This is just a recent design of mine that I've been playing around with. It is inspired by both Brigitte Bardot and my recent obsession with 60s fashion as well as a piece of writing by Truman Capote, in which he described Marilyn Monroe in a black lacey dress. For this design I used watercolour, pencil and fine liner. The bodice is black leather while the skirt is black leather with an embossed lace print in it, giving it a bit more edge and femininity. The small black cross around the neck adds a bit more edge, giving the look a more modern and slightly gothic aesthetic. I was also most likely subconsciously inspired by The Virgin Suicides when I designed this- I swear I watch snippets from that movie far too regularly; Sofia Coppola is a god sent.
I'de love to base a collection around these inspirations, however I feel like doing sketches of my inspiration at the exact time of drawing is more beneficial while I'm slugging my way through year 12 and constantly reminding myself that I need to get back to my Media magazine and Vis Com Folio.
Brigitte Bardot crica 1960
Via Pop Magazine.
I don't even know where to begin here, but something has really got me thinking; where has the originality gone? I could start with the whole "indie" trend, and discuss how completely irrelevant it now is due to it's obscene growth to the point where everyone is wearing the exact same thing. Or I could discuss the groups of girls I sometimes see, who are all dresses in the same kind of black skirt, the same kind of sheer singlet, the same black heels, But that isn't what sparked this thought, what sparked this thought was the presence of the completely mundane. People confuse fashion with trends in my opinion. To me fashion is something that allows you to express your fantasy, to express who you are, who you want to be and what you love. Trends are what you mix these fantasy's with in reality. I'm not expecting anyone to step out onto the streets in a pink tulle dress with black and silver embellishments while their hair is tied back in a flowing black silk ribbon and their feet comforted by sparking dries van noten shoes, I mean for gods sake it's not like I do. But if people want to write a blog, do something a little different, spark a little inspiration I BEG OF YOU, DO SOMETHING A LITTLE INTERESTING! People don't follow blogs like Tavi or The Satorialist so that they can know where to get a woollen vest, or what colour jeans to buy, this is not fashion in my eyes, this is a TREND. It isn't art, it isn't expression, these brands like General Pants and Just Jeans do not create their products from a fantasy or an idea, they create them according to TRENDS and what the MASS market wants. Therefore if you think you are being original for finding a nice woollen vest at Just Jeans, think again, as they are created for the MASS.
Now in no way am I saying that these key pieces are bad to have in your wardrobe, I mean yes everyone girls needs them and these brands know how to do it well. But please. If you love fashion, push the limits, explore the themes, inspire people. Fashion is a reality which allows us to explore a fantasy.
Film Still from the Virgin Suicides