In 1848, thousands of men and their families migrated to Placerville, CA in search of gold after hearing news of it’s discovery. A few weeks ago Lauren and I visited the birthplace of The Gold Rush via historic Highway 49, and found ourselves on our own search for treasures and antiques. We also paid a visit to the 150 year old Placerville Hardware Store, the oldest continuously operating hardware store west of the Mississippi River! Honestly!!
It was love at first sight when we laid eyes on the amazing oversized, billowy, ruffled frills adorning the Fall 2010 runway looks at Fendi. We immediately wanted one and just couldn’t imagine having to wait another several months to actually see these frills materialize. With some research, persistence, and umpteen botched attempts, we finally figured out a fail-proof pattern. And obviously, we’re sharing it with you!
New York, London, Milan and Paris – for weeks we closely followed each of the Fall 2011 collections and wow, were they inspiring! We, along with two of our favorite DIY bloggers, took on the challenge of picking some items from the runways and went about recreating them with our own creative twists. Lauren and I were smitten with the ruffled frills seen at Fendi, Jenni of I Spy DIY was charmed by the metallic oxfords seen at Dolce & Gabbana, and Geneva of A Pair and A Spare was taken with the textured mini skirts seen at Balmain. 3 designers and 3 DIYs, here we go!
Chilean artist Livia Marin’s series “Broken Things” showcases porcelain cups and bowls, cracked and distorted. And though the fractures are meant to represent fatality and loss, the spilling over of pattern and form beautifully represents care and continuation.