As promised on Friday, we have swung ourselves in a whole new direction. Join us this week as we explore the design possibilities of our muse of the week: alice in wonderland.
Braxton and I came up with the following elements one could use for a Alice in Wonderland inspired wardrobe or decor;
Several years ago, Vogue Magazine gifted its readers with, in my opinion, the most beautiful fashion spread ever. It stars a baby faced, and teary eyed, Natalia Vodianova as Alice, and is styled by the ever brilliant Grace Coddington. Coddington chose a different designer for each look (apparently no one turns down Grace Coddington) with the one rule being: you must use Alice's signature color, blue.
What follows are my own photos of the Vogue spread which I have lovingly saved in a blue binder all these years. A thousand apologies for the various crinkles, smudges, and blurry edges.
|Alice dressed by Karl Lagerfeld|
- Tendrils; fiddle head ferns, rose vines, other flower vines
- Flowers, botanics
- Playing card symbols
- Insects; beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, caterpillars
- Fur; cat and rabbit
- Super shiny doors with shiny hardware
- mirrors and mercury glass
and so much more.
|How fantastic of KL to dress her in an era appropriate dress with super modern boots. Wow.|
|Dressed by Olivier Theyskens for Rochas.|
We decided to separate our Alice muse into three distinctly different looks.
- Modern: plain modern furniture in darker masculine colors with large scale prints of flowers and plants.
- Young Single Female Living Alone: thrifted furniture, lots of light blue and silver, mirrored furniture, very very feminine, bordering on girlish innocence.
- Romantic English Cottage: Victorian elements, lots of flower patterns, tea pots and cups, smaller scale furniture, garden themes.
We will expand on all of the above as we move through the week.
|The ruffles remind me of lettuce leaves.|
|It seems Jean Paul Gaultier really captured the little girl vibe.|
|Alice as seen by Christian LaCroix.|
|Love the frayed ruffled.|
If you have any interest in a movie adaptation of Lewis Carroll's alice in wonderland we can't recommend Tim Burton's version enough. It stars Johnny Depp as the mad hatter, enough said. Really, it's fabulous.
|Yup, that's John Galliano as the queen of hearts.|
|This one appears to be made from plastic bags. Very swank plastic bags for sure.|
|Alice dressed by Donatella Versace. Why is Rupert Everett here? No idea.|
I can't thank Vogue Magazine enough for this glorious photo spread, it makes my heart sing.
|Again, fantastic ruffles.|
|Of course Mark Jacobs plays the mushroom dweller.|
|Have you noticed that almost every alice is wearing a blue bow in her hair?|
|Falling down the rabbit hole..........|
|in a dress by Tom Ford (as the white rabbit).|
An important element in any Alice inspired venture would have to be proportion. Remember, Alice herself changed from large to small and back again many times in the story. I think large scale (or small scale) flowers and botanicals would be perfect for this muse. Think huge or tiny.
|Wearing a design by Viktor and Rolf.|
|I love the play of proportion here.|
Thanks for joining me on our first day exploring the design muse alice in wonderland. If you would like to contribute please drop us a line.
"It would be nice if something made sense for a change" Alice
Have a beautiful day.
|Alice dressed by Helmut Lang.|