Throwback Thursday – Jeremy Scott

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First2Print and the Social Imprint Project.

We are proud to share an update from our sister company, First2print, about and exciting project that they participated in with Christian Siriano. Originally posted here.

The Social Imprint project used viewer tweets to inform an algorithm, which produced a graphic print design, which was digitally printed on silk charmeuse at our NY Studio, and finally was shipped to Christian Siriano who created two garments from it. This project meshed together technology, real-time social response to pop culture and fashion, and was worth the late nights preparing for a seamless production that ran parallel to Fashion Rocks at the Barclay Center. The final garments were walked down a runway at the Gilded Lilly in NYC, which representatives from First2Print were invited to attend.

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NYC as a Backdrop for Beauty

 

When you live and work in this city, you often forget how beautiful it is. I love being able to stumble upon moments like this one. The beautiful NY Public Library as a backdrop for art.

It made me wonder… what is on showcase? Is the dancer helping the photographer with her portfolio? Is the photographer helping dancer with HER portfolio? Is the garment the dancer is wearing the focus? It didn’t really matter to me, I was lucky enough to find beauty this morning in our fair city.NYCbeauty

 

In the Market, On the Runway

It’s always exciting to see things that we’ve worked on out in the world. Here is a wonderful example in the fashion world. Our sister company, First2Print, printed these fabrics for Yigal Azrouël’s Ready to Wear Fall 2015 and you can currently see them on style.com.

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Mr. Azrouël, who is Israeli born and is known for his feminine designs and expert draping techniques, produces 90% of his products right here in NYC’s Fashion District.

Fusion Fashion 2015 – Patterns & Substrates

I was honored to be asked by one of my fashion students from Parsons to attend the yearly Fusion Fashion Show. Each year this show is organized to spotlight top up and coming fashion designers from the two most prestigious fashion schools in the country. You can go to their site and view all of the work and find out more of the show. All work shown here is property of the designer.

I found it incredibly inspiring to see all the hard work and creativity that went into the looks each of the designer’s looks. It’s interesting to see things that we talk about at Design Works in the creative minds of those who will represent design in the future…

We love print and pattern here and it is alive and well with some wonderful examples by these new designers.

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photos ©2015 James Simon

It takes a great deal of skill & creativity to use such diverse materials and substrates. The mixing of the different fabrics and textures adds great feel to each of the pieces.

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photos ©2015 James Simon

And a special shout-out to Rhea Goyal from Parsons. She invited me to the show and I’m proud to say that she is one of my students. I see great things from her in class and was wowed by what she showed me here.

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I’d say the future of fashion and design is in pretty good hands.

China: Through the Looking Glass-Fusion China

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced an upcoming show that has been organized by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art which will explore how the Chinese culture has influenced fashion for centuries.china

These wonderful images show the influence on such designers as Tom Ford (for Yves Saint Laurent), Roberto Cavalli and John Galliano (for Christian Dior) and how they interpret the use of Chinese patterns and fabrics.

We’ll be there for the exhibition and follow up with more images and insight from what looks to be an inspiring exhibition. Click here for more information.

The influence has truly touched every aspect of our lives, and rightly so; the classic design, beautiful colors and motifs. Blending this wonderful culture into our western lives gives us amazing places to live.

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Fusion of Fashion & Home – Pale Pink

The softer side of color is refreshing and uplifting with Pale Pink trending in both fashion and home this season…

Pink is known for it’s soft qualities. The addition of white to calms down the passionate red and replaces it with a gentle, comforting feeling. Studies have confirmed that exposure to pink can have a calming effect; violent prisoners have been calmed by placing them in a pink room for specified amount of time.

If you have a friend that wears pink all the time it may indicate a need for acceptance, support and unconditional love. It puts us in touch with our nurturing side.

Pink is the color of uncomplicated emotions. It represents the child in all of us; the innocence and sweetness, the inexperience an naiveté.

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