Back in my textile designing days I would pick up almost every mag out there to soak up and digest the trends for inspiration. These days I'm far less devoted to the trends and much to prefer to look for inspiration in the everyday, as you know.
But occasionally I will happen upon a picture of a pretty dress and before I know it I'm scrolling through entire catwalk collections and cooing over each outfit. So here I am completely smitten with Valentino's 2013 resort collection. The beaded and embroidered embellishments, the bold coloured lace and layers of muted beige tulle. Of course the colours are amazing too - neon pink, grass green russet, black and duck egg blue next to those beige tones.
I'm also loving the way the collection has been styled against that deep grey background making the embellished dresses above look even more moody and romantic, while making the colours below really pop! I'm totally having a love affair with charcoal grey right now... ;)