Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Leifsdottir For Anthropologie Fall 2009

Leifdottir Fall 2009 Collection

For Fall 2009 Leifsdottir journeyed to the ancient monastery Mont St Michelle for inspiration. In the medieval fortress, which rises high above the sea, Leifsdottir encountered a magical world of gothic architecture, gargoyles and griffins, alchemy and astrology, and legends of long ago. The resulting collection is a dark, mysterious fairytale of wearable luxury.

The monastery’s strong lines informed the collection’s architectural silhouettes, which include structured coats and jackets and peplum pencil skirts. Unexpected, romantic traces of ruffle and lace, reminiscent of the costume of noblemen past, soften sharp edges. The interplay of fabric and detail is also laden with contrast. Military touches and intricate antiqued gold hardware adorn soft silks and light wools. Additional detail includes accordion pleating, hand-embroidery and hand-smocking.

The rich, bold color palette evokes the feel of antique tapestries and oil paintings. Gold, copper and crimson berry weave through shades of brown and violet. Graphic, painterly prints, a mix of historical references, bring their legends and stories to life. Retail prices range from $68 to $628.

Daedalean Dress $478 A labyrinth of deep ebony lace hides two pockets and a shiny brass zipper that peeks from behind a buttoned placket. By Leifsdottir.
Fey Grove Dress $348 A garden eccentric, where inky orbs bounce amid cherry-red roses, chinaberry vines and subtly textured silk. By Leifsdottir.
Honeyed Peplum Skirt $258 A pleated ruffle drips around the hips of this knee-kissing number from Leifsdottir.
Margot Cardigan $288 Fine-gauge sweaterknit is sweetly detailed with a stitchy crochet collar and a floppy chiffon bow. By Leifsdottir.
Lisel Cardigan $248 Leifsdottir crafts a lattice of cozy sweaterknit, stitching silvery Xs at each angle and cinching the lot with colossal buttons.
Field Journal Cardigan $378 Leifsdottir keeps track of every wildflower with petaled embroidery and appliques sketched atop soft sweaterknit.

Koi Suwannagate: Coming To Anthropologie Fall 2009

F.I.D.M Alumna Koi Suwannagate, who sells at Barneys, Nordstrom, and boutiques, will be designing a collection of knits that will launch this fall at Anthropologie according to the L.A. Times. While we don't know what the pieces will look like yet, we can only assume that they will be affordable, accessible, and beautiful.

“It’s all in the detail! I liked the old times when things took time to be made. I appreciate the value of vintage clothing and draw much inspiration from antique pieces and organic shapes. I love femininity paired with imperfection."

Artistically inclined and imaginatively beautiful, Koi Suwannagate captures nature’s fleeting beauty in her trademark hand-sculpted creations of multilayered luxurious fabrics. Creating an ethereal fantasy, she tempers delicate arty hand-embellishments with elegant real-world clothes. Her prolific three-dimensional designs not only accentuate feminine contours but they envelope the female body in flowing lines.
The creation of each garment involves impeccable handwork and no two pieces are exactly alike. Vintage and organic fabrics, as well as natural dyes often supplement Koi Suwannagate’s nature-inspired designs. The result is more than clothing, it’s a timeless collectible that can be worn with confidence and joy for years to come.
I don't know about you, But I for one cannot wait to see what pieces show up in anthropologie...her work is just lovely.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Maritime Loft

Anthropologie's Home collection inspired by the love of the Sea and Sailing

Astrid Chair, Tarkashi $1,998 In block-printed linen designed by John Robshaw, our classic seat takes on a worldly feel. Graceful filigree vines perfectly complement Astrid's soft curves as silvery stripes play up her regal sides and high back.

Bresson Rocker $1,798 In a welcome juxtaposition of modern and classic, minimal and luxe, a sleek frame of unpolished tubular steel and a contour of distressed chestnut leather come together to create a chic, comfy seat.

Sunken Flourish Lamp $398 Like an ancient relic submerged fathoms deep, this poured cement piece has endless nooks, crannies and quirks.

Tagliare Console Table $398 This gorgeous Rustic wooden blocks - each carved with a unique pattern - fill the top of this slim iron frame with ruggedly intricate detail.

Fouta Towel $48 Whether draped across a sofa arm or toted to the beach for a picnic, this softly textured cotton towel suggests a certain Mediterranean simplicity.
Seafarer Pillow, Moby $88 A rare glimpse of silk-screened wildlife amid a sea of jute, spied by Thomas Paul.
Flagon Lamp $168 Illumination flows from this rustic lamp, carved from a recycled wood jug. Each lamp is unique, and will vary in size and appearance.

Sailing Ship Pillow $98 Hand-screened and trimmed with navy piping, this grand vessel sails across a sea of jute. By Thomas Paul.

Galvanized Pedestal Table $1,298 A burnished zinc tabletop is juxtaposed with an earthy carved wood base.

Standing Magnifying Glass $68-$128 Larger-than-usual magnifiers make mountains out of molehills.
Kryptos Hook Rack $24 The weathered, brushed metal and serrated teeth of an oversized skeleton key beckon you to unlock hidden doors, or at least to hang up your house keys so you'll always know where they are.

Melange Trunks $398 A patchwork of recycled wood planks forms these textural trunks, each with a roomy interior for stowing myriad treasures.
Fluted Pendant Lamp $248 Understated and elegant, with a frilled shade of antique silver that provides a soft counterpoint to the lamp's clean, modern functionality.

Dark & Light Coffee Table $598 Rugged iron legs lend an industrial feel to the natural beauty of this smooth piece, crafted of alternating stripes of tan and chocolate wood.
Milo Sofa, Linen Flax $3,498 Our twist on the chesterfield has all the proper charms - button-tufted upholstery and the telltale scoop created by a level back and arms.

Would you want any of these sunken treasures in your home?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Email: Sparkle & Shine

This email highlights Anthro's latest hair accessories, Sparkle, Shine & Add starlight to your locks with these unique headbands and hair baubs...

Cosmic Headband $32 A slim swathe of starlight, crafted of glinting stones aligned on black or gold cotton.

Mercury Headband $38 Gild your tresses with this glimmering band of metallic crochet.

Posy Duet Headband $32 Add some life to your locks with this duo of frilly blooms.

Duchess Headband $28 On those days when a tiara just won't do, try this glitzy double band of metallic-wrapped glass beads affixed to handprinted cotton.

Camellia Headband $38 Floppy linen flourishes in a slim satin flowerbed. Comes in purple, ivory and black

Full Bouquet Clip $18 This impressive bloom, crafted of crinkled chiffon and petals of mesh, can be worn clipped into your hair or pinned to your sharpest lapel.

Ever-Bloom Headband $18 Silky petals remain fresh forever atop a slim band.
What hair duds do you prefer?