Thursday, November 13, 2014

More on Kibbe

"In a rose-colored suite 12 stories above 57th Street in Manhattan sit eight women awaiting transformation. Tall and short, stocky and svelte, plain and pretty, they have come to David Kibbe's Metamorphosis salon with but a single dream: to be beautiful. "What is your glove size?" Kibbe, 32, asks a tall brunette slouching nervously against a wall. "How big are your feet? Now pull your hair back so I can see your face." He stares, furrows his brow and delivers his judgment. "Think of yourself," he purrs, "as the physical equivalent of the Chrysler Building."

It's not your average beauty tip. But then Kibbe, as he is quick to point out, is no garden-variety make-over artist. "I'm not just another ditzy beauty person saying, 'I think you should do this, dahling,' " says Kibbe, whose new manual, David Kibbe's Metamorphosis, will be available next month. "Most beauty consultants work by correcting your presumed flaws, but I believe there's not one thing about your appearance that isn't absolutely perfect for the individual you are."

- Even If You Look Like the Pentagon, Make-Over Man David Kibbe Claims He Can Bring Out the Beauty Within
He's right, of course. He does look at the people as a whole, and does see what fits and what doesn't and how to emphasize the unique beauty in everyone... and that's different from any list of rules.

I enjoy Polyvore, make a lot of sets and have fun. Now, lately, I have been using Polyvore to better understand Kibbe categories, and especially trying to find my own... and I have come to realize that there are two (at least) types of people on Polyvore. Those who follow the rules, and those who follow their own preferences.
People who follow the rules, choose every item according to how it fits to the list of specifics; the Rules.
People who follow their own preferences, pick the items according to how they fit the whole, the end result, the finished picture. These people usually have an idea of what they are looking for and get constantly irritated by not being able to find the exact item they are looking for. Like mint green suede boots without any trims. :-D
I am TRYING to follow the rules, but every now and then, an item that seemingly fits the rules, don't bring the desired qualities to the finished outfit.

Loke this one. It emphasizes the shoulderline and is draped, and follows the waist... but it's not Soft Dramatic. I think it's Soft Natural. It looks boxy, square, wide. And if you look at the sets people at Polyvore have made with this top, you will see that is how other people see it, too. Some try to force it with a skinny skirt and more dramatic accessories, and, sure, it's not bad, but most people put it together with a-line skirts, jeans, blazers... and with those it looks amazing. It gives Goddess-like grace, strength and softness to simple jeans or a simple skirt, whereas with skinny black pants and lots of gold accessories, it looks shapeless, cheap, tired and

P.S. Apparently I'm that blue blouse... when I try to dress glamorously or femininely or dramatically or classically or what ever, I will look boxy, cheap, tired and just wrong... but when I dress Soft Natural, I'm strong, graceful, fluid, Goddess-like of expression.


  1. I sympathize so much, Ketutar! I keep looking wistfully at flamboyant natural or dramatic classic (kind of, sort of?) because SN can read as dowdy, normcore, un-stylish. Your journey that you've gone through in this blog has been very helpful to me. I see that your postings have gone down this year, but what is here is so, so useful -- thank you for this. I hope that 2017 has treated you well!