THE GLITTERATI OF THE INSECT WORLD!
When designing It is always good to start with some images from magazines of fashion that convey the same sort of mood or trend you are focusing on. This is our board.
We have used the influence of the colors and textures from the insects, etc. in choosing our fabrics and color palette for 2010. In response, we have found some amazing qualities that convey the texture, colors and provoke the trend we want to promote. 1) A fantastic supple pleather with a matte finish and wonderful drape
2) Some amazing nylon mesh
3) Lightweight netting
4) A luxurious nylon based quality that has some flocking which recalls the furry characteristics of the moths we are inspired by.
Our Fabrications board so far
Some pattern work from Fall 2010! I love making the patterns!!
During the process of creating patterns is when the collection really starts to come together and develop its cohesiveness.
At the end of the day it all translates into something like this.
My Words of Wisdom! LOL
I have learned some very important info through this entire process about myself and this industry. This industry is not for the faint at heart, which i already knew, but I am now reminded about that on a daily basis. If you are trying to "do your own thing" you have to be prepared to only be doing your own thing...It takes so much time and long work days and at the beginning there is no pay and no praise. You work as hard as you can to get everything together and you put it out there and see if it works.
One thing i really have going for me is that I am too stupid to realize when to give up on something. If i think it can work, i will do everything i can to make it happen and i will keep working towards my goal. NEVER GIVE UP!! It may take years to get where you want to be, but once you are there it is all the appreciated. You have to proceed in this industry with the faith that everything is going to work out, do the work so people can take notice somehow things always have a way of working out. Another thing that is a great blessing is the fact that i have a business and design partner that has the desire for this to work just as much as i do and he is extremely talented.
Remember to not take any rejection personally, not everyone is going to like everything you do so deal with it. However, if it is constructive criticism take it to heart and think it over, they may be right they may be wrong..... listen nonetheless and remain humble. A smart designer is one that is flexible on their ideas and absorbs everything!!!! Sometimes this industry is characterized and looked upon as an arrogant and pretentious monster. haha.... I do not believe the industry itself is like this, i do however, believe there is a multitude of people who operate in this industry that do have these characteristics for various personal reasons. It is also true this industry can be filled with over-the-top drama, i mean, It is an industry made up of people who are passionate, creative, hard working and motivated it must be expected. These are the things that make the industry exciting.
Most importantly: know yourself and your aesthetic. In order to succeed in this industry you have to be secure in your decisions. I believe most of the people who succeed in this industry do so because when they are asked for their opinion or to make a decision they have the ability to do it. They don't question it, they don't ask others they give their decision and stand behind it, eventually people begin to take their lead.