Friday, 30 September 2011

SS12 - Part X.

Versace SS12 was so beautiful! I had missed this true Versace aesthetic for a few seasons now and was so glad to see it back! My favourite part of the collection was the final part where amazing evening dresses in the palest grey and most beautiful aqua colours were adorned in beadwork! There was a strong 'Under the Sea' theme which I absolutely loved and was depicted in both the prints (you can see the rest of the collection on and the embellishment...with the latter being my favourite! I loved how an embellished starfish was suspended across the back and anchoring the drapes of fabric. However, as 'The Little Mermaid' was one of my favourite animations as a child, I think it would have made my day if the final 5 models came out with fire-red hair!!
My next and possibly obvious favourite was Etro, due its 1920s influence! The prints were beautiful and reminded me of Gazette du Bon Ton illustrations especially those by Erté. Of course, I naturally loved the true beaded and fringed dresses the most!!
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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

SS12 - Part IX.

I absolutely adored the Prada collection for SS12! I never know what to expect, but I am never disappointed! Miuccia Prada once again, tapped into inspiration from her favourite decade, the 1950s, and produced a truly fun collection! The pairing of colours were beautiful such as the baby-pink and celadon green in the shoes below..but flashes of red and cerise stopped it all from being too pastel-heavy. I also loved the blocking of colours in pleating...something I've seen in Miuccia's collections before (whether it be Prada or Miu Miu) but I never tire of it!
Everything, from the car prints, rhinestones, jewellery, shoes, and textures really worked together and this is certainly a collection I can't wait to see in person once it hits the department stores next Summer!
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Katy Smail.

A few weeks ago, I was emailed an introduction about Katy Smail, an artist from Scotland but currently in New York. If you look on my left sidebar, you will see my growing list of artists I love, so I was very curious about 'Katy Smail' and decided to check out her work via the provided links.
I instantly loved it! It was definitely the style of art I paid attention to, and it also had a strong nod towards Fashion. I also adored how her characters weren't all smiley/happy girls, they genuinely looked like they were based on real people, or shall I say, real teenage girls. My sister is still a teenager so I immediately recognised Hadley's (below) expression!
There was also mention of a collaboration in a self-published book by indie author Jeremy Tarr titled: (S)mythology, which was described as being a "Tim Burton like fantasy fairy tale with Greek Mythology undertones, with some great illustrations by Katy." 
Greek mythology is definitely one of my favourite subjects so again, it caught my attention even more and I had to have a look at the trailer for the was so lovely and a really fresh way to see the use of illustration. Check it out below and make sure you have your volume turned on or you'll be missing out on the whole experience!

(S)mythology - A Novel | Teaser Trailer from Smythology on Vimeo.

Katy was also kind enough to answer some questions I had for her!

What movie and movie character do you feel inspired by? 
I am constantly feeling inspired by different movies & characters, although there are some that are perpetually on the mood board in my mind; 'Picnic at Hanging Rock', Brooke Shields in 'Pretty Baby', 'The Virgin Suicides' , 'A Bout de Soufle' (Breathless), 'The Dreamers'. Generally films with a sense of dreamlike melancholy and interesting female characters

Is there any music that particularly inspires you? 
I like listening to the wistful love songs of Billie Holliday, Chet Baker, Bob Dylan and Joanna Newsom while I'm working. 

I feel that Katy Smail still has so much more to offer in terms of her illustrative work and I look forward to seeing what she does in the future and how she evolves her female characters!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all who entered my Giveaway, the comments regarding what you least liked and what you would buy with your voucher have been super helpful!
Congratulations to Jill Hogan who now has $30/£20 credit to spend in my Etsy shop!

I also mentioned that I would be giving a second prize to the best comment... although I was particularly looking to see if there was one that made me laugh!
This came from MoonRae! As I had read it quite quickly, I actually thought she was insulting my knees, which I thought was hilarious, but as you can read below, she wasn't! Regardless of that, it still made me laugh and became the most memorable comment to me. Her prize is $15 credit in my shop!

"To be totally honest, there isn't anything in your shop I don't like....Really!!!! but since we have to pick something, I'd say it's the White Polka Dot Tulle TuTu....that @#$%!@*& model's knees are much CUTER than mine!!!! hehehehe Thanks for this great,fun giveaway!"

I will be holding another Giveaway at the end of October, so check back soon!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

SS12 - Part VIII - Gucci.

Any collection with a clear 1920s influence will get a full spread on my blog! I was both surprised and pleased with the Gucci collection as I don't always love it enough to mention on my blog...but it was stunning and not once did it look theatrical or away from the strong italian aesthetic Gucci is notorious for! The back detailing was super sexy but the most amazing part was towards the end where jaw-dropping fully embellished dresses made an entrance! All I have to say about this is that it's about time a big fashion house truly experimented with the 1920s!
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Friday, 23 September 2011

SS12 - Part VII - Alberta Ferretti.

When I first saw this, I just loved it...then when I looked at it in detail, I loved it even more! The handwork is just amazing and once again, I'm not let down by Alberta Ferretti's collection! 
The patterned slip dresses were beautiful with a nod to the 20s (but I see this in everything so whether this was purposeful or not, it doesn't matter!) and although I was surprised that Alberta Ferretti touched on a 'jungle' theme, she did it with such grace and it didn't interfere with the overall look of the collection at all, instead it added something new and refreshing. Again, making reference to the 20s, I just adored the jet-beaded pieces towards the end!!!
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Thursday, 22 September 2011

SS12 - Part VI - Christopher Kane.

Christopher Kane's collection was super cute, and I just loved the light, airy fabrics used, especially when it seemed like there were Alice-in-Wonderland-esque flowers trapped in between layers of them!
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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

SS12 - Part V - Antonio Berardi.

I always love the Antonio Berardi collections without fail...they are always the perfect hybrid of sexy, feminine and tough elements....something I have often only found male designers to be capable of achieving - if anyone can think of a female designer that does this, please enlighten me!
I don't usually like red, but this collection makes me adore it! I especially loved the red sequin embellishment, on red. A truly beautiful collection!
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

JHB/GI - James Hamilton Butler / Georgie Ichikawa

I first mentioned JHB/GI - James Hamilton Butler and Georgie Ichikawa, a few weeks ago when I was firstly introduced to their Menswear range, which I loved...a couple of weeks later, I was then invited to attend their debut at London Fashion Week where I excitedly viewed their Womenswear range for the first time ..and now, as my photos didn't do any justice to the range, here are some of my favourite looks!
I love the model and the modern take with the styling on Japanese cultural influences but also very pleased that the model didn't have typical red geisha lips too! I do love how they look, but I think it would've been much too literal here!!
Like I had mentioned in the aforementioned link, their Womenswear range had a strong luxury aesthetic to it and being able to see and feel the fabrics up close really helped to showcase this.
I am sure JHB/GI will do very well and I am now looking forward to seeing what they plan to do for AW12!!!

Monday, 19 September 2011

SS12 - Part IV.

Continuing with my 'report' on my favourite collections is Willow! I just loved it! I loved how the typical 'palm' print was used in a slick and sexy collection, mixed with black patents and with draping. It's definitely the newest interpretation I've seen of a 'tropical' theme without it being too literal.
Next, and surprisingly is Basso & Brooke! I haven't been keen on many of their collections for a while now as I felt they always used a very similar print and all their collections started to merge into one...until now! I loved the mix of florals and geometry and digital prints that mimicked texture. Silhouettes also looked new from Basso & Brooke, out went the structured styles, in came the softer, more comfortable shapes.
And lastly (for now), Ann-Sofie Back Atelje. Definitely an under-rated designer, her shapes looked really fresh and a new, noted touch of femininity this season. My favourites being a deconstructed suit made into a pinafore midi dress with sheer t-shirt, off-shoulder blouse styled with men's trousers and absolutely adored the pink vest dress, softly held in with a super skinny belt.
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Sunday, 18 September 2011

SS12 - Part III.

It's been a long time since I published more than once in a day but there are a lot of great collections I want to get through!
Prabal Gurung's collection really blew me away, it is such a huge step up to what he has previously done. I usually dislike that royal purple colour but I didn't here! Everything looked so slick and considered...I can also really see some of these dresses on the red carpet!
My next favourite is Jil Stuart! The collection was so ethereal and I loved the mint and pink colour combination which also included the sweetest illustrated print!
Philosophy was absolutely beautiful and had a nod towards the 1920s, again, the mint lace was lovely and I'm definitely feeling for slip dressing even more now!
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SS12 - Part II - Ralph Lauren

I absolutely love the 1920s so when I checked out Ralph Lauren's SS12 collection I was in complete awe! It was probably expected seeing as he designed the costumes for the original 'The Great Gatsby' film in the 70s and that the remake, with Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio is currently in production! The colour palette was amazing with the pure whites, apple greens, tea roses and a soft pistachio...just yummy!
I don't actually think Ralph Lauren did the costumes for the remake but I'm pretty certain that the film will influence the fashion industry!!
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Saturday, 17 September 2011


It's that time for another Giveaway! I usually select a few things from my Etsy Shop as a prize but for the first time I will simply be giving the winner $30/£20 worth of goods! Or if you want to spend more, then you only need to pay the difference!
There will only be one randomnly picked winner for the $30/£20 prize but the best comment (whether it is useful feedback or even if it just makes me laugh) will also receive something special! 

TO ENTER (mandatory):

#1 Browse my Etsy Shop and tell me what your least favourite item is and why- yep, your least favourite! Even if it is to do with the way it's been photographed, you should be able to find something!! Be as honest as you please!!


#2 Follow my Blog. (via Google Friend Connect-on my right sidebar-if you are already following me, just leave a message to let me know and it still counts as an extra entry!)

#3 Follow me on Twitter. (Again, entry still counts if you're already following me!) - @nuvonova

#4 Blog about my Giveaway. (Please provide a link!)

#5 Tweet about my Giveaway.

#6 Like my Facebook page -

#7 Tell me what you would spend your voucher on!

Each thing you do is equivalent to one entry, so there is a maximum of 7 entries! If you do all 7, please leave 7 seperate blog comments to indicate each one!

The Giveaway ends on Saturday 24th September at 11am UK time. Winner will be randomly picked and announced on Sunday 25th, and will have one week to respond to my initial email so please ensure that there is a way for me to contact you by - Facebook, Email, Twitter etc... Good Luck!