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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Introducing KIKA’s 2016 Pre-Fall/FF Collection

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Pre-fall & Fall Collection featuring oversized shawl coats, thick knit panel dresses, puzzle piece paneling, and modern silhouettes. Exclusive design for the future in fashion.

Pre-Fall 2016 Collection features panel knit dresses and exaggerated sleeves with a sporty flair

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2016 Fall Collection Delivery 1

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2016 Fall Collection Delivery 2

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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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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.

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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