Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jeffrey Campbell S/S 2011

It's no secret that I came from a small town, to say the least. Even though my hometown stakes a claim as British Columbia's "Northern Captial" it's seriously lacking in a few key departments. The first and foremost is fashion. Now I could write an entire entry, maybe two, on how much my town suffers from this and what I would change. But my point being, despite my town's obvious handicap I always considered myself to be on top of fashion trends and such with the help of the world wide web.

It wasn't until I moved to the big city that I realized how horrifically wrong I was. It wasn't until my first midterm exam that I even heard of Jeffrey Campbell via fellow classmate and fashion blogger Erin - La Fille Mystere. Shocking I know

But now I can say I'm in love! Although I could never afford a pair of the oh-so-popular "Litas" and standing at already 5'7"-8" doubt I could pull them off without looking like an amazon in the worst possible way

But one day I WILL own a pair of his fabulous shoes. And the spring 2011 video lookbook is my favorite I've seen in a while. The shoes are incredible, I love how this brand is paving a new way for shoes, creating silhouettes and heights I've never even dreamed of seeing. My top pick would be the ones being worn by the model standing on the tail gate with the dog or the floral litas. Definitely an inspiration to save my dollars this spring!

My favorite part of this video has to be when the girls "rock the boat" it's an old inside joke from my lovely little hometown <3 won 

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Millinery Post

Well the semester has finally come to a close. Sorry for my inherent absence, it's been... crazy, to say the least. I have two more projects due, some catch up work and one last final.
Last Tuesday was my last Fashion Elements class. Although the course was ridiculously easy I'm going to miss it. I look forward to hopefully having the same instructor in the future.

What I would give to rummage through that woman's wardrobe! In our last class we went over millinery and she brought in an original Philip Tracey hat :D
For those of you ashamed to not know who he is, myself included, he's responsible for most of Lady Gaga's head wear.
Although her hat was much more "ready-to-wear" than Lady Gaga's it was really inspirational to see and a great way to finish the semester.

I thought I might share with you guys my favorite milliner, Piers Atkinson. I first found him through this recent editorial paying hommage to the works of Tim Burton.

After doing a little more research I completely fell in love with his work. Warning, the following is picture heavy. It was so difficult to pick favorites!

From the completely outlandish to the very appropriate for an evening out I definitely admire his creativity. It's crossed my mind a few times to try and create some unique head wear for my final collection. Something I've never tried before that's for sure.

Anyways if you'd like to see more of Piers Atkinson's work you can find it at his website here http://www.piersatkinson.com/
Over the Christmas holidays I will try and update with something more substantial

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Inspiration ~ Winter Sonata

Title: Winter Sonata
Magazine: New York Times T Style Winter 2010
Model: Amanda Nørgaard
Photographers: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello
Stylist: Anne Christensen

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

One day I'll be famous

This is how I would like to wake up every morning

Followed by a trip to Tiffany's ♥ 
But for now, an all-nighter with Starbucks Tazo Tea and a trip to the library tomorrow will do.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Show me how you Burlesque

I never thought any movie would rival my love for to costumes in Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge was THE movie that inspired me to want to be a costume designer and will forever have a special place in my heart.


Words cannot describe... well, actually they can.
and they're about too.

When I first saw a trailer for this movie the first thing that came to my mind was "OH! WOW! One of my mother's musical idols and one of mine in same same movie!" Speaking about Cher and Christina Aguilera respectively. So I knew when I visited home for this weekend some serious mother & daughter bonding had to occur!

The movie was spectacular and if you're looking for a feel good flick with beautiful women, amazing vocals and choreographed dancing this holiday season I highly recommend it. 
However, I feel the costuming for this film is definitely entitled to an award of sorts.

Michael Kaplan and I will be married on top of a mountain! and there's going to be flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. And we will dance till the sun rises. And then our children will form a family band.
And you're all invited!

Michael Kaplan's resume is a long one and he could possibly be described as an accidental trend-setter. Since his costumes from Flash Dance had women everywhere cutting out their t-shirt collars all throughout the 80s and myself only a couple years ago. His work on the movie Blade Runner is said to have inspired some of the late great Alexander McQueen's work and both Donatella Versace and Marc Jacobs have paid tribute to his work on one of my all time favorite movies, Fight Club. Most recently his costumes for Star Trek brought great pleasure to my inner geek.
The man shows no signs of slowing down. 

Burlesque tells a glitter-heavy, beaded story about a small-town girl, Ali (Christina Aguilera), looking to make it big in Los Angeles. She finds a job as a cocktail waitress in a burlesque lounge run by Tess (Cher) and soon finds herself center stage. Kaplan’s bold, over-the-top dance costumes play such a huge role in the film that they actually move the plot forward at certain points. To achieve all that sparkle and pop, Kaplan appears to have drawn from the art form’s long history. The costumes, he said, span “the ’20s through the ’40s, and there’s also a feeling of the ’50s and ’60s too. Some of it even has a tiny bit of futurism.” 
Kaplan was also quoted in the LA Times saying, “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I was thinking about the effect of the movie on fashion. I do what I think is right for the character. I want them to look like they exist in the world.” 

“…a costume from a number called ‘I Am a Good Girl.’ I wanted Christina to kind of look like a dessert. There’s feathers, there’s satin, and she’s all pink and peach and adorable. Like some kind of sorbet.” -Kaplan speaking specifically of my favorite piece on the movie (pictured above). 

Call me anything you want but this movie had everything I love when it comes to costume and design. Over the top, extravagance, sex appeal, glitz and glamor in the best and worst possible ways. Don't even get me started on the incredibly fierce Christian Louboutin shoes featured in this film.

The movie and Michael have been an incredible inspiration for me and has definitely influenced a lot of my most recent design ideas especially my Fashion History final project. Which, I will post once it is marked and returned to me. For now I have a ton of homework to catch up on. I will blog more about my trip home tomorrow.

Much Love <3



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