Archive for March, 2011
“Miu Miu collars” is the most popular search term in my blog. Internet users search Miu Miu collars absolutely every day and they come to my blog through this term and related terms. Well, perfect work Miu Miu!
However, my leader in quantity of necklines is MOSCHINO that is absolutely crazy about necklines as I am. More than 100 unique necklines only in the current year! I have made a separate category just for Moschino collars and collarless necklines. Some of its necklines should be displayed in museums. And they will be, I am sure. Great attention to details, amazing ideas, and undoubtedly high-quality products.
We have seen teddy bears, thimbles, hairgrips, pins, and a tape measure stitched to Moschino’s necklines in previous publications. Today I have keys embellishment at the neckline to replenish my collection.
This keys neckline is a strongly recognisable detail at Moschino collection.
Gloves stitched to the knitted collar. It does not look elegant but definitely amusing!
Peter Pan Collars by Gemma Lister.
Instantly desirable, Gemma Lister’s jewellery creates a stylish storm wherever it is seen. After training in fashion, Gemma decided that accessories were her destiny.; While spending the last few years working for a top international handbag designer, she has also made her own jewellery, which she has sold on a bespoke basis to a range of clients.
I am very impressed with Gemma Lister’s collars. I like her idea to make collars as accessories. They can adorn simple T-shirts or blouses and to make them look more attractive, with an eye-catching detail. The curved lines of these collars look very feminine and cute.
Ringspun T-shirt with crochet necklace
Available from http://www.asos.com/Ringspun/Ringspun-T-Shirt-With-Crochet-Necklace/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=1434011&cid=4169&Rf-300=1344,1350&sh=0&pge=20&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Black
TBA bow tie collar
Available from http://www.asos.com
Carrie wearing TBA
Available from http://wishwishwish.net/?p=2133
Her first collection inspired by the Japanese Furisode features tailored denim dresses and overgrown foam collars, and got her the L’Oreal Young Talent Award 2008, the Maria Luisa Award at ITS#7 (International Talent Support) in Trieste and was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Link to designer’s website http://www.alithiaspurizampetti.com/
Last week I visited the Natural History Museum in London. When I saw a stuffed owl I realised that its face looks like a bow tie. As my project at university is about necklines I made some patterns of owl bow ties attached to black bands. I am thinking about appropriate materials now. They can become nice stylish accessories I think. I would like to have one or even 5 of them and change them due to forthcoming events. They can replace too strict bow ties for people who like striking items.
Beautiful necklines found at Harrods. As you see many simple tops have nothing but beautiful necklines as eye-catching details. If these tops would not have such beautiful necklines I would never notice them! So a startling collar can increase the price of your garment.
BRUNELLO CUCINELLI – a triple layered linen collar adds interest to this classic piece.
SEE BY CHLOE – a ruffled collar dressed with eye-catching pearls.
PAUL SMITH – beaded neckline.
TIBI – boat neckline embellished with faceted and wooden beads.
AQUASCUTUM – signature club check trim to the turned-back cuffs and the collar. This is a good example of a collar as a brand identity. We can find this check applied to their handbags and scarves, but I like the idea of attaching it to the band of the collar.
ADAM – beaded neckline.
JUST CAVALLI – printed collar.
ADAM – embellished top finished with a contemporary hook and eye neckline.
TORY BURCH – hook-and-eye fastened split neckline
BCBG – cowl neck with chic feather print.
McQ – textbook printed top with cowl neck. This neckline look really stylish.
Pictures are taken from http://www.harrods.com/womenswear/tops
I visited Victoria & Albert Museum last week and I bought the book “Twentieth-Century FASHION IN DETAIL” by Claire Wilcox and Valerie D.Mendes published by V&A in 2009.
I found there a hand knitted woollen jumper with a large butterfly bow in front, like a scarf round the neck, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in 1927. I like this jumper very much. It is really a clever piece of work. Cuffs, collars and bows pictured below look like printed details but actually they are not printed.
Photo available from http://outervalues.blogspot.com/2010/11/elsa-schiaparelli.html
This is another one garment designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Jean Cocteau. “Cocteau produced two drawings for Schiaparelli which were translated into designs for a jacket and this evening coat for the Autumn 1937 collection. … The strong linear design of this coat can be read as two profile facing each other, and in the negative space, a vase of roses standing on a fluted column.”
Available from http://images.vam.ac.uk/item/O117953/evening-coat/
Evening ensemble designed by Schiaparelli in 1938-39, London. This bias-cut dress has a large contrast details in shapes of branches with leaves. (Available from http://images.vam.ac.uk/item/O75194/evening-ensemble/)
Thinness was always one of my distinct features. It was quite problematic to find small size clothes, so I decided to produce clothes specifically for petite women. I organised a small scale production and I sold my clothes via the internet and in a well established fashion show room in Moscow. The first garment which I produced was a frock with a transformer tie-collar that could take 32 different shapes. You can read full story here http://fashioncollars.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/tie-collar/
The most popular dress from my collection had a collar with wings 10 cm wide. This dress was bought not only by petite women but also was ordered by women of other sizes. The first thing the customers said was: “What a beautiful collar”. This collar looks high even when it is rolled down. And the lines of the neckline emphasises shapes of the wings. I named this dress the Duchess. And this collar makes the appearance more expressive indeed.
Dresses below have asymmetrical collars. This is a flat collar which starts with 1 cm and finishes with 10 cm wide. Cuffs repeat the shape of the collar. Customers who bought these dresses liked the collar.
The next dress was made of the reverse side of fabric but the collar and turned up side of sleeves were made of the right side. I attached an unusual collar to this item. This collar has 2 parts, both of them start with less than 1 cm wide and finish with 5 cm as I recall. They start from opposite sides and, due to this determination, the collar looks asymmetrical. It was the first dress I sold.