Saturday, February 5, 2011

designer : lindsey thornburg

I happened across this designer while browsing Vogue this morning, and while there were no pictures describing her work in a trend article's paragraph, I was intrigued enough to want to look her up. And, I'm glad I did.

Cloaks. And not the heavy black hooded garments of the 1800s either, but a little closer to what a lost-in-the-woods-of-New-York Riding Hood would be found in.

It's all about the silhouette and the fabric with these. The length is just right - even in her longer designs, they don't go past the knee, thus keeping a youthful appearance. The volume is also key here, giving a nod to a swing coat rather than a religious garment (which is what always comes to my mind when I hear "cloak"). And then of course are the graphics. Geometric ethnic prints, bright but not tacky color palettes, and just-the-right-size shapes keep everything looking fresh and like something you'd want to toss over leggings and boots immediately.

Her cloaks seem to be her signature item, but the rest of her collection stands out as well. The presence of color and graphics is very strong, especially in areas where she uses a simpler silhouette. There's almost an other-worldliness to her designs that I love.

Needless to say I am also in love with the fishtail crown braids.


  1. These cloaks are so effortlessly elegant but chic and unique at the same time. Also, the bottom-right low-backed dress is stunning.

    Alexandra Thérèse xx

  2. ooo, yeah I did a quick post about her cloaks a while ago, and if you look on bonadrag, I think there's a really awesome toten dress that you might want to check out

  3. Ah that sequin dress is right!!

    Oh Elizabeth I must have missed that post - great minds think alike!


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