Friday, March 23, 2012
I was walking with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law after a lunch at Mauri in Barcelona´s center today when I asked them if they had heard about Loewe´s (pronounced Lo-ev-A) new store opening up. No more than 20 feet farther ahead we passed in front of the brand new Galleria Loewe. As luck would have it, it opened just 3 days ago and we decided to take a look. We were greeted by several smiling women, one of them began to take us on a tour of the divine new gallery. I was thinking this was very similar to the Louis Vuitton museum in Paris that I´ve read about and then I learned that LVHM owns Loewe.
I always wanted a Louis Vuitton bag, but now I want a Loewe. Pretty Please.
The company started in Madrid in 1846 and became became renowned for the quality and beauty of its leather.
This is a piece by piece display of how the bags are constructed.
Each back takes 10-12 hours to manufacture.
Actual tools used to construct the bags.
If you desire a customized bag you have your choise of polished crocodile in 11 vibrant colours, or 8 shades of luxurious ostrich for the body, binding and corners, handles and keyholder. Select from 7 colours for the sumptuous napa lining, and opt for metal details available in gold or palladium.
I really love the butterflies.
A touching tree, lined with all the different skins of the bags so you can feel the variety of textures available.
A vintage purse, shoes, and scarf on display.
Yeah, I could live here.
Stacks and stacks of books everywhere with a view of La Passeig de Gracia and La Pedrera nonetheless.
An actual window display from 1946.
More beautiful scarves.
A video I took of the dancing silks....
My favorite blogger Susanna Lau (aka Susie Bubble) was at the opening two nights ago, when they had a live demonstration of embroidering. Check out her experience: http://www.stylebubble.co.uk/style_bubble/2012/03/mesmerised-by-a-mantón-.html
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Since I quit french, I´ve pretty much dived into the art of couture. In the past week I´ve invested in 3 great books to help me along in my studies.
Textile & Mode by Jenny Udale I picked up today. It is an in-depth read about materials, their origins, and how they are used in clothing. Thus far, I´m enthralled, I can´t wait to read more.....
The other two books are pattern books done by Japanese designers.
I´m working on a parka now from this one and the next project will be the adorable shorts.
|......and this one is filled with gorgeous Anthropologie-like dresses.|
On my book wishlist:
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I´m finishing up the blue floral dress and decided to make a matching headband similar to the one that model Suri wears for a shoot with Ellen Von Unwerth. Like always, while I´m sewing zone in completely with CocoRosie playing. So as I go back to search for this photo, I found the one to the left. How appropriate, Kiera Knightley is sporting Coco & Rosie´s signature drawn-on mustaches. Maybe Ellen was inspired by CocoRosie too. Gaga has nothing on the bizaarness of these two sisters. They actually go fairy hunting in Italy.
Here´s the floral headband process.....
Here´s the floral headband process.....
Piece of elastic with some fabric from the dress.
Sew on the flowers, duh.
Siri by Ellen. So cute.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
My friend Jenna came over today and we started making her dress. We got pretty far in four hours but will continue when I get back in town next Monday. After she left, I was inspired to start a new dress of my own.
First part finished. Tomorrow I will adjust the seams, sleeves and the length.
I was feeling a little like Molly Ringwald sewing her prom dress, so appropriately I listened to:
Remember this ole thing I got off Ebay?
After taking off the neck, sleeves and about half the length, it became a cute little top.
Take note of the brand new shoes from Mango.
Got these off Ebay for about $20.
They reminded me of these from the Fall 2012 Collection at Louis Vuitton.
Monday, March 19, 2012
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Saturday, March 17, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
So the games have begun and I´ve got two pairs drying in my kitchen window. Let´s take a look.
My little sad Nine West boots. So dull and lifeless.
Can I make them look more like these Opening Ceremony "Coachella" boots?
With a little help from my friends at Rit, I think I can, I think I can....
Here we go, these are the supplies you´ll need. I brought back this Rit in Denim Blue back from the states. I have found some dyes here but they´re just not the same and cost 3x.
So first boot is done and it is so dark, but already it´s lightening up as it dries. I will update you on the final color tomorrow.
Since, I had the blue dye already prepared I decided to add some yellow that I found at my corner pharmacie and make some fun green wedges like these from Jimmy Choo called Pandora. So adorable.
Let´s start with these little babies I got from Target.
Add a little of this to the already blue dye.
Not sure how these colors will turn out, but I hope it´s greenish.
Not too bad, kind of a grey/green. They need some shine though.
Add a coat of glitter for fabrics all over, then spray with a protectant to seal it in.
Add the studs with glue. Apply them like fake-eyelashes, wait for the glue to dry a little before applying the stud so they don´t slip too much. I used a chopstick to clean up the excess glue from around the studs.