Thursday, June 19, 2008

Patching things up with style

I'll admit it, when I hear the word 'patchwork' used in relation to clothing, the very first thing that comes to my mind is the quintessential country bumpkin in a modest dress made out of old pieces of cloth in many different colours and prints.


photo courtesy kindercottagekeepsakes.com


The next image I usually think of is the funky patchwork from the 70s. As the model in the photo shows us, wearing this look from top to bottom wasn't something out of the ordinary or intimidating to the eclectic and fashionably daring men and women of the time.


photo courtesy gettyimages.com


However, my mind is slowly beginning to see more possibilities with this style with the help of some fun and stylish pieces I've been noticing recently.

While browing the Spring and Fall 2008 collections, I realized that there was tons of patchwork on the runways including Dolce & Gabbana, Kenzo, Moschino Cheap and Chic and Matthew Williamson where the look appeared on both clothing and accessories.


photos courtesy elle.com and style.com


If you're feeling this trend, check out these affordable patchwork items that I found.








Madden Girl Maggiee Shoe
Price: US$65.00
http://www.poppincollaz.com/madden-girl-maggiee-shoe.html








Also, for those of you who haven't seen it as yet, check out the post below on the Dorothy Perkin's Summer Sale to get up to 50% off on clothing and accessories.

33 comments:

yiqin; said...

I have been searching for a patchwork skirt! Agathe's patchwork skrit was so awesome! Ahh I miss her posts :(

Sharon Rose said...

Hi danz!! thanks for your lovely comment earlier!! But I hope you realise I will be coming to you as you have the beaches and the sunshine-ha ha!! Love your post and its good inspiration for thrifting-I would love to pick up a patchwork leather bag or clutch!!

Golden Calf said...

Yay, you took away my fear of patchwork!

jayne said...

oo I've never been big on patchwork either, but those are some nice finds

Violetwired said...

haha, I just thrifted one of those 80's leather patchwork bucket bags the other day. I think it's pretty cool. I was scared to admit it though. :)

She's Dressing Up said...

Love the patchwork bikini and clutch!!

ellie said...

Thanks for the comment. I love the patchwork stuff.

jess said...

your patchwork picks are nice

CoutureCarrie said...

loving that bikini!

aziza said...

I like the bikini and the purse but that's about it in terms of patchwork.

Laurel said...

LOVE those Sperry's! Those are so damn cute, Danz! Nice collection of patchwork you patched together for us- bahaa (wow, that was terrible - I should never give up my day job...:P).

Don't you just love that Givenchy dress for my party look? That collection just kills me every time I see it. Wantwantwant!

I can't believe how close I am, either! It's so amazing, babe. Thank you for being so amazingly persistent - have an amazing day tomorrow okay?
xoxoxoxox

Blonde hair, Blue jeans said...

i really like the shoes!! so nice!

ohhh, when i'm reading your blog....i also sigh when i get to see the penn badgley photo! =)

Vain and Vapid said...

I love that maxi dress from Oli...

angelgrotton said...

Like patchworks, they are very hot and always stylish!

Ida said...

The scarf, the pumps, the clutch, the maxi dress - I want them ALL. I never though patch stuff could look so chic!

atelier said...

I really don't like patchwork, despite next season will be here for sure... I love that clutch from Urban Outfitters though

onomatopoeia. said...

it reminds me of the clothes I used to dress my dolls in, not exactly the kind of style I'd like to adopt myself ;)

Sharon Rose said...

Hi again Danz-hope you don't mind, I've tagged you for your 7 favourite songs for spring-hope you can join in! have a lovely weekend!

Secretista said...

You've got me craving patchwork!

Siljesfashion said...

Very cool clutch!

WendyB said...

I'm in love with the '70s outfit.

Kira Fashion said...

lovely!

a kiss!!!

The Seeker said...

Nice patchwork pieces. I'm in love with the maxi dress.

xoxo

Sugar Pop said...

oooh, modern day patchwork!!!
i love this. i was starting to get seriously turned off by it b/c of all those heinous bermuda patchwork shorts from HCO and AEO and AF and stuff...but that's awesome. i love the dresses (both) especially.

thanks btw for the red lipstick link...that was great.

Cheryl Lynn said...

Sweet pieces, great prices. I love the scarf.

Great post. I love the historical references (I guess it's the teacher in me).

Winnie said...

I'm not that keen on patchwork myself but it can look pretty great. I love the leather patchwork bag though!

Diana said...

Great post. I like the patchwork trend. I bought a patchwork skirt at American Eagle Outfitters a couple of years ago, and I just love it. The shoes that you posted are very cute. I've been wanting to get a pair of patchwork shoes for awhile now. I haven't found the perfect pair yet.

pammish said...

hi dear :) thanks for visiting my blog a while ago :)

im not a fan of patchwork, but uhm the scarf & sneakers looks lovely!! :)

Laurel said...

Lovely, thank you for the kind words. I'm really sorry you were put through that. People will be people and are forever unchangeable, we are truly the only people who can change our personal ideals and belief systems to make a change in the oh-so judgmental world around us.

I think you are also such a wonderfully beautiful person, outside and in - with a caring heart to go along with it. You are a strong soul, Danz.
Thank you for being so supportive, beautiful.

xxoo

The Seeker said...

Thank you my dear Danz for your kind words.

Of course I don't mind if you use one of my photos for a post, since I know you wouldn't be using it for less correct things.
In fact I'm flateared if that happens.
Thank you for asking sweetie.
Love
xoxo

Imelda Matt said...

patch me happy!!!

enc said...

Oh, I REALLY like that patchwork skirt. Beautiful.

vogued out!!! said...

patchwork is great. I especially like it on bags, although i agree with enc the skirt is beautiful too.