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All Stars Challenge: Episode Twelve by TheShoppingGoddess All Stars Challenge: Episode Twelve by TheShoppingGoddess
AKA FINALE!! Be prepared for a lengthy description. for the group :iconcatwalkchallenge: for this, i missed my homework assignment for psychology as a natural science.

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Title: Liberation

Concept: Inspired by Birds-of-Paradise, original concept was "Queen of New York," I wanted to design a collection that embodied the free spirit and confidence of a city girl (mainly because I spent hours catching up on Gossip Girl). Also, I wanted to present something dynamic, but also very well designed so if even if you removed all the embellishments, you'll still be left with a really cool design. I decided on an "Uli" moment; it's a Runway Show, better make it fabulous and take a risk!

Color Scheme: burgundy, cobalt blue, light blue, black, plus emerald green (jewelry) and turquoise green (beading)

Design Elements: emphasis on shoulders, leather paneling and sheer mesh inserts, beading, feathers

I might make a dress-up game out of this, I purposely designed this collection so that the pieces look good together even if they're not paired together.

Accessories: To keep the collection cohesive, I chose the same Rose Gold Metallic Claudius heels (link here [link]) which is supposed to reflect the orangy/yellow color found in all 3 birds. Jewelry are these emerald and silver pieces, because i believe in mixed metals, also I wanted to reflect the green which is also somewhat present in all the birds, without it overpowering the design (I kept jewelry minimalistic) Also Bora Bora Wood Frame clutch (link here [link]) which just happens to have a print of birds-of-paradise...the flower lol and White/Silver Le Club Foldover Cutout Clutch (link here [link])

I decided on 10 looks, 1-7 showing my range, 8-10 being onezies stand alone pieces (#10 is the finale) The descriptions below (aka how many adjectives can i use). at the end, paratheses include fabric choices

Black tunic with peek-a-boo shoulders with attached feathered neckpiece plus light blue leggings with clear mesh insert on sides plus leather paneling on bottom. Beading done on the sleeves. Collar necklace+white clutch. (jersey, spandex mix)

Look #2
Beige high-collared button halter tank over black shorts with sheer mesh inserts and leather paneling on bottom, all under burgundy feathered flowy cardigan with ruched sleeves. Beading done on collar of shirt. Silver drop earrings +wood clutch. (silk chiffon, denim, jersey))

Look #3
Cobalt high collared crop sweater with leather shoulder structure and feathered sleeves paired with black high waisted calf-length pencil skirt with leather paneling on top and sheer mesh insert on bottom. Beading done on the sleeve where it connects to feathers. "Fringe" necklace + white clutch. (wool knit, cotton mix)

Look #4
Beige high-collared tank with sheer mesh inserts, paired with burgundy jeans with leather paneling on bottom, all under black peplum jacket with feathered collar with ruched sleeves. Beading on bottom half of sleeve, and on the edge of the belt. Spike earrings+wood clutch. (silk chiffon, denim, wool mix)

Look #5
Light blue high collar peek-a-boo shoulder dress with feathered collar and feathered skirt. Paired with black board shorts, because dress does NOT have a lining. Beading done on sleeves. Plain brooch. (cotton mix, spandex mix)

Look #6
Burgundy shirt with sheer mesh insert, paired with black pencil skirt with leather paneling above sheer mesh inserts. Beige peek-a-boo structural shouldered feathered cardigan over this. Beading done on "belt" portion. Plain earrings+white clutch. (silk chiffon, wool knit, wool mix)

Look #7
Black long-sleeve shirt with sheer mesh insert and leather shoulder structure paired with cobalt feather peplum pencil skirt. Beading done on sleeve. Emerald drop earrings. (jersey, wool knit)

Look #8
Black jumpsuit with sheer mesh insert and feathered sleeves. Beading done on portion where it connects to feathers. Collar necklace+wood clutch. (cotton mix)

Look #9
Light blue mermaid gown with sheer mesh inserts (sleeves and bodice piece) with feathers on the mermaid skirt portion. Beading done on waist. "Fringe" necklace. (jersey)

Look #10
Burgundy button dress with peek-a-boo shoulders and feathered sleeves, plus flowy skirt and sheer mesh inserts and leather paneling on sides. Beaded buttons. Spike earrings. (silk chiffon)

For the separate pieces, I only shaded the leather portions, the feather portions, and the portions which flow to the back

edit: oops forgot to add links of the pics of the bird: [link] and [link] and [link]

edit2: here's the link to my "original" collection, which I decided to do over into this one (it's the psuedo-ready-to-wear version of this: [link])
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Kimiko-Takahashi-tan Feb 8, 2013   Interface Designer
So pretty!! Your pieces are always so creative! I really like your use of texture as well. You need to be brave to use mesh and feathers, but I think you pulled it off well! It's also really nice that you can mix and match them! It's really convenient to own pieces like that!

My only concern would be the layout. I personally think it's fine since most people would be looking at the awesome designs, but I can see how it could be confusing or something to some people as well. (It looks like other people have already mentioned that though.)
Overall I really love your work! Excellent job! :D
TheShoppingGoddess Feb 8, 2013  Student Interface Designer
thank you dearie <3
Kimiko-Takahashi-tan Feb 10, 2013   Interface Designer
You are very welcome! :D
KCarey Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow... That's some collection. I love the mixture of flowy and spiky. While, I can't see them on a ready wear hanger, I can see how with some simple alterations they could be 'toned down' to make into ready wear... Which is a great thing.

I understand why you show us the pieces separate, but it does make the page a little confusing. I think for a future look, it might be better to shift the layout some so we're not as over loaded.

On the whole however, I do love this full collection. Cohesive and yet each piece is stand alone. Great job.
TheShoppingGoddess Feb 7, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Thank you! And :iconpba-clara: already mentioned something about the layout (oops my bad) and I can link this back to my "original" ready-to-wear collection
KCarey Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nothing bad. There's just a lot. I really do love this collection. ^^
TheShoppingGoddess Feb 7, 2013  Student Interface Designer
awww thanks <3 and i totes understand the layout thing
Nice collection! There are beautiful and different details in all the models, but there is cohesion between them =D

I just regret that the page in itself seems a bit messy and unorganized. It takes the eye away from your clothing, which is a shame. But I understand that we don't always have time to construct beautiful layouts. :p
TheShoppingGoddess Feb 2, 2013  Student Interface Designer
lol actually i dont really care about the layout ^^; i want my designs to speak for themselves, and i also wanted to present my inspiration, the close up views of the jewelry, the close-ups of the accessories, and the individual separate pieces (so you can mix and match styles as you please) maybe i could make a dress-up game. hmmm...
The problem is that the eye gets distracted and doesn't look at the clothes. If you're disorganized, people might not get enough interested to look at it long enough to let the clothes the time to speak by themselves.

It's like having a wardrobe full of clothing in a mess, you have more problems to get dressed than if you keep it organized. If it's your own mess you can find easily your way in it, but try it in someone else's wardrobe!!

I would not say it if I did not think that you can make it much better. It doesn't need to be complicated. Put spaces or leave separations between the silhouettes, just find your own way to do it.

That said, I repeat that I really love what you did! ^^
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