Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Doll's Eye View: London Summer 2017 Trends


In selecting fashions for the Doll's Eye View reports, we look for items we feel will translate best for 1/6 scale. Unfortunately much of what the girls saw on the London catwalk this season had too many ruffles, too much frou-frou or was too big, too loose or too.....ordinary. Fashion is about change. We've seen skinny silhouettes for a long time, so don't be surprise to see wider silhouettes begin to replace them. And yes, it will take a while for our eyes to adjust In the meantime, my dolls understand a trip to London is a trip to London and so with that, they were instructed to find something (anything) to make this trip worthwhile.

Who's Line Is It Anyway

Certain trends we saw in New York continue right over the Atlantic. Stripes of all shapes and types is one of them.

I'm With HER.....
Think of this as the "Hillary effect." Like her or not, the first female Democratic party nominee to run for president of the United States is impacting fashion trends! Whether it's deliberate or a subliminal suggestion, once again, fashion is waking up to see to power of pants! Expect to see lots of pants for next spring and summer. Dolly may not be overly willing to give up the leggings, so consider making her a pair of slim pants instead. Or...go all out with a looser trouser.



Prints of Wales

We love the subtle, almost silver glow to these prints. Animal prints are there but less "in your face," while florals take on that "south of the border" flavor. Consider using more than one print in a single look. Also..if you must put ruffles or flounces on your doll...think south of the border with a slim dress or skirt given a bouncy gathered, fishtail.

What's Your Point
Another carry-over from New York, assymetrical hems, dresses or tops with one shoulder, handkerchief hems are a strong trend for next summer. Here, we've chosen a classic flared silhouette for late night formal affairs.

From here we move over to Milan, where the selection must-have styles is larger. Stay tuned!!!!


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18 comments:

  1. I like the one in the middle of "what's your point" and I LOVE your rendition of the black outfit with eyelets. It didn't catch my attention on the human model, but the doll version with the dramatic waist and oversized eyelets is wow!

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    1. Thank you, BlackKitty. I've been covering fashion trends for a long time. What I've noticed over the years, is how designers seem to have lost the "fun" aspect to catwalk shows. It has become so cerebral. Everyone is an "artiste." The UK shows were not so great. So I did what I tend to do...look at a style and try to imagine how the designers back in the 80's or 90's might have interpreted the same style. I liked very much the idea of the laces up both sides and wanted to emphasize that...hence the choice to use eyelets. The other issue I have is current choices of models. Most look so sad. And where are the accessories!?! Clearly, I think I have the edge when it comes to models! LOL!!!

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  2. I love the outfit from your first photo! This last white, long dress... is also amazing! Wooow!

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    1. Thank you, Aya. There wasn't a lot I really wanted to make for my girls. But I think the 3 outfits I chose, were stand-out.

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  3. I have to agree with BlackKitty, I really love your rendering of the black outfit with the eyelets. I always love to see your version of the runway fashions. Very nice!

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    1. Thank you, Phyllis. The David Koma outfit caught my eye initially. And then I almost didn't make it because getting the top to fit this doll (with the generous bustline) was a bit of a challenge. But then, as soon as I added the eyelets, I was most happy with the results.

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  4. The white Gareth Pugh dress is my favorite but your rendition of the black pants outfit is fantastic! I think the doll version is better than the full size one! Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Chris. I am very pleased with the way the doll version came out. While translating the looks to the 1/6 scale, sometimes, you have to make changes to pull it off and those changes sometimes result in good surprises! What I try to do is to capture the essence of the original but make it work for the scale of the doll.

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  5. I need that white dress in my life. It's gorgeous. I also need the black outfit like David Koma's. I love it.

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    1. Oh Jaye..... I'm sitting in a room full of dolls wearing everything I really had to have!!! LOL!!! #LivingMyFashionFantasiesThrouoghMyDolls

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  6. Hi April. I love all the dolly versions that you created for this post. Though yout statement about Hilary Clinton being the first woman to run for president in the U.S. is wrong. The first was actually a black congressqoman from NYC named Shirley Chisholm in 1972.

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    1. I stand corrected and will correct the text. At the risk of revealing my age....Shame on me for this error. Ms. Chisholm was the guest speaker at my graduation from college (back in the day)!

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  7. Biała suknia wygląda wspaniale a żakiet z wyszywanymi spodniami leży na lalce ładniej niż na modelce! Super!

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    1. Olla wrote: White dress looks great and jacket with embroidered pants lies on the doll nicer than the model's! Cool!

      Thank you, Olla. Well....I think I have better models! Here's a tip: Some fabric stores sell small embroidered medallions that you can simply sew directly onto the pant legs (or any other part of the outfit).

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  8. Thank you Urzula. Glad you enjoyed this post.

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  9. J'aime tellement ta veste tailleur. Il faudrait que tu nous expliques comment la faire.

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    1. Merci Shasarignis. J'ai deja des postes sur la veste tailleur. Il faut regarder: "Good Foundations: The Basic Blazer"(la base de patron) et puis, "Collared" (la veste avec col" enfin, "Let's Talk YSL" (la doublure)."

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