Monday, July 26, 2010

Save the Date | Printsource

Next week marks the opening of Printsource's August show which will feature the new collections of print studios from around the globe. Register online or at the door.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Josef Frank

Last week, you might have noticed some colorful, whimsical designs on Google's homepage. It was a tribute to the 125th birthday of Josef Frank (he died in 1967.) Frank left an incredible legacy to architecture, glassware, lighting, metalwork, and textile design--he moved fluidly and freely between these mediums and founded the Vienna School of Architecture with Oskar Strnad. He produced over 200 textile patterns between 1909 and 1950, and his aesthetic stood out among the minimalist Bauhaus designs of the time. "Every human needs a certain degree of sentimentality to feel free," Frank said... "Away with the universal styles, away with the equalization of industry and art."

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Structural Trompe L'oeil

Anne Marie Skjoldager is a Danish-born designers who has interned with Bernhard Willhelm and John Galliano, and is currently finishing her schooling in Paris. We found these 3-D trompe l'oeil designs interesting for their architectural qualities, and though these look more conceptual than practical, something about the sillouettes feels very wearable.

Monday, July 19, 2010

AW10 Couture | Ink Spills

Dior Couture x 3

The Haute Couture shows are over but the visually stunning creations of Galliano for Dior are everlasting. The inky interpretations inspired by the petals of flowers leave a stain on our minds.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Art: Guerra de la Paz

Miami artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz create sculptures out of their own discarded clothes and thrift store finds. The resulting bodies, nests and colorful piles allude to the people that previously wore the clothing, and to the collective mound of discarded clothing that continues to build up mass in the world.

Monday, July 12, 2010

AW10 Couture | Firestarter

Elie Saab

Taking inspiration from the Venetian Opera House, La Fenice, which burnt to the ground on numerous occasions, Elie Saab's couture collection showcased large scale flame prints. The references to burning embers, along with the rich amber palette, create a dramatic effect. If Drew Barrymore's character in Firestarter was to grow up, we might just find her wearing one of these.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Menswear SS11 | Attack of the Suits

Etro, Kenzo x 2

Lanvin, Issey Miyake, Versace

Yohji Yamamoto, Lanvin, Givenchy

The menswear collections have left us with an amazing assortment of suits. Choose from a variety of textures and patterns including scenics, animal prints, florals, geometrics and more.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SS11 + Resort | Scenics

Akris, Miharayasuhiro x 2, Akris, photo: Castricum

If you can't take a holiday next Summer, put on a romantic sunset print or a harbor image and dream away. Look for scenic prints appearing on both menswear and womenswear next Spring and Summer covering all aspects of the earth from land to sea.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Spring 11 Menswear: Checks and Plaids

Issey Miyake x 3, Missoni, Comme des Garcons, Walter Van Beirendonck, Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake

Typical of menswear, tons of plaids and checks re-appear this season but with some interesting twists. Issey Miyake explores the classic plaid with hand painting and transparency, creating a softer look. Comme des Garcons takes a hard edge, framing black and white checkered tees with red striped jackets, and interspersing checks with skulls.

Menswear SS11 | Conversationals

Issey Miyake, Thom Browne, John Galliano, Issey Miyake

Influenced by the Summer pastime of fishing, aquatic creatures appear in all shapes and sizes on menswear next Spring. Every moment of the day is covered. Go from a trout robe at Galliano in the morning to a casual day look at Issey Miyake, followed by a dapper button up suit from Thom Browne for night attire.