Aug 17, 2011

BRAIDED CYGNETS




This Rodarte for Opening Ceremony collection is inspired by the "Nordic Romance of Scandinavia". It's true, it is romantic up here in the North. Sometimes it feels like you're in a fairytale it's so idyllic.

I like the Lolita braids against the Gothic layered structures and tailoring. The traditional Swedish knits look cosy against belted leather skirts, printed silks, collared-billowing dresses and wild furs. The stockings and socks in heels are wholesome and remind me of a white Christmas. These braided Cygnets stand together four for one and one for all.

Photography by Austumn de Wilde
Modelled by Stephan Haurholm & twins Gwen & Donna Loos




Aug 13, 2011

MiH behind the scenes





I saw this behind the scenes shoot and got excited for summer's next round. Made in Heaven they are. Vanessa Jackman was invited to capture the making of the lookbook for MiH's SS12 collection. Chloe Lonsdale the founder of MiH has a lineage in the business of denim.

It all started with her father trying to sell old denims to boutiques in London in the early 70's. Out of the back of a van. When they knocked him back he opened his own store on King's Road in Chelsea, the legendary Jean Machine. Stock sold out within weeks of opening and he was dubbed the Blue Jean King. Chloe's mother Chekkie Maskell was the denim model for their first MiH collection she would later become the Blue Jean Bride. In short you can see how the brand ended up in Chloe's capable hands.

Now I can't say that I love the way they fit my bum because I haven't tried them. But I can say that I love the way they fit everyone else's. I just don't know if I can wait until next year for this collection..





Aug 12, 2011

SUNNYLANDS





What did I tell you? Arabella Ramsay's new season of Sunnyland is here...and you only had to wait a month. Suggesting there will be hot and bright days ahead Arabella based the summer collection on the concept of an oasis dream after a trip to Hawaii. There is still this slight awkwardness and this out-of-town bohemic influence but somehow it feels more romantic this time.

The colour palette has neutrals of sandy tan and cornflour blue strongly accented by shades of cream, pink, green, citrus, charcoal and midnight. It features a kitsch hand-drawn Hawaiian print of a bikini-clad girl and leaves of blue by Douglas Ramsay. I think this seemingly strange use of fabrics is what makes her collections so memorable and cohesive. It's so effortless that you could almost question whether it was a happy coincidence.

There are tiered floral silk dresses, vintage chambray overalls and cotton mesh tee's under studded leather jackets and vests. There are crochet lace skirts and flouncy tops, high-waisted striped shorts and suede jumper's and suede skirts to boot. And where would you be without your trusty hat, socks and sandals?





Aug 11, 2011

SATURATION



My head is so full of information at the moment much like the saturation in these images.




Aug 9, 2011

SUMMER HOLIDAY



I love when I discover new photographers even if I might be the last..

Just the other day I was checking what's new on Net-A-Porter when I came across this. The beach is my favourite place to be so when I saw these images it felt like they spoke directly to me. You could almost be there. It's got the high energy and familiarity of an Australian summer even though it's shot in Miami.

It was photographed by Ben Watts--Naomi Watt's brother. I must have been living under a rock because I can't think how else I missed that. I've seen his work before but didn't realise who was behind the lens until now. His work is larger than life, he makes a still image move. It's more than a scene it's another world, our world made better by his eye. It must be in the name. Benny Horne, Ben Watts? Or maybe I just like the name Ben.


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Aug 7, 2011

MISSONI at HOME


Some friends of ours have the most beautiful Missoni apolstered 60's style chair and pillows in their home. I'm planning on ordering a cushion for our lounge in the original orange zigzag, like the one above. Everything Missoni do is glamorous. The products ooze this knowing sense of Italian luxury and sensuality. You know a Missoni print when you see one with the signature mix of rich colour and bold print. There's something very satisfying in a good print. My heart skips at the sight of anything Missoni. Towels are next on the list.

Oh and also I thought I'd mentioned that my blog can now be found at thecollective.nu. But if you go to my old address it will take you directly to the new one. There will be more changes coming soon...




Aug 4, 2011

NO DISAPPOINTMENTS





Russh Issue #39 FAN FOR LIFE
Photography Derek Henderson
Art Direction Christine Thornton
Stylist Billie Iveson 


I love this one and have fallen hard for the stripped shirt in the last shot. It came from a collaboration between Richard Nicoll and Sportsgirl. The concept of masculine fabrics and feminine tailoring go a long way.