Rachel Chan (from RCA) - has some innovative and unique pieces with soft silhouette skimming the body with strong geometric shapes softened by the colour palette of grey tones, black/white and pastel colours. Look forward to seeing what comes next.
Jackie Lee (JS Lee) - Is a London based designer, who recently graduated from the masters program at Central St Martins. just like the designer herself the collection and overall feel of the label is quite and minimalist. Jackie's label has even been described as 'cleanism' as it goes further than minimalism. The label offers a clean and fuss free approach to design and it is a welcome parallel to the sensory overload approach to design that is currently trending.
Houghton (Katherine Polk) - Although Houghton has only just debut her RTW fall/winter 2012 at new York fashion week in February, it seems that success is imminent for this designer, as she has already excelled in almost every other avenue in the fashion industry as the fashion editor of Fiasco magazine, head of a successful styling company 'Katherine Polk Stylist' and previously designed top selling collections for Badgley Mischka Couture. The best is yet to come from this chic designer, I can't wait to see what she does next!
Peiran Gong (RCA 2012) - A colour filled collection mixed with prints with soft architectural shapes it made for a stunning show. I really enjoy his unique vision for colour, pattern and shaping for women's fashion. In particular the voluminous tops with the over-sized sleeve which is a different shape without completely hiding a women's figure it extenuates her small waist and long legs.
Well we have a 180 degree shift in the trends for Spring 2012 while 2011 was all about masculine dressing, loafers, boxy shapes, and the lack of tailoring, Spring Couture 2012 well its sheer, chic, sophisticated and womanly. While previous years have been dramatic and somewhat like theatre productions for the Couture shows. This year it seems to be quite lacking in the drama, it seems everyone is playing it safe with more feminine shapes and fabrics. Although there are a few who are standing out of the crowd Chanel, with a 150 shades of blue in their collection, Bouchra Jarrar with their masculine slacks and fur and feathers, Jean Paul Gaultier with a Amy Winehouse tribute show. Spring 2012 is going back to what it is to be a woman, feminine, soft and that beautiful hour glass shape. I say embrace ladies!
A good friend of mine has a collection of vintage jumpers (which as any good caring friends would do)we have most affectionately named it the hideous jumper collection, it is also aptly named grandpa's unwanted jumpers, they're that fashion forward! Jokes. However, it seems to me that my good friend may have started a trend as they seem to be popping up everywhere. Here are some that have just come out, and just had to put a picture of Colin Firth up in his hideous jumper, from Bridget Jones.
Well I would say that most of these wouldn't be my first choice in knitwear, Jil Sanders and Preen seem to me, to be a flash back to the 80's and I must say I am not enjoying the revival of the 80s, I think it was bad enough the first time, I mean Princes Diana's Wedding dress, what a shocker! But I am warming to the idea of Moschino's Penguin jumper, I am pretty fond of those winter loving little cuties! But the chic option, which I wouldn't mind having in my closet is the Jonathan Saunders jumper, it looks like a stain glass window, Oh I think I'm falling...
Finally after waiting what felt like a an eternity summer is finally coming, we had our first day above 30 degrees (86F) on Saturday, so its now time to dust off your summer clothing and see what works with this summers trends. Colour Blocking, Prints, Bright White and Midi length skirts, just to name a few. Colour blocking so far this spring has been my favourite, trying find any piece of colour out of my wardrobe to see if it will work with this seasons trend. So I was looking for some of the other trends to fill in the gaps, and i think i found some gems! But what would summer be without amazing swimwear and gorgeous flirty outfits, Well pretty darn boring!! These glamorous swimsuits, and sexy lil numbers are fast becoming my favourites!
The amazing parallels that can be drawn between fashion and interior design is something that captures my attention time and time again, it seems that trends that run down the catwalk seem to creep their way on to our sofas as well. It seems what influence the fashion designer also influence the interior designer and furniture designer. In a ever growing global economy it seems that we having growing global trends that seep their way into every facet of our lives. What drives these trends? The growing need for change in our life, in what we wear and where we live. That's what I find and so many others find captivating about design is that it is forever changing and evolving in to more beautiful and appealing objects.
So I thought I would update you on my study, I'm studying Fashion Design at Tafe SA and I'm six months in, its pretty full on, however, worth all the blood sweat and tears. I'm absolutley loving it, 110%!!! Its amazing all the things you learn, all the mistakes you make and all the end results which make it all worth it! The course that I'm undertaking is a design and technology course, which is very hands on, we use industrial machines, we pattern make and we create all the garments ourselves. I love all the design subjects which go indepth on colour, cut and fit and the overall design process. I can't believe how much I have learnt in such a short period, and this semester is ment to be harder as they are craming more in. Can't wait to sink my teeth in and be up to my arm pits in calico.
If you have ever thought about studying Fashion Design, its never too late, go on what have you got to loose?
If you aren't already well aware of this trend, well you sure are now! Pleats are back in a big way, and they are everywhere and I'm loving them, pleated skirts are flattering on most figures and they very chic when they floor length. There is definitely your traditional variety available ie straight pleated skirts ie Organic by John Patrick, Opening Ceremony but there are those with a more modern twist ie Alexander McQueen, Zucca, Maison Martin Margiela and Vanessa Bruno Athe. Whatever your taste maybe, I'm sure you will find a pleated skirt that will tickle your fancy.