Iris Van Herpen Fall 2016 Couture

I’ve always been interested in Iris Van Herpen’s work, mainly since my time at Central Saint Martins. I looked at their most recent collect and picked a few styles that I really liked. Their work often has connotations of natural forms, with this collection suggesting honeycomb forms and insect forms. Even though I have more of an interest with high street, commercial fashion, I enjoy looking at couture fashion to compare and seek inspiration.


University of Leeds Textiles Degree Show 2016

Yesterday was the opening evening for the School of Design at the University of Leeds degree exhibition. Below are a few examples of work from my course, including mine which is the 8th photo. The design brief for our final year project was entirely self-led. The project entailed gaining visual research of your choice, producing drawings to lead the design development. The project is heavily influenced by industry artists and designers, in my case Matthew Williamson, Katherina Grosse, Zara prints, Roberto Cavilli and WGSN forecasted trend reports. The project was split into two collections, I designed one collection for  womenswear clothing and one for accessories, including hand bags and footwear.
On reflection on my final project, I feel pleased with the design outcomes, which encompass the targeted trends, designer research and market level anticipated. From a marketing perspective, the designs have been explored in numerous ways to ensure breadth across the outcomes. Breadth has allowed my end use products to appeal to a wider target audience and reflect the widespread wants and needs of customers. As a designer, I have a natural tendency to shy away from bold and vibrant colours, using a softer colour palette that feel more within my comfort zone. After analysing how bright colours work successfully in industry, I implemented this visual understanding into my design outcomes.
Using subject matters which are recurring and common in a highly saturated marketplace, such as florals, I feel I achieved my aim of creating an original interpretation of this visual research. A unique interpretation was achieved by integrating a botanical theme with complementary themes such as abstract qualities and bird feather textures.
If I had the opportunity to continue the project further, I would have perhaps turned quite a vibrant yet elegant collection into perhaps something more graphic. This would introduce a different level of creativity and individuality that would challenge my abilities as a designer.

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:



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:


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:

Liberty in Fashion exhibition at the F&T museum

I went to the Liberty in Fashion exhibition at the Fashion and Textile museum at London bridge and loved it. It displayed the history of the company, with its beginnings of selling imported textiles from the East, as the way to its present day, renowned for their distinctive and vibrant prints. I really liked the way the colour was introduced and grew over time – there were some amazing, bright colours on display. This has given me strong inspiration for my final semester design collection, but also thinking about design and supply for my career aspirations. I’d really recommend going, especially if you loved watching the Liberty’s TV programme that aired in 2013!

Manuel Facchini – London Fashion Week

I was introduced to a designer I hadn’t heard of thanks to this year’s LFW – Manuel Facchini. I loved the collection he showed! The collection had a strong artistic yet practical feel, combining lots of fabric manipulation, which was influenced by strong innovations of forms and concepts. The collection is said to ‘blend apparently irreconciliable worlds: gothic rock and sports, intended as processing techniques and architecture , that are united through an unusual new conceptual and innovative interpretation.’

I was drawn to the gothic style, which contrasts with lightness, yet has a strong architectural feel, but still reminds me of insects!

See the collection here:

More about the collections from LFW’s official website:
Patterns, which are the real protagonist of the collection and a silent tribute to art, are created through the use of jacquards, personalized prints, and placed motifs.
The collection was designed for a determined, modern, multi-faced, cosmopolitan woman who feels at ease in any situation. Cultured and vibrant, she has two souls: sporty-chic by day and dark rock by night, but she’s always absolutely sophisticated.
Manuel Facchini’s story is expressed through his collections in an explosive mix of cultures and countercultures that range from Victorian England to Life on Mars, from the gothic moods of Northern Europe to Hollywood glamour. The synthesis of these elements gives his clothes pure,geometric,sculptural aesthetics for an absolute ideal of beauty.
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