Another Photoshoot with KIKA

I collaborated with the ultra talented photographer, Nasrah Omar for a portfolio shoot for my Senior Collection. Here are some shots from last Saturday. The pieces were modeled by Lynn Anna (@LYNN_ANNA) and the makeup was done by Kristen Ella (@LILMISSKSTAR).final1unnamed-2final6final4final3final2

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Introducing KIKA’s Senior Collection

After months of sewing late at night, peeling the skin off my fingers and holding in the tears of doubt and anxiety, I have completed by look book for my senior collection.

I am incredibly proud of the end result and I anticipate to have these shots printed and presented for my portfolio.

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I shot the look book with my good friend and model, Crystal Garcia.

Let’s have a look at the process work:

I wanted to create the PERFECT HUMAN based on different materials including vinyl and neoprene. I wanted to work with puzzle pieces and how muscles work are aligned with the body.

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LOOK 1: Asymmetrical Neoprene Jacket with Knit Sleeves & Collar

Wide Dome Paneled Pant with structured leg.

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LOOK 2: Open Shoulder Mesh  Dress with Flounce Skirt with Vinyl Trim

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LOOK 3: Jersey Stretch Cotton Open Shoulder Dress

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Update on my Senior Thesis at FIT

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As the weeks pass by, I see how much I have accomplished so far.

A couple of months ago, I was insecure about my work and my ability to design. Now I can just pull out some muslin, drape any silhouette to my liking and it somehow comes out the way I envision it to look in my head.

So far, I am working on 3 looks for my Senior Thesis and I am a little overwhelmed.

I was not chosen to be featured in the Great Hall at my school, but I can not let that stop me from pushing myself in order to finish my thesis. I am looking forward to work on my photoshoot and have it featured here and on other social profiles.

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Fitting for my asymmetrical jacket with knit sleeve and collar.

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Side of Look 5 with DOME Pant.

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Vinyl details on my Mesh Dress.

 

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Introduction to Senior Thesis Collection

After many years of studying fashion from the vulnerable age of 16, I have learned the most valuable lessons in my life. Change is essential. And you should never feel  obliged to do the same thing over and over again. In my early years, I’m was known for designing everything flashy and very pink. It’s time for me to break out of the mold and mature my aesthetic. I will continue to use color, but I want to experiment with new silhouettes that can be considered to be timelessly modern.

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I wanted to pull inspiration from a dozen of things. Initially I wanted to combine my portfolio work with my CFDA and I came up with a few ideas. In my studies, I want to focus on human anatomy and what it is capable of. From mutilation, physical harm and body manipulation, a person can endure the most painful physical experiences of their lives, as well as emotional.

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In my previous semester, I wanted to combine a mix of fabric weights as way to emphasis manipulation and body contouring, The different weights and structure can shape an item of clothing if it allows it to do so.

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And last I was assigned to create an Image Algebra for my class. Lets break it down shall we?

SCIENCE =HUMAN BODY, ANATOMY

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DISNTERGRATION=PHYSICAL BODY MANIPULATION, SLEF HARM

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OUTER BODY=DRUGS, MANIPULATION FOR THE BRAIN

divided by

SONIC WAVES=PULSES, MOVEMENT IN CELLS IN THE BODY

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HUMANOID+THE PERFECT HUMAN, ONE WHO CAN ENDURE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PAIN WITHOUT RISKING IT’S OWN LIFE.

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Now the next step is to play with my ideas and design concepts, bot clothing as suggested by my Professor, Jonathan Kyle Farmer.

Pages from my CFDA Diary

Days after reviving my CFDA portfolio, I found my journal with very disturbing images and sketches that I have collected through out my winter break last year.

After the death of my grandfather, I had researched anatomy and the human body in general as well as Blood, LOTS OF BLOOD.

The more gore, the better.

I emotionally blocked myself from feeling pain, so I decided to view pain through the most morbid way possible.

Here are a few pages from my journal that best represent my process.

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The Revival of my CFDA Portfolio

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It has been officially a year since the passing of my grandfather and I have decided to redo my CFDA portfolio and give it a different layout to refine it.

Over the course of 7 weeks, I have designed a Collection for the CFDA. A lot of time and effort has been put into this collection during a vulnerable time in my life.

I am incredibly proud of what I have accomplished and I am ready for the world to see my ability and versatility as a designer.For the entire collection, go to Designsbykika.com

Be Prepared for my CFDA Collection. Something very personal and different from the usual Designs by KIKA.

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Introducing the 2016 Print Collection from Designs by KIKA

Whether you are a student or a designer, it’s important to hold more than one title. For myself, learning all the necessary skills to work in the industry is crucial in the final semesters left at FIT. Luckily I have been introduced to the programs that FIT offers in order to give me a preview of what I am expected to know for my future.
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Never would I imagine that I could design more than just clothes, but actual textiles that can be used over and over for future aesthetic. I am grateful to see how much input I can give into my collections and have the control to do what I want with my own ideas.

PLAID is in season once again with a pastel twist

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Introducing the Plaid Collection from DESIGNS BY KIKA. Why not mix up the fall season with hyper-vivid prints and pastel hues.

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The collection was inspired by a post modern century where light and transparency is perceived as color rather than solid hues.

The customer for this collection is a young vibrant woman who has an interest in Sci-Fi films, space grunge clothing and raver aesthetic. Minimalism is never viewed as an option.

The plaids and stripes were designed with a preppy layout. Symmetry is compensated for the highly saturated palette

The balanced lines are designed to be graded to multiple patterns for the garments.

The mix of mild layering and contemporary pieces are made for the fall and pre-fall season.

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