Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fashion Inspiration&beyond

Hello bloggatrons!

Well its been a few days since my last blog, I finally left the house! Yay! So I have been thinking fashion recently. Since graduating a few weeks ago I wanted to put things in perspective. Life has definitely slowed down alot more since finishing college which is great but when you're used to going at such a speed and creating every day it is weird to be out of that structured timetable. Its nice to be able to think about creating at a slower pace instead of throwing stuff out that you have to make yourself believe in.

So I'm trying hard to figure out which designers I really love. Its so easy to love collections because when they're fantastic they can completely change the way you look at clothes and at the risk of sounding like a cheeseball, they can inspire you. The designers that come to mind at the moment are Louis Vuitton(Marc Jacobs, head designer)
Commes de Garcon, Mark Fast, Alexander Wang, Louise Goldin, Holly Fulton (newbie), Margiela, Rick Owens, Y-3 and Vivienne Westwood. All totally different but I admire them all. So what do I love about these designers?!

Well I really love a graphic print and I'm a total sucker for texture; anything that feels weird, that sparkles, has an element of ugly or unworldly gets me! Structure is something that has jumped out at me throughout college but nothing I would spend time developing. Weird necklines, elongated sleeve length, armholes for legs, humpback jumpers, hello? The world would be at a loss without fashion!

So I'd like to start with the newbie Holly Fultan, textile designer, who showed her collection at Fashion East and was crowned by as the "Breakout Star" this year and holy moley is her stuff good.

Totally Funk. It has a real Art Deco meets Tron feel to the embroidered oversized tees, shift dreeses, printed blouses and panelled circuit trousers. Can I have a slice please? It reminds me of the knitwear designer Louise Goldin's work who has never failed to inspire me throughout my four years of fashion. Although Fultan's work has more of a boldness about it. Probably due to the different use of fabric and design detail.

While we're on the subject of Fashion East, Michael Van der Ham is pretty nifty aswell, I discovered his collection a month or two ago but never put the name to the clothing. His interesting cutting techniques and gorgeous colours used for his patchy, unbalanced edgy collection create a new kind of fashion in a weirdly simple way. He actually won the New Gen award.

Three other designers which I mentioned above and that I feel share a common bond are Alexander Wang, Mark Fast and Rick Owens. I love the darkness each of these designers share. They all have an element of gothic urban clothing, and throw in a bit of sporty for the mix. Yes even Mark Fast. Theres just something very wearable about their collections but its also a bit of luxurious attitude! Mark Fast's knitwear dresses? Oh. Lord. I'd give my baby finger for one of those pieces. Sexy, gothic, a bit of mystery -a covered nipple here,a bare nipple there. His collection oozes sex appeal. There was actually media hype over him using plus size models. However, there wasn't much plusness about any of them...but you got to love the guy for promoting more flesh on bones!

Alexander Wang is like a designer for the youth culture, his clothing has a ridiculously understated coolness to each and every piece. Saw a delicious bag of his that I couldn't afford recently. At least I got to hold it. But the detail, fabric and linings used were yummy. Buying it would mean a piece of coolness for life! I guess I'll never be that cool.

Rick Owens is another designer which I adore for the same reasons. His fabric mixtures are so simple but makes such a big impact; his butter leather and jersey fitted biker jackets from two seasons ago exceded my expectations in Printemps, Paris.

Wow! Looks like this blog is gonna be the biggest so far! Anyway I won't be too much longer...So Westwood and Commes De Garcon...well I could really just leave it there. Theres nothing much else left to say! Both amazing designers. Westwood I've only really come to love recently. Not that I ever disliked her. I guess I just never really followed her hugely, but as weird as it is to admit her ad campaign with Pamela Anderson recruited me as a number one fan. Oh the power of advertising! Buts its just so random? It shouldn't work-Viv and Pam? But it does! Regarding the design aspect; her draping, prints, colour stories are all so rich, tribal and vibrant. Each piece created is unique. I think this is something Westwood and Garcon share. Theres a real individual angle to each of his pieces. Its like owning a piece of art.

Oh to own a piece of his wearable art...sigh. My first and only time seeing his clothing up close was last year in Galeries Lafayette and I totally fell in love with the hexagon sleeveless jacket, I think there was a football used for inspiration or did I dream that up? I just loved the raw edges and the uneveness of his designs.

So there you go bloggatrons! That was alot longer than I expected, it just shows what can be achieved with X Factor playing in the background. I really enjoyed reflecting on all my fav designers of the moment, hopefully if these uploads work I'll make it regular segament for my bloggatrons. If the pics don't come up just type in the names and have a google!

Over and out followers.


1 comment:

  1. fave blog to date. love your perspective on designers...