Dear reader, I’m taking a tiny break (just this week) to zone out from the usual stuff. However, I do not want to leave you with a dry spot in this space either. So, today’s post is pure fashion eye-candy with a little bit of sewing nerdiness thrown in. Go ahead, enlarge the images and revel in the details. Most images are screen grabs from my phone and I have not cropped away the credits so you can see them.
The Black and White Aesthetic:
The header of this blog post shows a detail of the breton-morphing-into-feathered-skirt look by Gaultier.
The two images below are from Conde Nast Archives as posted on the Vogue Runway website: Jean Paul Gaultier’s amazing collection from the 90s.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to Pakistan, wearing a Pakistani outfit from the Pakistani design house called Elan (that is what the caption says). Stunning!
House of Dior in the next two images: Even if you skim the other pictures, look closely at the curved bodice lines dress. Do you see the faggoting stitches that join the pieces? Definitely a fitting and dart manipulation exercise for a good bodice fit. Wow. Same with the harlequin outfit.
Valentino: It’s applique on tulle or organza. If you’ve appliqued on a quilt or children’s clothing, you can do this. Maybe try it out on a sleeve hem before committing to a larger, fancier project? Organza would be easier to applique on than tulle, though. Look closely; is that a braid sewn onto the edges of the applique?
Maison Rabih Kayrouz: I admire innovative garment design which is also wearable. This one has an attractive nautical-rope touch to it. Something tells me you can pull the cords to bring it closer to the body. The general look can be considered nautical or “primitive” – whichever way you want to look at it.
Light and Bright Color Aesthetic:
Ralph and Russo: Feathers as embellishment have been a go-to for many design houses; have you tried it? Instructions are easy if you have Ellen Miller’s Embellishment book.
And then there’s Gucci, always edgy. There’s interesting use of pleated fabric but gives off Issey Miyake vibes. Come on, Gucci, do something no one’s seen before (sounding like a Project Runway judge). I do really like the multi-hued feathery piece.
Not withstanding the coronavirus causing problems for fashion houses (like the rest of us), the Vogue Runway website is an amazing source of inspiration.
Be safe and healthy, friends. I am a mask wearer outside the house. Let’s save each other.