Journey of a young fashion designer, inspired by innovative, and eco movements within the fashion and textiles industry.
LFW, Fashion Scout Exhibition
On the monday after the shows i got a chance to have a look around the Fashion scout exhibitions at the Freemasons hall. It was great to get to see the work of the new up and coming designers. And personally i think their work is perhaps the most interesting collections to see during Fashion week! It was also great from my own perspective, as a new young designer, as many of the designers displaying were people i have been following and thought of them as being really high up in the industry. Although they are doing well, and getting their names out they are still only starting out, giving me hope and a taste for the future.
Hellen Van Rees
Hellen Van Rees
The exhibition included designers such as Anna October, Emillium, Hellen Van Rees, Heohwan Simulation, Lulu Liu, Patric Li, and Yifang Wan, just to name a few! Check out my other fashion blog to browse previous posts i have about their work.
LFW, Heohwan Simulation Show
So after checking into the hostel, it was once again time to head to another show, this time with out a ticket! After waiting around outside, we crept inside through another door, and when we asked about getting in we were told to wait to one side then we could probably get in. After hanging around a while we were sadly turned away, there were no more spaces left. So feeling defeated we headed outside to decide on where we were going to eat. Sneakily i overheard a group of people with tickets debating on whether to go to the show or not outside the entrance! One of the girls decided not to go and cheekily i asked her if we could use her ticket, and she was more than willing! The next minute i was running back into the Freemasons hall to catch the show!
When i entered the hall the show had already started, as i was a bit late i just stood at the back by the press. I have followed and posted about Heohwans work before here, so this was a show i was really excited to see.
The collection starts off full of long swaying zip pulls, as well as dresses, coats, and skirts with slit panels, making the simple a-line silhouettes more interesting. The colour pallet of the collection is very metallic paired with a royal blue. Heohwan introduces print in the collection midway, only on a few pieces, brightening up the collection. A print then returned on outer wear at the end of the show, which i thought worked well. I personally like when the collection went more muted with big coats, featuring again the long zips and use of luxurious looking fabrics, including fur, which is looking to be a big trend this year. Towards the end the pieces became a lot more layered. Layering coats over jackets and shirts, ending the show on a strong powerful look. I have to say i also loved the shoes used on the runway, by United Nude they suited the collection really well!
LFW, Eugene Lin Show
Last week saw the end of London Fashion week, I managed to head down to London to catch the last two days, and what an atmosphere! over the next week or so I will be posting all about my time spent in London, so enjoy!
Getting into London at midday it was time to head to straight to our first show! I managed to get tickets for the Eugene Lin Fashion scout show at the Freemasons Hall. This was the first proper fashion show I had attended and I loved the experience and atmosphere. Although my camera wasn’t working which was a disappointment it meant I could enjoy the show fully and admire the clothes in more depth whilst they were on the runway.
Printed Embellishment, and paneled skirt.
Red being introduced.
Close up of the ‘Shatter’ print.
Eugene’s collection was spectacular! I have come away a new fan of the young designers work, who only made his catwalk debut in London during 2012. The show started strong and up-beat. The first model strutted down with a black trench coat, with a cape detail, and gold embellishment filtering down from the top. A look later to be seen replicated in on other garments and prints. The second look was a beige trench coat with contrasting topstitching. Where the collar was separated from the coat the top had be folded and buttoned over and down, a look that was to be repeated in other garments. The collection then progresses on to body-con dresses, what appeared to be lightweight knits with panelled skirts, and a wide selection of outer where, all beautifully cut.
With a change of music the collection then became a lot more darker with black tailored pieces paired with an embellished neck piece. Lin introduced red into his collection featuring the turn over detail again, gold embellishments and a selection of coats and printed body-cons. One of my favourite details of the collection, and where Lin truly shines as a pattern cutter, was a disappearing collar. It could be seen on well cut dresses and coats, paired with a printed neck collar for maximum impact! The print also becomes a lot more detailed, moving from the button replica, to a blue shattered glass effect. Used on shirts paired with leather skirts, panelled body-cons, and tailored dresses with the disappearing collar detail. Overall a strong, sensuous collection!
Final Line Up.
Designer Eugene Lin.
This is Wide Rienstra’s portfolio page, showing a range of her designs, and the collection ‘Reflections in facets’. Rienstra is from the Netherlands, graduating in 2009, and has interned for Iris Van Herpen. The collection features a range of materials such as wood, silks, cardboard, and glass, being used to create faceted surfaces. Reinstra like to look into hand crafting techniques, the core value of her work is to be sustainable, good quality, timelessness, and uniqueness!
Sophie Burrowes is an up and coming fashion designer from New Zealand, and this is her S/S12 collection ‘Nothing is Original’. Burrowes set up her label at the age of 19, in 2009, and is currently working towards her BA(hons) in fashion design! The collection is full of bright and mixed prints, inspired by different cultures. The title for the collection was inspired by the quote by Jim Jarmusch “Nothing is Original, Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination”. The collection features long flowing chiffon down the front of the garments, and what looks like devore printed tops, giving the collection a very feminine look.
A fun and uplifting show by Fam Irvoll for S/S13. It starts off with old granny figures hobbling down the catwalk in their pink fluffy wigs, they then strut off stage and the show goes into full swing. The collection keeps its fun themes, with printed quirky illustrations in pastel colours, mixed in with chiffon skirts and dresses, lace, floral flowers and beaded embroidered peter pan collars. Overall a great quirky collection that makes you smile!
Learning From Denim
My denim project has now come to an end! My final make was a pair of five pocket jeans branded for Ted Baker. My concept was looking at trends in denim for A/W13-14 going on into S/S14. I choose to make my jeans from a metallic purple denim, which i then hand coated with otter wax. On the jeans i included the Ted Baker back pocket logo, as well as making up my own Ted Baker engraved leather waist band patch. The slim fitting legs were made with zips in the hems to add detail, a lot of Ted’s jean have this feature already and it suited the design. one thing i was surprised that Ted Baker didn’t do on their women’s jeans was adding one of their quirky prints some where. So with this in mind i decided to print a Ted Baker print onto a polyester fabric and use it as a pocket bag lining.
Overall i felt i learnt a lot during the project, how to brand an item of clothing developing a collections, and how to research a brand and their existing clothing effectively. However i did feel i didn’t push my self creatively which i’m defiantly going to focus on as well as my drawing during the next protect which is based on yoga wear!