Saturday, October 27, 2007

Laura Ashley's archive collection provides original designs and prints from the 1970s to its customers. This strikes me an an idea that's ingenious, there are so many things that have been produced over the last century that people would like to see emerge in their original form rather than adapted for the current fashion climate and these clothes in particular have a prim and unique feeling that can't be created in any other form. Even if you're not interested in buying them the concept is work checking out on the information page because it's so interesting but I would I think there's something about these clothes that makes me want to purchase them. It's the combination of cut, colour and pattern that you can only find in vintage shops. In 2007 there's something undoubtedly hip about Laura Ashley's 70s dresses.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Liselotte Watkins is a fashion illustrator and has been working on the H&M Cavalli collection. You can see a selection of her illustrations on the Lundlund website. She has also worked with Miu Miu recently but apparently her clients have included The New Yorker, Vogue, Elle, Net-a-porter, Vagabond, MAC Cosmetics and Anna Sui. I recognise her illustrations from an Anna Sui advert or campaign though I can't recall how long ago I was exposed to them.

I always find it interesting to think about all of the people whose work we're exposed to that we wouldn't recognise. It's such a repetitive world. In fashion there's a constant feeling that there's always someone whose work you have seen but have never heard of.

In case you really like Liselotte's work there are some animations here that do work but might take a little time to load up.
There's quite an interesting piece on Tokyo Fashion and specifically the Tokyo Look Book on Style Bubble.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bella has owned these shoes for about 15 years. At first the most striking thing about them is the colour, emphasised by the gleam of the material but actually I think the shape, the round toe and that great rectangular heel draw me to these shoes more. If they were made of dull black plastic than I wouldn't like them very much so I suppose it's really the overall effect but the more I look at the heel the more I'm drawn to it.

Tall women who don't wear shoes with big heels often make the mistake of thinking that people choose them because they make them seem taller. Heels are about posture and the shape of your legs. In heels women seem more confident because they have to adjust their shoulders and hips to the height of the shoes, they have to compensate for the shift in the centre of gravity. It's a very good way to appear to be a different type of person, perhaps a little less shy than you actually are.

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Delhi based fashion designer has died after two months spent in hospital with burn injuries. Two men poured kerosene over Mona Suri in August but no one has been specifically identified. The Times of India has the story here.