This is a New York designer fabric, not sure which designer though. It is a substantial silk/lycra fabric.
The fabric is fluid and completely malleable. It has the texture of a crepe de chine, but it is much closer to a 4ply weight silk, though it falls just a little bit short of that classification. It is a really top quality silk; just wonderful.
When I look closely at this fabric it appears to be a cross-hatch print. When I look from a distance it seems to have strong Ikat characteristics. I think it is a combination of both of these graphics.
I admit I am really drawn to crosshatch prints (and there is another crosshatch type fabric I am also posting with this lot), especially if there is something a little bit different about them, as with this print where the crosshatch has become all swirling.
Now that I’m looking at this silk it really presents as a sampler of symbols and motifs from traditional Japanese textiles, especially kimonos and haori, but presented in a completely modern way.
The Mums are one of the most dominant features in Japanese designs and they are exploding all over this fabric, but you also see the bamboo leaves, the background hexagons and may other traditional symbols. Continue reading →
A profusion of embroidered green blooms adorns this high-quality dupion silk. This fabric was an exclusive fabric from one of the mills that used to produce some of the best embroidered textiles out of Rajasthan. Continue reading →
I look at this fabric and it makes me think of impressionist paintings. The basic palette is one of soft blues, pink and cream, but the soft mushroom outline adds a nice edge and stops the fabric from being too sweet, if that makes sense.
In Phi!!ip L!m’s hands this captivating silk became stunning, embellished skater dresses that were snapped up at lightening speed.
I was very lucky to get this piece. It arrived the afternoon I visited a particular garment city shop. There was only this one length, and I understand that was all that ended coming out of the studio. Continue reading →
Bold fabrics seem to be a theme this evening. Some will know about Save the Queen; others, here is your introduction.
Save the Queen is a brand that was an early adopter of digital and montage prints. They have assembled some incredible montage fabrics for their garments over the years…more crazy creative stuff. Continue reading →
Before Proenza Schouler did their fantastic thing with the grommets (see the post underneath this one) they probably went back over the archives and checked out how Miuccia Prada incorporated them into garments.
No doubt others have embellished with the grommets before, but did anyone make them such a design feature as this? Continue reading →
…keeping the stretch fabrics coming along here… They are so quick to make up, so versatile to have. I’m not sure about you, but I’ve struggled to find good quality, good fibre (non-poly), good design and reasonably priced stretch fabrics here in Australia, so I have bought up over the years.
Continuing with the light cottons for a moment, this is a Japanese cotton, and they are always fabulous quality, with delicate flowers teeming all over the surface. Actually, it is apt that this is a Japanese fabric. The great Japanese designer Sacai used a cotton very, very similar to this is her most recent summer collection, which is just now hitting the stores.
I bet you haven’t seen a floral cotton made up like this before – a mish-mash trimmed with army green. Sacai makes it work!
Here is a length of stretch cotton in a sophisticated palette of deep wines and army green, punctuated by splashes of magenta, cream and lime. It’s a print for print lovers…and those who may not normally be drawn to prints…
Here is a Phillip L!m silk and this is a new type of silk for me too.
Apart from the great good luck to have visited the NYC garment district many times, one advantage is to be exposed to so many different fabrics types that you ordinarily don’t encounter in the stores. It makes me realise that I have to expand my fabric knowledge when I have no idea what to name the types of silk.
Some 10 years ago Tom Ford dominated the fashion world, at his apex when he was the creative director of both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Every now and then he would produce an absolutely iconic work. A garment for the Gucci 2013 SS collection from which this fabric eventually derived was one of them.
Time for a moment’s diversion from fabric posting. I admit to a fascination with the fine details of fabric craftsmanship and have tried here and there to bring a few elements to my own sewing, with varying success. But I always like to admire the work of others.
Bottega Veneta epitomises the demi-couture approach.
Plaids and checks are as strong as ever; afternoon tea dresses Prada-style, lots of chiffon and georgette; beading and jewels made to look like top-stitching; the love of demi-couture continues.
Do you like seeing this sort of thing? I always like Prada, even when I don’t. But I really like this collection. This top-stitching them has been continued in the latest runway SS collection, where Miuccia used brocades, raw seams and top-stitching to abundance.
I’ve called this an ikat print because I thought it had some of the ikat features, but maybe it is actually more like a tie-dye effect? Either way, it is a contemporary fabric from the New York design studio of Cynthia Steffe, who made the most adorable dresses in this fabric.
This is a much loved fabric that I bought in NYC a few years ago from one of my favourite shops on West 35th Street…way up high. The best shops in the garment district are not on street level, just remember that if you ever intend to visit.
I wonder if this print was inspired by the frieze on architectural masterpiece? It just seems to have that sort of composition….
The chrysanthemums have a lot of movement and the digital rendition makes them especially imposing. Then the Mums are anchored with this monotone border, bringing a real balance to the print. I think the border flowers might be dogwood? Continue reading →
I’m a huge Marni fan. It wasn’t always that way though. Before we were able to see the close-up photos, I liked Marni’s clothes from a distance but failed to fully appreciate her cutting genius. Now that I’m able to enlarge screens and peer at the detail, her cutting is a revelation, and she’s had a huge influence on how I think about projects and my own approach to cutting.
In fact, the patterning strikes me as a mix of many influences, from kilim to other tribal, all assembled in a very modern mix, but my knowledge of patterns is not extensive enough to pinpoint all the influences.
In Isabel Marant’s hands this fabric would surely become the base for an embellished ‘trophy’ jacket. But it is a versatile piece for any other jacket, dress, skirt…
This fab cotton is from the studio of my favourite local designers.
I look at this fabric and just think fresh! The fabric feeling is fresh and light and breezy I think. But I especially love that it is quite a sophisticated and unusual colour palette…nice citrus and blues, but the buff and brown temper the sweetness.
I really hope this silk appeals to someone as much as I have loved this. For a start, it is one of my favourite colour combinations, brown and pink. Second, I just adore the graphics and the large scale of the print pattern.
I have declared my devotion to the designer Marni elsewhere in these pages. Consuleo Castiglioni is the best in the business for cutting large scale patterns without looking like Marimekko wall art and volume without looking like the proverbial tent.
If ever it was the year of the gorgeous dress, especially in a floral, it is this one. Well may Meryl Streep say, “…florals, for spring…ground-breaking”. But there is a very good reason floral prints are reprised time and time again…including in Vogue editorials.
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