White on white, textures, lace and books

Last week as I was wandering around, I noticed a lot of stores doing white. All of the fabrics are beautifully textured, lovely laces, embroideries, beading and organzas. Zara had the most prominent display of white on white and when you walk into the store this sea of beautiful white textures greets you. It looks so lovely but I think it’s quite hard to wear it the way they have merchandised it. I think if I were to do it I would introduce another colour, stone, denim, or a bright although the designers who showed white in the Spring 2013 collections all showed it by itself. I think white by itself probably needs a slight a tan to carry it off . I would call it a high summer look even though it was being shown for spring.

White on white at Zara

White lace at Zara

White lace top with beaded collar at Zara

White textures at Zara

The following white on white garments are from various Spring 2013 collections.

Ports 1961 Spring 2013

Ports 1961 Spring 2013

Ports 1961 Spring 2013

Tracy Reese Spring 2013

Tibi Spring 2013

I loved these Stella McCartney dresses from her Spring 2013 collection so decided to appropriate the idea and do my own interpretation of them. I used, yet again! Vogue pattern V8805, orange linen and putty coloured organza. All fabric is from Tessuti Fabrics in Chatswood.

Stella McCartney Spring 2013

Stella McCartney Spring 2013


I should probably have made the organza part of the dress deeper so that there was more of a hem sticking out.

Continuing with the organza theme, just for fun, I made a black organza underskirt and tried it out with patterned and lace regular skirts over it. A nice silhouette for this look would be a pencil thin organza underskirt and a fuller over skirt.

There is a lot of organza being shown in all the Spring 2013 collections. I love it, it’s so pretty and feminine.

Ports 1961 Spring 2013

Erdem Spring 2013

Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2013

Temperley London Spring 2013

Ports 1961 Spring 2013

This look also covers the trend of big white men’s shirts which are popping up  everywhere.

Sportscraft white shirt

Witchery white cotton shirt with copper collar tips

Country Road fine white cotton shirt

The website Fashionista have just released their top 25 Fashion books of 2012. I love buying and receiving beautiful coffee table books that you can spend hours browsing through. These are just a few of the ones they have recommended.

I was excited to see this book on the list as I actually bought it in June after I saw the Impossible Conversations Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It was an extraordinary exhibition that got me thinking about what inspires designers. I had no idea about the thought process and actions that go in to creating a collection for a house like Prada. The exhibit and the book gave me an insight into the amazingly creative mind of Miuccia Prada. The quote on this blog’s header, which is just one of the many thoughts that inspired me to start it, is from this particular exhibition on these two extremely interesting woman.

I have ordered this book of Grace Coddington’s memoires from Amazon and I check the post daily but it unfortunately has not arrived yet. I have read exerts from the book that were featured in the November edition of Vogue USA and I am looking forward to reading all about this remarkable woman’s life. The general public became more aware of Grace Coddington and her work, she is probably the best stylist Vogue has ever seen, after she was featured along side Anna Wintour in the documentary  The September Issue. She has an amazing eye and styles the most beautiful shoots. At 71 she is still working at Vogue and has no intention of slowing down.

I have not seen this, the second book published on Scott Schuman’s photographs but I love the blog and am amazed at how many people follow it. The blog now receives more than 14 million page views per month! This is what Amazon have to say about the book.

‘After the enormous success of The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention.

His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This book encompasses the diverse style and visual attitude of people as far afield as Japan, Korea, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and beyond.

In The Sartorialist: Closer, Scott Schuman looks deeper and with great breadth at human style, and the way it is expressed across the world. Always reacting to an inspirational moment, the images in his new book continue to reflect Scott’s unique sensibility and vision.

This is a book filled with beautiful images of brides. Edited by Hamish Bowles with a foreword from Vera Wang, Amazon have this to say about it ‘These images transport you to a myriad of romantic settings around the world, from grand social and royal weddings in storied castles, palaces, and cathedrals, to weddings by the sea or in the countryside.  In the Introduction, Hamish Bowles brings his historian’s eye to reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes details as he looks at the glamour of weddings past and present; while Mario Testino, Plum Sykes, Marina Rust and Sarah Mower tell us personal stories about their own weddings or memorable ones they attended.’

Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers is a book that is not only informative, and rich with historical detail, but presents a dramatic collection of iconic, inspirational images.

The September Issue, a film about the making of Vogue’s biggest, fattest issue of the year was such a success they have done a new documentary about editing the magazine called The Editor’s Eye.  The  making of this film together with the publication of the book coincide with Vogue’s 120th anniversary.

Again, I haven’t seen the book but I am sure it is filled with beautiful images.

In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, profiles the world’s most influential fashion magazine through the eyes of several of its most iconic fashion editors.

In Vogue is an engrossing look at how Vogue pictorial spreads have shaped and been shaped by over a century’s worth of changing trends in fashion, photography and feminism. The film features behind-the-scenes interviews with the current editor-in-chief Anna Wintour; fashion editors such as Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Polly Allen Mellen, Camilla Nickerson, Phyllis Posnick and Babs Simpson; celebrated Vogue subjects Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker; industry icons such as Hamish Bowles; and fashion designers Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang (herself a former Vogue fashion editor), all of whom share their experiences collaborating with top photographers and image-makers of the day.

In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye premieres on in the US on THURSDAY, DEC. 6 (9:00p.m. ET/PT)

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