Category Archives: Prints

Check Yourself

If you’ve stepped into a store, opened a magazine or watched an award show lately, there’s no doubt you’ve been assaulted with the black and white check print of the season. I always love the graphic nature of the contrasting couple, black and white, but in the abundance of 60’s vibe checks out there, (i.e. Louise Vuitton), I  found refuge and solace in the checks of Spon Diogo’s Spring 2013 collection. Somewhere between the buffalo plaid and the skinny grid prints, I fell in love.

spondiogo-ss2013 | DeSmitten Design Blog

spondiogo-ss2013 | DeSmitten Design Blog

Fashion Resolutions 2013

Every year I make resolutions about the same things; being more active, staying creative and changing the course of my career. This year, I feel like 2 out of those 3 things are already underway and being more active is always a challenge for me…. So I thought my 2013 resolutions should revolve around fashion.

1. Find new in the old- I resolve to keep my shopping to a minimum while putting new looks together from my overflowing closet of already purchased apparel and accessories.

layers of grey - desmitten

(this look was from Christmas day, comfy chic – tom scott sweater /gar-de long sleeve tee / t by alexander wang skirt / h&m tights /LD Tuttle Boots / Christmas gifted watch, thanks Mom!)

2. Fill in the holes- I resolve to fill the holes of my wardrobe by handcrafting pieces of my own designs from my fabric archive. In 2011 I made 1 garment a month for the entire year – Project de.- and I am bringing it back for 2013.

Christina DeSmet Design - NYE Dress

(my 1920’s inspired dress I made yesterday and wore last night to ring in the new year)

3. Play with prints- I resolve to take more risks with wearing prints this year. Adding more prints to my wardrobe will be inevitable if I keep up resolution #2 because my arsenal of fabrics consists mostly of quirky vintage patterns.

vintage fabrics

Wishing you all a very Happy and Fashionable New Year!!

I Die for Dries

Season after season he never fails to inspire me. Dries Van Noten’s Spring 2013 show is edgy, a bit grunge, full of plaids, prints and textures in muted colors. The styling also looked young and street style appropriate.

I need these pants!

Lauren Moffatt Spring 2013


Lauren Moffatt’s Spring 2013 collection made me wish summer wasn’t over. Inspired by 1960’s tennis outfits, the collection was full of easy dresses with simple cutouts, matching separates in a bright retro palette. My favorite were the crochet pieces, they had the usual hint of whimsy that I love most about Lauren’s work.


My Inspired Moments at the Art Supply Store

I went to the art store last week to restock our markers and pencils and thought it was ironic that the very supplies you use to create art can inspire art as well.  I love the lines and repetition of simple geometric shapes in natural colors. Some of these images create amazing transitional color palettes, and others would make fantastic prints!

Weekend Trip to Mars

The only way to travel is in style, and if I were going to Mars I would have no choice but to wear a fashionable space suit to get there. Once there I would enjoy an icy swim and take in the breath-taking scenery, all the while wearing Pedro Lorenco’s Pre-Fall 12 collection.

(all images via my pinterest)

My Design

I recently entered some of my own designs into a contest with Teen Vogue and ModCloth. One of my designs made it to the final round, and I need your help to vote! The top 5 designs with the most votes will have their dresses produced and sold on ModCloth and featured in Teen Vogue. That means you would be able to buy my design! Here is my inspiration for the dress I designed. Click here to see the dress and vote for me! You can vote every 24 hours, until Monday, so please do!

(images via bloom. pinterest. trendland.)