Louboutin: Redefining the Nude Palattes

After many hours of carelessly scrolling on my tumblr dashboard, I found this image of varieties in skin tones to match the infamous nude Louboutin pump which was usually styled in a light pale skin tone. I have nothing radical to say other than the fact that society has given itself a little push to bring some fairness in women’s fashion today. Now if you are paying over 500 for some statement heels, i’d figure you pay for exactly the shade that matches you.

Fashion and Technology: Progression of Necessary Innovations or Unique Creations

As much as we see the future as something fictional or fantasy driven like in films or comic books, in a few years the greatest inventions will modernize our culture to its greatest potential. In terms of fashion it is practically in the same vein as any progression of technology. Fashion brands are developing new products to fuse the benefits of new technology and interesting design into something exceptional to wear and use for greater advantages. But some designs are conceptually more useful than others.

LED lights in clothes are nothing new. It can used for performance outfits, for performers in concerts such as Katy Perry as seen above. Its visually stunning, but its made more for artistic expression.

Ying Gao

Ying Gao designed an eye-catching dress (No Pun Intended) with glow in the dark threads. Not exactly like LED lights, but still in the same concept.

GER Mood Sweater

The GER Mood Sweater is made to emote feelings through the colors of the LED light built in the hood. Different colors represent different emotions, so even if you are aware of how your’e feeling, its interesting to know subconsciously how you are in your state of mind.

The Flutter Dress was designed to distinct the vibrations of sound for the needs of people with hearing impairment. Although the concept is very simple to understand, I don’t see that it is necessary to have conceptual designs to cover up the sensors when it can be fused into normal clothes.

Intimacy 2.0 provides little to the imagination with apparel that turns see through when the person who wears the garment feels aroused. Honestly, I’d rather get the business done by removing clothes. This idea just seems silly…

 Although a visually stunning garment, Designer Lauren Bowker created a compund of a flamable ink that can be injected into clothing for “Theatrical Purposes”. This defeats the purpose of what levels of flammability is all about when it comes to test out textiles for production.

There are more functional and useful ideas to use into developing better technology for fashion. A German Astronaut named  Dr. Alexander Gerst will be responsible for 40 different trials testing out Spacetex, a multi-experiment project that will intervene with the intercation of light and climate between body and clothing. The Spacetex Project conceptualizes the design of textiles used for astronauts to wear in the harsh environment in outer space. It is in development to test out new textiles for harsh climate and physically challenging environments. Any collected data will be used to prepare for future voyages such as the anticipated trip to Planet Mars.

Source: http://www.hohenstein.com/en/inline/pressrelease_66176.xhtml

If the textiles were to pass the trials sufficiently, there could be a break through in design that could be used for more than conceptual and artistic design. The fashion industry can take inspiration to produce articles of clothing that require less layering and can be used for people who need to wear clothes that adapt to certain climates.

MTV VMAS 2014: Fashion Review

So for the much anticipated MTV VMA’s, its every opportunity for the popular kids to dress up like their all going to the club. But there are a few people who I care to see what they show up wearing.

For instance, Gwen Stefani…

Looks better than most 20 year olds and still manages to dress appropriately for her age.

Another knockout look, was the incomparable Miss JLO. How does she look so impeccable?! Even though she always goes for the glitter and skin, it works. She brings shame to most women out there. And to be honest, I don’t envy her at all because she is likable.

Katy pulled off the greatest homage to the VMAs by wearing the most memorable outfit. With better denim pattern placement in comparison to Britney’s ensemble, she looks great. The hair is probably too much for the look or its possibly the choker that gives too much chochki for the look. Otherwise, she gives herself a good reason to dress up.

Let’s see who played it SUPER SAFE!

The one on the far right looks cool. Kim’s proportions of the top makes her look incredibly short. She just uses her breasts as a major distraction for how weird this outfit makes her look.

What happened to Bey? Girl looks old.

Im digging Solange’s hair and she manages to go in the same direction with the cigarette pant and oversized blazer jacket. MEH.

Laverne, those bangs ruin everything. Even the outfit. They are too long!!!

Doesn’t Nicki look a little pedestrian now with her real hair? She does look beautiful with more natural makeup, but she just looks like any girl going to the club. Shame. I miss her clown realness.

So Kesha manages to impress me with her My Little Pony-esque hair hues. I see nothing other than how delicious her hair looks. Outfit is typical white girl going to the prom. NEXT!

Very reminiscent of Rose McGowan… And Little Kim…Atleast Amber remembers where she came from, she doesn’t try to act polished…

Im watching the VMAS and I feel quite bored… So thats my review. Goodnight, NY.

A New Beginning….

So after the year I took off, I have made my brand an actual thing and I have surprising built a reasonable clientele. I wanted to use my year wisely as well as relax with a steady pace job while doing my free lance work as well. But life changes often and I’m ready for a new era of my life. I’m going back to school at the end of August for my Bachelor’s Degree and I feel anxious about whats yet to come. It’s so weird to go back to a bitter sweet memory where I felt anxious to learn, but was self conscious about my worth and talent. Now I am more confident in myself and in my work. I feel more prepared for the projects, for the tense semesters of multitasking, and to not compare myself to others any more. Even if I have moments where I doubt my ability, I will go back to see that I am going back to school for a reason.

My Journey Of Becoming A Designer

Hi. My name is KIKA, I’m 22 years old, A student at the Fashion Institute of Technology and I am a Fashion Designer. For the past few years, I have experienced the discipline and found the motivation to better my skills to start my own brand. At a young age, I would find myself doodling clothes and designing garments for the characters in my comic books. I would day dream about dresses during school and rush home to draw until my hands became numb. Visually, I knew what I wanted to design, but I knew nothing about execution, cut or how any garments were made. Much until my teen years I was taught how to sew at the High School of Fashion Industries. Getting a jump start in my education toward design was the best decision I ever made. Some people learn how to sew at an early age, but unlike me I had to get started on the fundamentals of sewing and design in order to do well in school. I learned the basic rules of draping, making patterns, and sewing. I also had one of my garments featured at the School’s Yearly Fashion Show. I felt like I was prepared to start making garments on my own, but I needed to further my education to really learn the complicated tricks to make knockout garments. Going to FIT for the first time, I was egotistical because I thought I knew everything about constructing clothes and design. As we all know, if you act like you know everything you won’t go too far in life. I noticed a few weeks into the semester, I received mediocre grades and I started to feel uneasy and lacked confidence in myself as a student.  The system was different and students had to be more resourceful in learning all the basic techniques. A few weeks later, I started to listen to my Professors word of advice as well as some students who were happy to help from time to time. I had moments where I had to figure things out on my own and I couldn’t rely on others. It was a vulnerable time, but I gained a lot of character: I was pushed off my high horse and learned how to become more responsible and humble. Despite my ups and downs, I graduated with a high GPA and walked home with a gorgeous portfolio.  In terms of Fashion School, there is twice the amount of effort put in because you take more classes and your responsibilities rely on completing multiple projects in a timely manner in a stressful environment. It’s all about committing to making your homework and projects worth your while. There should never be a missed opportunity to make something beautiful yet wearable for your portfolio: Even design a collection to can make for a fashion show in the future. It was definitely the most crucial learning experience I have ever endured. In the end, you go to school for yourself and not to impress others. Every student is there to learn the same lessons as you and it’s necessary to take in all the knowledge and apply that to your projects. 

In all aspects, I support designers who earn their degrees before pursuing their goals, but the role of an internship for an upcoming designer is necessary to bring an outlook on how companies work. When I was in High School, I did a summer internship for Master Corset Couturier, Maggie Norris. It was my first insight on how a real fashion house functioned. There were the designers, the seam stresses, the pattern makers, the PR team and the manager, Maggie. I enjoyed the environment of strong workmanship and teamwork. And even if I was an intern, I felt important because I was part of the team as well. During any internship, it is best to form a bond or professional relationship with your co-workers. It can start from a normal conversation to going on an errand with him/her. The more people you know, the more exposure you can get to learning more and in the end make some of the new friends who can promote your work on their blogs or invite you to fashion events. The key is to be as friendly and open minded as possible to any opportunity. I did a few more internships in the summer and whenever I had some time on my hands. And in due time I was blessed to work for Rebecca Taylor, Albright Fashion Library and even Zac Posen. My attitude was to stay positive and always see the opportunity to try things out. 

When it comes to making a decision as a Fashion Designer you must live by the rules that anything is possible, but discipline and talent are not the only factors to getting you to the place you want to be in the industry. Fashion Designers need to see their careers through a realistic perspective. It’s not about becoming famous or popular. It is far more difficult to build a Fashion Brand on your own. New Fashion Brands have a high chance of losing their company due to lack of finances, and time management. So it’s important to see the business aspect in Fashion rather than the glamorous world depicted in television and films. The most important piece of advice I can give to others pursuing fashion is to be well rounded about every aspect of the business. In general, knowing your strengths as a designer is essential, but it all takes time to figure out what you are good at. If you are an artist when it comes to renderings and illustrations, you can make a remarkable portfolio of your designs to present in interviews. But it never hurts to improve the other skills needed. Knowing how to sew, drape fabric and make patterns is by far the most important skill to have as a young designer. When it comes to making prototypes to send out to a factory, you want your garment to look as close to the design you envisioned in your head. Another aspect is to know your aesthetic in designing and figure out what your signature look is. Once you figure out your signature look, start to conceptualize a theme for a collection. it’s important to come up with cohesive pieces that you can easily mix and match with. It could be based on the neckline, the cut of a pant, or the color story. Creating a collection is also based on fabrics and a color story. Everything has to make sense and fall into place of design. 

The more knowledge and skills you earn, the more confident you should feel presenting your work to others in the industry. For many designers, skills can go unnoticed if  they don’t put themselves out there. For this day and age, having a blog or being active on social media websites is another perk to advertising your brand.  But I suggest to bring everything to a balance. Building a brand is not about promoting yourself, or hiding behind your phone posting photos on Twitter or Instagram to gain popularity. If you happen to know people from your internships, visit the studio and say hello from time to time to leave an impression on them. Help out others with their fashion shows. Do charity events if you can. There are a variety of ways to step outside your comfort zone and meet new people who can help you further your career.

I hope the people who have read my story can understand that pursuing a career in fashion design is a full time commitment to working on your skills and your brand. Getting an education is never enough to get a real job in the industry same as doing internship trials for a Fashion House. Your experiences can make a difference in becoming  designer drastically. Always see the chances in improving your ability. Designers must be confident in their work and themselves in order to start their own brand. I wish everyone the best of luck and I hope to see my readers succeed in the future. 

Designs by KIKA Update: Photoshoot Coming Soon

Every week that passes by, I try to accomplish something to further myself into making a great portfolio as well as better my skills as a new designer. I had a look at my calendar and I was in shock to see how quick my year passed and I only have a few weeks left before returning back to school. Its a bittersweet moment because I enjoyed my free time doing free lance and working at my own pace, but than I see all the experience I’m going to have in the future going back to FIT. Change is always a good thing and I never see the issue of furthering education even after graduating.

So for the few remaining weeks that I have, I have decided to schedule an upcoming photo for this Black Coat I have been working on. Its close to being finished and I have already found my model. All I need now is a space to rent out for the shoot as well as the photographer. I feel no need to stress myself out since I know my vision for this layout and I am proud of the work that I have done for the past year.

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My Latest Collection! for Spring 2014 for Designs by KIKA

So I guess  I could call myself busy from time to time. Which is always a good thing for anyone who is a perfectionist and doesn’t like rush completing their projects. For my case, I took months in doing this whole layout for my Spring Collection. I was inspired in essence of the set design and background from the 60s flick, Barbarella staring the Bombshell Goddess, Jane Fonda who can still slay any 20 year old with her flawless physique and demure beauty. I’ve been following a pattern of being inspired by cult films lately. My collection is more for athletic wear and I am absolutely in love with the crop tops and body suits. Have a look below and let me know if you guys like any!

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Designer Diary: Stop Acting Like A Celebrity and Do Good For Your Community

I’m not the type to write about personal events going on in my life because this blog is specifically for Fashion. And although I like to involve myself and do research in what goes around in the industry, I find myself feeling somewhat bored of talking about the same thing. Its not like I have lost interested in Fashion, it’s just that it can’t be my only hobby. I don’t understand how these blogs can follow one path and boast about the same thing all the time. People are suppose to be multidimensional and open minded. I dont have to profess my love for design every five seconds and say “OMG FASHION WEEK” <—(Trying to do my best impersonation of a PR girl).

 I feel like giving this blog a little more of a personal touch now.

(That’s me with the sunglasses, kids! Wearing my old high school sweater because I am too chicken to stain my good clothes)

So aside from designing, blogging and sewing. I guess I have a life too. For this year, I am pushing myself to become more involved with my community and support the arts in my neighborhood. For this month, I have volunteered to paint a mural over a bridge and participate at the Austin Street Fair this Sunday June 8th. Living in my neighborhood in Queens for over 10 years now, I decided to be more of a neighbor and use my skills as an artist to beautify Kew Gardens. I have to admit, living in Queens has brought me joy ever since I was a child. I was born in France and moved to America before turning 1. I couldn’t imagine living in any other borough. There is a great sense of diversity, with people of multiple ethnicity and culture everywhere. The neighborhoods are smaller and more wholesome because everyone knows one another. I cant convince you all more of why I love where I live.

In the end the mural was finished within a few days and I am proud to say that I have a piece of love on that wall. I can walk by there everyday and feel a sense of pride. Next time someone wants to paint another mural, I will be the first to pick up a brush and get messy.

So for this week I helped out my Mother and her business at the Austin Street Fair in Forest Hills and I swear after hours of being in the sun, straining my voice from chanting and getting people’s attention it was so worth it.

So for the event, I was helping out my Mom promote her Real Estate Business. We were giving out raffle tickets for participants to win prizes, talking to locals and enjoying the start to a great summer. I felt super corny chanting and being silly with my Orange is the New Black hairstyle and polo shirt, but it was all for good effort to promote business and be involved in my community here in Queens.

To me its funny that every one acts like they all have such a glamorous life, but in the end we are all living simple lives and we all deserve kindness and attention from others.

CFDA AWARDS: WTF RIHANNA?!

I have certain emotions and  passions for what should be glamourized and appreciated in the world of Fashion. I know everyone has much as an opinion as any other individual whom chooses to be bias or be open minded. I might as well say, I’m in the middle.

Rihanna may have been awarded the Fashion Icon which I would understand why because she plays with multiple fashion personas, changes her hairstyles every day and wear some daring items. I get it. She’s young, and trendy. But oh my sweet baby Jesus, she might as well have worn pasties and a thong since she was practically wearing her own skin on the red carpet. I see this as being very vulgar and classless. No Me Gusta. I cant even pay attention to the overall ensemble because she’s flashing me with unnecessary body parts. She wanted to look glamorous with the pink champagne fur and shimmery fabric, but she looks like a Lady of the Night. What upsets me is that people actually like this look and some people will even try to attempt it. Hopefully not people who are under-aged.

There are essentially no rules in Fashion, but there are those subliminal guidelines of what to do and what not to do. I just don’t understand why being nude is iconic. Or wearing skimpy outfits or looking like a slut. And maybe people dress a way to appeal to others and maybe they don’t, but I don’t respect Women in general who dress like this.