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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Exquisite Haute Couture

28 09 2010

Haute Couture is truly an amazing ways of constructing garments.  A dying art, really…  Only few percentage of us in the world could ever afford these devine pieces.  Hopefully the craft will continue to live on to the next generation.  One can only hope.




Enjoy your Tuesday.

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Beautiful Wings

23 09 2010

At the late fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen’s memorial service on Monday 20th September, Björk sang a moving rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Gloomy Sunday” for the service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

For her performance, she wore a pair of “angel wings” created by McQueen, who took his life earlier this year on the day before his mother’s funeral.  Read more on New York Times here.

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Happy Graduation, Caitlin!

17 09 2010

We are so happy and so proud of our Caitlin for finishing up her fashion design degree at Art Institute today.  Caitlin is an amazing designer and such an incredible person.  She is wise beyond her years.  It was my lucky day when she walked into the shop 3 years ago.  She is my design partner, my right hand girl, and truly a great friend.  IDOM and I owe her so much of our success.  She is truly an IDOM heart and soul.  We are crossing our fingers that she will be in Antwerp next year for grad school.  E and I joked that we will be knocking on her door in Belgium.  Unfortunately C knows that this is not too far from the truth.  She can’t get rid of us that easily.

Evangelina, Miles and I are excited to attend her portfolio show, graduation ceremony and join Caitlin and her family at Pok Pok tonight.  B sends his congrats.  Too bad he can’t be with us.  Someone does have to work around here.  Many thanks to my friend Angie for helping us out at the shop today.  Angie is on her break from design school in Denmark.  Thank you for being a trooper.  E and I will have the rest of the day to be with Caitlin.

I love the fact that for her high school graduation.  C asked for a plane ticket to New Zealand.  She traveled on her own for weeks.  She is so curious about the world and ready for any adventure.  I hope that Caitlin could come back to Thailand again.  Can’t wait to see of where life will take her next.

Caitlin’s work from her senior collection.  Promise to post more beautiful looks from Caitlin’s collection and shot by our talented Elizabeth.  Happy Graduation, Caitlin!  We love you!  xoxo, e+m

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Tatty Devine

10 09 2010

I’m so excited that Evangelina found us this amazing collection of jewelry from Tatty Devine via London.  It is so inspiring that the company of two women designers have been around for 10 years.  Here is a bio of the wonderful designers.

Harriet Vine

Rosie Wolfenden

Tatty Devine is Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden. The two designers set up the company ten years ago, and still run it completely independently. A witty, offbeat brand, Tatty Devine has become a cult classic of British fashion.

Harriet and Rosie still design every piece, and 99% of the jewellery is made by hand in Tatty Devine’s own workshops (one in London and one in Kent). Each year, two main collections are launched at London Fashion Week, and there’s a permanent collection of popular classics called The Best Of Tatty Devine.

Tatty Devine were one of the first companies to open a fashion boutique on London’s famous Brick Lane in 2001. A central London boutique followed in 2004, and was relocated to a bigger space in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials last year. The launch was celebrated with a ceremonial parade through the West End.

The beautiful pieces are in the shop now.  Gold Pegasus necklace.

Quill Necklace

My personal favorite.  Dinosaur necklace.

Perfect fan earring

Visit us and check out amazing work from Tatty Devine.  If you see anything that you would love to have.  Please give us a ring + 1 503 477 6818 or you can always email us.  Wishing you a sweet Friday.