Upcycling: from skirt to clutch

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I created this clutch during an upcycling workshop with Annika Sanders (founder of the Brtish brand Junky Styling) that I attended at the Amsterdam Fashion Academy, where I study.

At first I took a secondhand skirt, I looked at all the details that I wanted to keep and emphasize…then I transformed it in a big clutch!

Now I think I’m gonna do the same to all my old skirts to create a collection… why not?

Felt sleepers

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Starting from today I would share on my blog not only my thoughts and impressions, but also my creations.

Yes indeed I really enjoy to sew and design clothes and accessories, because that’s how I spend my time studying Fashion Design in Amsterdam… and I hope that you will like them!

Those are felt sleepers completely made and customized by myself (even the felt, and I swear it took a lot of time)

Oggi ho finalmente preso la decisione ( e anche il coraggio) di iniziare a condividere sul mio blog non solo pensieri e impressioni, ma anche le mie creazioni.

Infatti è proprio questo che faccio per la maggior parte del tempo qui ad Amsterdam, dove studio Fashion Design e creo abiti e accessori…che spero vi piacciano!

Queste sono delle pantofole in feltro (anche quello fatto da me, e vi giuro che ci vuole molto tempo!) completamente disegnate e realizzate da me.

Modern Hippies in Amsterdam

Modern Hippies Markt

 

Yesterday I had a great afternoon in a special market in Amsterdam Roest: was the Moderne Hippies Markt.

It isn’t just a common market, because it takes place only four times per year, so if you’re interested in visit it check their website to be update on all the events and markets scheduled!

( ww.modernehippies.nl )

There were a lot of stands, all different and customized were you can find all those very ’70s accessories: feathers for your hair, bells and belts for your boots, and gorgeous secondhand coats and shirts.

After shopping and tasting the vintage atmosphere it was also possible to have a massage or a hair restyling: amazing isn’t it?

I’m already looking foreword for the next Modern Hippies Market!

Style spotting

As you all may know, today it’s  Valentine’s day and right now I’m having a drink in a nice pub in Amsterdam (yes, indeed we’re living here)!
The hipster-kinda-atmosphere of this pub (The Schuim, just in front of the yellow squat in Spuistraat) inspired me the idea of a new project: trying to find spot and trends from the stylish Amsterdam’s streets!

Yeah… now I’ll think about it while we’re waiting for our St. Valentine’s indian dinner!!

Stay tuned and see what’s gonna happen!

Jbag: definitely I need one!

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For all those living in the North (like me!) where backpacks are a must have: finally we can find the way to being out of the box even wearing our favourite bags!

Well, that’s not a .jpg, neither a simple bag or a backpack: that’s just .JBAG

An italian duo of designers made this backpack giving a special  attention to details, materials (it’s fully realized with eco leather) and design of this unique accessory based on the shape of a teabag or maybe the idea of origami.

I bought the urban.JBAG from the Bright Collection on line for a such affordable price (you can find it here:http://www.jbag.it ) and now I cannot go out without it: it’s practical, gorgeous, different and most important of all I am getting so many compliments and “OMG where did you buy it? I definitely need one!”

Maximalism has arrived!

Trends are not fixed, but they are always changing. For a while we are used to see a specific trend on the catwalk, but at a certain point it has to leave his place to another newer one, which is usually its opposite.

That’s fashion phenomenon it is perfectly shown on the parisian catwalks last September: the Minimalism that represented the signature of the last five years “was about to switch” (I. Fox, 2014).
In Fox’s article it is perfectly underlined how a minimalistic style was prevailing in all the high-end lables since 2009, but now something is changing and the time for Maximalism has arrived.

According to the theory of Phenomenology of Styles by R. Barilli (2007) this alternantion is called different repetition: indeed in Art History – as in the Fashion cycle – there is an alternation of quotes and opposite styles.
In the Art field that is due mainly to paradigm shifts, insted in Fashion it is due to the fashion cycle itself, even because after a while costumers want to see – and buy – something new, fresh and different from the past seasons: in a constant and sequential rythm of style changes anyone can be bored or too much satisfied. Furtheremore this alternation it is also a product of the creative process, because artists and designers need to find always new influences and new languages in oreder to express their ideas and concepts.
That alternation is not the only one feature that the Fashion system took from the Arts, indeed in almost all the S/S14 collections we can see a lot of quotes and tributes to the Art itself.

Painterly prints abounded on the S/S14 catwalks: there were Fauvist flowers at Hermes; graphic portraits by illustrators such as Gabriel Specter at Prada; colourful pallette prints at Chanel. (L. Freeman, 2014)

It could be interesting to underline that this maximalist trend it is closely connected to explicit inspirations from famous artists exactly in the same time that in London there is a huge exhibition about “Artists Textiles” at the Fashion&Textile Museum (from January 31 to May 17): is it a coincidence?

References:

Freeman, L. (2014). “A new exhibition celebrates the colourful history of artists’ textiles”. Vogue. 02, 95.

Barilli, R. (2007), Scienza della Cultura e Fenomenologia degli stili, Bologna, Bononia University Press

Imogen Fox. (2014). “Minimalism is dead – long live maximalism”. The Guardian. January

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