Learning Curve: Pastel Dreams S/S 2012

So today marked the last day of my first year in fashion school!! Only two more to go. I thought as a good reflection, I’d do a post about my biggest headache this term as it took up most of my time and despite some mistakes, I’m quite proud of what I accomplished in just one semester. If you’re interested in taking fashion design in college, I promise you; IT IS NOT A WALK IN THE PARK. I think a lot of people make that mistake…but I’ll post about that another time.

Our biggest project this semester consisted of getting into groups of four or five people and creating a collection for the S/S 2012 season for a retail store of our choosing. The store had to be a little more expensive (eg. Zara, BCBG, Club Monaco, etc.), compared to last semester we did stores that were quite cheap (eg. Forever 21, H&M, Ricki’s, etc.). My group chose Zara and we settled on the pastels colour palette as it’s quite a hit for this season. We found that Zara really seems to enjoy florals and very classic trends. So naturally, we followed suit.

This was our colour story. Our macro trend we chose was “cinematic” and it was inspired by old movies from the fifties and sixties.

After choosing which direction we were going into, Zara became a big inspiration for our designs. We chose to do a collection that was more streamline. Come time to choose a fabric, we were extremely inspired by a floral print that we found in the fabric district of Toronto. We also chose a pink micro fibre, a mint microfibre, a green/blue poly/cotton and a beige khaki.

The blue floral we had to drop after the loss of a group member but this is pretty much what the fabric story looked like! So from here we had to design based on our inspirations and edit and then drape our chosen fabrics and edit and then change and edit some more!

Here is what the final collection drawing looked like:

And finally after about three weeks of hard labour, we finally finished sewing these garments (after many pattern making woes). Here are the final pieces in the form of photo shoot!

This design is my personal project. The floral really inspired me and it so reminded me of spring and Zara. It has a cute little underskirt in the green/blue polycotton and the shirt is a microfibre. If I could do anything differently, I might not have done a hidden button placket as it was not completely necessary. However, the final look was exactly what I wanted it to be so I was very proud!

Here is the second design complete with pants and floral blouse. Doesn’t it just remind you of spring?

And finally, the jumpsuit! I love the peter pan collar! All of these designs were done by each member of the group. I’m so proud of us and what we accomplished in the end!

Here is the final collection all together!

All in all this semester has been an amazing learning experience! I hope this has been an interesting post for any aspiring fashion designers to see what goes on in the world of design school! I can not wait for next year!