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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Overview of MFW

Milan Fashion Week is almost over. For awhile, I was liking Gucci the most, with the 1920's Gatsby inspired ensembles. Very pretty...but then... Bottega Veneta came along and blew me away. The colors, textures, very sexy and feminine. I don't think another show in Milan can top this one for me.

Video below is an overview of the Bottega Veneta show.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fashion Week Overview

I'm definitely not the trend provoking opinionator, but I have been watching a lot of the shows. I saw Y-3 and a guy named Mike Vensel live, that's about it as far as shows go. However, I can tell you what I've seen and what I've liked.

Definitely there's a 1920's look, which was evident in Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Etro. There are also these little bandeaus everywhere, I remember in Prada and CNC Costume National. I don't think that's going to last long, Most of these ladies aren’t exactly into wearing little bandeaus. I love them, but I wear them underneath things. In London, Burberry has Raffia in their coats, and I heard Tom Ford had it running through his skirts.

Colors. I don’t know. They range from these deeper earthy colors to these horrible pastel-y sherbert looking colors. I just want to eat it, not wear it.

The show that really got me feeling all the emotions though? Oscar de La Renta. It’s gorgeous. It’s probably why he’s one of the best. Well, there’s still a few days left in Milan, then Paris! Can’t wait to see Lanvin, Gaultier, Viktor and Rolf, Yohji Yamamoto, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Dior, etc. etc. That’s the place to see it. I am sure I won’t be disappointed.

In the meantime, here is a little something to make you smile. Oscar De La Renta’s Spring 2012 Runway Show.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Inspiration : Rebirth

Lately I've been thinking about life, and about death. We are born into this world, and it is the most beautiful, amazing miracle and yet it can be scary, because I don't know what will happen afterwards. Everyone has their own theories, but does one really know?  Once gone from this earth, then no more wondering. I don't want to sound morbid, because that's not what I'm aiming for. I just know that life is something we were all given as a gift, and to honor it. There will be times when it's hard and the emotions kick in to let me know. Then there are times when it's easy, and that's when I really take it in. We are all small in this world and yet given this huge task to find ourselves until we go. Though I am gone, a new birth takes place. It's a little crazy if you think about it. So... that is what I was thinking about when I started to sketch this (yes, I'm not the best sketcher, but it gets the point across) , and just like life, these designs will grow and evolve into something else. The designs themselves are difficult to describe. However, they represent the different emotions and thoughts that I have throughout the aging process and life, until there is a new birth.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Inspiration : Water

So I was supposed to go to a fashion show today, but I was inspired to make a dress. I think I was feeling a little removed from the fashion world today since this week-end is 9/11. I remember that day. I was in class at Parsons when our teacher announced in tears that we were under a terrorist attack. I looked out the window to see that both towers were gone. I called my parents on a pay phone to let them know I was okay, and thanked God that my good friend Christine was on a cruise instead of being in the towers that day. Anyway... I distanced myself from fashion during that time b/c it felt so vain compared to what was going on. Well.. I am sorta feelin' that again, except now I understand that I don't design out of vanity. I do it b/c it gives me peace. So here I am. Feeling inspired by an old piece of fabric, scraps from a bridesmaid dress. It moves like water. Hence, this dress is my "water" dress. I really hope I can wear it soon to something. Maybe a fashion show :)

Concept behind the dress : Make it one seam, no zipper. All points are placed there for a purpose. I really have a difficult time explaining in words. The feel of silk charmeuse combined with the color and movement reminded me of water. So I stayed with that thought.

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