Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sheer Delight

Sheer fabrics.

Christian Dior
Lace details.

Valentino
Ruffles.

Valentino
And more sheer fabrics.

Chanel
Without a doubt, sheer fabrics ruled the runways at the Paris Spring 2010 Ready to Wear Fashion shows...


John Galliano
And I get tremendous inspiration by viewing what today's designers have sculpted from needle and thread. To me, it's the one refreshing and recurring source of needlework inspiration in the world right now.

Chanel
Though I enjoy looking to the fashions of history now safeguarded in the world's museums -- the freshness and contemporary quality of today's designs is more invigorating. It is playing with needles in the truest sense of the term.

So, I've put together this little summary for you of next year's Spring Collection from a needleworker's viewpoint.

Chanel
Of course, you won't see as much fine handwork as in the Spring Haute Couture collection which will debut in January 2010, but the treasures are still there. And the manipulation of fabric in this show was quite beautiful...

Christian Dior
There was this example of heirloom sewing...

Valentino
And this pieced skirt with crazy-inspired seams...

Chanel
And an unusual number of knitted/crocheted fabrics...

Dolce & GabbanaChanel
And this hand-painted fabric silk dress from Chanel was one of my absolute favorite looks...

Chanel
I can't wait for those platform clogs to hit the stores!

Chanel
LOVE this sheer trench coat with lace poking from beneath...

Dolce & Gabbana
And John Galliano layered sheer fabrics and laces giving a very eclectic effect. It gives me hope that we could all pull something together from our closets and stashes...

John Galliano
It struck me that the layering of sheer fabrics allows for illusion...

Giles
And Viktor & Rolf took the idea of illusion to a whole new level...


But this one...


is good for nothing except a good laugh...

A fluffy medicine pill with legs and arms...perhaps for Halloween?

But overall, my favorite show was the hoe-down affair put on by Chanel; see the video here and the entire collection here. I also loved the collection of Valentino. You can see all of the Spring 2010 RTW collections here.

So, I wonder what we might create with sheer fabrics and illusion??

Valentino

Sculpting beauty from fabrics, needles and thread...

Giambattista


(Note: I've switched email providers and I've not been able to respond to any emails for the past few days. I can receive them but I cannot reply. I'm still working out the kinks of switching to a new provider. It may take a few more days...)

10 comments:

Bobbi Pohl said...

I'm not so much into the fashions, although it's fun to see what you picked out to show us. I was struck by how many of models were made up to look like they were on their death beds. I hope that look doesn't become fashionable.

Judy S. said...

Hmmmm...interesting. It looks like short is back in, doesn't it? It struck me that there's not much there for the older figure! We saw the previews for a movie about Coco Chanel the other night. BTW, thanks for the email alert.

Marty52 said...

You come up with the coolest posts! I love the heirloom sewing one and the crazy quilt one is pretty classy... if I still had a figure, I might even wear them! ;0)

Carol said...

This was a fun post. But you know me...I just kept thinking, as I munched on a fried chicken breast, DO THESE GIRLS EVER EAT?!?

o, and platform shoes? what do you mean you can't wait til they hit the stores. I never stopped wearing them ~lol~. Seriously, I noticed every pair of shoes they wore before I even looked at the dresses. I am truely a shoe freak. I never have enough. Bad as beads!

I did that carrier switch a few years ago. Never again. Yahoo is there not mater who supplies my internet so thats where I lit.

a2susan said...

Susan - Only you can actually see the art in these fashions, and I appreciate your insights! I especially like the illusion dresses, oh my...thanks for another great post.

Susan

Violette Severin said...

I love looking at the new fashions each season. I have been seeing alot of crocheted tops in the department stores this fall, something that always happens when the economy tanks. Thanks for posting the pics. They are inspiring.

Debra said...

I'd wear any of those fashions if they gave me the illusion of being that skinny. That would be sheer delight! (otherwise, holey moley!)

Maureen said...

Thank you Susan. I think you're absolutely right when you say there's so much inspiration in fabric manipulation there. It made me stop looking at the model and just look at the techniques used. Amazing!! It makes me want to do heirloom sewing again.

Robin said...

This certainly was fun!!! And you're right, an exploration of illusion, sheer and ruffles appeals to me as a beading/art challenge. Now I won't be able to get to sleep...

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