I don't want to say it's killing me that Prada's S/S 10 satin postcard prints are on Yoox and I can't quite bring myself to fork over the dough despite the discounted prices. I have a no killing policy on the blog – as in "Oh my god, she killed it with those shoes!", or "Those prints are KILLING me!". Instead I'll take the long-winded route and say it's 'gravely injuring me' that postcard Prada can't be mine.
Its indirect/direct influences has trickled down to a few unexpected and in the first two cases, hugely texturised examples. Instead of straight forward beaches though, alpine backdrops seem to be the postcard subject of choice for these designs. Pauline Borca, a Paris-based textile artist has created a first formal S/S 11 collection that strictly speaking is still of the visual arts realm rather than a commercial collection. All the better for Borca to create tapestry, cross-stitch and digital printing mixed media landscape montages that goes from Earth to the outer space (see site for the rest of collection). I've honed in on these pictoresque hilly spaces complete with 3-D houses jutting out of pockets.
Lu Flux's patchwork clothes continue to prevail for S/S 11 and again fits right neatly into my hilly observations with a collection entitled 'Over the Hills and Far Away' The postcard vision is slightly abstracted in this instance with patchwork and chunky knits portraying ice-topped hills and lush greenery.
On a less literal tangent, this shirt from Lu Flux's S/S 11 collection is exactly the sort of thing I'm on the hunt for… designated vintage/second hand shopping trips must be made to fill this embroidered shirt gap.
Then comes the clunker. This is from the S/S 11 Primark collection. Hey – there's a milestone right there. I don't think I've talked about Primark in the longest time. Let the snob accusations fly but I swear to you it's the store on Oxford Street that is the main culprit here – it's just a very very scary place to enter at any time of the day. The S/S 11 lookbook seems to be vast shift of direction for the chain and this dress in particular which apparently is due to go into stores at the end of this month at the sum of ¬£17 plays the most direct homage to Prada S/S 10 with the addition of a mountainous background that funnily enough makes a more appearling postcard scenario. I'm still ' gravely injured' by the fact that Prada S/S 10 is unreachable but this surprise find might heal the injury ever so slightly.