Posts Tagged ‘layering’
I’ve featured Vladimir Karaleev previously, but since then he’s designed two more collections and there are interviews and video of his shows now available. Courtesy of all of this new information on the designer, I’ve learned that he’s colourblind! Of course, when your concentration is mostly focused on draping and layering, colour tends to play second chair as is. He can see the colour blue, which is what initially attracted me to his clothing, and can be seen making another appearance in his Fall 10/11 collection. Anyway, each collection brings a refinement of his basic aesthetic principles and I’m looking forward to seeing more of it in the future.
I’ve posted pictures from the Fall 10/11 collection, but check out the video below to see a preview of Spring 2011
I don’t have much to offer in the way of commentary on Vienna based design collective, House of the Very Island’s, so instead I’ll just express my appreciation for their skillful use of texture, print, and layering (click the image above to enlarge). Be sure to check out the archive section of the site, too
Thanks to Estelle (great blog and she’s a jewelry designer too!) from One Perfect Morning for this stellar find. Many of you are probably familiar with Anna Sara Davik’s nail rings and gloves, since they’ve popped up quite a few times on various style related blogs. I know that’s how I was familiar with her, but it wasn’t until Estelle’s recent post that I discovered that she also creates stunningly beautiful, architectural clothing. The colours are neutral and the overall aesthetic minimal, but the shapes are so beautifully constructed that it’s impossible to be bored by the clothing. Her older collections play with layering and unusual cuts, and feel just as fresh four years later. There don’t appear to be any stockists for the clothing yet, but the designer plans to open a web shop sometime this year, and hopefully some expanded press will find her clothing carried in more shops as well. For now, enjoy the clothing posted on her site
If you’ve been following Pour Porter since the old days you’ll remember that I’ve been a longtime follower of Magda Berliner and I’ve posted quite a few times about her over the years. Well, time for another one! What initially attracted me to her pieces was the use of crochet lace and her characteristic loose and easy silhouettes. The Spring Summer 2010 collection is out and her signature crocheted dresses make an appearance along with a lot of layering and print that has a very Rachel Comey feel to it (both designers have always done the eclectic layering thing very well). Whereas S/S 10 is playful and varied, her A/W 10 collection is a bit more spare and minimal, which while not bad, doesn’t seem as true to the designer’s original aesthetic. Of course, in all fairness the A/W collection doesn’t completely eliminate those elements that have come define Berliner’s aesthetic and which I’ve always found particularly appealing. Plus, mixing one’s look up to keep things fresh isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There’s a drop-waist dress with a crocheted skirt and a few pieces with print like the leopard tank and shorts. Anyways, I’m glad she’s still producing collections, and will continue to look forward to the next. (Click pictures to enlarge)
No matter how oversaturated the fashion scene is right now with draping and layers and so on, I can’t give up my love for easy, fluid shapes. Yes, my love of all black may have been hit by an 18 wheeler and backed over repeatedly, but no, fashion blogging world, you cannot destroy my love for the art of draping.
Czech designer Jakub Polanka is quite the master and I was happy to see that, although the latest collection is a mostly monochromatic one, at least it’s not black! What’s most amazing is how consistently good his collections have been over the years- be sure to browse them all along with the Concepts section. I do like how each collection is a variation on some colour gradient (♥ citron yellow).
I’ve posted pictures from his S/S 2010, Spring 2009, and Fall 2008 collections