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I ♥ You Click: August 17, 2009

August 17, 2009

Sorry for the short hiatus! Summer semester has just ended and I’ve been picking up more shifts at work – I am enjoying the winding down days before my final year in fashion school starts. Today I’ve only got 2 clicks for you, but that’s because they are both so full of eye candy and inspiration and fashion delicious-ness. Both are textile centric blogs that give upcoming designers the spotlight; glad to see blogs like this promoting the work of new innovators in fashion design. Enjoy!

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KNITkicks

An awesome blog showcasing contemporary runway ready knitwear design. I love seeing the innovation and creativity going on with knits here, and how they translate to high fashion instead of the usual suspect: grandma’s cardigans. The blog did a great series on 2009 graduates. Below: Pandora Bahrami’s graduate collection.

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Spot On: Textiles

This blog by textile design student Ditte Lerche was actually inspired by KNITkicks, but with less of a focus solely on knitwear, and encompassing a wider range of textile design for fashion. I love the interviews which go into the process and development of designing a textile-based fashion collection, and most of the posts focus on current students and recent graduate work. So refreshing to see among a sea of style-focused fashion blogs – this one focuses on design and innovation, and gives upcoming designers a place to showcase their work! Below: Louise Bravery’s 2009 graduate collection.

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I ♥ You Click: July 28, 2009

July 28, 2009

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7 Tips for Creating a Print-Based Design Portfolio

Nubby Twiglet has a great blog that I frequent often, and she always has great tips. This one focuses on creating a print-based design portfolio, which I am going to be doing over the new several months. I have mulled it over, and decided against a web portfolio in the meantime, and instead focus on my print-based portfolio. My favorite tip: Keep the layouts simple.

 

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Dull Clothing on Vancouverites

It’s not so much that I love this post, more that I found it interesting. While I do agree that Sunja Link’s aesthetic is very minimalist, I disagree that creativity has a “look” that everyone should subscribe to. I find it strange that this designer would be singled out as an example of dull Vancouver fashion, because I think that dull means conventional, and Sunja’s clothes are so minimalist that they are definitely not conventional, and therefore not dull. And when looking at the styling of the shoot, it is obvious that it was made to look minimal and reflect a certain mood. That’s what they do in fashion, isn’t it? It’s up to the creative consumer to make the clothes their own, and to style as they wish with accessories. The designer provides the clothes, helps to evoke a mood. And anyways, minimalist is a statement in itself. Well, this is just my opinion.

Sunja Link

 

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Hello Local, Goodbye Global: Relocalization movement gains momentum

A comprehensive article from the Georgia Straight that reflects on the relocalization movement. There is so much to be said about this shift going on. This touches on everything from fashion to music to business.

 

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Diane Von Furstenburg and Gloria Vanderbuilt: Exclusive interview on Style.com. Two very strong, glamourous women speak of each other as the “woman across the room.”

I ♥ You Click: July 7, 2009

July 7, 2009

Hi, welcome to another round of clicks I find worthy of sharing with you. Enjoy!

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Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

I think everyone and anyone interested in business, apparel,  sustainability, and/or ethics (which should be everyone), should have a read at this 2005 article, which is full of rich insights in balancing a multi-million dollar business with ethics and holistic philosophy  – the focus is adventure- apparel company Patagonia. I am fascinated by the world of business and great businesspeople, and although it remains a conundrum to grow and profit while doing the best that you can for the world, Chouinard reminds us that it can be done well to benefit the consumer, the company, and the world at large. Although fast forward 4 years and his philosophies have caught up in the world of business – it really is amazing how quickly the world changes, one step at a time.

Blurb as follows: “Can you take a company to the top when you can’t stand nearly everything about traditional business and what it represents? You can if you’re Yvon Chouinard. In an exclusive excerpt from his new management guide, Let My People Go Surfing, Patagonia’s contrarian founder talks about breaking the rules—and creating the world’s most iconoclastic adventure-apparel company.

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Di Mainstone

Trained in fashion design at Central Saint Martin’s, Di Mainstone is at the forefront of the haute tech fashion movement. Her work has been sold at Selfridges, Urban Outfitters, and Harvey Nichols prior to a career pioneering wearable technology – her body of work includes Skorpions, a set of kinetic electronic garments that move and change on the body on organic motion.

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Crunchwear

A blog showcasing the latest in wearable technology, smart fabrics, wearable electronics, and intelligent clothing, with a great extensive list of company links that do work in this field. Great resource for those interested in wearable tech.

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A Whole New Mind

Not exactly an internet read, but this book, A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, although published in 2006, is even more relevant today than it was 3 years ago. It was required reading for my Creativity and Innovation class at school, and it is easy to see why – the book is one of those rare books on the required reading list that I find worthwhile. I usually revel in the newness of books and that is why I refrain from writing notes or folding corners in books, but for this one, so many parts resonated with me that the corners are folded down in many places. Must read chapter: Abundance, Automation and Asia. No scratch that, just read all of it.

One of my favorite quotes from the book: “To be a designer is to be an agent of change” – Barbara Chandler Allen

If you have a passion for design but are not quite sure why, or if you still struggle in finding the value and meaning behind a designer’s work, this book will help you immensely, as it did for me.

Polyvore: Eye candy

June 29, 2009

I love this site! It is so visually stimulating, and we in fashion always love great eye candy. Users mix and match products from stores and create visual boards. I love seeing how people put things together to create style. As someone who loves fashion but isn’t too concerned about my own personal sense of style, I look to these people to get a better understanding of how fashionistas put things together to express themselves, so that as a designer I can help them fulfill that aim and create clothes that they will love.

Apparently this is the web’s largest fashion community, I’m glad I discovered it now. Its kind of hard to keep up with all the new media fashion sites, but there are so many for a good reason – people just love them because so many people love fashion.

Thank you to the internet for making my job so much easier. Of course, nothing beats observing what people actually wear in the real world, but there is hardly an excuse to be a bad designer anymore with all the resources available today. Aren’t we lucky?

I ♥ You Click: June 22, 2009

June 22, 2009

I decided to change the format of my clickables column to focus more on delivering valuable content. This column will come less often but will feature what I view as content worth spreading. Because I don’t have a blogroll, I thought that this would be a great way to spotlight some of my favorite reads and clicks, both new and ones that I’ve followed for some time. Today’s edition has a common thread: creativity. Enjoy!

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Angel Chang’s Diary:

Just recently outed on Bravo’s The Fashion Show, Angel Chang (you can read my first entry on her here) writes a blog that gives some insight into a designer and innovator with sharp business sense as well. She comes across as real, creative and passionate about her work.

Behance Magazine:

Part of the Behance network, which is focused on providing services and products to creatives of all industries to make ideas happen. I love the philosophy behind this company and their mandate in helping creative people succeed in the world.

Katherine Soucie blog at ECUAD:

Designer and entrepreneur of Sans Soucie, Katherine Soucie decided to pursue a formal education at Emily Carr University, where she focuses on exploring the intersection between textiles, print media, and digital technology. Even though Vancouver is not a hotbed for textile innovation, the programs at Emily Carr and SIAT of SFU both integrate the possibility of exploring wearable technology. Katherine’s work is inspiring as she aims to bring a further dimension to textiles and fashion, not falling into the trap of viewing textiles as a traditional craft discipline.

Carrie and Danielle:

With a mantra of “Simply, Beautify, and Prosper”, Carrie and Danielle is written by Carrie and Danielle, creative entrepreneurs of Style Statement, who provide tips and articles on authentic living to appeal to creatives and professionals. (EDIT: After revisiting, I noticed that there has been no new content since February. Hmmm…)

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And if you are in the Vancouver area, this seems interesting. CreativeMix, taking place October 22, 2009, is Vancouver’s Ideation Conference. Sarah Bancroft, editor of Vitamin Daily and former Western Editor of FASHION Magazine, is fashion’s representative speaker at the event. There will be 11 other creative minds spreading their ideas at the event. Due to my upcoming fall schedule, I probably won’t have the opportunity to attend. I hope they release the talks online, like TED.

I <3, You Click: May 8, 2009

May 8, 2009

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Here are some links I found interesting this week:

Productivity, Creativity, and Self

# 6 Steps to Eliminate Limiting Beliefs (Think Simple Now)
# The 4 Hour Workday – getting it all done before noon to free up the rest of your day (Think Simple Now)
# The power of mindfulness and how to live life to the fullest. Tip: Do the one month challenge (Zen Habits)

Fashion

# Haute  Tech Marries Fashion and Technology: a more recent look at the haute tech industry and what it is up to (Newsweek)
# Profile on Vancouver label Nixxi, love the photography (Vancouver Fashion Ezine)
# Slick flip-through online portfolio by 2007 Kwantlen grad Cara Sumpton
# Fashion blog leads to the Paris runway: using social media to break into the fashion biz (CNN)
# Fashion can learn a thing or two from singing sensation Susan Boyle re: social media and the celebration of authenticity (The Business of Fashion)

Twenty1F: Fashion for the 21st Century

October 21, 2008

TWENTY1F (or 21F) is a group of designers, researchers, artists &
technologists pushing the boundaries of fashion. We are committed to
exploring and documenting the redefinition of the body and society through
the hybridization of clothing and technology. 21F features news, events,
opportunities, and resources.”

I’ve been looking for a blog like this for a while, and I’ve finally found it. Sometimes there is just so much information everywhere that it is hard to see where the really good stuff is. Lots of interesting tidbits, some seemingly mundane, but I’m glad there are people out there experimenting rather than closing off their minds to possibilities. It’s always good to take a look at these trends as a designer before they become big enough to get mainstream.

This post on one of my favorite blogs, Fashion Incubator, touches on something that I think relates well to this. Creativity is not skill, and often the two get interchanged. These experimenters and technologies are more creative than many people who draw pretty pictures. I see this all the time – artists who create beautiful things, but are unwilling to push the boundaries and do something new, only something more skillful.