Tag Archives: Spring 2012

Prints, Prints & Mucho Mas Prints!!!!

Back in the day when I had my clothing line, I was an avid consumer of Vlisco fabrics. Their Wax Hollaindais prints were a constant source of inspiration for me and I incorporated them into some of my favorite dresses and garments in the line. Since that time, Vlisco has grown and incorporated their own fashion and accessories collections. I am in love with many of their pieces, just looking at their line gives me that designer’s itch . . . . it almost hurts!!! . . . . Simply Gorgeous!!!!

The rich colors and patterns remind me of some pieces in Burberry’s recent Spring 2012 collection which I posted on back in November. The last 2 Burberry Prorsum collections have been on my wishlist since they debuted. The Spring collection is a wonderfully contemporary way to do prints . . . but I digress, yall are lucky my alarm just went off, I could’ve added another 2 paragraphs to this post!!!

Have a fantastic day!!! xo

All images courtesy of Vlisco.com

Instantaneous Obsession: Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012

The weather has changed again here in Southern Cali and today it is a ridiculous 81 degrees. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy warm weather, just not when it is supposed to be COLD, which I would consider the norm for the END of November!  . . . But I digress, all this warmth and sunlight has got me drooling, yet again, over the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 line. I fell in love with this collection at first sight back in September. The mix of textures, prints & rich colors make this collection luxe, yet tangible.


Burberry designer Christopher Bailey insists he was inspired by the British artist Henry Moore. However, there is undoubtedly a nod to the rich, resourceful continent of Africa by using similar prints, woven raffia textures and even neckline embellishments, which bear a striking resemblance to some regional tribal collars and necklaces.

What do you think?

All images courtesy of Style.com

Commissioned Elegance

Italian Trade Commission Collection, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012

The Italian Trade Commission (ITC) is a government agency that promotes trade and business opportunities between Italian and foreign companies. Being that Italy produces some of the world’s most luxurious fashion and leather goods, the collaboration between Italy’s Trade Commission and the Academy of Art University sounds like a match made in heaven! This year the ITC sponsored seven MFA Fashion Design students and one MFA Textile Design student from Academy of Art University. These eight students came together to create the Italian Trade Commission Collection, which was shown at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 show in New York this past week. The fashion school students who worked together for the last eight months to create the collection are Cecilia Q. Xie, Zenia Kim, Kate Lee, Ginie Huang, Jessie Jie Liu, Iglika Vasileva Matthews, Tanja Milutinovic and Ilana Dora Siegelman.

Using fabrics and trims hand picked from six of Italy’s well known fabric mills, the ITC Collection was a beautiful acknowledgement of the classic broad shoulders, form fitting pencil skirts, and flowing wide legged trousers of the 40’s and 50’s. Silver screen starlets of the past, like Joan Crawford or Gene Tierney, could have slipped into any of these garments and been just as elegant today as in times past. The collection consisted of separates, jackets, dresses and gowns. A muted palette of neutral beiges, taupes, creams, grays and silver, provided an added sense of luxuriousness and allowed the fabric textures to speak freely to the movement of the body.

This collection was well executed and modern. There was a nice balance between flowing and structured lines. The flow, drape and cut of the fabrics on the body kept the silhouettes feminine, while the straight lines of the shoulders and necklines provided a lady-like strength.  These clothes make me wish Casual Friday’s at the office . . . . and Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, for that matter, were a thing of the past.

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