Reflecting on the Last Look Book and Thinking About the Second

The last two weeks has been really interesting, meeting stylists and discussing my ideas with them. Seeing if we are on the same page, visualising the collection in the same way and questionning if they understand the vision of the brand.

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The feedback has been positive alongside constructive criticism in terms of the looks I presented and ideas for the shoot; some really made sense, which reinforced the importance of working with a stylist in terms of what they can bring to the table both conceptually and practically. 

I think the biggest thing for me is the sense of creative discussion and bouncing ideas off one another but more importantly; collaboration.  

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I am really excited about working with new people and allowing for the brand to be developed in a variety of new ways especially as they will bring a range of experiences with them thus educating me in the process.

Developing in this way is important to me as I like learning; knowledge is power after all or more importantly empowering. I am still a complete novice but want my passion project to have a real opportunity to be successful in one way or another. 

The definition of success is yet to be determined.

So, moving forward, I hope to make a decision by the end of the week because I want to book the studio and photographer to keep the momentum going. 

Watch this space... 

Team Seeking Time - Second Collection

The past couple of weeks have been solely focused on making links with people who can help me on my second shoot.

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I am looking forward to building a small team, not only because I want to share my vision with them but I am hoping there will be a creative buzz leading up to and after the shoot. If the last shoot taught me anything, it was that the preparation and the day on location was so inspiring and motivating. 

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But it wasn’t without a lot of preparation leading up to the day. However, this side of things I really enjoy as it’s another creative outlet for me, in addition to the drawings for the t-shirts. Like styling the looks, seeking out the locations and what I wanted to happen in each space, the sequences and so on.

This time, however, I need to challenge myself as this shoot will be in a studio. What is the overall aesthetic, how will the models be paired together? How do I maximise the amount of shots utlitising the range? 

So on to the next focus - team seeking, I have advertised on various spaces for a: 

- female photographer  

- stylist and  

-  models who identify as women of colour. Although I am thinking about male models too as I want to branch out and visually show the t-shirts are unisex. 

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In response to the adverts, the next couple of weeks will be used to meet with people who have expressed their interest in helping me.  The purpose of the meeting is to see if we are on the same page and they understand my creative vision but ultimately, can we work together? 

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In conjunction with responding to emails I have been putting together some mood boards to convey my ideas and what I want to portray, namely female empowerment and positively showcasing women of colour.

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This weeks plan it to keep collecting and finding inspiration  for the spring / summer 19 trends and incorporating those ideas with the styling of the shoot. I really like pattern clashes, layers with tulle and bright bold colours. Lets see what what the stylists ideas are.

Exciting times ahead. 

Planning the Second Collection

Planning the second collection is both exciting and daunting. But the more I research the more it helps cement a recent idea I had.  

I wanted the first collection to show strong, empowered women and I want this theme to continue with the second. 

I have been researching existing photoshoots, looking through magazines and my art / fashion books to see what is inspiring. 

Then it struck me.  

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This painting by Jenny Saville is called “Propped”. Recently it sold for £9.5 million in auction making her the most expensive female painter in the world. The work is powerful and comments on women being put on a pedestal for the male gaze usually painted by a man, amongst many other things about patriarchy. 

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I love Jenny Saville, her work is evocative and powerful and I want to emulate this painting in my photoshoot for the second collection.

If I can I would love a female photographer to maintain the narrative about women and female empowerment. Reinforcing the statement ‘We Are Here’. 

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I have emailed a studio, where I await their response. In the mean time I need to search for models and a photographer who understands my mission along with images that reinforce this vision. 

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Samples Have Arrived - Second Collection Time
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The anticipation of opening the package the samples were in was almost too much. But I was so excited to see them.  

The majority have printed as expected but a few need modifying for one reason or another.  

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Aside from ordering some on white backgrounds to compare the outcome and trimming a few edges, moving the image up etc, it is time to start planning the new photoshoot and everything that comes after. 

Feel excited again.  

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But for now, here is a sneak preview of the t-shirts so far. I am pleased with the quality too, all fair trade. 

 

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Which ones are you drawn too? What do you think? Any constructive criticism welcome.