Thursday, 26 February 2015

Butterfly Dresses

As London Fashion Week drew to a close a couple of days ago, I thought I'd end my look at the Spring/Summer 2015 collections that featured butterflies with some butterfly dresses of my own.

These and other designs can be purchased directly from myself here, or through the Rowley Gallery here, or Orso Major here.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Thom Browne SS 2015

I do not usually post about fashion for men, but I found these designs by American fashion designer Thom Browne so striking with their use of the butterfly print that I could not resist sharing them with you. I saw similarities with some of Oskar Schlemmer's Bauhaus costumes in the exaggerated bulkiness of some of the designs which change the silhouette of the figure. They are perhaps way too bold for the average man in the street to consider wearing, but I like the way he is pushing the envelope. Click on the images for a more detailed view of the butterfly prints.

The bright colours in the garments of this picture below of pieces from Browne's S/S 2015 women's wear collection reminds me of the work of Sonia Delauney and that Jazz-Age/Art Deco period. The black of the outfits really emphasises the colours of the butterflies.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Erin Fetherstone SS 2015

More fashionable butterflies for the Spring/Summer 2015 season, this time courtesy of designer Erin Fetherstone. These seem to hark back to the 1950s and 60s. Stylish, sleek and very feminine.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Valentino Resort Collection SS 2015

Valentino presented their SS Resort 2015 collection and have taken us south of the border. They have clearly built on the butterfly theme from their previous AW 14 collection, and also taken inspiration from the strong visual identity of artist Frida Kahlo, and added central/south American textiles, and the flora and fauna of that region into the mix. 

Many of the clothes seem very tomboyish in that they are utilitarian and functional and are military inspired. Some of the pieces below are so densely patterned they also resemble army camouflage patterns. The patterns are relieved however by the richness of the reds and purples and yellow colouring in the prints of the butterfly designs.

This dress below, from the SS15 collection is interesting in that is much more feminine than the army inspired pieces above. I really like the the bird motif of the print and the vibrant colours of the birds. The gold bird earring accessories are also great without being too obvious.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Lie Sang Bong - Butterfly Collection SS 2015

I have featured the butterfly inspired work of fashion designer Lie Sang Bong in a previous post (here). Above is one of his fanciful designs from that 2013 butterfly collection.


In this new collection Sang Bong revisits the butterfly theme to equally good effect. These dresses were previewed in New York and Tokyo, and again caused quite a stir.

Some details of the print and embroidery work.

Below are some great photographs of the catwalk and backdrop, onto which were projected huge images of butterflies to enhance the models and clothes and add to the sense of theatre. It looks visually spectacular and must have been a great show to attend.

There were some interesting accessories to show off the clothes, all butterfly themed of course, and even something for the men.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Hanae Mori - Spring/Summer 2015

Time for some fashion. Butterfly inspired of course - a perennial favourite for fashion designers in their Spring/Summer collections. These are Yua Matsu designs for the Hanae Mori label S/S 2015 collection.

Love the use of the enlarged butterfly wing pattern on the pieces above. Lovely use of pattern and colour. The enlarged pattern works really well on the bag too.

Although these pieces are more sombre with their darker palette, the light, floaty fabric conveys the fragility of the butterfly theme perfectly.