Jessica Hart x Pencey Standard S/S 2012.....

I came across this image of Aussie model Jessica Hart (whom you may remember from The City) and just thought BOOM! This look just ticks all the boxes. Cool topknot and bang on trend tailored summer florals put together perfectly. She is wearing a floral shirt and pants from the collaboration she is doing this Spring / Summer for Pencey Standard NYC. Jessica has her own label too called Neon Hart. Great play on her name. You can buy her label Here. You can also buy the lovely floral pieces she is wearing soon on ShopBop. She wore this lovely ensemble for the collections Press day with a black Prada sweater and Salvatore Ferragamo black heels. If you like Jessica's gappy grin and quirky style you can follow her about the world on her tumblr Here .....
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Gotye and Kimbra Somebody I Used to Know..

This is one of those songs that kind of stays with you and I love a good duet. Kimbra is a breakout singer from New Zealand. She reminds me a little of Katie Perry. She has her own album called Settle Down and Gotye is a Belgian / Aussie musican. The video is so simple but raw just like the song.

From Canvas to Fabric Van Gogh Inspires ...

My Favourite dress from Rodarte's S/S '12 collection inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone below.

I remember my first impression of Van Gogh's paintings was that he was capturing something beautiful, be it a scene or object, but that his interpretation always gave it a melancholic feel. Like "Sunflowers" or Starry Night" you could really see through Van Gogh's eyes that he looked at these beautiful things with a dark perspective. The Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte have always been more like like artists than designers to me in many ways. Their collections whilst always on first impression are beautiful and romantic, always have a dark undertone, that unless you explore their themes can often go unnoticed. This duplicity is what has always drawn me to them as designers. I found it interesting that they used Van Gogh's paintings as inspiration for their S/S'12 collection. They quite literally use prints from paintings such as "starry night" and "Sunflowers" as well as Van Gogh's rich palette of abstract colour. To quote Laura Mulleavy in her interveiw about the collection in Dazed Digital
It’s like when I look at Van Gogh’s paintings - I see a melancholy within the dead sunflowers in the vase. There’s something very vibrant and there’s also a melancholy. And that’s the fascinating thing about it.

Mind you, Rodarte are the not the first to use Van Gogh's painting as inspiration. YSl Haute Couture Spring Summer collection of 1988 included lots of jackets using themes from his paintings such as "Sunflowers"

The dress Maggie Gylenhall wore to the 2010 Oscars by Dries was thought to be Van Gogh inspired.

If you fancy a little Van Gogh inspired fashion for yourself try these Starry Night painted Toms from Etsy here

Bonzie Interview...

In these truly difficult times in Ireland, most of our young designer talent has left our emerald shores for the bright lights of London. It is so great to see an indigenous Irish artisan label like Bonzie Designs basing themselves in Ireland and thriving. Bonzie Designs was created by designer duo Bonzie Crotty and her Aunt Ger. Bonzie's design studio is based in their hometown of Waterford city where they also have a shopfront selling their amazing neo Victorian designs. They create bespoke pieces, bridal wear and fabulous accessories like hats and shrugs and neckpieces.They have many Irish clients but have a huge following in the US too with Courtney Love being a huge fan. Their romantic Victorian design aesthetic is proving to set them apart. Originally selling online on their Etsy shop they now have an amazing website and online shop Bonzie Designs
Here is little interview I did with Bonzie xx

Were you were always creative ?

Very much so, I was the kid who got crayon's for Christmas! Storybooks and art supplies. I never played with dolls, although I used to create ball gowns for my sisters dolls out of old curtains, so I guess it was a sign of things to come!

Who inspired you and led to you studying fashion design?(a person, a designer etc)
I always wanted to go to art college from a very young age. My father was an artist and I was always following in his footsteps. It wasn't until I went to NCAD and discovered the fashion department that I really felt a clear direction and affinity with textiles and design. I was hooked from day one! Ger, my fabulous business partner ( and Auntie, but the least said about that the better!) was also a very hands on crafty child also. I can remember visiting my Nan's as a child and Ger showing me all sorts of quirky craft projects to keep me entertained. We both went in the same direction in our careers and combined our skills in 2008 to form the label known today as Bonzie Designs

You have a very particular design aesthetic, did you always design this way or did you ever experiment with other styles?

I think we were always inspired by days gone by and the passage of time. That nostalgic romance in clothing and design. We are both very keen on the Victorian period and it heavily influences our work today.

Who is your perfect client?

I think bonzie clients are courageous, brave and individual. Someone who likes to inject a bit of theatre into their wardrobe. We love a bit of eccentricity in our clients, it's what we are all about!

Do you find your veering more towards specialising in bridal wear, your bridal designs seem very popular?

We initially set up our label online and our largest client base was in the US. We had no idea that there was such a big bridal market online and it just happened organically that we became quite well known for our signature Victorian inspired silk boleros and wraps. It's the main stay of our online business to date however since then we have broadened our horizons into a number of other avenues and it all helps to keep the label well rounded. We are currently working on an exciting new range of ready to wear and this is a nice departure from the bolero/bridal work. We found that as our fan base grew we didn't have much to offer the gals who were not heading down the aisle per say so the new collection is a direct response tot he demand of our customers.

What's on your agenda for the coming year?

We are heading to the RDS in Jan 2012 to launch our first ready to wear collection. Incredible combo of ruffled tunics, lace pantaloons, tattered corsetry and statement necklaces all in our signature time worn aesthetic. It's a feast of lace, linen, beading, appliques, vintage trims etc. We are very excited about it. We have also recently begun a new partnership with a US mail order catalogue called Victorian Trading Co. A stunning brand that offer quirky Victorian and vintage inspired work around the US. It's our biggest contract to date and we are really chuffed to be working with them and sending our work abroad.

What do you hope to achieve in your career?

I personally feel that design and fashion is an incredibly difficult industry to break into and also a tough environment to make a living, unless you are at the top of the food chain. It's our aspiration that Bonzie will become an artisan producer of quirky vintage inspired clothing and accessories both here and abroad and both Ger and I will continue to work in our dream job and develop the brand.We have just recently moved into our new studio in the heart of the Viking Triangle development here in Waterford City so it's been a really exciting year with lots of opportunities in the near future. We are both very positive individuals so the current economic climate has really forced us to explore every opportunity and way forward that we can possibly find.

Agyness Deyn's Apartment ....

Agyness Deyn's Williamsburg loft apartment is up for sale for a whopping 2.5 milly. The decor is really not what I expected from the punk princess. The loft features a beautiful under the sea themed bedroom complete with art deco shell chairs, lot's of flowery wallpaper and overall it looks very soft and ultra feminine. Really beautiful but again not what I expected. I look at you in new light Aggy....

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Colourful Crochet .....

Cape: 70's Vintage
Hat: Asos

Trousers: Leather Topshop
Shoes: Chloe
Shirt: Acne

I am really loving colourful crochet at the moment. I found this really rare 70's Crochet cape in a New York vintage shop and dug it out this winter with a little inspiration from House of Holland. It has two little pom poms at the end of the strings on the front and I love the multi colours in each patch. It instantly makes me happy. Crochet print featured heavily in House of Holland's A/W'11 collection. Dresses in the collection were digitally printed with a crochet image so they were light and fluid and accessories like scarfs were made with real wool crochet. A 70's favourite, crochet was used at the time in everything from dresses, waistcoats, handbags and tops. You name it and it was crocheted! The DIY feel of crochet makes everything look more bohemian and that's what 70's fashion was all about.
If you cannot get your hands on any H of H crochet pieces and instead want to experiment with a vintage piece try add some more updated modern pieces to make the look less dated.

Henry Holland Tights

Henry Holland A/W'11 Catwalk

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