Be Intrigued By Ingrid Starnes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gertrude dress from Ingrid Starnes' Winter 2015 collection.

There are few things more interesting or often asked in fashion then the inspiration behind a new collection.  In the case of local label, Ingrid Starnes, the answer is always an intriguing one and it begins with the collection title 'Le coups de foudre' which translates as 'the bolt of lightning'.  Starnes has taken a literary muse this season in the form of Gertrude Stein, the American-born but French residing writer and poet, who held famous salons at her apartment in Paris during her 40 year stay in the city from 1901 onwards.  She was great friends with many cultural figures of the time including Matisse, Picasso, Hemingway and F.Scott Fitzgerald and was well-known herself for her literary works and impressive modernist art collection.  The lightning from Starnes' title comes from the description of falling in love at first sight and the energy of that feeling, it references Stein's relationship with her partner Alice B. Toklas and also the strong relationships with her closest friends that helped inspire her work.

Alannah Hill's Romantic Autumn

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dress and accessories from Alannah Hill's Autumn 2015 collection.

There are few things more romantic than rowboats and roses, combine them with beautiful clothes and you have the perfect ingredients for a fashion love story.  For Autumn 2015 Alannah Hill has done just that, creating gorgeous campaign imagery that is guaranteed to make those of us who are fans of the pretty things in life swoon on sight.  Now this label may have been known for its slightly quirky take on feminine fashion before, but in the past few years the collections have been elegant and sophisticated while retaining the vintage-inspired aesthetic that has always been at the heart of the brand.

Carlson's New Heights

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Primrose blouse and Range skirt from Carlson's Winter 2015 collection.

Literature and fashion have gone hand in hand for a long time, authors create such vivid worlds with their words it's unsurprising that many fashion designers want to bring them to life in their own way with their collections.  Taking inspiration from Emily Bronte's classic novel 'Wuthering Heights', this season Carlson has presented a suitably moody collection titled 'The Heights', that you could imagine would look right at home on the English moors in the book.  As is designer Tanya Carlson's signature, the collection is beautifully tailored, perfectly capturing the spirit of modern femininity with an effortless wearability.

Kelsey Genna's Floral Brides

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bridal gowns from Kelsey Genna's latest collection.

Bridal wear has undergone a fascinating shift in recent years, with more brides moving away from the traditional white strapless princess gowns of the past and embracing unique and colourful looks instead for their big day.  Kelsey Genna, a talented young New Zealand designer, specialises in offering brides beautiful gowns to express their personalities so they can wear the dress of their dreams.  Her collections combine a youthful charm with timeless elegance in fabrics and tones that are simply divine.

Label To Love: For Love And Lemons

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bat Your Lashes bra and knickers from For Love and Lemons Wanderlust collection

While summer may be on the cusp of fading here in New Zealand, things are slowly getting warmer elsewhere and I've been taking a brief break from looking at autumn collections in favour of some of the new spring collections overseas.  California label, For Love and Lemons, first came to my attention on Instagram for their romantic style and beautiful use of lace, as much as they make great clothes, it's their winsome lingerie that keeps me coming back to their website.
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