Tuesday, August 19, 2014

To-do list: a Eugenia Kim skirt

I just recently came across clothes designed by a promising young fashion designer from Russia Eugenia Kim. Korean by heritage and only 22-year old, she managed to produce a fun and original collection. In this interview (unfortunately, only in Russian) you can see a slideshow of her latest creations - very refreshing.

And while I am not a 17 to 28-year girl (her target customer), I do think I can pull off the skirt below. This cut out image from the August Russian Elle magazine is pasted in my agenda. Pasting inspiration pieces on used pages of my agenda is one of my favourite activities if I wake up too early. I cup of coffee, paper scissors and life is beautiful in an instant.



Don't you love those bound buttonholes? Fun, fun, fun piece that screams Iris Apfel, who is Eugenia Kim's inspiration by the way. As for my learning adventure, that's a good opportunity to try and compare new bound buttonhole techniques!

Who/what has inspired you lately?

22 comments:

  1. I love this idea. Pasting photos in the morning.

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    1. yes, and getting rid of the magazine clutter. Two boxes full of old magazines are in the recycling bin :)

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  2. Nice find - so different from usual pencil skirts.

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    1. It's a wrap skirt, I believe. But, yes, it is based on a straight skirt sloper. I love the little bits of color as an embellishment...

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    2. Interesting - I didn't realize it was a wrap. I'd make it as a pencil skirt though - some of the Burda ones have similar "fake wrap" lines.

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    3. It's just a guess. I was looking at what seems to be a sloppy closure at the waist, which makes me think it is a wrap. The wrap look makes sense with the two lines of stylized buttonholes, as if they were there to button up the two layers. And that's what I like in this design: thoughtfulness. The buttonholes are stylized but don't look just slapped on a skirt, because they could have had a function, or justification for their existence :)

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    4. I would say that this is a wrap. I am thinking about this at age 70, in a couple of days.

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  3. If Iris Apfel is her muse, then her designs are certainly not off limits for those of us "of a certain age". I like both of these pieces.

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    1. I totally agree, it's all very wearable at any age without being boring, which is such a rare thing, right?

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  4. Wow, what fun details! Thanks for linking to the slide show- those were such cool pieces!

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  5. Fun skirt - you can definitely pull it off!

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  6. Very creative with the bound buttonholes in all the colors. I may be tempted to try that technique as well, maybe on a jacket. Your skirt will inspire me further, no doubt.

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  7. Oh please make this! How fun would those buttonholes be!

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  8. Definitely make this! It is so chic but ageless. Anyone could wear this without looking too young.

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    1. I agree, besides, I am more reluctant with ruffles than colors nowadays.

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  9. some of those buttonholes appear to be raised in the center, especially the yellow, red and lightest blue. do you think there may be hidden color-matched buttons in them?

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    1. It confused me too, but then I thought of all the bulk you create with some extra closure underneath... Plus the raised production cost... So, I think those are done with a different fabric, something that is thicker or has more body...

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    2. Although, she might have placed buttons inside, without making the buttonholes functional, ha! I even think that there is a button peeking out from the light blue buttonhole... interesting

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  10. Just because I went down an internet rabbit hole after reading the Eugenia Kim interview, have you seen this designer? http://www.interviewrussia.ru/fashion/dizayner-dina-linnik. She just caught my eye as another interesting designer from the former Soviet Union, as she's from Ukraine. It almost makes me want to drop my current projects and try something else out. I tend to find a lot of inspiration from CIS designers. There is such an interesting mix of culture and ideas. I can't wait to see your take on the Kim skirt. It reminds me of the double breasted suit jackets.... hmmm could be an interesting design idea in a jacket as well.

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    1. Thanks for sending me down the same internet rabbit hole ;) I like Dina Linnik's collection as well - original and wearable. They are very much like wearable art, similar to Eugenia Kim, that's why these pieces cross age boundaries I think.

      As for the Kim skirt, the phrase "your take" is exaggerated really - it will be more of a rip off, I just like it the way it is :)

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  11. In the slide show there is a double breasted jacket with these same bound buttonholes, clearly functional in the jacket. Beautiful!

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