Category Archives: Inspiration

Tribal Jewelry Inspiration

We adore the tribal look and how it has influenced bohemian fashion and style. Eclectic, unique, detailed, funky and intricate are just a few words used to describe tribal style. Its interesting to see how the tribal look has become popular in modern and mainstream fashion even though its very traditional and has been worn by women for centuries in many parts of the world- a good example of how fashion recycles itself over and over again over many years.

Tribal style transcends borders and is worn and influenced by all women from well-known celebrities to traditional women who wear it every day as part of their wardrobe. Indian tribal jewelry, in particular, has influenced our designs at Indiverve. We’re in love with the intricate, complicated patterns of tribal jewelry, which we feel are true pieces of art.

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Tribal inspiration from various sources.

Below, we put together our own toned down version of a tribal jewelry look using all of our jewelry from store.indiverve.com. We paired silver and copper tribal cuff bracelets with leather ones and added bright pops of turquoise and fuchsia chunky cocktail rings to complete the look. Choose several pieces together for a bold tribal look, or just one or two for a simplistic look.

For more tribal fashion in the form of necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings visit store.indiverve.com. Use code tribalstyle at check-out for a 10% off discount on your order. We ship internationally!

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All of these pieces are available at our online store.

xoxo,

Indiverve Retail Company

 

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The Fashion Olympics |Best Oscar Gowns

So unless you have been backpacking throughout a foreign, faraway land or have been hiding under a rock, you likely know that the Oscars were on last night, or in other words, the fashion Olympics. There were high moments and low moments throughout the evening (high moment: Cate Blanchett winning for her stunning performance in Blue Jasmine, low moment: Leonardo Dicaprio making it through the entire evening without a Oscar. How?!) but the fashion throughout the evening was all around stunning. All A-listers were dressed to kill and while there were a few looks that we weren’t crazy about (Julia Roberts), there were too many to count that we fell in love with. Here are our top five favorites!

1. Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

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We don’t know whether its the beautiful aquamarine colour (which pops against Lupita’s stunning skin) or the simple cut of this a-line dress, but Lupita was the belle of the ball in this Cinderella throw-back dress.

2. Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive

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The only thing that stunned more than Cate Blanchett’s performance in Blue Jasmine was her nude, floral dress from Armani Prive.  The perfect blend of sexy and subdued, we love how the beautiful peachy hue of the dress works with the ultra-modest neck and hem-line of the dress.

3. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

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Jennifer Lawrence is a knockout obviously. There is nothing like a red dress to get people’s heads turning and this siren did just that in this Dior gown.

4. Emma Watson in Vera Wang

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We have to admit, as far as we are concerned, Emma Watson can do no wrong. With her delicate brand of beauty and sophisticated sense of style, there could be no wonder why Emma is known as a fashion icon and is a muse to the likes of Karl Lagerfeld. Once again, she hit it out of the park with this shimmery, elegant black and charcoal dress by Vera Wang.

5. Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

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Gorgeous as always, Angelina Jolie looked radiant in Elie Saab Haute Couture. From the embroidery to the dusty blush colour, and Bau Haus-esque beading, Angelina was mesmerizing. She accessorized well with a dapper looking Brad Pitt on her arm (as much as we love Bohemian styles and sensibilities, we are happy to see his long hair and beard go).

Is there a look that you think we should include? Send us an email at info@indiverve.com and we may include it in our next post (with full credit and links to you of course!).

xoxo,

Indiverve


Wisteria and Hysteria | Highlights from London Fashion Week

Every city’s fashion week, whether it’s Paris, New York, Milan, London or even Vancouver, has a flavor and spirit that is completely unique to itself. If Paris is fashion week’s pearl-wearing, champagne swilling, Tolstoy reading sophisticate – then London Fashion Week would be it’s leather pants and ironic t-shirt donning younger sibling. It’s impossible to choose adjectives that truly incapsulate London’s Fashion Week. That being said, the words we would use to describe this year’s shows would be quirky, quirky, quirky. From Ashish’s crystal encrusted lace tracksuits worn with white platform sneakers (appropriately or inappropriately – you decide) t0 Orla Kiely’s throw-back to London’s 1960s Vidal Sassoon/Twiggy/Beatle-mania hay-day – the entire show was eclectic to the point of bizarre. London has always been a city of incredible creativity in terms of its fashion industry and this season proved that London’s reputation for innovating design is well-deserved and continuing to grow.

1. Ashish

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Whether one loved or hated Ashish’s glitzy parade of jumpsuits, we had to take our hats off to the designer for daring to be so different. The collection definitely walked the line between luxe and cheap, bold and tacky, Barbarella and Snookie. Nonetheless, the intricacy of the fabrics were stunning and the dreamy sorbet palette, breathtaking.

2. Giles

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We couldn’t help but fall in love with Giles’ bold colour palette of turquoise, cobalt, black, white and golden yellow. With the colour blocking and whimsical avian prints – this collection celebrated the unexpected and somewhat retro. Although we don’t know what Giles’ inspiration was, in our heads the collection was a fusion of “Swiss Family Robinson” and “The Jetsons”.

3. Matthew Williamson

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Wearing runners and sport shoes with ultra-glam formal wear seemed to be an underlying theme this season for many designers. What struck us most about Matthew Williamson’s collection however were the razor sharpness of the cuts and the vibrant colours and prints. The collection was truly a mix of classic feminine pieces with 90s inspired sportswear. Although this influx of athletic inspired clothing makes us worry that we are going to return to the days of neon spandex and sweat-bands a’la Olivia Newton John in “Let’s Get Physical”, if the trend shows itself like it did in Matthew Williamson’s FW14 collection, we will be happy as can be.

4. Mary Katrantzou

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Mary Katrantzou is revered for her striking digital prints. It’s her signature and the shocking realism of many of her past collections is what has really allowed Mary to build a strong and instantly recognizable presence as a designer. That being said, it was refreshing to see the designer branch out with her use of materials. Instead of dynamic prints, Mary wowed with her meticulous pleated silks, intricate jacquards, and ornate embroidery and beading. A mesmerizing blend of contrasting colours, fabrics and shapes, the collection reminded us of both the renaissance period and Ancient Egypt. With a muted palette of neutrals accented with rich jewel tones (think sapphire, dark jade, ruby, and amethyst), every look screamed Fall and was dripping in luxury.

5. Orla Kiely

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Orla Kiely truly channeled the swinging sixties with her Twiggy-esque parade of shifts and baby-doll dresses. Amongst a sea of edgier looks, Orla’s collection was definitely one of the more subdued and wearable. A throw-back to the classic looks that have made London such an iconic city in the fashion industry, it was both nostalgic and refreshing to see the classic mod-looks (mini-dresses, cartoonish floral motifs, shifts, mary-jane shoes, and opaque tights) revamped. Undoubtedly feminine but with the air of rebellion that is so signature to London fashion, Orla Kiely’s collection was quite possibly our favorite of London Fashion Week so far!

Are there any shows that you think we should have listed? If so, shoot us an email at alicia@indiverve.com. Let us know what you think of our choices! There were some crazy designs on the London Fashion Week runways and we’d love to hear your opinions!

xoxo,

Indiverve

Photo Source | Style.com


Wanderlust | Photography Inspired by Travel

We at Indiverve are in love with the world. We love to travel and it shows in our work. All of our designs are inspired by different cultures and countries, whether it is a colour, a type of embroidery or a method of beading – each and every Indiverve piece is a fusion of Western fashion and fashion from countries around the globe. We have been badly bitten by the travel bug and we aren’t the only ones. Below are photography series that are inspired by travel. French photographer Christophe Jacrot’s stunning series featuring the largest, most dynamic cities in the world (Paris, Tokyo, Hong-Kong) in the rain. The juxtaposing elements of nature and urbanity are the focus of the series. It’s amazing what Jacrot is able to do with a camera as each photo is so different from each other. Some look like paintings as the rain blurs the sharp lines of the city. There are many people who say that Paris is at its most beautiful when its raining. These photos make us believe that this sentiment may be true (although the best way to find out would be to go to Paris and see for oneself!).

Brooklyn-based photographer Zack Seckler has taken a series of aerial photos of the Kalahari Basin in Africa, bringing new meaning to landscape photography for an exhibition called “Botswana”. The photos, which were taken between 2009 and 2010 were taken with the help of a pilot who flew 150 metres above the ground to allow Seckler to capture these incredible images of the wild African landscape. These photos have a microscopic quality to them that is intriguing. Due to the distance, some of these photos don’t even resemble land at all but rather they look like moss, mold, bacteria, thread on fabric. It’s a humbling series in the sense that it shows us how small we are in a big world. The exhibition will be open until February 3rd at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York.

Last, but not least, Bertil Nilsson’s photography series, “Naturally” features professional dancers wearing nothing more than paint, contorting themselves into poses that would make the most experienced of yogis blush. The poses take place in some of the most beautiful locations throughout the world, in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Germany, Australia, France, and England. The poses are often wild and uninhibited but the surroundings are incredibly serene and almost ethereal. The photos are raw, animalic and sexually charged but with a peaceful innocence, as if they were taken of people who are completely themselves and completely at ease.

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Are there any photography series that we missed that you feel that we should feature? Send it to us at alicia@indiverve.com and we will post it with full credit to you.

Hope you all have been having a wonderful Monday!

xoxo,

Indiverve


Street-wise Sunday | Vintage Vixens

There was a time when the trends of what we wear were dictated by the runways of high-profile cities. Prestigious couturiers acted as dictators of the fashion world, selecting the colors, fabrics, and shapes that were to be adored and then abhorred as the seasons came and went. With the extreme accessibility and interconnection of the modern world, fashion is no longer inspired by any one thing and one could argue that we are often more influenced by the fashions we see on the streets than we are by what we see during fashion week or in the windows of stores such as Holt Renfrew or Bergdorf Goodman (depending where you live).

We have always been inspired by the streets. The streets are where the culture of a city is the strongest. People living their lives in clothing that fits their unique selves and situations is infinitely more interesting than a handful of different ideas dreamed up by more or less the same designers every season. Coco Chanel said it best when she said “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with the way we live, what is happening.” What is happening in fashion is a revolution of how ideas are transmitted and shared. What used to be single-stream of ideas is now a intricate web and that is something that we are grateful for. Playing tribute to the fashions of the street we have selected seven vintage-inspired looks that left us feeling intrigued.

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Photo Credit | Lookbook.nu

Are there any street-style looks that you want us to see and feature? Send your suggestions to alicia@indiverve.com and we may feature them (with full credit to you). Happy Sunday!

xoxo,

Indiverve


A Collection of Unbound Wisteria | Giambattista Valli SS14

Paris fashion week is pretty much the most exciting week of our year and lives. Even more so (in our humble opinions) than New York, Milan and London does Paris fashion week bring the most revolutionary, inspiring and breath-taking couture pieces to the runway. The day that we are able to be present for one of these shows is the day we are going to drop to our knees and cry tears of pure fashion joy. From Chanel and Elie Saab to Giambattista Valli, the runways were rife with whimsy-filled collections reminiscent of Marie Antoinette in Versaille or classic fairy-tales such as Sleeping Beauty. Unadulterated luxury and femininity seemed to be the themes of the week. Ethereal laces and printed silks were adorned with iridescent sequins, hand-beading and trails of floral appliques. Though we are inspired by many of the collections that were shown, Giambattista Valli’s romantic and vividly hued collection was the stand-out for us. The soft feminine details were juxtoposed against solid bold colours (think lemon,  magenta and cobalt) and lines. Waist-lines were defined with sashes and strategic seams and curves were accentuated with full-skirts. The collection played full tribute to the beautiful nuances of the feminine form and yet very little skin was shown. High-necklines and long sleeves would balance out a shorter hem-line and alternatively, a strap-less bodice would be made more demure with a floor-sweeping gown. In an industry that is so often dominated by sex appeal and skin, it is always refreshing to see the feminine figure celebrated in a different, perhaps slightly nostalgic way. In a world where everything is so accessible, it is really so true that mystery and what one doesn’t see is so often more exciting that what you can see. This was a truly breath-taking collection and we have selected five of our favorite looks from the runway.

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xoxo,

Indiverve

Photo Credit | Fashion Gone Rogue


A Series of Beauty | Photographic Inspiration

As people working in a creative industry, we are constantly bombarded with inspiration. Whether we search for it or it finds us, creativity is everywhere. This week we came across a few examples of photography that stunned us. Russian photographer, Elena Shumilova has recently showcased a series of photographs that she took of her young sons. Ethereally optimistic, each photo has a softness, a whimsy that is often rare in today’s pin-sharp digital world. We love the simple beauty and innocence of these photos.

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Ernest Goh has turned his fascination with animals into a beautiful and often hilarious series of photos titled “Animalia”. His collection of photos featuring seemingly commonplace animals such as roosters and fish, this series is meant to draw attention and appreciation towards animals and the way they function, live their lives and interact with each other.

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Colston Julian has created an intoxicatingly raw editorial for Harper’s Bazaar India, in collaboration with Krishna Mukhi. With Pallavi Singh donning couture that is at once contemporary and traditionally India, we couldn’t help but think of our own collection and our design inspiration. With all of our clothes and jewelry being created in India, we are constantly being inspired by this beautiful country and the creative artists who work there. The unadulterated richness of the fabrics and vividness of the colours perfectly complements the somewhat rough and rustic urbanity of the setting.

 

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Are there any examples of inspiring photography that you have come across? Feel free to share and we will include it in our next photography post – with credit to you and your blog of course!

xoxo

Indiverve

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