Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fall 2010 Runway Inspiration: Missoni & Etro

I absolutely adore Missoni's stunning and famous sweater designs! Talk about inspiring! Patchwork sweaters anyone? Me? YES, thank you! I really enjoy their mixing and clashing of color and design all in one garment. Beautiful, don't you think?

{Missoni Fall 2010 Runway Collection}

{Missoni Fall 2010 Runway Collection}

{Etro Fall 2010 Runway Collection}
This color story really makes me happy! I love the ethereal tones of soft color mixed with the charcoal gray and black.

{Etro Fall 2010 Runway Collection}
{Etro Fall 2010 Runway Collection}

What I enjoy about Etro's fall collection, is their creative placement of their paisley prints on the garments. I also enjoy this color story as well! Another fall collection that is sporting the autumnal oranges with denim blues. I think we'll definitely be seeing more of this color story as fall rolls in.

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Fall 2010 Runway Inspiration: Kenzo

Yet another runway favorite of mine is Kenzo! Check out these beautiful wallpaper florals in soft colors or autumnal colored grounds! Their color stories are absolutely inspiring!

Love the autumnal oranges with camel and denim blues!

Love the taupe with a mauve undertone mixed with the dusty purple, bright blue, teal and berry!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Using Glam Garden in a project?

Hi everyone! I'm gearing up for the Glam Garden Discoveries: Part 2 blog post!!! Send me your pics of your projects using my Glam Garden fabrics by Friday, September 17th. You can e-mail your photos to me at Include your name, a short sentence or two about your project, and website link if you have one! Let your friends know too.

I'll try to feature as many as I can very soon thereafter, as I'd love to point people to you and what you're up to. Yay! I'm so excited to see what you creatives are up to out there, and thanks so much for using my fabrics in your projects - such a delight!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fall 2010 Runway Inspiration: Basso & Brooke

Next up, of my favorite Fall 2010 runway collections, is Basso & Brooke. Digital prints galore! Each season they continue to maximize digital printing and come up with new and innovative solutions for how print interfaces with a garment.

I love the digital patchwork and collage of images, and their clever use of trompe l'oeil such as printed sweater patterns, fabric textures and ruffles. Oh yes, look closely (click images to view larger!), and you will see it's all faux...and SooOoo wonderful! What is also beautiful is one pattern morphing into another, as well as the digital swirls of rich color. Pattern heaven!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Color Inspiration: Fall 2010 Runway

{Image from Kenzo Fall 2010 Runway Collection}
Another reason why I love plugging into the fashion circuit is for the color inspiration. I find their uses of color are very inspiring for artwork collections I am creating as well as for projects. I absolutely love playing with color and seek to continually evolve my color palettes in my work, to introduce something new and fresh. I have put together these images with color swatches to show you an example of how I glean color palettes from images.

{Image from Alice + Olivia Fall 2010 Runway}

{Image from Anna Sui Fall 2010 Runway Collection}
I also personally put together what I like to call "color binders", which contain a plethora of magazine tears that I find colorfully inspirational. I pull these tears from a variety of sources such as fashion, home decor, crafting, etc. and put them all together into binders. When I'm in search for a new color flavor, I will turn to these resources to inspire my color stories. Although they usually don't work directly, they do help inspire my color choices, so I don't get stuck in a rut.

{Image from Anna Sui Fall 2010 Runway Collection}

I hope these color stories inspire you and your projects!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fall 2010 Runway Inspiration: Anna Sui

Before fall officially kicks-off, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite 2010 Runway inspirations, chocked full of beautiful & colorful print! I'll be sharing my favorites in a couple of separate posts this time, instead of one huge one.

First up, my favorite designer, season after season: Anna Sui. I'm always excited to see what she's going to come up with next, and every time "next" comes, she never disappoints! I absolutely love her color palette's and her amazing mix of pattern and texture in head-to-toe looks. This fall season her theme's contain a collision of American Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Biba inspirations that equal one awesome collection.

SO Beautiful, don't you think?
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I came across news from the blog Stylelist that she will be coming out with a hosiery line this August which will be available in major department stores! I will definitely be looking for her treasures in leg-wear, as her pattern work is so innovative and lovely.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fall Fashion Inspiration: J. CREW

My goodness! I was perusing online and stumbled across J. Crew's new Women's Fall Lookbook and just HAD to share the gorgeous photos and beautiful fashion with you! Jenna Lyons is J.Crew's creative director and has taken women's wardrobes by storm with her classy clash of feminine and masculine, dressy and casual looks that look oh-so-modern.

{LOVE the mix of neutral shades (and the hot magenta lip!)}

Here's what I'm LOVING about the fall fashion in these photo's:

1. The return of the sock! I have to say, smirk as you'd like, but I think these slouchy socks mixed with open-toed shoes are absolutely fabulous! Great way to bring layering from your head to your toes.

{LOVE these key fall pieces: Tweed pant, leather jacket, stand-out skirt, cape, fedora, army green color & booties}

{LOVE the longer cardigan peeking out from the jacket and the fingerless gloves}

2. The short for fall. Wear the short with thick tights or thigh-highs and treat it like a mini skirt, for a masculine meets feminine feel. This look was all over the fall runways as well. I can see myself combining opaque tights with thigh-high socks and over the knee boots for a really layered look that's extra cozy & warm.

3. Layers of Texture! Tweed, fur, fabrics with shine, marled sweaters, leather, denim...& accessories with bling to dress it up!

4. Mixing of Lengths. Loving the mix of long sleeves under shorter sleeved tops & jackets. Shorts with thigh-high socks. Socks with open-toed shoes. Talk about trans-seasonal dressing!

To be honest, I'm not much of a J.CREW shopper, because the fit isn't my cup of tea and I'm not one to own khaki pants and button down shirts. However, I see the absolute BEAUTY in this stylish dressing, and I'll for sure be taking key ideas and incorporating them into my own style.

These pics make me SOooo happy to welcome fall! You??

Sunday, August 1, 2010

New Holiday 2010 Stamps at Impress

I wanted to share with all of you some of my 2010 Holiday rubber stamps that have just arrived at Impress! They held a Christmas in July event, and sent me some pictures of the beautiful cards they made using my stamps! It's always so fun to see what ideas others come up with!

{Snowfall and Snow Swirl Stamps}

{Outline Brush Snowflake Stamp}

{Snowfall, Deer Couple and Peace Script Stamps}

I'll be sharing more images as Christmas gets closer, but wanted to give you all a little sneak peak! Stamps are available now to purchase from Impress either online or in one of their 3 Washington locations. I hope these designs inspire you to get a jump start on your Holiday card making!!

{Snowfall and Tree Scape Stamps}

{Tree Branch & Sprig (Sprig comes with the Tree Branch Stamp!) and Pine Cones Stamp}

{Snow Fall, Peace Script, Lg Brush Snowflake and Outline Brush Snowflake Stamps}


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