Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Florals

Theme: Florals

Good: 'Dee Dee' Dress by Pinup Couture at Pinupgirl Clothing
I was drawn to this piece primary by the colours, refreshingly uncommon as they are in retro-inspired designs, as well as the effortless, airy floral print. The proportions and aesthetics of the dress represent pure 50's style, but one cannot argue that they weren't impeccably presented. A good balance between breeziness and control: achieved.

Found here.

Bad: 'Floral Jacket' at Black Swan

The idea here, albeit somewhat recycled, is decent, but the jacket itself is seriously lacking in terms of execution and choice of fabric. While the floral tapestry pattern is very beautiful, the shiny surface reveals the cloth to be far too thin to keep its form like a jacked should. The clasps are of a nice colour and the shape isn't bad, but they, too, ought to be much firmer to work.

Found here.

Ugly: '60s Mod Bow Lace Shift Dress' at Inspired InsanityI actually had to roam half of the alternative online shops of the entire bloody internet, desperately searching for anything floral-themed that would classify as Ugly this time. Tired of bashing crushed and/or stretch velvet, I was limited to a smaller selection still. Lots and lots of things were definitely Bad, but not properly, unmistakably horrid - there was so little of it I that I was and still am completely flabbergasted. Maybe the worst examples of floral prints belong solely to the world of mainstream fashion.

So, feeling defeated, I had to make do with what we see above. I find it ugly, but not eyebleach-ugly. Yes, it is shapeless and the black bow is incredibly sad and saggy; also, there is no point in accentuating the straps with solid black when the rest of the dress is lace. But you see what I mean? It's just a sloppy, boring dress, not an utter disaster. It's a good problem to have, of course.

Found here.

4 comments:

  1. I saw someone wearing this dress last week and I was immediately reminded of it by this post. Though, I was also reminded of these boots, which I want so incredibly bad.

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  2. Can't believe I only just stumbled across this blog.

    I think I maybe love you a little bit.

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  3. ultimategothguide: Why, thank you kindly. ^^

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  4. I've got a different jacket made of stuff that I think is the same as that Black Swan jacket, and it's actually thicker than it looks there, but it is synthetic and thus shiny (and photographs awfully). You're right about the clasps - if they wanted to do that medieval inspired thing, they need sturdier clasps. I'd have gone for frog clasps or buttons, myself, rather than clasps like that at all. The white dress is just... dull. It doesn't look properly alternative, almost like those pseudo-hipster dresses churned out in low-end stores at the moment.

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