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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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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CFDA Collection: Out for Blood

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.

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       This collection derives from my vulnerability in the aftermath of my grandfather’s death. There are moments when I have to remember that he is no longer with us and there is this painful reminder that immortality is only for folk tales and grimm stories. After my grandfather passed away, my attitude changed.
 I don’t see life through rose colored lenses. like I used to. I see darkness easily because I happiness is no longer clear to me.
        I am exposed to my deepest sorrow like an open wound. On the outside, the skin cells are used to protect from harmful diseases and bacteria. If the skin is torn, you are exposed to the painful and sensitive muscle tissues that can cause extreme discomfort and sharpness in pain. I am in the stage where my shell is broken and I am left naked for others to see my sadness. I have no choice, but to grow another layer and hope to recover and remind myself that life goes on and we must be resilient in life.
      The pieces are developed to look stripped away one by one like each layer of skin only to reveal the most honest and truthful potential of a human’s core. Some of the garments are more covered, but the accents of slits with embellished tasseled crystals hang like torn muscle tissue. She is not naked, yet she is vulnerable because her rib cage, her back and thighs are exposed to blood vessels that can bleed heavily when slashed open. But as she wears these clothes, she is proud to expose here scars and see that she will let the wounds scab and she will heal again.
     From the external layers of the jackets and coats, bulky and dense leathers are to represent the thickness and durability in leather like skin. Under the layers, less sturdy fabrics are revealed to protect the skeletal canvas. Hues of red, grey and burgundy are used as a color motif for blood, muscle tissue and blood cells.              Fabrications of satin, velvet and brocade signify the different textures of the muscles, and blood tissue. The lightness is lace is designed as the spirals in blood cells or torn ligaments that intertwine with the bones. Some garments will appear more revealing than others due to the different stages of decay and physical torment. In the end, the clothes are dying gracefully.

If you would like to see the entire collection, please go to designsbykika.com 

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Lingerie Collection 2015: Plus Size Fashion Meets Day of the Dead

I decided for my lingerie collection, I should design for women who are considered to be “well fed” in the fashion industry. My inspiration for my designs are derived from the lively and vivid colors of Mexican Folk Culture as well as the event for the Day of the Dead. Enjoy!

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Confessions of a designer: Starting from nothing to hopefully the real deal

My sister photographed me during one of my sewing sessions where I was basting some bodice piece for a dress and even though its simple, I look so calm and at peace in my environment. I don’t have a show room, I have my bedroom which can only fit a few projects at a time. Although I work well in my space, I always envision what my show room/construction room is going to look like. I see myself supervising and conversing with my team, looking over patterns and dress forms draped with the spunkiest fabrics. And I would see all the hand made garments displayed on mannequins resembling museum pieces at the MET. Some place very whimsical and inspiring. Every day that passes by, I hope to better my skills sewing fabric, making patterns and sketching illustrations and keep my inspiration flowing as a designer. I don’t expect  myself to be at a point where I have a large following, but I have my clientele and I am happy with that.

Spring 2014 Accessories: My Top Picks of the things I can’t afford, but wish to have

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The streets of New York have been hoarding grey snow (Which I may call that an Ombr’e effect) for days now and we have less than two months to go before spring arrives. Now of course, every one will wear their best floral dresses, paisley scarfs and make a whole big deal about color blocking. The usual shtick that seasons really influence fashion because everyone has to be reminded that Coats are the hottest trend for Fall and Skirts are essential for Spring.

Maybe I have embraced by cynicism just a bit more during the winter, and I’m anticipating warmer weather because we are all sick and tired of the short days, gray skies and slushy snow on pavements.  Looking back at the trends for this year in Spring somehow make me feel bubbly inside because I know that I can choose to weather as much color and jewelry as i please without suffocating myself in multiple layers of clothing. So for my spring inspiration, I went to Style.com to look at the Accessories page and found a few imaginary items I would love to buy, but most likely can’t afford.

Let’s have a look shall we?

Most of the accessories for the season had color palettes like coral, soft neon, ice blue, beige and just blah. Minimalism never appeals to me, as you can tell from my blog I am all for color. Which are some are your favorite accessories for the Spring Season?