Friday, May 27, 2011

Creating logos....

As part of our collection we obviously had to design a logo for our collection. I designed two, and personally feel it encapulates all of my collection!!
Here they are..

Till next time...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Street trends...

Fashion forecasting and foreseeing various fashion trends is the prediction of mood, behaviour and buying habits of the customer at a particular time of any particular season, based on their values, traditions and within their society. It has been a global phenomenon which has been around since the Middle Ages and still today, and for many years to come, it will continue to be the staple prerequisite to envisaging ones seasonal wardrobe.
Although the current trends for this season are right there, up my alley and are of top notch form. I really enjoyed the layering and more refined look within the fall season of last year. I think it was a top seller and a nice break from the usual grunge, ripped jeans look we see year in and year out. Another key item which I really enjoyed from last season’s spring was the knee high socks and printed hoses! These were such a big hit and I think deserve more shelf life. With regards to menswear - although moving slower in fashion, I think the whole military look is a big winner! On the other hand, I’m really enjoying this season’s bold and colourful stripe.
Fashion is ongoing and ever-changing, so no two seasons are ever alike, maybe in slight similarity, but there is always something new and fresh which grasps the eyes of the public.
After researching various possible trends to come I scoured the streets of town and various local hotspots to determine what the actual public’s interpretation of the coming seasons trends are going to be. Personally, I feel that Cape Town is riveted with stylish people, maybe not in line with everyone’s personal taste, but most has their unique take and approach to what fashion forward is to them.
I found four very different and very unique individuals, who all love what fashion means and how they can express themselves differently on a day to day basis. After photographing them and having a brief discussion I came up with the following conclusion with regards to their style and the new trend patterns which they are going to follow in upcoming seasons.
I found Aldines take on fashion to be very eclectic and diverse. She said fashion is a constant change room (nice choice of words) and everyday is a new adventure to what her wardrobe is going to bring to the floor.
Tony, a funky art student said her take on fashion is pretty main stream and portrays exactly who she is as a person. She describes herself as a girly, rock chick and enjoys the fun take she approaches fashion with.
I found Kent’s style to be very boho and relaxed. He said he leads a pretty casual day to day life and wants to feel comfortable and relaxed at all times. He said he enjoys mixing old and timeless classic pieces with new and fresh ones.
Mzo’s style was very casual but still modern. He said he loves name branded clothing and tries to keep up with the latest trends in fashion.
After reviewing their outfits I concluded that the trends for the upcoming seasons could possibly include the following various pieces:
Classic bohemian pieces
Check and plaid prints
Vintage archetypal accessories
The stocking and pumps craze
Printed t shirts
Sling bags
For the past number of seasons, pumps or ballet shoes as some people may call it, became a huge fashion trend, which has stuck for many years. They are practical and comfortable and can go with almost any other item or accessory in your wardrobe. I predict that they will never become ‘overdone’ or worse for wear, and believe that for the next several seasons, are most definitely here to stay.
The stocking craze is also another item which was definitely a big winner and along with leggings can also be worn with practically anything and everything. Whether it be under shorts, under boots, under dresses or even on its own.
Classic bohemian pieces are another trend which I predict will arrive within in the next seasons fashion forecast. They make one stand out and add a very eclectic taste to ones wardrobe. Bohemian pieces can also be paired with very modern pieces as well. They make for a very interesting outfit and many people are jumping to this new idea and fashion statement.
Check and plaid is also making a comeback from the retro 70’s trend. Many people will enjoy the bold and bright addition to their wardrobe. It can be worn in a modern or a casual aspect, or even with a more formal approach.
With regards to accessories, this upcoming season will focus more on timeless, vintage archetypal pieces allowing for an outfit to become more meaningful and purposeful.
Boots are also a very trendy accessory which is up and coming into the new seasons. They are practical and comfy and come in so many ranges that your wardrobe will always be so diverse. A good pair of boots can also generally last several seasons and I believe will remain here to stay for a number of seasons as well.
Printed t-shirts are also a funky way for one to express themselves and is a great way to add more style to ones outfit. Although the ‘big’ handbag is still a big winner amongst various fashion retailers. I think that the ‘across the body’ sling bag is going to take the fashion world by storm.
Many of these predicted trends are also affected by the economy and the social and cultural situations within the country. Although the recession has passed its dreadful peak, many are still trying to get back on their feet. Whilst doing this one still wishes to remain stylish and fashion forward.
The vintage trend which is about to take off, is most likely due to the fact that there currently are not enormous amounts of money to spend as opposed to the past. People are fishing out old pieces, which would generally be outdated and interpret them in their own modern way, ultimately to save money.
Another reason for past trends being revisited is due to this environmental and eco friendly conscious world we now live in. Many are now finding it wasteful to throw away cheap unwanted items and would rather keep these items for several seasons to come, and just interpret them in new and unique ways each time.
Many are also just following the social trend and dressing as others do, even if it is with disregard to their own personal style. This happens mostly in the younger generations where the need to ‘fit in’ is more applicable and relevant.
With regards to my own personal opinion, being a young and fashion orientated person, really helps me to keep up with the latest fashions and current trends.
Fashion plays such a key role in my life and I personally feel one should always look their best. One of the ways in which to look your finest is to be conscious of the most up-to-date fashion trends within the fashion design industry.
I am continuously reading the latest fashion magazines and following various different fashion design blogs. FTV is most definitely and undoubtedly still one of the most influential forecasters when it comes to fashion as well. Along with following these various different cliques’, I do also enjoy staying true to myself and who I am as a person! Although I somehow always manage to incorporate new and interesting trends into my everyday attire as well.

Name: Tony 

      Shorts: Thrift store

T-shirt: A-List

Tights: Vibes

Cardigan: Friends
Scarf: Pick n pay clothing
Boots: Grahams town festival market
Earrings: MR Price

Bag: Thrift store

Name: Kent
T-shirt:Jay Jays

Jeans: He can't remember
Shoes: Hilton Weiner

Jersey: Second hand store
Belt: School and leisure

Name: Mzo  

Jeans: Vertigo

T-shirt: Mr Price
Shirt: Supreme Being

Shoes: Superga
Bag: Billabong

Name: Aldine
Dress: Got it in London
Cardigan: Foschini
Stockings: Woolworths
Bag: Hermanus flea market
Shoes: Office a shop in London
Necklace: YDE
Glasses: YDE
till next time...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Accessorising our collections....

As part of our collection component we were required to design a range of accessories which would collate well with our already designed collection. We had to design nine bags, nine shoes and nine pieces of jewellery as well as two other. My designs were very modern and chic and fitted in well with my range.

Below are just a few pics....

till next time...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A M o d e r n L o v e S t o r y

The eagerly-anticipated wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton has been and gone!!
Extensive media coverage gave us an unparalleled view of the event evoking all of our senses-the glorious pageantry that is reminiscent of England was played out in full colour via satellite TV-allowing the viewer to feel as if he was transported right into the middle of the event.
According to BBC news channel, it has been estimated that the wedding was watched by approximately two billion viewers in the comfort of their own homes, London- and indeed England-did itself proud. Since the announcement of the engagement in October last year much cleaning and sprucing up of the city has taken place. Several television shows-as a run-up to the wedding-showed the enormous amount of work that goes into planning and arranging an event of this magnitude- fitting indeed for the Queen’s eldest grandson and his beloved fiancée-the glamorous, stylish and elegant Miss Catherine Middleton. The two have been a couple for ten years now-meeting at Saint Andrew’s University where they both studied.
Kate caught the eye of her prince whilst participating in a fashion show wearing a bikini and a see-through coverall which has inevitably drawn comparisons to the late Princess Diana who was also (infamously) photographed in a similar manner.
It had been said that Prince William did not have an eye for brunettes! Clearly this can now be regarded as incorrect as Catherine’s gorgeous hair was allowed to hang loose over her shoulders-held back by a diamond Cartier tiara loaned to her by the Queen and covered by a hand embroidered lace veil.
The bride’s dress drew gasps of admiration from all! Sarah Burton-for Alexander McQueen had the honour of dressing the future Queen on her most important day and this she did admirably. The dress was made of ivory silk tulle. The lace appliqué for the skirt and bodice was made by the Royal School of Needlework and individual flowers were hand cut from lace and hand-sewn onto the tulle to create a design incorporating the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock. A two-metre train completed the creation.
Katherine’s sister Phillipa was Kate’s maid of honour with the dashing prince Harry being William’s best-man. Phillipa looked gorgeous in an ivory silk, slim-line cowl necked gown, another Sarah Burton creation.
In contrast to previous royal marriages, the words “best-man and bridesmaid” were substituted for the more traditional ‘supporters’ favoured by previous royal brides and grooms as this modern couple wished to bring the wedding close to the hearts of all. Four flower girls and two pageboys-all family members of the couple-made up the retinue.
More than 2000 guests filled Westminster Abbey to watch the ceremony with live TV coverage paying homage to the glamorous fashion of the day-by both men and women alike.
Glamorous hats and the smaller, popular ‘ticklers’ were in abundance with all the colours of the rainbow in evidence.
The bride’s mother was serenely elegant in a sky-blue coat dress and hat by Catherine Walker –once one of Princess Diana’s favourite designers, and it was clear to see where both Kate and sister Pippa get their enviable figures from.
Queen Elizabeth-now 85-was radiant in a bright yellow dress, hat and coat which was designed by her personal assistant, Angela Kelly - and who could miss the shy smile she gave her grandson and his new bride as they paid their respects to her after the event whilst making their way out of the Abbey as husband and wife.
The couple walked the long red carpet together smiling broadly at their guests –and each other- their happiness evident to all! At the Abbey door Prince William stopped briefly to don his cap and gloves and then the roar of the crowd greeted them-which did not seem to stop for the rest of the day.
Back at Buckingham Palace the world watched with bated breath for the now almost obligatory first balcony kiss-made famous by William’s father and mother-Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The couple did not disappoint-rewarding the media and the watching world with not one, but two, kisses.
The couple, together with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles hosted three receptions at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, where Kate and her sister later changed gowns again. Kate’s second gown-also a McQueen stunner-was a white satin strapless evening gown with a circle skirt and diamante detail around the waist  with a chic fringed white shrug completing the look. Pippa changed into a halter neck, green evening gown which also left the crowds breathless.
This modern couple have decided not to go on a honeymoon-as is tradition-but rather to go straight back to work at Anglesey in Wales where Prince William is a helicopter pilot flying on search and rescue missions.
In another break from tradition the couple have been openly living together for several years now –in stark contrast to earlier years and previous generations where this behaviour would have been unacceptable and considered taboo! Although one has to admit that living in today’s times, as one did in past generations, would have to be rather tricky, considering how civilization has progressed and modernised into a much more contemporary and current world.
Within the political democracy, the result of such a mammoth event has allowed for enormous amounts of revenue to be obtained. Also, many hotels, airlines and employment trades, have profited quite considerably from this historic occasion.
According to various speculations and British citizens, it has been said that the monarchy is dead and quite lifeless, but after such an enormous response from the public, both British and globally, how could one say that that this is indeed true?
All in all - a thoroughly modern love story. Which has left almost every woman in the world saying, “I also want to be a princess bride”.  You never know, there is still Prince Harry, who has now fallen into the number one category of most eligible bachelor in the world J
The world looks forward to the DVD’s and exciting photographs still to be released by the media –I know I will be buying them.

Till next time :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

One down....... eight to go....

Well, I am pleased to say that my first outfit for my collection is complete and it came out beautifully and just as i wanted it too! Really happy with the result :)

The outfit comprises of a cropped jacket with a ruffled styled strapless dress and a under bust corset acting as a belt, sits within the waistline :)

Here are some pics :)

Till next time :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

This is no joke

This week has been absolutely hectic and never expected it to be this tiring!! 

I am currently 3/4 way done with my first outfit and so far its turning out just as i imagined it would!! The first garment for my collection consists of a lovely cropped jacket with a flowy draped corseted dress. There is also a under bust corset which sits over the dress. :) lots of bead work, but so far i am enjoying every sleepless minute of it!!!

On Friday I got to take a little breather and watch the exquisite royal wedding.... well absolutely STUNNING that was!! a real princess fairytale!!!

Wits back to college on Tuesday, and just one more "holi - day" left. Although it was one hectically busy weeks, it was certainly fun :))))

some pics of my week :)
Beading :)

Dining table :(

Sewing :)


Wills and Kate wed :)

Chat soon :)