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Alexandre Herchcovitch: Peeling Back the Petals

Alexandre Herchcovitch‘s FW13 flower-themed collection, shown on Saturday in New York, seemed to mark a new level of clean sophistication and refinement of the Brazilian designer’s fantastic imagination. His prints were a pleasing combination of the graphic (black stripes) and the romantic (botanical imagery), which made for a magical and intellectually stimulating show that explored […]

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Red Valentino’s Gingerbread Cottage

“About noon they saw a pretty sn0w-white bird sitting on a bough, and singing so sweetly that they stopped to listen. And when he had finished the bird spread his wings and flew before them, and they followed after him until they came to a little house, and the bird perched on the roof, and […]

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Warrior Mini: Balmain Pre-Fall ’13

If it’s sex appeal you’re after, Balmain‘s minis pretty much take the cake. Christophe Decarnin slayed us in the short and body-con department for seasons, and for Pre-Fall 13, newish Creative Director Olivier Rousteing is now killing us softly with his more subtle – yetjustassexy – Samurai warrior minis. Worn (as has long been my […]

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Stripped Down Spring

Ready to strip down for Spring? On the SS13 runways, a fistful of designers took to their scissors to slay standard notions of dress, skirt, and blouse. At Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli killed two trendbirds with one stone, using Spring’s ubiquitous snakeskin as bold strips on an otherwise subtle, semitransparent and […]

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Inkbramble/Pitzeria for Elléments Magazine

Fantastic fashion photographer Svenja Pitz (Pitzeria) reached out to me this past year from her base in Hamburg, Germany, and we began a long distance photo/illustration collaboration that led to some interesting results. Svenja’s work has appeared in numerous glossies like German Glamour, Photographie, and Superior Magazine. Working with Svenja was so lovely, and we’re […]

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PFW SS13: Haider Ackermann’s Polka Dot Enchantment

2012 marks ten years of Haider Ackermann’s signature layered richness on the Paris runways. His androgynous characters have cut a unique path throughout the years, reflecting common intellectual roots with fellow Antwerp-trained designers Dries, Demeuelemeester and the like. An intense level of cerebral discipline is always balanced by just enough tousled dishevelment to keep it […]

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PFW SS13: Alexander McQueen’s Flowers And Bees

Sarah Burton poured on the honey for her SS13 Alexander McQueen collection in Paris last Tuesday. The collection explored the sweetly sensuous relationship between flowers and the bees that love them. The show started in the hive, with a series of glorious wasp-waisted, forties-inspired suit silhouettes embellished with variations on a black and gold honeycomb […]

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PFW 2013: Dries Van Noten’s Grunge Goddess

It’s getting tough to be objective about Dries Van Noten. When a designer turns out one splendid collection after another, season after season, we come to expect nothing less – and it’s exactly at that point that one has to be careful not to assign greatness to a collection simply because we’ve come to believe […]

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Urban Air Market, Part Two

As the day stretched on at the Urban Air Market in Hayes Valley, the parade of style continued and the paint was flying. And as people began to catch on to the fact that I wanted to illustrate San Francisco’s finest fashionistas, they began to drag over their most fashion-forward friends to pose for me. […]

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Urban Air Market, Part One

Last weekend I packed up my paints and headed to Hayes Valley for San Francisco’s own Urban Air Market, a mecca of creative local and sustainable design that transpires twice each year under the curatorial eye of the lovely Ms. Danielle Cohen. I knew I’d find some irresistibly stylish inkvixens in this neck of the […]

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LFW SS13: Erdem’s Extraterrestrial Garden Party

Erdem Moralioglu found a new breed of lady to dress up for his Spring/Summer 2013 Erdem collection: the gentlewoman from another planet. He imagined a visitor from another world doing her best to fit in with the well-bred ladies of Earth. This made for some special moments of wacky prettiness comprised of Spring’s favorite new […]

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NYFW SS13: Jen Kao’s Colorblock Haiku

We here at Inkbramble adore Jen Kao, who edged upon the New York Fashion Week scene in 2007 bearing a dreamy strength combined with a meticulous sense of craftsmanship. Her interests have been very diverse from season to season, though her default flavor seems tailor-made for the intrepid wanderers of the world – artfully casual […]

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McQueen’s Garden of Live Flowers

’There’s one other flower in the garden that can move about like you,’ said the Rose…’she has the same awkward shape as you, but she’s redder–and her petals are shorter, I think.’ ’Her petals are done up close, almost like a dahlia,’ the Tiger-lily interrupted: ’not tumbled about anyhow, like yours.’ ’But that’s not YOUR […]

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Hunt and Peck

It’s no secret that Mary Katrantzou is a big favorite here at Inkbramble. Over the past few seasons, I’ve compulsively illustrated the experimental young print master’s collections as soon as they hit the runways. (Take a look back at “Fishbowl” and “The Surreal World of Mary Katrantzou.”) The reason for this compulsion is not just […]

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Redefining Dior

Raf Simons trumped expectations in his debut Dior collection for Fall 2012 Couture, sending out a masterful wardrobe full of precise tailoring and rife with Dior’s signature New Look-inspired shapes. Editors around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief which quickly turned to oohs and aahs as Simons ensured that Dior would not only […]