Style Journal: 2015 Fashion Show Inspirations

One of the greatest pleasures I have known is the anticipation for Fashion Week’s. En route attending to a certain Fashion show, I dream of early morning grey skies, the city stretching out beneath my balcony as gulls fly overhead, the smell of freshly baked pastries and bread and the ever-inspiring impeccable street style the city is renowned for. Fashion Week is much more than an event, it’s an institution, a sense of community, and a living, breathing piece of art that is constantly changing, growing and evolving. As a designer, I am always intrigued to discover what influences, ideas and concepts the other designers have been working with for the season, and for 2015 I would love to share with you some of the collections that inspired, touched and affected me the most.

Rick Owens

Located in the basement of the Palais De Tokyo, Paris’ modern art museum, the Rick Owens Fall 2015 show started off with a gentle lull beckoning the viewer in the dust grey layers, raw edges and sombre Earth tones. But as the show progressed, a glimmer of light grew and expanded from rich gold tones and gold-leafed faces, to copper sequinned tunics trailing lengths of the metallic ribbon. It was like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, a metaphor that seems ill placed on a designer that has never descended from his elevated position in fashion mythology.


Ann Demeulemeester

With the new creative director Sebastien Meunier at the helm of the Ann Demeulemeester for 2015, it was impossible not to feel a buzz of anticipation for the designer’s artistic direction. It’s not easy to follow in the footsteps of a revolutionary. So when the models came streaming down the runway with smudged eyeliner and wet-look hair wearing billowing black shirts and boldly striped fabrics bound by leather corset-belts, the onlookers breathed a sigh of relief that the spirit of Demeulemeester was still and alive and well.


Yang Li

A master of contradictions; gentle and hard, light and dark, organic and synthetic, past and future, Yang Li manages to retain his signature 90’s aesthetic for 2015 whilst simultaneously thrusting us into the future of fashion. Perhaps the most striking features of the show were the aluminium fused garments that looked like organic anomalies, slices of raw earth and semi-precious stone dissected and fused to the human form. The real magic though was in the movement of the full length silk dupion gowns, flared trousers and heavy wool coats, which transported the audience to a dark dystopian opera of the future.


Marc Jacobs

As models walked over the carpet, guests heard the sound of girls walking on gravel, random every day sounds and a computerized voice explaining what was happening on the runway. But the clothes stood up to the fun theatrics. Of course, one might expect a tongue-in-cheek ode to real housewives of the ’50s or ’60s with a pink house like that, but instead Jacobs did a 180 with louche military.


I love being able to look at different dresses and designs during a fashion show. It’s what I live for. I love to see my designs worn by pretty girls and adored by many.

My 2015 Fashion Style Opinion

I am not really that an expert when it comes to fashion, but I do love fashion and fashion designing is my expertise. Fashion is always evolving, some may no longer be a hit, some may be a throwback, and some may be one for long lasting. Still, fashion is fashion. Everything must be IN! Want my opinion in today’s fashion?

My opinions on some fashion styles in 2015:


I think varsity jackets and trench coat are the biggest things that should be in your wardrobe especially this spring. A varsity jacket is not only warm but always stylish. They have so many variations now that you might be able to find one with a letter on it, example if your name is Johnny Beautiful, and J or B varsity jacket might mean the world to you. The trench coat is good for the rainy spring days and are good for adding a little bit of class to a not so classy outfit. The trench coat can also bring your business casual up to a whole new level.


SURPRISE! Leather jackets are still in, and in my opinion and are not going anywhere. I personally own about four or five of them and they are warm enough to wear in the winter, why do you think motorcycle riders wear them? A classic black one can go with anything you want to wear remember Black goes with anything but try not to get that dingy black or if the dingy black is cheaper you can get that and then get some black clothing die (a little secret I learned).


Crop Top and Low-slung pants? Rihanna is 2015′s poster child for flesh-baring nineties style, bringing vestiges of the era back with logo-fied underwear bands peeking out from intentionally loose waistbands and a partially see-through bra, while popular catwalkers Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Baldwin have all joined in on the action: Jenner in hip-hugging, slinky leather pants and bra; Hadid in a tight, striped scoop-neck shirt and boyfriend jeans; and Baldwin in loose button-fly jeans with a cropped long-sleeve knit. And it’s not too surprising that the six-pack trinity is sporting the throwback pieces, all three walked the navel-celebrating Sonia Rykiel spring 2015 show, which featured it’s fair share of relaxed leather trousers and strappy, ab-exposing tops. As for the more tomboy take? Model Binx Walton gives the slouchy-pant-and-crop-top combo a douse of sporty appeal with a thrown-on windbreaker or hoodie.


But lest you think this is only a nineties game, consider Jane Birkin. The queen of devil-may-care Parisian insouciance packed a punch of polish into the waist-focused ensemble with a beachy take in Cannes several decades previous, wearing a hip-grazing white pant with lace tops and knotted tees that ended just below the breast bone. Just goes to show the artful flash of midsection always works, no matter what era. Crunches, anyone? I think I might go on to buy come crop tops and low-slung pants. No more need for my opinion because, definitely these are a hit in today’s fashion!

9 Tips on Fashion Design and Dressmaking

Starting a fashion design career takes hard work and persistence. If you’re confident that you have what it takes to make it in the fashion world, set realistic expectations for your success. When you’re starting out in your fashion design career, expect to pay your dues in an entry-level position before you can work up to the job you really want. Don’t be afraid to start small. Think about the big picture, but start with an attainable goal. Be creative.

Consequently, it is important to have a comprehensive understanding of the industry and be able to apply acquired skills in a theoretical and practical manner.


I suggest that in order to be a good fashion designer or dressmaker you need to be able to:


  1. Understand fashion trends, clothing ranges and colour groups.


  1. Learn Know how patterns work – flat patterns, commercial patterns, tracing patterns and pattern blocks – read patterns, choose pattern sizes and have basic pattern alteration knowledge.


  1. Have knowledge on the range and quality of the many fibres and fabrics available today – natural and man-made fibres, fashion fabrics, modern developments and special fabrics – which will have a large bearing on your creations.


  1. Be familiar with the tools and equipment necessary for good dressmaking: scissors, tape measure, pins, machine needles, hand needles, stitch ripper, tailor’s chalk, haberdashery, sewing machine, overlocker, iron, ironing board, full-length mirror, flat cutting surface and storage.


  1. Be conversant with inserting zippers and sleeves, buttonholes, waistbands, types of stitching, seam types, stretch sewing, and so on.


  1. Present a design collection using fashion drawing and design skills, as well as the competent use of colour and themes.


  1. Understand which designs will suit the client’s life and activities, as well as know the basic body shapes, hair styles, make-up trends and how to plan a wardrobe.


  1. Know how to set up a system, research customers, basic business structure and types of operation.


How can you become a better Fashion Designer and Dressmaker?

To gain professional fashion design and dressmaking proficiency, it is best to undertake a specialised course that teaches you the essential skills. Search for a school with a course that is a leader in the provision of writing distance education courses that aim to give students a broad understanding of the industry competency regarding both the theoretical and practical application of this knowledge.


Apart from understanding the application of various dressmaking and design skills, by learning elementary drawing techniques to professionally define your creative visions, you can uncover clever ways of presenting your designs and using various media to lift your work.


Recognise and anticipate fashion trends, develop a design theme, and gain an understanding of the process and workings of the fashion haute couture industry. Also, learn how to identify, select and find the fibres that make your clothing stand out from the rest by perfectly balancing style and function.


If you dream of being your own boss, as well as the theory of fashion design and dressmaking you also need to know the practical aspects of how to set up in business.



The Corset – Many people’s view of Victorian women -clutching to bedposts while their maid pulls and pulls at the corset strings to achieve the desirable and highly restrictive tiny waist. The woman battles against the restriction of her undergarments but to no avail. She is doomed to her position in society: a slave to fashion, cosseted and striving to be pleasing to men, whatever the cost.

Now, corset sales are booming, part of a massive trend for body shaping underwear, but the peaks and troughs of demand tell a story about feminism and body image over the past 200 years.


Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Miley Cyrus – there’s quite a list of performers with a history of taking to the stage in a corset. But sales figures suggest ordinary people are turning to one of the greatest symbols of the Victorian era. Corsets are making a comeback.


I think a corset might be one of the most romantic of all lingerie styles. It’s shape wear that can double as clothing. It can look Goth or steampunk, if that’s more the style you’re into. Corsets are even popular for brides. The rise and fall of the corset which has been around in one form or another for hundreds of years also tells a tale of feminism and changing body image.


In Victorian times, most well-to-do women wore one under their dress. But in the 20th Century, the Victorian corset came to be regarded by many as physically oppressive and even associated with women’s inferior status. At one point, it nearly disappeared.


During WWI, there was a practical assault on the corset. With many women working, a constraining undergarment was unhelpful and in parts of the US, women were told to stop buying corsets as the metal was needed. At the same time, the bra started appearing on the scene.


Fashion trends also saw corsets being cast off. The popularity of Coco Chanel’s 1920s creations saw relaxed fashions and flapper dresses, making the flattened female form, or boyish look, more desirable.


There was a brief return to female curves and waist-nipping corsets in the 1950s, when Christian Dior’s “new look” became fashionable, as women sought a glamorous look after the austerity of WWII. But the 1960s saw women get rid of girdles and garter belts en masse at a time of burgeoning female empowerment. Of course some women, particularly those who went for a gothic or punk look, have claimed corsets as a subversive statement for years.


Man-made fibres had changed the make-up of corsets over the years, making them more comfortable. But it was not until Madonna made headlines with her corset-inspired stage outfit during her Blond Ambition tour in 1990 that most women started being interested in them again. Then came the boom of the burlesque scene in the 2000s which saw the corset reincarnated as a symbol of sexual empowerment. Designers such as Prada and Louis Vuitton have put corsets and the 50s silhouette on a pedestal, but more mundane clothing chains have brought the look to the masses.


For me, I believe that corsets are symbols of feminism. It screams girl power and that’s why it’s my passion to design more of it and influence people with feminine power thru my corset designs.