Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Now I'm obsessed with orange- pure, bright vermillion-through-to-salmon-orange! I thought it was because I was drawn to an orange Russian-style babushka scarf 2 weeks ago, or did it start with a sweater back in february...but it turns out it's just THE colour this spring, and I'm merely susceptible...very susceptible. Here we have Hilary Swank, Barbie, Moulinette Soeurs, and well, I can't think of how that Pantone 021 seems to surround me these days...
Monday, March 15, 2010
I was at a used bookstore last week, browsing through the stacked books. Somehow it always seems more fruitful to search through a pile of books than browse a tidy shelf. I'm more likely to be tempted by something first encountered face-up than spined. I came across an old paper something- looked like an invitation maybe- in textured taupe paper. On the cover, a silver sticker was printed with 'Molyneux 1931-1932' - I realized it was the order catalogue from a Paris fashion show, with categories for morning gowns, and tea dresses. A penciled note next to robe d'apres-midi #46b reads 'volants' or ruffles. Molyneux was a fashion house, pretty-much at it's height in this period, known for sleek silk column dresses worn by several actresses and the fashionable set.
I later learned all this from the internet.
These dresses are all from seasons 1931-19333, and the final image is actress Gertrude Lawrence in the play Private Lives 1931.
I also picked up a nice old copy of Alber's colour theory. Maybe more on that later.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
So, along with green dresses, bows, blouses and soviet memorabilia, I loves stripes. Almost exclusively black and white stripes. It's sort of the culmination of a pattern fascination that ranges between subtle shadow plaids and masses of black and white op patterns. I recently came across a striped summer dress for sale online, one that I craved from Valerie Dumaine's 2008 spring collection. Um, so now I have it. Lovely silk and cotton blend. sigh...
If only I could one day capture the ultimate stripe AND op print dress, from Mulberry Spring 2009... want.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Okay, so no posts for some time since a: I've been watching the Olympics for the last 2 weeks whilst lying on the couch, feeling any last semblance of muscle tone melt into the cushions and b: there is very little in the way of inspiring fashion to be, er, inspired by.
However I am now firmly obsessed with the idea of finding a way to attend the next winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia! a: I love, love, love the winter Olympics and b: I love, love, love Russia and c: ladies ski jumping being introduced as a new medal event...oh, and d: Evgeni Plushenko...