Monday, September 24, 2018

Popcorn!

Some people call this stitch popcorn.  Others prefer bobbles.  Regardless, its a classic that adds texture and fun.

Intermix Fall 2018
Zimmerman Fall 2018
Zimmerman Fall 2018
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Checked-Out

Get ready to start seeing a lot of Western-inspired looks. Guess what that means? FRINGE! But also  buffalo plaids and checks, which are a natural expression of the theme. Personally, I prefer less literal interpretations of fashion trends.

The below pieces offer a (very, very) deconstructed approach to Western. The first image also hits nicely on future color trends; colors which are still quite saturated but closer to pastels without the dusty, faded aspect. I am personally liking all the minty, fluffy cotton candy-esque shades I've been noticing (see Delpozo Resort 2019.)  I'll have to do a color post soon.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Diamonds Are Forever

Maybe it's because the 80's are popping up again or maybe it's the Trump effect.

How To Spend It Magazine
Vogue Taiwan August 2018

Swarovski crystals in a diamond mesh pattern

Salt Magazine

Gold chain. Also I LOVE Maeve Marshall's freckles!

Ellery Resort 2019
Elle Vietnam September 2018

From 2017...note the dense florals paired with something linear and stripey, a trend which blew-up in the active and performance world in recent seasons.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Knitting for a Cause | Little Lungs RSW Awareness and Protection


From time to time I get emails and solicitations from companies to write a sponsored post or collaborate on a project. Usually, it's quite obvious that whoever sent the email has never seen this blog. I mean, it's pretty clear TDH is all about knitwear so when some manufacturer emails me to ask if I will write about their prom dresses, I just delete it.

I don't know anyone at Little Lungs and truth be told, I havn't even heard of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, the #1 reason babies are hospitalized within their 1st year of life, but someone over there (Hello!) knows I'm all about knits so I have no problem promoting this worthy cause.

(Full disclosure: I am not being paid to write this.)


Knit Big for Little Lungs is an event the organization promotes starting in October to raise awareness for RSV and provide NICU's around the country with hats, blankets, and booties.

See the flyer below for specifics and you can check out their Facebook page for more information about their cause and see some wonderful pictures of people proudly knitting away!



Thursday, September 6, 2018

Crazy For Cats!

Yes...I'm one of those crazy cat ladies and I make no apologies for it. If you met Quincy, my 18lb tuxedo cat, you'd try and kidnap him from me. I take great comfort in the fact that the fabulous Grace Coddington is a crazy cat lady too! Also I grew-up in a house with an all-leopard kitchen so I have a particular affinity for big cat patterns. (Yes, you heard me...leopard. Floors, plates, upholstery, etc.)

WGSN said leopard patterns have seen a 5-fold increase from last year. I think leopard and animal prints are classic and always in style but if you're a trend-follower you can take comfort knowing you're on the right track.


Harper's Bazaar UK September 2018
Tanya Taylor Resort 2018
Miu Miu as seen in Harper's Bazaar Russia

In related news... here's a picture of Bruno the Cat. He's a 25lb hunk of love who likes to stand on his hind legs. He was recently adopted from a shelter in Illinois by a couple who responded to a posting on Facebook. To show how committed they were to giving him a loving home, his mom-to-be submitted this awesome song she recorded called "Gimme That Fat Cat."  

It's a MUST-SEE!


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Monday, September 3, 2018

XOXO

Happy Labor Day! And just like that Fall unofficially begins. Chanel Pre-Fall 2018. 1 cable sweater, 3 editorials. 

L'Officiel Netherlands September 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Thoughts on Sustainability and Fast-Fashion

Photo by Lillie Eiger

I received an email from a reader in New Zealand about the very inexpensive dress I included as part of yesterday's post showing a connection between the sculptures of Berner Venet and things I noticed floating around in the fashion ether.

The dress in question came from a D2C online Chinese company that I instinctively knew, after many years in this industry, couldn't be on the up and up. The reader was surprised and disappointed that I would include such an item despite my concerns, which I directly questioned in the post itself, about living wages and other labor and environmental violations a dress with such a low price would demand. She claimed that after clicking through to the site she felt like she needed a shower! Presumably because it was so icky and disturbing.

She was right to call me out. And so I removed the image as well as the link to the manufacturers site. If you check back you will notice that the post has been updated.

You probably know that I am an animal lover as well as a lover of all sweaters furry and fringe-y because they are a great alternative to using real fur. A while ago I pointed out that I would make sure to no longer post any image which has real animal fur shown. Because I'm also an advocate for sustainability and transparency in the fashion industry I mentioned the conundrum that faux furs create because the synthetic fibres from which they are made rely heavily on fossil fuels. I personally have made a choice that I would be anti-(real)fur first and support mills and bio-engineers working on alternative solutions for more eco-friendly materials.

In fact, I consulted with a brand that specializes in faux fur clothing to help them develop eco-friendly yarns which can be turned into eco-friendly, furry fabrics for their collection. They are being supported by both PETA and Cradle-to-Cradle in this endeavor. (Unfortunately I can't mention their name just yet.) This kind of thing is the future of fashion but it's going to take time.

We have a global culture of mass overconsumption. There is too much "stuff" in the world and $19 dresses contribute to the egregious waste of the earth's natural resources. $19 dresses also mean someone is probably not making a living wage or working in facilities that are safe.

53 million tons of clothing are produced each year and about 85% of that ends up in landfills. It is estimated that a woman wears an item of clothing an average of 7 times before getting rid of it. Each pound of clothing that ends up in a landfill produces 2lbs of CO2 emissions and landfill clothes, which can take up to 200 years to decompose in some cases, leak toxic dyes and chemicals into the soil, which can contaminate local drinking water.

Consumers are detached from this reality and unless those of us in the industry help to educate them, the cycle will continue. A return to quality and an appreciation for craft and skill must be redeployed.

I realize that most people can't afford luxury or contemporary priced clothing but fast-fashion, in its quest to achieve endless growth and profits, has trained customers to want more and more; faster and for a lot less. The more "stuff" they crank out, the more "stuff" we're convinced we need and like any addiction it soon spirals out of control.

I guarantee there is plenty of wiggle room between the $4.99 t-shirt at Forever 21 and the $499 one from Saint Laurent. Consumers need to be reprogrammed to buy less and buy better.

In any case, I welcome any and all comments and will strive to maintain my high aesthetic standards and a consistent POV while also making sure to uphold my core beliefs.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Inspired By | Berner Venet

I never heard of Berner Venet but saw his work on a trend board by Fashion Vignette and started to do a little research. OBSESSED! This is art you can live with forever.

Indeterminate Line 1984 - Graphite on wood
Indeterminate Line 2005 - Rolled Steel

Burberry's cashmere jacquard "Graffiti" sweater is what immediately came to mind. I have no idea if Venet's work was on the designers' minds of course...I'll leave that investigative research to the folks over at Diet Prada.

Burberry Grafitti Sweater
Available at Farfetch
Grib 1 - Torch cut waxed steel
Courtesy of Art Plural Gallery
I don't know why only the guys get to have this look.

Yohji Yamamoto Fall/Winter 2015
Installation at Versaille 2011
Kenzo Spring 2014
One Indeterminate Line, 1982
Grib 1 - Torch cut waxed steel

The artist with his work.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Timeless Classics

There's a reason certain items achieve "classic" status. Editorially-speaking, the photography is usually the tell but most of the time, the designer or decade from which a piece was designed is indecipherable.

These images could be from the past, present or future. I snuck in 1 image from 20 years ago to prove my point. This is the difference between capital "F" Fashion and capital "S" Style.

Vogue Russia September 2018
Vogue Poland
Harper's Bazaar Australia June 2018
Marie Claire 1998
Marie Claire Australia May 2018
InStyle July 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Soft Stripes

These pieces all look like they're made from mohair, which seems like another crazy thing to be posting in August. Interestingly enough, when I was at Coach, mohair yarn always seemed to be prominent in the Spring collections. Go figure.


You can buy this one from Maiami on Goop

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Ganni seems to be everywhere these days.

Ganni

Simple and chic

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Summer Staple: Crochet Bikinis


Crochet bikinis are totally impractical but they always make for a great fashion editorial. We're approaching the official last 2 weeks of Summer vacation so now's your chance to wear one!

Harper's Bazaar Bulgaria August 2018
Harper's Bazaar Bulgaria August 2018
Harper's Bazaar Bulgaria August 2018