Sunday, April 17, 2011

Loreal Paris Fashion Festival

This entire week has been spent on drawing, sewing and fine-tuning inspiration. I have some sneak peek photos to show you of what I've been up to...that will come in a later post (so stay tuned!). 

The way I draw inspiration is to look at the creativity of other designers, including the unique shapes they produce for their collections. The first thing I look at when I see a garment is not the colour, not the print, but the shape of it. I'm attracted to unique styles of clothes and the way the designer has manipulated the fabric to create an original design.

On March 14th to the 20th, the Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival was held. I really really wanted to go to this, unfortunately it wasn't possible at this time. However this doesn't mean that it is not attainable in the future, or perhaps actually showcasing a collection of mine? (Long term goal!!).

Here are a few designers that I've been inspired by and my three favourite pieces from their collections..

Alex Perry has been an idol of mine for many years. He is no doubt one of Australia's greatest ever talents. His glamorous designs have been seen on celebrity after celebrity. Alex Perry knows how to design for a woman's body, with his glamorous gowns creating a sensation on red-carpet events and has been doing so for 17 years. His latest collection "Arabian Princess" is yet another reason to admire his hard-work and incredible talent.

This collection saw Alex Perry continue his love for jewelled corsets, body-con dresses, elegant 50's style bell-shaped lace dresses and peplum jackets in colours ranging from black to zebra print. 

Alannah Hill captured my interest when I came across her beautiful clothes about 6 years ago. Her quirky take on elegance sets her apart from any other designer. From starting her own boutique in Melbourne, Alannah Hill has come a long way to become one of Australia's most established designers. 

Her new collection "Mysterious Girl" uses sequins, bows, peplum and over the top headbands. This collection channels a little bit of Blair Waldorf. Bold prints and bright colours contrast together to create girly school-girl inspired garments. 

By the way...check out her website if you want to step into her enchanted world (kudos to the web designer!!)...

Sass and Bide are designers that inspire me to be unique and distinct. They take their label beyond boundaries and are recognised all over the world by their unusual garments.

Their latest collection "Papre Sucre" is futuristic and tribal inspired. Digital prints, watercolour splatters and textured raffia is the essence of this collection. Sass and Bide show that by thinking outside of the box and breaking all the rules can have you acquiring all the benefits.

After reading all of this, I guess you can tell that I have very different tastes... which definitely makes dressing myself everyday a delight and a challenge.

Above all, like anyone I yearn to be different and unique, something I hope is reflected in the collection I'm creating for my Fashion Show on Saturday the 16th of July at Cereal Box.

Anyway, I have so much work ahead of me, so I best get some sleep in order to start all over again tomorrow!

I hope you've been inspired!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Collections I Adore

So apart from designing clothes, attending university and so forth I also stalk out designers collections. There are so many at the moment that I adore, especially from the Melbourne fashion show that has just been held. However, here are some random collections that I've come across that is definitely worth a special mention.

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent is a label launched in 2003 that produces garments that are casually elegant using rich luxe fabric. Cynthia doesn't follow trends as her pieces are unique and a little off-beat. Her Spring 2011 collection is filled with ethnic inspired prints, rich browns and mustard as well as staple colours such as navy and black. She also combines this season's nudes to create an elegant palette of colours for her maxi and mini dresses this season.  

You can find more from her collection here.

Another collection I'm in complete awe of this season is Kahlo.

Kahlo's "A Blank Canvas" collection uses a neutral palette combined with black to give the clothes a little more edge. This season's biggest trend "minimalism" is the essence of this collection as structure and texture is the focal point. Mixing leather pieces with suede in simple but structured shapes creates wearable peices that is flattering on most shapes and sizes.

I don't know about you, but I'm lusting over that suede dress and wine coloured pants!!!

I hope you enjoyed me sharing my latest loves with you!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ey' there Sailor

The nautical look is a trend that will forever be in fashion. Lucky for me I'm a big fan, which means that there is always an endless amount of sailor-inspired pieces that I can get my hands on. There's something about sailor collars, stripey prints and large brass buckles that gets me in a frenzy. 

Whilst out shopping, my eyes are drawn to horizontal stripes and anything that slightly resembles "sailor." It is then followed by an immediate purchase. The nautical look is a fresh change from the overdone florals and botanical prints seen this season. And there is nothing that looks more chic than the classic stripey sweater. 

Here is my own version of the sailor dress. I found this little gem on ebay <3 I am in love with the large white collar and black stiching detail...and of course the brass buttons. I chose to keep the look casual with black sandals and a black belt. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Townsville Bulletin Article

As promised, here is the article I had an interview for a week ago :)

I have to say I'm pretty excited about the Fashion show coming up!!
And, it looks like there will be a video being made with my clothing designs...more about this in the future!!

I'd love to hear your thoughts!