I started this post on Wednesday. Guess that says something about how this week has gone. Looking at clothes again is a good start towards eventually unpacking my fabric and setting up my sewing room, although a great many of the things I clipped are things I would never dream of trying to knock off, just things I think are beautiful and would wear in my imaginary life, unemcumbered as it is by the realities of economics, lifestyle, and my own physical presence.
Some of the things that caught my eye were just simple things. Dress with a lovely shape which shine when well fitted and made with quality fabrics.
Sometimes it was the fabric itself, combined with a simple elegant shape, that caught my eye. These aren't specifically ideas to copy, just things I love although they may serve as reminders and inspirations. The toile de jouy dress has a lace back, which would not be my choice, as I would actually prefer a more conservative version, with the lovely fabric front and back.
I love the way different laces were combined in these two dresses.
Rather than the fabric, it is the construction details that make these dresses stand out.
Did you would think I would save only practical pieces? Not on your life. Both of these coats are gorgeous and I would so love to wear both of them, in another world and another life of course. They are completely unreachable. But it costs nothing to save a picture, and dream, and be reminded occasionally of what I think is truly beautiful.
1. Valentino silk and cotton dress, here.
2. Yves Saint Laurent dress here.
3. Clements Ribeiro toile de jouy dress here.
4. Giambattista Valli dress here.
5. Bottega Veneta lace dress here.
6. Akris lace dress, saksfifthavenue.com (link no longer available).
7. Balenciaga dress here.
8. Comme des Garcons dress here.
9. Prada embroidered coat, from Prada Ad campaign, here.
10. Dries Van Noten coat here.