spring 2013

Samuji

wow i am kind of besotted with the summer 2013 lookbook for Finnish label Samuji, Changing Patterns. the model, the clothes, the paint, the clever parallax scrolling… i ended up going up and down and up and down. these are just screenshots, you definitely have to go on over and experience it for yourself. i’m not sure if all these pieces are available to buy yet, but keep an eye on their online shop for more.

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Alessandra Rich

this collection by Alessandra Rich was actually released way back in October when the Spring 2013 collections came out, so I’m surprised i’ve only caught on now. why have those fabulous flamed dresses been eluding me for so long! not to mention that first lace number. yes. there’s also a bit of The Never Ending Story Childlike Empress thrown in, which you won’t hear me complain about.

…her collection was inspired by a lot of thinking about Russian girls. Rich gave her girls names—Olga and Irina—and a backstory that saw the merging of the iconic Russian female gymnast and the (now equally) iconic Russian jet-set glamour girl. It was an oddball starting point for a collection, but it worked.Style.com

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Samantha Pleet Spring 13

Mallory shared the latest Samantha Pleet spring collection over on Gems yesterday, and it pretty much nails what i’d love my wardrobe to look like this summer – especially those floral numbers. the one thing that has been quite difficult for me to find, in south africa at least, is the perfect skirt length… which in my mind sits somewhere just between the knee at the calf, and hangs in that perfectly soft way that a summer skirt you’ve worn in for many seasons tends to do.

 Photography: Jacqueline DiMilia / Styling: Martha Violante / Shoes: Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet /Jewellery: Cold Picnic / Headpieces: Sarah Frances Kuhn / Set design: Patrick Pleet

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Dulce Dolce

out of all the fashion weeks i find Milan to be the most fun – mostly because of my ever favourite italian design houses Marni, Prada and Missoni… but this year my favourite FAVOURITE favourite collection by far, ever, possibly in the history of all fashion weeks, was Dolce & Gabbana. which surprises no one more than myself because i’ve never been a big D&G fan.

just one quick glance over the entire collection and a myriad of things come to mind: summer holidays, the italian riviera, hammocks, umbrellas, summer heat, ripe fruit, cold drinks, seaside stripes – as if all the facets of a dream holiday had come together in one hot delicious melting pot wardrobe. and the best thing is that it’s all so wearable. the dresses have beautiful flattering silhouettes (tucked waists & flowing skirts! yes!) not to mention the detail that went into every fabric and every accessory (those shoes! those bags! those earrings!). holy MOLY guys, i can’t put into words how much i love this collection…

so i did a colour comparison instead. matching some of my favourite Dolce & Gabbana outfits to vintage travel posters, so that i can dream about going to exotic destinations and looking awesome at the same time.

truth be told i could have done one of these for each and every outfit, but i simply don’t have the time (alas) so please be sure to check out the entire collection plus the close up details at Vogue.

runway images courtesy of Vogue, travel posters courtesy of Boston Public Library.

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