselves questions like: Which neutrals are the best neutrals? How many neutrals can I wear at once? Why are neutrals so amazing? Why is it that no matter what I do, I can't not wear neutrals?

Real world neutrals:





Third Church of Christ, Scientist

The Slayton House

Lebanese Taverna

Monday, August 18, 2008

Get To It

"grave decisions" from
This is why D.C. rules - check out the freebies this week!
Monday or Wednesday: Guys, take a break from the Olympics and go see Grave Decisions (Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot) @ Goethe-Institut 6:30pm. The Germans embraced it, so why not right? $6.
Tuesday: Grab an IPA and check out Modernist Society's Current TV party with Trace Crutchfield and DJ Ian Svenonius @ Bourbon at 8pm. Free.
Through Saturday only: Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future @ National Building Museum. Justifiably awesome- please check it out before it leaves after Saturday. Free.
Sunday: Ben's Chili Bowl 50th Anniversary Tribute Concert @ 9:30club 1:30pm. Local acts for all ages including Mambo Sauce and Pancake Mountain. Mmm. Mambo Sauce. Welcome to DC. Free, doors at 1pm.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Summer Street Snaps

Summer is starting to leave our minds as the fall collections hit stores and the days get shorter...Copenhagen is already feeling the fall in temperatures as you can see from this week's Street Snap pic:

Keeping it real in KBH--I love the tunic and the bebe's head peeking out from the bike.

Dear Andre Leon Talley

We were at the same performance last night! I loved your bright pink shirt and seersucker suit...but mostly, your black leather clutch. I really think more men should carry purses--bulging pockets suck.



Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Y'all heard about Rickey Month, right? This inspired mixology marathon--and the surrounding buzz--propelled me to Hotel Tabard Inn last week, where my head basically fell off after trying Chantal Tseng's sprightly, floral Rive Gauche Rickey. (Kathryn Bangs' Haymaker incarnation of the drink is no longer officially on the menu--but only for the time being, she said.)

Rive Gauche Rickey

1 1/4 oz. Aviation gin
3/4 oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
Charles de Fere Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine
dash absinthe
juice of 1/3 medium-sized lime, rind reserved
one sprig lavender

Combine gin, liqueur, absinthe, lime juice, rind and ice in cocktail shaker. Pour into glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lavender and serve.

Haymaker Rickey

2 0z. rye whiskey
1/2 oz. brown sugar-balsamic syrup*
juice of 1/2 lime, rind reserved
ginger ale

Combine whiskey, syrup, lime juice, rind and ice in cocktail shaker. Pour into glass and top with ginger ale. Serve.

*You can make this mixture yourself by combining 3/4 cup packed brown sugar with 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar.

(The Haymaker was inspired by an eponymous 19th-century punch which Kat calls "the gatorade of the time": a (technically) non-alcoholic energy drink of brown sugar, vinegar, and ginger ale enjoyed by Midwestern laborers. Coincidentally, the first printed mention of this concoction appeared in Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter, which was written in Kat's home state of South Dakota. I like how she is simultaneously repping DC and South Dakota with this recipe!)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Vivian Girls/Crystal Stilts

My stand-in music post: Tomorrow night, go check out Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts at DC9!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bagels for the Soul

This week's flavor: walking distance.

I would encourage you to take advantage of Restaurant Week on Tuesday. Crazy-fancy places like Chef Geoff's and iRicchi are within Listopad's price range for one week only! We recommend Casa Oaxaca. (Keep your little eyes peeled for a recipe from a Restauarant Week participant later this week.)

Please do not sleep on Meeps' huge sale. It ends on Wednesday. 15% off purchases of $15 or more, 25% off purchases of $25 or more, and 30% off purchases of $50 or more. Plus there are two huge 50% off racks. Nor should you sleep on seeing the Ex at Black Cat tonight. You could potentially wear whatever awesomely discounted duds you got at Meeps.

Please do not sleep on this beautiful, slighty-cooler snap that we've been enjoying. Go to Fort Reno on Thursday to see Title Tracks.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Pillars of Silence

Welcome to another sporadic edition of Listopad Music. Today's music pick is a simple pop song from the new San Francisco-based band, Pillars Of Silence. Download "Call Me" from their Myspace site. Such a pretty piece of pop music, but not in a smiling, pert kind of way-- this is a song performed sitting down with a straight face. I love it!

On the aesthetic tip, their frontwoman Meghan is fierce as hell.

You go girl.

Friday, August 8, 2008


Listopad recently spent some time with Ellen Van Dusen, who makes clothes.

Ellen is on the right. (Look at her cute hair!) She made both of these dresses. The one on the left is from a collection based on badass Color Field painters like Ellsworth Kelly, Mark Rothko, and Morris Louis.

She made this one, too.

And this one. (You may have spotted this dress in the window at Meeps. She has a bunch of her stuff for sale there under the label LN.)

Ellen told us that she considers the way the eye works when she's designing stuff. "I think a lot about shape and color," she says. "Your brain takes in flat shapes all at once -- when I look at an image, I like to know that my brain is processing it all at the same time. I work with seams and shapes for a flat look."

Ellen and I went to high school together here in DC. It was really fun catching up.

(If you want Ellen to make you something, e-mail her:

(Photos: Cathy Chung.)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Street Snaps

Helsinki never disappoints. Can you tell that this person is obsessed with bats?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Object Lust

Bird and Banner silk-screened vintage handkerchiefs. What a lovely idea...and so perfectly executed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Music for Lovers

Coming at you with a great primer on 80s shoe fashions...this was Nu Shooz' second hit single, I would say it's a bit inferior to "I Can't Wait," but still good. The vid serves as great documentation of 80s shoe trends--neon, mesh, sneakers, it's all there. Enjoy!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Bagels for the Soul

This week's flavor: rye.

Double Dagger. (Pic: Patrick McCormick)

Today is Washington Post Dollar Mondays at Nationals Stadium! Two George Washingtons will get you admission the stadium and--wait for it--a hot dog! I am so fucking there .

Tuesday, Gnarls Barkley and Hercules and Love Affair play the 9:30 Club. If you're lucky, Cee-lo will bust out some solo shit.

Rob Walker writes Consumed, the New York Times Magazine column on consumer culture. His new book is called Buying In and he'll be talking about it at Politics and Prose on Wednesday.

Did you know that seniors, students, teachers, nurses, and active duty military officers get ten percent off their purchases at Rockville's Upscale Resale every day? You could make Thursday that day! Think about it.

The Apes and Double Dagger play at Comet Ping Pong on Friday. Rad pizza; rad music. Rad way to commence the weekend.

Gina Tibbot makes fucked-up, thought-provoking art. See her installation (Tibbott Family Pet Burial Recovery -- yes, it is as awesome as it sounds) at Project 4 before it closes on Saturday.

Pssstttt...New Digs!

hot little number from Mercedes Bien Vintage

Listopad is moving into the Mercedes Bien space! We are planning on moving our wares into Mercedes Bien Vintage in Adams Morgan in time for Fall! We are really excited to be sharing a weekend space with Ms. Mercedes, who consistently has some of the most desirable vintage in the city. With Smash and Meeps right down the street, Adams Morgan will indeed be a vintage lover's dream!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Vintage Maz

Today is a very special day.

Happy birthday, Martha! Like a fine wine, you only get better with age! (Note her prescient Big Love-FLDS steez. I am so into these massive, sculpted waves of hair and the Precious-meets-dowdy vibe. It's so aggressively matronly that it's basically punk.)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Michelle O.

In the spirit of D.C. and the politics of fashion:


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