Monday, 27 December 2010

Mark Fast

One of my favourite knitwear designers that I have discovered this term is Mark Fast who studied at Central Saint Martins and now works in his own studio in London. He creates very intricate, highly detailed and body concious designs which are more like a beautiful piece of art.

Mark designs by hand on a domestic knitting machine and he has devised innovative stitching techniques, blending lycra with viscose, angora or wool. He is inspired by the endless possibilities of lycra yarns, sculpting areas of tension and areas of volume over the body.   Obsessed with texture, Mark’s most recent work explores the relationship of garments to the wearers body. 

Seeing Rihanna (one of my favourite music artists) wearing a Mark Fast dress on the front cover of Marie Claire, December 2010 Christmas Issue, inspired me to write a post about this genius. I love his use of all over eyelets and ladders to reveal flesh and create futuristic patterns and shape. He also uses striking colours to enhance his unique designs and is also NOT afraid to use models with larger figures on the catwalk to showcase his work which I think is an excellent way to promote anti size zero - it's not just skinny girls that can wear his sexy, "barely-there" designs and look great in them! I'm going to email Mark and see if he can offer me a short placement over summer - imagine that - wowowowowow !!!

Rihanna + Mark Fast =  <3



Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Designing for Yohji Yamamoto

The first part of design development was a group project involving research into a
specific fashion designer; in our case Yohji Yamamoto, a Japanese designer who
creates very cool, simplistic designs with asymmetric cuts.

We researched the brand, the customers and forthcoming trends for A/W 11/12 and then produced a customer profile board, a mood board and fabric boards which were the starting points for our individual design collections.

Abit of Facebook research/stalking of Yohji Yamamoto fans/customers.

 Analysing Yohji's current collections - on ASOS !

The future...

The Customer...

 Mood board showing colour palette and main themes - asymmetry, japanese tradition, structure, origami effects (pleats&folds) oversized silhouettes and accent colours.

Yarn board (for a knitwear collection).

After the group work was handed in, I started my own design journal to develop a final collection. Once my journal was finished, I chose my best designs, created technical drawings of them and illustrated them through styled outfits reflecting the Yohji Yamamoto brand.


Technical drawings

All work © Julia Handley

Designing for DIESEL

Below are some photos of my best work from first year - a group project which involved designing a Womenswear, Menswear and Knitwear range for DIESEL. We had to create mood boards and fabric boards as inspiration for each collection. I think all of them reflect the DIESEL brand really well and most of the images that make up the mood boards are photos we took ourselves on a little adventure to York.

All work © Julia Handley & Chloe McKernan

Monday, 20 December 2010

Fair Isle Love

Knitting has become my obsession especially fair isle and cable patterns and I'm STILL looking for the perfect Christmas jumper! Dolce & Gabbana totally back me up when I say knitting is cool with their amazing Autumn/Winter 2010 collection... don't know about you but this is DEFINITELY what I want to be wearing this winter ! Cable and fair isle knits with cute snowflake and reindeer patterns are contrasted with luxury fabrics and flattering shapes such as sheer chiffon blouses, dresses and skirts, high-waisted leather hot pants, velvet jackets, knitted leggings and one-pieces; all worn with furry Eskimo boots... who'd have thought knitwear could be so sexy ?