Lately I've been working on a few different projects and trying to complete a new addition to my Handbag Project which is really exciting. She's utterly gorgeous and I'd let you know who she is, except I don't want to ruin the surprise when it's finished. She likes lots of colour so I got together some colourful bits and pieces to inspire the drawing. And I also bought the latest LOVE magazine. It never fails to confuse me that every editorial within the magazine looks so much like an advert, but in a way it makes the whole aesthetic of the magazine look so coherent and streamlined. I've also featured the Harper's Bazaar: Greatest Hits book which is a complete wealth of fashion inspiration through the ages and something I use to inspire me when I'm feeling uncreative. I'm also having a severe case of failing to time manage everything I do in a consistent way lately. Can you relate? Most of the time I half complete ten things rather than fully complete five. I definitely need some tips!
Inspired by my favourite beautiful Russian, Ulyana Sergeenko and her gorgeous pieces, I quickly sketched one of my favourite looks by the designer. I love the quirky, colourful glasses that offset the light coloured dress and shirt, and although I can't really carry a clutch around with me (I carry almost everything in my house around with me) I like the idea of being 'that' girl that can leave the house with just lipgloss and her card. I'll never be that girl, but I can dream, right? I'm a little bit accessory mental, so I think I'd put some more bracelets with this dress and trade the bag for one by Olympia Le-Tan - anyone have a spare £1000 for me to casually pick one up?
I defy anyone to dislike Iris Van Herpen's work. Unconventional and forward thinking, everything she designs looks like something you'd dream up but never dare actually make. Except she does make them, and she does it beautifully. The shoes above from Spring/Summer 2011 display her signature futuristic style and form part of a limited edition set of 12 shoes made for her couture show.
Her newest collection, Voltage captures the same love of technology and and almost architectural approach to design, and in March 2013, she's set to show her first RTW collection in Paris. I can't quite see how anything she designs apart from the shoes could possibly be 'ready to wear', but I hope to stand corrected. Or maybe everyone will start sporting a Lady Gaga couture style with shoes higher than Jeffrey Campbell Lita's and dresses that require people stand a foot away from us due to its sheer width like this. Either way, she's one of the most exciting designers around at the moment.