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I’ve taken a mini blog break recently and have been updating the Owls and Pears Facebook page instead. (You can follow the news, and owlish or pearish finds, here.)
All the while I’ve been desperately trying to cram owl and pear bloggage material back into my brain – there’s loads out there, including a long-planned pear giveaway (watch this space!).
So when I opened my email this afternoon and checked out the brand new People Tree autumn collection, I simultaneously fell off my chair with excitement, and was kicked into action. Two of my favourite brands, combined to create the owl dress of my dreams. In short, the most perfectly retro owl pattern fabric, printed in the nowest-of-now autumnal colour way and fashioned into a flattering fifties style dress. This is exactly the kind of owl news I love to blog about.
I’d like to imagine myself leaning nonchalantly against the piano wearing my dress (yes, sigh, I have bought myself one; I bet you there’s a discount code in the post tomorrow but hey ho). It’s probably more likely I’ll be sitting at the laptop of an evening, wiping off half-chewed banana from the bodice and grinning from ear to ear as I admire the pattern and type up another blog post (while the bubbas catch up on sleep, obviously). Here’s hoping…
ps – if you’ve also succumbed to the allure of this dress, feel free to let me know and/or send in a picture: I’d love to hear how you wear it and what you team it with!
anothergalstreasure and NotJustBags:
I couldn’t help being totally bowled over when I spotted these Spring/Summer 2011 offerings from one of my fave designers, Emma Cook. Not, you understand, that I actually own any of her clothes. It’s more of a fantasy wardrobe thing I have going on.
And so in that spirit, I am going to indulge in a spot of owl and couture appreciation from a designer who creates “prints, embellishments and girly clothes with a sense of humour.”
The brown and black silk crepe de Chine top above (and the tunic below) combines all that is dramatic about owl details (eyes, always; and feathers too). It’s a bold print, but a soft one: the owl’s averted eyes and the silky material suggest comfort and protection from a nocturnal feathered friend, rather than a full on confrontation with a Black Swan groupie. But let’s face it, even so, you probably wouldn’t mess with anyone wearing this.
And if you thought you might need a little extra coverage, why not opt for a tunic version with some skinny jeans (or not…)? Both of these tops are available from net-a-porter.com (follow on Twitter: @NETAPORTER), and you can also see them on Emma Cook’s own website here, along with the rest of her owl collection.
It’s been a wee while since the last post, so to make up for lost time, I thought I’d blog about this wonderfully perfect pear skirt by seventyseventyone design.
The mastermind behind this stunner is also an accessories designer, mainly working in felt, and creating gorgeous loveliness inspired by the colourways and designs of the 1960s. Her work exudes Scandinavian charm and lifts the soul on rainy day, with fresh colours, exciting textures and neat design.
This green loopy corsage is available via seventyseventyone’s Etsy shop here, but sadly the skirt is not for sale: she only make clothes for herself, using vintage dress patterns and her “trusty sewing machine”. I wonder how hard we’d have to persuade her to create a design for owlsandpears.com followers…?
The skirt is made from a fine denim and the pear itself was cut out from a piece of larger fabric that was bought as an offcut and sewn onto the skirt for embellishment.
For a rolling update on seventyseventyone’s creative journey, follow her on Twitter (@7071design) and check out her blog for details of yet more crafting delights and retro gems.
If you hurry, you can also take part in her blog giveaway to win a loopy headband: all you have to do is follow the blog and leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered into the draw. Closing date is Wednesday 15th September 2010 (the designer’s birthday). Good luck one and all!