My 82 year old mother phoned the other day to tell me the world is in a mess. The Spanish are protesting against austerity measures, Syrian refugees are fleeing to Jordan, American Embassies are being attacked and absolutely everyone seems to be rioting. I started thinking about all the suffering and hardship and wondered in the greater scheme of things, if it really mattered what I thought I or anyone else should be wearing next week. It seemed somewhat frivolous but as I thought about it more I thought maybe that is one of the roles of fashion, to help us escape, make us feel better and surround us with visually lovely and stimulating things. To bring colour and texture and interest to our lives and make us smile. It creates an outlet for our creativity and expresses our personalities and who we are.
With this in mind, I hope you love some of the things I have found this week.
Summer prints so far seem to fall into the following categories:
1.Space/computer generated images
Although I love the small little liberty type florals that are showing up on blouses, tops and simple dresses I think they can look a bit ‘little house on the prairie’. They are what we used to call ‘granny’ prints years ago and I think can only be worn by those under 40, maybe even younger, this time round. At my age I think they may indeed look too ‘granny’ on me. I love them when used together with other prints. Mixed prints in different sizes and textures look great when used together in the same colour tones. A floral print dress looks good with a geometric print cardigan for instance.It is a bit difficult to pull of and requires that the colours be very closely related in order to avoid looking as though you got dressed in the dark.
4.Realistic photographic florals
5.Foulard/cravat /small geometric prints
6.Prints that change across the width of the fabric. From a distance they look almost like a few prints have been used on the same garment but in fact the print is almost like a panel that changes from selvedge to selvedge
8.Paisley type prints.
7. Missoni inspired knits.
These don’t fall under the category of prints, they are more like textures that look good when mixed in with prints.
Leona Edmiston’s florals are really beautiful and the prints are some of the nicest I’ve seen although the shifts dresses are two inches too short for me. The styles and prints seem more mature to me but the hem lengths say otherwise. If you are not too tall, they may be perfect for you!
When I had a wander around the underwear department in Meyer I was interested to see a few of the floral prints coming through on bras panties and slips. They look lovely and summery.
My fascination this week is with sew on jewels and embellishments. Prada, Miu Miu and Bottega Veneta have been showing a lot of geometric or cravat prints with large embellishments sewn onto them, usually in black or white against bright prints or on plains. I have been thinking that you could buy something in a lovely print or sew a garment yourself and then stitch on embellishments. You could also use a t shirt or jacket that could do with a bit of embellishing.Spirit Bead House in Chatswood have lots of beautiful sew on jewels.
Embellishments from the Fall 12 collections.
I made this embellished dress from McCall’s pattern M6102 using a geometric print cotton from Tessuti Fabrics in Chatswood and sew on jewels from Spirit Beads.
I found this beautiful jeweled clutch on the Jimmy Choo website but at $ 6000 it’s a dream or half a small car!
I have been collecting pictures of necklaces I think will give the same effect as embellishments. I like the idea of wearing these necklaces with prints when they usually get worn with plains.
Embellished sandals from Sambag
On a complete aside that has nothing whatsoever to do with mature fashion but everything to do with feeling happy, I am fascinated by Gangnam Style and the way it has gone viral on you tube. The K-pop single by South Korean rapper PSY is full of humor, catchy rhythms and quirky dance moves. PSY is currently in New York and gave a live performance on the NBC Today show in the Rockefeller Plaza that was attended by hundreds of people who danced along with him. He actually performed the same song twice, becoming the first person on the show ever to do that.I am continually amazed at this internet culture that goes viral so quickly. In 60 days PSY has gone from posting a short video on you tube to performing on the streets of New York. His catch phrase in ‘Dress Classy, Dance Cheesy’. Before my daughters start rolling their eyes at me, I know PSY has been around for a while but he is new to me ( and half of New York too apparently) and I think it is all great fun and very quirky and catchy!