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

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Erdem Spring 2015 RTW

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Fallen in love with this collection after having a browse at recent designers work ready for my final year collection. I really admire the consistent use in colour which I struggle to condense in my own work. Each look is different but is brought together through colour which makes each design sit together collectively. The harmonious tones have made me think about my own colour palette and how to emulate this myself. Erdem are a strong influence I will look into as inspiration for my own design work in my fourth year.

Westwood celebrates five years of ‘Made in Africa’ Project

I remember being at school hearing about Vivienne Westwood’s Made in Africa project, which at the time was a more innovative and fresh way of working. Working in an ethical manner was well and truly underway, however 5 years later, despite more work which can still be done, ethical fashion in company’s is much more common.
It’s great to see Westwood celebrating 5 years doing this, and will continue to support and improve the lives of Kenyan artisans – therefore creating more internationalisation within the industry!
The two new bags, the Squiggle Leopard Runner Holdall and the Squiggle Shopper, are available in Westwood’s webshop now and retail for £150 and £145.