Monday, 31 January 2011

1st day of the 2nd semster

First day back at university today after a while. Feeling tired from the little amount of walking around the corridors and studios. New project brief was handed down to us today, new task being make a pair of trousers based/inspired by a decade or culture. Ideas flew into my head as soon as i read the words, however lets see what type of influences touches me next week in PARIS!

Today, I shocked myself. Never in my life have I felt so active and motivated to start on a project. Haha shows how dead my brain was going on assessment leave. I'm working on organizing myself and being more time efficient. Took the first steps and bought a locker to help me out. Here are two images from today I felt like sharing with you all for different reasons.

Walking through the school of art is like playing spot the 'label'

My new locker that filled up within minutes of receiving the key

Sunday, 30 January 2011

After waiting for a whole week my samples finally came through from Liberty!!

Demented Dragonfly

My wire like hair. I have been malting a lot lately and today I managed to pick up a clump of hair and picture it pretty whilst thinking of reasons why I may be malting. HOWEVER my not so lovely little sister thinks the photos look like a demented dragonfly. To be offended or not to be?? -_- 


Nicole Farhi, Erdem, Oscar De La Renta, Nanette Lepore, Blumarine, D&G, Gucci, Moschino and many more have worked with floral. In fact, Floral, in my opinion is one of the trends that are evergreen. During assessment leave form uni, I got very very very bored so I decided to recycle clothes and fabrics from my spare/junk box. Here are the results!

Alberta Ferretti on either sides and Dolce and Gabbana in between.
All SS11

Old maxi cut recycled ready to be worn coming season 

Celine SS11

Faux Leather
Old coat zip at the front as a fastening

Friday, 28 January 2011

Silk, Chiffons & all the other fancies

A tiring day visit to central London all for the purpose of fabric research. The plan was to head to Goldhawk road to begin with as it's a long stretch of a road filled with exciting textiles shop. Mostly Asian so great when it comes to haggling, esp for poor students like myself! haha. lets just say I wasted time (40 precious minutes) on the tube getting to Hammersmith from Waterloo. However only to find that both the Hammersmith & City line and the Circle line were both closed due to engineering works so there was no possible way of getting to Goldhawk either. HUGE disappointment! So the official fabric hunt started at Liberty's top floor (Regent street, closest tube station being oxford). They didn't give any samples for furnishing fabrics, however a sample order service was available. Other fabrics and yarns were placed on the third floor of the store. As a student, I was entitled to 5 free small samples there which was quite nice as the fabrics were bit pricey and the minimum amount you had to purchase was half a meter.
 I then moved on to Berwick street to find the famous "Cloth House". on this street i came across a few silk shops and other fabric places too. Certainly my first time touching expensive luxurious fabrics! average prices were £145 per meter. Hope your jaw didn't drop open like mine at the time. Whole day was spent in various fabric shops collecting free samples where possible if not buying the minimum amount which added up to a fairly large amount. Luckily I was sharing with two other friends, so it did work a bit cheaper. Notes: for those of you that cannot tell the difference between fake/real fur...look at the back of the fabric if its woven its obviously FAKE if on leather then real. Also real fur isn't available on rolls as its almost impossible to produce that way!!


Cloth house, the smaller one. Quite generous with samples also a very homely atmosphere

The textile king, another friendly place which did tailoring

£180 per m from Broadwick silks, just of Berwick St. Very heavy weight

£99 per m for netted fabric and £125 per m for the sequined fabric. Both from the Silk Society in Berwick St.

Next big style icon??

Manish Arora Spring 2011 worn by Nicki Minaj back in november at the American music awards.
Work of art worn as a garment. esp love the hair and the  Louboutins! her style just keeps getting better and better even though there seems to be a little stir up lil kim.

Minaj's outfit for the late night tour of london. Brave for a january evening I must say lol

Brown, Beige & a lot of fur

My picks from the Maison Martin Margiela Pre-Fall A/W 2011
Minimalist look with the use of bright colour block trend.
Very much inspired by the choice of fabrics used in this collection.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Little suprise form Venice from a dear one

Pretty right? Hand painted Mask from the heart of the city


Cold day at the beach

some photos from a visit to the sea in the middle of January as you do...

crazy surfers but fun to watch

Finger marks on my lens..grrr
Coloured beach huts in every shades of the rainbow

Accessory to adorn the body

Accessory to adorn the body based on the same floral project as before. Main influences being armoury as Iwas inspired by Boudicca.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Who knew the great WARHOL played a part in fasihion illustration?

Humorous Ideas that could/would work realistically  

I didn't know Warhol had left a mark in fashion until i came across a book in the Library that documented a collection of fashion illustrations by him. Andy Warhol Fashion, ISBN number: 0811843173. Would recommend it as I found it inspiring and amazing to look through.

Pop art shines through even in his fashion illustrations

I ended up watching Factory Girl (2006) in the end. For those of you that haven't seen it, its a movie focusing on the rise and fall of Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller), a socialite figure that helped Warhol gain popularity. Point to be noted, do NOT watch with parents as it can get very awkward.


Yesterday afternoon, I took part in a activity that required lighting 108 lamps. It's the prettiest thing i have seen next to bright city lights. However, like everything in life, the 108 lamps too has a strong meaning behind it. Apart from the fact 1 power 1 x 2 power 2 x 3 power 3 = 108. It is also the sacred number in Hinduism, Buddhism and dharmic religions. 108 is the number of the man as according to the Rosicrucian. The summit that a man can reach on the path during his incarnation and also the number of his achievements is 108.
other interesting facts about 108:
  • In astrology, 12 houses and 9 planets... 9 x 12 = 108
  • The diameter is exactly 108 times greater that the earth itself. 
All these facts one might find inspiring and influential. On the other hand, knowing me, I just love how pretty the 108 lamps look once all lit up. Great Fire Hazard though so be careful if you try it at home.

Lighting it one by one with a few wishes in mind

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Fashion Knitwear

My starting point. Shapes.
 Inspiration : Arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity. 

This jeweller box is where it all started for this knitwear for fashion project. Architecture is something i looked into, however found it too structured to explore. Inspiration lead to the construction of this dress. I knitted a long piece and then manipulated it to create shape and volume. Here are a couple of the images of the dress. 

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Growing world of fashion in Nepal

Tenzin Bhutia's Designs on Mega Model 2
(similar to project catwalk UK)
 After the rise of PG aka Prabal Gurung, i saw a flicker of hope for fashionistas in Nepal. There are a few fashion houses, which to tell you the truth took me by surprise as most Nepalese people I have come across only have open eyes and ears for business and who could forget..nursing? Bhutia came to rise after taking part in Mega Model, which is a show aired in India very much similar to Project Catwalk. Bhutia took up the fashion pathway at NIFT Bangalore and currently works for Himalayan Couture in the heart of Kathmandu. 
Other projects include a collection for the Nepalese candidate, Sahana Bajracharya, for Miss Earth 2010. Below are some images of his creations and also from the Miss Earth collection. Very much a fan of the electric blue dress myself i must say. Love the geometric on the surface. However, taste varies form one to another. What do you think of this upcoming star?? Will do my best to keep you updated on Bhutia and future projects.

Bhutia, worn @ Miss Earth 2010


Simplicity at its best. love the neutrals 

I see cultural refrences and influences. love the headwear.  



Monday, 10 January 2011

Paper Waste

Recycled Skirt I made using 226 shopping receipts.

Zip on the back of the skirt, taken form an old school bag.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Spring/Summer 2011 - Ten Inspiring Collections

Elie Saab

Giambattista Valli

Alexis Mabile


Elie Tahari

Maison Martin Margiela

Mark Fast

Matthew Williamson

Sonia Rykiel

Zac Posen

fairytale findings..

Browsing online to save myself from boredom...guess what i found? Martin Margiela GLASS SHOES!! well Mostly known as Cinderella shoes!! Maybe fairy tales do come true to some extent..


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