November 3, 2013
A while back I realised that despite having comparable incomes, my friends were all leading far more interesting lives. They used their incomes to DO things, to travel. Weekends away, road trips, going to the country, exciting holidays. That sort of thing. Turns out I had been so focused on clothes, booze and fags for so long it hadn’t occurred to me to go away once in a while. To inspire myself with something outside of London. So that’s what I did.
In this brave new world that is starting to look scarily like adulthood, I am as broke as, but I am now culturally enriched. I have visited many places (well, about seven places). I have seen things I had not seen before. I have eaten things I did not know exist. Like a Devonshire cream tea. I leave London. I surf! It feels great.
Admittedly, doing exciting things means I can’t afford to wear exciting things, but realistically I never could to begin with, and it’s probably (definitely) better that I don’t spend my disposable income on clothes that I probably (definitely) don’t need. Except for the Canada Goose jacket that’s definitely (probably) in my future, because, you know, going surfing in November is COLD. You know?…
As a designer and Instagram sap, I take pictures, because, you know, I’m never not working and all that. Here is some of what I have seen in the past few months. Feels like the right thing to post given my summer holiday from blogging!
May 24, 2013
Seeing as summer is refusing to come out to play, sweaters have been on my mind. Mostly the Givenchy ones. Givenchy everything most of the time, but particularly the sweaters from the Autumn Winter 13 collection. Bambi, shark skulls, flaming tamborines, pin up girls, fallen angels, fire paisley…Ricardo’s crew know how to mix print to make images that are playful, dark, sexy and oh-so-wearable. It’s grunge’s older, better dressed sister. A bit mischievous, a bit John Stezaker, a bit collegiate sweatshirt and a little bit record sleeve art. Perfect for weather that’s not quite cashmere cold, but not jacket only warm either. All donations gratefully received. A flaming tambourine for crying out loud!
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November 18, 2012
While I’ve been very bad at blogging for quite some time now I’ve been pretty productive elsewhere in my life. Here’s one of the moodboards I’ve been working from in the studio. Check, plaid, tartan. Whatever you wanna call it. It’s not newsworthy that grunge is back - even Look magazine is all over that shit. It is also arguable that plaid is not, in fact, back because it never really went away…it’s just more that it has been promoted…While print is having a maximal moment, a plaid is a simpler more minimal way of doing it. Loud without being fussy. This season’s plaids are in fresh new colours, as well as referencing classic 90′s styles. What I like about plaid for Spring Summer 2013 is the combinations of print and textures, á la Dries with the florals and the mettalics. Or Richard Chai Love with the washed out, painterly thing. And if all else fails, just throw on a mini kilt and matching jacket and look like a total Betty, as per Cher in Clueless. Way cool.
September 9, 2012
Dragons are the new tigers. If you don’t believe me, I refer you to Dries Van Noten’s AW12/13 collection. If you still don’t believe me, well, fine. But I’m telling you. Dragons rule.
July 24, 2012
I have a bit of a sick feeling in my stomach saying this. I think I love Cavalli now. I don’t know whether they changed or whether I changed but something has gone awry somewhere and now I can’t get enough. It has been creeping up on me for the past few seasons, pleated animals, awesome baroques, tropicals, more animals. And those baseball hats. If someone sees my good taste lying around will they drop it back to me please. Thanks.
Roberto Cavalli Resort 2013
Just Cavalli Resort 2013
All images via Style.com
March 13, 2012
Did I mention that I had a ticket for Basso & Brooke’s show and couldn’t go? GUTTED. Especially when I saw what I had missed up close and in detail. The guys have been championing print-clash forever, and right now the fashion world are seeing their way of looking at things. Building on SS12′s obsession with print-on-print, Fall’s offering collages the new graphic geometric. Think houndstooth beside waffle, diamond beside hexagon, squares beside stripes. It’s mostly mid-scale, so that it’s large enough to be seen, but small enough to show a decent amount of repeats – these prints want you to know that they are there. It’s monochromes, purples, blues and reds. It’s really interesting brocades and quilting, creating surface texture in neoprenes and lurex. It’s reminiscent of men’s scarves and questionable ’60′s interiors. It’s graphic, and loud, and definitely not for the faint hearted.
On another note, I have been making moodboards. Here’s one I made earlier.
February 26, 2012
One of the benefits of working in a design studio is the amazing design & reference books lying around. I found one about Morocco the other day and I feel like it’s SO NOW. Wha? Mozaic prints, trompe l’oile geometrics, arabesques. And the COLOUR. I could get all zeitgeisty on it and delve into why I think Islamic art is having a moment in Western culture, but then I would have to formulate abstract thoughts into sentences and really, you’re probably more interested in looking at pretty pictures.
It all just makes me want to go to Marrakesh and nosey about in a souk. Sigh. But in an AbFab way, not an annoying, Sex and the City 2 way. That film offended me on almost every level. Like made my skin crawl and eye hurt. But that’s for another day. Here is why I wanna go ‘splorin in Morocco. Someone take me please. Thanks.
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July 27, 2011
Backwards hat & sunglasses = cool, right??
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Pucci is not exactly the coolest brand in fashion. However, I really doubt that anyone in the house gives a monkeys, as cool was never their thing. Pucci is luxury, Pucci is glamour and opulence. Historically, the Pucci woman was draped on a yacht, or a rocky beach in Marrakesh, or some other fantastic location, swathed in metres of printed silk. While I am most certainly not a Pucci woman, I have always had a soft spot for the brand’s vibrant prints, their colour interaction and the seemingly simple swirly doodles (yes that is the technical term) that make up the designs.
The reason I mention this is that I was particularly taken by Peter Dundas’ Resort 2012 collection for the brand. While staying true to Emilio’s vision, Dundas has for the last number of seasons been sharpening the Pucci look, updating it for a modern audience. The traditional Pucci has been given a modern palette, a bit more negative space and a tweak on scale, and looks great.
Pucci Resort 2012
There is something sort of ethnic and tribal about Pucci prints, despite their kaleidoscopic colour palettes. There is also something Kandinsky-esque about them – a colourful collection of abstracted shapes put together to create maximum impact – and while I am not sure that Emilio was so cracked on synaesthesia, there is certainly an echo of cacophony in his work. Dundas has simplified the colour schemes, but with similarly maximum impact, reworking classic prints and creating fresh ones.
Pucci Resort 2012
Pucci Resort 2012
But woman cannot live on print alone, and thus Dundas has cleverly designed sharply cut block colour separates worthy of Anna Dello Russo herself. Can’t you just see her in them?
Pucci Resort 2012
Pucci Resort 2012
all images via style.com
June 24, 2011
I should have done this first, really, what with me being in textiles and stuff. But I’m doing it now. So enjoy. Here are my favs (in no particular order) from Textiles this year, across embroidery, weave and print.
ME! aka Jane Alexandra
I’m so proud of all the ladies from Textile Design, the show was amazing. I have been very lucky to be part of a really amazing class, and I wish everyone the best of luck in the future, but with work like theirs, luck will have very little to do with their success! xxx
June 20, 2011
Today’s challenge of “an outfit you wish you had” ties nicely in with my desire to share my thoughts on the Resort 2012 collections. I really enjoyed looking through all the collections, as I felt like recently despite being totally immersed in the creation of fashion things, that I was totally divorced from what was going on outside my little bubble. So, since I last checked, I realise that I have developed a penchant for massive trousers, and more print than usual. I still like shirts, although I could have told you anyway, seeing as I bought three of them the other day…So here are the outfits I wish I had from the latest collections…
3.1 Philip Lim Resort 2012
Alexander Wang Resort 2012
Celine Resort 2012
Celine Resort 2012
Chloe Resort 2012
Erdem Resort 2012
Givenchy Resort 2012
Jason Wu Resort 2012
J Mendel Resort 2012
Jonathan Saunders Resort 2012
Preen Resort 2012
Proenza Schouler Resort 2012
It’s quite a varied selection, granted, but I think the overall feel is a sort of relaxed glamour, luxe sportswear, classic shapes with a twist. I am continuing my love affair with shirts in all variations. Leather and print feature heavily in my favourites, although I don’t think it’s indicative of the general mood of the season, but rather my own preferences. If I was severely loaded…I think I’ll play the lotto tomorrow…
PS Full review of the NCAD Grad Show to follow, either this eve or tomorrow.
PPS This is where I got the post title from, they have disabled embedding, but click the link it’s fierce funny!
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