The Art of the Trench

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It’s nearly winter but Melbourne’s constantly hitting an overnight low of 10 degrees so I guess winter’s already here. I like winter and I like winter fashion because it gives me the excuse to wear a trench coat (my most favorable piece of item in my closet). I like the shapes, the little things like epaulettes, cuffs, flaps that make up the clean and distinctive appearance of a trench. The 21st century has really embraced the trench coat as a classic and fashionable garment. Traditional beige trench coats are typically warm, highly durable, light and flexible in comparison to other bulky coats and jackets. So what’s not to love about them? I find it to be extremely versatile and fitting, although the intent is to wear them during the winter season, there are always new designs flooding in specifically made for all sorts of weather conditions.

One of my favorite fashion designers, Christopher Bailey, is responsible for the birth of trenches in the modern era. Bailey’s edgy style has kept up with contemporary fashion trends yet still maintains a sense of sophistication with every design he produces. Not only is the iconic trench sold exclusively in Burberry stores, it has rapidly expanded to many fashion outlets. Prominent designers such as Miuccia Prada and Issey Miyake are amongst the many who’ve adopted the garment and developed their own range of stylistic coats. Trench coats appear in all sorts of designs…now with more color, less materials, more materials etc.

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Biker, scrunchy dress and studded sleeve trench

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Designs with patterns and varying use of materials (top right looks like silicon sleeves and flaps with thick gold-trimmed pockets)

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Transparent coats. Last one is a crazy design by artist Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton

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Bailey’s metallic and glossy designs

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Short, sleeveless and cape designs

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How whacky is this! One of Gary Harvey’s interestingly creative designs for an eco-friendly couture fashion show called The Green Shows. Consisting of 18 trench coats (now that’s heavy) you might want read more about it here.

 

All about Black Milk

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Over the weekend I woke up dead early to catch the Black Milk sample sale with a friend of mine and boy oh boy was it hectic or what!? Black Milk only sell their products online and the brand is popular for their nylon leggings with unique designs. I’m not a fan of those cheap-looking, plain black cotton leggings that should only be worn to gym but I am a fan of leggings with either a subtle or flowing pattern print design and ever since a friend introduced me to Black Milk last year, I immediately fell in love. This sale only happens once in a while and it’s worth going to if you’re a fan like myself. Everything was $30, literally  more than half the online price.

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Black milk designs can get over the top, some of them are too bright for my liking…I mean look at those pantone leggings and the triangular shaped ones! I’m not gutsy enough to wear those out in public.

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Ooh we also managed to stop by for a spicy pork meal bucket at Seoul Soul. Good treat after lining up in the cold for hours. SO GOOD!

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Here’s my collection of leggings/jeggings. In the end I got my hands on a pair of tetris leggings and I’m loving it! Shame most of the good designs were already gone by the time we arrived. The last purchase I made from BM was the koi fish print and it definitely isn’t going to stop there. Some other recent purchases I made were from Boohoo.com, UNIQLO, Forever 21, eBay and Topshop.

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First uni project of the year: Product packaging. Introducing a new and innovative brand personality into a product market by designing a new packaging item sounded like fun. I mean, I love coming up with crazy brand names, designing packages and creating logos but then when we found out we had to position our new brand into the HIGH END of the product market of our choice, I knew I was going to struggle with my product choice (it was compulsory for us to choose a product sold in supermarkets). Originally I thought of doing mi goreng packets but that wasn’t high end enough. So I thought of cookies, chocolate (lindt is high end), soap, shampoo, ice cream. Then bam! Macarons. I know for sure coles and safeway sell macarons in packets.

When I think of anything “high end” I think of Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Chanel….you know the deal. Anything high class uses a limited color palette and their designs are always simple – minimal or no use of graphics, just text. It’s difficult to do that with any supermarket item because they rely a lot on imagery and color to assist in identifying the item. The only one major aspect that differentiates a high end product from a mid to low range product is typography. Typography is so important! And that’s one of the main things I focused on for this project.

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I couldn’t find the exact flavors I wanted…I bought the macarons last minute gah!

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The many mock-ups. Don’t know what I was thinking with the pink vector macarons. They look like sausages :S

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That page should be titled ‘generation of ideas’ by the way. Yes, they’re making us to get into the habit of generating PDF folios (what a waste of my spare colby folders) but I kinda prefer it that way since it’s easier to organize the pages and it looks neater.

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