Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Thoughts on Spring: A Post

penelope tree!!

With all of this talk about S/S 10 collections circulating, I couldn’t help but to start envisioning what I want my spring time to look, feel, and sound like. After consulting my own daydreams, followed by a very lengthy perusal of my inspiration folder, I came up with these images of some of my favorite 60's ladies. I want a springtime chock full of prints, color, and big messy long hair. This spring, I too, want to casually stand in a meadow of golden and lavender flowers in a floral dress and languidly lay my bubblegum pink arms across tree branches like Penelope Tree. I want to stare at the ocean waves washing over my feet while wearing stripes and sit in what appears to be weeds or a field at the side of the road and daydream in plaid… or whatever Anna Karina happens to be doing, that’s what I want! I want to play cards outdoors in ruffles and feed grass to friendly deer while sporting perfectly tousled bed head hair like Brigitte Bardot. All the while I want to hum along to my own spring soundtrack which will include these musical ladies of the sixties: Francoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot, and France Gall. It will also have The Beatles,Vashti Bunyan, and this playlist: You're the smartest person I know. Sometimes I wish you'd put down your book, comb your fingers through your hair, and realize I'm in love with you

Anna Karina!

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Whites, creams and dusty colors are appealing to me for spring at the moment as well.


Source: In Timely Fashion

Anne of Green Gables, one of my absolute favorite films from my childhood, has long been an inspiration for me. I even used the film’s wardrobe as inspiration for a design project where I designed a festival wear collection for Florence Welsh of Florence and the Machine (back before she was the enormous indie superstar she is now! Wow, did she blow up or what?!) using the pinafores, layers, and volume of the skirts to create a modern take on the early 1900s fashion. Lately I have been gravitating toward Victorian and Edwardian eras and am jonesing to incorporate trends of the two eras into my own style. I would love to find something similar to the pinafores, layers, and silhouettes as seen on the lovely Anne Shirley and put my own spin on it. Also, I want to walk through the woods reading dramatic literature aloud, dance the night away in puffed sleeves, and re-enact the Lady of Shalott while floating in a little boat down the river. How epically romantic is that scene?? I always looked forward to that specific scene the most as a child and still do. As I was checking my blog roll, I spied that the lovely Hannah of Hannah and Landon and I are TOTALLY on the same page for the spring. She listed Anne of Green Gables and Valerie and Her Week of Wonders as spring inspirations, which is exactly where my head is at.

Valerie and her week of wonders

Source: divided by notions, in search of soul

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a 1970s Czech film, based on a book of the same name published in 1935, which is simultaneously bizarre and beautiful. Without knowing much about the film, I found myself completely entranced by the stunning visuals and surprised by the very strange and at times eyebrow raising storyline, the first time I watched it. The story is basically about Valerie’s journey into puberty and how her new found sexuality changes everything in her world. The comparison of the film's vision of a 13 year old girl's "sexual awakening" and a real life 13 year old going through puberty makes me laugh. The film presents this beautifully made, surreal, symbolic story about puberty, while most stories associated with the “journey into adulthood” are more Freaks and Geeks-like tales of awkwardness where you can’t get anyone to kiss you, let alone everyone in your entire village including the creepy vampire guy. Anyhoo, it is most certainly worth a watch, not only for the film itself, but because of the fashion inspiration as well. The white, cream, and dusty blue dresses with the early 1900s silhouettes and detailing are exactly what I’m thinking about for spring! Now the journey for finding similar items begins!

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