February 2022 | This month we're inspired by ....
Some of the best works of art have been inspired by dates in history, movies have been based on real life stories and fashion in particular is influenced by a number of different factors - be it popular culture, movies, the internet or music to name but a few. Whether we're aware of it or not, we're constanty being inspired by people and the world around us.
Just for fun, we're going to take a look at some of the things we're most inspired by month by month from new designers, to new releases, to major events in the social calendar and more ...
This month we're inspired by an award-winning animated movie, a very special date in the diary and what happened when one of the world's most famous families joins forces with one of the biggest fashion houses on the planet.
One thing we're really trying not to talk about this month is Bruno! We Don't Talk About Bruno is the number one bestselling song that's been at the top of the charts in the UK and the Billboard Hot 100 in the US for most of February and is the breakout hit from Disney's latest box office hit - Encanto. Winner of the Best Animated Feature Film at 2022's Golden Globe Awards last month, the enchanting tale, released in 2021, is set in the mountains of Columbia and is centred around the magical Madrigal family.
Box office hits and award-winning songs aside however, what we're most inspired by is the clothing! As in all Disney films, Encanto is a ficitonal village, however they beautifully paint the picture of rural South America with its lush flora and charming teracotta dwellings – as for the outfits, think folk-like frills, colourful fabrics featuring patterns and florals, cool cotton and long, flowing skirts. Channel the character of Isabella with her passion for purple in this stunning Girls Wisteria Cropped Blouse with full sleeves and pretty floral print from Dolce & Gabbana. Mix and match patterns like this Blue & White Ruffle Skirt with side frills by MSGM or this beautiful terracotta Pink Cat Print Silk Dress by Gucci. Last but not least - it's all in the details and these pretty Gold Butterfly Jelly Shoes by Mini Melissa beautifully encapsulate the use of the butterflies in the film, playfully symbolising Mirabel's transformation and its underlying themes of love, hope and peace.
IT MUST BE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
PINK & RED |
Whether it's something you choose to celebrate, February is officially the season of love. Although the main date on the calendar for Valentine's day is 14th February, we think it would be such a waste to restrict this fun colourway to just one day. Always the cutest colour clash, our top picks of red and pink pieces are here just in time to add an injection of colour to dreary winter days. Go all-out love themed with this stunning Pink & Red Heart Tulle Dress by Childrensalon Occasions. With its frills, layers of tulle, delicate flocked hearts, and ribbons, this is every little girl's dress of dreams. Every notable adventure starts with a rucksack and this Red & Pink Backpack from THE MARC JACOBS is as pretty as it is practical. A bright pop of neon is cool for any outfit and these unisex Pink Speed Trainers by Balenciaga remind us that summer is just around the corner. For the littlest loves, how adorable is this traditional buster suit - Boys Red Cotton Shorts Set - with a pinstriped shirt and detachable red shorts with white piping by Beatrice & George.
SPRINGFIELD IN PARIS
BALENCIAGA X SIMPSONS COLLABORATION |
The trend for designer collabs doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon and the latest Simpsons X Balenciaga capsule could well be our favourite yet. Famous for their guest star appearances, the team behind everyone's favourite animated family have joined forces with fashion powerhouse Balenciaga to create a four-piece capsule for kids featuring two T-shirts - Black The Simpsons T-shirt and White The Simpsons T-shirt - a sweatshirt - White The Simpsons Sweatshirt - and a hoodie - Black The Simpson Hoodie. The mini-me collection takes inspiration from the designer's main collection for SS22 and, to celebrate the release, Balanciaga hosted a red carpet show at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in autumn 2021, where they screened a Balenciaga-themed episode of the Simpsons featuring animated versions of Creative Director, Gvasalia and other employees, alongside well known celebrities who regularly frequent the front row and the Simpsons characters themselves, all dressed in new season Balenciaga. Each piece in the kids' collection features a print of the famous family including pets Santa's Little Helper, the dog and Snowball II the cat! We can't work out who looks more fabulous - Marge dripping in jewels and a fur coat or Homer in the designers iconic black studded ensemble.
Watch the Simpsons | Balenciaga episode on YouTube.
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