#MagicMonday A Constant State of Beauty


"Beautiful things don't seek attention..."

Know who you are, what your treasure is, and what's its worth. Beautiful things don;t seek attention because they remain in a constant state of truth, knowledge and an assurance of self.

ThinkThursday I The Journey of DVF & Wrap Dresses

              ...Within 3 years (1973-1976) Diane Von Furstenberg sold five million wrap dresses!!!!!

If you can, allow your mind to roll back to the 1970's. By this time women had entered the workforce. In all attempts to ditch the Joan Clever housewife persona and be taken seriously, the common the attire leaned towards menswear. Remember this was the era of polyester, bell bottoms, and leisure two or three piece suits. Hippy Chic, if you will.

Enter Belgian born designer, Diane, formerly princess of Furstenberg with her one piece, silk, or synthetic jersey knit wrap dress. Her answer to the equation; women + work + the desire for femininity. The flattering v-neckline and side tie that falls perfectly at the slope of the waistline. Add her now signature prints, bold colors, and the perfect size run.

More than 40 years later, DVF, the brand and the woman are both iconic.

I remember when I purchased my, DVF wrap dress from a vintage store in California. It's a collarless jersey knit style in hot pink. Its definitely one of those pieces that I'll archive partially for myself and for continued design inspiration.

As a designer, one dreams of that moment where design meets necessity on a global scale. Only a few have been able to do it, and do it so well.

Totally Obsessed xoxo Love

loveLESSON: The Sewing Machine

Before the first functioning sewing machine was developed by French Tailor Barthelemy Thimonnier in 1830, the first sewing needles were made of bones or animal horns. The principal eyed needle didn't make its debut until the 15th century.

There had been several attempts at patenting a machine, Thimonnier was the first to succeed at creating a contraption that used only one thread and a hooked needle creating a continuous stitch to bind two pieces of cloth together. Out of fear of unemployment a group of French tailors burnt his garment factory down and nearly killed the inventor. YIKES!!! 

"The House of Silence" loveLESSON

Did you know...

... In 1939 the first celebrity dermatologist Dr. Erno Laszlo opened The Erno Laszlo Institute for beauty and cosmetics. known as the "House of Silence". It was said that inside of the walls of 677 Fifth Avenue held the secrets of Lilian Gish, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Truman Capote and many more. Before being granted an exclusive membership card into the elite beauty sanctuary recommendations from two existing members was required.

"I taught high society ladies in America too wash their face." 
                                  -Erno Laszlo

Erno Laszlo Insititute

OWNing Up To The Hype...

Who: Opah Winfrey
What: Bazaar Magazine November Issue
Wear: Suit Escada, Shirt Carolina Herrera, Earrings Cartier

"What was missing..."
Orpah Winfrey reflects on her jump from reigning daytime talk show queen to freshman cable network owner, in BAZAAR Magazines Daring issue. For fans and followers we were expecting a seamless transition from spending 1 hour with Oprah, to having access to her 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Seems simple right?! But even for Ms. O, whose business is synonymous with success, something was still missing... her! As we have seen more programming has been developed to reflect and compliment the note she ended her award winning show on.

As you know I've been away from the blog for a few months now.  Doing a bit of transitioning myself, into the new design studio, I too was feeling like something was missing from the blog and it was. Me. I hadn't given up any access to Love Collins, the designer, the creator. You'll notice a few changes in the layout but more eagerly I hope you will notice the changes in the content. I am pushing myself to expose my journey in design and inspiration through the colors + shapes + textures of my life. I hope  you enjoy the display.

 Oprah on what it means to be daring,"... coming to the edge. Seeing the space between where I am and where I want to go. It's pretty wide! But having the faith to take the leap anyway and knowing that no matter where you land, it's going to be okay."

Are you challenging yourself? Do you need to vest a little more of yourself into your latest project? Share your thoughts on how you can or are being daring.

BookFetish: McQueen Savage Beast

I stopped by the fashion bookstore to do some research on lingerie and active wear an came Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty.
Its beautifully framed with a chocolate border and the lenticular printing effect allows you to see the image of the skull transform into McQueen's face as you adjust the angle.

loved this shot
Published in 2011 to coincide with the Met's (Metropolitan Museum of Art) exhibition organized by the Costume Institute, the book celebrates his astounding creativity and originality.

Check out this video I found on YouTube of the books cover jacket. 

Totally Obsessed xoxo Love

Words: Gilda Radner

"I base my fashion sense on what doesn't itch."

Gilda Radner

Emmy award winning comedic actress * original cast member of SNL * author

What is the base of your fashion sense?

Words: Paco Robanne

"Style is the reflection of a political, social, and artistic moment. Thus, it is bound up with all forms reflecting tastes in the epoch in which it is found."

"Paco Robanne"

Fact: Did you know that designer Paco Robanne real name is Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo 

Words: Sophia Loren

"A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view."
-Sophia Loren

screen siren

Words: Emily Blunt

"You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choo's. I saw it."

-Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada)


Words: Valentino

“And so at this time, I have decided that this is the perfect moment to say adieu to the world of fashion. As the English say, I would like to leave the party when it is still full.”

-Valentino Garavani