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chloe autumn/winter 2012 .... a fabric fantasy

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 18, 2012


Regular inspiration from the Sartorialist is essential .... I love the fabrics and textures he captures .... and this plaid fabric is sumptuous.

His fashion on the street photography is gorgeous but often the streetscape itself can be equally as gorgeous.  Think Milan, Paris, New York and London.  It gives me my fix.

PS The fall and cut of this coat are worth a mention .... I guess it is Chloe.



inspiration from .... the sartorialist and garance dore

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, May 23, 2012


The Sartorialist has captured this gorgeous look .... with all the elements I love ..... the wool, the tweed, the fur and that shade of camel that I will never grow tired of .... stylish fashion .... stylish for furnishings.

And while I was enjoying the Sartorialist I strayed off into Garance Dore to find she also loves her white jeans in winter !!! They look fabulous with a camel, black or grey cashmere jumper .... city or country, ballet flats, boots or Hunter wellies !!



louis vuitton fall/winter 2012 by the sartorialist.....such inspiration.

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I am not sure which is more delectable.....the fabrics....the luggage.....the ambience of the orient express or the sheer opulence.

This show was the most fabulous of them all accounts.

I can envisage these fabrics on a very luxurious buttoned very european.


images: the sartorialist 

These colours are so rich......jewel-like.  A hint of velvet and fur is always heavenly !!

I have spoken of my love of a navy and black chic, however navy and chocolate is not only rich but warm and exotic !!

How clever the LV team is.


the sartorialist does navy, black and tan

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, February 25, 2012


Image: The Sartorialist 

Why is my eye always drawn to these colours together.  I think it is just so smart to have the subtle black, navy combination with a luscious tan contrast bringing it all to life. 

Tan has been big in Europe this winter but I love it anywhere, anytime.  I was thrilled when I did my dark inky blue woollen armchairs in our sitting room to then find divine tan suede Mulberry cushions to contrast. These, apart from the timber furniture, were the only colour in the room as the walls are the same inky navy blue.

I also love the colour that the natural IL Bisonte leather bags and diaries go after using them lovingly.....tan !!

One of my favourite projects recently was a Polo Clubhouse/Bar Lounge where I did large tan leather armchairs and sofas with brass studded trim ..... and chocolate and cream tartan woollen cushions.  It looked fabulous.....the building itself was spectacular....lots of dark timber rustic panelling, natural stone fireplaces and very large terracotta flagging.

I still miss the greatest source of woollen fabric ever ....... yes mainly shades of tan, coffee and caramel......Fabric Fantasy in Commonwealth Street, Sydney.  Sadly now closed.  It stocked bolts of Italian suiting fabric bought out from the mills at vastly reduced prices.  I couldn't stop buying it to cover furniture, make bedheads and valances and even tablecloths.  The colours were a dream !! 





garance dore and scott schuman photograph for tiffany

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, January 24, 2012



I loved this photo as soon as I saw it....and now I have seen it a few times so everyone else must also. 

A collaboration between these fabulous style photographers ...Garance Dore and Scott Schuman.....a project capturing couples and moments depicting the love of romantic !!!!!


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