Saturday, September 29, 2007

Finished...


The orange dress was a hit at the wedding... I literally finished it about half-an-hour before dinner, and the lining still isn't tacked down properly. In fact, in the bathroom at the restaurant I noticed I still had a couple of pins holding it all together! I ended up lining the bodice as well on this, and think it helped give it more body and stability. Pretty proud all round. Nice to wear a homemade dress that gets tons of compliments, and my favorite Prada shoes (on sale, come on...) set it off nicely. I can see making this dress again. It has a very LAMB feel in the tartan that Burda made it up in, and I like that a lot.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Forever 21, about two weeks from now...

I love the new Prada spring / summer 08 dresses. They are a hybrid of the Galaxy, and something a little more esoteric and exotic. The fabrics are fantasticly bold and rich, with a strong vintage feel. The contrasting piping is fun and youthful, and the large cut-out over the chest adds a shot of sex-appeal... the shoes are hideous, and badly fitting. If you look at the close-ups on style.com you can see the leather over the toes painfully cutting into the model's flesh. The handbags look like super-deluxe versions of those patched-leather 1980's handbags you find in the Goodwill.

The funniest / saddest thing is that I can almost guarantee that these dresses will soon be in production in China, for sale to the cheapo stores like F21. (Just look at what happened to Christopher Kane... 'his' dresses are easy to find on ebay, and his entire collection was stolen a few days before his spring / summer show, presumably to 'inspire' the factory designers who re-create his work).

The rip-off frocks will be available for purchase months before the Pradas hit the market, and I wonder how they will affect the 'prestige' of buying actual Prada. The quality will probably be good enough to satisfy the masses, but the ubiquity of the neck design will probably cheaper the overall effect for more affluent consumers. I wonder if we will ever see a day where fashion designers start holding back some of their designs from the runway shows, to try and maintain some element of surprise and exclusivity for their high-end product?

After all, if anyone can have the 'Prada' look for 30 bucks, granted with lower quality, then what exactly is Prada selling?


Monday, September 17, 2007

Space Age "In the Mood for Love"

This is a really kick ass, spage-age, Choensang (I know I spelt that wrong). It has great tucked pleat details, an empire line, and a folded collar. My step-brother is getting married next weekend, and the rehearsal dinner is in a Chinese restaurant, so I thought it would be fun to wear something to get into the spirit of things... The pattern goes together super easily, and despite the apparant complexity of the design its one of the quicker dresses I've made from Burda. The only bad things is that the pleats on the back look a bit funny and poofy. I might have to finsh them properly for a sleeker look.

These pics are still from the fitting stage, so the collar isnt attached, and I had to hold it closed at the back, hence the funny post.... The pic on the floor is a better representation of how it will look when finished.