Monday, 13 February 2012

We are Creatures of the Wind...

Greetings! Today is Monday. Normally that would mean fatigue, mild headache and a semi-wasted day spent doing the minimum but, since I have a week's holiday, it still means fatigue, mild headache and a completely wasted day doing nothing - other than writing this, of course. :)
Anyway, so today I have decided to present you with a collection that I was intending to present you with as far back as Thursday or Friday where I believe my commentary would have still been quite fresh. Instead, I am posting it today. Ha - I care not a jot for the limitations of time... except when I have a coursework piece to hand in and I am being threatened with detention.

"This bridge will only take you halfway there
To those mysterious lands you long to see:
Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fair
And moonlit woods where unicorns run free.
So come and walk awhile with me and share
The twisting trails and wondrous worlds I've known.
But this bridge will only take you halfway there -
The last few steps you'll have to walk alone."
 - Shel Silverstein

So, in contrast with my relatively reserved Giulietta post, here comes 'Creatures of the Wind'  - Autumn 2012 collection.

Shane Gabier and Chris Peters are designers with a unique, offbeat vision. Their latest collection, they explained, was inspired by The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies, a seventeenth-century book by the Scottish Episcopalian minister Robert Kirk in which he collected his parishioners' tales of the supernatural.
I do not think there was anything extraordinarily otherworldly, per se, about the clothes, but they were certainly creations with a difference. Exhibit A: a white button-down blouse embroidered with a quote from The Last Unicorn.
Also appearing was a trim blazer constructed from distressed leather and Lurex-shot striped wool with a heat transfer of multicolor Swarovski crystals on its back... and a lace skirt dipped in silver.
The overall feeling was folksy, but with a couture touch - though if I had organised the show it would have finished with morris dancing or a 'rite of spring'-alike sacrifice. We could have picked the one with red hair and the beautiful black dress (one of my favourite items in the collection) and tied her to a stone table. Alas, that may have shocked the audience slightly and I might have failed at encouraging them to join in with the maypole dancing.

"What is plucked will grow again,
What is slain lives on,
What is stolen will remain
What is gone is gone...
What is sea-born dies on land,
Soft is trod upon.
What is given burns the hand -
What is gone is gone...
Here is there, and high is low;
All may be undone.
What is true, no two men know -
What is gone is gone...
Who has choices need not choose.
We must, who have none.
We can love but what we lose -
What is gone is gone."
- Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
Probably not a recipe for surefire retail success, and I am all the more relieved for it, but Gabier and Peters might have something better: a finale gown made from tiers of pale blue chiffon and taffeta with a silver lace yoke that, should it be worn at the Oscars by the right Hollywood Star (one of the ones I have heard of) could earn them renown.          

<<< I think this is strangely gorgeous. I thought the colouring was similiar to this pre-raphaelite painting painting on the right - >>> - since I can't resist any opportunity to thrust the pre-raphaelites under my willing victim person-who-I wish-to-educate's nose. Oh, and this is the one we're going to sacrifice. (That is a Joke. I do not in any way recommend or support any form of human sacrifice or ritual killing, including having people entombed in walls, buried alive, strangling them with colourful silk scarves in the name of Kali,  building wicker figures with humans inside which are then burned, Sati/Suttee, any form of sacrifice involving an altar, headhunting or cannibalism. Unless of course, you wish to fight a war against Troy, where I would promote it.)

<<< Another beautiful dress, though less waist than I generally like. If I were a hollywood star (which I should be ;) I think I would wear it, although this sort of layering in the skirt is not normally what I opt for. It would look nice with a bun or half-ponytail, simple heels - maybe bright red - and no jewellery .
>>> Evidence of some peplum inspiration in the collection. I would have said that I would not be seen dead in that skirt, but I have a new policy of giving anything a go - apart from that strange cardigan concoction. *Shudder*
If I had the money to waste (because, never in a million years am I going to find a high street alternative) I would possibly wear the skirt with a simple black turtleneck, a high bun, some black high heels, a slick of red lipstick and a tape measure about my neck.

<<< Clashing patterns add to the Folk feeling... though I think the shoes are horrendous. If there is no figure in an outfit then, at the very least, a pair of stiletto heels should be worn. That's just the laws of common decency. ;)

<<< This one is actually really cool. I am still wholly unappreciative of the shoes, though I am sure a lot of hard work was put into creating them. On the other hand, the hat looks really sumptuous and I think that (with the possible addition of a slim belt) the clothes themselves look gorgeous too.

^^^ Absolutely gorgeous hairstyle. Maybe I can find someone to do something like this for me since (when it comes to hairstyling) I am all thumbs. ^^^

On a last note, anything slightly 'The Wicker Man' about the collection?

"All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark." - Helena Bonham Carter

Thank you for reading my wild ramblings (I wish to stress one more time that I do not actually approve of human sacrifice, or animal sacrifice for that matter) and I encourage you to comment. I enjoy reading them, even if they are negative, just as long as they are based on a fair and informed judgement. Oh, and please follow. :)



kakuidori said...

when you find someone to do that hairstyle on you... can you give me their phone number? that looks SO great! <3

and i also love that red/black pvc-looking dress!

Anonymous said...

Cool post!!! The Wicker Man is my all time favourite film!

UnA said...

thanks for your lovely comment hun.

Your blog is lovely. Followed you. 'Would you like to follow me back?

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Ana Carneiro said...

This collection has pieces I like and pieces I hate! Some of those more colorful pieces don't look elegant nor balanced, which definitely makes me hate them. But there are also pieces inspired in the Charleston with lots of fringes that look really nice, as well as that stripped skirt and the blouse with colored chess and lace!

Thanks for stopping at my blog and here are my real thoughts about this collection, just like you asked =)

Plami said...

This is so spectacular! I am stunned!

Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I am glad I inspired you <3


Mica said...

Such an interesting collection! :)

Hope you enjoy your week's holiday!

dimitri said...

This collection is so interesting and pretty. It's absolutely spectacular.
Nice post as always.

Enara Girl said...

You have an amazing blog with amazing pictures. I like the sentences that I have read.
Have a great day!

Sandra Leiva said...

Great collection and nice post! <3

Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

Wow! This collection is amazing, so beautiful.

Unknown said...

I love your blog. It's so original! :) x milli

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Boho Vanity said...

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PKelly's Site said...

love the collection great post!!!
thnx so much 4 stopping by :))) :)

cAtHeRiNeLiNe said...

wow great collection! love this long white dress:)

Tanja S. said...

oh god, this collection is gorgeous, love it so much! :)

Unknown said...

Superbe article, rien à redire!

RICHA S said...

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Lena said...

I'm so excited that you paid my little blog a visit! Especially because it led me to yours!! Fashion is a world that I love, but easily get overwhelmed in. I've always wanted to learn more about designers, but I never really knew where to start. So, seriously .. I'm really pumped to have your commentary and to learn a little more about an industry that I'm enamored by.

Coffee Cream and the Caffeine said...

Lovely post i adore the collections :)

Style Servings said...

Really beautiful post!

Cammila said...

Wow, I don't think I would have noticed on my own but you're totally spot on with the Wicker Man comparison! Which only adds to the appeal of the collection. :)

M said...

oh yes, i agree,
that hairdo is super gorgeous
love it :) :)


great pics!thanks for your sweet words and hope u'll come visit me more often!


Betti Baudelaire said...

Holy cow, this post is great! Awesome analysis of the collections and loving the fairytale theme. You are a talented blogger indeed :)
Betti xx