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Inspired by…Ikon- My Type

For the second part of the “Inspired by” series, I have chosen to create outfits inspired by the song “My Type” by the band ikon, under the YG Entertainment label. They are a band who I have been following before their debut, through WIN and Mix&Match. These guys have been through a lot to say the least and speaking as a fan, it is amazing to finally see them reaching their goals. Also a quick note to Bobby who’s family have finally been able to move to Korea with him after 3 years! Congrats!


Onto the designs now and this time rather than focusing on key elements, I took a step back and looked at the video style as a whole. There is a strong street-style vibe to the plot, with a soft colour scheme to match the song lyrics. I tried to mimic this through the use of simple patterns and light colours.


The first design has a more preppy feel to it. I took inspiration from the cardigan pictured above and put my own spin on it, sticking to the bold colour block style in the scene. This isn’t one of my favourites as I think more could have been done to make it more interesting and unique. Despite this, I do like the green and white layered shirt.


The next design is one of my favourites. As you can see, layering is a key feature in the music video and is a theme I carried on into my designs. I kept the design simple, with a striped arm for embellishment to keep the minimal street wear style. Distressed shorts gave the design a more casual look to contrast with the long shirt.


The final design is one which is more sporty. I combined two different prints; checks and stripes. This gave the outfit a more thrown on feel and the ripped jeans styled up the tops. For the tshirt, I looked to baseball for my inspiration.



For the next set, I took the features of pinstripes from the video however I changed up how the pattern was used. I used them on a scalloped crop top and pairing with a grey striped shirt and acid wash jeans to create a more dressy outfit in contrast to the others. I like this design as it conveys the lighthearted message of the song.


For the next design I took inspiration from the illustrations on the back wall as well as the colour block junper. I decided to make it into a dress to change up my designs and went for a Jeremy Scott style of clothing with. Bold prints inspired by thebacoground. I did like it at first, however I’m not sure on the design now as I think it doesnt work with the large images.

Lastly, I went with a more simple design with a cropped plain jumper and navy trousers, which are tied together with a patterned shirt I designed taking inspiration from the headscarves. I think that I need to work on my fine detail drawing for this design to look better as it looks a bit boring at the moment. I think maybe a contrast neck or cuffs would have worked to draw more attention to it.

What do you guys think? As always, I’m open to song suggestions for the next post and would love to hear your opinions on this one!

Previous post-> new music

Previous post in the series-> Red Velvet; Dumb Dumb

Check out my art Instagram here for more of my work and here for ikon’s music video!

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Inspired by…Red Velvet- Dumb Dumb

I finally have an idea for some more interesting content! I already have my collection reviews and now, I am starting a new project to help me with my portfolio- Collections inspired by Music videos!

I think this will most likely be a Sunday thing, featuring at least 6 different designs inspired by elements of a music video.

The first music video I chose was the new song by Red Velvet; Dumb Dumb! I adore the style and cute style of the song, as well as the outfits and set. There is a theme of dolls and cuteness which I emulated with full skirts, bows and light colours.

The first outfit was inspired by the outfit pictured above. I spotted a boater theme with the hat and stripes, which I also encorporated into my design, going with a 1900s day out pattern . I also took inspiration from the Lolita fashion trend, with a full, high waisted skirt and thigh-high socks carrying on the striped pattern. The outfit has a relaxed feel with the rolled sleeves and loose braces: it’s definitely my favourite!



The next outfit combines the block print jumpers and oversized bows. I like the over the top cuffs and hems, which I enlarged to give a more manufactured doll feel. I also decorated it with a large bow in a contrast yellow to add to the doll clothes theme. This I accessorised with mismatched socks, also seen in the video.


The final outfit on this page was inspired by a similar outfit as the first, however it featured two different patterns which I also tried out. I liked a complementary colour scheme and tried a different skirt style, choosing a tighter pencil mini skirt instead. I decided to use polka dots for the short as it already had a fifties vibe to it with the frills.



In this set, the first outfit is my least favourite. I think it looks too much like the inspired outfit. Although I tried to alter elements such as changing the sleeves and making it into a crop and bell skirt. I don’t like the style of the skirt however. As it looks a bit like a tomatoe which wasn’t the look I was going for! Overall, it reminds me of the clothing from the Cat in the Hat.


The second outfit I like much better. This also encorporated some inspiration from the colour block jumpers seen in the videos and from the ripped jeans seen in one of the dance segments. I didn’t like the style of them much, but they sparked an idea to muse a boy-fit style with a cute appliqué knee patch like the 80/90s fashion. I really like the curved white hem on the cropped jumper; it was a complete accident but a good one!

 



Lastly, I really love shirt dresses so I decided to mix it with the open sleeve seen in the video. I also added a belt and some bow accessories to complete the look. I also love the pinstripes from the first outfit so I decided to use them again, this time in light pink and white, inspired by the day dress also featured.

what do you guys think? Leave a comment about your favourite outfits from the video, or if you have any tips for my designs! If you have any music videos you’d like me to do next, let me know-They don’t have to be kpop songs either!
Link to the official video; http://youtu.be/774lqxA9v5g

Link to my art instagram;

http://www.instagram.com/mashmato

 

fashion · Reviews

Red Valentino- S/S 2016 PRE

You can never go wrong with monochrome. Especially when it’s Valentino.

For the Spring/Summer 2016 collection, block colours and prints are featured again, with subtle pastels and rainbow patterns thrown into the mix, balancing out the harsh theme.

Valentino has gone with a 60s vibe for this collection, featuring shift dresses with bold prints, and abstract patterns. Masculine features have been woven into the garments, with a feminine twist, combining bow ties with sheer fabrics, and ties with short dresses, creating a modern age vision for next year.

I love the scalloped edge on the dress, it adds detail without going over the top. Simplicity is key in this collection, shown through the use of clean cut shapes and colours. The matching collar and tie, combined with the scalloped hem in black too really bring the shift dress together, rather than focusing on one center feature, showcasing the garment as a whole.

The pattern looks great reversed too and I particularly like how the hem has been raised and the waist cinched to create some definition and individuality between this and the first dress.  This design is much more softer, but still carries the boyish undertones through from the first design, shown through the tie and the Charleston shoes. This is contrasted with the rounded sleeves and tulip shirt.

The same pattern is carried through the collection, but with some minor and some major changes. For this design, a more ‘feminine’ approach has been taken, with the skirt adorn with ruffles and a  preppy appearance. The garment is much lighter and airy, with the use of pastels and brighter trims, and the sheer shoulder and neckline transform the pattern into a new creation, one with a softer edge.

The sheer fabric is also a reoccurring theme, this time used to soften a masculine style trouser and shirt combo. The subtle waved bow tie which is wider than usual adds a feminine touch, and the ruffled pattern on the shirt contribute to this. There is a nod to Victorian style shirts with the decorated fronts and high cuffs, with a modern twist, using a more revealing fabric.

I also love the suits featured. I’m a big fan of high waisted shorts and jacket combination, made in the same fabric to create a new style of formal suits. The print is abstract, much like the decor style in the 50/60s and the shine gives a professional image to the modern look, conveyed through the shorts and 3/4 length sleeves on the blazer.

Overall, this is a great collection, although an odd style for spring/summer which usually features brighter colours. Never the less, I always love Valentino and the directors are doing a fine job in carrying on the image that Garavani created.

What do you think? Leave a comment about your favourite piece from the collection which you can view here.

Check out my other posts from the series;

Barbra Bui 

Giambatissta Valli

Christian Siriano

Creatures of the wind 

Or check out my previous post -> Wind; Haruki Murakami- Book review

Thank you for reading, and sorry for being MIA for so long, I’m back to college now and back on timetable, so posts should be regular now. 

fashion · Reviews

Christian Siriano- Pre S/S 2016

Sorry for the late blog post, I usually post weekly but I’m trying to get all my revision and summer work finished before we go back! I should have my timetable soon, so then I can fit in a definite slot for my posts.

Onto the actual topic, the next collection I’m going to review is Christian Siriano’s Pre collection. This collection features a lot of peach tones, contrasted with black and navy among the pastel hues. Siriano’s collection is elegant and refined, with long, big skirts and modern necklines. Crew-neck and boater style necklines are a reccuring feature. Overall this collection screams young, modern and chic.

The first piece that caught my eye was this peach evening gown. I love the material used, it reminds me of tissue paper that is used to wrap jewellery in! I also like the unique neckline combined with the pleats, which gives a minimal and effortless elegance to the dress. The fact there is hardly any embellishment to the dress draws more attention to the small details which are executed perfectly. Even the hemline adds an edge to the gown.

Next is this floral print which is used throughout the collection. I love how in each ensemble, Siriano picks a key colour from the print and uses it in a block print to contrast. In this, he has selected a beautiful lavender shade for the top of this model and has used his skill in pleating and frills to create a pattern, rather than printing onto the fabric. Again, the simplistic style draws the eye towards the technique, showcasing his skills as a designer. As for the skirt, the same applies, this time with the wide gathers which gives a more mature undertone to the style.

Lastly, I love the 70s vibe that this over-sized shirt and skirt give in this design. The long sleeves and how the shirt is haphazardly fastened give a ‘day at the beach’ feel to the ensemble, and the geometric print adds to the retro vibe. A touch of modern style is injected into the design with the A line skirt which would look great with a crisp white shirt for the office. The heels and bow tie the garments together with the all matching print trend conveyed by Siriano.

What do you think? Check out the rest of the collection here and leave a comment on your favourite piece!

Or if you’re new, check out my other reviews so far;

Giambattista A/W 2015/16

Barbra Bui Pre S/S 2016

Creatures of the Wind S/S 2016

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Creatures of the Wind- S/S 2016

COTW have gone with a slightly nautical colour pallet for next year’s summer trend, with navy blues, whites and a hint of yellow, creating a fresh and clean collection.

They opted for a no-fuss silhouette, straight cut and simple, with a few pleats here and there, leaving the chosen patterns to do the talking. The patterns in question are a mixture of stripes, floral motifs and a pattern which I can only describe as an striped weave. As in the fabric technique, not the hair kind.

I like the versatility of the skirt for this outfit, it can easily be toned down for a casual look, or used for a more professional presentation if paired with a white shirt. The shirt used in this photo (courtesy of Vogue might I add, as are all the photos used on this series) reminds me of an underwater scene, as it has a wet-look finish to it. This again, could be worn as a party statement or casual shirt, depending on how you style it.

THIS! This was the striped weave pattern I was (trying) to describe. It has the light and dark coffee tones going horizontal and withing that tiny square patterns making it look like a basket weave. The effortless gathers and tiny details- such as the uneven waistband- express the designer’s skill in making a garment which doesn’t need thousands of techniques and patterns to succeed. Simplicity is key, you might say. They also manage to get away with layering patterns (cheeky!) which is normally a taboo in the fashion world. However, the patterns contrast, with a light stripe on top, light both in colour and size, and a darker, heavier pattern on the bottom. And to unify both, a metallic scarf to add an eye catching feature to the ensemble, in a complementary shade to the skirt.

If you live anywhere with temperamental weather, you’ll relate to me when I say that it will probably rain a fair few times during the summer, even though it’s not supposed to. If your a fan of trench coats to combat this, then look no further. I personally love how the detailing is on the inside rather than the outside, as you can be fashionable without having the problem of matching your coat to your outfit. Flowers don’t match everything, unfortunately. The silver buttons employ a military edge to the coat, matching with the wet-look of fabric. From what is revealed, I’m guessing that the dress follows with the theme of ‘less is more’ with an abstract gather at the front as the main focus of the A-line dress. This time, wider stripes have been used to add more detail, and alternating colours also match with the nautical style.

I haven’t heard of this design er until now, but I look forward to seeing more collections as they have shown that they can do a lot with little extravagance, which can sometimes be overpowering. I also love the name of the brand, it reminds me of a Ghibli movie!

What do you think of the collection? Take a look at all the garments here and let me know in the comments.  If you have any recommendations for new collections that I should review, leave them down in the comments too!  

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Whats your (inner) aesthetic?

I can’t be the only one who has a mental wardrobe of all the things that I want to wear and would…if I had the money. I collect all the images I see on tumblr and YouTube and save them in a bank, sort of like pinterest in my brain. Every year I say “I’m going to start buying things that I see online and create my dream wardrobe.” Needless to say, I don’t.

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Storenvy is the closest match to what I would wear, if shops in England sold cheep versions of it, and is also the best place for people looking to sell their creations/sell clothing cheaper to create another source of income. Many people from tumblr sell their artwork on the website and there are a collection of sellers sourcing from Taobao for those who don’t speak Chinese and can’t navigate the website. It is the source of pastel goth, grunge and quirky fashion.

So, what is my aesthetic, you ask?

I would describe my “online taste” as a blend of floral patterns, pastel tones and black. Pastel punk meets celestial cute Mostly cute, with full skirts and crop tops. I also envied a million platform shoes and flower crowns with studs. Too many. The key elements of this wardrobe are chunky knit cardigans, skirts and cute illustrated tees.

My favourite shops on Storenvy have to be; Mooh!! and Syndrome. I have yet to purchase anything from them (soon…soon I will own there cute clothes) but most of my collection has to be from these shops.

Mooh!! is an Italy based store inspired by the cute fashions style of Asia, with an “Italian twist.” Founded by Carlo Trotta in May 2013, Mooh!! now has 10 members running the online brand and a value of $1 million.

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Syndrome have a following of 18,898 people and over 10,424 sales (as of 12/07/15) and describe their style as “Japanese and Korean street style.” They are one of many who utilize their social media to the extreme, gaining a high following on tumblr and interacting with customers and fans of their products. They also sponsor bloggers to review products, which allows wary viewers to cast judgement on their reliability and quality of clothing thanks to the cute beauty gurus who review them!

My real wardrobe? Lots of cheap Primark shirts, pastels and floral prints and too many marvel themed items. As for shoes, trainers and platforms (I actually did a shoe collection video of them on my YouTube channel) Which isn’t bad and considering in 17, in college and haven’t got a job yet (who keeps one-upping me with experience?! Confess!) I’m not going to have a dream wardrobe any time soon…But that doesn’t stop me from going on a collecting binge, envying every cute piece of clothing I find on StoreEnvy.

So that’s my “inner aesthetic”, whats yours?

My Storenvy profile–> http://www.storenvy.com/Ashleigh_Nicole

My Youtube –> https://www.youtube.com/c/mashmato?gvnc=1

Also, if you would like to read about more of my favourite Storenvy shops,comment and I will write about them in another post!

fashion · Reviews

LA MODA Shoe haul and review!

sandals and boots

I came across Lamoda when browsing for some shoes because I was in dire need of new heels. First, I was shocked at their awesome range of styles, then I read the names (I want to meet whoever has the creativity for the products names!) THEN….Then I saw the sale.

If your like me, and hate spending money but love buying new things, then the sale is the first part you go to, and let me be the first to say, Lamoda doesn’t disappoint. My first pair of shoes; Like Paradise White(left of the cover photo) were only £8.99 and the boots, named Cry Me A River, were £9.99. Of course, there were delivery fees but for the standard 3-5 working day delivery, it cost around £2.99, which is so cheap! If you want them quicker, then you can choose how fast you want them to arrive, either on the next working day or as a Saturday delivery. Overall, the prices range from £2.99- £7.99.

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Onto delivery, I received 2 e-mails in total; one to confirm my order and the second notifying me that my order had been dispatched. These both arrived in my inbox the day after I ordered my shoes and, by Thursday, they had arrived! It took 3 days, to get here and we almost directed the postman to our neighbors,thinking it was their parcel, we were so surprised!

The shoes came in a standard plastic bag, but inside each box was in a cute lavender drawstring bag, with the boxes inside. The shoes were wrapped in another soft plastic bag and tissue paper, along with tissue inside to keep the shape.

The shoes themselves are true to size, comfortable to walk in (at least indoors!) and there are no marks on them whatsoever! There was one tiny mark on the white pair, but that’s expected as they are a light colour and anything is noticeable on them. I can’t wait to wear them out!

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Overview;

Packaging; 10/10

Price; 10/10 (so cheap!)

Delivery; 9/10 (the order was actually sent to the billing address, but that may have been a fault on my behalf)

Communication; 9/10

Product; 10/10 (perfect condition, so cute and comfy!)

Overall; 10/10

Find the boots here; http://www.lamoda.co.uk/shoes/boots/cry-me-a-river-black

Find similar sandals here; http://www.lamoda.co.uk/shoes/sandals

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Giambattista Valli- A/W 15-16

Just as I mention the man in my previous post, (see here), Giambattista’s new collection hits the Paris runways with a stunning array of dresses, complete with billowing tulle layers and bright floral prints.

Pastels were paired with clashing shades of red and orange, lattice and lace and snow-like skirts swept down the runway, creating a delicate yet powerful impression to the lucky front row.

Feathers, ruffles and high necks were the main themes of this collection, with billowing skirts echoing the form of whip o cream, pin-pointed by Vogue in their overview.

My favourite piece no doubt has to be this mini dress;

If you thought double lace was a fashion faux pas well…your right, it usually is. However, somehow, Giambattista has managed to make it look amazing using contrasting colours and separating the two sections with a open top and baby blue, sequin embellished strip. Textures upon textures have been combined to create a stunning garment which successfully aviods being too overpowering and tacky. The relaxed colour pallet is soft and compliments the fabrics to create a feminine and high-edge garment.

This next dress is femminine with a stylish impact which I wish I could wear everyday. The soft tufts of tulle which make up the skirt look so soft and I can imagine sitting down and being surrounded by the soft fabric. (I’m really tiny so I’d probably be covered by the fabric but I digress…) The monochrome pallet of the dress is a signature look on the runway and merges with the floral jacket, which gives the garment a hint of street style-gone-catwalk edge to it.

Overall, Giambattista’s collection gives a stylish, feminine feel with a subtle hints of statement fabrics and embellishments, once again, creating a youthful collection for the Autumn/Winter season for 2015/16

about me · fashion

Get to know the blogger- Top 5 Designers?

I thought that with being a new blogger and all, and not really knowing what to write about yet, I would do a Q&A style blog post linked to my interests so that you guys know a bit more about me.

So the first theme of this post is my favourite designers, the reason being that this is the drive of this blog and my life in general. My ultimate goal is to be a designer, among other things, and there are many people in the industry I admire and whose work reflects my own.

1. Valentino Garavani

Born in Italy, ’32 and introduced to me (not personally, much to my dismay) around 2010, Valentino Garavani is someone who I admire so much. He traveled the world, worked hard from a young age and gained experience all to achive his dream- something that I strive to do. I have written so many “about my idol” essays about him (one was even in French eyy) that it is embarrassing. No one tell him. Ever. I’ll probably say it accidentally if I ever meet him, which I really want to, if you haven’t guessed already. Long story short, Valentino is the sole reason why I started to consider entering the industry in a serious light, and that is why he is on number one. Not that I favour designers.

2. Mannish Arora

I used inspiration from the spring/summer 2015 collection for my textiles project in January, which is currently off for marking. Like me, Mannish Arora features pastels in many of their collections, and floral motifs as a key focus. Their designs are fun and eye-catching and offer a new spin on mainstream fashion, breaking away from the mold to create an entirely new garment style.

3.  Lucky Chouette

My kpop influence is showing now, with number 3 taken by the brand Lucky Chouette. I found these through kpop idol fashion and love their cute and edgy designs. They’re also active on their YouTube which is awesome as you can see snippets of upcoming garments-; an A+ for marketing. To add, they are popular in the kpop world, with artists such as Amber from F(x) sporting the brand.

4. Steve J and Yoni P

I also found Steve and Yoni through my love of kpop- although they have a completely different vibe to LC. They are fun, exiting and I loved their entrance onto the runway (penny boards are the way to make a statement) it was cute and funny, much like their clothing. Again, they are also popular with kpop idols and rightly so- their adorable sporty style echos the kpop themes that are popular this year.

5. Giambattista

Lastly, Giambattista also featured in my sketchbook and by now, you’ve probably spotted a pattern in my favourites….Pastel and Floral….yup. Their collections are light, airy, almost fairy like and completely adorable. The first picture gives off a paris meets candyfloss vibe, with the fluffy skirt and fascinatior. The second is so dainty it looks like the material could disappear at the slightest touch and the tiny flowers are arranged so that it looks as if they naturally grew on the fabric.

There you have it, my top 5 designers. Hopefully you found it interesting and gave you inspiration for future designs! Let me know in the comments who your favourite designers are and why, and what you want me to answer next. 🙂