Hello! And I finally found my way on here J
I went with the concept of ‘Street Luxe’ in an attempt to really start to develop my own aesthetic. Alexander Wang has been a huge influence in this; I love his idea of this clean, classic and refined silhouette meeting an urban street provocative ideal. Of course I will find my very own style but it’s definitely a starting point. And I worked this idea in to the woollen mermaids brief as it asks us to take the clean and classic and pump innovation into it.
The whole idea of a mermaid and the sea (as well as WGSN trends) lead me to explore ropework, macramé, knitting and crochet. I then started to think about how to incorporate it into the construction and flattering design lines of the swimsuit.
I’ll make a note here: I looked into where the swimsuit has been (history – very intriguing) and where it is going. The one major trend I discovered is creating a range of swimsuits to suit all body shapes. I took this and created my designs, finally deciding on two – one that covered up and one that revealed. (I continued on with the one which reveals – more of a challenge!). Swimsuits for the 21st Century here I come!
Some links to inspiration (I like the idea of a muse, or two, or three, but with the same look):
http://www.calikartel.com/dan-martensen/ Alexander Wang’s muse, Erin Wasson
http://prettyguideofart.blogspot.com/ A blog which (at the moment) has a lot of really relevant images to my concept, particularly one editorial from photographer Hedi Slimane featuring model, Sasha Pivovarova in Simplement Couture, April Vogue Paris 2008. She is a good example of a muse.
I will leave you with this for now – more soon though! I need to catch up! And I have PLENTY in store, don’t even worry about that.