JetSet Coco

Sunday, March 14, 2010

In Full Bloom

After months of a constant tease and online stocking of their products, Liberty of London has finally launched their line for Target, in stores today. Living in New York City, I was fortunate enough to visit the pop up store at Bryant Park last Wednesday before Target carried the line. The store was so lavishly adorned from head to toe with flowers and adorable pots and pop floral details that I couldn't resist returning two more times within the store's short 3 day opening. Can someone say obsessed?! As a textile designer, I just can't get enough of the sweet printed summer frocks and home decor pieces. I grabbed as many items as I could... and good thing considering everything I purchased is now sold out already on the opening day! My biggest obsession happens to be my new paisley printed floral beach cruiser bike, which I rode home in NYC rush hour traffic without a care in the world. This unique, flirty bike is a definite head turner, even on the busy streets of NYC where almost nothing will phase pedestrians. Here are some of my favorite products that I snatched up!

Asymmetrical garland printed dress

My new love!

2 Tier Dessert Stand
Printed serving platter

Things Are Getting Curiouser And Curiouser

Tim Burton has outdone himself again with Alice in Wonderland. With each film he directs, his creativity explodes more and more. The film Alice In Wonderland was so wildly imaginative and whimsical that it exceeded my expectations, which were already very high! Aside from the fact that the story, animation, and makeup were all so perfectly imaginative, I was absolutely blown away by the fanciful costume design. Each time Alice fluctuated in size via potions, she appeared adorned in a different gorgeous couture dress, each competing with the last. Costume designer of the film Colleen Atwood is officially my new obsession. With an impressive list of films she wardrobed such asChicago, Big Fish, Little Women, and Edward Scissorhands, I must say that Alice in Wonderland may be my favorite of all. The wardrobe in the movie was so inspiring and sweet that I would die to wear any of Alice's amazing dresses! What impresses me most is that when Colleen began designing for this film, she vowed to veer as far away from the cliche "Alice Halloween costume" look. Instead, she evolved a more couture interpretation of the character, using the same iconic blue and silver hues that one would expect Alice to wear. With these incredible designs, Colleen deserves another Oscar to add to her collection (she was formerly awarded Oscars for her designs in Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago and nominated for 28 others)!

Tim Burton sketch of the Queen of Hearts

Colleen Atwood sketch of one of Alice's dresses... very Galliano

Other designers are now jumping on the bandwagon and creating Alice in Wonderland inspired collections. Sue Wong has designed a flirty and sweet "Alice" Collection for Disney, which is now sold at major department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales. Stella McCartney also has an Alice themed charm bracelet for sale now. I'm loving all this whimsy right now!

Sue Wong's "Alice" collection

Sue Wong flirtatious Alice adaptation