Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Macrame


I still remember the Macrame Owls we had as a kid. Designers this Spring season opted for a more sophisticated approach to this craft. From left to right.....Alberta Ferretti, Gucci and DVF




Tuesday, September 29, 2009

To Dye For


This isn't your Hippie Head Shop dye job. Designers showed some updated looks based on the ancient art of tie dye. Left to right.......Tory Burch, Proenza Schouler, and Blumarine. Makes me want to go out and buy some Rit dye.



Vintage Vera Scarf

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Under the Influence


The Paul Smith show for Spring 2010 was influenced by the book "Gentlemen of Bakongo" by Daniele Tagamani. The 1st look off the Runway looked like it walked right off the cover of the book. You can't go wrong with a Pink Suit and Red Bowler Hat. The book captures the culture of Congolese Dandies called "sapeurs." This look started back in the 20's and 30's when affluent Congolese would travel to Europe and bring back new wardrobes fit for a king. Nowadays the "sapeurs" do not come from money. They can save up all year working multiple jobs just for
one outfit with pedigree. They look damn good though. Paul Smith also mixed in a bit of traditional dress as well. The 1st photo below is a current picture of some "sapeurs" although they look of another era. The 2nd picture below is by Malick Sidibe a Malian photographer know for his b+w photos of 60's popular culture in Bamako Mali. Mali is kinda far from the Congo, but this photos reminded me of some of the looks from the show. Not sure where the tattered photo is from, but love the mixture of prints.





Friday, September 25, 2009

Surf's Up


A few designers took a bit of inspiration from the surf scene. Hipsters in NYC have been riding track bikes for awhile now, so I guess it is time for something new. Surfing has gained some popularity in New York recently. Mollusk Surf Shop opened an outpost in Brooklyn in 2007. Saturdays Surf just opened up on Crosby St the beginning of this month. In addition, The Surf Lodge, a boutique hotel catering to the Urban Surfer opened in Montauk this past Spring. Above are looks from the Proenza Schouler and Unique from Top Shop. Below are some vintage surf shorts from Rusty Zipper.





Thursday, September 24, 2009

Animal Planet


Animal prints keep on going with more of an abstract feel this Spring 2010. Here are some looks from Herve Leger by Max Azria, Nanette Lepore and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Below find some versions from the 60's, 70's and 80's.




Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Connect the Dots


Dots were in full force on the Spring Runways from Josh Goot to Chris Benz and Marc by Marc Jacobs.





Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Inside Out


Lingerie looks were all over the Spring runways from Marc Jacobs to Antonio Berardi to Phi. Luckily we do not have to wear corsets everyday as in years past. I can't even imagine......I can't breathe even thinking about it.




Monday, September 21, 2009

The Big Top


Temperly London and Anna Sui took some of their inspiration from under the Big Top for their Spring 2010 shows. I guess we could all use a little escape into another world these days.




Friday, September 18, 2009

Football


As football season starts up designers Alexander Wang and Alexandre Herchcovitch show collections inspired by the sport. Below are a few old school images to check out.





Thursday, September 17, 2009

Egyptian


DVF and Ohne Titel both took inspiration from ancient Egypt for their Spring 2010 collections. Here is some more Egyptian inspiration from some pictures I snapped at the MET when we were in NYC this past January. So many great colors and patterns on the little shards of pottery and whatnot.



Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rorschach


The Spring shows are in full force. A few Rorschach inspired prints popped up at Brian Reyes and Charlotte Ronson. Here are a few vintage tests as well to check out. What do you see?



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Camping


We were back to work today after our camping trip. We hit a few antique stores today and snapped a few pictures of old school camping accoutrements. Lots of great patterns, how cool is the wool striped canteen. Wish we had that this weekend.