Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Sketch Book.

The excitement of Spring Summer 2013 draws up some new and inspiring messages.
Below is a snapshot of some of the interesting things in my sketch book at the moment.

1. Riviera Chic
2. Tailored dandy
3. Denim Heirloom
4. Nautical Style
5. Collision

This year has begun with some economic drama stories, is the UK in or out of the EU?
How will the economies of Europe and America ever step out of recession?
What are the longer term effects of these situations on the consumer market?

All serious questions, but it has to be our job, as creatives and designers, to create new energy and emotional stimulation from within these gloomy days?
fashion and trends roll on what ever the weather. Some moving faster than others, but there are some underlying messages. Some logic to the madness.

We are, after- all, not going to change these things. We can look back but we can only move forwards.

This is the new world order. 
Things have not been the same for a long time and will not be the same again in the future.

Everything has reset and started again, it has to be a focus on building. What are you building for the future? How will you stimulate your creativity? How will you trigger your desires?

Future Vision.
The important thing to note is that we are living in a period of Future Vision.
New technologies are creating, lighter, warmer, thinner, stronger, brighter more expensive and inexpensive fabrics and garments than ever before.
We can even colour things in ways that were never before possible.
But we still use, more or less, the same techniques to produce garments, in ways that we have always done.

This Future Vision is justified by exploration and a new mood of pioneering, moving into areas of discovery.
Our new sense of discovery is creative, open, free thinking, independent and experimental, but it has one condition......

The condition is that we maintain a sense of tradition. Traditional craft, traditional values, a sense of excellence from hand made and hand crafted hand work. Things that we recognise as valuable form the past. 

It is understood that all new things are only possible as we learn to appreciate and understand a crucial component to make new things........... SKILLS.

These are the skills of the past, handed on with extravagant stories and recorded in family heirlooms. Now they are being coupled with the technologies of the future. Thus creating a tension and explosion in emotional sensitivities.

These are the new Sweet Spots.


The Scrap Book SS2013
Riviera Chic

Nautical Style.
Heritage Lords.

Collision Denim.

It's all about the Signs....


J Crew or J W Anderson!!

There is a case for designers being "Inspired by the street", but is this taking it too far??

Which one would you have preferred to buy?

This pullover was spotted by Bryan Boy on a trip to Paris, in Killiwatch.
It was a total bargain at 25.00 Euros. 
It was a vintage J Crew Pullover.

Now Bryan was very happy with his vintage purchase and wore it in numerous photo shoots last year, but then as he was shopping on line, he spotted exactly the same pullover, now in cashmere and now it was $863.00.

Oh dear J W Anderson, wasn't it a bit too close to the original!!

Original. Vs Copy!!

The Magic #100 Blogs!

It is amazing, this is Blog number 100!
"Let fly the balloons" and "pop the party poppers!"

The Filterlife blog has been presenting Flash City Visits, with the hottest trends and the coolest street fashion shots for the past 4 yrs now and here I have finally reached 100, it feels like quite a mile stone!

I have been exposing my inner creative visions, into the world of design and personal inspiration. 
My objective is to express all the influences I absorb from my short city trips.

What are the cool messages? .........Freedom of expression and imagination. 

hoops - Stephanie Kubo

Where are the cool spots? .........Panoramic bars and restaurants that open up the city and all its secrets.
My favourite spot at the moment is the Okura Hotel, Amsterdam,  at the Bar 23rd on the 23rd floor of the hotel.

What are the new upcoming trends? .........Riviera style, denim and Chambray.

How can I match colours? ..........The collision of patterns and colours is the new hype. Keep it bold!
Take a look at the Jak&Jill website for some totally hyper styles clashing to the max.

What are the new must have items? .....Feminine silky blouses, soft dandy style with soft colour combinations and vintage accessories.
It has to be about Acne and the Scandinavian style.

Acne | Patti Tape oversized chiffon blouse | NET-A-PORTER.COM

These are the triggers which have a seasonal statement behind them.

This Blog #100 is dedicated to inspiration and creativity, under the banner IMAGINE.
No need to imagine them just follow below here are 8 top, cool on-going trends, for the start of the new season Spring Summer 2013.

The following are all looks form Paris.

I have to announce this...... according to "BOF", BoF – The Business of Fashion
( 'Business of Fashion' - The insiders guide to all the fashion news!) Men are now, officially, the new Women!

Yes,... we rule at last, we are daring to be a little different and we are using creative, fashion, initiative!! Well, we are at least trying! 

More and more we can see a new fashion expression, and often great accessories too.......on guys!

Check out this Paris guys style, with the blazer over the shoulders, very Yves Saint Laurent. (Before Hedi.)  But the 2 tone brogues are the excellent final touch!

For her, she has a statement of all of her own with the vintage camel leather bag and the granite wash denim. This has a Gothic twist in combination with a Boho Chic.

Denim shirt - Style icon for 2013!

.....And now for the shoes!!

Bi coloured Brogues and no laces!
Not to mention another big 2013 style tip..... No socks!

The cool young hipsters were also in good form in the Republique area!

Vintage pullovers and an inspired Isabel Marant look.
Very Graduate style / Riviera College Chic.

In 2013 look out for the Riviera Chic style. 
Inspired by 1950's cult films such as la Dolce Vita, it is inspiring a look that is simplistic, elegant and totally chic.

From delicate florals and semi transparent layers, this romantic message is rich with a sense of retro style.

Floral patterns from Diane von Furstenberg
Soft muted colours, especially focused on Mint accents.

Fitted pullovers.
Cigarette fitted trousers.

........And for the adventurous, add a little silver for a futuristic touch.


Silver metallic leather accessories.

Soft muted colours and fashion separates.
The round collar blouse T-shirt will be a Spring 2013 'Must Have'.
A modern shape with a nostalgic colour palette.

Delicate vintage accessories help to bring a sense of nostalgia and creativity to vintage customisation.

It is important that drape silk blouses are combined with brooches and vintage jewellery to maintain a sense of historic reference.

Let the Riviera renaissance blow a gentle sense of nostalgia into your retro revival.