Design Inspo 2

Coming up with great content is a tough job. I’m not interested in blogging for the sake of getting a post out. I want the content on modacarta to be interesting to my followers. I know if I’m not excited about it they won’t be either.

Are fashion magazines dead?

I read most magazines digitally. It’s faster and easier. I can pull screen caps quickly to include in posts or for design references. But once is a while I enjoy the tactile experience of flipping pages. While traveling in Sicily I picked up the October issue of Elle Italia. I carried it around from city to city – all 450 pages of it!

The Campo dei Fiori editorial, by Alberto Zanoletti, jumped out at me and immediately I had the content for my next post. The patterns and colours reminded me of Japanese paper. It was easy to create a fall wardrobe for the dolls from this inspiration. Jackets, dresses, skirts and tops reflect the shapes of FW 2016.


I hope you enjoy these images and as always I would love to hear from you 🙂





The traditional Japanese kimono is designed to show-off the fabric or the intricate embroidery. It’s an artistic canvas that wraps the body so you should keep this mind when purchasing one. Because it is a loose cut with more volume make sure the pattern stands out and it not a small design or a plain colour.

The kimono is the perfect summer topper because it is lightweight and feels luxurious against your skin. It can be dressed up or dressed down or wrapped and belted like a dress. the possibilities are endless. In my blog on Japanese influence I presented many more options for the kimono.

Ermanno Scervino and Jonathan Saunders both presented beautiful kimono designs for SS2016.

I love the long over short of this Ermanno Scervino red and white design. The outfit is so summery and perfect for day or night. The patterns in this Jonathan Saunders go so well together and make the outfit unique. The kimono wrap jacket is definitely something I’ll be looking for.

rose_kimonoI picked up my kimono at Saks Off 5th. The brand is Romeo + Juliet Couture and it’s available at most high end US retailers. At first glance I didn’t like the rose pattern but then it reminded me of the Dolce & Gabbana esthetic so I tired it on and knew it was perfect. I have some summer parties coming up so I will wear the kimono with a bright orange tank, black leggings and my Prada peep toes. Very chic.


Finally the doll is back! Since she has been away for a bit, I decided to create 2 kimono looks. One is wrap jacket inspired by the Jonathan Saunders one I featured. The other is long coat worn over a skirt and top. Japanese paper is so suited to creating kimonos because of the intricate patterns.

Are you planning on wearing a kimono this summer? How will you wear it? Share your ideas with me!



Turning Japanese

Kimono style is another big trend for Spring/Summer 2015. The simple form of the kimono shows off the pattern of the fabric. Kimonos are weaved of silk and often have intricate embroidery on the surface in gold. Designers like Rochas and Marni created their own spin on the traditional garment.

Marni Spring/Summer 2015 runway show

Canadian designer Sid Neigum took a different approach by using origami techniques to create pieces for his SS2015 collection which he showed at Fashion Week in Toronto.

Image of origami pieces form the collection.
Image of origami pieces from the collection.


Although viewed as a traditional garment, the Kimono can sub in for many wardrobe items.

  • Trench Coat
  • Evening Coat
  • Dress
  • Tunic *fabulous over skinny jeans


This spin on the Kimono also incorporates the trends of the long vest and 60s retro. It has the same loose shape as a kimono and a belt to cinch it. The loose cinch at the waist gives it a 60s vibe. It can also be worn open.


Header image of Tokyo is from Pixebay.