Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Le Smoking

The smoking lip shirt

Holly Fulton's collections are always graphic, refreshingly bold, and highly inspired. This season, you can add cheeky to the list of adjectives, as the designer used the love affair between Coco Chanel and the Duke of Westminster as the starting point for her collection. Drawing from the spirit of the time period, the clothes are adorned with big sassy lips--some of which puff at cigarettes (hold your nose Brandon), wildly gesticulating jazz hands, and the high-kicking legs of cabaret dancers. If the illustrations have a familiar feel about them, it's because they were modeled after the ones that illustrator Heinz Edelmann did for The Beatles album, Yellow Submarine. To add some sparkle to all the dancing and festivities going on, many of the garments are adorned with Swarovski crystals and gems, as well as Holly's signature acrylic jewels, which come built into some dresses. Of course they are also available on their own, since Holly is a big fan of the "complete look," and created matching shoes, bags, and jewels for each outfit. I'm sure wearing any one piece from this collection would guarantee as rollicking of a time as Chanel had with her lover.

The back detail of a dress, with flourishing hands radiating from the slit

Furry clutches with acrylic lips

Tweed dress with a built in Swarovski crystal necklace

Jazz hands, pistols, and high kicks

One of my favorite pieces, a full-length dress adorned with clouds, Twizzler lips, and more crystals!

Acrylic and crystal jewels complete the collection

Cuffs with jawbreaker-sized crystals, and Holly's adorable design sketches


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Megan Hattie said...

yes to graphics!! :) And it's cool to see the sketches! Furry clutch is amazing too... it's like the mouth/chin of a sasquatch or something...


Amanda said...

love all the lips! esp the earrings :)

Julie Khuu said...

That yellow tweed dress is SICK! I'm loving all the fun graphics and patterns...So apropos for spring when you've got animal and fruit motifs all over the runway. Love this post, great finds!


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meagan said...

i literally felt my heart flutter when i saw those clutches. where can i purchase one?!?!

Six Six Sick said...

The collection won't be available til fall, but you can find Holly's stocklist here:


The Ginger Fox said...

OMG OMG OMG I freaken love this collection! Will it be available online because not only am i in australia, but i am in the tini town of Perth :(
I even love the bangles. I dont think I have been this excited about any particular fashion pieces for quite some time.
Thanks for checking out my blog :)
Ginger xox

amalie said...

great items! love that printed shirt and those cuffs.

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

Amazing. x hivennn p.s enter my giveaway?

Sabrina T. said...

such a gorgeous blog and photos!!!i love your style my dear!!happy to discover your place!i'm a new follower!

Follow me too??i'd be soo glad if you do it..i wait u kiss

anne said...

I love the jewelry!!!

The Woman Behind the Tattoo said...

Holly's art-nouveau-esque prints are awesome...I know that I missed my era (was totally meant to be a flapper during the roaring 20s) but I can totally imagine kicking up my heels or lounging in some smoky underground jazz bar in one of her dresses. Especially love the one pictured from the back - so sexy...

Brandon said...

The best part of Holly Fulton the brand is Holly Fulton the person! Simply the bubbliest girl in LFW! I love how happy everything is! I want Holly Fulton mens!

Rackk and Ruin said...

I LOVE those prints!! They remind me of the Peter Max's prints from the sixties!!

laia. said...

K I L L E R prints!