Thursday, 25 May 2017

Cutting Edge // Viktor & Rolf SS 2010

For today's post we're diving into the fashion archives of Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf. Graduates of the Academy of Art and Design in Arnhem (my current stomping ground), this boundary pushing team have been creating art together for decades, continuing to put their stamp on the fashion industry, making bold political statements and producing stunning collections season after season.


Near impossible as it was to narrow down a focus point, (their current and previous collections have been killing it recently) the Spring Summer 2010 collection Cutting Edge Couture just captured my heart and imagination and I really had to share these frothy, sharp works of art with you.


During a pivotal moment in the financial crisis, this political flavoured season saw Viktor & Rolf hacking into huge, voluminous tulle ball gowns to reflect the equally severe credit crunch. Each drilled through hole or sliced cross section of these gaspingly beautiful dresses was a literal translation of 'cutting back'.


Taking such a dramatic and drastic concept made quite the statement and drew audible gasps from the runway audience. The striking silhouettes mixed with the sugary sweet hues and the thickly packed layers balanced with the razor sharp edges made for maximum visual impact, playing with themes of geometry and illusion.


I will let the pictures do the talking and hope you find as much inspiration and escapism in these delicious images as I do, be prepared to revel in the sheer mastery of vision and construction!


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Everything about this collection rocks my world and I could stare at those beautifully style Dazed and Confused features for hours! A fascinating glimpse back in time at a high concept work of haute couture with a message as shockingly relevant now as it was then.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Sew Over It 'Erin' Skirt Pattern Review

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My enthusiasm for today's post may reach wild heights but I will do my best to keep the caps lock and exclamation points to a minimum, as I'm here to share with you my Sew Over It Erin skirt pattern review!


A few months ago I decided to treat myself to the My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break ebook from Sew Over It, a five piece collection of beginner to intermediate level makes, tailored to suit a mix and match style closet for on the go, day to night essentials! (Or a mini collection of every day staples that you will want to wear again and again!)


My first choice was the Erin skirt pattern, an Alexa Chung inspired denim skirt with the most flattering high-waisted shape and buttoned down front detail- basically my dream skirt. The pattern offers multiple sizes and two set lengths giving you the option of fun, mini skirt or super chic knee length, straight off the bat!


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My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break ebook has everything you could need for a handmade collection of interchangeable outfits either as a suitcase friendly necessity for a road trip or just to boost your current wardrobe and introduce more tailor made items. The ebook offers beautifully laid out visuals with lots of inspiration for fabric choices and styling tips for all five patterns- the Erin skirt, the Mia jeans, the Alex shirt/dress, the Lola coat and the Molly top/ dress.


Most of the patterns include a standard differing length option and the Molly and Alex also have pattern extensions allowing the possibility to stealthily change a striped, long sleeve top into a versatile, comfy dress or a chic shirt into a fresh, light shirt dress- which amplifies the amount of items you can make from just a handful of patterns!


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I opted for a length somewhere between the mini and the knee length, rather than using the pre-set options, simply because I am a shrimp and have to alter most of my clothes to find the most flattering fit and also... it's a handmade item- why the heck wouldn't we make it to our desired size! The charm of dressmaking!


After trawling the fabric market I landed upon this medium weight, heavily dyed navy denim (no surprise that I went for navy) with a generous amount of stretch, which stitched up like a dream! For the buttons I kept things pretty uniform, choosing a dark blue but really you're the boss with making for yourself, you could pick a contrasting colour or even multiple colours/ styles adding some real character to your item. Just be sure to factor into your construction the size of your buttons and corresponding button holes.


One of my favourite features of this skirt are the pockets! They sit beautifully flush to the hips so they don't disrupt your over all silhouette, they're comfortable to put your hands in and deep enough for small treasures and they were so satisfying to stitch.


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Being my first experience with Sew Over It patterns I was sincerely thrilled with the ease of this make! The instructions are clear and concise, the PDF pattern is really simple to piece together and of course handy for storage as you've always got a back-up, I found the glossary in the ebook really useful and can imagine that even complete beginners would find this a pleasure to use.


Step by step the carefully constructed plan talks you through, offering fitting hints and optional advice along the way. The accompanying photos are a real help and I found the measurement chart to be accurate and super useful when deciding which pattern to cut and which length to opt for.


A few bits of advice, following my experience; if you work with a dark wash denim be sure to pre- wash! This is essential anyway regardless of the depth of dye, standard practise is to wash your fabric before cutting to avoid shrinkage, but even more so when it is so freshly produced. You may have to wash your finished piece separate for a while, use your initiative. Keep your iron handy throughout construction! Once again, pretty standard dress making etiquette but it really does make a difference to the ease of sewing and the over all accuracy and appearance of your item. Thirdly, invest in/ use a double tipped needle for tiny detailed top stitching. This will transform your garment, really adding a professional edge and will save you several hairy moments when trying to match your stitching!


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Over all I was really pleased with the finished skirt and found the whole experience a pleasure! I can't recommend this pattern enough, the ebook and Sew Over It in general (their twitter and youtube are particularly fun to follow!) and I'm already cutting out my second item from the book (the Alex shirt!) and will be sure to share with you the results!


Monday, 15 May 2017

Hashtag Inspirit // Instagram Accounts Currently Loving

Greetings from space! Well, we're not flying quite that high I suppose, but still, the concept of flight is  a dazzling thing and somewhere along the lines there is time travel involved most certainly... I'm on my way to Canada! Exciting times!


To contain my rapidly over fizzing enthusiasm and child-like elation during check in and whilst waiting to board, I've been scanning the beautiful world of Instagram for a soothing calm and inspiration boost and have gathered together a swirling collection of my current go-to accounts. I hope you enjoy these visually appeasing pages as much as I do and invite you to let me know which ones you favour and if you have any recommendations based on these beauties.


@lacerisesurlegateau

Composition // Pastels // Colour accents // Crafty vibes // Soft, powdery blues // Pattern and texture

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@littlevestigen

Moody, emotional // Subtle hues and inky saturation // Earthy // Maternal // Creative minds // Hazy

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@samanthapleet

Bold // Complex pattern // Vintage shades // Flattering, feminine silhouette // Uplifting // Joyful

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@thehalcyondaysofsummer

Delicious content // Feminine hues // Grounded, honest // Old and new // Quietly motivating // Soft

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@champagneunicorns

Captured moments // Elegant // Characterful // Story telling // Refreshing portraiture // Bountiful

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@prchtg

Fresh // Highly textural // Playful shapes and proportions // Fizzing colour // Mix of nature and craft

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There you have it, a breath of fresh air and wave of inspiration all at your finger tips! If you enjoyed this curation of lovelies then here is another dose of misty wondermentbright, fruity colour and dreamy imagery for you to browse and follow and share.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

What's Going On In May

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Greetings wonderful humans! Since we're knee deep in May by now I decided to do a little digging around to see what fun, enriching things I could find to help add a sparkle of something special to this shiny, happy month. The birds are a'flight, the days are stretching out into relaxed and gentle evenings so why not up the ante by adding a few of these highlights to your calendar?


Literary Releases

The perfect travel companion if you're off on a city weekend break or for taking a little time to yourself, these soon to be available and highly anticipated books are on the top of my purchase list. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane will be accompanying me to Canada later this month (hello 9 hour flight/ guilt free reading time!) and one to add a little spice is White Fur by Jardine Libaireso not to be missed.


Culture Club

Live your childhood dreams of traipsing the halls of some of the UK's most spectacular museums after hours! Museums at Night is an amazing event held at top locations all across the country during the month of May and surely the most original evening out you'll have had in a while. While you're topping up your cultural tank why not head behind the scenes, literally, and enjoy a truly special experience at the Studio to Stage BRB event, held at the Birmingham Royal Ballet headquarters. This one of a kind evening invites you to witness the dancers carrying out their pre-show rituals, warm-ups and costume preparations, rehearsals and all the technical procedures leading up to an excerpt from one of their best performances Coppelia (and a personal favourite of mine!) If a creative day out is more your cup of tea then look no further than The Handmade Fair, for the first time ever at a new (more central) location yet featuring just as many jam packed stalls, workshops and crafty treasures as their beloved annual event in London. For more of an idea of what to expect at the fair then be sure to check out my review post from last years event!


Turn It Up

An ceremony that can not be missed is the legendary Fleetwood Mac playing at the O2. I repeat... Fleetwood. Friggin. Mac. Enough said, right? If you're more of a singing in the shower type then perhaps the long awaited release of a new Paramore record will hit the spot? It's been years since they dropped a new album and this one is already striking a chord with devoted fans and newbies alike. Music wise this month it's also time to dust off your flower headbands and start your positive affirmations as Retro Misery Priestess Lana Del Rey finally hits us with her latest record Lust For Life. As if this Spring couldn't get any better!


Fashion Favourites

As it is Mother's Day in many countries around the world, later this week, the stunning lingerie brand ThirdLove have created the perfect gift box for the ultimate role model in your life, but get this- not only are you sending a heartfelt reminder of how much mum means to you, ThirdLove are also donating 10% of each gift box sale to Every Mother Counts an extraordinary non-profit charity dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every woman. Pretty great, right? Another notable fashion moment comes from the launch of the seriously stylish and humorous Alexa Chung's own label! Set to make waves across the UK in stores such as Selfridges, Alexa's collection promises to be a contemporary priced, ready-to-wear line, and I for one can not wait!


Popcorn Time

To round things off nicely, Hollywood have decided to drop a heap ton of epicness on our big screens the next few weeks and there is something for everyone! (Or ALL for you, if you're greedy like me!) Let's kick this list off with the noblest of tales King Arthur. That's right pals, this sage story has been given the Guy Ritchie treatment, stars a whole bunch of top-notch actors and looks incredibly promising for all historical fiction and action movie fans. Bringing the creep factor is the newest addition to the Alien movie franchise Alien: Covenant, scaring the poop out of viewers since '79. For a light palette cleanser and a smidge of eye candy may I present to you... Baywatch! Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron strap on the infamous red swims and save the Bay day in this super swanky make-over of a tv classic. And finally friends, the one we've all been waiting for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the newest Pirates movie to grace the big screen and boasts to bring all the swash-buckling, rum fuelled charm that we know and love and even offers a familiar face or two!


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After all this excitement you'll need a vacation, I'm sure, so feel free to tag along on my three week trip round the rocky mountains of Canada via snap happy Instagram and the Faded Windmills facebook page for all the moose, bears, bacon and burgers you can shake a stick at!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Art of The In-Between // Met Gala 2017

When thinking of contemporary fashion that pushes the norm, challenges the conventional notions of beauty and lasts the test of time, one designer and fashion house spring to mind- Rei Kawakubo. This exact reason is why Kawakubo's label Comme Des Garçons is being celebrated as the latest annual Costume Institute exhibition 'Rei Kawakubo/ Comme Des Garcons: The Art of The In-Between' at the one and only Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Comme Des Garçons embodies the element of imbalance and the idea of denying established values and breaking the comfortable barrier by using extreme, sculptural shapes and exaggerated forms to create a visual ambiguity that has influenced the fashion industry for over 40 years. The up-coming exhibition displays around 140 pieces from the label's early days in the 80s right up to its current offering to the world of couture.


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As always, to accompany the opening of this creative and inspiring show the annual Met Gala invites the bold and beautiful to embrace this avant-garde theme in a coming together of visual elegance and support. I've whipped up a collection of stand-out looks from the night, starting with the most dedicated of fashion fans that took the theme straight to heart, filtering down to attendees that gave a gentle tip of the hat to the evening's inspiration.


CDG Looks

Going fully structural, loud and daring to give it everything this group of individuals did Kawakubo proud. Rihanna stole the show once again (remember that yellow Guo Pei trail?!) in this floral, peek a boo outfit straight from the Comme Des Garçons catwalk. Badass Tracee Ellis Ross looked stunning in her royal blue gown and Caroline Kennedy was sweet as a rose in her abstract, layered look. The tartan piece worn by Julie Macklowe celebrates the designer's latest collection and both Stella Tennant and Anna Cleveland rocked fierce CDG looks with some serious flair.


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Avant Garde

Many of the guests at this years gala took the theme Avant Garde and hunted down some truly magnificent, show stoppers. One of my favourite looks of the night was worn by the ever-beautiful Zendaya, who looked so elegant in this zesty Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda dress. Matched with her soft, natural hair she just looks a vision! Another truly gorgeous gown was the Christian Siriano pink, frothy fantasy worn by Laura Osnes. Can we just take a minute to bow down to the team behind Lily Collins look? Now that is an over all win. Her Giambattista gown plays with texture, contrasting colour and of course exaggerated proportions and pairing this with her gothic hair and make-up just scores a 10 out of 10 in my books. Blake Lively took to the red carpet in a body cinching gold Atelier Versace ending in a flourish of bright blue feathers!


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A Slight Nod

Not focusing on Comme style but adding a wee touch in honour of the event these next looks strike the right chord in a more subtle manner. Hailey Baldwin wore a tiered, nude two piece by Carolina Herrera, playing with shape in a youthful, dainty way. Katie Holmes wore a discrete gown by king of the red carpet Zac Posen, that from some angles looks relatively safe and demure, until you catch a load of that fish tail! Such stunning detail in the folds and pleats work perfectly towards the style aesthetics of the evening. Lui Wen goes minimal in Off-White which is a refreshing contrast to the enormous silhouettes seen on other guests. Rose Byrne plays tribute to the fluro red used often in Kawakubo's collections by adorning herself in this sumptuous Ralph Lauren plunging floor-sweeper whilst Lily Aldridge also went for Ralph Lauren in this playful cut-out number. Keeping things smart and stylish in black were Fei Fei Sun in super chic Alberta Ferretti and Kate Bosworth in bubble-tastic Tory Burch.


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Worth a mention

These scaredy cats played it safe and opted for less volume and more glamour, which I do find a bit of a shame considering the nature of the event, but all breath-taking outfits none the less. Swishy and ethereal, Elle Fanning chose a Miu Miu strapless gown whilst Aymeline Valade also went true blue in this game-changer Marni suit. Olivia Cooke plunged in Burberry, Candice Swanepoel struck a sharp pose in Topshop and Taylor Hill looked demure and delicate in Carolina Herrera on the night.


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Top Met Gala Beauty Looks

Bold, daring and playful, these ladies made it a top to toe look at this years Met Ball.


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Top Met Gala After-Party Looks

Not wanting to let the fun end, these power-houses took the fashion show on the road, changing into these fabulous get-ups for the Met Gala after party!


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Congratulations if you made it to the end of this photo heavy post, I just can't get enough of this event and have it marked on my calendar every year! I think considering the theme was somewhat of a challenge (not many starlets will choose to give up their figure hugging, 'pretty' aesthetic in honour of controversy), the evening was a hit and rings in the opening of this exciting new exhibition in serious style! Be sure to check out Vogue's Comme Des Garcons achieve, head here for other looks from the event and be sure to keep an eye on the Faded Windmills facebook page for extra snap shots!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Love Boldly // Mood Board Curations

It's time to turn up the heat. I'm talking colour. pop.


I've got an eye-catching, mouth-watering collection of the brightest and boldest images, ready to knock your socks off and start your Monday with a bang! Feast your eyes and prepare to shake things up a bit! Go ahead, add that splash of colour today!


Mood board, fashion, art, lifestyle, visual, inspiring images, pretty pictures, colour love, productivity boost, vibes and moods, curation, idea board, gorgeous images, pinterest love, story telling.


Mood board, fashion, art, lifestyle, visual, inspiring images, pretty pictures, colour love, productivity boost, vibes and moods, curation, idea board, gorgeous images, pinterest love, story telling.


Mood board, fashion, art, lifestyle, visual, inspiring images, pretty pictures, colour love, productivity boost, vibes and moods, curation, idea board, gorgeous images, pinterest love, story telling.


Mood board, fashion, art, lifestyle, visual, inspiring images, pretty pictures, colour love, productivity boost, vibes and moods, curation, idea board, gorgeous images, pinterest love, story telling.


Mood board, fashion, art, lifestyle, visual, inspiring images, pretty pictures, colour love, productivity boost, vibes and moods, curation, idea board, gorgeous images, pinterest love, story telling.


Mood board, fashion, art, lifestyle, visual, inspiring images, pretty pictures, colour love, productivity boost, vibes and moods, curation, idea board, gorgeous images, pinterest love, story telling.


Mood board, fashion, art, lifestyle, visual, inspiring images, pretty pictures, colour love, productivity boost, vibes and moods, curation, idea board, gorgeous images, pinterest love, story telling.


Mood board, fashion, art, lifestyle, visual, inspiring images, pretty pictures, colour love, productivity boost, vibes and moods, curation, idea board, gorgeous images, pinterest love, story telling.


Mood board, fashion, art, lifestyle, visual, inspiring images, pretty pictures, colour love, productivity boost, vibes and moods, curation, idea board, gorgeous images, pinterest love, story telling.


As ever, all images can be traced right back to their origin or seen in their inspiring daily mood board form. If you're still hungry for more then do take a moment to help yourselves to my archive of stunning visuals to boost your creativity and put a spring in your step! Wishing you a mighty fine week!