Archive for January, 2009

The Tweet Bandwagon

January 28, 2009

So I’ve finally decided to jump on the Twitter bandwagon. My boss is right. Have to keep on top of all this technology and marketing stuff, after all, those are the two sectors within fashion that I am aiming to focus on.

Find me, click on the link in my side panel. 🙂

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Project Runway Canada 2.0 Premiere

January 28, 2009

Just finished watching the first episode, and it was full of juicy television goodness. We have 3 designers from Vancouver representing, and I have to say, going on TV is a good way to lose credibility and gain exposure. I won’t give anything away of course, but I definitely have my picks.

To me, this is mainly entertainment with a dash of design thrown into it. There are good designers on the show, and valuable feedback, but still entertainment. But isn’t fashion all about entertainment?

Haha. Frankly, no. (At least, I don’t think.)

Feng Shui and Opportunity

January 25, 2009

Its Chinese New Year’s Eve today, so my mom decided to ransack my room to give it a new year’s feng shui touch… which means everything is all over the place and I have to spend the rest of today purging, sorting, and organizing my room, including my wardrobe. It definitely looks like I’ll have to donate a lot, because my 2 closets and one generously sized wardrobe won’t cut it. Actually, I’ve known that for a while.

In work news, I’m getting my Sunday shift back to be the web designer for the store. Apparently, everyone I tell this to says that I should be asking for a raise. But when you’re young and starting out, I want to take every opportunity I can get. I mean, I’m not even trained in web design. They’re putting their trust in me, and I’m probably getting more out of this than they are.

At this point in my life, I don’t need money as much as I need opportunity. I’ll worry about money when I have to live on my own.

My wardrobe buying habits

January 22, 2009

I don’t know if its because I’m getting older, if I’m transitioning between teenage-hood to my adult years, or if its the economy, but my buying habits have really changed in the last year.

I have a lot of clothes. Most of it is junk. I think as soon as I got my first job, and for the first time in my life, had disposable income, I spent it. Then I had no more of it, and I realized that I didn’t even like most of my clothes, which shouldn’t be the case, because I’d like to think that I have good taste (but don’t we all?). The quality isn’t there, I have too many ill fitting pieces (damn my aversion to change rooms), and I don’t have any good, quality clothes.

The only treasures in my wardrobe are:

  • My Talula Babaton black wool/cashmere coat because it is so classic
  • My pleated green skirt (no label) because it makes me feel so feminine, is super wearable and comfy, and I always get compliments on it
  • My cream cashmere scarf given to me as a birthday present because it is warm and soft and neutral
  • All my American Apparel tees and tanks because they are versatile
  • My black Vero Moda blazer because it works for work

Everything else is just…there. After a couple years, I noticed a pattern: classic clothes just work. As a student saving up for numerous things (moving out money, possible further education, travel), I just don’t really buy clothes anymore. And I shouldn’t. Sometimes I cheat (I do love fashion after all). But one of these days, I am going to do a total closet rehaul.

Oh wait, I think it also has a little to do with me being in fashion, and understanding how fashion is made to sell, so that everything looks good in all the ads and in the pictures, and on the mannequins, but in real life, not always the case. Now, when I look at clothes, I look more closely at the clothes, analyzing more in detail, whereas before I just bought because on a whim, “it looked nice.” Yup, that’s it.

First link!

January 22, 2009

Thank you to Danielle for linking to my blog in this post.

This will be a good incentive for me to stop being lazy and to keep blogging! 🙂

Not a fashion designer

January 22, 2009

I’ve finding myself more and more fascinated with communicating fashion, helping great ideas succeed. The only class I’m taking this semester, Product Development, allowed me the insight that I could aspire towards becoming a product developer or a creative director, but not necessarily would I call myself a fashion designer. The term is overused, and therefore, has lost its meaning, and cheapened the meaning of design.

A lot of people, I feel, are makers of fashion, but not really designers. Design is the cross between art and engineering.

My favorite designer still remains Madeleine Vionnet, after I first did a project on her work back in second year. Design doesn’t have to be flashy and loud – Vionnet’s work proves that.

When someone takes previous ideas and merchandises it to look new for the purpose of SALES, that’s not a designer. The people I admire most are the ones who are a hybrid between designer and product developer.

I would love to be able to call myself a designer, but I don’t have the patience to engineer clothes sadly. The more I learn and the longer I’m in the fashion industry, the more in awe I am of well designed clothes, but the further I stray from wanting to create that myself.

Also, while I still remember, it amazes and saddens me how little most people in fashion seem to know about history, both of clothing and of the world in general. There are many things in the world that I look at and see a need for reform. Maybe this has something to do with my new mission – to communicate fashion, helping the great ideas rise about the stupid/mediocre ones. Whoever said there’s no such thing as a wrong answer never found the right one, and whoever said that all ideas have validity clearly have never witnessed a great one, or lack the imagination in seeing its potential. 😉

Thieves Spring Summer 2009

January 15, 2009

I just recently discovered this line by Sonja den Elzen, Thieves. I love the design philosophy. These are great clothes, innovative while still wearable. Forward without being flashy. I think that the colour has a lot to do with this. My general rule is that to avoid excess flash, colour goes best with simple silhouettes and pared down detail, and interesting silhouettes and details look best with neutrals. That’s my personal design rule. I like interesting minimalism.

Another added bonus, on top of great looking clothes: they’re made from sustainable fabrics!

The website does bug me a little bit though. The text is very small and hard to read :|.

Thieves S/S 2009

thinking about the future

January 15, 2009

When I was in grade 12 trying to picture the kind of life I wanted, that led me to make the decision to enter fashion school, an idea that seemed far-fetched to most. Now, 3 years into fashion school, and instead of me finding my way as a fashion student, each impending day is a muddled pathway to me finding my way out of being a fashion student and into the real world.

Actually, my life is turning out a little more “glamourous” than I thought it would be. I work and intern in the bridal and lingerie industries, respectively. I am the type of person who sets goals and shapes my life towards those goals. In fact, I’m living the dream I had when I was 7.

But, at this point, I feel that this dream needs a little more refining, some tight editing, in order to make its place in my life. There’s too much to do, and I would be happy doing any of it! The question I have to ask is perhaps one that asks something less selfish of me – what can I do for the world that makes use of what I have and who I am?

What I do know is that the world doesn’t need more clothes, maybe better clothes, but not more. I know that technology is important. I know that the economy is fragile (although who knows what’ll happen in 2010?). I know that I love to bring opposites together, including concepts. I know I believe in holistic design.

Over time, you may see pieces of my thought process for my 4th year collection start to materialize on this blog.

Another goal

January 8, 2009

As an addition to my last post, I’ll also try to bring in a global perspective to fashion, while keeping an eye on Vancouver’s fashion industry, as well as the Canadian fashion front at large.

Even though I myself don’t know where I will be in 1.5 years (geographically), it may only be because there is not enough support within our local industry to allow me to explore and pursue a career in fashion here. But if talent and skilled workers were more evenly spread out through the geographically concentrated areas in the world, then we would all have thriving fashion industries. Then again, I guess it already is as spread out as it can be considering that Vancouver’s population isn’t really that big when compared to other major cities. Its not that I necessarily have to work in a big city, its just that I feel like I may not get the chance to explore the many great opportunities out there if I stay here. But I do love Vancouver.

This is a topic I would like to explore more through research, analysis, and blogging. In a couple years, I may look back on what I write and think differently. I may go exactly where I thought I would, or not. Who knows. I may look back and think “wow, I can’t believe I was ever afraid of moving out and going at it on my own, in _____ no less!” Or perhaps it’ll be a “wow, I can’t believe I ever thought I needed to move to get where I want to go – I can do it right here!”

2009, here we come

January 8, 2009

Internship

Part time job

School

These are the 3 areas in my life right now that affect my career direction and outcome. This year, I will work hard, reflect, and push the boundaries. I have the foundation to be able to do so for all three.

My other very important goal is to blog more. I have a habit of letting my blogs slip because I get busy, and then I seem to lose momentum, or I don’t know what to write about, etc. My focus will simply be to document my life as a transitioning fashion student. The goal of blogging is to reach people, and what I want to get across are the things that I am passionate about.

Expect to see 3 posts a week. One more personal in content, and the other two, topics of interest to me. Of course, I now have the time to do this because my hours at work got cut by 2/3 because of the darn economic crisis…