Sunday, July 12, 2015

Flowers Alight

Carolina Herrera's Spring collection uses florals, but with non-traditional techniques. Rather than simply referencing classic flowers for the season, the designer utilized photo-quality techniques on the fabric and seemed to reference the modern art of James Turrell.

Turrell is known for his work using light and space as a language to drive interaction with viewers. Herrerra clearly employed this same language. She intertwined natural motifs with a treatment of colors that seems to be inspired by the behavior of light. 
What is interesting about light is that it is natural, but can also be produced using technology. In a similar way, this collection shows how the natural motif of flowers can be created using technology-driven printing techniques. 
Even though light cannot be touched or held, in certain spaces it takes on a 3D quality. Given the right treatment through draping, Herrerra proves that two dimensional fabric is the same way. 

A Mermaid's Tale

From pirates in classic black and white, to mermaids mirroring the cool blue tones of the ocean, the Rodarte Spring 2015 collection is like a high fashion version of Pirate's of the Caribbean. 

An off the shoulder sweater layered with a sheer top instantly brings to mind the classic pirate shirt.

 As the black and white make way for shades of blue and green, you can't help but imagine the mermaids and sirens that beckoned the pirates to enter the cool ocean waves. 

"The Little Mermaid" by Edvard Erickson in Denmark

Using textures and colors, the sisters of Rodarte beautifully construct wearable art inspired by the sea and its tide pools. 
The collection is the perfect antidote to a hot summer day. I'm ready to dive in to the world of mermaids, are you?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Queen of Style

At the helm of the Alexander McQueen fashion house, Sarah Burton continues to prove she is fashion royalty with collections like the one she created for Fall 2013.
The designer admittedly used religious imagery from the Catholic church, but what I find interesting are her references to Elizabethan style.

The style of the garments themselves reveal Elizabethan qualities: high necklines with the ruff collar, quilting and over the top ornamentation with beading.
The Elizabethan era references continue with corset belting and voluminous sleeves.  

Though long past, Queen Elizabeth's reign over style remains evident; a beauty and strength that can't be forgotten.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

American Paradise

As John Mayer's latest album Paradise Valley stays on repeat in my car, I can't help but think of the spirit of Americana.
With songs inspired by the Midwest, the music makes me imagine wide open spaces, cool mountain breezes, the smell of fresh pine and the style of Ralph Lauren.
Listening to Wildfire as the last rays of summer fade, you can dress the part in fringe, leather and lace as seen in Ralph Lauren's Spring 2011 collection.

As the temperatures drop, transition your wardrobe as easily as a paper doll from the lightness of lace to the warm cocoon of plaids and Native-American inspired layers like those seen in the Fall 2008 Ralph Lauren collection.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Tale of Fashion Magic

From the pages of children's books to the pages of fashion's favorite magazine, Roald Dahl's stories came to life in Vogue UK.
 Shot by Tim Walker in 2008, the editorial called on artistic greats like Tim Burton and models who included Karen Elson to add color and character to each shot.

 Just as Roald Dahl stated, "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." So open your eyes and find a little magic...


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hello Fall

Summer may be fading into fall, but that doesn't mean that we have to say goodbye to color.

 Kate Spade certainly kept in line with the motto, "Live life colorfully" for the Fall 2013 collection. Hot pink, red and yellow boldly says hello to onlookers with a dash of sparkles, polka dots and leopard prints.

And I couldn't agree more, why lose color just because the season is changing when it can be a little cheeky and add a smile to your face? So go ahead, live life colorfully.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Color Story in White

Clean. Simple. Feminine. Chic. All these words describe the newest color obsession for designers...white. Many Spring 2011 collections opted for the neutrality of white that is anything but boring.

There was never a dull moment as Sarah Burton embraced white for her Spring Alexander McQueen collection. A naturalism meshed with Edwardian flair gave the collection a feminine level of drama.

Western luxe shines brightly at Ralph Lauren.

The basic foundation of white glows with metallic accents.

Texture adds further interest with lace, crotchet and embroidery-like detailing.

Clean minimalism is GAP's signature style, and it still holds true with pieces in white and tan.

Like GAP, Chloe embraced a minimalist style in her collection but also added a touch of romanticism with historically influenced lines. Silhouettes range from the full skirted dress, to body-conscious draping that is reminiscent of ballet dancers (with the added touch of slippers).

The clean minimalism of this outfit is enhanced with a pop of red ballet slippers.

This summer, with the help of collections like these, tell your story in shades of white.

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