Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Egyptian Envy


I am seriously coveting these ancient Egyptian necklaces. I wish I could pick one up but I am sure they are way outside my price range. I might need to get to work stringing some beads and hammering some metal.




Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Drape


The Draping Trend continues on the Fall 2010/11 Runways. Below are some images from the quintessential drapers......the ancient Greeks. The images above are from style.com, can't remember which designers and the below are from the New York Public Library image collection.




Monday, March 29, 2010

Buff and Hensman


Hope everyone had a good weekend! Yesterday we went on a Buff and Hensman architecture tour in Pasadena. The tour spanned their long careers as well as their partners, Smith and Straub. The houses ranged in age from 1954 - 1999. Our favorite by far was the Thompson Mosely House 1959, which is pictured above and directly below. Unfortunately we were not permitted to take pictures and these are the only pictures I could find. The current owners did an amazing job restoring and renovating it. They changed a few things up from the original design, but it all blended seamlessly with the original. The siting of the house as well as the landscape was amazing. It felt so private. We did not want to leave. The last house below is the Norton House 1954. The location of this was quite impressive as well. It is nestled down a hill with a stream that waterfalls down the side of the property. Who in LA area can say they have an actual stream next to their house?! This house is quite original and you can definitely see the influence of Frank Llyod Wright in the details. You can check out more of their work at their website.



Friday, March 26, 2010

Winter Wonderland


Spring just started but on the Fall D&G Runway, a winter wonderland prevailed. The ski sweater was front and center. Below are a few pieces from our collection.




Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cowichan


Looks like designers took some inspiration from the "Dude" for Fall. Cowichan looking patterns graced sweaters at Proenza Schouler, Max Mara, Top Shop's Unique and the fellows over at Rag and Bone. Below is the "Dude" of course, some dapper looking military man with a lone sweater wearer and a vintage image of a Cowichan that I think I found on Ebay.




Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Afghans


Twenty Eight Twelve along with Missoni drew inspiration from grandma's crocheted afghan. Below are some vintage images I found while perusing the web.




Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Patchwork


Patchwork showed up on the Fall Runways of Louise Goldin, Balenciaga, Missoni and Kenzo. Louise Goldin took a literal approach while Nicolas Ghesquiere patchworked together graphics from art exhibitions. Missoni looks like it took some inspiration from crazy quilts and Kenzo was all about pattern mixing. Below are some quilts made from antique sari's from the Sundance website. I did not even know they had a website/store. Some interesting things there including these quilts.




Monday, March 22, 2010

Time Travel


Some designers travelled through time for their Fall Collections. Alexander McQueen (R.I.P) and Andrew Gn went back centuries. McQueen drew inspiration from the Medieval period and Andrew Gn from the Rococo. Both incorporated gilded looks. Below are some images from the New York Public Library image collection. The 1st 2 are from the 1500's and the last 2 are German Rococo designs.





Friday, March 19, 2010

Deco


Art Deco prints were seen on the Fall Runways. Holly Fulton took her inspiration from the architecture of that time while Marni focused on furnishing fabrics looks. Can't remember who designed the last image but it kinda reminds me of paintings by Sonia Delaunay. Below are deco prints from the V and A Collection. The last image is of the lobby of the Chrysler Building.

Pierre Chareau 1920's

Robert Bonfils 1931

H.J. Bull 1934

Lobby of Chrysler Building

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Corsets


The inner-wear as outerwear trend continues on the FW 2010/11 Runways, with the corset as the key component. Check out Joan Collins below as well as some examples from the 50's.






Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Back to the Shows - More Lace


Lace continues to be important trend on the Runways with a substantial presence for FW 2010/11. Below is a dress from the 50's and some lace pieces from the 1800's.




Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The School Arts


Found this magazine at the Rosebowl on Sunday. The front cover color combo is genius! The image at the bottom says it is crayon on canvas. How cool does that look. I think I might just break out the crayolas and go to town.