Friday, 31 May 2013

Fashion Friday: White

White is my new favourite colour brought on by the current trend for head to toe white dressing. Its just so pure and the absolute statement of simplicity. White has always been a classic colour, take the timeless white shirt for example but this summer white has really taken a dramatic change. Its gone from a colour to be worn alongside other colours sometimes pushed to the back of the wardrobe to very much a statement colour. So I have a sharp eye for anything white at the moment. For this week's Fashion Friday I have collated some of this seasons white looks. Lace, Broderie Anglaise, unadorned, leather, silk, chiffon,  basically anything white goes. White is the new black and will definitely remain so in my wardrobe no matter how much the fashion  world is favouring it. Oh and just to put this at rest I don't really have any concern for looking washed out I just want to be encircled in white fabric.
 
Image from www.harpersbazaar.com
 


Above three images www.style.com
From the Rochas Spring 2013 collection


Above three images from www.style.com
From the Simone Rocha S/S 2013 collection
 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Paper diamond

I love diamonds. But I cannot afford the real thing so this is the next best option. When I was having my daily browse on Pinterest I came across some wonderful 3D paper diamonds and I found the tutorial here: http://www.minieco.co.uk/3d-paper-diamonds/. There is a downloadable template which you can print out and then cut out of your chosen paper to create the diamond. The origami like way of constructing the diamond means that brilliantly complicated looking facets are created. Actually the diamond is relatively simple, but I made the mistake of sticking the diamond together with double sided sticky tape and all the different facets started to pop apart. I then had to re-stick the diamond with PVA, although this did involve more sitting around and holding the diamond together while the glue dried. I want to make dozens the only downside is I can't actually turn them into diamond jewellery.



Sunday, 26 May 2013

Crochet flowers

In the last issue of Mollie Makes there was a camera cosy that had a really cute crochet flower on the front. I loved the flower because it was a bit different to any other crochet flower that I have seen before. I made these ones last night and I'm planning to make a few more maybe combined with some other styles of crochet flowers to sew together and make a cover for a small table.



 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Fashion Friday: Vionnet past and present

I became aware of designer Madeleine Vionnet's work when I bought a book about designers several months ago. Although she was designing many decades ago I feel many of her designs have a modern appeal. Vionnet's influence in fashion is still large today although I don't think she is known well enough as one of fashion's greatest designers. The appeal of her beautiful flowing dresses stems from her masterly bias cut which she so regularly used. The bias cut allowed the garments to fall in fluid lines around the body. Vionnet's whole aesthetic was focused around garments that flattered the body rather than constraining it. Chanel and Poiret are usually credited as the first designers to get rid of the corset but in fact we have Vionnet to thank for that. Vionnet's influence from Greek statues and art can clearly be seen in the garments below.
 
 

 
 




First image from www.hemlockvintage.com
All other images from http://www.vam.ac.uk/
 
It wasn't until I was looking for images for this post that I realised her fashion house is still running today but under the control of Goga Ashkenazi. The pared back feel continues with garments that are very much focused on excellent cut and sumptuous fabrics which fall in folds around the body. Personally, I think Ashkenazi has wonderfully continued the aesthetic of Vionnet's garments in the modern day. The images below are a selection of garments from recent collections.
 





 
 Above images from http://vionnet.com/

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Figure drawing practice

I've been wanting to improve my figure drawing so I have been looking on different websites and books to learn different techniques. Some involve drawing a series of horizontal lines and others start with a basic stick figure and build it up from there. I've been practicing different poses and techniques but I've still got a lot more drawing to do. I really want to perfect my technique so that I can draw figures quickly and in a variety of poses to then design clothes on. I have also started sketching faces. 
 




 

Monday, 20 May 2013

Knitted plait necklace

This necklace was inspired by the jewellery designer A Alicia who featured in Mollie Makes with the knitted necklaces which I wrote about the other day. I saw this idea for a knitted plait necklace when I was looking at her website (http://www.aalicia.bigcartel.com/) a few days ago. I made the necklace by knitting four French knitted cords to the same length and then plaiting them together to create a nice chunky statement necklace.


Friday, 17 May 2013

Fashion Friday: Prada for The Great Gatsby

Look at these gems I found on the Prada website. They are sketches of the costumes designed for Baz Luhrmann's new film The Great Gatsby. Now if I had to choose my favourite fashion decade it would have to be the 1920s with the 1960s in close second. I love the decadent but easy to wear garments of the 1920s.  I also find designers sketches so fascinating so for me the sketches are just as brilliant as the actual garments. I think the colours are beautiful and from the sketches you can tell the garments will look so flattering on the figure. So I've already decided the costumes are gorgeous, now I can't wait to see the film.
 





 
Images from www.prada.com

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Crochet scallop necklace

I made some scalloped crochet trim a while ago when I was experimenting with different crochet trims and it has been stashed away in my ribbons and trims box ever since. So the other day I decided to do something with it and using some thick embroidery cotton and a few beads I turned it into a necklace. I added blanket stitch around the inside edge and a few French knots and lazy daisy stitches in groups of three to embellish the necklace and I used a button and loop of wool to fasten the necklace. I also lined it underneath with white cotton because I hate to see the back with all the messy threads and knots.



Sunday, 12 May 2013

Knitted necklaces

In issue 26 of Mollie Makes there is a beautiful knitted necklace designed by jewellery brand A Alicia which I knew I had to make as soon as I turned the page (I love some of the other knitted necklaces on the A Alicia website as well http://www.aalicia.bigcartel.com/). I haven't done any knitting in ages so this gave me a good reason to pick up my needles again.  The necklace is made by French knitting but not with those confusing spools which I remember puzzling over when I was little. These necklaces use double pointed needles instead to create a sort of knitted cord which I found out is called an i-cord. I admit I did have to look at a tutorial on YouTube to get my head round it but once I had done that I was away. I made the blue one first and loved it so much I had to make another one in cream. They are the perfect excuse to show off your prettiest buttons as well, which is something I'm always keen to do.
 


 

Friday, 10 May 2013

Fashion Friday: Cacharel S/S 13

From my previous Fashion Friday posts you might be able to tell what catches my eye by now and this Cacharel collection certainly has. In fact the third image was the one which caught my eye when I was browsing spring/ summer trends on the Vogue website. I love the fresh blue colour that appears in so many of these garments and the dreamlike clouds of chiffon. Floral is my absolute favourite kind of print and I think the garments all have a laid back appeal whilst maintaining a sense of elegance. I'd jump at the chance to have any of these beautiful garments in my wardrobe, maybe someday...






 
Images from www.style.com