Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Project Runway Season 12 EP1&EP2 Recap/Review

The wonderful world of fashion is back on the runway, that is, Project Runway. I have been waiting for so long for the twelfth season of this show to begin. I have been following it since it started showing on TLC and have been addicted ever since. Whilst some may argue that it is becoming too much of a reality show based around the so-called dramas of the contestants, I still stay firm in believing that at the end of the day it is a show about design. It is so inspiring to see these creations being conceived, produced, and then walked down the runway, especially knowing that it has only been a short amount of time in the production process. There is no room for error and very little chance to have design development which makes me admire the designers as surely they must know who they are as a designer to be able to create something that represents them and fulfills the challenge in such a short period of time.

Something can be said for that observation and since it was made I've reconsidered those who were voted off and those in the bottom and have found myself to understand that it is not only a lack of technical skills that lands the designers there, but moreso an absence of a confident design aesthetic.

Episode 1: Sky's the Limit

The challengers were thrown into the deep end with an unconventional materials challenge and asked to produce a runway look based off the materials that descended from the sky (parachutes).

The Top 3

The top three comprises of three very different looks. From left clockwise they belong to Miranda LevyBradon McDonald, and Sue Waller. The look from Miranda was to be honest, disappointing. Although the general design is okay, I found it a shame that she didn't take a risk with the parachute fabric and resorted to using a large amount of the supplemental fabric; to me she didn't embrace the challenge like the other two designers did. The two other top looks were amazing. I loved Levy's fabric manipulation technique, I find it to be a truly innovative way to design as she didn't cut the fabric but used this technique to manipulate the silhouette and shape. Plus, look at her styling, her model looks like a complete badass. On the other end of the badassery scale, is McDonald's look. Light and ethereal, yet captures the movement of the initial skydive. The winner of this challenge was Bradon, understandably as not only did he embrace the material, he embraced the source (the skydivers) to create a beautiful dress.

The Bottom 3

The bottom three comprised of (from left clockwise): Sandro MasmanidiTimothy Westbrook, and Angela Bacskocky. These looks ranged from, va-jay-jay flashing overdesigned (or shall I say under) playsuit, to attemped eco-friendly preachy story-teller, to boring. The only thing I will say about Masmanidi is 'slutty cat toy' (creds to Zac Posen for the laugh). Westbrook is one of those designers I feel like doesn't know who he is just yet, he preaches about eco-design and how that is his focus and practice buuuuutttttt he didn't consider this when burning his synthetic fabric.... I am all for eco-friendly design and I do think that there is going to be development in that sector in the near future, but I think in his case it's a bit self-righteous. (Also bless his model, the poor girl broke down in tears). It was Bacskocky that was elimated this first round.

Episode 2: Million Dollar Runway

Diamonds are truly a girls designer's best friend. This episode the designers were tasked with designing a runway look that suited, and completemented-not overpowered beautiful jewelry that was to be walked down the runway with the designs. 

Top 3

The top there designs are from (clockwise from left): Sandro MasmanidiKate Pankoke, and Dom Streater. Masmanidi climbed from being in the bottom last week to in the top three. He was criticised for overdesigning again, and I think that his taste can be questionable. The large sheer panel on each side of the skirt brought the look to a dangerous close to being slutty. Streater's look was on of my favourites, there was a bohemian, caribbean, tropical feel to her look but the green and white complemented the jewelry beautifully. The winning look of the challenge, Pankoke, was definitely not my favourites, as Alexander pointed out, there was definitely more than a nod to Dame Vivienne Westwood. I also think that it was quite a typical look for Kate and I feel like whilst I ramble on about the importance of knowing your aesthetic in this competition, her aesthetic (for me at least) is a bit lackluster, a bit conventional, a bit boring ♫ sorry 'bout it .

My personal favourite.

I'll only include this section when my favourite was not included in the top 3. 

This design was by previous challenge winner, Bradon. Who this challenge used curtain fabric for his design...HOW?! This absolutely stunning backless dress is by far my favourite and I thought he had a fighting chance of winning two rounds in a row (not a first for project runway history). I don't know why he wasn't at least in the top three, maybe it looks different in real life...

The Bottom 3

The designers in the bottom were (clockwise from left): Kahindo MateeneTimothy Westbrook, and Helen Castillo. So this has been a long post and I've run out of steam, but the basics of it were that Castillo didn't have the technical know-how or time to construct her vision, Mateene wasn't inventive enough with her design (another boring design voted off), and Westbrook had what Tim calls a 'make it work moment' only that Tim didn't refer to it as such and it really wasn't as he ended up in the bottom wonders what would have happened if he didn't have the sudden spur of....whatever it was. I was shocked to see that he was still in but I do give him credit for listening and still sticking to what he believes to be his design philosophy by only using discarded scraps of fabric he found at Mood, talk about economically friendly...

Now that I've started again I've more to say about some other designers whose work I didn't really understand or like, but it has already been a long, rambly post so I shall leave it there. 
Plus, who am I to judge, I've not even completed my undergraduate education....
All pictures can be found here

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Monday, 29 July 2013


It seems as if I am truly a lover of maths and geometrics (even though it was torturous going through it in secondary school), I can't seem to step away from it and the more I do research into art and design, the more I find myself drawn to this area of inspiration.

When browsing one of my favourite art websites This Is Colossal I came across this selection of lightscapes by Tao Tajima. I became hynotised by the ever evolving geometric patterns, particularly enjoying the fact that no soft shapes (circles, ovals, anything without a sharp edge) are used. The seemingly simple nature of this project is intriguing, particularly after discovering in an interest in the deceptively simple and how difficult that is to achieve.

Source: thisiscolossal
Another artwork that has confirmed my, albeit geeky, fascination with geometrics is these 3D printed objects by The Sugar Lab- the creation of Kyle and Liz von Hasseln. The shapes and silhouettes created by the repeated patterns and beautiful sugar sculptures are awe-striking and can provide useful inspiration for shapes and cuts created using fabric, on the dress form.

Source: thisiscolossal
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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Trends to Love//DIY Inspiration: Transparent Bags

A Pair and a Spare DIY. Source: A Pair and a Spare
Love Aesthetics DIY. Source: Love Aesthetics
Source: here

Chanel RTW F/W '09
Marc by Marc Jacobs Clearly Top Handle Shoulder Bag
Source: Shopbop
Chanel Resort '13
Glitter n' Glue's DIY. Source: here
Herm├Ęs Vinyl Kelly Beach Hand Bag Souvenir de l'Exposition 1997
Sources: here and here

I seem to have absolutely fallen in love with transparent bags, depending on the bag shape and style they can be suitable for any season and I feel like they are a design staple for any closet!

DIYs to follow.

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p.s. can I just say how sick is the vacuum formed bag from Chanel F/W '09!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

My unrivaled love for Dion Lee

Between the masses of posts of Dion Lee's designs all over the internet, I have fallen in L-O-V-E-love with the Australian brand. The designs are stunning architecturally and construction wise and the design aesthetic is just so... beautiful (sorry, I am somewhat at a loss for words).

The more and more I research into the brand's collections the more I fall in love. What first caught my eye was this picture on tumblr, I was taken with the innovation and individuality of the sweater and just had to find out who designed it. From there my love for the designer has grown infinitely. After my post on the collaboration between Dion Lee and Mason Mulholland, I knew that I wanted to do a Dion Lee focused blog, so I started looking into the designer's previous collections and, my 21st century teenage self has no other way of putting it but, I died.

There were vast amounts of posts on his collections from to tumblr posts to new websites which I had never even heard of. I think the point at which I knew I had fallen in love with the designer was when I came across pleatfarm's post on the 2010 collection. There I came across the most inspiring, exquisite, beautiful, magnificent,... let's just say I'm not educated enough in the English language to succinctly convey my love for this collection (see below).

All images found here

And then I progressed to and proceeded to 'die' again.

F/W '12 RTW
F/W '12 RTW
Resort '13
Resort '13
Resort '13
Resort '14
Resort '14
All images can be found here

And theeeennnnnn to find DIY posts for his designs (see feed your style for a tutorial and a pair and a spare for DIY inspiration, I have now found what I'm going to be doing for the rest of summer!

- Sidenote: Just out of curiosity I looked up for Dion Lee internships and I found one here, unfortunately I don't have the necessary experience but now that I've found my love for Lee's designs and aesthetic there'll be no stopping me once I've finished my degree.

So yes, I am in love with Dion Lee. The designer has reignited my interest and passion for fashion as well as inspired me to work even harder so that I can be where I want to be in the future.

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p.s. I feel like there will be many DIY posts to follow, I have found my new passion (thank god I have Acee to share it with!)

Friday, 26 July 2013

Androgynous Beings

Androgynous is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex.

Androgyny has always been on my radar as often it is a focus, be it great or small, in fashion magazines and websites. Let's face it, we as the human race are (subconsciously) fascinated with features and styles that are not gender specific. More and more I find myself drawn to this style of clothing, as it is branching out from the blazer and lazy jeans combination that helped to define this trend at the start. Now as menswear is becoming more and more bold, see J.W. Anderson's F/W 2013 collection, the scope for androgyny is beginning to be greater.

Markus Lupfer Pre-Collection S/S '14

Lupfer's pre-collection illustrates exactly what I mean when I say that the conventions for what can be considered androgynous have changed. Although the image in the top-left illustrates more traditional definitions of androgyny, the other two play with the newer form. Both models are wearing skirts, something that is not traditionally masculine, yet there is something about the simple combination of the clearcut shirt and sweaters that when combined with the feminine garment transforms it to become quite masculine. Maybe it's something to do with the edgy and sharp cuts of the skirts, or the fact that these women look strong, independent, powerful.

Matthew Williamson Pre-Collection S/S '14

Another example of this new-wave (if you will) form of androgyny is the pre-collection by Matthew Williamson. This collection exhibits a more feminine take on androgyny; whereas Lupfer transforms the feminine into the masculine, Williamson transforms the masculine into the feminine. Traditionally associated as being a man's jacket, this take on the suit-style blazer jacket suggests androgyny. Paired with the light and sheer blouse and fitted pants Williamson shows a softer brand of androgyny, one that is more feminine and (in my humble opinion) less conventionally androgynous.
I find that a lot of designs that celebrate androgyny tend to focus on making feminine things more masculine

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Pre-collection S/S '14

Finally is the pre-collection of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. I absolutely love the preview of the street style, sportswear collection! One that contrasts feminine aspects such as the floral prints, bright pink colour, and skirts and dresses with masculine allusions to street style and sportswear. I am so taken with this collection that I am stuck for words and alas this post must come to an end (still not ace at ending these but again I will learn!)

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All images were found here

Sister Sister

So I kind of stole inspiration for this one from my beautiful sister Isabel. Forever following the mantra, comfort first she rocks the laidback t-shirt and jeans look with ease. Me, being a victim of envy, decided to go out and buy myself a t-shirt capable of having the same effect. (Although my styling seems to have achieved something dressier it is my take on her easygoing style, I just can't control myself!)

Top: H&M
Jeggings: Topshop
Shoes: Topshop Sale
Necklace: Gift from Isabel-H&M
Earrings: Urban Outfitters,
Spiked Hair Piece: Mong Kok Lanes (actually a bracelet)

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