Venice on my Mind

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I’m so ready to travel again. You know, just pack my bags and leave. Especially lately I felt a lot like this – probably because I can’t leave Vienna any time soon: the show/performance is coming closer and closer and the garments need to be finished. Isn’t it always like that? When we have a lot of time, we like to take it slow. Just stay at home for a while. Relax and do nothing. But once life gets more stressful, we want to get away from it all, forget our normal routines for a while – and go somewhere different, do something else, have an adventure.

I don’t even want to go far, I don’t want to book a flight. Just hop on a train and go to – Italy. I absolutely love this country. And while there are so many cities and towns I want to visit, Venice is on top of my list right now. I’ve been there before, but lately, I just can’t get it out of my mind. This magical city is calling my name again and it is so hard to resist. I would love to go right now – the Carnival madness is over, it’s quiet now before the new season begins. I wouldn’t mind the chilly weather or the cold winds – I’ve seen Venice during a hot and golden summer, but I think it’s especailly intriguing during a frosty, foggy and grey winter. I wish I could see the canals, bridges, piazzas and churches with my own eyes, smell the salty air, hear the gurgling water – but I think that will have to wait for a while. Until then I fill my (day-) dreams with it!

What city is on top of your travel-list? I’d love to hear!

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Week 5 already! It was my semester break, so I would say that the whole week was somehow a very good one. I did a lot of hanging around, lounging, relaxing – you know, nothing really. But I also did some sewing – I finished some skirts that I began a long time ago, I made another Papercut La Sylphide (this time with a different neckline and no bow – I’m very happy with how this turned out), finished the jacket for my mother and started with a pair of trousers I needed to make for the collection.

Oh, don’t remind me. As always, I should have done much mor for college as I did, but I need to unwind at some point, don’t I? February is going to be really stressful anyway, with quite a few deadlines and so I thought I should start this month slowly. This week is supposed to be a break and I don’t feel too guilty about taking it quite literally (not yet).

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This picture really sums it all up: Nice weather (at times), nice clothes, and a fresh and clean flat (did some more decluttering this week and it feels so good! I think my fabric stash should be next….). Hope you had a good week as well!

What’s coming next winter, Vol. II

I still owe you at least one more trend-forecast post! I thought now was a good time, before fashion week (month) starts and everyone gets excited about the new trends – I’m curious to see if some will become reality!

Today, I present to you the 4 trends from the magazine ‘Zoom into fashion trends’. I bought it at the Milano unica and I love flicking through it, it’s super inspiring.  As always, the words are my own, inspired by the texts in the magazine. Pictures are not mine, they where all found on pinterest – I do not claim any ownership and no copyright infringement was intended!

The first trend is called ‘Decorum’. This is about a new ‘decoration philosophy’. It is a mix of Art Nuveau and Art Deco: Shapes are rounded, organic and spherical, yet sometimes look like sheet metal. Faceted surfaces catch the light, it is also reflected or absorbed by either metallic or transparent materials. Despite all the embellishment, there is still some understated elegance. Embroidery, perforation and iridescent finishing on simple and geometric clothes. The fabrics are very rich, there are more solids than prints. They are folded, pleated, wrinkled and evoke the masters of old, like Fortuny.

The seconed one is ‘Spirited’. Meditation, inner peace, silence. The Slow movement, calmess and muted emotions – they will lead to purification and harmony. Concentration and focus and an absence of distractions. Minimalism is important, emptiness celebrated. There is hardly any decoration, accessories are extremely limited and take on an almost symbolic value. The clothes follow the lines of the body, they are fuss-free. The materials are all natural: cashmere, worsted wool, linen and gauze. Soft jersey hugs the body, comforts it. The colours are neutrals as well, either a broken white or a coal black, with some blush pink and dusty greys in between.

The next one is called ‘Corrupted’. It is about broken, changed and falsified nature. Broken through explosions, changed through toxic fumes, which give everything weird and unnatural colours. The vegetation is ultra-saturated, rivers are polluted and fluorescing. Landscapes seem unreal, wrong, extra-terrestrial. Almost post-apocalyptic, very confused and disorted. That translates into fashion with vivid colours, dissolving prints and artificial finishes, giving cloth a plastic feel. Hot pink, bright orange and poisonous green are toned down with soft greys and beige tones.

The last trend is ‘Summer Break’. Think summer destination during the winter: Abandoned water slides, beach huts, playgrounds. Everything is still brand new, the plastic is multi-coloured and vivid. They are all waiting for summer to return: Swimming pools, sports fields, amusement parks. Perfectly kept, in chilly, foggy weather. The atmosphere is eerie, everything looks strangely out of place and time. Soft, muted tones such as sand and snow are combined with bold blue and red, yellow and orange. The lines are simple, reminiscing sportswear, with striped details: Ropes reference the marine style further. The fabrics are typical winter woolens and  statement furs, mixed with technical and plastic surfaces.

Even though these posts take a lot of time to write, I do love them. I think there’ll be maybe one more in the future, but I’m not yet sure about that. We’ll see!

January

In January, I…

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  • made plans for the new year
  • decided to give up sugar as best as I can
  • made a white debutante dress for my sister (a BHL Anna hack)
  • finally got a decent ironing board
  • discovered a very good indian restaurant in Vienna (thali)
  • decluttered my closet (fabric stash and paper stuff are next)
  • finished the third semester
  • bought some (indian) earrings, which I plan to actually wear
  • sewed a tailored jacket for my mother
  • hung up a few pictures and paintings to create some kind of a gallery wall

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Saturday was probably my favourite day this week. My mother and younger sister came for a visit and we spent the day in the city. We went for lunch at Miznon, a new israeli restaurant-bar, which serves the most delicious, street-food inspired meals. We all had the vegetarian pitas, one with cauliflowers, and the other two with potatoes and ratatuille. It was so good! And the atmosphere was awesome, the cooks were shouting the orders, there was music, lots of people, kids running around – it felt like this place was bursting with energy! I’ll definitely go there more often in the future.

We then stopped at some of our favourite shops, did some window shopping and caught up with what everyone was doing and how things were going. Later, we went to my other sister’s place and had some tea and cake. And after my mother and sister drove back home, I went to a birthday party of one of my classmates and celebrated until the early morning. So, yes. Saturday was a good day :)

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My graduate fashion show is just 53 days away! (It’s on the same weekend as the Australian Grand Prix; thanks to Mercedes’ instagram account I know the exact numer of days, they count them down for me :))

So, as you can guess, it’s both very exciting and super terrifying… But I’m confident that I will finish all my outfits (5) in time – in fact, I plan to be finished 2 weeks earlier and so far it’s looking good! The reason why I want to have all my outfits completed so early is because I also need to shoot the lookbook and I want to do that outdoors. So I need a time frame that is big enough to cope with rain, bad light, and overall poor weather conditions. I want it to be as perfect as possible – and that’s why I also won’t take the pictures myself – I’ll be the art director/stylist of the whole thing instead.

I didn’t take the pictures you can see here either – my classmate, Valerie Steinmetz took them, so the credits go to her! We had to shoot one of our finished outfits/garments, as they might end up on some kind of poster… I don’t really know. But the pictures turned out great, so I thought I’ll give you a little sneak peek!

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Lately my days look like this: Getting up, going to college, coming home, taking a nap, reading a bit, watching a movie, sewing late into the night… they are quite close to perfection, if you ask me (maybe a little less school…. and I do wish I wasn’t so tired all the time – my sleep rhythm is out of control)!

But anyway. I finally found some time to relax and do nothing in particular. I started some (sewing-related) projects and one requires a bit of research – so I bought this wonderful book last friday: “The Costume History” by Auguste Racinet. It is from the mid 19th century and a great reference book. I got the small version (which still weighs at leat 1,5 kilos): the orignial, or the ‘big’ version are actually two volumes, with more plates. But I’m happy with the smaller version – I do own some other costume reference books, so I don’t need a huge, even more detailed one: This one is perfect.

The rest of the weekend will be spent sewing a jacket for my mother an finishing a dress for myself. And next week is already the last one beofre the holidays, I can’t wait!