I began working on this post initially over a month ago & decided to set it down & mix it up a bit. This series it’s actually a fair bit of work – skimming through the collections for my favourite pieces, organizing them into a post, researching the house & it’s designers and finally putting into my own words the history & what the designer means to me. Chanel has no less than six seasons a year, each of those having approximately 50-100 looks with hundreds if not thousands of pieces. I took a break to work on some other posts & then couture week happened and now fashion month is in full swing and I was going to come back to it following maybe a few lifestyle and beauty posts as to not overwhelm my content with fashion posts. In the wake of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing however, I thought it only fitting to put out a piece to commemorate him in time for the showing of his final collection.
I have great appreciation for Balenciaga’s willingness to push boundaries in design. Even their ready-to-wear has elements of couture and futuristic inspiration. That kind of innovation has staying power in the fashion world. Today, over 100 years after their founding in 1917 in Spain, Balenciaga is still one of the hottest and most influential luxury fashion brands. You can thank Cristóbal Balenciaga for babydoll dresses, bubble skirts and knee high boots (& I do). The entire footwear sections of department stores are currently filled with sock shoes/boots and chunky running shoes… but we all know who’s original design that is.
One of my favourite ever dresses is a Luella Bartley design – the yellow tea roses dress (first seen on Alexa Chung) with the heart cutout over the neckline, which I featured in this post here. This dress, from Luella’s final collection for Spring 2010 is the definitive Luella aesthetic. Über feminine & youthful with a dash of whimsy.
Welcome to a new series I’ve decided to start on here, as the title reads, Designer 101. I wanted to dedicate a post to each of my favourite designers. Both as a place to showcase some my favourite pieces from past collections, which never made it on here, because I hadn’t started blogging yet, or had not yet discovered them. I also wanted to take some time to go through their history, how they came to be and what they specialize in. This is as much for myself as it is for you, but I like to do research and learn about things I have a great interest in. I figured, if I’m going to be doing all this research, I mights well put it somewhere. So, this will be an ongoing project, where I will post a few of these every once in a while. I think it’s also a great way for me to maintain consistency in blogging frequently on here. There are many, many designers which I adore and I’m discovering new one’s with each new season, so this will probably go on for years. I hope you enjoy this idea and maybe learn something too!