Kids clothes

As you may know, (or not, I know I’m fabulous but you may not know me very well!) I started doing my Foundation Degree course because I couldn’t find clothes for The Cub W.L.F.* that I actually liked or wanted him to wear. It was the usual thing, 25 racks of clothes for girls – so long as you want it in pink – and 2, if you’re lucky for boys, so long as you want it in blue or beige! There are hundreds of sites all churning out mini Boden type clothing which IMNSHO is the John Major of children’s wear – a bit beige, not very exciting and liable to bore you to death if you let it. Whilst looking into putting together a range of clothing that suits my aesthetic and works with what I have in mind for my own son I’ve come across some wonderful sites, I thought I’d share them with you – aint you all lucky and stuff?

In no particular order:

  • Les Cullotes Courtes written in english you’ll be gratful to know but with a view point which is distinctively French – you might have guessed that from the name of the blog. This blog brings you fab children’s fashions, it also includes links to sales and other child related stuff such as nursery equipment but mostly concentrates on garments. I like it as it has a definite point of view and features some really lovely styles for children.
  • Kids Fashion Review a review of kids fashions in the Australasia region. Gives a nice change to see what’s going on with kids fashions on the other side of the world and likes to include some quirky styles – which suits me down to the ground!
  • Stroller in the City  Brianne Tursi Manz shares what she finds in NYC for mums from fashion to great places to take the kids. I like to imagine I live a fabulous life in NYC ala Bethenney Frankel and it’s me really 😉
  • Boys Be Cool does what it says in the title really, this blog helps to point you towards sites that have ace boys clothes that won’t break the bank. Of course it helps if you live in the USA, but it’s a great place to go for inspiration.
  • Cool Kids Clothes cool vintage, new and fab clothing. I like it because I always see something that inspires my own design.
  • Smockaholics Anonymous is really about smocked clothing – could you guess from the title? But, as I like that kind of thing for babies I like the blog!
  • The Brothers Trimm a general blog for boys which also features fashion. Gotta love other parents who find out great things for their kids and shares the knowledge.
  • Pirouette this blog based in the USA aims to bridge the gap between the industry which has great kids products and people looking to buy great products for their kids. It does it rather well.
  • Planet Awesome Kid shows street style wear for children and invites people to send pictures of their own children’s style. Great inspiration for combining clothes for your children.
  • Smudgetikka written by the Fashion Director at Junior Magazine, good for trend predictions and letting you know what is fresh and new for children’s fashion.
  • Bloesem Kids great general blog and round up of what’s cool for children.
  • Child Mode based in the USA but with an eye towards Europe a great blog which also covers maternity wear.
  • Kenzie Poo get past the name as this is a blog about fresh and edgy kids stuff. The name is unfortunate!
  • 365 days of Children’s Clothes one woman’s attempt to get her the cool clothes here kids wear online. I like it!
  • Bellissima Kids great site from travel with children to fashion.

I like to keep an eye on these blogs for inspiration for our line and for ways of putting outfits together. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Please leave a comment about which ones you like and why.

Mwah mwah!

dxx

* W.L.F. = Weird Little Fucker, cos he is and it’s one of the things I love about him most of all. I hope he never develops normal!

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Press kits

So, I’ve been looking at putting together press kits to, you know, get myself noticed/some kind of paid employment!

I’m going to include a cd full of images of things I’ve made – not the stuff I already have, not that there’s ANYTHING wrong with the photography, more that the images aren’t perfect due to the way the shoot had to happen. So here’s my plan:

Re-shoot the garments over the summer as both a look book and some still life shots.

Hammer on the door of any and all local/free papers until somebody gives me even half a column inch and I have some kind of press.

Use my, not inconsiderate, skills at making me look better in writing than I am without lying – v handy for cv’s as some of my friends will agree! – to put together a covering letter to let the press know what an awesome person they’ve been overlooking! This will include a couple of influences, what I’ve done outside college and where I’m moving forward in the future.

Carry a folder with me at all times containing the information – you never know who you are going to run into.

Then I’m going to

NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK

I’m not above cashing in on my friends contacts so if any of you reading this has any contacts/advise on the above I’ll take any meetings and or criticism you want to give me!

As always MWAH MWAH!

DXX

PS you never know I might do Project Runway after my third year!

Photoshoot Pl Make up

it would be a plan but it seems I can only get so far with it until it all goes crashing down around my ankles so for now it’s just a pl – quelle surprise!

Make up for photo shoot
As much as I love this:

Fan Bingbing
Vogue China June 2012 – Beauty
Editorial: “Diva Fan-tasy”
Photographer: David Slijper
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Ida Wang, Tina Chai
Makeup Artist: Lisa Houghton
It’s not the look my collection needs, it needs clean and should be easily fit into a busy lifestyle with the ability to turn into an evening look easily as that is what my muse needs.
So more like this – yes I luv Fan Bingbing:

Which can become this easily:

Nicole Kidman in Lanvin

So there are 3 looks for the various outfits which can be scaled up through the shoot:
Barely there for the work out outfit – who actually works out with a full face of make up on?
Scarlett Johannson for Dolce & Gabbana

Love this Dolce & Gabanna Spring 2010 ad (not sure who the model is – if you know please tell me!), it’s fresh, clean and healthy looking.

Laura Robson Adidas Ad date unknown, she looks healthy and fresh faced, it’s a recurring theme.
So that’s decided then, clean make up, mascara, foundation, blush, lip gloss, maybe a little highlighter to give some fresh faced shine.
For the day look a simple make up which can be added to to translate into an evening look, although obviously NOT the hair:

Katherine Heigle out and about in LA.
Or this:

Natalie Portman in Dior in Paris – she could smile!


For the evening look a strong lip with a nude eye, this was a strong look on the Autum/Winter 2012/13 catwalk which translated across from the catwalk to the red carpet:

I think this was a look from the Diane Von Furstenberg Autumn/Winter 2012/13 collection
It would be easy for her to do and would work with the garments.
So that’s the make-up decided then!

Mwah mwah!

dxx

Branding – GAH!

So I’m looking at branding for the moment. It’s a pain, I can’t afford to outsource this even though it’s not my forté, so I should really! But I’m a poor student so I’m struggling onwards.
I’m looking for a killa strapline that isn’t cheesy. Those of you who don’t know me personally may be a little surprised by this – I do cheesy VERY well, so it’s been tough! Here’s some stuff I’ve thrown away so far:
Your passion is our fashion – this one actually made me through up a bit in my mouth, I was not aware there was a level of cheese in the universe that could make me do that! 😉
Etre Meilleur – French for Be Better ok but a bit posey
Aaaaaaaah Fashion! – but I thought as I’d already stolen the name of the company from Gok, this might be going a leetle bit too far
You’ll never put a better bit of fashion on your kife – the bus to reality street has left the terminal and you missed it
When the going get’s tough, the tough get fashion – desperation sets in
Feel the fashion – then sleazy 70’s music slides in afterwards
Fashion this – I imagined a big fist with fashion this written on it, hey, I’m desperate!
Don’t live a little, live a fashion – I swear at this point I was getting delusional!
It could be because I’m rubbish at this kind of thing – I am. But, I’m going with the fact I’ve been up since 0400 this morning due to bird song and heat. I’m British I’m not made for sunny weather and whoever thinks bird song is lovely can come and listen to the cacophony outside my bedroom window and be woken up by it!
Anyhoo the contenders are:
Great Fashion. Great Times – conjures up those lovely days of summer when your off out with your friends having stupid amounts of fun, but can I really guarantee great times?
and
You’ve always got time for fashion – although that doesn’t really strike me as fantastic
I’ve decided to go with:
Where do you want your fashion to take you to today?
Which doesn’t make me retch and is pretty much the best I’ve come up with – faint praise that this is. It is, however, much better than freelance fashion designer which is the alternative.
If you’ve got anything you think would work leave a comment.
As usual, if you follow my blog, I’ll follow  your’s.

Mwah mwah

dxx

Fashion Show

I have major issues with this program.

First, exactly what are the rules? Project Runway is in it’s 10th season (11th if you include All Stars) and Heidi still trots out the what exactly goes on every episode. This program never has told you exactly what is going on.

Secondly, the prizes. Apparently it’s some kind of big NBC secret what the contestants actually win as nobody will say if they get the money bid on the clothing or if this is how much they will make of them. Again there is (allegedly) a $6,000,000 collection in all 3 stores up for grabs but nobody knows if the winner gets 6 million or that’s what goes into the stores!

Thirdly, the mentors were odd choices in my opinion. The only person I understand being there is Nicole Richie.

And the winner – don’t look if you haven’t seen it:

::drum roll::

Kara

I think Kara deserved to win and I’m really glad she did – I want my tailoring to look that sharp!

Mwah, mwah!

dxx

I’ve been naughty

NO! Not that way – wash your mind out with soap! I haven’t really blogged very much, ergo, I’ve been naughty!
I promise to do better starting, well now really 😉
This is what I handed in for my portfolio – have a look and tell me what you think. I have to say I’m very proud of the work I’ve done this year, I know there are flaws but I’ve learned SO much and I can draw. Admittedly, the only way I can draw is using illustrator put it’s still valid!

This is my customer board, it’s supposed to tell you she’s busy and is juggling a lot of things from family to work and the influence her city has on her. I hope you get that from the board.
My inspiration boards, I was inspired by the clothing my muse needed for a week in here life, she runs a PR business and has to attend lots of different functions as well as getting through the day to day stuff.
I’ve named all my garments after areas of Manhattan to bring in the theme of the city she lives in. This is my work out outfit. I’ve tried to fit the name with the outfit based on the vibe of the area – I know how arty do I sound? 😉
A casual brunch outfit or just dropping off the kids – my muse is super woman! This collection is also about me learning new skills so I’ve tried to include many different types of fabric from jersey to chiffon.
Easy day at the office or brunch with the girls, she’d wear this is she didn’t have any clients to see but could dress up the look if she needed to see somebody unexpectedly.
A more formal day at the office look.
A kimono style dress that can be worn for the more casual events she has to go to like a Soho art gallery opening.

A formal gown for grand events such as opening night at the Met.

My range plan, the looks all together I hope it looks like a collection even though they are very different garments.

And my colour board which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
Tell me what you think of them and when I get the marks back I’ll let  you know what I got.
So far I’ve only got one result which was over 70% (equivalent to a first) for my presentation, I KNOW the rest of the marks will not be that good!
Mwah, mwah!
dxx

The King was Crowned and other stories

Well, PR Allstars has come and gone and the King was crowned. Not that Mondo didn’t deserve to win, it’s just it was all a bit, expected. Here’s my fav look from the runway:

Yes, it’s a Mondo look – why are you surprised?
IMO there was nothing on the runway from anyone that made me wish I’d designed it, and Rami should have been there instead of Michael Costello.

I’ve been very busy writing a report for Contextual Studies along with a reflective diary and getting my portfolio together, with another reflective diary. I hate the reflective diary part but it does make you look and critically analyse your work so it’s useful.

Anyhow, here’s the second year boards I’ve added, please let me know what you think. The boards are spread across 2 A3 pages. I’ll be adding my flats when I’ve finished the annotation. All constructive criticism welcome!

Customer/Inspiration:

Split over 2 A3 pages:

These are on separate A3 pages

 
Colour:
Split over 2 A3 pages:

So come on, tell me what you think!

Mwah, mwah!

dxx