Influence

16 02 2012

The first moment I knew that I wanted to design clothes was when I tried on Yohji Yamamoto piece from my mother’s closet.  The dress was this crazy asymmetrical piece with origami fold within the fold.  I was 8 and I was hooked.  From that point on I had a fashion bug for Japanese designers from Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto to Junya Watanabe.  I always wanted to create clothes that are interesting, complicated, beautiful, and timeless.  When I was younger I tried to conform to the trend as any adolescent would do.  I felt stuck, trap, and unhappy.  I never really fit into a cookie cutter world.  Now that I’m much older and doing what I truly love.  I find comfort in being myself and finding the influence of these amazing designers to be endless source of inspiration. The insight from Mr. Yamamoto below is right on point.  That is how I feel of our current state of fashion.

“The biggest mistake you can make in fashion is imitation. If we keep on like this, fashion will die. There was a time when I used to fall in love on the street every day. I would see someone with such a way about them or such a flawless item that I would have to say, “Stop! Please! That’s perfect.” That never happens anymore. Everything is too similar. Soon it will be only a T-shirt and jeans.” 
Yohji Yamamoto

Mr. Yamamoto making final revision in Paris for his spring/Summer 1991 collection.

So sorry no sources for these images.

Wishing you a brilliant Thursday.





Dreaming of Coco

10 01 2012

My father’s mother aka “fancy grannie” has an amazing collection of handbags, clothes, and jewels.  Her most cherished treasures are from Coco Chanel, YSL, Dior and Hermes.  Growing up I was more interested in modern cutting edge fashion from Japan.  I found grannie’s treasures to be beautiful, but a bit more sophisticated for my taste as a teenager.  Well, my tune has forever changed when I went to university.  I discovered fashion history, fascinated by the ideas behind it all and could always related to the struggle of the great masters.  Their brilliant ideas and creations were just amazingly beautiful, wonderful and meaningful.  Today I’m dreaming of Coco.  Her apartment is magnificent and dynamic.  Just as I imagined of a kind of person she was.  Please read a wonderful article from The Coveteur here.

All images courtesy of The Coveteur.

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone.





Prints

13 05 2011

My favorite type of prints are plaid. I came across Thom Browne spring/summer 2011 collection and I am in love with all of it  especially the plaid . Here are a few images all from the his website.

Happy Friday! Stop by the shop and say hi soon.

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Isabel Marant

28 04 2011

I first found pieces of Isabel Marant while I was studying in France and Britain via early 90′s.  I still have her dresses, blazers, and skirts to this day.  They are always timeless and chic with splash of bohemian.  Such a treat to see her work space.

I am happy to see creative chaos happening in her studio.  Truly a breath of fresh air.

Pics found via Back Yard Bill.





Here’s to the cold and almost snowy days

24 02 2011

Hi Everyone! Caitlin here, I will be guest blogging for Modi while she is without Internet for a few days. We love you Modi and hope you’re having fun.

The cold day here inspired me to look for fun ways to stay warm and what better than sweaters dresses and hot chocolate on a stick! Stop by the shop and say hello!

Images courtesy of Style.com Sonia Rykiel Fall 2010 Collection and The Ticket Kitchen





Carin Rodebjer

2 02 2011
The Swedish fashion designer of the year, Carin Rodebjer, opens up her office in Stockholm to Elle.
Isn’t it nice? I’m totally in love with the serving trolley filled with matching shades of pink & red.  Her work is also incredible.  Those shoes below are lovely as well.
All photos courtesy of Elle.
Ta, ta for now.

 





Weekend Inspiration

21 11 2010

Beautiful pictures taken by Todd Selby in Jeanne Lanvin’s library in Paris.  Reminiscing of how the old fashion house is still so modern today.  I think that Alber Elbaz is an amazing artistic director and doing a brilliant work for Lanvin.

I love the old photos, drawings, embroideries and perfume bottles. The one to the right, Arpège, is considered Lanvins signature scent, and was made back in 1927.

All photos courtesy of Todd Selby.

Wishing you a lovely Sunday.

 





Oh Karl!

9 11 2010

Since we are on a subject of sketches.  I thought that I would share one of my favourite sketches from Karl Lagerfeld via the house of Chanel.  He is truly a genius!  There are many ways of getting out your ideas in designing.  Some people draw, some use words, some drape and some use computer.  There is no right way or wrong way to get out your ideas.  Sketching is the easiet way for me to use as a jumping point.  You don’t need much just pencil and notebook.  They really don’t have to be perfect.  It is like your own visual diary.  You can do this anywhere.  It is just fun to draw.  Enjoy Karl’s illustration.

Image courtesy of Chanel.  Fashion sketch by Karl Lagerfeld.

 





Weekend Inspiration

9 10 2010

Yohji Yamamoto is one of my all time favorite designer.  I remember seeing his pieces in Japan when I was quite young, perhaps when I was about 7 or 8.  It left such a big impact on my life.  In a way he has been my mentor from afar.  I remember saving my allowances for his work, for Comme des Garçons, and for Issey Miyake.  I could only afford one piece per year.  I had to saved and saved.  But they are worth my every blood, sweat and tear.  I thank my parents for really instilled the value of only buying what you love.  All the pieces that I have since I was young are still in great shape.  The amazing quality of construction and the architectural modernness of these designers’ work are timeless.  I will always cherished every pieces from the design masters.

Take a look at S/S 11 collection via Paris.  Yohji Yamamoto’s signature deconstructed Edwardiana in all black with a hint of ragamuffin:

 

Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is a genius in her own right.  Brilliant work from her S/S 11 playing with the idea of multiple personalities.

This is one of my most favorite collection from the Paris show.  Loved creative director Dai Fujiwara’s work for Issey Miyake’s SS’11 collection…the textures (using the house’s signature micro pleats and fabric technology), the tailoring, draping, shapes, prints and colours.  Stunning!

All photos courtesy of Style.com.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Friday Inspiration

8 10 2010

Happy to report that we survived 2 days of moving our clothes and our props from one event to the next.  Now all we need is sometime to rest and sleep.  Thank you to everyone that stopped by the trunk show and the installation show.  It was fun catching up with you guys.  Many thanks to Solestruck and Lindsay for having us over.  We loved collaborating with you.  Now it is time for eye candy via Paris Fashion Week for S/S 11.  I’m a big fan of Gareth Pugh’s work.  Enjoy!

Flowing kimono shapes were cut from a nylon printed with aluminum to give an extraordinary two-way mirror effect. Scales of rubberized neoprene added a snaky futurism to tops and pants. Pugh pulled off a feat of cutting in tunics he called “modular,” the same front and back. And, keen as he was to avoid the sci-fi tag that has been continually attached to his clothes, he still showed sinuous silvery pieces that clung to the body like thirty-first-century armor.  It is inspiring to see a risk taker designer at work.  All photos courtesy of Style.com.

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