There's been a lot of this around lately:
Yep, animal motifs are everywhere at the moment. Mui Mui led the way with their iconic bird prints first appearing in s/s 2010, getting a tweak for a/w 2011, and a further reworking for their 2012 resort collection. And where Mui Mui lead others follow. Animal motifs were all over the a/w 2011 catwalks, from Balenciaga to Topshop. Everyone's at it!
But you don't have to look like everyone. Hell no! Here's the Jules and Clem budget friendly guide to achieving a fun, personal, trend forward look. It's as easy as one, two, three!
1 - add a brooch to your belt. These cute cat brooches do the trick every time and work really well with the summer's colour blocking trend. If cats aren't your thing why not go for a dog, or a bird, or a bunny!
2 - collars are another of summer's big hits so why not add these bird brooches to yours?
3 - for an instant style update pin your favourite animal to your bag. So easy.
all photo's by Juliet
Today's lust list is mainly concerned with the late, great, Keith Haring
Since my friend Stu sent me a link to these Joyrich bikinis this morning I've had Kieth Haring on the mind. However with England's mediocre summer all but over I can't really justify a £60 bikini (although the beach ball is tempting). So perhaps I can invest in some of the other Haring inspired items around at the mo...
Like these Nicholas Kirkwood shoes. Believe me when i say, if i could afford these, they would be mine. Unfortunately I can't.
Well, I guess it has to be a Wah manicure then. More my price and pretty damn amazing.
Some mid-week inspiration for you. On one hand this is a sad story, one we're all quite familiar with, but sad no less. Eugene Andolsek created these multi-layered geometric masterpieces at his kitchen table. A stenographer by day, Eugene never received any critical acclaim for his work. Well, whilst he was alive anyway. No one saw Eugene's art until he entered a carehome no longer able to see or work. Eugene drew purely for pleasure, for escapism, to be free from his humble surroundings and banal life. Kinda sad. On the other hand Eugene never saw himself as an artist, never wanted acclaim. He drew for himself and himself only. Eugene's work resonates with me on many levels. In a nostalgic way it takes me right back to the solace of rainy afternoons perfecting biro spirographs at the kitchen table. But more importantly, Eugene's work reminds me that art ain't all about the commerce. Creativity frees the mind and heals the soul. Sometimes i forget this. So here's to you, Eugene Andolsek, and your beautiful kaleidoscope of colours.
All images courtesy of American Primitive