Still Got Underwater Love

Still Got Underwater Love

>> I know I'm supposed to be diving into the current tide of resort collections but I'm still vaguely submerged in spring summer, which hasn't really reared its head properly yet in London weather-wise.  Before we wipe out all the under the sea vibes that spring summer 12 brought us, I'm giving it one last longing glance and looking at Manuela Dack's S/S 12 collection as well as all her inspiration image that she collates on her blog Silver Cleaver.  A single grey stingray belt with plastic beading from the collection is currently on my desk, taunting me with its reminders of a collection, which was inspired by Manuela's childhood home, Grand Cayman in the Carribean.  Only someone who physically grew up in this remote and idyllic place could have come up with a collection that is so subtly nuanced.  The palest of green and grey chiffons in layered skirts brush softly against strands of delicate plastic beading.  Embroidery of lobsters and octupus, inspired by drawings by a 19th century zoologist are barely detectable and give you whispers of the sea rather than shoving it down your throat with heavy-handed motifs.  The use of stingray leather is particularly effective in the dresses, which hang with a Y-shaped strap at the back.  It's all softly cooing to me on days like this, having returned from an average of 25 degree heat in Asia, and come home to raining cats and dogs and gusty winds in London.  Therefore, allow me the indulgence of looking longingly at Manuela Dack's Carribean vision, which just so happens to manifest itself as a concise and subtly powerful collection.  Here's hoping that we soon get days, when swishes of plastic beading and back-exposing Y-shaped straps are called for.

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  1. Fashion Agony

    2012-06-08 at 8:42 PM

    The clothes and the model look amazing!
    xoxo
    Fashion Agony blog

  2. Tian

    2012-06-08 at 9:36 PM

    I love the photos, those are really interesting looks!
    http://aspiringforever.blogspot.com

  3. Ida Ayu Melati

    2012-06-08 at 10:19 PM

    Love this s much!

  4. Taylyn

    2012-06-09 at 1:09 AM

    Very nice. I love white with the very subtle strips of color. Feels so tropical. Makes me crave a well-deserved vacation.
    Taylyn.
    http://www.onlyforthesweetest.com

  5. modernsky

    2012-06-09 at 2:53 AM

    Such beautiful pictures. Love what you’re wearing, especially the white dress

  6. Rhoda

    2012-06-09 at 3:14 AM

    the pieces are gorgeous! love the detailing
    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  7. Cristina

    2012-06-09 at 3:26 AM

    It is sad to have to move onto the next season before we get to celebrate the previous one personally. I am also just finally entering weather appropriate for S/S attire and am not ready for resort. These images and garments are wonderful.
    http://www.mostlyclothes.com/

  8. modern sky

    2012-06-09 at 3:52 AM

    Such a beautifu dress and you wore it perfectly! I love this!

  9. Fashion in Paris

    2012-06-09 at 3:59 AM

    Fashion in Paris

  10. Window Shopper

    2012-06-09 at 4:23 AM

    These looks are so beautiful. I’m still stuck in spring/summer as well.
    howtowindowshop.blogspot.com

  11. eco-vogue

    2012-06-09 at 5:18 AM

    That dress is so beautiful!! I love the metallic detail of it! Gorgeous!

  12. Peter

    2012-06-09 at 5:43 AM

    OMG someone get Kate Moss a sandwich! Seriously though, beautiful montage
    x Peter @ http://low–couture.blogspot.com

  13. todayfashion

    2012-06-09 at 7:18 AM

    Once again unbeliable!! Great looks and nice pictures! Perfect!! 🙂 love the white dress!

  14. Abiola

    2012-06-09 at 8:57 AM

    I really love the irregular strands of beading on the first dress. It gives a really interesting organic feel.

  15. Suzi

    2012-06-09 at 11:30 AM

    I have missed your blog SOOO much. It’s my first day back blogging!! YIPPEE!!
    Was in hospital with a rare form of food poisoning for 4 days. Thanks for always being such a great inspiration to me!! By the way, I love everything in this post.
    Suzi x
    http://fortheloveofaudrey.com

  16. iLaktionova

    2012-06-09 at 1:11 PM

    Great inspiration!
    ilaktionova.blogspot.com

  17. Marnie

    2012-06-09 at 1:38 PM

    Love most of it, but the bead work on the first dress makes it look like she is having an accident!

  18. Olive Yew

    2012-06-09 at 2:17 PM

    I love everything about this collection, it’s so dreamy and light. Love the rose gold shoes too!

  19. Margarita

    2012-06-09 at 5:16 PM

    Gorgeous!!!
    A. – from http://lustrouslocks.wordpress.com

  20. Iszy

    2012-06-09 at 7:17 PM

    What amazing clothes. So simple, yet so striking.
    Iszy xx
    is-zee.blogspot.co.uk

  21. Kristina

    2012-06-09 at 9:00 PM

    I love the incorporated Hama beeds! Lovely pics put together really well
    Kristina xx
    http://www.modeofstyle.com

  22. Fashion

    2012-06-10 at 6:53 AM

    The model is looking amazing with the dress. Awesome design.

  23. Paper cup making machine

    2012-06-10 at 4:14 PM

    it’s a wonderful article, please continue post the interesting writing! thank you.

  24. welovefur

    2012-06-10 at 4:30 PM

    Adoro le scollature strane. Quella dell’ultimo modello, la trovo adforabile
    un bacio
    http://blog.justwm.com

  25. riris

    2012-06-11 at 1:05 AM

    beautiful 🙂

  26. mellie

    2012-06-11 at 12:26 PM

    this is brilliant! The subtle details that all tie each piece into the collection theme. I love the embroidery occy and the hama bead details amongst the stingray leathers, that is innovative for sure!

  27. Manuela Dack

    2012-06-13 at 8:55 PM

    Wow, such a great post (thank you Susie!) and SO many amazing comments! This totally made my day!
    p.s. if you love our blog imagery that Susie has pulled together for this post then you’ll love our new Pinterest page… http://pinterest.com/manueladack/

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