The Emilia Wickstead spring 2014 collection were made in neopolitian Ice cream colors with a nod to the fifties.
The first look said it all, a matelassé buoyant full midi skirt and cropped blouse in waffled pale pink silk. I pretty sure that captures a few spring 2014 trends all in one look.
I like that the jacket hit at the waistline which is defined with the broad waistband, this would look boxy if it were longer but its just right.
This duo was interesting to me, I wouldn't have thought to pair up this style skirt with this voluminous trapeze top but the slimming silhouette is just what this top needs.
The billowing silk dress was also a theme in her collection. I love the effect of air whipping the fabric up as the model walked but I'm still on the fence about wearing a dress with this much volume on my body type. Its very glamourous though and I think it would be a great summer statement dress on the right frame.
At first, I was trying to figure out how the hemline of this dress was made because it looked like the classic mermaid dress but then I thought, how can the model walk in something so constricted.
There is a little bit of smoking mirrors going on here, the flounce is attached to the side of the skirt giving the wearer more ease to work even though the front looks very narrow.
The biggest surprise of the show was these two dresses.
The fashion journalist who reviewed the collection for style.com remarked that it was shocking to find out that these dresses were made from DENIM.
Yes, how amazing it that, I would have never thought and I guess seeing it in person didn't make a difference either.
This is the back, there are a lot more pleats on the back skirt to give the dress this full effect.
I like the "racerback" neckline and the tulle peeking through under the skirt. Which reminds me of some of the wrap dresses featured in the Spring 2014 DVF collection.
Zippers are a huge trend in itself for 2014.
You may have already gotten that based on how many times I’ve pointed it out in the spring and pre fall 2014 collections.
Ykk recently showcased their latest specialty collection for spring 2015 and a lot of emphasize is on digital print, color block, transparent (sheer) and metallic zipper line and tape.
Does that sound familiar?
Yes, they are all current runway trends.
This is a preview, but I would love to get my hands on a couple of them.
Galaxy, state of the art technology and Radiant theme.
From left to right - Metallic film, ink-jet printer zipper, reflective film for active wear, foil coated for extra shiny effect.
From left to right - Two tone zipper, non-stick slider, aquaguard, neon accent thread on zipper line
From left to right - Plastic slider with plating that looks like metal, light copper finish, crackled design on slider.
Aurolite TM - Iridescent coils
From left to right - two tone colored (colorblock), transparent (print your own design), FLATKNIT TM soft and flexible tape, lemon gold finish zipper line.
Edun is a good example of the fact that it takes more than a celebrity name and good intentions to create and maintain a fashion line that can stand on its own “feet”.
This year, owners U2’s Bono and wife Ali Hewson hired Danielle Sherman as their new creative director to bring the focus to the clothes instead of the celebrity power behind it.
By redefining the look of course.
The new look is all about flattening the silhouette.
This is not a typo, flattening not flattering. The design lines are basic but dimension will be added by print and layering.
I like to see the change of the collection after a change of creative designer.
Edun Spring 2013 under Sharon Wachoub
So let’s take a look:
Two main design lines are represented in the first look, hand-woven leather to create a graphic checkerboard and a right angled triangle print.
Both prints look amazing together and I do love the high slit wrap skirt.
This mirror image of the print. I like that both separates have the white contrast border, styled with the plain white tee looks clean and sophisticated.
The leather lattice border.
I was looking at the layering for these two looks: Crop sweaters and tank top over the longer tank and shirt.
Brown, a color that hasn’t been in the spotlight for a while. I thought it was oxblood at first but they specifically said brown, nteresting. Looks good with that white and something that is hardly seen.
Brown, white and black combo, interesting..
But I really am intrigued by those slits in the wide leg trousers.
Wow, what a difference a year makes. I like it alot for what it is. I can't wait to see what she does next.
Of Mercer by Dorie Golkin and Emelyn Northway is a fashion line that makes "impeccable workwear" for the career woman. I saw an article about the line in Matchbook magazine February 2014 Issue.
caught my attention immediately, so I wanted to share a few dresses (because you know I love a good dress) from their lastest colleciton.
I like the look, conservative but classic and the prices are very reasonable. You will be seeing more from them.
The inspiration for the spring 2014 Diane Von Furstenburg collection is said to be Oasis, as in Desert Oasis. So of course its no surprise that the artwork for the prints are inspired by colors of the desert also.
A few of her spring collection pieces are already on the website so I included the link where applicable.
Website Note: Diane calls it "The New Wrap," and the Amelia has all the makings of a classic. With a fluid silk jersey top and structured mikado skirt, this flattering flare style is timeless and chic. A true wrap silhouette with pockets. Lined at skirt. Full length sleeves. Falls to the knee.
Website Note: The Margot dress is the perfect transitional piece in fresh tweed with passementry trim detail. A fit and flare silhouette with a scoop neck and side zip closure. Fully lined.
Website Note: Straight from the Runway and our Spring 14 campaign, the Maggi is a true wrap style in classic denim with lace accents. With a full skirt, black contrast trim and breast pocket detail. Fully lined.
A runway favorite, the Teddy dress is the season's flowing maxi silhouette in a bold Sandscape print. Perfect for a beach wedding. With rope detail and jeweled tassle that falls down center front. Side zip
Megawatt appeal. Wow, I was thinking about being in the desert standing in the sun with something like this on, my goodness, I think I would combust!
Its stunning though, if this doesn't get attention, I don't know what will.
Here are some more looks from her spring line in stores now.
I got an email a couple weeks ago about the pre-release of this collector's issue from Threads Magazine. I think you can still pre-order it with free shipping in the US on their website until the 11th. Volume one is not available anymore in the store and I'm hoping that they will release a digital copy of it eventually. If you have the first one, let me know what you think about it.
I thought this was interesting, this book comes with QR codes to link you to online videos that goes with the lesson. You know I am a huge supporter of video tutorials. More books need to come like this.
I don't think I've ever noticed a pattern making book made specifically for children's garments. I'm very intrigued.
Pattern Making for Kids' Clothes: All You Need to Know About Designing, Adapting, and Customizing Sewing Patterns for Children's Clothing
Last year I read an article about a poll that involved sewers that had to pick from a list of their top goals for sewing and I was shocked to read that most of them had a strong desire to reuse a pattern to make many different garments. That made me wonder, why aren't more people actually doing it. Is it due to a lack of knowing how to alter the pattern...
I love my style books so I will be trying to get my hands on these:
Sewing Tools & Notions
Some that caught my attention this month, these are new to me but may have been out for a while.
Dritz Serger Needle Threader
David Koma’s spring 2014 collection was inspired by the traditional uniform worn during Kyudo (Japanese archery).
Its very interesting the narrative that was created based on the white Uwagi and black Hakama.
Let’s take a look:
Did he purposely want the bottom of her bust to show in the cut out?
I like the sheer contrast at the bodice but this is a challenging design detail in terms of appropriate undergarments.
You can’t wear a bra because the base of it will show through the cut out.
I like how the skirt hangs away from the hipline but is fitted on the waist, like there is some type of built in structure that allows it to that.
I also like the black contrast with exposed zipper detail on the dress and the clean look of the black plain belt over the vest/jacket.
I think this is a better look at the dress above done in all black. A simple but great way to modernize the look of a bolero without shape diagonal lines and white contrast at the hemline.
I love this jacket, the separating zipper, cut, the side zippers, the black and white contrast, everything works so well together.
The rectangle pocket flaps on the outside, that different. I looks like one is higher than one.
She neckline and shoulder yoke that comes down the sleeves, stunning.
The black color block “dart” details at the waistline. That’s neat, I wonder how this is created?
It would be awesome if it was pieced in, it would so disappointing if it was a print.
New Look featured a dress with this cross over sash detail. I like how the white exposed zipper with trim breaks up the diagonal on this version.
This print is fabulous, I like how it looks like the strings you will see in the other dresses.
I featured this dress in a post a few months ago when Allison Williams wore it to the People’s choice awards
What a difference a year makes.
When I posted about Colette Dinnagan’s Spring 2013 collection last March, it seems like her “woman” was more prim, more conservative. Now, her new muse is absolutely more revealing.
The collection starts off very constraint and gets more “loose” or should I say “sexy”?
Is this maturity or just showing an alter ego?
No idea, but as a whole, I think the details stand out, the actual garments, well, you be the judge….
I like this little lace tee, a silhouette that was seen in so many spring collections.
This is the back of the dress:
On the flip side to that, the sequins on this dress reminds me of the burberry spring collection English rose motifs, coincidence?
I like the back of the swing jacket with the inverted box pleat.
More evidence of the 3-D flowers as shown just recently in the Christian Siriano collection.
I was intrigued by the color combo most of all. The red flowers on this blue just pops but once again, is it pretty or gaudy?
I can’t help but think, it’s a perfectly good dress, lovely center pleating at the waistline, high neckline, fit and flare silhouette, but is the flowers to much?
This bright two tone blue ruffle dress made me squint.
I was looking at the cut out at the waistline thinking, is it just me or that bodice doesn’t fit correctly, looks like its gaping.
and the back:
I like the two tone coloring, don’t know about the rest of it.
She also did some slip dresses which is trending this year.
A closeup of this dress shows how beautiful the beading is on the bodice and the incredible lace fabric used.
The beading on this one is pretty as well and I love the colors she used for the sequin embellishment.
But yet again, I don’t know about the tie-ties on the shoulder though, this reminds me of those Bath towel dresses.
Well, I guess a very expensive bedazzelled "towel dress"!
After she did this collection, she announced that she was closing her main line and I can see the vast difference between last year's and this one, so I wonder how much effort went into this collection at all.
Looking through the garments by Clover Canyon in their spring collection is an excercise on what to do with a busy print. My general rule is busy print = simple design lines and they do just that, keeping the focus on the great artwork in classic silhouettes.
Let's take a look:-
Design theme: Southern California architecture
Inspiration: Bertoia-esque warped grids, torqued dots inspired by Gehry’s music hall in L.A., half tone dots redolent of Lichtenstein canvases and color bars that nod at the neon resins and Lucite sculptures of Larry Bell and John McCracken.
I like the fringe on the cuff of the coat in the first photo.
Needless to say, its all about the prints and they are fantastic. There is a combination of stripes, florals, landscape, grid lines and dots and so well done.