Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The Secret Garden

My most recent design project entailed researching the local area around our UK university and from this research design a three outfit capsule collection that encapsulates the heritage of the area. I decided to take quite a twist on the interpretation of Leeds Heritage by focussing on the novel The Secret Garden. The book was first written by Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1911 and is set in the North Yorkshire Moors. After devouring the book I created my own trend, which I decided to call The Secret Garden, drawing inspiration from imperative themes and symbols within the novel. The below image depicts my mood board for this Spring Summer trend:






Rather than creating a customer profile for this project, we were directed to simply produce a muse. I chose Elle Fanning, as for me, her image and quirky fashion sense was perfect for what I was hoping to achieve within my collection.




These are my illustrations of my final three outfits I chose for my capsule collection. I decided to do my illustrations by hand as I wanted to continue the water colour aesthetics from my design development work. I then added the more intricate detailing on illustrator.




These specification sheets depict the three outfits in my capsule collection. Unlike my illustrations, I created my specification sheets on illustrator. I thought this was a more appropriate medium for depicting all the essential information on specification drawings. 






Monday, 23 January 2012

I adore sass & bide

Recognised globally for modern, distinct designs, sass & bide is dedicated to the strong, the obscure & the beautiful.

I must confess, I am a little bit obsessed with their newest collection, seekerstate AW '12. I absolutely love the intricacy and vibrant detailing in all of their garments, not to mention their prints which are to die for!

Here are my favourite pieces from London Fashion week (pretty much the whole collection):













For me, this collection is just perfection.

Monday, 26 December 2011

A Year In Vogue

This year's Vogue covers  saw lots of fresh faces gracing their first Vogue cover, from musicians, including Rihanna and Adele, to the world's most beautiful models, such as Gisele Bundchen and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. 

I couldn't decide on my favourite cover from the year, so I thought I'd share my top two:
MARCH: A delighted Rosie Huntington-Whiteley secured her first solo Vogue cover. A cheeky bit of cleavage and beautiful tumbling hair featured on the cover, whilst inside Miuccia Prada's  fashion-transformation skills were explored in The Alchemist.
AUGUST: Fresh from her July wedding to Jamie Hince, supermodel Kate Moss added another Vogue cover to her impressive tally. In the cover she sported the season's classic, Forties-inspired looks for Mario Testino inside. I absolutely love all the pastel tones which are very popular at the moment, and the overall discretely glamorous effect of the cover. 

Monday, 19 December 2011

Maison Martin Margiela

My most recent design project entailed creating our own trend within groups for Maison Martin Margiela, A/W '12/13. My particular group created the trend 'Atmospheric;' drawing inspiration from the developing environment and technology. Here is our mood board:





These are my illustrations of my final 10 outfits I chose for my capsule collection. I decided to do my illustrations by hand as I wanted to continue the water colour aesthetics from my design development work. However, I wanted my illustrations to be quite quirky and striking to reflect Martin Margiela's style effectively.







These specification sheets depict my 10 outfits in my collection. Unlike my illustrations, I created my specification sheets on illustrator. I thought this was a more appropriate medium for depicting all the essential information on specification drawings. 




Sunday, 18 December 2011

Gold Leaf

A while ago now I designed some pieces for the new and upcoming clothing brand Gold Leaf, to be featured on Britain and Ireland's Live Show, October 2011. Former fashion editor of Vogue and founder of Elle, Harriett Jagger, was the head stylist of the show so it was extremely exciting when she approved some of my designs. 

My friend, Chloe Snelling and I worked together to produce our designs in our very tight two week deadline! Here are a few pictures of our designs on the catwalk and at Gold Leaf's launch party, November 2011. 







Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Digital Design

I thought I'd post a few of my favourite pieces of work from my most recent digital design project. This was the first time I'd properly used Illustrator, and I must confess, when I first started I absolutely hated it! However, I absolutely love it now, it's practically my best friend.

For this project we were asked to construct a few pages of research as well as specific flat drawings: 





We were also given some patterns to re-create, which were relevant to our path of design:




Followed by a few pages of personal development: