Constantly finding inspiration in the details. The simple braid, the lace overlay. That little something extra that demands a second glance. I just blew through the first two seasons of Vikings, so that might have something to do with my recent braid obsession too.
I was able to see the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre perform Swan Lake in Dallas last night. It was my first time seeing Swan Lake and it was absolutely magical. My amazing mother took the train up to Dallas and entertained me by walking all over downtown for food and photos before the show. It was the perfect night and I’m thankful for a mom who loves and enjoys the ballet as much as I do. You’re the best, mom.
These pieces are from the AW ’14 line by designer Phoebe English. Maybe I’m a bit late to the game on this one, but how can you not immediately fall in love with her designs? The structure, the sheer fabric, the layers. It’s all so good. These are the types of pieces that inspire me in every way, where structure and medium are given top priority in the construction of the garment.
Phoebe English, I love you.
In other news, us Texans are going through a bit of a crisis today as we woke up to a minor blizzard sweeping it’s way across our land. Highways were shut down, cars were stranded, and my brother actually had to go out and help rescue people from ditches because there weren’t enough emergency personnel available. We don’t know how to winter very well down here. I’m sure I’m in the minority when I say that I love snow, just as long as I’m not stuck on the highway with it.
I am currently laying in my bed watching Harry Potter, in case you were curious about what type of shenanigans I am up to on this fine Sunday afternoon. I came across these photos of Doan Nguyen’s RMIT graduation collection recently and found her work to be just incredible. “Descended” was meant to capture the motion of falling through the use of unorthodox materials and cutting technique (see: polyurethane foam injections). It reminded me of a few of the weavings I have seen floating around the internet by a some very talented artists. Although this isn’t something you would wear out on a typical Friday night, it is quite the dreamy piece of work. You can see more of Doan’s work and read a full interview she did with Pitch Present here.
Well, hello there. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I recently started a new job, my sister had a baby, and I participated in a pop-up shop for Woolgather! It’s been crazy around here, but in all of the good ways. In my down time I’ve been gawking over the new Parc Boutique lookbook. Isn’t it amazing? I have such an admiration for PB and everything they release is so carefully thought out and designed. Not to mention, they team up on some pretty incredible artist collaborations. I’m thinking one of these days I am going to need to trek up to Minneapolis because that place is just thriving with creativity.
I was browsing through Pinterest the other day and happened across some photos that completely blew my mind, and upon further investigation was able to discover the genius behind the work.These portraits are from the Mono/Ha photo series by HART + LESHKINA, a New York based image making team. Seriously, every single photo concept is incredible and impresses me equally as much as the one before it. Go check them out.
I woke up at noon today thinking it was nine in the morning and promptly ran downstairs just to discover that the only coffee we have in the entire house is decaf. So, I am currently drinking decaf coffee attempting to get some work done around here. However, I was briefly distracted by these beautiful creations from Irish Art-Fashion House, We Are Islanders. These photos may be from 2013, but they do not fail to demonstrate how extremely talented the brand is. They create trans-seasonal collections using only sustainable materials, refusing to allow for any compromise on style or quality. The designers showcased this video, demonstrating how they used tidal water on the Dublin coastline to dye their garments. I am continuously amazed and excited to come across these sorts of designers who are challenging the norm, working with sustainable materials, and creating such beautiful pieces.
“With our imagination reversed to the past we move forward into the future.”
I am all about the Orphan Bird aesthetic. I mean, just look at these photos from their SS14 collection. They design according to timeless tailoring and against the trends that fast fashion so loves to follow. Each of their pieces is created in Europe in limited quantities in order to ensure high value and quality. Not to mention, they draw much of their inspiration from their respective cultures (Italian & Swedish) which explains their completely unique and magical designs.
In other news, summer is almost over and I don’t know when that happened. I love the fall/winter season, but summer was just starting to grow on me and now it’s almost gone. I feel like I need to squeeze in about ten more trips to the beach in order to feel okay with that. I’ve been working my little behind off on some wall hangings and hope to post an update on that in the next week or so. There’s some pretty exciting news that will accompany that post so stay tuuuuned!
Agata Bielen graduated from the Fine Academy of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Architecture and Design in Poznan, Poland. Her first jewelry pieces began as a school project in 2010, but quickly resulted in a debut exhibition at YES Gallery. Her pieces feature beautiful, raw, and geometric designs, inspired by the straight line-the basic unit of geometry. I love how elegant and simple her jewelry is, not to mention the incredibly stunning photos that accompany each collection. Those cube bracelets? Man, oh man.
We all wear them, so why be shy about it? I love beautiful lingerie even if all that happens to it is being worn under cutoff shorts and a t-shirt. I am the ultimate fan of unlined brassieres, and as a lady who isn’t lacking up there, I always get really upset when I can’t find a bra in my size. Of course, I could always go to Victoria Secret, but even they don’t carry unlined bras around the clock. They are “special edition.” So instead I spend my time browsing the net drooling over lovely lingerie brands and withholding from clicking “checkout” on that $250 black lace bra that I found.
I’ve really been loving the white blonde look recently. I got my hair done a few days ago and we lightened it up quite a bit with some ombre, but I’m thinking I may want to take the plunge and just go for all over blonde. Now that my hair is longer it seems like a fun and exciting change to make. We shall see!