Sunday, 28 September 2008

Wearable

What does the word "wearable" mean to you? To me, when I see it on a fashion show review or collection press release it spells out B-O-R-I-N-G. Obviously I realise this is a hugely biased opinion but I think it is justified from my position as a fashion show consumer. Since I am never actually going to buy the clothes, either on behalf of a store or for myself, wearability matters very little. If I wanted something to actually wear I would go to the high street, a charity shop or ebay.

What I do need catwalk shows for, in my fashion cycle, is inspiration, pure and simple. They remain the ideal way to consume a designer's vision for that season. This doesn't mean that I am not interested in any of the shows that has to make sacrifices to the twin gods of buy- and wearability - I think Christopher Kane, Chanel, Prada, Miu Miu, Lanvin, Balenciaga (there are OBV more...) all manage to keep producing new and exciting collections without disregarding the desires of the majority. Their ideas are not diluted by the financial demands made upon them, which I am certain will prove to be a crucial discriminator between successful and unsuccessful designers as economic disaster appears to loom.

(This post was fuelled by reading Style.com's review of the Dsquared S/S 09 show - "one of their most wearable collections in seasons". I sat for a good few minutes trying to work out whether this was a positive or a negative comment. I am still unsure...)

Friday, 26 September 2008

Bib

Here are some things I have been trying to fashion(ho ho) with my very own hands from before and after my 2 week holiday.
Number one is a bib which aims to look like a sort of sleeveless tuxedo shirt to wear under a waistcoat. A little bit Miu Miu S/S 08, I thought of this after seeing the white shirt cuffs and thinking about how to make them (which I haven't ruled out trying completely!). Surreal circus tuxedo is the look I'm going for! (When will I tire of it? Also wandered past Topshop window - they are clearly not giving up on it either...)

First I made a paper pattern of the shape it would be:



Pinned it to the material:



Cut it out, and some strips that I frayed the edges of to look textured and layery - I wanted it to be as 3-d as possible. Then, dusting off my sewing machine, it was just a matter of sewing around the shape (I wanted to leave the edges raw which made it even easier!)


And then sewed straight down the frayed strips, which needed even more fraying to volumise even more!



I've tried it on with various outfits - but I got scared it was looking a bit too girls aloud, overpolished high street, so I made a black bow tie to go with it which LITERALLY took me about two and a half minutes - two rectangles of fabric, a few stitches, some pink ribbon, and hey presto! I think I will be repeating this method since bows are a crucial part of my circus tuxedo winter theme...



I think my textiles teacher would be ever so proud of my efforts...

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Junk

Is it just me or do we all have a plethora of mangy chains, rings, unpaired earrings, charms and whatnot lying around waiting to be played with? Perhaps it's just my magpie tendencies...
Anyway I always found myself irritated to the point of blind rage at Urban Outfitters' audacity in selling off some bits of junk on a chain for 20 quid (even though I secretly couldn't be bothered to do it myself, ah UO, you know us so well!). But why must we stop at our jewellery junk, why can't I have all sorts of unused items on my neck?
Queen Marie's got a tea set around her neck, ruffs seem to be making a comeback, Givenchy's mad for millions of chains this season, surely I can come up with something entertainingly endearing around my neck?
Pray to god I don't end up with a pin-pierced doll's head on some string! Though my 14-year old grunge self would love it, my 20 year old self will be dying inside

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Circus

It's always a bit sad when the seasons move on and you realise you haven't really made the most of all the opportunities it had to offer. I absolutely adored Miu Miu SS08 and yet somehow didn't manage to get my head around buying into it/DIYing some crazy ankle cuffs.



Yet now, on the brink of the new season, I still seem to be seduced by the same images of the dapper harlequin circus girl. Fashion156 does not seem to have given up on this idea yet, either, as seen in their August issue:



I also picked up a fantastic mag called METAL in the Contemporary Art Museum in Barcelona, and, although this issue was intended to last June, July and August, also has some beautiful harlequin images that make me want to run away and join the circus!





Hopefully I can find something amongst this season's bunch to inspire me as much, or who knows maybe I'll commit that cardinal fashion sin and wear something "SOOOOO last season"...