>> I don't want to be loading the blog with heavy analysis or weighty commentary when most people are itching for Christmas to come and ready to go offline in anticipation of eating their own weight in roast potatoes, Ferrero Rocher chocolates and brussel sprouts (in that order of course).  Thankfully young Ella Barton Buchanan emailed me in the nick of time to provide me with pure eye candy – quite literally, this is lace that is so edible that each look book image should come wrapped in a pretty Charbonnel et Walker box with a bow tied around it.  Buchanan is from Wellington in New Zealand and has just graduated from Massey University with this delicious collection.  Turns out those Hubba Bubba, saturated macaroon tones were inspired by the legendary French filmmaker Georges M√©li√®s and the innovative way that he hand painted every frame, amongst other groundbreaking techniques.  

From the complicated, surreal and bonkers world of M√©li√®s' early 20th century filmmaking, Buchanan deduced something quite simple but hugely effective.  Her entire collection is made out of curtain lace which she stiffened by painting the fabric about five to eight times to perfect the colour and weight.  The point was to complete change the properties of the lace as well as build up colour in a controlled way.  This fussy fabric that normally lies limp over chintzy fabrics, becomes something quite structural and is intensely vibrant with the layers of textile and acrylic paint.  I may have to plagiarise that idea to see if painted lace curtains would work in my new abode (signing the dotted line soon… that's a cue for you to congratulate me seeing as I'm already congratulating myself).  Then I can break out into song and enthusiastically tear down my "drapes" Sound of Music style and make myself some play clothes.  Well, that's the plan anyway.  

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Comments (23)

  1. Tara says:

    I really didn’t want to type this, but I couldn’t refrain from doing so: SWEET!
    Love the pastel, bubblegum shades – bit of a spring throwback, or a futuro-spective look to the upcoming S/S season, depending on your outlook.
    Best Wishes,
    Tara

  2. Anna says:

    love that style of pic!

  3. Caron says:

    Interesting fabric development. The fabric looks quite light considering the many layers of paint.
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  4. Angie says:

    SO Gorgeous! I love lace so this is totally perfect!

  5. Love your blog, just fantastic!

  6. The Provoker says:

    Those plexi flamingo frames are too cute! <3

  7. Las fotos son preciosas ,me gustaron mucho ,ha sido un post que ha valido la pena ver.Besos.

  8. ABwithoutC says:

    Haha these photo’s made me laugh!
    Thanks!

  9. Pynk Nylon says:

    French Illusionism mixed with that pop of fashion is quite interesting. Nice photographs!

  10. Your odango hair style makes you look so great, work it girl!!!good choice, that definitely stands out from the crowd in colour candy lace!

  11. Do you know what type of paint she uses on the lace? x x

  12. I like it very much.. Thank You and keep writing for us :)

  13. notmyname says:

    this post provides good inspiration-now i know what to do with the pompoms I bought! ^_^

  14. missy ella .b says:

    this is amazing i love all the vibrance and colour a mix of japan meets vintage neons love it !

  15. Everett says:

    I Love All the staf in
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