Print :: I love Ikat

If there’s one fabric print technique I find extremely inspiring, it’s Ikat. It’s a resistant dying technique that is applied prior to weaving, and is similar to tye dying, resulting in a characteristically Indonesian looking fabric pattern. I usually associate Ikat designs with the beautiful blue and white linen prints that it’s best known for,Continue reading “Print :: I love Ikat”

Focus On :: Dip Dying

Dip dye, Colourbleed, Ombre. For anyone fascinated with gradient, this is the ultimate way to explore the tonal effect of colour . Like a drop of dissolving ink into water, the inbetween subtle gradient of colour provides a harmonious flow of tones rather than the starkness of colour blocking. When done correctly dip dying has aContinue reading “Focus On :: Dip Dying”

Focus On :: Milame Handmade Design

A treasure chest of crafty designs lies in Palmhof Centre just off Kloof Street. Milame and friends is a creative workshop and store that stocks a few hand crafted designer brands from quirky socks, to leather bags and unique jewellery. Feat bamboo and nylon socks caught my eye with their quirky fox print design, while theContinue reading “Focus On :: Milame Handmade Design”

SS ’14: Art is in the Air

Following on from my last post, below are a few Spring Summer 2014 campaigns influenced by brush stroke and graphics. From Kenzo’s surreal pop art campaign featuring Devon Aoki, to Christian Louboutin’s literal works of art by artist Peter Lipmann, to Dolce and Gabanna’s map-print boxer-clad statuesque men, the different takes on this trend areContinue reading “SS ’14: Art is in the Air”

Trend ’14 :: The Great Graf

From graffiti to graphics, the fashion and art world are full of colourful collaborations in 2014. From Hence grafitti art inspiration on Patternbank to Seoul streetwear designer Kathleen Kye’s sizzling streetwear designs, exciting graf tags and spraypaint textures are back on the map whilst putting a street style twist on statement slogans. For the pop art lovers,Continue reading “Trend ’14 :: The Great Graf”

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2014 :: “Techno-Couture”

With Alexander Wang as ringleader, the Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2014 show really appeals to the senses. This is what design and forward thinking fashion are about, starting January 2014 off at an exciting and progressive pace. A fusion of sporty details, crisp tailoring and futuristic silhouettes result in unlikely combos that add a welcomed twist toContinue reading “Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2014 :: “Techno-Couture””

2014 :: The Futurist

So this is the furthest point we’ve been in time. And in design. There is a type of precision and perfection to futuristic minimalism. Whether it be the angular precision of shapes, the metamorphosis of texture and form, the hybrid meeting point of fashion and design or the magic of new materials and metallics, technologicalContinue reading “2014 :: The Futurist”

Trend Forecast: Modern Romance 2014

The leaders in fashion forecasting, WGSN, have released the first of 3 reports on the Spring Summer 2014 key looks for ladieswear. Florals, candy stripes, tonal houndstooth and soft tones carry through into mixtures of sheer, matt and printed fabrics with a classical, romantic mood. The addition of sweatshirts and jeans in soft tones and highContinue reading “Trend Forecast: Modern Romance 2014”

Trend :: Neons & Neutrals

You don’t have to look like a head to toe glowstick to embrace summer neons. For a stylish spin on this shade, pair it up with oatmeals, beiges, dusty rose pinks and white.  Using neon as a clever accent gives an effective yet stylish twist to your ensemble. Less is more. Here are some itemsContinue reading “Trend :: Neons & Neutrals”

# Mr Price & Henry Holland Collaboration

Henry Holland has done it again. The last time he collaborated with Mr price I walked away with one of his multi-coloured leopard print tees that still serves me well. This time the British designer has created nine dresses inspired by his muses – Kelly Osbourne, Pixie Geldof, Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Alexa Chung,Continue reading “# Mr Price & Henry Holland Collaboration”