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I keep no secrets about my love for Nicolas Ghesquiere. Nearly every collection he has turned out for Balenciaga since he stepped in as the house’s designer in 1997 has ended up on my favorites list. While I have an appreciation for what many designers across the board do, there is something about Ghesquiere’s designs that speak right to my aesthetic, no matter how all over the map that might be.

While I have many “favorite” collections, the one that I continually draw the most inspiration from is the collection Ghesquiere did for Balenciaga’s Fall 2007 season. It was a multicultural, street influenced mix that pulled everything from folk embroidery, and Balinese patterns, to traditional men’s tailoring and bouclé tweeds (a la Chanel) into a cohesive and extremely clever aesthetic that I still find permeating my wardrobe choices.

The staples of the collection are simple: a well made blazer, loose jodhpur or boyfriend style pants and cool ethnic print scarves. These three pieces are super easy to attain with our Boyfriend Trousers and Jorinde Jacket. Simply add a funky scarf or fur (faux or real, it’s up to you) stole and you’re done!

What designer collection inspires your wardrobe or project choices the most?


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    Oct 21, 2010, 02.53 PMby wzrdreams

    One thing in this inspiration collage that I really adore is that fur collar in the upper left corner. With all the lovely faux furs available right now, I would love to make one myself. I was thinking about using the collar pattern piece for my current jacket project as a template and making it a removable furr piece. Whatcha think? Any suggestions?

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      Oct 21, 2010, 04.37 PMby themisslinds

      I love that idea! Two looks in one jacket, and you could potentially use the collar with other jackets or sweaters.

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      Oct 21, 2010, 06.31 PMby reneebies

      I’ve been wanting to do that too! I think you should try it. In theory it should be easy… just add lil hooks and eyes. Right?

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      Oct 22, 2010, 01.55 AMby wzrdreams

      I was thinking some elastic across the corners to slip over the real collar. I’ve also seen detachable ones with buttons or snaps along the collar inside neck seam.

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      Oct 22, 2010, 10.44 AMby loyl8

      The fur (stole) in the left upper corner is from Jcrew so for close ups go to their website. I’m in love with it too!! I’m going to make one myself! good luck

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