Wednesday, 7 September 2011

fashion as art.

When a friend suggested adding YSL's adaptation of Piet Mondrian's artwork to my fashion as art feature, I didn't quite realise just how many other designers Mondrian also inspired. The famous geometric compositions of red, blue and yellow primary colours can be seen to have a longstanding influence on fashion, right up until the present day.

YSL adapted the print on a range of dresses for the Fall 1965 collection. Admirably, rather than solely applying the artwork as a direct print, the design plays tribute to the painter by translating the principles of the De Stijl genre into the structure of the dresses. The appearance remains flat by the cut and placement of colours, mirroring the concept of the artwork. This adaptation indicates how the intelligence of the designer and vision of the artist are able to seamlessly work as one.

Other designers inspired by Mondrian include Australian swimwear designer, Sarah Schofield and world-renowned shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, amongst many others.

You can also see Mondrian’s heavy influence on designers who are currently working with grids and have a minimalist approach to colour block. One such designer is Tina Kalivas, whose Mondrian-inspired fashion utterly embodies the concept of ‘when art meets fashion’.

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Sunday, 31 July 2011

fashion as art.

Image From: Giovanni Boldini and Dior

Looking through Christian Dior's haute couture collections, it is evident to see the direct inspiration he took from particular artworks. Here the Madeleine Dress (Autumn/Winter 2005/2006) was adapted from Giovanni Boldini's 'Portrait of Mme Charles Max'. This is a perfect example of how history, art, photography and film have influenced some of fashion's greatest designers.

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Friday, 15 July 2011

on the street: oliva palermo

It is needless to say I am in constant awe whenever I see images of Olivia Palermo. It is very rare for this style icon to ever put her foot wrong. And if there is one person in the world I have complete and utter wardrobe and styling envy of, it is her. What is even more pleasing to find out is that the person behind her style is, in fact, herself. 

Olivia is a self confessed 'high-low' shopper which means you will just as easily find her shopping in everyday stores like Topshop and Zara, as you would Fendi and Céline. I love her realistic and carefree style mantra which insists fashion "is never about how much something costs, it's about how it looks and feels". 

This selection of images is a collection of my favourite Olivia fashion moments. Girl crush anyone?

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

style inspiration: shoes and socks

Image From: We Heart It and ffffound

To be quite frank, shoes and socks remind me of days gone by where girls at school would try their darnedest to rebel against the uniform code. The trend was to either pull them up so high it would transport you straight to the streets of Japan, or wear them so low as if to appear that you weren't wearing any at all. This brief affair with the trend always left me incredibly apprehensive about the idea of shoes and socks as a fashion statement. That was until quite recently, when I found myself continuously stumbling upon beautiful imagery of girls wearing socks with shoes. Lo and behold, I am now a self-confessed shoes and socks convert, and these handful of images should help to inspire you to jump onboard as well.

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Friday, 24 June 2011

fashion find: a peace treaty

Image From: A Peace Treaty

What could possibly be better than beautiful, handmade jewellery? Beautiful, handmade jewellery with a purpose. Recently I stumbled upon the story behind A Peace Treaty and felt the need to share it with my followers. Designed by two friends from differing occupational backgrounds, A Peace Treaty aims to promote ethnic craftsmanship by introducing it to mainstream fashion society. The ethically produced work has a wonderful artisan feel, giving you the sense of one-off treasures, discovered and handpicked from a traditional bazaar.

This social conscious project provides employment to skilled locals in politically stricken countries. Each season travels to a different region and is influenced by the local methods and traditions found there. The result is high quality design mixed with strong ethical purpose.

The materials, shapes and processes create charming and unique jewellery that will work well in your tribal influenced wardrobe.

Support this good cause here.

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