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FAILED!!! And learned (a lot) from it

2013-12-05 12.32.29This piece might look alright-enough from afar . . . But if you take a closer look at it, it’s one of the most horrid creations I’ve ever made so far.

angelica brigade angelicabrigadeWhen it was 75% done,  it didn’t look so bad . . .
But, when I finished “drawing the outlines” of the design with beads, I noticed that the piece looks too silver and I should’ve used green & red beads instead. Unfortunately, I’m on the road right now and can’t find 3mm fire polished beads in those colors.

And so, I decided to paint them . . .

Big mistake!!!

Actually, it was worse . . . I made several huge mistakes . . .

I thought that if I cover the yarns with Mod Podge, I can preserve the quality of the yarns for many years to come . . .

But . . . things didn’t work out the way I expected. And when I realized I made several critical mistakes, I tried to salvage the project using several experimental solutions that actually made things even worse.

Look at this barf-inducing outcome:

1463466_10152032804684014_42061914_nDon’t worry … I’ve made a better version of this headband already

But what a disaster . . .

At least, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons from this failed project:

  1. Unless I really have to . . . I should never paint the beads
  2. And if I really must paint the beads . . .  I should’ve painted them before I embroidered the piece
  3. Mod Podge turns the colors of the yarns a few shades darker
  4. I should’ve tested the paint and the Mod Podge on scrap materials first
  5. And, I should’ve made sure no one would touch the piece before the paint completely dry

I’m not great with “wet mediums” (paints, liquid adhesives, and such) . . . I’m being completely honest and realistic here, but years of practice only help me to be less bad at using them . . . So, from now on, unless I really have to . . . I think it’s wiser for me to avoid using unwashable liquid medium . . .

It’s called using one’s resources (especially one’s time) wisely

I’m in the process of creating a better version of the piece. Please check back in Wednesday to download the free pattern and tutorial :)

Till then~

In the meantime, have a fantastic weekend!!!


Free DIY Tutorial : Christmas Ornament / Bag Charm

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
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Bag Charm/Ornament: Joyce @ Angelica Brigade
Nails: Illamasqua rubber finish nail varnish in Nurture



Step One:
Trace the pattern onto the stiffened felt and then cut the pattern with 1/8″ (3 mm) seam allowance

(Steps two & three: Please refer to Figure 1 for reference)
Step Two:
“Color” the design using satin stitch
Use the #5 embroidery floss with #1 embroidery needle

figure 1

figure 1

Step Three:
Bead the outline of the design using 3mm fire-polished beads
Start from the middle
Bead the edges last

Step Four:
Cut approx. 4″ of grosgrain ribbon and fold it in half
Stitch the ribbon onto the back  side of the piece
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Step Five:
Lazy stitch the #11 cylinder beads on the upper part of the design
(the empty spot I marked on Figure 1)

Step Six:
Trim the excess stiffened felt
Try to match the edges of the stiffened felt with the outermost edges of the fire-polished beads
While cutting the felt, keep your scissors perpendicular to the floor
And, be careful not to cut the tread with which you beaded the piece

Step Seven
If you want to use it as a Christmas tree ornament, you might want to repeat Steps 1-3 and 5-6
and glue the identical pieces back to back
– or –
You can glue it onto a piece of felt or ultrasuede
(Note: The quality and thickness of the felt or ultrasuede matters as the glue might seep through and stain thinner fabrics)

USEFUL TIP: If you decide to glue it onto a piece of felt or ultrasuede . . . Lining the top edge of the beaded ornament with a straight edge of the felt can make the trimming process much easier

If you decide to glue it onto a piece of felt or ultrasuede
Lining the top edge of the beaded ornament with a straight edge of the felt can make the trimming process much easier

Step Seven:
Bead the outermost edge of the design using #6 round seed beads
Use clean edge finishing technique <— the technique seen in #14-17 of that page

Step Eight:
Make a bow using using 10″ grosgrain ribbon
Dab a dot of hot-melt glue on the back of the ribbon and stick it onto the design
Prewashing this ribbon can prevent it from fraying
But, if I use craft-store-bought ribbon, I usually melt its ends with candle flame
(If you decide to do the same, please proceed with caution)

Step Nine:
Using a jump ring or split ring, connect the swivel clip onto the loop of ribbon on the top part of the ornament.

Feel free to reproduce this ornament/bag charm for commercial purposes, BUT:
On your product description, please write: Original design by Joyce at www.angelica-brigade.com
Since I won’t be the person who create the piece you’ll sell in your shop . . . To avoid possible misunderstandings . . . Please use your own images to market your version(s) of this ornament/bag charm

If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me by writing a comment on the reply box below. (Don’t worry if you don’t see your message on this page right away)

Alternately, you can also contact me via Facebook

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This upcoming Sunday:
Failed! And learned (a lot!!) from that failure – A misadventure in designing a hair accessory

Next Wednesday:
Free Tutorial: Christmas-Themed Hair Accessory

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Some Thoughts About Etsy, Etsy Integrity Team, and Malicious Store Flaggers

Please watch the following video and tell me what you think.

About two weeks ago, someone whose Etsy store was (also) closed by Etsy Integrity Team contacted me. This is what she wrote:

Helen · June 25, 2013 - 6:07 am
Watch this video and pass it explains the Wolf in Sheep’s clothing aka “Etsy” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Hwl6Y9UWs 

This is the same story I keep on hearing. Etsy has been getting away with this for years. Now this has to stop and the only way to hurt them is make the Attorney General in their state make them comply to have a real telephone customer service team. Bombard the internet and get the Attorney General in New York to make Etsy comply or shut them down. This company has no telephone service they have thousands of sellers who my law have have the rights to speak to a real person about their livelihood. This company is even acting like a bank where they have their own payment processing and still no telephone customer team where you can ask a question about YOUR business the business you grew. Something sounds very fishy all the stories from sellers Etsy has damaged without a moments thought the so called integrity team asking for the in’s and out’s of a sellers business and then still giving them the big heave ho when all the information has been given. 

I have had the unfortunate dealings with Eliza on Etsy and I totally understand that this person is incompetent she was rude, arrogant and ignorant however the lack of customer service must be coming from the top otherwise this person would not have been allowed to address me the way she did without being reprimanded. I have a right as a customer to speak to a real person and for them to explain what is happening and how to resolve it. But all you get is a email answered whenever they feel like it and a person who is demeaning and not their to help you in any shape or form and not only that puts barriers in the way and makes it hard as possible for you.
Bombard the Attorney General and ask him why he is letting this Multi Million company in his jurisdiction get away with such bad business practices. Name and shame that is the only way these faceless corporations ever learn by denting their pockets. Etsy your time is coming and I will laugh my arse off when you cowards have to face your customers with no more hiding behind your computer screens. 

File reports and ask others to do the same: http://www.ag.ny.gov/internet-bureau-online-complaint-form 

I can describe building a business on Etsy like building a house on sand it will eventually collapse because it’s build on a weak foundation. 


Last February, Etsy Integrity Team shut my store down because I wasn’t willing to show them how I sculpted and knotted my original statement necklace. It took me months to get over the shock, sadness, and bitterness. But I’ve moved on.

I learned from other people whose stores were also closed by the Etsy Integrity Team … it can happen again and again … So, I thought that it’s wiser for me to just stay away from Etsy.

Requiring every Etsy Integrity Team member to face the people whose stores s/he suspended might be a good first step. This can help him/her to see us as people … and to realize that s/he can ruin people’s lives and start avalanches of pain and bitterness with just a clicks of his/her computer mouse.

But … to me, it’s not enough.

I believe that the people who randomly flag and report their fellow sellers in order to get rid of their competitors should face the consequences of the things they’ve done and pay for the losses that are suffered by the people whose lives they ruined. They should realize that what they’ve been doing amount to cyber bullying. Also, because they maliciously make their fellow sellers to loose their businesses, their investments, and perhaps also their livelihoods … these people might have committed several criminal acts as well.

Unless I’m sure that I’m protected against such people, I would never sell anything via Etsy again.

This week’s finds

First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

How’ve you guys been?

Ready for this week’s finds?

Here they are:

Are you familiar with this photo (editing & sharing) app called Magic Hour by Kiwiple?

It’s one of my favorites. You can edit your pictures, create your own photo filters, and download numerous (several hundreds) free filters via its Free Filter Market.


I downloaded mine many months ago when it was 100% free. But now, if you want to download tons of photo filters, you are going to need to need to buy the full version of the app. But, the Lite (or, shall we say limited?) version of this app is still 100% free. You can’t download all the filters you want, but you can still create as many filters as you like and save those filters in the app.

I also like the fact that I can save multiple versions of one same photo (with various different filters) with a click of a button.


And, you can connect the app with various social media (e.g. Instagrsm, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Foursquare, etc) as well.


A simple yet rather challenging free iPhone/iPod Touch game: Vegetable Panic.


Each stage’s time limit is usually very short (between 40 to 71 seconds) and every time you uproot a vegetable you aren’t supposed to uproot, you’ll get a -5 seconds penalty. So, it can be a little frustrating at times. But, it’s what makes the game rather addictive.

Again, sorry for the lack of meaningful & useful posts. I’ll try to finish these piles of tasks I have on my task list as quickly as possible. Wondering what I’ve been up to? Get a few sneak peeks via Instagram. My user name is – you guessed it – AngelicaBrigade.

Till next week~
You guys have a great one :)


This Weekend’s Find: Julian Hakes Avant Garde Footwear

Julian Hakes Mojito Shoes

Julian Hakes Mojito Shoes – Source: http://www.roomie.jp/2013/02/50054/


Julian Hakes Mojito Shoes – Source: http://www.roomie.jp/2013/02/50054/

According to http://www.hakes.co.uk/, Julian Hakes spent approximately 2 years refining this very light, comfortable, & elegant avant garde footwear. And, judging from the second photograph, they do look wearable.

And . . . the best news is . . . these award-winning* shoes aren’t insanely expensive either, and they are available via Amazon.co.uk  (in many different colors!!!) >>> http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Julian%20Hakes&index=shoes&search-type=ss

Pricey, yes, but much less expensive than most designer shoes that aren’t as original and avant garde as these ones.

I know … these shoes aren’t for everyone. And, I’m not planning to purchase them either – at least, not until I can try them on in person & see if they really are comfortable to wear and look alright on me . . . but, I count myself as a big fan.

*Drapers Footwear & Accessories Awards 2012 winner

None of the images you see in this blog post is mine.

I'm not using them for any commercial purpose. However, if you own the rights to these images & do not want to see them in this blog, please let me know so I can remove them from this page as soon as I possibly can.

This Week’s Finds: Self-Stirring Mug & Cute Video

Stainless Steel Self Stirring Mug, $18.99 - available via www.stirringmug.com

Stainless Steel Self Stirring Mug, $18.99 available via www.stirringmug.com

AAA batteries operated (you will need 2 of them), comes with spill-proof drink-through lid, and quiet 4,000 rpm motor that can mix you a drink with a push of a button.

Can be a nice gift for someone’s upcoming birthday . . .

Anyway, here’s a cute video that cheers me no end

I like this version best :D

But, if you want to watch/listen to the Swedish Original, you can see it here >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-8E4Nirh9s

Have a great weekend, you guys!!!

I’ll write again in Monday~

-joyce of Angelica Brigade

Kukka Tatting, Toy-Making, & Lifelong Learning

I bought these books at Kinokuniya earlier today (or should I say yesterday, because it’s 1am right here in California)~

Can’t wait to accumulate some new skills~


I’m looking forward to be able to create this piece (the necklace on the very left) very soon:


The technique to create this lace-like piece is called Kukka Tatting. The book contains many different patterns.

I’m so excited!!!

Got to get myself some yarns first, though~

Love is . . .

One of my friends posted this on Facebook. I don’t know the source, but it’s so “awwwwww-making” so I thought I should share it.


[P.S. If you own the rights to this image and don’t want to see it in this blog, simply let me know]

This Week’s Finds

Sorry for the late post
I’m gonna fly to the other side of the world in a few minutes. So, I spent the weekend finishing the tasks I needed to finish before I leave & then pack my stuffs.

Anyway . . .
This week’s find is 100% free. But, it’s still a find nonetheless; cuz it’s awesome. And so cute.



It’s an Instagram account~

The bunny looks like a toy, doesn’t it?!

Anyway, I’ll write again in a few hours. Gotta go~

This Week’s Finds: Statement Wing Earrings & Free ChainMaille Jewelry-Making Tutorial

Statement Wing Earrings for every budget: $18.00 – $4,485.00

Noor Fares Wing Earrings. The wings are made out of (carved) ebony. They are set in gold and studded with diamonds. And so, they are frigging expensive. (Please scroll down for some cheaper alternatives).

Noor Fares Wing Earrings Black Gold Brown Diamond

Image Source: ShopBAZAAR

Here’s the sterling silver & black rhodium version of the earrings which are 1380% cheaper than the ebony, gold, & diamond version.


Image Source: ShopBAZAAR

I love these silver & rhodium one. It has a tribal feel to it but also looks very contemporary.

But, wait … similar earrings are also available in Etsy for $18 (the white ones – which are made out of carved bones) & $24 (the black ones – which are made out of carved buffalo horns). To me, judging from the pictures, they look well-made.

These ones by Tribal Style, an Etsy seller with a 100% positive rating by more than 32,000 customers:

Image Source: Tribal Style via Etsy

Image Source: Tribal Style via Etsy

water buffalo tribal earrings

Image Source: Tribal Style via Etsy

Now, onto the next find: A Free ChainMaille Jewellery-Making Tutorials

Actually, there are tons of chainmaille tutorial on Deviant Art, so you might want to browse the site.

Have a great weekend!!!

See you guys on this blog in Monday.

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On Creativity, Imagination, and the Business Side of Accessories Design

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This is a cocktail hat I created a long time ago – before concerns about costing, pricing, technical details, craftsmanship, wearability, fabric quality, & durability entered the picture.

I forgot about its existence until a few days ago.

[ I found it when I was packing my things as I was getting ready to move to a new place of residence & a new home office/studio ]

I must say that this piece looks more interesting than the things I’ve been making ever since I declared that Angelica Brigade is open for business (in November 11, 2011).

cocktail-hat_001On a closer inspection, this cocktail hat isn’t very well-made. I made it with nothing more than a dressmaking & pattern-making knowledge I learned as an FIDM student many years ago. Notice the lumpy shape of the hat base & wrinkly appearance of the leopard print fabric?

I made the piece in an impulse. The hat frame is made using PVA-stiffened tulle that I reinforced with a fusible interfacing. The flower is made out of a 100% polyester lining fabric.  And, the rest of the piece is made using scrap fabrics.

And now, are you ready to see the horrific part of this headpiece?

Here we go


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Yet . . .

I see this piece as a memento of the abundance of creativity I once had, something I need to rediscover & reclaim without  abandoning the technical & business knowledge I’ve been accumulating.

I made the piece with zero knowledge of hat-making and with no proper materials, too. I was driven – purely – by my imagination & fueled by my resourcefulness. I had a clear picture (inside of my head) of what I wanted & focused on bringing it into existence, limitations be damned. I made the piece for myself & no one else would know how the back of the hat looks like. But . . . now, it’s no longer an option.

Ever since sell my handmade hair accessories professionally, nothing but a perfect-looking backing is acceptable. And this will always be my philosophy.

But, I really need to design my pieces the way I used to: by bringing an imaginary piece into existence. But this time, I’m going to incorporate my hard-earned technical skills into the production stage of my designs & never stop learning a new thing at least on a weekly basis. As for costing & pricing, as long as the pieces I create clearly display my originality & technical expertise . . . someday, I will surely be justified in giving my designs premium prices . . .


This Week’s Finds

I love Zoya PixieDust nail polish in Dahlia; but, I decided to get these nail colors instead:

Zoya PixieDust in Nyx
A wonderful & unique light-colored nail lacquer that’ll be perfect for Spring.


Zoya ChitChat in Gaia
Bright, clean white with delicate golden shimmer – another great nail color to wear this Spring.

Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer Nail Polish Gaia white with gold metallic finish bright modern great for spring 2013

Zoya Paris
Vampy, dark burgundy-red. Very film noir.
Because, once in a while, I want to wear something that’s both classic & dramatic
I also came up with a nail art design that’ll look great if I use this color as one of its accent colors.
(Stay tuned for the tutorial & pictures) 23357.Items.ItemLogo.2120.ZP391_Paris_web

Zoya Kendal
Opaque & creamy.
Zoya Kendal Nail color polish lacquer pastel lavenderAnd, because I entered this promo code (below), I got a $24 discount:

So, the amount of money I spent to purchase 4 bottles of nail polishes was . . . $9.00 plus shipping & handling.
And, my grand total was $19.00
Not bad, right?

The offer expires in January 13th (tomorrow). So, if you want to use this opportunity to get high quality nail lacquers in beautiful colors at a pretty good price, you better hurry.


None of the photographs in this blog post is mine. If you own the rights of these pictures & don’t want to seem them in this blog, please let me know.


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Merry Christmas!!! And, here’s this week’s Monday Oddity

merry christmas


Wishing all of you a great holiday season!!!



Here’s this week’s Monday Oddity:

A hospital forced their elderly patients to use a tambourine (rather than an electric buzzer) to call a nurse in an emergency. They also provided them with a pair of maracas just in case the tambourines were broken :D

Read the full story in http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8588938/Hospital-apologises-for-making-patients-shake-tamborine-for-nurse.html

Friday Finds: Tonya Hawkes Clutch

This must be the most original design I’ve seen in a long time




How do you like it?

More pictures & description is available in >>> http://shop.harpersbazaar.com/designers/tonya-hawkes/graphic-clutch

Have a great weekend!!!

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Protecting Our Blogs’ Contents from Plagiarists & Intellectual Property Thiefs

Welcome to the first edition of Ask A.B.

A few days ago, one of the people who stopped by at this blog asked me the following question:

With having so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagiarism or copyright infringement?
My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help prevent content from being stolen? I’d really appreciate it.

And . . . my answer is . . .



(What a blunt answer isn’t it?! But wait a sec . . .)

While can’t stop someone from plagiarizing or stealing our blogs’ contents; we can:

  • Make it harder for them to do it
  • Ask them to remove our exclusive contents from their sites or blogs
  • And, if they refuse, get them into trouble for doing it

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Like it or not, once we publish a picture or a blog post online, it will be up for grabs

People can easily copy it into their hard drives/flash discs/etc and share it on their Facebook/Pinterest/Tumblr/etc.

For some people, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some of us can use free publicity and viral marketing.

Plus, some of the people who copy & share our contents on their own blogs or social media platforms might simply be admirers of our works and have no intention to infringe any copyright whatsoever. If they don’t credit you or link back to your original post(s) or website, you can simply ask them to do it. Or, if you don’t want to see your materials in their blogs/websites, you can ask them to remove those materials.

But, if they claim our works as their own; then, there’s nothing innocent about it. Bring in the big guns & prosecute their big thieving arse!!! They deserve it.

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Now, let’s move on to the practical bits:

  1.  We can always start by writing the usual “do not use any material in this blog/site without our written consent etc etc” paragraph on our sites’ banners or on the bottom of each of our blog post. This will not stop people form stealing our sites’ contents, but it will make some [honest] people to think twice. [Personally I’ll opt for the “please credit me & link back to my site” type instead]
  2. We can make it hard for people to copy our contents by:
    • Using a script to disable the  right click function of our readers’ mouse. (Please use Google to find the specific instructions)
    • Using Flash (only) website. Though it makes it difficult for people to save your images or copy-and-paste your contents, they can always the screen capture function on their computers to save and then (if they want) re-distribute your materials.
    • By writing each blog post on a jpeg format and disable right click. That way, someone who wants to copy our written contents has to re-type everything we wrote. This can be a little time consuming because it’s recommended to split the written contents into several jpeg files. Otherwise, it’ll take forever for our readers to load the page.

Hope this helps~

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To all of my readers: Keep the questions coming. As long as it’s something I can answer, I will definitely answer it in my blog post :)

Rustic and Woodland Gift Ideas for Women

woodland and rustic christmas holiday gift ideas for her

1. Earthy Woodland Mushroom Porcelain Trinket Dish: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103092516/

2. Woodland Rustic Christmas Feather Hair Pin: http://www.etsy.com/listing/113615194/

3. Rustic Wreath with Burlap Rosettes and Pearls: http://www.etsy.com/listing/110911015/

4. FRAMED 2’x2′ Antique Ceiling Tin Tile. Circa 1910. Fabulous rusty vintage tin: http://www.etsy.com/listing/114341965/

5. Rustic Mug with Texture: http://www.etsy.com/listing/116532377/

6. Rustic Pine Cone Guest Book Pen: http://www.etsy.com/listing/105884323/

7. Leather Journal or Sketchbook: http://www.etsy.com/listing/114951659/

8. Original Fine Art Photograph, 8×10: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98779254/

9. Rustic Christmas Ornaments: http://www.etsy.com/listing/116228961/

10. Tree Branch Candle Holders: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87620410/

11. Small Woodland Terrarium: http://www.etsy.com/listing/116564945/

12. iPhone 4 and 4S case Wooden Texture: http://www.etsy.com/listing/105645834/

13. Oatmeal & Honey Cold Process Handmade Soap, Vegan Friendly: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62416239/

14. Rustic Brown Clutch Handbag with Khaki Fabric Flower: http://www.etsy.com/listing/109424464/

15. Owl Necklace, Vintage Style Jewelry: http://www.etsy.com/listing/109650649/

16. Acorn Pine Cone Necklace: http://www.etsy.com/listing/107018514/

New York Fashion Week S/S 2013 Recap Part 2: Design Elements

1. Bold geometric prints

(L-R: Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler, Mara Hoffman, Prabal Gurung for ICB)

(L-R: Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Herve Leger)

2. Superimpositions (of sheer + non-sheer fabrics)

(L – R: BCBG by Max Azria, Jason Wu, Helmut Lang, Herve Leger)


(L – R: Michael Kors, Donna Karan, BCBG by Max Azria, Mandy Coon)

4. Asymmetry

(L – R: Helmut Lang, Milly, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan)

5. Slit Skirts

(L – R : Jenny Packham, Monique Llhuilier, Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta)

6. Stylized Floral Prints

(L – R: Lela Rose, Diane von Furstenberg, Thakoon, Alice + Olivia)

7. Shiny Fabrics (such as silk & satin)

(L – R: Helmut Lang, Christian Siriano, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte)

(L – R: Marchesa, Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs)



1. Mod (1960s)

Rachel Zoe

2. Minimalism

Elizabeth and James

3. Glam

J Mendel

4. 1950s-inspired

Vera Wang

Marc Jacobs

5. Powerful Woman / Warrior Princess

BCBG by Max Azria

Victoria Beckham


6. Super Slouchy Casuals

Helmut Lang



Disclaimer: None of the pictures featured in this blog post is mine. I’m not using them for any commercial purpose. However, if you happen to be the legal owner(s) of these images & want me to remove them from this blog post, please let me know and I will remove them immediately.

New York Fashion Week S/S 2013 Recap Part 1: Spring/Summer 2013 Color Trends

Color Trends:

1. Black and White

(L – R: BCBG by Max Azria, Oscar de la Renta, Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs)

2. Raspberry

(L – R: Mara Hoffman, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Z Spoke )

3. (Various Shades of) Tangerine

(L – R: Victoria Beckham, Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina Herrera, Alice + Olivia, Diane von Furstenberg)

4. Aquamarine

(L – R: Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, Alice + Olivia, Carolina Herrera)

5. Blush

(L – R: Peter Som, BCBG by Max Azria, Donna Karan, Badgley Mischka)

6. (Various Shades of) Chartreuse

(L – R: Marchesa, Vera Wang, Behnaz Sarafpour)

7. Peach

(L – R: Reed Krakoff, Helmut Lang, Marchesa)

8. Rich Dark Red [ Carmine / Maroon / Burgundy ]

(L – R: Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Rodarte)

9. (Black &) Royal Blue

(L – R: Herve Leger, Proenza Schouler, Vera Wang)

10. Cobalt Blue

(L – R: Alice + Olivia, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang)

11. Mango

(L – R: Sally LaPointe, Oscar de la Renta, Thakoon)

12. Acid Yellow

(L – R: Michael Kors, Lela Rose, ICB by Prabal Gurung)

Some Minor Color Trends (seen in a number of runway shows &  presentations)


(L – R: Elizabeth & James, Betsey Johnson)

Several Different Shades of Green

(L – R: Escada, Lisa Perry, Rachel Zoe)

Disclaimer: None of the pictures featured in this blog post is mine. I’m not using them for any commercial purpose. However, if you happen to be the legal owner(s) of these images & want me to remove them from this blog post, please let me know and I will remove them immediately.

Weird, Unusual, Unique, or Avant Garde?

Mark Haisman Tapeworks Art

Have you heard about Tapeworks Art ?
They are images created using many layers translucent packing tape. You can check them out in http://www.khaismanstudio.com/
How do you like them

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What’s your opinion about this non-traditional wedding dress? The bottom part of the dress reminds me to one of the dresses seen on Lady Gaga in her Monster Ball Tour intermission videos.

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Chinese Style of Parenting
Many of you might have heard about Tiger Moms; but, have you heard about Wolf Dads?
It involves more than 1000 rules (including how to hold a cup, how to sleep, how to cover one’s self with a quilt) … and lots of corporal punishment
Read and cringe: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/14/143659027/and-you-thought-the-tiger-mother-was-tough

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