Silicone Texture by Lucy Simpson | The Cutting Class.
02 Feb 2015
Silicone Texture by Lucy Simpson

Lucy Simpson, 2014.Some designers start with their end product in mind, and experiment endlessly until they can turn their mental images into a physical form that exactly replicates their original idea. Other designers start from a point of experimentation and allow the happy accidents that occur along the way to...

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Bust Shaping Considerations at Balenciaga | The Cutting Class. Balenciaga, PF15, Paris.
28 Jan 2015
Bust Shaping Considerations at Balenciaga

Balenciaga, PF15, Paris. Sometimes a design that is very simple on paper can throw some surprisingly tricky pattern considerations at you. There was one particularly simple dress from the Balenciaga pre-collection that illustrates a possible solution to an important question: When you move a seam line away from an apex...

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Fastening Details at Balenciaga | The Cutting Class. Balenciaga, PF15, Paris.
26 Jan 2015
Fastening Details at Balenciaga

Balenciaga, PF15, Paris. For the Autumn-Winter 2015 pre-collection at Balenciaga, many of the designs seemed to be engineered around the fastening details, with patterns cut in proportion to giant buttons and snap fastenings doubling up as embellishment.

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Pixelated Faces Play with Scale at KTZ | The Cutting Class. KTZ (Kokon To Zai), Menswear, AW15, London.
20 Jan 2015
Pixelated Faces Play with Scale at KTZ

KTZ (Kokon To Zai), Menswear, AW15, London. “Scale”, as a principle of design, can provide designers with a never ending treasure trove of options when it is used to iterate a single idea into a myriad of different variations. For the KTZ men’s collection for Autumn-Winter 2015, the experiments with...

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Embellishment and Painterly Prints at NIHL | The Cutting Class. NIHL by Neil Grotzinger, Graduate Collection, SS14.
13 Jan 2015
Embellishment and Painterly Prints at NIHL

NIHL by Neil Grotzinger, Graduate Collection, SS14. In his graduate collection for Spring-Summer 2014, artist and designer Neil Grotzinger created textiles that had an unconstrained and spontaneous quality with placement prints that appeared to be dripping with paint and beaded lines creeping across dresses like iron filings on a magnet.

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Textile and Pattern Details at Alexander Wang | The Cutting Class. Alexander Wang, PF15.
07 Jan 2015
Textile and Pattern Details at Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang, PF15. The Autumn-Winter 2015 pre-collection at Alexander Wang included unusual button positions, spiralling zippers and fabrics with subtle peepholes and gathers.

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Fractured Prints at McQ | The Cutting Class. McQ, PF15.
16 Dec 2014
Fractured Prints at McQ

McQ, PF15. The Autumn-Winter 2015 pre-collection at McQ featured unusual prints and textile treatments, with trapped feathers and geometric hardware.

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Pushing Circles at Junya Watanabe | The Cutting Class. Junya Watanabe, SS15, Paris.
09 Dec 2014
Pushing Circles at Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe, SS15, Paris. Sometimes it’s interesting to think backwards from where a designer ended up and take the time to consider what the very original seed of an idea may have been. Thinking in this way can help you to see how a single idea can be developed into...

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Constructing Voids with Charlotte Ham | The Cutting Class. Garments from Void by Charlotte Ham
02 Dec 2014
Constructing Voids with Charlotte Ham

Garments from “Void” by Charlotte Ham’s label I C E. There are times when traditional clothing materials simply will not support your design in the way that you would like. No matter what fabric, interfacing or internal structure you experiment with, there will be times when you will need to...

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Bold Stripes at Balmain | The Cutting Class. Balmain, SS15, Paris.
24 Nov 2014
Bold Stripes at Balmain

Balmain, SS15, Paris. The Spring-Summer 2015 collection at Balmain played with stripes in varying thicknesses. At times bold stripes were used to emphasise square silhouettes or lengthen the line of jackets, while at other times thinner lines were woven in leather or crisscrossed to form grids in knitwear.

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Exquisite Details at Alexander McQueen | The Cutting Class. Alexander McQueen, SS15, Paris.
08 Oct 2014
Exquisite Details at Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen, SS15, Paris. For the Spring-Summer 2015 collection at Alexander McQueen, creative director Sarah Burton drew inspiration from a personal collection of kimonos collected from Japan. This resulted in garments that combined organic motifs with geometric silhouettes using exquisite construction and fabric details.

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Chanel's Stylish Protest March
30 Sep 2014
Chanel’s Stylish Protest March

Chanel, SS15, Paris. The Chanel Spring-Summer 2015 show set on “Chanel Boulevard” appeared to capture a very Chanel version of the mixture of people who are called onto the street during protest marches. Vibrant colours mingled with classic monochrome in the same way that office suits and tie-dye shirts can...

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