Story Teller

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I am constantly on the look out for designers, brands, and photographers that share a mutual love for fairytales and whimsy. While reading a post from the BOF blog (which will be receiving its own review shortly) I came across photographer Tim Walker. The post described him as a,”fantasist…whose fairytale world is again not really showing us fashion but taking us to fantasy places created by his imagination as a personal form of magic”, and my interest was instantly piqued. Turns out his most recent exhibition is appropriately titled ‘Story Teller’, and I thought his story was worth sharing with my maidens! Tim Walker has been featured in Vogue, W Magazine, i-D, and many other leading fashion publications. Enjoy some of his works that truly are “a bridge between two worlds.”

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http://www.vogue.co.uk/person/tim-walker

http://www.businessoffashion.com/

 

Bonnie Young

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From the time we were literally playing with dolls and wearing ruffle socks, many of us embraced our love for fashion. I have always had an interest in childrenswear, and I love finding designers that embody the same whimsical yet chic aesthetic I like in their childrenswear collections. She herself describes her designs as “nomadic”, which as I mentioned is a trend fit for any modern day maiden. The Bonnie Young brand Fall 2012 lookbook features wolves, fur, flamingoes, and glamourous yet timeless designs – the perfect combination for any fairytale. Take a look at the Bonnie Young Fall 2012 Lookbook here: http://bonnieyoung.com/children/fall-2012-lookbook/

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Lofty Language

With MB Fashion Week just ending, and Paris Fashion Week currently on until March 6, fashion bloggers have been working overtime with reviews and critiques. I recently read a review about Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga debut from blogger Cathy Horyn for On the Runway NYTimes. Though this debut is a hot topic for those in the industry, and Ms. Horyn gave a descriptive narrative of Wang’s pieces, I was most interested in the language of the blog rather than the content. As bloggers, we all have our own writing style and try to figure out that perfect mix of personality and purpose. We all have our own “language” and when people can identify and understand this language, our subscribers and readers are born. I think in the fashion industry specifically, everyone’s language contains some level of creative jargon that is just normal to those in fashion. Take for example when Ms. Horyn was describing some of Wang’s pieces; instead of just saying ‘the pieces were heavily embellished’, she said that there were “plastic looking” pieces “rolled in sprinkles”. The purpose of my post is just to discuss how important it is for bloggers and writers in general to develop that language that draws their readers in and keeps them reading more. I am still new to blogging, however as my blog name implies, my “language” is one of fun, frills, and dainty details. Here is a snapshot of some the Balenciaga Autumn/Winter collection at Paris Fashion Week:

Balenciaga Autumn/Winter collection at Paris Fashion Week

Mullet Maiden

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 RTW

Traditionally, when we hear the word “Mullet” we think of a bad 1980′s haircut that’s business in the front and party in the back. Who would have thought that nearly 20 years later a haircut would be inspiring ready-to-wear, bridal, and runway looks from designers everywhere. The trend is slowly growing on me, as I have purchased skirts and blouses that feature the mullet silhouette. Though I am not completely sold on the trend, I can appreciate the silhouette when in flowy fabrics like chiffon and organza. It may just be the term “mullet” in general that makes me apprehensive about trend, so in true Ruffles&Rocks fashion I have decided the truly beautiful pieces and the women who wear them should be titled “Mullet Maidens”.

Everyday Mullet Maiden:

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Runway Mullet Maidens:
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While reading about Spring 2014 trends, I came across a trend that seemed to exemplify the ideals and ideas of our current fashion generation- The Global Nomad. To me the trend represents cultures exploring other cultures, honoring tradition while still adapting, and being laid back but put together. A Nomad can be characterized as, ” is a member of a community of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location.” Our generation is all about traveling to exotic places, whether it be vacationing in St. Tropez or studying abroad for a semester in England. We get inspired by what we see on our travels, and incorporate it into our own personal style. Some key elements of the Nomad trend are jewels or gemstones, lots of layers (to perhaps take you from night to day), and distinct cultural symbols like a tribal cuff or elephant tusk necklace. The picture above specifically showcases Nomad Bridal style. Notice the over-sized crystal rock instead of the traditional diamond, and pulling from my previous post, there is a wheat Swarvoski encrusted headband for earthyness with a touch of luxe. To read more about the trend and also read some great DIY tips, visit http://www.pocketfulofdreams.co.uk/2012/11/13/global-nomad-styling-guide-from-pocketful-of-dreams-look-book/