Monday, 30 November 2009

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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

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Most of it's content will now become exclusive to Drapers subscribers, as Drapers are now dramatically developing the website so an enhanced version will be available for subscribers only, which is hugely beneficial to subscribers and will give you the latest fashion information exclusivley without it being broadcast online for everyone.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Is the modern world a bad time for fashion?

Is modern fashion design all about money and not enough about the creativity and generation of new revolutionary ideas and concepts?

This is Colin Mcdowells view of the modern fashion industry, as the designers can only serve in the societies they are in, and when the U.K is dictated by the highstreet and all the cheaper copies, are we not getting quality, or are we just getting the modern equilvent of quality just at an affordable univerisally available price?

Topshop he regards as a brilliant phenomenon, but bad for fashion as they only give us cheaper copies of the real thing! As Topshop isn't leading fashion as their not even looking for it just copying it! As vulgarity sells this is their philosophy in Colin's view.

This also is a perfect example of the Young fashion everywhere, every shop on the high street caters for the young and what about whats appropriate and comfortable for the older customer, as isn't this where the money lies?

Are we going to come out of the era of throw away fashion and cheap copies or is this our future?

The fabulous designs are out their apparently for both men and women but will they sell are they commercial are they fashion forward?

Are high street chain stores the problem, bargains always to be had?

Colin Mcdowell predicts we will come out of this bad time of fashion in his view as we will need to look for survival in these harsh times and thats when the fashion design industry will flourish!

What are your views do you agree with Colin Mcdowell? Do you have an issue with the high street stores?

A lecture with Colin McDowell

After our 2oth Century Fashion lecture with the fashion historian and editor Colin Mcdowell (above) I was left with many inspirational thought provoking words of wisdom from the legend of the fashion world.

We found out that his favourite era of the 20th Century is the 1950's, when women were still elegant, the last era of couture, when the older woman still had her fashion and their models and fashion wasn't so dictated by the young. He loved the beauty the stately grandeur of the decade and regards fashion as a high point before it started going down hill.

He also regards fashion as having three stages, which can be regarded as skirt lengths from very long (which he thinks will never return in the modern world), the average length and then the mini. The Mini is the time which he regards fashion as dropping dramatically!

He also thinks couture is not what it was, garments are regarded as couture just because a more expensive fabric is being used and it has nothing to do with the hand made and personnal unique quality of traditional couture, he thinks this is very common with American designers such as Armani.

The best tip he has for all us wannabe designers buy all the old Vogues, American and French from the 1930's-50's, as all designers use these as their sourcebooks, but beware they are very expensive, £100 a magazine!

His favourite designer of our time is John Galliano he couldn't rate him more highly, as he looks to the 1950's for inspiration and even uses Dior's mother as his target customer, which he likes as she's an older woman unlike all the targeted markets today and on the high street use.

He also regards the 1950's as the end of the fashion Editor and the beginning of the rise of the Fashion Stylist as all designers now go to the stylist rather than the editor for advice.

There is only three designers he regards as moving fashion forward at the moment and that is obviously John Galliano, Mucca Prada and Marc Jacobs.

As John Galliano is gradually bringing in the Underwear look, alot more sucessfully than the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier ever did.

Prada is constantly looking at new fabrics and innovations, taking a scientific approach to the future of fashion.

He doesn't regard Coco Chanel as a designer at all let alone one of the best, but an activist! As she was all about the attitude, bringing women equal to men and proving that they are if anything better!

Madame Vionnet he regards as the Real Inventor, with her modernisation of the bias cut and actually turning the industry into a fashion business registering her designs. She makes Chanel seem modest and small compared to her genius.

Balenciaga is the next of his great designers, the original label not the modern day designs. Pierre Cardin and Courreges are just his disciples.

Yves Saint Laurent another of his all time greats for continuing Chanels work of making women's garments simplier and actually creating Men's inspired clothing for women, revolutionary ideas.

This was in times when there were strong leads and women decided how they wanted to be dressed, before the high street and the bad time in fashion reigned: the modern world in Colin's views.

The Basso and Brooke Archive

After talking about the current Spring/Summer 2010 Basso and Brooke collection I thought I would should show you the best pieces from their previous collections to help you realise why I love the creations and how inspirational they are to me.

I have actually used their creations as a huge inspiration for my current Digital Design project, which is all about geometric print mini dresses.

I will be uploading this work shortly, hopefully you will be able to see the link between the two.

2010 RST

FALL 2009/10

Spring/ Summer 2009

From these past collections I think they have more than made up for the outrageously scary Spring/ Summer 2006 Collection, their first collection was loud bold and over the top but you could give them the benefit of the doubt as it was their debut they had to make a dramatic entrance, the following collections are far more sophiscated and wearable but still loud enough to make a statement.

Spring/Summer 2006

Basso and Brooke Spring/ Summer 2010

I absolutely love bright bold colours and prints and in this post I am broadcasting my appreciation of the designers Basso and Brooke (above).

Their quirky bright geometric prints are sophisticated and classy but still fun and youthful and are my favourite designers at the moment because of this.

I have adored their creations for the past few seasons and their Spring/ Summer 2010 collection didn't disappoint if anything it was better.
They still kept to their trademark bright graphic digital prints with sophicated tailored suits and dresses and took London Fashion week by storm with their Neo Pop themed collection.
They also embellished the graments with beading to add texture and a three dimensional look to the high tech pieces, another favourite technique of mine.
Here is just a few of the best pieces.

Monday, 23 November 2009

River Island's accessories the best on the high street

This winter River Island's womenswear accessories beat all their high street contenders with their bold graphic print Alexander McQueen inspired scarves and luxurious comfy snoods and hooded scarves appealing from young teens to the older shopper. Not only have they got a wide diverse range but still managing to maintain their lower prices which Topshop and Warehouse don't seem able to contend with, putting them in a new lower priced and therefore more desirable position on the high street.
Here is just a few of my favourites from their collection.
And it's not just their winter staples winning me over this season in the past few years the River Island Bag collection seem to have gone to a whole new level hugely increasing the quality and designs within the range.
Their clutches, purses, handbags and leather bags are all key trend and quality long lasting pieces and should be a wardrobe staple and this season is no exception.
Below are some of the best from the store.

What do you think of River Island and their Winter collections, do you agree, do you think they have any strong contenders? your comments are very much appreciated.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Olly Murs wins the Style wars on X Factor

The X Factor's Olly Murs not only gets my vote for his singing but he also has the Style Factor on the show! His understated effortless look every week without fail steals the show a head of Cheryls and Dannii's own fashion wars and Olly beats them hands down, without even looking like he's even tried!
Even from his first audition his cool highstreet look with his cheeky personality made him a forerunner.
And his likely lad image just grew and grew to make him a style icon

Whether he's dressing up or dressing down

His look suits his cheeky personality making him both appealing to men and women alike.

His look is individual and quirky but he still manages to link to the everyday man

Whether he's dressing in up to the minute fashions or living in nostalgia during his 1950's swing performances

He is not only the best dressed male on TV at the moment but also the most stylish man in the public eye in the past few years!