THE FEVER

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, V&A

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, V&A

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russe, V&A

As a designer, it is really important to pay attention to what is going on culturally and to look for inspiration in our surroundings. Before becoming a textile designer I was a ballerina and often look to ballet for print and trim inspiration. The costumes, the textiles, the music, and the drive to perfection are all part of what make this art form so magical. Currently, the V&A Museum has an exhibit entitled, “Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes.” The exhibit features over “300 objects including giant theatre cloths, original costumes, set designs, props and posters by artists and designers,” who were under the direction of artistic director Serge Diaghilev. If you can’t make it to the show, the V&A website has some amazing photographs and information for you to do your own research.

And then….to my absolute delight I stumbled across Black Swan, a psychological thriller which follows the competitive world of ballet. The trailer looks awesome and has a rockin’ female cast featuring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Winona Ryder. Black Swan comes out December 3rd and I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the world it imitates.

Black Swan, Fox Searchlight

Black Swan, Fox Searchlight

Black Swan, Fox Searchlight

H&M LANVIN

*images via vogue.com, photographed by Mimi Ritzen Crawford

The release of the H&M Lanvin collaboration was kicked off with a private show & sale in NYC last Thursday. I was a little disappointed with the quantity & quality of prints in the collection, but the colors are beautiful! The bright reds and pinks Elbaz used throughout the collection are perfect for the season.

HELMUT LANG BRETON STRIPE LONG SLEEVE TEE

CHRISTOPHER KANE LEOPARD KNIT SCARF AND TIGERSUSHI FURS LEOPARD JUMPER

GAP CAMOUFLAGE THERMAL SHIRT AND DRIES VAN NOTEN TRENCH BELT TROUSERS

PRADA CAMOUFLAGE RUCKSACK

These photos are part of an amazing photo shoot posted by Jak & Jill. Their photographs are a constant source of inspiration and I love seeing which “runway” prints people are wearing out on the town. Check out the entire post!

ERDEM

*images via vogue.com

Erdem put together one of my favorite resort collections. I love each of these pieces, both for their prints and styling. Gorgeous!

UMBRELLA PRINTS

These beautiful fabrics come from Umbrella Prints, an Australian textile house by Amy Prior and Carly Schwerdt. The play between color and texture is just perfect and what drew me to the collection were the “Trimmings Packs,” which are perfect for collages or color/mood boards. The dynamic duo, which can be found on etsy, also sell cards and jewelry based on their designs.

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