Oxymoronic Shoulders

Oxymoronic Shoulders

How to solve the problem of the harsh bulkiness of the ‘big shoulder’?  Construct them in softy soft organza mixed with sharply creased origami folds as Anne Valerie Hash’s haute couture SS08 collection demonstrates here.  A clear example of trends flowing seamlessly through from one season to the next with the sharpened shoulders reincarnated here in sheer fabrics.  I might try and give myself a migraine trying to construct such a thing in delicate organza.  Or else, I’ll use the remains of the attempt to make a organza rosette skirt.  Don’t give me the cold shoulder!  Give me a soft-hard one instead…..    


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  1. jen b.

    2008-01-22 at 5:32 PM

    Her collection was so pretty. The black deep neck sheer top and black trousers was my favorite look. I can’t wait to see you pull off those shoulders!

  2. Suzanna

    2008-01-22 at 6:52 PM

    She has done the most remarkable piece–the tent/trapeze dress in that wonderful peachy tan color. It’s so light that it’s aerated like a mousse, and yet it has substance.
    A gourmand dress. Absolutely brilliant.

  3. Ivy Line

    2008-01-22 at 7:20 PM

    such a crazy madly beautiful work

  4. lady coveted

    2008-01-22 at 10:28 PM

    it’s lovely… but i think it gives ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ new meaning.

  5. joanna goddard

    2008-01-22 at 11:52 PM

    this post is brilliance.

  6. the muse

    2008-01-22 at 11:59 PM

    best title ever

  7. murdoch

    2008-01-23 at 12:16 AM

    Wow, these are beautiful. I’m such a fan of unusual sleeves.

  8. enc

    2008-01-23 at 1:09 AM

    I love exaggerated shapes like that. The gingham check number is unexpected.

  9. iron chic

    2008-01-23 at 1:40 AM

    Is that sleeve starched?
    I’m getting a headache trying to figure it out….

  10. Jill

    2008-01-23 at 2:01 AM

    All the origami over the runways was bound to reach the shoulders sometime.

  11. Jill

    2008-01-23 at 2:02 AM

    I loved both her haute couture and her ready to wear shows.

  12. heather

    2008-01-23 at 2:55 AM

    That is such a genius idea! The sleeves remind me of rice paper lamps in a really good way…

  13. Rachel

    2008-01-23 at 3:05 AM

    Oh wow those sleeves are beautiful, they remind me of origami. Its always nice to see designers pushing their ideas 🙂

  14. odilean

    2008-01-23 at 3:28 AM
  15. odilean

    2008-01-23 at 3:30 AM
  16. odilean

    2008-01-23 at 3:31 AM
  17. ivy line

    2008-01-23 at 6:17 AM

    the givenchy couture shoes…is it me or do they look familiar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just a little. come clean. have you been consulting for them 🙂 because they reminded me of your experiment with some ribbons and a pair of pumps.

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    2008-01-23 at 7:05 AM

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  19. Drusilla

    2008-01-23 at 8:14 AM

    Oooh, sheer shoulders- me likey! It reminds me a bit of Sailor Moon Super S, where the exaggerated shoulders on Sailor Moon’s costume are translucent.

  20. riz

    2008-01-23 at 2:03 PM

    As you know, i loved these sleeves…

  21. Heather

    2008-01-23 at 2:08 PM

    Susie, try Cotton Organdie instead of organza – its stiffer, so it holds the creases better (and ofen without any stitching) but has much the same appearance.

  22. Stylefinder

    2008-01-23 at 11:44 PM

    I like the idea in theory but not sure how it would suit me in reality. And how do you wear a jacket over this without the sleeves getting oh-so-wrinkled?

  23. brooksie

    2008-01-24 at 4:28 AM

    I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who adores that trapeze dress w/ the Tudor neckline.

  24. Anonymous

    2008-01-24 at 5:24 AM

    those are amazing!

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