Archives for the month of: January, 2011

Since my last post, I have been struggling with my entrance exam to FIDM. At first, ideas for sketches came instantly and I liked them a lot. Now re-reading over the project guidelines, I have yet to put together my mood board.  I almost always derive my inspiration from clothes I see in stores, magazines, fashion shows, etc, and then create sketches that combine all of those medias into things I would like to wear. However, this time around I am having trouble with pinpointing exactly what my six sketches are inspired by.

I took a recent trip to JoAnns to look at possible items I could put on my board, but came out with only a few things. Nothing caught my attention, or coincided with the sketches I had already drawn. I was beginning to second guess myself and thought about starting over.

After countless hours of thinking and looking over the drawings I already completed, I began to discover something great. I was no longer upset about the unsuccessful trip to the store. It was finally clear to me that what I had to do was to become my own inspiration. I truly like the garments I created, and I am determined to make the board work with them. Just because a store doesn’t have what you want, doesn’t mean YOU can’t create it!

Now I want to know, what inspires YOU?

In looking for different means of inspiration, I stumbled upon the Spring 2011 runway shows on Style.com. Some of my favorite collections so far are  Badgley Mischka, Balmain, BCBG Max Azria, Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, and Chloe just to name a FEW!

What S/S 11 shows did you love?

Guess it’s back to sketching…till next time! Go be inspired.

-M

The beginning of each year always brings something new: new classes, new resolutions, and of course a newer, improved YOU. This stays true for fashion’s biggest driving force, trends. Though winter staples such as clogs, shearling jackets, and minimalistic outfits will be carried into Spring, here are some things to look out for in the coming months.

  • Nautical stripes are back again
  • Texture is key! Velvet, lace, and feathers are fun ways to spice up a plain outfit
  • The color for Spring is Honeysuckle. This bright and bold pinkish hue will make transitioning into the warmer months that much easier
  • Pattern mixing (especially florals) all are the rage
  • Instead of using dark colors to achieve a minimalist look, opt for nudes and peaches instead

Using this knowledge, I will be creating a mood board for my FIDM entrance project. FIDM is a very unique school in that they require all of their applicants to complete an entrance project according to their desired major. Since I would like to major in Fashion Design, I must create a mood board of my choice using all types of mediums, and then render six additional sketches that are inspired by the board. I’m hoping to complete this and the rest of my application by the end of the month!

Stay fashionable!

-M

I’ve never been a fan of making New Years Resolutions, let alone keeping them. This year I have changed my outlook on the subject entirely and have vowed to make a resolution that will define 2011. I am committing this year to ME and my GOALS. What are your NYR’s?

My final semester of school begins Monday, and I cannot explain how excited I am for it to come to an end. While balancing school, I have been offered a great new opportunity with the Theatre Department there. For the length of this semester, I will be the official costumer for all of the shows put on by AWC Theatre. Our main stage production, Queen Lear(an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear), is what I am looking forward to most. We have been lucky enough to have a ton of Renaissance style patterns donated to us, which I can’t wait to look to through!

While I will be focusing on acing my last semester of school, a big portion of my time will also be spent on applying to FIDM and moving to San Francisco in late August/early September. This year is going to be full of change and new experiences.

I will also be blogging more and updating my admission process to the school and the journey along the way. Stay tuned for more posts and make this year the best you one that you possibly can!

-M