The Hills are Alive!

The Hills are Alive!


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I didn't mean to drop into Beyond the Valley yesterday.  The prism formations in the window along with the mountains and the roses drew me in.  Actually, let's talk about these mountains and roses… all I could think of when staring at Beyond the Valley's own collection's S/S 10's most mesmerising mountain print was somewhere in those snow-topped mountains, Sister Maria singing about raindrops and roses.  Let's ignore the fact that whilst there are roses, the BTV team were probably not even depicting Salzberg at all.  Let's also ignore the fact that Sound of Music was on over Easter
Weekend and I err… watched it for what is
probably the over-100th time…  

We may be fast forwarding our brains to A/W10-11… it does feel good to be talking about stuff that is ACTUALLY in stores and in Beyond the Valley's case, the S/S 10 collection full of mountains, roses, crystal formations and op-art prints has arrived fully in store and online


Weirdly enough, the night before, I had googled KaPowWow!, my favourite ruff-meister (my only ruff-meister?) to see what they were up to and found no new news.  Then I popped into BTV to, find out the designer has been travelling around India collecting plenty of fabrics to make ruffs with as well as using Beyond the Valley's own collection of S/S10 fabrics to make these ruffs for them…


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From mere window browsing, the mountains and roses got to me in a big way… how DO you solve a problem like a Maria-addiction?  Get a S/S silk kimono-style piece of course with this particularly invigorating print, which also magically slots another piece into the kimono jigsaw puzzle that Shrimpton Couture half-solved.  And yes, I may just be adding a little bit of confusion to the oh-so-popular 'Are you Japanese or Chinese?' question, but for the time being I can't' see this fluttering jacket with anything other than a top knot, some loose layers and these rocking horse sandals.     

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(Worn with Peeps.Org top, Uniqlo heat tech top, Michael Angel stripey mesh skirt, Acne trousers, Vivienne Westwood x Melissa sandals)


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  1. Clare

    2010-04-07 at 1:34 PM

    Ah I love Beyond the Valley, they have the most amazing things. I googled Kapow Wow Wow yesterday too to no avail so it’s marvellous to hear that new stuff is on its way!

  2. saime

    2010-04-07 at 1:37 PM

    wow love ur outtfit 😀

  3. Kamicha

    2010-04-07 at 1:52 PM

    Oh, wow, that print is just awesome! And I feel serious outfit love.

  4. Joanna

    2010-04-07 at 1:53 PM

    Wow! amazing display! that would have drawn me in for sure! 🙂

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    2010-04-07 at 2:10 PM

    Talking about spring/summer outfits. You nailed them.. I really love the design of the Kinono-like dress. Great stuff!


    2010-04-07 at 2:29 PM

    Your creativity is amazing! seriously! 🙂

  7. Becca

    2010-04-07 at 2:33 PM

    These prints are amazing!

  8. Kit - Style Slicker

    2010-04-07 at 2:53 PM

    The kimono jacket is amazing! I have similar one from Marks & Spencer (un-worn)…just waiting for ‘The Day’ to wear it.

  9. Ioana Liliana Gheorghe

    2010-04-07 at 2:55 PM

    Two of my favourite patterns combined, geometry and flowers. Diana Orving did something very similar to the Acne pants too. Anyways, the kimono is just amazing!

  10. LEonidas

    2010-04-07 at 3:24 PM
  11. Clare

    2010-04-07 at 3:29 PM

    Oh my goodness, that print is just stunning. I love the mixture of organic and geometric prints. It works really well.
    You’re so lucky to have access to shops such as Beyond the Valley. I mean, of course, I can look online, but it’s just not the same. There’s no joy like exploring a shop like Beyond the Valley and being able to “ooh” and “aah” at all the beautiful clothes. I’ve only ever been in once, but it really is a little treasure trove, and is lovely to explore, even if you don’t end up buying anything!
    Clare x

  12. Brigadeiro

    2010-04-07 at 3:30 PM

    LOVE the jacket/kimono!

  13. Alex

    2010-04-07 at 3:32 PM

    Amazing, I love this mix of prints!
    xx Alex

  14. James

    2010-04-07 at 3:47 PM

    cool print… i like the black and white striped onesie (i think its a onesie). the window display is awesome

  15. sunglasses

    2010-04-07 at 4:06 PM

    Great outfit, pictures are amazing, so real cool styles going on here. xx

  16. Natalie

    2010-04-07 at 4:32 PM

    Absolutely love the collage print effect.

  17. Sophia Schwan

    2010-04-07 at 5:01 PM

    Beautiful!! Pattern overload! In a good way 🙂 Love the outfit, it’s made for you 🙂

  18. WendyB

    2010-04-07 at 5:15 PM

    I love a top knot. I wish I had enough hair for one. Jealous!

  19. LiNly

    2010-04-07 at 5:19 PM

    love the ways u dress n like tht shop XX

  20. Ji

    2010-04-07 at 7:19 PM

    Never seen before such an Amazing kimono! Lucky You!
    i would like to have the same one in my wardrobe! :-d

  21. Maxi Dress

    2010-04-07 at 8:57 PM

    This is an amazing outfit. i absolutely love it. the details are great. I love the contrast between the geometric shapes and the soft illustration style.

  22. OriOri

    2010-04-07 at 9:07 PM

    Very nice kimono’s tissue !!

  23. Lenka James

    2010-04-08 at 12:45 AM

    Wow their collection looks really good…I love the floral top

  24. eva

    2010-04-08 at 3:22 AM

    what an amazing impact digital textile printing is making in the fashion industry. I love how sublimation & digital printing is making 1,000 color+ prints easily achievable.
    Ahh could you imagine the color separation for those silk screens!?!?!

  25. wendy

    2010-04-12 at 12:32 PM

    I love this outfit and love your style too!!

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