Be Inspired by French Design House

by Ramona on June 29, 2012

French design houses like Chanel and Louis Vuitton don’t know ASG from bouillabaise, but we want to recognize them on this blog for creating very expensive clothing which is so — knock-off ready. We’re inspired and want to profusely thank designers Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel and Marc Jacobs (the American in Paris) of Louis Vuitton!

The white dress in the top left picture is from the Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Click on the link to see the complete collection; this dress is #60. You’ll be able to see a close-up of the gorgeously applied ribbon. The fabric is finest lambskin, and it is appliqued with organza ribbon (Photo courtesy of InStyle magazine).  Wait, wait … didn’t I see a similar look in a sewing publication in 1996? Pictured in the center is the now-out-of-print newsletter “Serger Update” circa 1996, and I spy appliqued ribbon on the cover projects! They’re applied with careful abandon,  or with measured distances.

Some of us have made the classic, boxy Chanel-style tweedy jacket, as featured in Notions. Don’t you think it’s time for a current-season homage to Chanel? This time, I’d like to encourage readers of this blog to join in! Let’s do it. The item does not have to be a dress like the original; it could be any fashion item, accessory or home dec item if you wish, as long as the spirit and look of the ribbon embellishment is prevalent. I am already obsessed with this idea – so much so, that the picture of the Chanel dress is the current wallpaper on my computer monitor :). Off to the fabric stash…………..

In a future post, you’ll see an item from Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 collection which is so knock-off ready that it’ll knock your socks off.

What have YOU knocked off lately?

Before signing off, an apology is due for neglecting this blog in the last couple of weeks. To our faithful readers and to the few commenters, I’m sorry. Thank you for reading this blog, and posting comments. Please keep doing it!

EDIT 6/29/2012: Blogger Carolyn has made this dress already!! Visity her blog and see it!

Samina, American Sewing Guild, @SewingGuild


Meg @ Mood June 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic just knocked off that ribbon Chanel dress.

Samina June 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

More power to Carolyn!! But I could not find it on her blog. Can you please post a link here in the comments section, so we can enjoy Carolyn’s knock off? Thanks for the comment, Meg!

Marie Hansen June 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Well now, I think I actually have that issue in my sewing-reading stash.

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