Thursday, February 24, 2011

Knitted Elephants and Pigs in Bikinis

Possibly my favourite ever blog title but today, it's all about Yang Du. A graduate from CSM, she has been on my radar ever since I read a post on Susie's blog way back in 2008 and also when she wore an amazing Zebra knit of hers. Yang Du has the most colourful, vibrant, attention grabbing designs with animal motifs but most of all, it's all about fun. When you're amidst so many designers that celebrating more minimalist designs, discovering an eccentric stall with glove-puppet gloves and bright over-sized knitwear at the LFW exhibition was really refreshing. I spoke briefly with the lovely lady herself and she was bursting with enthusiasm which made it all the more difficult leaving her stall!
Yang Du Top
Yang Du Stall
glove puppet gloves
Yangdu Scarf A Yangdu Scarf B
I was quite taken with this scarf and Yang Du insisted I try it on! Cute is an understatement, the elephant's trunk is a full circle which hooks onto your wrists. Amazing. My only regret is not trying on the elephant hat in the background. Maybe I'll just imagine that I have a small elephant perched on my head judging from Kristabel's camera skillz!
Yang Du scarf
Photo by Kristabel
So while I might not brave wearing the scarf in Birmingham, I can definitely see myself in the over-sized knits/tops/dresses. I absolutely adored the over-sized superman motif top that Yang Du was wearing which was from the current SS11 'He is a superman' collection.

You may have noticed in the previous post that I took my Fuji Instax along for the ride. In the snaps, another brilliant scarf can be seen in the form of the pink-pig-in-a-bikini as well as her knitted eye dresses that I was lusting after. Also in the snaps are a BFC Newgen scarf installation, Holly Fulton illustrations and dress.
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A random snapshot of my desk from when I returned home. Vitamin water, notebooks, Aussie take the heat hair protector, make up (the K-palette eyeliner is the best I've ever tried!) and business cards of various designers I liked which of course, includes Yang Du's one.
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Over and out!
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58 comments

  1. Wow, that scarf is so cute! Will definitely be reading up on this designer now. Also, I have that cath kidston mug as well :) xx

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  2. Now that's a must have scarf! Your outfits are always so cute. =o)

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  3. These are super cute items.
    I love it all.
    LOVE IT ALL.

    http://glamkittenslitterbox.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  4. I'm so happy people are showing love for crazy knits. Also I make elephant scarves to:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/55070578/red-ribbon-baby-elephant-scarf

    My bunny scarves are more popular though, people love the bunnies! I've been making scarves for nearly 2 years now! I made one for myself and people kept asking me about them so I decided to offer them for sale to :)

    and I LOVE the elephant hat so tempted to make one for next winter xoxo

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  5. Oooh she is one of my favourite designers! The gloves are beyond cute and the scarf that you had on is amazing <3<3

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  6. Those are so adorable! I hope its warming up there..just when the snow has melted here..more on the way.

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  7. super adorable stuff!! the scarfs are cute but i really love the glove hehe :)

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  8. Definitey vibrant and eyecatching, I love them!

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  9. Yes Winnie, agreed - I love love love Yang Du. It would be a dream to wear one of her dresses one day x

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  10. Oh my gosh how adorable! I love the elephant sweater in the first pic, it's so lovely!

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  11. That's adorable.
    So cute!
    Inkfashionclothing.blogspot.com
    xoxo

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  12. Wowww I love all the dresses hanging in the second photo, amazing :) Dried fruit sounds like a winner, I think I'll be back to my health food shop very soon ! Thanks lady :) Molly xo

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  13. oh my god. if ever a blog post was cute, this one is it!

    Can't get over how bright and colourful her designs are - they're so cheerful, and a welcome change from the deep colours around atm.

    Also i get super excited when we get to see your instant photos ... i love them! So tempted with that camera....no danni. no.

    xxx

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  14. I love how bright and fun these designs are...amazing! :D Plus, I think you should DEFINITELY wear an elephant on your head ;)

    Maria xxx

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  15. These are soo cool. Absolutely love the gloves. The whole collection looks adorable!

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  16. I loovvvee her designs! You always see marina from marina and the diamonds wearing her designs. So inventive and eccentric. I wish i could have it all! You're so lucky to have gotten to meet Yang du and see her designs up front. Jealloousss >___< hehe

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  17. the scarf is amazing! i wish I could knit like that :3 and nice photos ^^ so bright and colourful!

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  18. What a fab post! And what amazing tights - lady you are ROCKING them!
    Vicky x

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  19. *vitamin water takes over the world*
    anyway, looking good, even with, um, pink/blue elephant around your neck :)teehee. it's lovely really just more eccentric than I would wear.. But those tees in the second pictue (is that lion king?) are awesome!

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  20. So colorful and fun! The elephants are super cute!


    Camila F.

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  21. the scarf is not very practical, but its still very cute! I like the dress that is on the mannequin

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  22. those dresses are such eye-catchers!!! i'd love me one of them :)

    xx
    heyrocketgirl

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  23. Hello!
    It´s so so so fun! I like it very much!!!
    Lila Czar
    seviracom30.blogspot.com

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  24. omg ! those are such cute animalsss !
    im a sucker for kids toys !!

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  25. Gosh that scarf is just so beyond cute! I am off to check out more of her designs now because they look amazing!

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  26. thanks a lot for sharing these photos darling
    LOVEd the elephant printed tee in the first photo. it's so fun and unique
    hope you're having a good week

    xx

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  27. ahhh that scarf is amazing! i love the elephant trunks as arm hooks haha.

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  28. Yang Du rocks so many socks!!!

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  29. Those gloves are insanely cool! Any news on stockists? I'd love to see those in person.

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  30. Those clothes are so cute!

    Juliet xxx

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  31. your tights are too cute!

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  32. That is a very good title post indeed :) the pig in a bikini is so cute! I had never heard of Yang Du before, but her stuff is so cute XD I love clothes with animal motives - in fact I've just bought a llama bag in Buenos Aires! Your bag there is so awesome as well :) I just can't get over her dresses and sweaters, they are so cute! I want everything.

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  33. i love these pictures and those designs! really cute. looks like something i'd see in harajuku.
    and look at you! such an adorable outfit <33 you have the best leggings ever, seriously.

    i'm sitll thinking about that instax cam. it takes such great pics! or maybe it's just you that's relaly good at taking pictures hehe

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  34. Omg those things are so cute and unique! rarely see something like those! and I love ur sheer tights =D

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  35. cute!!!


    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

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  36. Your blog is great ! Love the crazy pieces in this post !

    Please see my first giveaway : http://cuteredbow.blogspot.com

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  37. Amazing knitwear!!!!!!!!!!!

    www.beckydazzler.com

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  38. wanted to see if you'd updated darling.
    but then you're probably busy enjoying your weekend.
    hope yours is a good one
    take care

    x

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  39. Aaaw mannn I wish I had a polaroid style camera! I had a vintage one but they stopped producing film :( Love these knitted pieces; I can imagine you might get some funny looks in B'ham but that would only be from people who DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW AWESOME YOU LOOK hehe :D jazzy ♥

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  40. The knits are so great. I love the colors.

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  41. Nice photos. The knits look great. We don't have the white flavor of vitamin water in New Zealand. X

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  42. What fantastic pieces, this looks like so much fun
    That scarf is soo adorable

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  43. gorgeous pieces :)
    loving this post!! x

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  44. you have a yang du post! yay! i met her last year and interviewed her and she remembered me this year which made me sooo happy :) i love that elephant scarf, it suits you missy ;) xx

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  45. OMG !! HOw awesome are all these stuff ! Love it all !!! So very neat!

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  46. that scarf is amazing!! the whole ecollection looks fabulous, love all the colours! thanks for sharing ur lovely photos with us :) xo

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  47. Lots of fun stuff going on in this post, love it! The Yang Du gloves are fantastic! I want a pair :)

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  48. This is why you need to move to London so you can wear head to toe Yang Du without fear! I was definitely surprised about the wearability of some of her pieces, loved the baggy intarsia tops.

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  49. i'm sitll thinking about that instax cam. it takes such great pics! or maybe it's just you that's ... plcube.blogspot.com

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