It looks like I'm not the only one who is using children's books as a source of sartorial inspiration. Alice Roi's most recent collection was based on the children's book Madeline and featured dotted Swiss (my favourite fabric!) and felted wool, uneven hemlines and asymmetric seams helped convey the forlorn schoolgirl look. As Roi was preparing her collection she discovered Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline's creator had lived in the same area where Roi grew up and still lives. She told the New York Times: “It came full circle for me because in some ways I was getting the inspiration from the same surroundings that he was,” Ms. Roi said. “There’s something about this neighborhood that’s not perfectly pristine. It has a bit of a scarred charm, which I think Madeline has, too.”

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