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
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
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
Thursday, March 25, 2010
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
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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
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
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.