You cannot deconstruct unless you know how to construct. - Alexander McQueen

Entanglement at John Rocha, Lagerfeld Channels Werther de Goethe, Medievalism, Moulded Hourglass Shapes and the Tie Stain for Fall 2011 permalink

Favorite looks for the F/W 2011-2012 season come from John Rocha, Junya Watanabe, Valentino, Mary Katrantzou, Thakoon and Alexander McQueen. Trends include Medievalism, moulded hourglass shapes, fuzzy skirts and oversized, misshapen coats. And the humble tie stain makes an appearance at Anne-Sofie Back.

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John Rocha Fall 2011

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Punk Bene Gesserits and Biomega in Paris permalink

The Autumn/Winter 2010/11 shows at Paris Fashion Week come - for better or worse - leather bound. Also, “tribe” and “tribal” are words that often get tossed about in reference to this season’s collections. Sarah Mower of quoted Rick Owens as saying that his women are, ‘a sect of nuns with inner discipline’. Well, naturally I think Dune:

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Punk Bene Gesserits at the Rick Owens A/W 2010/11 show

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The Dominion of Subtle permalink

Learning how to sew and design clothes leads us through many stages of development. These stages are borne out differently for all of us, depending on how we are taught. Early stages might be dominated by prints with simpler patterns. Intermediate stages are an exploration of various color and fabric combinations, along with silhouettes from the past. A good many designers – while they may have a fine command of the craft - find comfort or success at an intermediate level of development. Masters, however, have acquired such a fine-tuned attention to detail embracing all aspects of design that the effect they achieve has graduated to the realm of subtlety.

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image: Chanel spring 2006 couture

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