Inspiration: Dries Van Noten

I smiled and smiled and smiled while I was looking at the Spring 2014 RTW show from Dries Van Noten.  I got that feeling that stirs me when I’m looking at something inspiring and humbling at the same time.  Such Beauty.

The collection is soulful, powerful, and feminine.  There is adornment and restraint. It takes my breath away.

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The collection mixes influences, cultures and craft.

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And I want to look just like this.

a_4x-vertical-6All photos: NY Magazine

QuiltCon here I come!

I’m Going to QuiltCon

Yes, I am really going today!  This week will be the first ever QuiltCon presented by the Modern Quilt Guild.  Modern quilters will converge upon Austin for lectures, workshops, information, fun, and friendship. The talent at this event is overwhelming.

I am looking forward to reuniting with friends, attending some amazing lectures, a workshop, and learning tons!

Let me tell you who I can’t wait to see and hear:

Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle  (Modern Quilt Workshop and Craft Nectar), Yoshiko Jinzenji (uber inspiring), Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler, Rachel Hobson (I’m taking her Redwork workshop), Heather Ross, and so many more!!!

The Modern Quilt Guild thought it might be a good idea to get to know each other a little before hand. They are having a link party.  They want to know 5 things about everyone. So, here goes…

1. I have my degree in Biology, but was a fashion designer in NYC for many years. (No, it wasn’t the most direct path.)

2. I am a proud adoptive mom of 2 almighty kids who systematically blast my To Do List to bits each and every day.

3. Two of my biggest dream have already come true:  traveling to Paris as a fashion designer and becoming a Mom. So anything else is pure delicious icing.

4. I traded my NYC fashion life for a life in Michigan (the land of my birth) with my two kids. I live in my very first house. What? no super to come fix things? I have to shovel snow? Buy a lawn mower? I love it! I can just walk out my back door and cut flowers for my mantel!  And nobody pounds on the ceiling if we are too noisy.

5. I like strong coffee, shopping, country music, Pinterest, running, make up, quilts, Bertoia side chairs, Dries Van Noten, and making stuff.

See you in Austin!!!

Paris: Fall 2012 Charming, Smart, Pretty

Alas, the Paris Fall 2012 RTW shows are done. There was so much to love.  These are some of my favorite looks.

Charming

Isabel Marant: Gorgeous lace. Strong, feminine, and fun. Louis Vuitton: The hat, the bag, the look. So charming and quirky.

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Vanessa Bruno: Just so very chic!!! Celine: Proportion. Perfect white coat over cropped pants. The accent of the cerulean blue scarf is so fresh. Dries Van Noten: Elegant and perfectly tailored.

Pretty

Commuun: The unexpected combination of a peplum jacket over a full skirt is so modern and lovely. Carven: This cut out lace effect makes a drop dead gorgeous little black dress. Giambattista Valli: I do love a shirtwaist dress. This one has a surprise at the hem.

Photos via New York Magazine

Patchwork Paris – Fall 2012 Shows

It’s no secret that I do love patchwork. Mainly, I love it on quilts and throws and pillows. I haven’t been a big fan of it on apparel.

So, as I was looking at the fall 2012 Paris shows, I noticed that some of my very favorite designers were on the patchwork wavelength.

Patchwork on apparel done by these masters of design….yes!

Images by New York Magazine.