Sant Angelo’s finishing touches

Folkloric woven trims, though very beautiful and expressive, are rarely seen in high fashion. You will see them in German dirndls, or home made hippie dresses, but even at the height of the rich hippie era, the use of this type of adornment was not often used. The brilliant Giorgio Sant Angleo is the only designer I can think of that successfully integrated this type of trim into a wearable, fashionable garment. In fact, its the trim that makes this skirt so very special. Sant Angelo was all about freedom, and this skirt that mixes panels of bright patterned fabrics, with bright patterned trims is as free as you can get.


Chanel’s sliver lining

chanel couture label

So much has been written and said about Gabrielle Chanel. We know her life and loves, her hard times and joys. She is a cornerstone in fashion culture, and an inspiration to working class girls who have talent, and an unfaltering will to succeed. Chanel’s story is impressive, but she became a legend not because she was pretty, charming or smart, but because of her uncompromising quality in design and construction. Her early works are incredible to behold. Under her scrutiny, skilled hands worked hours upon hours to make each piece created for Chanel the picture of perfection. After the war, her styles changed, but the attention to every detail remained apparent on each dress, suit and gown. This suit from the 1960s is a prime example of what I am speaking of. Of course, the choice of fabric and the overall design is incredible, but the jewel tone lame’ chosen for the lining sets it miles above any suit I have ever seen.