I love mint I always have and there is something about pastels that just screams for spring to start. I could never personally pull off the Pink but I think with a contrast of Electric blue or black I could rock it. That peekaboo maxi skirt I am in love with. It's not a leg baring slit, it's not a skort, simply a combination of long and short hems that give a little show as you walk or sit cross legged looking over all sophisticated when matched with the right fluid fabric.
2. Sheer Oversized Sleeves
If you know me and my design work you know I love an over sized sleeve. This one of course instantly struck me as amazing. It makes me wish I had endless yardage of silk organza to play with.
3. Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012
Firstly, yes! true Haute Couture not the pret a porter that most people assume is Haute Couture. You can read my rant here.
Moving on, the attention to all the details, the elegant draping, this has got it all. There wasn't a single piece in the collection I wasn't floored by. I am also reminded by a quote from Valentino "I have never made a dress where the hem shows the ankle as you walk that is disgusting". If you haven't done so already you should take a closer look at each individual piece here.
4. Making Lace
Although I am not so keen on this design it has sparked a wonderful DIY lace idea in my head. I want to use satin stitch and free form sew some of my own patterns to an OOAK (one of a kind) lace for applique on my own pieces in the collection I am forming around Neurons.
5. Sketch applique mixed with heavy beading
I am in love with this contrast. The very sketch like light embroidery and applique matched with super heavy beading in coordinating colors. It looks light and airy but the feel is weighted. It reminds me of the Japanese squiggle coloring books turned adult
6. Striking Ombre
Yes Ombre has been around the block more then a few times but what struck me about these pieces is how potent the color is and stark. Not to mention the careful selection of which part to dye. Both of these pieces would of been just find on their own plain because there is enough detail going on with them to make them unique. Adding in the ombre was a gamble, it could of been viewed as overworked and trend following but the above two pieces hit the perfect pitch in my book. The first shows how ombre doesn't have to be just from one side to the other. The bow was the basis for the garment and letting it bleed out organically into the rest of the jacket is poetic. The dress/skirt on the right is a prim example of how you don't have to let the ombre take over the entire garment. It is super saturated and then quickly disperses to the stark white of the rest of the garment. This is just another example of how editing embellishments to any garment is key.
All the photos in this post were taken from various sources which I unfortunately didn't keep a great track of when I plopped them into Pinterest and Evernote (sorry)
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