Friday, 29 October 2010

Monday, 18 October 2010

Postcards from the past

Here are some old postcards I thought I'd share. I got them both on Portabello market. Only one thing annoys me about Portabello market; All the tourists who have their photo taken by the street sign and block up the whole way. It's just a sign! I bet Paddington never had to deal with that.

This one is an embroidered one. It has a layer of fabric sanwiched between two layers of card. You see quite a few of these but this is the nicest one I ever saw. I also like the words on it.

This one is from the 1930s. It looks like they took a black and white photograph of Blackpool and coloured it in with felt tips.

I can never read the writing on these. In the olden days they had such twirly writing. I prefer cards with a date on though, so you can see when it is from. I remember reading once that in the olden days (I couldn't say when) there would be 8 posts a day. It meant that if you sent a letter in the morning it would probably be there by the afternoon, and why you could write a letter to someone asking them to tea the next day in a letter.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Ballet Russe at the V&A

Some photos from the exhibiton at the V&A. You weren't allowed to take photos, but fortunately I had a lot of 'texting' to do as I went round. It was a really inspiring exhibition.

This is a drawing of the snow ballet, from Voyage to the Moon in London. Voyage to the Moon is a 'faerie' ballet, which is a huge fantasy spectacular with several ballets in it. The last remaining faerie ballet is The Nutcracker. I really like the black tail coats that some of the ballerinas are wearings. I think they are supposed to look like penguins. I tried to cut up an old blazer I had to get the shapes, so I could trace the pattern off.

This is a doll costume from the faerie ballet The Magic Toyshop. There were 10 identical dolls in this one. It was based on an earlyer ballet called The Fairy Doll.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Fashion and the Ballet Russe

The V&A's exhibition on the ballet russe is clearly having it's influence of fashion. Tim Walker has done a shoot for Vogue based of it.

This pair of photos in particular really remind me of Ziad Ghanem's theatrical collection.

Mini Trend : Sailor Hats

Salior hats at two very different shows : Christian Dior and Betsey Johnson


Trend : Peplum

Perplun - Short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, skirt, blouse or dress.

There were perplums everywhere this season. Perhaps as a way of keeping in with the trend for full skirts without the full skirt. Perhaps in keeping with the trend for ruffles.

From left to right: Collette Dinnigan, D&G, David Koma, Douglas Hannant, Emilio de la Morena, Fendi, Marco de Vincenzo, Marco de Vincenzo, Marni, PPQ, Gareth Pugh

Trend : Lace

 From left to right: Brioni, Alberta Ferretti, D&G, Dolce and Gabbana, Erdem

Lace was another big, girly trend I picked up on, especially in Milan. I actually think that lace-making is a traditional italian craft, so that is probably why it was so popular in Milan. White lace has a sweet inocent look. I particularly love the lace trousers from D&G which are interesting way to wear the lace. I'd wear floral tights underneath so you could just see the print showing though.

 From left to right: Elizabeth Emanuel, Francesco Scognamiglio, Oscar De La Renta

Black lace still has a girlish look but with a harder edge. My favourite look here is Oscar De La Renta.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Trend : Lady-Like Florals

This is another trend I spotted that I love, Lady-Like Florals. All colours, all print sizes. The rules? Skirts at the knee and nipped in waists for an elegant day time look.

Pale and washed out at Barbara Tfank or or brights at Milly by Michelle Smith, both are very lady like. The addition of the headband on both makes them both feel very french to me.

It doesn't just have to be dresses. This suit by Oscar De La Renta is very smart and perfectly on trend, as is this bright skirt and blouse combo from Erdem.

 This suit from Dolce and Gabbana is really creative and incorporates another trend for lace. It also tones down the floral. I don't I've actually seen this technique before.

 It doesn't have to be all girly either. Giles puts and interesting spin on it with eyeballs amongst the florals.
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