I thought I'd share some of my sketches. Cause you know, they're pretty cool I think. These are my initial sketches to what I think will be my Spring collection for the DHE Spring fashion show. I've been tossing around several ideas in my head, and what inspired my concept for this collection, was quite unusual and painstakingly simple. But really proves you can be inspired by anything.
I was sitting in a tattoo shop here in Corvallis watching my boyfriend get tattooed and I started sketching to pass the time. Note: I always like to draw inspiration from my near environment before I look towards any other form of inspiration. Looking around I honestly wasn't inspired by any of the tattoo artists' art on the walls. Mind you, I am very picky and considerably hard to please when it comes to art, but I never lose any appreciation. Anyways, I ended up being inspired by the most BORING interior features of the shop. The simple black window trim and the textured, pale, muted yellow walls. Which, through careful research, the exact texture I now know is called, "California knockdown." My Dad would be proud, and any other construction workers who follow my blog. I know there are tons.
Anyways, somehow I derived my concept of stark minimalist pieces contrasted with much more detailed busy pieces. The idea is a heavy play on contrasting fabrics in each look. The main idea of my textile selection is based on simple jersey knit pieces contrasted with multicolored blue/green, brown/red woven bouclé and tweed fabrics. The use of grey and black knits was derived from the plain black trim used for the windows, and the tweed and bouclé are obviously inspired from the textured walls.
The color pallet is based off my favorite colors, neutrals! Throw in some warm greens, reds, and boom- every piece is interchangeable.
Who is going to wear this collection? I purposefully designed this collection to target a much larger demographic. The inclusion of men and women was my first goal. Secondly, this collection holds a spot for both basics and standout pieces. Like I said, the pieces are very interchangeable with one another, and the neutral, yet classic color pallet doesn't exclude anyone.
The contrast of simple and busy fabrics allow more use out of the collection. While the woven tweed and bouclé fabric set the tone for a more fashion forward demographic. Historically, this style of fabric grabs more attention from a slightly older demographic. (Than I, I mean.) In contrast with the young and classic silhouettes, that proves that this collection is incredibly versatile and can be worn by anyone. These pieces can be mixed and matched for school, work, even lounging.
I'm sure you'll be seeing more of this collection in the coming months, so I will save the rest of my analysis for later!