Thursday, February 24, 2011

I l l u s t r a t i n g m y c o l l e c t i o n

During our design week we were asked to combine two aspects of our collection to form one illustration, which would display our thoughts and designs regarding our final ranges. I combined contempory influence and print and surface area...

This is what i created ...
Feel free to comment...

N a t u r e  v s .  C h i c

chat soon :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

And so it starts..... U r b a n N a t u r e

Well, after four weeks at college, with all of us oohing and aahing over our final designs and not too sure over what we are planning on creating.... we are finally starting to put together our final collections!!! its been such an exciting experience, because we all finally, after two years of extremely hard work, get the opportunity to showcase our talent as designers and what we have to offer the industry!!

...U r b a n   N a t u r e...

My final prĂȘt a porter collection which I will be designing will focus strongly on summer/spring 2011 fashion and will be well along the lines of my own personal taste. The collection will be very sophisticated, elegant and chic. It will consist of neutral colours, luxurious fabrics, lavish textures and sophisticated silhouettes with a resort feel.
The garments will be very easy to wear whilst oozing elegance, confidence and poise. I am going for a very versatile look where you will be able to interchange garments within the collection allowing for a very versatile look. I feel my collection which i will be designing will be very fresh, new and unmarked and epitomises my exact style and take on fashion.
Fabrication ideas: I will be using various types of linens, jersey knits, leather, chiffons and cottons. The fabrics and their various textures will be carefully picked for each design for a comfortable fit but also a flattering and classy look. The textures i am aiming for are soft, smooth, sandy and rough.
Colour ways: The colours I will be using are very neutral with various shades of blue to help the collection stand out. These are: Real cream, sky blue, tangy teal, sandy brown, light brown, gold, silver and fresh white.

Silhouette:  The shape and silhouette will consist of full garments with lots of volume which will also be created by adding layering to each outfit. The range will be flowing and consist of draped and flared pieces. The collection will also be relatively structured and form fitting, which will help with cohesion and will blend the range together. The silhouette will be specifically designed to attract the attention of onlookers and capture various different contours of the silhouette.

Embellishments and prints:  the collection will contain various different embellishments such as beading and buttons.

Accessories:  Chunky jewellery, earrings, bangles for volume, flower hair clips, belts, elegant shoes (all the same for cohesion) bags and clutches.

Hair and makeup:  hair in loose curls with flower hair clips in one side, soft and feminine. Neutral eye shadows with hints of blue, fresh face, soft pink lips.

Target market:  20 – 28

Styling:  chic look, fresh faced model, clean cut, sophisticated

Here are just a few inspirational images which inspired be.........................

These are just a few of my designers inspiration...
will post some more pics soon :)
chat soon :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Richard Bloom :)

Towards the end of 2010, all the second years, as part of their syllabus, were required to enter in 3 boards for the coveted RICHARD BLOOM award. It is an organisation which was started by renowned designer Craig Port in memory of Richard Bloom after he was murdered in 2006.

The award is given to a  FEDISA second year student each year and consists of a R15 000 bursary/fund to help the student with their studies!

Everyone's work was spectacular and was narrowed down to 6 finalists: Jenna Kipling, Nicole Furter, Bianca Goosen, Daniel Mantovani, Robin-lee Johnston and myself! the winner was announced at the graduate collection show 2010.... and it was ME :) I was very fortunate as it was fierce competition between the six of us!!!!!

Here are my boards which won me the bursary/study fund and lower down me receiving my award! :)

cheers :)

Tailor me Jack !!!

Welllllllllllllll, our first two sewing weeks of third year are now behind us and we all managed to accomplish and sew up a really 80's inspired, oh so stylish, tailored jacket!

It consisted of a ridiculous number of 30 something patterns and we were all quite intrigued with the two type pocket design. Turns out, it wasnt a new style trying to be accomplished but rather Mevrou just teaching us on how to apply both types of pockets into a jacket! Although it was a little tricky, not going to lie... it turned out quite nicely! ( my Gran would be impressed :) )

here is my purple tweed creation...

Front : note welt pocket and patch pocket!!! :)

Tailored jacket.............. CHECK

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


WOWWWWWEEEEE!!! what an unforgettable experience! 2011 was my first year of experiencing the glitz and glamour of the wonderfully renowned J&B MET, and boy was it one I will never forget!!!

Although I was never really keen on the whole shmazzle bazzle idea of the event... it was well worth the whole dress up affair and of course all of the aches and pains of my feet and the numbness of my all toes.

The main reason I decided to go was due to the fact that I wanted to support my fellow friendies as a few were chosen to take part in the very prestigious Most Elegant Couple competition! All I can say is that South Africa has some AMAZING design talent!! Huge congratulations to Carla Gordon, 'one of FEDISA's very own' for stealing the coveted title! your outfits were breathtakingly beautiful!

Most Elegant Couple 2011, designed by Carla Gordon

Many guests went way and beyond this year and took the theme Larger than life literally much larger than life! there were very oh so talented stilt walkers who walked for nearly 8 hours on 15 ft stilts, towering way up into the skies on a slanted hill and uneven grass... a true talent... really admired them!!

Due to it being my first MET experience, I chose not to go way too over the top, as I didn't know quite what to expect! I wore one of my own creations! which was a flowy cream ensemble made from chiffon with ornate flower detailing along the hemline!

Bianca Da Silva on the right, wearing a lovely pink ensemble paired with a large cream hat! *
overall the 2011 Met was extravagant, huge, over the top and all-round spectacular! Definitely an event which will be added to my yearly calender!

P.S Most definitely wearing flats next year * OUCH :) see link for interview with winkball - Bianca, Robyn and Nicole (3rd small icon)