Naeem Khan Spring 2009

Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan is a desiginer that I hadn’t had much knowledge of in the past.  I decided to investigate him because his designs fascinated me.  A little history on the designer.  He was born in India.  He gained much knowledge on textiles with the help of his father and grandfather.  When he was a teenager he moved to the U.S.  He apprenticed for Halston.  In 2003 he launched his own collection.  On September 11th, 2008 Naeem Khan showed for New York Fashion week.

Spring 2009
Spring 2009

Spring 2009
Spring 2009

Spring 2009
Spring 2009

Spring 2009
Spring 2009

Spring 2009
Spring 2009

The clothes take a lot of influence from Khan’s Indian heritage.  I noticed a lot of similar silhouettes that are structured like traditional robes and jackets  or they flow away from the body.  The prints on the garments are unique and colorful.  The embroidery and the garments are intricate.

I liked this collection because of the great amount of colors.  The textiles look beautiful, I like the great use of silk.  I also liked the silhouettes of the garments particular one dress that was purple and orange, it was floor length and just looked so beautiful.  I would wear it if I had the money and the occasion.

Source

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One of the reasons I want to live in New Zealand

Paua Bracelet
Paua Bracelet
Paua Hair Tie
Paua Hair Tie

Paua Necklace
Paua Necklace

If you know me well enough I talk about my desire to someday visit New Zealand.  I was looking through a website and I found some unique jewelry.  This jewelry is quite different from what I have normally seen.  Paua shell jewelry is from the abalone.  Those shells are found on select beaches in New Zealand.  Paua collection is only limited for a few months out of the year.  It’s been described as “Each shell has a different color range, making each piece original.”

I believe this style of Jewelry can be marketed well here in the U.S.  Because of the rarity of these shells, here and in New Zealand, a marketer can advertise this as rare, original, one of a kind.  It could be sold only during particular times of the year, giving it some sort of exclusivity.  It could be sold in higher end boutiques.  The prices are ranged from $5.00 to $25.00 dollars, they could be raised significantly.  I’m thinking it could be marked up in price and it will range from $60 to $150 dollars.  They will be great investment pieces.

Paua Hair Tie
Paua Hair Tie

Paua Necklace
Paua Necklace

I like this type of jewelry for several reasons.  The colors that are on the shells are so unique, with the color combination’s.  I like that the shells are rare.  The rarity gives it a great sense of appeal.  I also like the unique shapes that the shells make.  I think that this jewelery is going to make a great statement and create a sense of style.

http://productsfromnz.com/browse_3434

A reason to visit Brazil….Alexandre Herchcovitch

Alexandre Hervhovitch

Alexandre Hervhovitch

Alexandre Herchcovitch is an innovator of fashion.  The Brazilian born fashion marvel has a great way of setting himself apart from other designers.  He is educated and has graduated from art and fashion schools.  ” He got his first media break when an S&M outfit he made for a drag queen made São Paolo news.” In 1994 he launched his collection during the Rio Fashion Week.  After that both in London and Paris.  In 2004 he chose to show during New York’s Fashion Week.  His style of fashion has been described as “Colorful cool wrapped in impeccable tailoring. Those afraid of pattern and print should not apply.”

Spring Summer 2009

Spring Summer 2009

Spring Summer 2009

Spring Summer 2009

Spring Summer 2009

Spring Summer 2009

Spring Summer 2009

Spring Summer 2009

Here are some examples of the collection for Spring/Summer 2009 collection.  The collection can be described in several ways.  The color pallet is varied throughout the collection, soft pastels, ivories, prints, neutrals and whites.  The look of the garments are very structured.  Some of the garments look military style.  Others are ruffled and flow away from the body.  There is also a mish mash of structure in the garments. There are also surface effects to some of the garments, mostly with sequins.  The use of buttons and pockets are also prominent in the garments.

Tok&Stok

Tok&Stok

Motorola

Motorola

Olympics

Olympics

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Band-Aid

Band-Aid

Alexandre Herchcovitch also has made many business connections by expanding on his branding.  He has partnered with many companies with a wide range of ideas.  Some examples of the partnerships he has made are, Dryzun (jewlery design), Sugar shoes (sneakers), Tok&Stok (decor), Melisa (plastic shoes), Motorola (cell decor), Olympikus (Olympic Uniforms), San Rio (T-shirts), Walt Disney (T-Shirts), McDonalds (Uniforms), and Band-Aid (printed band-aids).  He has diversified himself and that makes for a great designer.  He seems to be able to reach different markets but stay true to his design aesthetic.

There are many reasons why I was drawn to this designer.  I found an article on his designer Band-Aids and I was instantly fascinated.  So I decided to look the guy up and found his website. The website. I converted it to English because I don’t speak Portuguese ( I gave you the English version).  The website has a wealth of information available.  I enjoyed reading the open letter section of the website.  It gives you a better look at his character and what his inspirations truly are.  A question that was asked  about his greatest statement as  a creator.  He responded, To propose that people communicate through my creations.”  I think that is a really bold statement, for a really bold brand.

http://www.papermag.com/blogs/alexandre_herchcovitch02.jpg

http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/designers/bios/alexandreherchcovitch/

http://herchcovitch.uol.com.br/index_en.html#

Why haven’t I looked into this designer more in depth?

Takada Kenzo

Takada Kenzo

I was randomly doing some research on Japanese fashion. I found a website with a mass of information on Japanese fashion designers. A name that I have heard before popped up on the screen. Something sparked my interest and I decided to check it out. The name of the designer collection is called Kenzo. The originator of the line is named Kenzo Takada, he was an educated designer who studied at Bunka School of Fashion. After moving to Paris, France in 1964, he worked for a variety of different designers. Four years after that he opened up his own business. “Kenzo is famous for his combinations of plaids, flowers, checks and stripes. He combined scraps of fabrics he found at the flea market in Paris and scraps of Japanese fabrics. This was only because he could not afford to buy fabrics in yards or bolts. Kenzo made a stylistic contribution to the West as there was something Japanese in the way he reconstructed Western clothing. His designs have changed over the years, but many of his distinctive characteristics were never lost. The mixing of colors and fabrics and the quilting technique he used were all rooted in Japanese traditions. He realized that the ‘exotic’ elements were attractive to the French public, so he began to look elsewhere for other ethnic cultures. He also used straight lines without any darts and square shapes all which were derived from kimono that does not have any curves. Although he kept the Western conventions of the clothing system which would later be shattered by avant-garde Japanese designers, it was Kenzo who paved the way for other Japanese designers to come to Paris.” (1) In 1999 Kenzo left the design house. In 2003 Antonio Marras took over the designing of Kenzo.

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

I can’t explain why I love this designer house so much. Honestly I think it’s because it has pretty colors. The fabrics I think are absolutely amazing! I love the abundance of flowers printed on the garments. The unique use of colored sequins. I like the unique use of geometric shapes. I also like the different patterns and methods of placing shapes on the garments. Here is the latest collection.

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008

Kenzo Summer Spring 2008 Collection

Kenzo Summer Spring 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

This designer line I think has a relevance to Japanese culture. The Kimono style of dress is still prevalent in the collection. The use of floral patterns on the garments. The structure of the garments with a high neck line and the seamless sleeves. I think that Antonio Marras has done a great job in keeping with the original aesthetic of Kenzo’s line. Even though it’s designed in Europe, it still has the qualities of a Japanese inspired brand. I personally have a newfound enthusiasm for the brand. I’ll have to check it out more often.

1)http://www.throughthesurface.com/symposium/kawamura.html

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www.kenzo.com

Why I love Tweed…seriously.

Tweed

Tweed

Tweed

Tweed

Tweed

Tweed

Tweed

Tweed

One of the very biggest inspirations I have in Europe in particular the in the United Kingdom is Tweed. Tweed has been woven in the United Kingdom for many years. The British have turned making Tweed into an art form of it’s own. It’s artistic in several ways, by shape, texture and color. Just some historical data Tweed was used for country wear in it’s beginnings. In the 1890’s tweed became popular for tailor made outfits, which usually consisted of a jacket and a long skirt. Which was helpful during the time when Women joined the workforce.

Chanel Suit

Chanel Suit

Chanel Coat

Chanel Coat

Chanel Jacket

Chanel Jacket

Houte Couture Fall 2008/ Winter 2009

Coco Chanel made an impact on Fashion. In particular adapting Menswear and giving it a feminine edge. In the 1950’s and 1960’s Chanel turned Tweed into something that was high fashion. ” The Chanel suit became a status symbol for a new generation, made of solid or tweed fabric, with its slim skirt and collarless jacket trimmed in braid, gold buttons, patch pockets, and—sewn into the hem—a gold-colored chain ensuring it hung properly from the shoulders. Chanel also reintroduced her handbags, jewelry, and shoes with great success in subsequent seasons.” (1) I have personally always admired Chanel and the way she changed the culture of fashion. She did something that will forever be remembered. I admire her gutsy way of making a change to the norm. Anyone who can do that has my respect.

I love Tweed for many reasons. That is because of the versatility of the textile. It can be worn all year long. Depending on the thickness of the weave. I also like the shapes that it can be weaved into. There is also a variety of colors. I have seen many, many different types of weaves. Some of my favorites have intricate shapes in the patten of weave. So maybe one day when I have a bunch of money, I’ll be able to afford a designer Tweed suit.

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www.vintagetextile.com

www.katsluxury.com

www.chanel.com

1) http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chnl/hd_chnl.htm

Cultural Symbols and thier significance

http://www.whats-your-sign.com/Chinese-symbols-and-meanings.html

Symbol for love and longevity

While taking some time to look at some cultural symbols I found one that was particularly interesting. In the spirit of the Olympics being in Beijing, China I chose to use this symbol. The symbol is for “love and longevity”, the website states the meaning of it is “This symbol increases its favor with the beholder as it also includes the presence of the butterfly. The Chinese symbol and meaning of the butterfly is that of young love, specifically undying love. Story has it that a young male scholar was deeply in love with a rich man’s daughter who returned his love. Being a poor scholar, the young man was rejected by the young woman’s father. The father separated the couple, and forbid them from seeing each other. Heartbroken, the lovers die, and are reunited in death. Reincarnated as butterflies, the two are together forever.” In my opinion in makes me think of Romeo and Juliet with a different sort of twist. The thought of an eternal love sounds so wonderful and so worth fighting for.

As far as fashion goes, this symbol can be adapted in a few ways. I think it can be used as an appropriate accent to a wedding dress. I think it can also be adapted into silk scarves and lining of coats. I also think that it would be in interesting fabric pattern for coats too.

Chinese Hydrengea

Chinese Hydrengea

I also went on a search for flower symbols. I found one that I thought would be meaningful. The Chinese Hydrangea is defined as ” A symbol expressing love, gratitude, and enlightenment. It is said that the observer can easily get lost in it’s abundance of beautiful petals, and thus gets lost in ones own thoughts – propitiating higher thought and reaching enlightenment. Due to it’s versatility, and beauty, the hydrangea makes an excellent thank you gift to an unsung hero in our lives.” I think that also has a lot to do with the personality of the person wearing it. I often times find myself lost in my own thoughts. I try to live my life as peacefully as possible.

I believe that this symbol can be adapted into today’s fashion in several ways. I think that you can adapt this pattern into a dress. I also believe it would also make an interesting pattern on a bridal dress or a bridesmaids dress too.

These symbols are beautiful. They are very versatile and if used in the right way can make a statement about the wearer. I think looking into different cultures for inspiration is a good way to learn about life’s many meanings with just a little symbol.

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http://www.whats-your-sign.com/Chinese-flowers.html

http://www.whats-your-sign.com/Chinese-symbols-and-meanings.html

The cycle of fashion hits again…

We all know that what comes around in fashion always comes back. Thinking about that we look to a current trend the Maxi Skirt/Dress. It was a popular favorite with the hippies who liked the length and ethnic prints. Highly popularized in the 1970’s it became a high fashion thanks to Yves Saint Laurent. Now looking back in the history of costume. Although the lengths of skirts and dresses have changed rapidly over the history of costume. A example of that is the traditional Assyrian garb,

Assyrian Clothing

Assyrian Clothing

Also looking toward the Victorian era as a good example.

Victorian Floor Length Dress

Victorian Floor Length Dress

During the late 1960’s and the 1970’s the maxi dress/skirt was in it’s prime. I found some vintage Maxi Dresses. They are varied in size, shape and fabrication. The dresses reflect the spirit of the 1970’s. The influence of the hippies. Also the influence of the disco halls. There is also the high fashion influence too. Many designers embraced this style of dress and made it their own.

Vintage Maxi Dress

Vintage Maxi Dress

Betsey Johnson Dress

Betsey Johnson Dress

Jack Bryan Dress

Jack Bryan Dress

Now looking at today’s fashion. The Maxi Dress is back for the summer with a vengeance. The 1970’s are back in fashion. We have seen these styles bloom over at the fashion shows. Not only for summer but the winter is also seeing a lot of 1970’s influences. The looks for the Maxi Dresses today have many fabrics and patterns.

Vince Womens

Vince Womens

Elie Tahari

Elie Tahari

A great force in popularizing the Maxi Dress have been the celebrities seen wearing them in tabloid photos. I think that celebrities will always have a great influence on fashion. Their influence will continue to help shape the fashion cycle as it goes on.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Milla Jovoich

Milla Jovoich

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