Friday, July 29, 2011

Albetta Spring Summer 2011-12 Mini-Preview

Sorry for the extended gap between posts - I am trying to juggle more than a few things at the moment! Back into it now, starting with a few of my favourite prints and designs from Albetta's Spring Summer collection. 
I've loved the ginghams coming out of Europe, and I am happy to see some as part of the new Albetta collection. This particular top (below) is eye-catching with a fabulous choice of colours that is represented throughout the range, a simple cut, and a perfectly placed bow adornment at the chest. I love this piece:

Albetta Top - Large Bow Gingham Purple,
Spring Summer 11-12 (NZ & AUS)

It is also available in turquoise, and just look at that adorable skirt!

 Albetta Top - Large Bow Gingham Turquoise, Violetta Patchwork Skirt
Spring Summer 11-12 (NZ & AUS)

Delicate surface prints like this design interest me at the moment. I have not designed a pretty print like it yet - I tend to go for more toony or graphic designs, but it is on my list of things to tackle! This is gorgeous:

Albetta Blouse Floral, Spring Summer 11-12 (NZ & AUS)

And on this dress...oh divine!

Albetta Crochet Floral Dress , Spring Summer 11-12 (NZ & AUS)

Fabric design has always been one of Albetta's strengths. This is a lovely floral, and once again the adornments on the garment are elegant and well chosen.
Albetta Vintage Romper Violetta Floral , Spring Summer 11-12 (NZ & AUS)

And this Circus Print is just perfect for a baby boy:


Albetta Circus Print Baby, Spring Summer 11-12 (NZ & AUS)

The Albetta Spring Summer collection will be exhibited at the The Spring Gift Fair (Auckland) in August and will be available in retail stores around New Zealand and Australia in September. Wholesale enquiries should be directed to info@mollyjay.co.nz (http://www.mollyjay.co.nz/) and for retail sales in NZ, Bambina is an online store that will carry the collection.

Many thanks to Molly Jay Ltd for allowing Kitty as a Picture Kids' Design Blog permission to publish these images.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bue the Warrior and Hey Hey Colours

This is one of those posts where I go a bit crazy with pictures because I can't bear to leave a single one out. Let me first show you some of the incredible work of the Belgian street artist Bue the Warrior, and then I will tell you about his fabulous collaboration with HeyHey Colours.
These images of Bue's street art are just a few from his Flickr photostream and are works from all over the world. I have labelled them with the same tags or titles he used in Flickr. Some works are collaborations with other artists.

Eurocultured Turku Finland

 No title or tags given

Berlin Bandits - Billy, Bue, Nerd (Berlin)

Smithe & Bue - Flevopark: Amsterdam

Eurocultured festival Manchester

No title or tags given

Detail collab wall: Smithe, Dhear, Bue
  
bue, ring, topo, pest, resto, jasta

 No title or tags given

Venice LA 2009 - Bue & Chase

HeyHey Colours

Exciting news for iPad users, is that HeyHey Apps has worked with Bue the Warrior to bring Bue's much-loved characters and art to kids in the form of an iPad colouring application.


Named HeyHey Colors, it contains 18 drawings and 3 coloring modes. The spraycan coloring mode allows freehand painting. The fill mode allows the little ones to tap around on the drawings and select one of the 21 carefully selected colors.The pattern mode gives access to Bue the Warrior's wonderful pattern library. Kids can fill backgrounds with amazing patterns and see how a cute black and white drawing becomes an epic masterpiece.
HeyHey Colors allows users to share and save their finished drawings. The little artists can send their artwork to their grandparents presented in a nice printable template.

So pop over to HeyHey Apps or go directly to the Apps Store to purchase!


HeyHey Colours on Vimeo


A huge thanks to Stefan Vandegehuchte from HeyHey Apps for allowing Kitty as a Picture Kids' Design Blog permission to publish these images.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oilily Autumn/Winter 2011 - Adventurous Russia

Oilily Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection - Adventurous Russia

The intricacy of the design and the rich colour palette of Oilily's Autumn/Winter 2011 children's collection is breathtaking. It is everything I have ever loved about Oilily, and more.

 Oilily Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection - Adventurous Russia

The theme, adventurous Russia, brings a wonderful sense of mystery to the collection. It has been well interpreted by the Oilily designers who have incorporated all kinds of secret and hidden surprises into the designs: a skirt with curtains behind which hides a czarina; a skirt that is worn as a dress with shutters that hides another czarina; for boys little spies have their own Russian passport, a secret pocket, and colourful medal appliqu├ęs in their clothes. Clever games can be played anywhere with secret coded language and a big chess board with chess pieces on the inside of one of the shirts.

Oilily Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection - Adventurous Russia

Oilily Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection - Adventurous Russia

The Russian influence is clear throughout. Warm winter jackets (some are reversible!), scarves, hand knitted caps, and even fake furs grace the collection. Intricate all-over prints contrasted with attractive plain fabrics, and exceptional attention to detail make this collection one of the most exciting and inspiring I have seen for some time.
 
Oilily Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection - Adventurous Russia

Oilily Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection - Adventurous Russia

Oilily Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection - Adventurous Russia

With its striking colours, exquisite craftsmanship, and cute additions, there is no question that Oilily is designing with kids firmly in mind. It is not just about looking good - it is about having fun and adventure too. I can't imagine a single child who would not delight in wearing a piece from this playful collection.

Visit Oilily Shop USA to see the complete Oilily Autumn/Winter Adventurous Russia Collection.

Thanks to Oilily World Press Division for allowing Kitty as a Picture Kids' Design Blog to publish these images.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A Vintage Fabric De-Stash!

Fans of vintage fabrics have to check out the newest additions to the store Funky Fabrix in Australia. Shona, the owner of this spectacular shop has delved into her personal vintage fabric collection and is offering a few of these goodies for sale. Nothing can quite beat an original vintage print. What is it that makes them so appealing? The vibrancy of colours and the quirky colour palettes? The detail and hand-drawn or painterly effect we are seeing less of in modern computer-designed fabrics? I don't know, but I wish I could sew. These are divine...

60s Floral Crepe - genuine vintage fabric, circa 1960s

60s Scandinavian Flowers - genuine vintage fabric, circa 1960s

60s Multi Stripe - genuine vintage fabric, circa 1960s

60s Hawaiian - genuine vintage fabric, circa 1960s

60s Cotton Voile Pink -  genuine vintage fabric, circa 1960s

50s Purple Floral - genuine vintage fabric, circa 1950s

50s Red Floral - genuine vintage fabric, circa 1950s

50s Butterflies & Fairies - genuine vintage fabric, circa 1950s

There is more than what I've shown here, and Funky Fabrix carries a huge range of textiles from genuine vintage through to retro modern, and organic. Shona has been collecting for ten years and has a whole room of vintage fabrics in her own collection, so here's hoping we'll be seeing some more! Love 'em :)

A huge thanks to Shona at Funky Fabrix for allowing Kitty as a Picture Kids Design Blog to publish these images.