Kirsty Ward sure knows how to make a statement. I fell in love with her oversized statement necklaces last year, and now her simple structured clothing for her Fall/Winter 2012/13 collection has caught my eye. In an understated palette of grey, black, white and hints of green, her graphic silhouettes are sculptural and timeless. Using close up images of her jewelry to create her first signature print was a novel idea that turned out beautifully.
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This hot New York City summer made me realize that I don’t own enough easy to throw on, breathable cotton clothing. So I’ve decided to dive into my archive of vintage fabrics and start designing. Most of my fabrics were given to me by my Aunt Bert, so there is no rhyme or reason to this arsenal of mismatched yardage. Lucky for me the fabrics are mostly cotton, but unlikely for my wardrobe, they are in some brightly colored prints! Print mixing is a big trend for Resort 2013 so I tried to make it work for my wardrobe by following these 3 key rules…
1. Keep it in the family, the same color family that is. Choose prints that have similar colors, but different composition.
2. Mix different scales. Choose one print that has a smaller and tighter scale and one that is larger and more open.
3. Keep the shapes simple. When mixing prints, in one garment or one look, keep the silhouettes basic. Let the prints do the talking.
For this simple structured top I chose a no-print print for the body and matched it with a lighter grounded, larger scale print that carries the same colors. By keeping the silhouette boxy and basic, the prints create a graphic statement on their own.
Other great examples of print mixing using the key rules…
(peter som. kenzo. resort 2013. harpers bazaar street style.)
Today I am proud to wear a “Not Photoshopped” t-shirt to help support Feel More Better spread encouraging words to women everywhere. In an effort to take the message further, they created the Media and Public Health Act which aims to pass federal legislation requiring advertising and editorial that meaningfully change the human form through photoshopping or airbrushing to carry “Truth in Advertising” labels.
As a designer in the fashion industry, it is easy to become jaded about body image, and what’s considered beautiful. I think having your own style is the ultimate in beauty. I wore my tee with some of my designs- a floral skirt that I made from vintage floral fabric and a necklace made from reclaimed trims and chains. If you want to spread the message “Not Photoshopped” then leave a comment of encouraging words for a chance to win a tee just like the one I’m wearing here… The winner will be announced on July 17th*
*please note, the t-shirt is size small. please leave your email address with your comment so I can contact the winner
MSGM is a new-found love! The Pre-Fall 2012 collection is full of my favorite things… textures, graphic color blocking and uber-fem detailing. The styling is the perfect mix of edgy and classic. For more eye candy, the rest of the Pre-Fall 2012 collection is quite colorful. These looks are my favorite… of course, mostly neutral in color but not lacking in interest.
Happy fourth of July!! Today I took to my rooftop to take a few photos of my independence day look! Enjoy your day!
ray-ban sunglasses. leah singh necklace. vintage striped top. vintage jacket. vintage floral clutch. kimichi blue lace tank (worn under). jbrand jeans. moschino heels. quarry ring on middle finger. vintage ring on ring finger. michael kors watch.
The dot is a classic motif, both in fashion and interiors. I love the spaced out dot print in the Creatures of Comfort Fall 2012 collection. The large space between dots makes it more modern and less traditional. The circular painting and the close up photo of a spotted horse’s back make beautifully simple artwork that will never get old.
(interior images via Design Sponge)
On this frigid Monday morning, it is nice to see a Spring lookbook full of warmth and eye-catching ensembles. Sass and Bide created a whimsical playground in the forest to showcase their Spring 2012 collection, there is no other place I would rather be right now.
(images via Electric sekki)