March 7, 2012
February 28, 2012
I was really drawn to the colors and majestic feel of these pieces from designer Amy Sia. “The collection was inspired by the tropics, the amazing colours that you see there and the feeling of being on holiday. I was particularly inspired by the golden sunsets and tropical seas of Hawaii.” Amy was also recently featured on Refinery29 as a top pinner to follow on Pinterest, which is just pretty darn cool. You can check out Amy’s Pinterest page here and can purchase these beautiful prints here. Happy Shopping!
February 16, 2012
* images via: Roberto Cavalli: Pre-Fall ’12 via style.com, Alice +Olivia Fall ’12 via style.com, Anthony Vaccarello: RTW Spring ’12 via vogue.com, Zero + Maria Cornejo: Fall ’12 via style.com, Andrew GN Pre- Fall ’12 via style.com, Punk Peacock by Johanna Basford
* images via: Carolina Herrera Fall ’12 via style.com, Untitled Illustration By Gabriel Moreno, 3.1 Philip Lim Pre- Fall ’12 via style.com, Alice +Olivia Fall ’12 via style.com, Zero+ Maria Cornejo Fall ’12 via style.com
I would like to welcome back Christine McPhee, who was kind enough to share her take on the B&W trend that we are seeing all over the Fall runway.
“In my opinion, the clear standout trend for Fall ’12 is the black and white story, which absolutely ruled the recent runway shows. This always classic, high contrasting trend was present in bold graphic intarsias, op-art inspired stripes, abstract and textural prints, and delicate lace–like patterns. Seeing designers work in black and white, I am reminded of visual artists who use this sparsest of palettes to stunning effect, case in point of the gorgeous, intricate illustrations of Gabriel Moreno and the incredible hand drawn patterns of Johanna Basford.”
January 6, 2012
* images via vogue.com, courtesy of Preen
What a better way to wrap up the first week of the new year, than with this beautiful pre-fall collection from Preen. I am loving this blue-orange color story. It is so vibrant and sporty and gets REALLY interesting when used in such feminine prints and silhouettes. I am kind of getting over the whole mirrored print trend, but I really like what they did with the more subtle layout in the dress and sweater and the incorporation of the geometric background in the 2nd image. What do you think? Do think this trend will hang on for a bit longer or is it so 2011? ; )
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!!!
December 16, 2011
Hello Friday! I hope that you have had a wonderfully creative week. Today, I am thrilled to share the work of London based designer, Jonathan Allan. Jonathan graduated from the St Martins College of Art and has been working as an illustrator ever since. He is dipping his toe into the world of textile/ surface design with these pieces and I am absolutely smitten! The layout, colors, and textures are so unique and would be wonderful in a variety of marketplaces. To check out more of Jonathan’s work please visit his website. Have a wonderful weekend!!!!
October 18, 2011
*images via style.com
Hello pattern lovers! I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend.
Speaking of weekends…this spring collection from Proenza Schouler screams weekends, vacations, and escaping to the isles….all with a 70′s inspired wardrobe in tow. The vintage Hawaiian prints and geometric sweaters are fantastic, but the color palette is the key influence that I will take away from this collection. Take note designers! I think this collection will be a go-to-collection for color inspiration in Spring ’13. Which palette are you most drawn to? The blues and greens or the yellows and browns?
September 27, 2011
* images via vogue.com, Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Hello everyone!! I took a few days off to go to a dear friend’s wedding in Chicago, but I am back in the swing of things and delighted to share a few favorites from the Spring ’12 Dolce and Gabbana show. As you can see, the collection is full of amazing florals, but what strikes me are the amazing colors used throughout. I love the orange/ baby blue color story that you can see emerging in the second picture and can’t wait to incorporate this into my work. I hope you all had a lovely weekend. You can see more of the collection here. Enjoy!
September 15, 2011
As soon as I laid my eyes on these paintings I have been dying to share them with you! They are the work of the Berkeley based artist Tyson Anthony Roberts and are inspired by both rural and urban landscapes. What I love about his work is that it has a digital look and layout, but with the wonderful softness and texture that only a painting can have. The shapes are almost perfect, except for the mark of a paintbrush that once rested there….and they just make me smile. To see more of Tyson’s work please visit his website or purchase one of these beauties at 20×200. I hope that you are having a great week! -Michelle
September 12, 2011
September 9, 2011
*images via style.com, photographer: Yannis Vlamos
The colors! The prints! The color blocking! I know that I have tennis on the brain (USOpen), but this collection seems like wonderful inspiration for a collection of tennis dresses. It has a flirty feminine feel, but undertones of strength and a no-frills attitude. Love it. I hope that everyone has a great weekend!!!
February 24, 2011
*images via vogue.com from Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Amazing collection of colors and prints from Jonathan Saunders, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite designers. The vibrant blue and orange is gorgeous and I am really digging the bird print that softens the geometric prints in the collection. I love how the collection has a soft vintage flair to it..it is not “costumey”, but just has the essence of another time. lovely.
February 11, 2011
* image credits clockwise: Versace pre-fall ’11 via style.com, Red & Blue #6 by Kudumomo, Marni pre-fall ’11 via vogue, Gaultier Couture spring ’11 via vogue, Sweet Cherry Possum Bag by Missibaba via Aprizi, Reds on Blues #1 by Pierre Bedat, Nautical Cardigan from Shop Cuffs via Aprizi
I am loving the reds, blues, and creams that seem to be popping up all over the place. The use of cream instead of white takes the palette in a less nautical direction and is more wearable for fall, while the brighter(more aqua) blue is a softer approach to the color story. Love it!
January 17, 2011
My head is spinning with all the activity in the fashion world! Between the spring campaigns and the pre-fall shows, there are so many amazing and inspiring collections. These photos are part of a campaign photographed by Stephen Meisel and styled by Edward Enninful, which is featured on FGR. The spread seems to have a magical quality to it..and I love the colors that the stylists used..amazing work!
December 30, 2010
December 8, 2010
Oscar de la Renta showed his pre-fall 2011 collection a few days ago and his series of red and black dresses really struck me as a solid trend that we will see in upcoming seasons. The prints are bold and graphic, but are the perfect compliment to the ultra-feminine silhouettes.
December 2, 2010
*images via Alice by Temperley
I am not sure if I have been under a rock for the last year or so, but somehow I missed this AWESOME brand, Alice by Temperley. They do a fabulous job of incorporating fun trends, such as ethnic inspired prints and the military look, in a wearable manner. Be sure to check out their website, they post some of their inspiration boards and also have an interesting blog. Love it!
November 30, 2010
*images via vogue.com
These yummy images are part of Mr. Ford’s subtle and secretive launch back into womenswear. Ford held a “no photos allowed” show in September, but he will share a video from the show in December. I can’t wait to see more!! I am loving that animal print and the colors and textures are exquisite.
November 29, 2010
November 25, 2010
I love beautifully designed calenders and couldn’t help but share this one from United Bamboo. The label modified looks from their ready-to-wear collection for these fancy felines and included a little kitty bio for each. I am normally not a “dress your pet” kind of girl, but the prints and graphic layout are so beautiful that I just had to share! The calender, which was photographed by Noah Sheldon and designed by Studio Lin., is available for preorder.
November 24, 2010
*images via Fashion Gone Rogue
This AWESOME photo shoot is from the latest issue of Stockholm. I recently learned of this magazine and I am totally in love..they have a video of the entire magazine at their site so check it out. This particular spread was shot by Thomas Klementsson and styled by Nike Felldin.
November 18, 2010
November 16, 2010
* images via Fashion Gone Rogue
This lovely array of prints is from Rosa Cha’s Spring ’11 collection. I LOVE that skin print and the geometrics seen above are perfect for the swim market. Beautiful!
November 12, 2010
November 10, 2010
*images via vogue.com
I saw this vintage fabric on design archives‘ etsy site and it reminded me of these prints from Aquilano.Rimondi’s Spring ’11 Collection. They have different layouts, but use similar elements and have that same funky 1970′s feel. This is an up-and-coming trend that I hope to see carry through to Spring ’12. More from Aquilano.Rimondi’s collection tomorrow!
November 8, 2010
These beautiful pieces are designed by Eve at tinctory. She uses natural dyes, often from leaves, flowers, etc..found in her backyard. The colors and textures are exquisite!
November 4, 2010
*images via vogue
Proenza Schouler’s resort 2011 collection is a great example of how to execute natural dying/printing techniques in a glamorous fashion. Well, maybe that poncho isn’t exactly glamorous, but the colors are wonderful and it looks adorable with those shibori-esque shorts. I also want to point out all the different design elements in the black sweater. Beautiful…!
November 2, 2010
These beautiful images are all part of Anthropologie’s November catalog. The entire catalog is such a treat; from the prints and colors used, to the merchandising, photography, and layout. I love the red Jacquard Missive Skirt and the Acrobatics Necklace, designed by Lauren Manoogian, is AMAZING! It is made out paper clips covered in some sort of brightly colored material. Not only would it be wonderful to wear, but it is great inspiration for a print, wouldn’t you say? You can view the entire catalog here.
November 1, 2010
*images via amc
Like many of you out there, I just adore Mad Men. The show has great characters, story lines, and the wardrobes are always stunning. I know many of you are working on your Spring collections and I thought these images might provide you with a little dose of inspiration. I love the colors in the olive green dress seen above, and isn’t that engineered butterfly print pure genius? There is an entire blog devoted to the fashion sense of the show, which can be found here. Have a great Monday!
October 29, 2010
I know this editorial is rampant on the fashion blogs, but there are so many great prints included that I just had to share it with you and add them to the archives. Aren’t these just breathtaking??? The colors and prints are inspirational on their own, but what I find so interesting is the mood of the story. The images just seem to exude a humble, motherly quality that I find so comforting. Thank you to Fashion Gone Rogue for the magazine scans and be sure to check out the rest of the photos in this story.