I thought dots had all but disappeared from the fashion scene, but now they're back with a boom!
I love Chris Benz's peek-a-boo circus-coloured dots, Peter Som's the-way-your-mama-would-have-worn-it 1950's polka dots, Marc by Marc Jacobs' big and bold dots, 3.1 Philip Lim's dots within dots on metallic combined with geometrics, and L'Wren Scott's 40's themed polka's.
Complimenting the delicate sheers or as an alternative, wear metallics, iridescent colours. The key here is subtle shimmer. Shine for Spring 2010 is feminine, lady-like. Embellishments like sequins and beading are popular for evening wear.
For the past few years, the fashion media has been telling us "X is the new black".
Starting Autumn 2009, black is back in the limelight.
In Spring 2010, black marries white in some stunning combinations.
Among my favorites: Helmut Lang's blended tones, Marchesa's white gown with black florals and Isaac Mizrahi's white/black floral layered over black.
A cheerful optimism was evident on the runways in Chris Benz's Soda Fountain pastels and Badgley Mischka's tropical brights reminiscent of the 1950's in havana.
Marc Jacob's tribal prints, Diane von Furstenberg's safari prints and Monique Lhuillier's masai warriors were given a splash of colour.
look out for shocking pinks, acid yellows, burnt oranges and azure blues.
this is an aladin's cave of free and almost free (less than $5) clothing and accessories patterns.
best of all, the patterns are mainly for clothing (tops, dresses etc) with some lingerie and accessories.
i counted 97 free patterns which is so cool!
Julie looks lovely in this retro Kebaya, made from pink lace with raised gold threadwork. The kebaya has a panel of horizontal pleating in front.
You hardly see this style of Kebaya these days, which is a pity as the design is very flattering. Instead of horizontal pleating, the panel sometimes had a pattern of overlapping diagonal pleating in a "fishbone" pattern, which looks great too.
We matched the Kebaya with the grey satin bustier and mermaid skirt which i made earlier and which you can see here.
Style and Sewing Notes:
the collar is raised slightly at the back
there is a peplum which is joined to the bodice at the waist. this enabled me to cut the bottom part of the kebaya on the bias so that the lace edging would slant from the side seam down 9cm to the front. the peplum is great for shaping the back too!
The trimming on the edge of the lace was cut in a strip for the collar.
There wasn't enough fabric to get the lace edging on the ends of the sleeves, so remnant lace edging was tacked onto the sleeves and this matches nicely with the collar and bottom edge of the kebaya.
as the lace is translucent and soft, fine pink netting was used to underline the collar to hold its shape.
i placed netting and lace together then did the pleating. the net worked a treat to define and hold the pleating. for comfort, i underlined the pleated panel with netting.
the kebaya is fastened on the left side. buttons were sewn on the left edge of the attached pleated panel, and buttonholes on the main bodice are hidden by the collar.
with soft and fragile fabric, the buttonholes need to be reinforced to prevent tearing. this is done by placing a small square of interfacing over the buttonhole position before machining. the excess interfacing is then cut off.
CIFF (Copenhagen International Fashion Fair) is one of the biggest events in the European ready to wear market, catering for women, men, children, accessories and swimwear.
Watch a video of the Spring/Summer 2010 Trend show and also the CIFF Kids show on their site.
oh, and don't forget to download the free CIFF Trends Description report for Spring/Summer 2010 covering colour and style trends for Spring/Summer 2010.
images from Lluis Bazan (octopussy4) at sxc.hu, style.com
Look out for architecture inspired styles for Spring 2010.
Designers often seek inspiration from Architecture, interior design and the other arts. Not surprising as there's always been a cross-fertilization of ideas across the spectrum of the creative fields.
From the late 19th to the early 20th century, the Arts and Crafts movement triggered a sharing of ideals and ideas between architecture, interior design, crafts, the arts and printing. William Morris (decorative arts, textiles, printing), Charles Rennie Mackintosh (architect, designer, painter), Frank Lloyd Wright (architect), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (artist) are among the more famous members of this movement.
Fashion & interior designer, architects and artists have always delved into history as a source of inspiration.
One of the biggest collections of western clothing is, amazingly, found in Japan at the Kyoto Costume Institute.
The institute has over 11,000 pieces of clothing of historical and sociological interest which have been loaned to various museums worldwide for exhibitions.
They're not open for general public viewing unfortunately, due to the need to maintain a stringent preservation environment, although there is a study room on-site where you can view the collection digitally.
Fortunately for us, there's also an online archive where you can see 200 of their pieces.
images from harajukugirls1st.blogspot, wikipedia, contexts.org
Every generation has its fashion rebels, usually young people who refuse to be constrained by convention and set their own standards for style. And sometimes, the conventional fashion world follows their lead.
Gwen Stefani's backup dancers, the Harajuku Girls and her fashion line, are inspired by the street fashions of Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan.
The area has long been known as a meeting spot for Japanese teens and a source of unique, original and creative street fashions. Expressions of individuality is the norm here. Styles are varied and constantly evolving. gothic lolita, victorian princess, punks, anime, cute or kawaii are some of the looks you will find in Harajuku.
The way sunlight hits the reflective windows of a skyscrapper, the shape of a building, the trimmings on an old brownstone, the intricate designs of a victorian railing, the girl in the vintage dress, the elderly lady in her tweed suit or twin set and pearls, the skateboarder zooming past, indie fashions in a shop window, a striking poster, graffiti on the walls, street art, the electric patterns of neon lights........