Thursday, 31 January 2013

Manon Kündig | Bowerbird

 Hi all, this evening browsing through some design websites I came across the graduate collection of Manon Kündig. I am pretty sure I have seen the first image at least once before, but when I saw the rest on her portfolio at Not Just a Label I couldn't help but share them on my blog. 
Being a textile student, I also like to use my blog as a kind of bank to store any interesting things that I might like to use in the future. These prints are incredible, and I am sure that they will make it into one of my sketchbooks as an inspiration point at some time! 
The prints are made up of some interesting contradictory imagery and I love all the different colours and texture.
This is what Wallpaper said, "In naming her debut collection 'Bowerbird', Manon Kündig acknowledges the preliminary hunting and gathering that her designs require. Using online image resources, she created digital prints that resemble vibrant Rorschach tests. Blending seemingly random bits and pieces - a flower here, a cat there - Kundig's menswear label blurs the line between androgyny and other-worldly. Cropped tailored trousers, unstructured jackets and silk scarves adorned with faux fur, sequins, synthetics and lace create a mix of textures, colours and images that allure and intrigue."

Monday, 21 January 2013

Adriana Krawcewicz | Artiana Deco and her dots.

Today, thanks to my daily Trendland e-mail, I was introduced to the work of Adriana Krawcewicz.

Here is what they say, 
"Get your week off right with a serving of fashion illustrations by Adriana Krawcewicz. The work of the 2nd-year London College of Art student (and intern at TL favorite Rankin Magazine) has appeared in Computer Arts UK, Dash Magazine, and Juxtapoz.
Born: 1987
Location: London / Warsaw
Music: My own :) I am also a singer-songwriter, so I need to share my creative outlet between music and arts – it helps me a lot.
1 artist whose work you cannot live without: Rene Gruau
Favorite colors right now: Shades of grey and black, dusty pastels.
Trend for 2013: Geometrics – as seen on LV or Lanvin. I love mixing flowy lines with constructive elements."

These illustrations are beautiful and I love the mix of colour and black and white.

I would also recommend you have a look at Adriana's Blog 'Artiana Deco and her dots' over at

and also sign up to Trendlands mailing list, for some great e-mails!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Chanel Spring Summer 2013 | Advertising Campaign

Today I wanted to show you my favorite advertising campaign of Spring/Summer 2013, its pretty obvious that Karl Lagerfeld's creative direction for Chanel this season sent us in the direction of a Japanese Tea House.  Firstly I love the interiors in these shots, the colours and the simplistic lines are amazing. I am a person compelled to live in the complete opposite of this simplicity, so I do respect the manners in which minimalists manage to create such breath-taking simplistic places; but I just love to have all my beautiful books (I love books, especially hard back art and fashion ones with big, beautiful pictures), jewellery, perfume and bits and bobs out on display. I even have a hard time putting together a somewhat 'minimalist' outfit, although much on the contrary these adverts portray some of Chanel's colourful, printed and patterned to amazement collection, which as you can imagine I very much like!
I am also very much in love with those black shoes! And, I must point out the amazing black and white striped ones on the floor in the third image,,,,,,,,,
pleaaaaseeeeeeeeee can I have some!?!?

Sunday, 6 January 2013

David Koma | Spring Summer 2013

Have a look at David Koma's Spring/Summer 2013 collection. 
It is a collection of some of the most beautiful fabrics, colours, shapes and textures.
When I flicked through my February edition of Harpers Bazaar, which I recently received in the post and saw one of David's pieces shown on the  page from the S/S Catwalk report entitled 'Collage' (where they state, "there is nothing random about the engineering: in color-blocking or prints colliding, this is design mastery at its best"), I wondered why I hadn't seen it already. 
Although admittedly, I haven't partaken in very much catwalk watching for the new season, so my unknowns of the collection doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Here's what Jo-Ann Furniss from had to say,

"The tennis dress, the tennis ball, the tennis net, the tennis court, the tennis racket, the tennis shoe… Who would have thought that one ball game could have so much mileage in one collection? And yet, surprisingly, it did in David Koma's latest offering. Citing the influence of professional female players of the past such as Suzanne Lenglen, Gussie Moran, and Lea Pericoli, the designer set out to reinterpret the conventional tennis dress. He did so in the spirit of Teddy Tinling, the quintessential tennis dress designer, who clothed all the great ladies of Centre Court in daring designs before the sportswear companies made the game's outfits just that little bit more tedious.

Koma seems to have taken it upon himself to solve the plight of the tennis dress and make it interesting, contemporary, and sexy again without making kitsch reference to that ass-scratching seventies poster. What Koma produced was a decidedly body-con version of the dress—something that was more nightclub than country club—executed with a precision and a pop appreciation for his subject matter that was second to none. This was a full-blown tennis fetish sprung to life and explored in a myriad of detail—see the first sentence—with sex added to the sporting quality. The clothes were neat, geometric, graphic, sculptural, and totally contemporary; delineated in patent leather, engineered in thick jersey and silk, with some of the best use of the sheer/solid trend this season. Witness the precision layering of one outfit featuring a cropped green and black silk tennis-net sweatshirt over a see-through counterpart and a tight flesh-pink and green tennis-net skirt. Game, set, and match, as they say. And just think, if Serena or Venus wears any of these designs, it will bring new meaning to the phrase "Girlfriend in a Koma." "


Saturday, 5 January 2013

Erdem | Pre-Fall 2013

 I am in love with Erdem's Pre-Fall 2013 collection; the cuts, the prints, the textures, are all amazing.
I you usually do, I can completely envision myself wearing one of these outfits.

Here's what Tim Blanks from had to say,
 'According to Erdem Moralioglu, the sexiest part of a woman's body is her collarbone. His pre-fall collection put it on show: strapless dresses, obviously, but also pieces yoked in sheer organza and provocative PVC. After spicing up Spring with snakeskin, Erdem turned to plastic and leather to give his latest designs the requisite…no, let's not say wrongness yet again…let's opt for incorrectness this time 'round. That was his word. The need to create a sense of jarring disturbance is clearly an obsession with the designer, like it's something he requires to balance out his equally obsessive precision and perfectionism. Here, the results were so sophisticated but so peculiar that they left you craving a taste of whatever it was that spiked the punch at Erdem's cocktail party.

That PVC, for example, mounted with crepe cutouts in a psychedelic Prince of Wales check. Or the sheath in a tensile organza-backed, jeweled netting, vibrating over a black bra and slip. Or the tulle-yoked frock in a navy leather broderie anglaise. Or another dress raw-cut from pink silk, green crepe, and navy lace bonded to create one techno-organic cloth. Erdem's ever-growing technical acuity was clearest in these odd but unforgettable fabrics. He claimed that was the point: simple silhouettes whose impact was dramatically concentrated on texture and color. One short-sleeved floor-sweeper, shaded in a deep petrol splashed with sick pink, said it all. These were clothes you'd expect to find on the backs of Erdem's favorite psychological subjects, immaculately collar-boned Hitchcock blondes and their Italian cousin (Monica Vitti in Red Desert). When he veered away from that kind of clarity—with a boxy, angora-collared suit in a lamé tweed, for instance—his hand wasn't quite so sure. There is, after all, always the risk that obsession will breed excess. On the other hand, excess looked rather splendid in a dress of floral silk crepe overlaid with huge paillettes dyed to match, like giant fish scales.' 

I think this collection will also be making it into my sketchbook at some point, I cannot help but put everything and anything in there that I fell has some kind of relation to my project. As you have seen in my post Question Everything, I have began to explore artists and designers obsession with 'ugly'. It interests me how designers manage to create a beautiful 'incorrectness' as Tim puts it in his review of Erdem's collection you read above, and artists manage to create masterpieces with the most grotesque, vulgar images (have a look at my previous post on the biro works of Jean Francisco Casas Ruiz or Jenny Savile is the first other artist to come to my head). 
I also like the use of the word 'disturbance', is it now the case that to dress in order to be noticed, you must be dressed ugly? I guess yes. After all, bad taste is the height of fashion.
I once said that somebody, when I was asked a question about my opinion on their outfit and was gifted the response of a major huff and a comment that I guess was supposed to insult me, that wearing glittery blue socks with red creepers is most definitely bad taste.
Given the statement I made prior, my reaction to the comment was very much on the contrary.

Friday, 4 January 2013


 These incredible images are created using a Bic Biro.
Amazing,,, I know! You can also find a collection of awesome paintings on his site too.
Its unbelievable to see drawings so amazing using a medium so simple and often taken for granted 
(I loose more Biro's than I actually use).
I read in one of the press write ups on his page that his drawings often take over a month to complete, and are based on private party snaps and I think a few of the images would make you question exactly what kind of private parties the artist has been hosting? 

The artist behind these works is Juan Francisco Casas Ruiz
and here is a bit of his Biography from his website;
(You should take a look on his site and see the extensive list of awards, and exhibitions and stuff this guy has had. Pretty incredible!,,,,,,,don't forget to look at his paintings too)

'Juan Francisco Casas Ruiz was born in La Carolina, Jaén, 21 September 1976. He got a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999 and a Master in Fine Arts in 2003 from the University of Granada. During his studies he was first in his class and won the National Award for Master Thesis of the Ministry of Education and Science for the best graduate qualifications in Spain, an award which was presented by Culture Minister, Pilar del Castillo.

In 2000, he received the scholarship of Teacher Education and Research. From that year until 2004 he completed his PhD at the University of Granada while also teaching drawing and printmaking in their Department of Drawing.

In 2002 he was selected for the INJUVE Art Show, at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and later toured the capitals of Latin America. Since this year he is represented by Galería Fernando Pradilla (Madrid) and Galería El Museo (Bogota, Colombia), but has also done collaborations with Galeria Luis Adelantado (Valencia-Miami), Galeria Metta (Madrid) or Ferrán Cano Gallery (Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca), among others.'