All posts tagged: inspiration

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 …

Innovative fashion show invitations

Innovative Fashion Show Invitations

Why are most fashion show invitations printed in hard copy (unsustainable) and sent out by mail (old-school)? Alas, in these email days – and you do also receive many invitations by email – it is indeed elegant and something extra to receive a beautiful envelope in thick paper, with an elegant handwriting spelling out your name and a beautiful card inside. But there can be many other ways much more surprising of how to invite guests and intrigue them with new, surprising ways. Ways that will make just that invite stand out, and that will make you go ‘wauw’. In our information age, where we’re constantly being bombarded with impressions, this is the effect we’re after, because it will make us be remembered – maybe not for long, as competition is tough, but at least for a while. Check out this video below for innovative inspiration and see what you think: Do we have to say more? Great, ah? The brand Ksenia Schnaider is from the cool and trendy Kiev, and they have always had focus …

Fashion collection inspiration

Fashion Collection Inspiration

When you start working as a fashion designer, understanding how to start a research and deciding on your fashion collection inspiration can be one of the hardest things to gauge and get started with. The thing is you can be inspired by anything, which is not really any help, when you still don’t know how to go about it. But, when you start having a feel about, what’s going on in the fashion world (read more about that here), and trust your intuition, you have a pretty good chance of doing something cool and worthwhile. Later a lot of the work, you will do, will feel like something that’s coming from deep within and just has to get out. One way of getting started with understanding how other designers go about their research is comprehending, what they have actually been inspired by; their fashion collection inspiration. This is not always easy, when you see the end result, as many, perhaps even most fashion collections are puzzled together by plenty different snippets of inspiration. It’s rather …

Collecting images for fashion research

Creative Fashion Research Part 4

Collecting images for fashion research A good research is crucial for a good fashion collection, as everything starts from here. It’s important you feel strongly motivated with what you choose to work with, as well as choosing something that’s relevant to the consumer, and right for the brand you create for (read more about that here). If you don’t love your research (and I chose the word love on purpose, because you need to love it, not just like it), you will never love your collection, and if you don’t, most likely no one else will. When collecting images for fashion research, the images you put in your research must give you a direction and spark ideas in your mind about: Mood: Always an important and first step. It’s the feel of the collection, and everything springs from here. If you don’t have a clear idea about this, the entire research will be messy. Type of woman (or man): This is what I call a Muse. A Muse is someone who inhabits the imaginary world …

Fashion collection theme

Creative Fashion Research Part 2

The Fashion Collection Theme Lately I travelled to Turkey, and as always the travelling sparked my aesthetic side and imagination. As I’ve previously written about, getting out of your normal day-to-day life can be the source of new ideas (read more about that here). I don’t think that the inspiration, I came home with, was particularly Turkish – I entitled it ‘Decorative Arts and Dusty Pink’ – or linked to the actual place, but this doesn’t matter. I saw things there that made sense in my mind with things, I’ve previously seen, and all of a sudden I had a new theme. This, I believe, is very much how the research process works. We see and hear a lot of things, and a lot of it we forget or don’t even notice. Some of it, though, is stored in our minds, and perhaps the situation arises where we pull it out from the storage, perhaps not. Explaining how to research is one of the hardest things to teach students, and I think it’s very individual, …

Travelling and fashion design inspiration

Creative Fashion Research Part 3

Travelling and Fashion Design Inspiration ‘To travel is to live’, the famous writer Hans Christian Andersen once said. I’ve travelled quite a lot, and I agree. I’ve spoken to people, who have travelled quite a lot, and they agree too. In this, there’s actually nothing new, but I would like to emphasize just how important I think, it is, and why. Let’s start with why (from the back – just because it’s more fun). When you travel, what you think about will change. Getting out of your rhythm and everyday life will leave your short view perspective of day-to-day tasks at home, and this will leave free space in your mind to be allowed to fill up with something else – and more important matters. What are the things in life, you really want to do? Often we have but a few, but really strong dreams, we wish to pursue. Are you on the path of doing this, and are you feeling satisfied? This voice is important to listen to, and you hear it only …