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Fashion Clothing Design and the Secrets of How to Never Run Out of Ideas and Inspiration

As a fashion clothing designer you have to be able to come up with many new, hopefully, original ideas in a consistent time frame in order to produce a new garment collection for every season.

So where and how can you get those fashion design ideas and concepts from? And in the middle of all that creativity, how do you stay within the realm of marketability and wearability at the same time?

Inspiration is sometimes thought of as some mysterious magical occurrence that only blesses a few of the most talented, creative people. This is not the case though. You can create your own inspiration and motivation by developing a keen eye and an avid appreciation for everything around you and I mean everything.

All aspiring fashion clothing designers are advised to research costume history, and the work of the many top fashion designers before them. This is correct to do but it shouldn’t be the at all and be all of your ‘inspiration’ resource.

First step, start learning about fashion history / costume design in other countries around the world, including the one’s you don’t like or aren’t interested in, you never know what you’ll find out. For example, the mini skirt was a tribal Chinese costume and the bikini was everyday wear in Brazil. You never know what kind of neat facts you’ll discover.

Start imagining how you can combine styles from various periods with elements and garment designs from completely different cultures and see what you can come up with.

Second, now it’s time to get away from fashion altogether and take a look at the rest of what’s happening visually and ‘texturally’ in the world. Some examples to check out are

– coloring and markings of lynx and bobcats
– patterns and shapes of seashells
– textures and forms and lichen
– architectural styles around the world
– interior design styles around the world
– shapes of insects and beetles
– pattern and coloring on birds of prey
– shapes of bird’s bodies
– ‘architecture’ of flowers
– delicateness of bat wings combined with their furry soft bodies
– the ‘look’ of some art and fantasy films
– the style of different ‘futures’ from various Sci-Fi films
– how seaweed looks underwater

All of these very beautiful things, from water falls to moon craters can be fuel for new kinds for fashion designs. Think outside of the box and combine totally non-related things like tulips and Tim Burton films with the architectural elegance of Taj Mahal. That’s the main idea for manufacturing originality, combining unrelated things or things that have not been put previously combined.

This can come out pretty crazy, garment wise right? How to keep your collection marketable than? Simple,

1. between which ever colors are ‘in’ and what would look great in your collection, choose the right color combinations

2. depending on who your intended market is, think about the garment styles and fit they already wear and modify them, incorporating “pieces” of your inspirations and combine them into the kind of look you’re after

3. make sure your designs are comfortable

4. where ever possible, incorporate or adopt what ever happens to be the season’s trend as long as you can do it in a way that works well together with your fashion clothing design concept

Following these tips will help you avoid any kind of fashion designer block so your work flow will be a lot smoother and you’ll be consistently productive without the fear of facing “concept drought”.

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Tips to Selecting Eco Fashion Clothes

‘Eco fashion’ is a relatively new term in the fashion industry and it basically refers to clothes and accessories that are produced responsibly and are made using eco-friendly products. According to STEP (Sustainable Technology Education Product), eco-fashion clothes pay attention to “the environment, working conditions of the people in the [fashion] industry and the health of the consumers.” Thus, these clothes are the result of a conscious attempt to strike the perfect balance with nature while keeping all parties happy.

As you can see, eco-fashion clothes have a stringent criterion to live up to. So, they are made using natural, recycled organic raw materials. It is important that eco fashion clothes be organic because only then can they serve the purpose. For instance, most of our clothes are made of cotton. But, did you know that cotton crop accounts for a large share of pesticides used today? Thus, the thrust of eco fashion clothes is to use products that do not harm the environment in anyway, actively or passively. Eco-fashion clothes even go so far as to shun harsh, artificial chemicals and dyes. Additionally, these clothes are made in a responsible environment, by people who are earning fair wages for the honest labor they put in.

Some of the characteristics of true-blue eco-fashion is:

  • These clothes are generally locally made. So, they are made of eco-friendly materials.
  • Eco-fashion is 100% organic. Organic material is made using very little pesticide, if any.
  • Eco-friendly clothes are made in a fair and honest environment. You may probably have to pay more for these clothes, but you can wear them with pride and happiness because you know that the people manufacturing these clothes are paid their fair share. Thus, these clothes are made in an eco-conscious manner and are produced by eco-conscious companies.
  • Eco-fashion is recycled. Vintage stores have some of the best collections of recycled clothes. These clothes are trendy and they make use of recycled scarves, t-shirts, costumes and curtains.

These days, you can see an increasing desire to go green. Many superstars take great pride in showcasing their eco-fashion clothes. Others have even resorted to shocking advertisements in order to draw attention to the exploitation of animals in producing fashionable clothes. With all the negativity associated with it, fashion, as we knew it, is slowly undergoing a revolution. Today, ‘eco-fashion’ is displayed in high profile dos like the Fashion Week in NY and London. Many upscale retailers are also happy to house these products. That is why many designers are producing striking designs, styles and colors in eco-friendly clothes. With all this activity, the emerging green ‘belt’ of the world is undoubtedly catching the attention of many, many people.

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Top Five Fashion Flight Tips

If you’re beating the winter blues by jetting off to warmer climes or simply planning a weekend away in a foreign city, make sure you’re dressed for the occasion with these top five fashion travel tips.

  1. Buy a passport wallet. There’s no point making an effort with your outfit only to dig out a dog-eared, creased passport as soon as you get to customs. A passport wallet will give you an air of the well-travelled while a bright design will make your passport easier to find when rooting around in your bag in the queue. There are some great leather designs around to protect your passport, some of which also feature extra sleeves for your cards and travel documents.
  2. Don’t forget your umbrella! Most of Northern Europe is likely to be at risk of rain (or snow!) in January and February and even southern climes can experience changeable conditions. Fortunately, an umbrella can be an asset to your ensemble – try a strong, wooden-handled, walking-length umbrella with polka dots or lace for a timelessly sophisticated look.
  3. Take the right bag. There’s nothing more embarrassing than the inevitable argument with the check-in crew as you try to squeeze your enormous holdall (“It will fit, honest!”) into the measuring bins in the departure lounge. Most retailers provide measurements for their products and some ranges feature bags specially tailored to the standard dimensions for carry-on luggage.
  4. Use hotel shampoo. Not only will it save you precious luggage space, cheap shampoo can actually be good for your hair. Hotel shampoos often contain foaming agents which can dry out oily winter hair, leaving your locks with more body and shine.
  5. Go for flats. Unless you’re very accustomed to big heels, teetering round an airport on the first day of your holiday is more likely to bring you blisters than beauty. Flat or low-heeled ankle and calf-high boots are perfect for navigating Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and are versatile both for UK winter weather and a bit of early spring sun abroad.
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Fashion School Tips

The idea of fashion school might seem like a catwalk, but in reality a degree in fashion is extremely demanding, rigorous and competitive. By following these five fashion school tips for success, you will be well on your way to a degree and a fashion career!

Tip 1: Pursuing Your Passion
If you are interested in pursuing a fashion design degree, it’s important to evaluate whether this is the right field for you. Do you see a fashion design and think about how to make it better? Can you not stop yourself from going through every magazine and critiquing the looks? Are you constantly altering you and your friends’ clothes? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then fashion design school is probably for you!

Tip 2: Choosing the Right School
Now that you know fashion is your passion, the next step is choosing a fashion school that meets your needs. You need a school that has state-of-the-art equipment, that hires fashion professionals to teach its courses, plus one that is extremely connected to the current fashion industry. Are you looking for a school that is located in a metropolis? Or are you looking to take fashion classes online? This criteria will help you narrow in on the fashion school that is perfect for you!

Tip 3: Study, Study, Study
Now that you are in a fashion school that meets all of your prerequisites, you need to do well! This means picking the correct fashion courses to fulfill your degree and focus. Read each course syllabus thoroughly and create your calendar according to when assignments are due. Take notes during class and go over them before you attend class again. Give yourself plenty of time to complete your design projects – more than a week. Do not skip parts of your projects: draw a rough draft, select colors, make patterns, etc. Mastering correct study habits and your creative process early on will help you in your fashion future.

Tip 4: Make Connections
You go to classes, are doing extremely well and have most of the basics down. Now you need to take a look around you. What other students are doing well? Which instructors really stick out in your mind? You should volunteer to collaborate with them; offer to do extra projects with them and meet with your instructors if at all possible. The best way to make it in the fashion world is to pave the path with people that know and like you!

Tip 5: Put Yourself Out There
Now you know how to ace all your classes, create the fashion designs you love and you know your peers and professors. It’s time to take the plunge and put yourself out there: get a fashion internship! Your fashion school has connections and resources that you can only utilize as a student – take advantage! If you keep putting it off until after you graduate, you are missing the opportunities currently available to you.

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Fashion Jewelry Tips For All

Wearing fashion jewelry is a great way to ensure that you always look your best. However, there are some women who do not know who to wear it appropriately and may need a little bit of help. There are a few basics that will help turn your look of ridicule into one that everyone envies. If you are unsure of which jewelry you should wear to create the appearance that will make you look the best, then make sure to take the time to read through these tips so that you will be able to look the way you want to look.

The first thing to know about fashion jewelry is all of the different pieces that are available. You will be able to find a lot of great looking necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets among other pieces that will qualify. What you want to do is look through all of the different pieces and decide which ones will transform your appearance from ordinary to spectacular. There are a few things that you will want to have in mind while you are browsing through the different pieces so that you will be able to make good choices about the jewelry you put on.

When you are trying to decide which fashion jewelry you want to wear, it is important to remember that, “less is more” so that you do not go overboard. There are a lot of women who cannot grasp this concept and end up putting half of the jewelry in their jewelry box on before they walk out the door. What you want to do is choose a few simple pieces that will go well with the clothing that you are wearing. You want to use the jewelry to compliment your overall appearance instead of trying to make it the main attraction.

Using these fashion jewelry tips will help you to be able to create a better look for yourself when you walk out the door in the mornings. If you take the time to browse through a few of the pieces that are available, you are sure to find ones that you love and ones that will go well with the outfits you wear each day. While you are shopping remember to think about your wardrobe and choose pieces that will compliment that clothing so that you will be able to have a great look from head to toe.

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Fashion Handbag Trends – Animal Print And The Metallic Handbag

HandbagThe handbag, the perfect way to store anything you may need for a night out, a day at the office or a journey to another place completely. Not only is it perfectly practical and a must have for any girl, it is a great way to accessorize your outfit or even to reinvent an outfit or look. At various handbags websites and stores, there are currently the most fashionable looks this season available to buy, which are to add that je ne sais que to your outfit.

The Wild Card Handbag

Bring out your wild side, with an animal print handbag. A popular pattern for the last few seasons, the animal patterned accessory is set to continue to be one of the most wanted and fashionable accessories. Popular patterns range from the eye catching giraffe and the zebra to the wild cat prints (tiger, leopard and jaguar). The best thing about animal print bags is the fact they can easily revamp a plain outfit and will go with just about anything!

The designers have as usual gone mad over the animal print handbag, creating handbags of various shapes and sizes (from tote to purse). So far this year, we have seen the likes of Ralph Lauren create an over sized hobo with Ocelot pattern (painted leopard), Jimmy Choo’s suede zebra clutch bag, a leopard bowling bag from Yves St. Laurent and the Longchamp shoulder bag in jaguar print. This year it certainly seems the season for cats!

Bring Out Your Inner Sparkle

It’s back, the metallic handbag of course! Since it arrived on the scene, the metallic handbag remained a popular design and like the animal print bag, it is set to be a bag on everyone’s shoulders. Metallic this season can be worn in its full on glory, shining brightly in golds and bronzes, or added onto a plain suede bag as a complementary color. Whether you choose full on metallic or partial, it’s bound to give your outfit that much needed sparkle.

So from the designers, we have seen several metallic beauties which have appeased us this season. Mulberry’s Gretchal Satchel is an appealing metallic lambskin purse in a golden bronze, which is not too in your face. Its browney-golden-bronze color makes it a perfect choice this autumn as an complimentary accessory to heavy brown sued winter coats.

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