Met Gala 2016

I always enjoy looking at the outfits the day after the Met Gala Ball, and have collated severl of my favourite images/outfits from the evening below. I wasn’t a fan of Beyonce’s shrip pink, rubbery dress or Solange’s yellow, pleated outfit. However, I strangely liked Zayn and Gigi in his metal arms. It was great to see Kate Upton in Topshop, while a fair few were also in H&M.

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Boohoo announces 40% rise in full-year revenue

I’ve found myself more recently looking at Boohoo’s website more often and ordered my first purchase the other day – a khaki bomber. I then received my daily drapers email saying that the etailer’s revenue has increased by 40% to £195.3m. I thought about what they were doing so right and found the article an interesting read. They now have more than 4 million active customers and launched apps for the UK, US and Australia.
Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane, joint CEOs, commented: “We are pleased to report a year of strong revenue growth across all geographic regions. Active customer numbers, order frequency and conversion have all increased on last year as we continue to invest in building customer lifetime value. By refining the mix of promotional and marketing expenditure in each of our key markets, we have achieved growth ahead of our plans.”
Boohoo have expanded their product range, which has been well received by customers and have added a petite range and plus-size range. These both continue to grow. Their mobile experience has also been enhanced, introducing more flexible delivery and return options and later next day delivery cut off times.

I look forward to seeing how Boohoo continue to strive in the e-tail world and compete against their ever increasing competitors.

Matthew Williamson’s Amazonia Collection

Absolutely love Mathew Williamson’s latest collection, which has been a great influence or my final uni design module work. The collection uses both literal and figurative motifs for the tropical/exotic botanical garment designs. There is a huge array of visual information in the collection, with a variety of colours, scales, repeat types.

Unlike Williamson’s previous collections, this Amazonia collection offers a mix and match feel. In this collection, contrasting print designs have been teamed together, taking intricate tropical detail and combining it with a complementary colour palette. Diverse colours offers an energetic vibe, yet the sophisticated  motifs create a feminine touch. As a whole collection, there is clear evidence of varied colours, small and large scale, compositions and substrates used. These elements offer uniqueness and individuality in each design, but brings them together holistically.

See the collection here: https://www.matthewwilliamson.com/collections/19022/amazonia/

 

 

Drapers – Inditex controls the whereabouts of more than 1 billion garments

I read an article from Drapers about how Inditex produce over 1 billion garments a year! The article speaks about Radio Frequency Identification to find out every garments whereabouts. Read the article here: http://uk.fashionmag.com/news/Inditex-controls-the-whereabouts-of-more-than-1-billion-garments,669269.html#utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

I am always fascinated to hear about Zara’s actions and plans, being such as innovative brand, they never cease to amaze me with their innovations.

WTIN analytics

My uni recently acquired full access to the World Textile Information Network website: ww.wtin.com.

It was really interesting to research and roam about the site to see its content. I found several interesting articles regarding development and changes in the textile industry. For example, Pakistan textile and garment exports have shrunk, China polyester production grows and Indian cotton prices have continued to increase. I enjoyed reading these articles to stay up to date with recent worldwide happenings in the textile industry, to broaden my understanding.

I look forward to looking at this resource as research for my course and to keep informed with the industry.

 

link: http://www.wtin.com/article/2016/january/180116/china-textile-and-garment-exports-shrink-in-2015/

 

 

 

osklen praia RTW S/S 15

Whilst undertaking market research as part of my uni course, I looked at this collection by Osklen Praia and fell in love. The use of the colour in the bottom two designs I thought was amazing. There is an iridescent feel to it and use of harmonious and complementary tones which makes it perfect for high summer. Having looked into WGSN’s Encounter Culture trend, this collection ties in well and has given me an instrumental influence for my design work.

see the collection: http://nowfashion.com/osklen-praia-ready-to-wear-spring-summer-2015-rio-de-janeiro-8099?photo=408847

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Karen Millen S/S16 preview

Whilst conducting market research for my design module a uni, I looked on Karen Millen’s website to see insight into their S/S16 collection inspiration. Looking at this has been really influential for my design brief. Karen Millen’s prints were inspired by artists such as Rothko, Katharina Grosse and Bridget Riley. Some prints were really abstract, with painterly qualities or tropical botanicals. As I have been exploring similar themes in my work, it is really interesting seeing similar designs being designed for a similar target market I am designing for. I am looking forward to seeing these products in store!

View KM’s website: http://www.karenmillen.com/trend-prints/content/fcp-content