* image via V&A Images

The Victoria & Albert museum is one of my favorite museums, so I was delighted to recently discover that they have an extensive online image library. One of my recent finds is this pattern book from 1763. The book was sent to “Portugal and Spain, where customers could choose from the numbered samples and have their orders prepared back in Norwich. The book shows the range of patterns and colors thought likely to appeal to the Spanish and Portuguese market in 1763.”

The colors and patterns seem so “of the moment” and remind me of the Pendleton designs that I wrote about earlier in the week. Explore more of their collection here.


* this fabulous photograph is by Mariusz Smiejek, at National Geographic


*these spring sightings are via D&G

Here are just a few more shots of the wonderful floral prints that D&G showed for Spring ’11. Sprinkled throughout the show were those awesome Disney tees that perfectly complimented the ladylike florals. There were also small sightings of the patchwork trend, which could emerge as a major player in Spring/Fall ’12…


* images via D&G

There were so many amazing prints at the Spring ’11 D&G show (I will post more in the next few days), but I wanted to point out two key trends that really stuck out to me:

1. Traditional florals with blue backgrounds- It spices up the traditional floral trend and looks amazing with those yellows, burgandies, and reds..

2. The oversize gingham- I guess this trend is only natural after all the super tiny checks and plaids out there, but it is so cute!


Diesel describes their Black Gold F/W 2010 collection as, “creativity, experimentation, craft and technique,” which are words that I would use to describe their design philosophy as a whole. They consistently use fabrics and trims in innovative ways..this season they featured “delicate metal embroidery, inspired by yarn and denim weave” paired with leather. And I love the bleached out wool dress and those printed gloves….more items from their collection can be found here.

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