Archive for November, 2010


River cooter, Pseudemys concinna, 4 inches across. Photograph by David Liittschwager

Many of nature’s creatures could put on their own version of a Milan fashion show. With their eye-catching coats of fuzzy algae, fluttery tiered layers, star patterns, and delicate crimson strands, they would inspire even the most particular designer.

 

The remarkable coat of algae on this river cooter turtle, one of the animals in One Cubic Foot, isn’t an original. Summer in the Tennessee River is “good growing season,” says photographer David Liittschwager. River turtles commonly have algae on their shells then, explains Don Hubbs of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, because they “spend a lot of time both feeding in the river and then basking on logs and onshore.” Their shells provide an ideal place for algae to attach and grow.

Sacoglossan sea slug, Cyerce nigricans, 0.6 inches long. Photograph by David Liittschwager

The Sacoglossan sea slug stands out in the tropical waters of French Polynesia with its striking patterned frills—haute couture among marine animals. “This extraordinary little creature came swimming through the cube at night,” Liittschwager says. “It was beautiful.” Like other decorated slugs, its bright colors are in fact a warning: When the slug is disturbed, it produces distasteful, sometimes toxic, chemicals as a defense.

Sea star, Meridiastra rapa, 0.55 inches across. Photograph by David Liittschwager

The sunrise hues of a sea star also make an impression in French Polynesian waters. The bold colors may also serve to scare away predators or to act as camouflage—a popular design.

Wood sorrel, Oxalis polyphylla, 1.5 inches across. Photograph by David Liittschwager

Wood sorrel, with its delicate, lacy red leaves, thrives across Table Mountain Park in South Africa. A geophyte, the plant has an underground storage organ that holds water and nutrients. As a result, its leaves—like fashion—are short-lived. Of course there’s always next season.

http://blogs.ngm.com/blog_central/2010/02/natures-fashion-show-in-one-cubic-foot-1.html#comments

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Shoe: Barefoot Running

Photograph by Vibram FiveFingers

Barefoot running, the biggest trend in the sport in decades, mostly isn’t—barefoot, that is. But Vibram’s unconventional FiveFingers come closest while still protecting your feet, and the recent model, the Bikila, is the most directly oriented toward running. The sock liner is more comfortable, the 3mm insole more protective, and the 4mm outsole better girded with thin plating. If you can get over your feet becoming a conversation piece wherever you run, there’s no better way to adopt “barefoot” fitness ($99; www.vibramfivefingers.com).

 

I want to live in this bag!!!

A large DIOR handbag sits in front of the stores entrance at the 57th street location until the store reopens later in December….  Beats having an ugly metal barricade.  Pretty cool!

08/09/2010

When we go to the universe in the future, what will happen?

Even if scientist develop epoch-making equipments that enable people teleport down to other planet, it will still be a long journey.

Where we can get materials to make a garment?  Luckily, if we can find a planet that has similar atmosphere of the earth. it’s possible to set up the facilities just like what we have on the earth.

Still looks very far to achieve.  Should we pack hundreds of thousands of garment for space travel?

Under the assumption that scientist develop  some  kind of substances  make bubbles not easy to pop and quite sustainable in the air by touching surroundings. also it should in various colours.

What is good things about bubble?

* It’s gone quickly when we have a shower, so we don’t need to worry about how to deal with vast amount of rubbish.

* applicable for every designs.

* not much materials need to build a garment.

Here is my BUBBLER project.

It is a kind of machine fit people i a beautiful bubble clothes.

Are you imagine this? no way,, then every body will be a Lady Gaga on a stage.

How to meet ” Bubbler”?

Find the nearest bubbler , then choose and purchase your favourite designs.

Then, go to Bubbler booth.

There are nozzles installed in a booth and it send out bubbles and place onto your body as programmed.

What yourself will be ?

Ready to go to a party in space????  : )

This is tangible project at this stage, though, it is worthy to think about for the future, since the amount of resources are running out of its reserves.

It is the time to think about future fabrication something is sustainable to be supplied in the future.

 

Background

Though 2011 will see us move still further from the economic woes of recent history, don’t expect a massive change in the tangent of fashion: the major excesses of the last decade are gone, and 2011 will see us, rightfully, continue on with a drive of subtle consumption mixed with obvious quality. 2011 fashion trends will accomodate the fact that we’ll be buying less but spending more. That means less bland, and more quality. Fewer indulgences, but better statement pieces. And what will those statements pieces and trends for 2011 be?

Key Looks by desingers

Burberry and Balmain

Biker clothing

Burberry and Balmain were nspired by Motorcycle chic.

As of spring 2011 the military fashion trend will have been with us for over a decade. And for that decade it’s been great, we’ve loved it, but 10 years later we have to admit: spring 2011 is the time to move on. The question is: what do we move on to? The answer: the trend that’s been living in its shadow, waiting for its moment of glory. And for spring / summer 2011 it’s going to get just that because here comes the biker trend.

Rider Jacket was in fashion from 2009 and next year more detailed biker clothings will come.

Prada & Balenciaga

The pieces are fresh above all else and combine functional silhouettes with dazzling hues. Bright colors anchor the collection and are seen in expertly tailored suits and striped dresses and skirts, making the pieces wearable. Prints are quirky featuring monkeys, bananas, curlicues and cherubs, creating a sensory overload that is impossible to look away from.

Other added factors of playfulness are the accessories. Creeper-like platforms create an unusual juxtaposition to the femininity of the ready-to-wear and sky-high sandals and pumps mimic the prints featuring curlicues and stripes. Huge fur stoles in eye-popping colors accompany most looks for a perfect transition from chilly weather to warmth.

Though much more over the top, Spring 2011 is not so drastically different from Prada’s Fall collection in terms of silhouettes. The glamour and the sensuality is still there, just exaggerated with the bold prints and hues. Any woman daring enough to be seen in these pieces will surely not be missed.

Let other designers focus on wardrobe basics; at Balenciaga, it’s fashion with a capital F. Working with ideas that could be mundane in other hands—volume, sports, menswear—Nicolas Ghesquière has turned out the boldest pre-fall collection we’ve seen so far. Jackets and coats, some printed with palm tree or geyser motifs, have Cristobal Balenciaga’s signature curving, egg-shaped backs. Sweatshirts are made from jersey fused to high-tech foam and paired with double-layer minis, while smock tops are cut in windbreaker nylon and worn with track pants in wool jacquard. As for the masculine influence, it can be traced in the sloping, oversize shoulders of a jacket laser-cut above the waist.

But color, such a strong theme this season, was the first thing you noticed at the label’s New York presentation. The models wore towering platforms inspired by the French industrial designer Charlotte Perriand and patchworked together from swatches of bright leather, metal, and wood. On their legs, meanwhile, were yellow, red, or green tights spliced vertically with opaque and sheer sections. Yes, the hosiery will be for sale, and for a very nice, under-$100 price.

Lanvin

Continues their feminine look for 2011 s/s.  They have done something with pleats.

Oversize Shoulder

Seems oversize shoulder affected many designers. the skinny short jacket evolved into power shoulder jacket last year, now it become oversized shoulder.

Jill Stuart

Thigh high boots

Or over-the-knee boots.

Thigh boots are considered by many to be erotic or kinky. They are used as fetish clothing in boot fetishism and shoe fetishism.

Always fashion goes to extreme to extreme

When it start from skinny style , it evolves to oversized item and it goes back to original.

COLOURS

Emphasize beauty through use of color. Find inspiration in the world of flowers. Love gold, bronze and all warm metallics. Go for simple, basic shapes in complex final products. These are just some of the rules of Symmetry, our multi-platform forecast for Spring/Summer 2011 offering seasonal inspiration for men’s, women’s, active, cosmetics, interiors and industrial design. Containing key color directives along with visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies and individual swatches of each of the forecasted colors.

Citing exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey as inspiration for spring 2011, designers continue to satisfy consumers’ need to escape everyday challenges with intriguing color combinations that transport them to foreign lands.

“The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “By cleverly combining complementary colors, those that are opposites on the color wheel, they have created a striking intensity to the palette. These unique color combinations make it possible for consumers to pair existing pieces in colors traditionally associated with fall, with new favorites to punch up springtime wardrobes.”

Flirtatious Honeysuckle is a feel-good hue that brings a festive sense of playfulness to this season’s palette. This vibrant pinkish-red for both apparel and cosmetics makes consumers feel alive, and is a perfect post-winter pick-me-up.

Spicy, gregarious and persuasive describe Coral Rose, a sophisticated orange that, much like Beeswax, a warm, honeyed yellow, conjures up feelings of faraway lands and locales. Pair either of these piquant hues with a cool, refreshing color-wheel opposite like Regattafor a vibrant color combination that will add zest to any wardrobe. Romantic, fancifulLavender implies sensuality with its subtle hint of red undertone. Combine it with Beeswax or Coral Rose for a unique counterpoint.

Alluring Blue Curacao evokes thoughts of tropical destinations and pays homage to the 2010 Color of the Year, Turquoise. Practical consumers can continue to incorporate enticing Caribbean blues into spring by pairing Blue Curacao with warm, complementary colors like Honeysuckle or Coral Rose. Peapod, a fresh yellow-green, brings an organic element to the palette and is reminiscent of the green shoots that signify change and new beginnings traditionally found in spring.

Trans-seasonal neutrals ground this season’s palette and provide a stable backdrop for all the other colors. The so-called “nude hues” are represented in the range of ethereal Silver Peony to dramatically deep Russet. Another dependable background color, Silver Cloud, is the quintessential neutral that consumers can rely on to coordinate with everything in their closet.

For 17 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important color trends. This report previews the most prominent hues for spring 2011.

http://www.pantone.com/pages/Pantone/Pantone.aspx?pg=20751&ca=4

In the world of custom t-shirt design there are two main types of printing that are used today: Screen and Digital. With designers using both screen and digital printing you might be wondering what the difference between the two are.

Digital Printing

Digital printing is a recent invention in printing. Digital printing works a lot like how a printer for your computer would work. Instead of having that printer print on a piece of paper, it prints directly onto a t-shirt. There are specialized printers that are made just to print on t-shirts.

Digital printing is an easier process than screen printing. A customer can get a multiple color design without having to have a screen made for each color. This provides for a significant saving in both time and money. Digital printing is often used for designs with a lot of detail, color and high resolution. Digital printers can easily print off a picture onto a shirt without having to go through the process of creating different screens for each different color.

Recently, many designers try to use digital printing for their collections , because there is no limitation of colours and motif repeat size.

[Alexander Macqueen 2010]

Balancing ruffled silk-organza layers with a nipped-in corseted waist, Alexander McQueen’s multicolored digital snake-print dress makes a directional party silhouette.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is an age old process when it comes to designing t-shirts. Screen printing uses screens as stencils in order to directly imprint ink onto the fabric of the shirt. The original design is printed onto a screen and a different screen is needed for each color that is used in the design. Once imprinted, the fabric of the t-shirt absorbs the ink, fusing the design and the shirt into one entity.

Screen printing is usually used for larger orders. Most custom design companies will use screen printing if you order multiple shirts of the same design. It is easier and more cost efficient to use screen printing to mass produce than it is digital printing.

What is the limitation for screen print?

* flame size : the repeat size is limited according to the flame size .

* number of colours : both hand printing and machine printing are limited with 11 to 18 colours. This also depends on whether the factory has a skilled worker or not.

What Process is Better?

There really isn’t an answer to what process is better, it depends more on what type of order you need. If you are buying a single shirt it is probably more efficient to use the digital printing process. If you are buying in bulk, the screen printing process makes more sense.

Custom t-shirt design companies have incorporated digital printing to allow you to order single shirts, where as in the past you had to order in bulk only. The cut off for digital printing varies with most companies. We found that DesignAShirt.com prints shirts digitally if the order is under six, and uses screen printing for most orders of six or more. When we contacted them to learn more about this process we learned that people are sending in photos, sonograms, and all kinds of crazy things and having them digitally printed onto t-shirts. We did find some companies like Cafepress and Zazzle that seem to do all of their orders as digital. It seems from checking their pricing that they find it harder to offer competitive pricing on large runs than companies that offer both screenprinting and digital printing.

http://www.t-shirt-buyers-guide.org/custom_t-shirts/screenprint_digitalprint.htm

Engineering Print for Garments means

A certain Motif should be place in a certain part of garment.

                                                        Engineered Fabric design.

[A dress with a placement]                                                   [Factory marker]

This cannot help inefficiency on fabric usage.  From the planning stage , designers should collaborate with graphic to reduce wastage of fabric consumption.

Why desingers want engineering print for a GARMENT?

                                                    [Alexander Macqueen 2010]

This technique gives an identity to designers , who they are , where their inspiration comes from, for their signature line. 

What is the proper process to make a efficient garment ?

*  Need garment patterns so that graphic can have an idea of a scale.

*  Give an exact idea to pattern maker of motives placement with actual grahic size.

Compare this with all over print !

Allover print : means pattern panels can be place everywhere with great efficiency of fabric.

 

[an allover print dress]

I attended the presentations which held in Barbican centre on 11th of NOV.

3 speakers each gave their presentations under the same theme of future fashion fabrication.

one of them introduced 3D work,, how she created some moving images with 3D and showed us how it worked.

In the future , maybe we can create a fashion show using 3D technology in a virtual reality. It will be a provoking idea for a young designers who are really difficult to raise fund to make a fashion show. However, as of now, it will be costly , maybe more than preparing a fashion show.

Other presentation what I was interested is growing ALGAE in the water and it become a sheet of fabric. Actually this was pretty realistic method among three speaker. I do not know they’ve been through any test whether it is safe for skin or not. However, I strongly agree with this idea.

Synthetic fabric is made of oil and the reserves will run dry soon in any years. We need to develop some fabric is made of other material that is eco-friendly and something is sustainable to get for centuries.

 

Rene Gruau(1909-2004) created some of the most instantly recognisable and enduring fashion and beauty images of the 20th century. His iconic illustratios defined an era, capturing a new mood of post-war modernity and optimism. His bold lines abd fluid style, simple flat planes of colour and daring use of negative space set a new graphic style and influenced a generation of illustrators. Together with his great friend Christian Dior, Gruau created a fresh ideal of feminine beauty, one that embraced a new kind of elegance, sophistication and joie de vivre. This exhibition looks at the special relationship Rene Gruau had with the House of Dior. Rene Gruau and Christian Dior first Met on the fashion desk of the french newspaper Le Figaro in 1936, where both men worked as illustrators. Coming from similar backgrounds and sharing a similar upbringing, each recognised in the other a kindred spirit. When 1947 it was to his friend that he turned to illustrate his Haute Couture designs. In December of that same year Dior launched his first perfume, Miss Dior, and asked Gruau to produce a series of illustrations.

“Do exactly what you want.” he said, ” we speak the same language”. Thus began one of the most fruitful relationships in illustration history. After Dior’s death in 1957, Gruau continued to work with the House of Dior, producing his last images for Christian Dior Parfums, for the men’s fragrance Jules, in the 1980s.

One of the major trends in 20th century magazine design was the gradual increase in the use of cover lines in those magazines that were usually considered leaders in industry and design, until, by the end of the century, cover lines threatened to dominate the cover photograph.


These two covers come from a time when the most powerful images came not from photographs, but from illustrators.

This cover work was replaced by photo as a fashion photography evolves from the mid 20th.

Still, do we need illustration for commercial reasons?

What is the power of illustration then?

I’m more focusing on the technique of it rather than the image of brand. It depends on how it was drawn in technical way, though. If it is for commercial advertisement, it is pretty an antinomy of businese purpose.

During the presentation I have attended last night, one of speaker introduced some relevant work with 3D technique and what fashion industry can achieve thru this technique. It’s evolving every day. Why we need this old method? For the diversion of expression?  I’m still questioning on this.

These days, People are accustomed to see photo covers on magazines instead of illustration. They are easily focused on illustration itself when they see it.

Do we still need to illustrate for commercial?