Thursday, 24 March 2011

Designer Inspiration and more designs

The designers who have shown collections with references to 70's Harlem:
  • Gucci-very opulent, rich colours
  • Trussadi 1911- A minimalist take on the trend, minimal colour palette and simple shapes but still a touch of the opulence
  • YSL Pre-fall- Referenced 1977 YSL Opium collection, very clean lines and simple, structured shapes but with hints of exoticism and luxury
  • The Row-Although not an obvious reference, the exaggerated shapes, fur, animal print and tailoring are all given an interesting twist in the Olsen twins collection. 
  • Malandrino-The hats, furs and sexy draped dresses echo 70's shapes and aesthetics but with an edgy, urban touch.
Following those are my designs which are inspired by the designers' take on 70's Harlem.

Initial Designs

My initial design ideas with inspiration drawn from the pictures below. I wanted the look to be about luxury, glamour, sexiness and over-the-top attention grabbing clothes. However, since these are my initial ideas I know the references to the 70s are too literal. 


Charity shop top, River Island shorts and belt, Chockers knock off Doc Martin boots

Feeling thoroughly dejected about lack of new clothes in MONTHS. So I decided to re-discover the ones I'd forgotten about to they almost, almost, feel like new clothes.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Harlem Chic

My latest project has been set by the high street store, Warehouse. I am designing for their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, Harlem Chic. I love how glamorous and sexy everything seemed then despite the poverty and oppression, everyone really went for it. Its great to have such flamboyant inspiration. Especially loving the collars!