Tuesday, July 27, 2010

throw back

Is it crazy that I'm still obsessing over Olivier Theysken's SS09 collection for Nina Ricci?
It's just so utterly wonderful, I can't help coming back to it for inspiration! The layers of sheerness, the textures, the prints, the rippling movement of those layers, the cutaway hems! Sigh....
What's not to love?

all images Style.com

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

belle époque

So I've been busy researching for a new project I've set myself to do.... seems I keep adding things to my ever-growing list of projects. Who knows if any of them will ever see their final day?
This project is a mini collection for a competition based on the theme La Belle Époque, which just so happens to be one of my favourite periods in art! Can-can dancers hand in hand leaving the Moulin Rouge, fashionable ladies sipping brandy in Parisian cafés, all wonderful! But most of all, the soft, often bleeding, overlays of colours - matte pastel shades crosshatched to create a stunning and almost graphic effect.
This method of rough sketching has been influencing my little brain, and when I kept coming across Elle Rogers's work, I couldn't help but think they were contemporary versions of 19th century paintings.

Below, my Ellen Rogers inspired piece for the collection... I hope they all turn out well!

A more detailed piece for the collection...

Friday, July 9, 2010

obsessed with givenchy

From my sad place behind a computer screen, I have been looking through the new couture collections, wishing I had some sort of magical ability to reach through the internet and actually touch some of these pieces. The tactile brilliance of Givenchy was especially alluring, and the fact that it was all done white on white somehow makes the various textures that much more exciting. Not to mention, as Susie Bubble recently pointed out on her blog, there are BACK VIEWS. Thank God for being able to see something more than a flat frontal. And a lot of the time, the back view is the more interesting of the two!
Anyways, I am enamored with this collection. The anatomical/skeletal references, the use of fringe to create crisp shapes, the gradated sheerness.... I hate to be boring, but it makes me think of a wedding dress I could actually wear...
Not that that's an issue anytime soon.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Please excuse my lame title. I couldn't think of anything else...
I'm excited to post that my friend Sarah has finally uploaded some of her amazing vintage finds onto her Etsy! Now there are even more beautiful clothes for me to covet and potentially pull out the darned credit card for. Sigh.
She asked me to model a few of the pieces over the weekend and here are the ones she's posted so far but look forward to loooots more. She's got quite the treasure trove!

A crazy printed poodle skirt cut from an old dress. C'mon. Too good.

I literally adoreddddd these shorts. They're the cutest summery colour, the waist can be adjusted with hidden buttons and they're just the right ratio of high waisted to longer length. Love 'em.

I'm almost gonna be late for work, so here is a little piece I'm finishing up for my friend Brooke's zine.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Angelika J. Trojnarski

Okay so I'll admit to having been a terrible poster as of late but I really owe it all to having been too preoccupied trying to come up with a strong concept for a design competition....
Thinking can be annoying.

Anyways. I came across these wonderful pieces by Angelika J. Trojnarski and was inspired by the way she collages images of 'imperfection' onto one another using machine stitches. I have always been drawn to the concept of flaws when it comes to design, I always enjoy a good frayed edge... For now I am content to stare at her work and be inspired for my mini-collection. The purposeful distressed element of these pieces could really lend itself well to clothing.