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Getting Inky

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I first spotted Shane McAdams’ work a few years ago and became immediately enamored with his use of the drippy, exploded ink of everyday ballpoint pens. The images were filed away in my brain (this was, after all, before Pinterist) and I went on with my internet hithering and thithering, with McAdams’ lush, colorful work crossing my mind every once in a while when I spotted some other variety of pen ink related art.

And then!

New York Fashion Week happened (yay!) and then London started up, and found myself perusing the goodies that fashion week brings. Always a fan of Matthew Williamson‘s fantastic prints and patterns, I checked on his show as soon as it went up on Style.com. From the very first look, I noticed something familiar:

I knew I recognized the drippy inky prints, but I couldn’t recall the name or place of where I’d seen it; luckily, I’m a fantastic google-er. Soon enough, I realized that it was none other than Shane McAdams’, and it all clicked.

At first, I thought I had stumbled upon some super-sneaky/shady “inspiration.” I was all ready to pop up and break some “Caught ya!” news….

Pretty swiftly though, I found Matthew Williamson’s Facebook Page, where they listed McAdams’ work as an inspiration for the collection and also a collaborator. A very good thing which has been noted in much of the press regarding the show.

For this, the collection’s 15th year, Williamson referenced his early years as a designer and the enduring inspiration he’s found in India.

It is the colorful Holi Festival that the Spring 2013 collection looks to, incorporating McAdams’ colorful ink explosions to mimic the colored powders thrown during the festival, along with landscapes of Kerala and Tibet.

Some of McAdam’s prints appear to have been used mostly as is – art  translated beautifully to fabric –  while other fashions were adapted from multiple pieces and amended landscapes alterations. There’s no question, though, that they served as color and flow inspiration.

Personally, I loved it. And I’m kind of wondering if some precise-drippy ink DIYs will be popping up around the interwebs. Hmmm.

Spring Forward

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I’ve been mildly obsessed with this gorgeous photo of ranunculus flowers by Jessica Nichols ever since they popped up on my Pinterist feed last week, where they were pulled from Poppytalk. The flowers in and of themselves are spectacular, but the combination of colors against that fabulous blue-grey background ups the ante for me. And so, I couldn’t resist pulling some of those colors out for our admiration.

Today also happens to feel so amazingly spring-y that I wound up decking my hair out in flowers on a whim to celebrate. At first I was just playing with a mega high bun to pair with my gleefully bare shoulders; then came a little headband (which I need to find in more colors); one flower, the orchid; and then! why not circling my bun in them?A sort of little tiara of flowers. It’s my first time doing it, so I may need to experiment more, and maybe find some new flowers. But definitely a fun prospective springtime little ‘do.

Here, there, everywhere

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I always find it kind of funny when two reasonably unrelated things attract me, and then eventually it clicks that oh these two things might look mighty fine together.

Just today, about 20 minutes ago as it happens, I stumbled upon Mona Simon‘s photographs of Transylvania’s traditional Roma (aka gypsy) population and was immediately struck by the vibrant colors and patterns of the community.

Then I remembered seeing Pamela Bennett Ader‘s paintings:

The flowers on their own are, of course, beautiful, but I’m certainly delighted and intrigued by the integration of the little color swatches within the painting. We’ve all become accustomed to seeing color swatches attached to artwork, pulling out their colors and giving them special attention. It’s interesting to see them incorporated into a fine art status and I find that it brings a sense of modernity to the work in addition to bringing attention to the beautiful colors themselves and drawing the viewers into the artistic process.

And then I found myself grouping them together in my mind. I think it has something to do with both the nature of the colors in both selections of work and perhaps the combined/collage-y elements.

I don’t know, but it works, doesn’t it? Click on the links above to see more :).

Svpply on the brain

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So my long lost cats and kittens, I’ve become somewhat addicted to Svpply.com. It’s a fun place for me to plop ALL of the many things I find while cruising around the internet that I wish I could own, or imagine that it would be fun to own. It’s also fun because sometimes I think I don’t know what I’m liking or am into at the moment and if I just plop them all there it provides a nice overview to what I like. You can follow people to see what they’re picking and add it to your own list, see who likes what you like and find an astounding array of other absolutely fabulous stuff. So, basically, if you like stuff you’ll love this site. Especially if you can’t buy most of it, and putting it here makes it feel as though you own it in some deranged way. It’s very “this is what my taste may be if I actually had the money.” It’s also an interesting way to see what other people are liking. So, one (or two) nights while I was up adding things at whim I found my brain on hyper drive imagining all of the things I wish the site could do / how it could be made even better.

Such as:
Adding things is freakishly easy, which I love. If you see something you like that’s already on the site, you can click the + sign and *poof* it’s added to your page. If it’s on another site, you have a button you can add to your browser that will make this pop up:

And you can select what categories it goes into/price/etc. Those things are searchable. Now, I think it would be even more handy if it it had a little more tagging as an option. Though that would require more effort I suppose on account of the users, and what’s great about the site is that it’s easy. But if, for example, you could choose in clothes between skirts / dresses / blouse / pants / etc, it would make it easier if you were looking for just skirts on Svpply. Adding in color tags would be cool, too. Or being able to tag an item with a more detailed subscription such as “ombre.” I say that because just last night my friend went all “omg, I want an ombre dress, help!” And I’m always up for the challenge, but typing “ombre” into the search field didn’t help too much. Which leads me to another desire:

Making lists!: When my friend asked me to help her search for something specific, I was up for it. I always am. I usually end up sending along a bunch of links in such scenarios, which isn’t terribly pretty. I’ve suggested her joining the site but she hasn’t yet. Regardless, it would be super duper splendiferously awesome if you could make your own separate lists,  so that when I was compiling a list of products for her, I could make a little list on Svpply with all of the items which I could then send to her all nice and neat in a “Ombre dresses for Sara page”. She could see all of the items, and get to each item by clicking on the pretty picutes. And the magic of the site might enable her to find other things she likes more. And hey(!) maybe then she’d join up.  It’d be neat to be able to do this for all sorts of situations. Whether it’s a list I’m making for someone, or a list I’m making for myself, separate from my general “I want this” menagerie of delights. Could be fun for personal shoppers, stylists, too. The site is just (I find, thus far) a really easy and clean way of compiling products.

Trends!: Like I mentioned, I find the site interesting because it helps me see what I’m into. I can look at the bulk of the stuff I’ve picked and maybe I’ll notice that I’ve added out a surprisingly similar grouping of skirts or something. Even if I wasn’t consciously aware of being interested in a certain style. The site is intriguing because you can see what other people are liking and latching onto… to a degree. I can imagine going forward that it could be even better.

With things like say, tagging, as I suggested previously, you could get a really clear picture on what type of shoes (for example) people are liking. Conceivably when it’s still pretty under the radar. Before people even have really processed their liking such things. I imagine going forward the site could be optimized by being able to track this info and offer it up as reports to companies. For the people using the site, it would just be an even better way of finding exactly what you’re hankering for, and it could be useful information to others. On not just what people are buying, but what they WANT to buy. It has the opportunity to be an even more fascinating look into what people are interested in and an opportunity for things to be made to fulfill those needs.

Those are just a few loose ideas. But I had to get them out, because thinking about how to make the site even better kept me up at night with excitement.

Feel free to check out my page here. Feel free to sign up and follow along if you are so inclined. :)

 

‘Round Town

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I usually have my “real” digital camera on me, but there’s just something so magical about having a camera phone. You see, I can pull it out and somewhat quickly and surreptitiously (hopefully) capture some of the interesting things my fellow city dwellers do and wear (like the super amazing nouveau 90’s type look the young fellow up above is rocking) . They’re usually not terribly perfect, since I find myself trailing behind them, or close enough that I try to pretend that I’m doing something other than taking their picture…. so I have the phone held up at a strange angle and I tap on the frame while I’m positioning it so it looks likely I’m texting someone (or, just looking really strange). Would it be easier if I went up and asked people to take their picture? Sure. But I haven’t mustered up the courage to halt most of the super duper in a hurry New Yorkers and say “Gee, do you mind if I take a picture of that really crazy thing you have going on with your hair?”

And so, with my recently downloaded Instagram app, I made them all look lovely and swell

I love how it looks like tiny pieces of fabric all tied up in her hair. Kind of a fun idea, though don’t know if would look quite the same on me…

 

I LOVE how deceptively simple this lady’s hair looks. I did a double take when I looked and grabbed my phone quick as lightening to capture it. Dare I say, I think my hair might actually be too long for this look – that is, if I ever figured out quite how to make it happen.

 

So, I was walking behind this teen and all of the sudden I realized Hey! That’s a necklace around her hair/bun thing!. It looks very pretty and classic in my humble opinion. Much more delicate than a big headband contraption.

 

Of course, there were the fun and interesting prints/color combos that grabbed me:

Only so many people would don this fantastic and incredibly bold bold bold Africa-inspired print. It’s quite lovely and interesting combined with the 60’s silhouette.

 

I know, I know, it’s the same girl. But I like how the pattern really pops in a way that’s more subtle (but, you know, not since that pattern soooo isn’t quiet)…. I’m betting the dress could be a hit if done in a palette more people would deem wearable. But, who wants something everyone has anyway? Anyway, in my head I’d love it in reds and purples, maybe with a little blue. At least, I’d wear it that way (I don’t know if I can pull of those yellows and greens).

 

LOVE the bold skirt. And how this look is a great example of mixing a super bright and bold pattern with some classics and neutrals and making it entirely wearable. Go lady!

 

Just love how opposite the patterns are. Painty slightly abstracted flower shapes in an olive-y taupe mixed with this very geometric “ethnic”-print influenced blue and white bag.

I saw a few interesting back details:

Ok. Just beautiful. Interesting and unique but class/y/ic at the same time.

 

I was so proud to see a man wearing such a fabulous look. In pinks and reds no less. And it looks really good. And I love the combo of fabrics and textures that totally gel and look organic. It looks like the little stripes just drip and expand down the back. loovveeeee it.

Ok, this isn’t technically a “back detail”, but it’s the craziest backpack I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen this guy a few times and I was super jazzed to finally be able to grab a pic of this… contraption. One of these days, maybe I’ll ask what on earth is up with that, and where did he get it, and it’s awesomely bizarre. And I do adore awesomely bizarre things. I feel like calling it future steampunk….or something, ha.

A few other interesting details/concepts:

I dig the double skinny belts combined with the multiple bangles. Nicely cohesive. I’ve done double belts, usually of the slightly wider variety, but I’ve been craving skinny belts more lately. And they do look nice layered.

 

I really like the combo of the dually muted pea-esque green and lavender. I found them so interesting I broke out my newly downloaded Pantone app and tried to make a little palette. I wouldn’t suggest following the color codes, because when I had them email me the palette the colors reflected differently. So I did a screen shot of the layout within the program. Still, the brown isn’t quite right, but I just wanted to play a little bit, not obsess and be super duper precise. But let me know if you’re dying me to find the right ones :). It is fun and a definite help in seeing how colors can work together, though.

 

And of course, I couldn’t leave you without…… Mr. Gaga

Gotta admire a man in fishnets, short short and platforms in broad daylight.

And with that, over and out! :)

Not all that’s broken is as it seams

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This charming but dark little animation is about a determined little seamstress who tries to repair the world from the damages of war with her trusty needle and thread. Her stitches are beautiful and delicate in their strength to fix things, but just how stable are they?

Trois Petits Points (Three Dots) was created by students from GOBELINS, l’école de l’image: Lucrèce Andreae, Alice Dieudonne, Tracy Nowocien, Florian Parrot, Ornélie Prioul, and Rémy Schaepman.

(love the murky, muted color palette) (( one day soon, my darlings, i will write you a nice longer post :))

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