The beautiful colors and graphic layout of Givenchy's SS||2013 Antigona Architect Satchel bag [left], might have been an inspiration to a clutch version proposed for a lower budged range by &Other Stories [right], and available in the stores right now for 75,00 Euro.
With his second RTW collection for Christian Dior continues Raf Simons' investigation of the time period between the 40ties and the 50ties, including an accurate research of its costume history, its art and of course the Dior archives. To embellish and also to lighten the extremely elegant outfits the designer chooses colorful vintage fashion illustrations created in the fifties by Andy Warhol. Before he found fame as the father of Pop Art, Andy Warhol was an accomplished advertising illustrator and commercial artist for fashion tastemakers such as Barney's, Neiman Marcus, Glamour, Mademoiselle and Harper's Bazaar. One of his delicately beautiful and playful illustrations used by Simons for Dior's FW "2013||14 collection [right] is the 'Female Head With Stamps' from 1959 [left], in addition to other celebrated designs like shoes and flowers.
The president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and successful fashion designer Diana von Fürstenberg, known for her iconic wrap-dress created in the seventies [left], has launched a gorgeous little collection for Gap Kids, which is her second collaboration with the American label. The limited edition 'explorers collection' re-imagines the designer's signature bright colors and patterns, taking its inspiration from bold African safari prints applied to items like miniature trapeze dresses, skinny jeans, colorful espadrilles and wrap dresses [right].
The beautiful FW 2012||13 Natalia kidskin bag by Tom Ford with a very particular and oversized metal hard wear closure [left]… might have been more than just an inspiration to the much cheeper and simplified version by H&M [right], available now in the stores for 19,95 Euro.
It is not the first time this very specific tartan pattern, known to embellish cheep plastic bags used on parisians flee markets to transport large quantity of merchandise, has made its way up to high fashion. For SS ||2007 Marc Jacobs has created expensive leather bag versions for Louis Vuitton [left], while Phoebe Philo proposes for Céline an even more bold elaboration of this theme on an entire oversize coat for FW 2013||14 [right].