During this hectic time of doing taxes, and worrying about investments in a troubled world, it's a good idea to slow down and realize that people do indeed retire. Many restore vintage, teardrop trailers to reflect their own individual style. I Love the white picket fence, pink flamingos and oilcloth table dressing! Uber-cuteness!
Avalon just returned from New York City where she saw that Steampunk fashion was alive and well at one of my favorite stores, All Saints.
Adorable leather military coat at All Saints - LOVE IT!
Then, my friend,Belinda Morgan at Binky LaFaye blogged about Steampunk design - I just love the industrial vintage items in her shop! So, I decided that it was time to write about Steampunk and how much I adore it (probably because of my nostalgic love for Jules Verne movies.)
Jules would have loved this! gizmodo.com
I wonder if we will see more Steampunk influence during Spring Fashion Week when designers predict the forecast for the iconic year of 2012? My belief is that Steampunk will become a greater influence for the Fall of 2011 and the Winter of 2012 especially as it meets the fascination of those focused on post-apocalyptic thoughts.
The first time that I noticed Steampunk-like fashion was The Mad Max post-apocalyptic movie trilogy beginning in 1979. Primarily through metal gadgets, motorcycle goggles, fantasy helmets and one-armed leather jackets, this movie trilogy definitely influenced the Steampunk movement.
Twenty years later, the 1999 movie, "Wild, Wild West" starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline was made and although the movie really wasn't a favorite, it was a wild ride through Steampunk fashion and design.
Image of Kenneth Branagh via allmoviephoto.com
Will Smith via nydailynews.com
Image of Smith & Kline via: yaboon.com
Now, twelve years later, we are seeing some of this fantasy, industry, Victorian, post-apocalyptic fashion called "Steampunk" on the streets.
Steampunk definitely seems to be filtering into mainstream fashion and design through small, acceptable avenues like feathered corsets, military jackets with brass buttons, Victorian bloomers, goggle sunglasses and industrial furniture. However, I would like to see fashion and design leaders take a confident step in the arena of recycling by embracing Steampunk firmly; upcycle clothing and other materials and combine them creatively with vintage gadgets, gismos and whatchamacallits until these old articles of textile and industry are used up. Recycle "the used" into unique and interesting items that are irresistible to the mainstream as well as the post-apocalyptic thinker. That would be amazing and responsible.
A creative recycled garment from Naturally Bohemian.
One day while browsing through Uncommon Objects in Austin, Texas, we noticed Robin Brown, founder of Magnolia Pearl. She was shopping with her partner, John Gray, and they were looking at beautiful antique Parisian purses. I introduced myself and explained that we had mutual friends, Patricia Hamm , owner of Whimsey's , Belinda Morgan, owner of Binky LaFaye. Robin was very friendly and explained her process of deconstructing to enable her to use the rare antique embellishments and textiles. Her work may be seen in her book, A Bit of Velvet and a Dash of Lace published by Country Living.
Rosy Girl, Avalon McKenzie, recently shopped for vintage clothing alongside Drew Barrymore! It was a beautiful day in Austin and Drew was excitedly trying on 60's fashions in Feathers Boutique near Guerro's on South Congress. Avalon said that Drew was more beautiful in person.