Monday, 18 January 2010

My Dress for Spring/Summer 2010

I designed and made the dress for myself in 6 hours on Friday for Spring/Summer 2010.

It is inspired by the English Country Garden inspired trends for the season and also the pastel colour tones which are going to be key this Spring.

I have designed a full circle skirt with the front of skirt slightly shorter. Giving the skirt a flowing swing to it when worn. This also reflects the floaty fabric trend for the Summer.

I wore the dress and will be making some more from similar fabrics this week.

The back has three fastenings a Roulaeu button at the neck, a concealed popper at the waist and a hook and eye on opening of the skirt so it has a minimal finish and the back is slightly open to give another feature.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

My Designs, Illustrations and Flats: Yohji Yamamoto

These are my final Boards for my design Development Project, I have designed a Menswear Range for Autumn/ Winter 2010/11 for the Avant Garde designer Yohji Yamamoto.
My Customer Board

My Moodboard and Colour Palette

Fabric board: Strong use of heavy wools, practical and durable quality fabric choices.

Design Development

Following by utility, practical trend with military influences.

My Illustrations

10 Outfits for my Capsule collection, which really capture the feel and my ideas behind it.
These were scanned in free hand work which I altered on photoshop to get more intense colour and a cleaner neater layout.
My Flat drawings

These are technical drawings to show the contruction, stitching details, fastenings, fabric and colour choices for my final 10 outfits for the collection.
These are computer generated as I thought I would be able to create neater and more accurate representations of the garments.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Sonia Rykiel for H&M

On the 5th December Sonia Rykiel launches her design collaboration with H&M

It's the first time a guest designer has created a luxury Lingerie collection for H&M women.

But it's only available in selected stores and I bet they sell out straight away!

The opening show was rauncy and 50's inspired sexy collection was unveiled in Paris with Lily Cole being one of the models.

Featuring the iconic conical bra which has recently made a comeback.
Rykiel signatures include inside-out stitching, black, lace, colourful stripes and knitwear that is key for the brand.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Bridget Riley: Optical Art

For my Assignment 2 in Design Theory I have chosen a piece by Bridget Riley, as I thourght the Optical Movement would be a really interesting topic to analysis structure, composition and form within.

I also really like and have been inspired by her geometric concepts, mainly her black and white art. Here are a some of her best pieces in my opinion.



Cataract 3

Movement in Squares


In these pieces colour, light, movement and disorientation can be achieved through her strategic placement of geometric form causing optical illusions for the viewer.

This post may be about Art not fashion but her work has been used and inspired many fashion creations and in the 1960's when she first started creating her optical art the swinging 60's fashions were happening and Op art monochrome fashions were very popular!

Monday, 30 November 2009

My 'My SPACE' Page Link:

Where you can view more of My Work online!

Geometric Constructions: Shape, Form and Structure

For our Design Theory 2 module we have to look into regular and irregular tilings across the plane without gap or overlap, below are the solutions I came up with by hand.

Then we had to construct our own irregular tiling of The Penrose Tiling, I did this using Photoshop. with the restriction of only using 2 sized rhombi with shaded and arrow sides.

Then I coloured it systematically

This is Assignment 1: Where I chose to design a stained glass window inspired by the seaside using just 4 repeated segments of a square then a triangle, here are my final and mock up designs below.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Drapers 2009 Awards Winners

Here is just some of the worthy winners from the Drapers Retail Awards 2009.

With Yorkshire looking like it has it's far share of the best independent shops in the country!

New Look- Large Multiple chain of the year.

New look's founder Singh- Lifetime achievement award.

As New look celebrates it's 40th year and 1000th Shop opening.

Polo Ralph Lauren- Menswear retailer of the year

Sandwich- Womenswear brand of the year

Lyle and Scott- Young Fashion Brand of the year

Humbug, Ilkley- Best Kidswear Retailer

Topshop/ Topman- Best new store in New York

ASOS- Best Etailer

John Lewis- Best Multiple Brand Store.

White Stuff- Smaller Multiple Brand.

Kiosk 78, Leeds- Best New Store