DIY Denim Choker

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Try this super easy DIY denim choker! Tag @designworksinternational if you share on Insta!

 

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What you will need

-old jeans or denim

-velcro you can cut

-scissors

Directions

Step 1: Decide if you are using denim fabric or an old pair of jeans. I went with an old pair of straight leg jeans for this.

Step 2: Cut the hem off of the pant leg of the jeans, make sure to cut close to the stitches to make sure it’s even.

Step 3: Cut the hem in half, make sure both sides are symmetrical.

Step 4: Cut a small piece of velcro and attach to the ends of the hem.

Step 5: Voilá! You’re done!

TBT – The Marie Antoinette Room in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thank goodness they liked our work, or they may have taken off our heads!!

In 2007 the Museum came to us to help them with refurbishing Marie Antoinette’s furniture. Detailed patterns were done here and full size printouts were made for every piece to be embroidered from.

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for more information, visit designworksintl.com or first2print.com.

Throwback Thursday – Jeremy Scott

We didn’t make him famous, but we helped!JScott-TBT-Jukebox.001

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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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photos ©2015 James Simon

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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