My design process starts the same with each collection:
First, I research what is happening on the runways in Paris, Milan, London, and New York.
Then, I look at what is happening on the street and at retail.
Next, I do a little history research. I look at vintage textiles, embroideries, and key details for whatever the collection calls for. Many times this includes doing actual historical research into events and cultures of a specific period.
Finally, before I ever set down at the drawing board, I compile my 'Look Book'. My 'Look Book' is a collection of everything that inspires me. It usually includes magazine tears, runway shots, color poms, fabrications, key silhouettes, construction details, ephemera, etc. - just whatever excites me. Only then, can I begin the actual design process.
My 'Look Books' have varied widely in the past. Some are slam dunk, 'get 'er done' projects and some are very elaborate. I remember one particular season where I replaced every model's head with Annie Oakley's and placed a skeet rifle in their hands. When Audrey saw it she said I had way too much time on my hands! Well, whether simple or elaborate, each 'Look Book' is very personal; it is what guides and inspires me during the design phase. In the following posts, I am going to pull out some of my favorite pages from this season's Look Book. It is called, The Royal Buffalo Hunt, by Double D Ranch. Enjoy!
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