Month: June 2016

I Love Fashion

I Love Fashion

At The Fashion Crowd, we write so many things about fashion. One topic, we have strangely never touched upon, and which is one of the lighter ones and more entertaining, is why fashion is so wonderful. The idea and desire came to us – or rather the writer of this piece – after seeing two wonderful images of wonderful women dressed in a way that was so appealing. I Love Fashion! At my age (36 years) and after 15 years in the fashion industry, it doesn’t happen to me all the time that I fall in love with a garment or outfit, but it definitely does happen. And when it happens, it’s just as strong an emotion, as it always was. It’s a bit like falling in love really. When I was 20, I felt in love all the time – both with men and fashion. As you get older, it gets a lot more difficult. That’s also why, you sometimes hear experienced people from the industry saying that all is the same, all has …

Challenge of fashion education - learning fashion

The Challenge of Fashion Education

The question if fashion education is failing young designers (read the latest post on the matter from NJAL here) is one that is of utmost interest to me. As a fashion designer and later fashion educator, I’ve seen both sides of the table as first a consumer/student and later as an implementer. As someone interested in our industry, and with an educational perspective and awareness of the future, few things come closer to my heart then the apparent challenge of fashion education. As many other dedicated people in fashion education, I’m also passionate about preparing the young generation in the best way. What ‘the best way is’ is centred around a very fundamental question; should a fashion designer have a broad skill set or a narrow one? Or with other words; be a specialist and excel in fashion design or a generalist and excel in also business, marketing and social media? We’re all very aware of what a fashion designer was in ‘the old days’; that was definitely a specialist, and we have a very …

Fashion summer holiday

Illustrator Gloglo on her Fashion Summer Holiday

What our lovely illustrator Gloglo has to say on the topic of how to spend her fashion summer holiday: This is the summer, I have most been looking forward to ever! I have just finished my last year of Fashion Design studies, and I’ve had to work very hard and make a good final project. Although now I feel nostalgic and tired, I also feel very happy, because I finally finished, and I am very satisfied with myself. Now it’s time to relax! To be honest, I never usually plan my vacation. I prefer to get carried away and improvise, as I think, it is more exciting. My philosophy for the perfect vacation is slow-flow life. During the rest of the year, we endure a stressed everyday life with many obligations and always running around. Therefore holiday is our time to press the pause button. Even though I don’t have a plan yet, there are many things I like to do. It’s nothing special, but just simple things that make me feel very good. Swimming …

Fashion summer

Anastasiya’s note on her Fashion Summer

A story of a girl, who learnt that any summer can become a good summer. “What matters is not where you are, but what you do”, – a thought that is a perfect embodiment of what I have been thinking for the last couple of weeks. I heard it during an interview with a designer (not in fashion) and now director of “Aestetik” – Maxi Shilov. I have always been one of those people, who are convinced that being somewhere else would change everything for the better. Summer has always been my escape time – I was so lucky that I had had a chance to travel since being 10 years old. For the most part, the reason for those trips was studying, but I did not care. I was ready to study even on school breaks in order to go on a trip. Even when I became older, trips still remained my main source of joy and happiness. If there is one thing I cannot stop being jealous of that is travelling. YES, I honestly …

what is good fashion design

What is good Fashion Design?

During the week, I had a really inspiring conversation with an experienced academic from San Francisco working in the Fashion Design area. Among the various matters we touched upon, an interesting perspective arose on how Fashion Design – and its successful execution – is constituted by two parts. So what is good fashion design? The string of thoughts started with talking about how fashion, as a creative expression like any other art form, is rooted in intuition. Of all the designers, I’ve worked with, and myself included, design almost always originated from a feeling, intuition or conviction of what a certain object should and could look like. I’ve always experienced it as a very natural and almost immediate sense of just having that intuition. It’s hard to put a finger on more precisely what it is, but another word to use would be talent – which is actually equally intangible. This is where you find the true value of creativity, the wauw factor which a piece or collection either has or hasn’t, and the the …