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Designer Day

Christian Siriano

American designer Christian Siriano (1985 – ) is, as of yet, the youngest designer to be featured at our blog, and my heart does break with envy with the fact that we are the same age and he just a tiny little bit more successful than I am. Though, I must admit, he really is good at what he does.

Siriano has studied fashion at Baltimore School for the Arts and American InterContinental University in London. He has also interned for Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen – the last one being his favorite designer.

But it was through winning the fourth season of American reality show Project Runway (2008) he got the chance to open his own fashion line, Christian Siriano, which he did in autumn the same year.

I think his clothes are amazingly over the top, and really beautiful. It only I could wear this to work! See for yourself.

Love, Hanna


Derek Lam

Happy New Year to all our beautiful readers! Our New Year’s resolution? Become even better. Hard to believe that’s possible, I know, but we promise to try. Maybe there’ll even be an etsy store soon, but we’ll keep you posted on that one. For now, we encourage you to be patient and enjoy the work of another fabulous designer, American Derek Lam (1967 – ).

After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1990, Lam worked on and off for designer Michael Kors for years. After spending some time in Hong Kong, and becoming Vice President of Design at Michael Kors, Lam finally launched his own line in 2003.

“Lam is known for his pretty, girly fabrics backed by clean, crisp silhouettes. Signature pieces include raw silk sheath dresses with plunging necklines, wide-leg trousers in various wools and dainty cashmere pea coats cinched with stiff silk belts.” (wikipedia)

In addition to running his own fashion house, Lam is also the Creative Director for Tod’s.

Lovely.

Love, Hanna


United Bamboo

United Bamboo is a fashion house founded by Vietnamese-born designer Thuy Pham and Japanese-born designer Miko Aoki. They made their New York runway debut in fall 2004.

In addition to fashion, the duo also collaborate in making art and music.

Interestingly, United Bamboo issue an annual calendar of cats wearing the brands runway costumes. Like this,

Yeah.

For each collection, Pham and Aoki blend patterns and different cuts with a downtown chic style, creating an elegant look.

In my opinion, their fall collections tend to be better then their spring collections, because they are often more colorful and, in the words of the Mad Hatter, they have more “muchness.” Then again, a lot of designers tend to have boring spring collection, because somehow, come spring, we all need to wear white and look incredibly dull.

But there shan’t be any dullness here, so enjoy the United Bamboo lovelies below (and above).

Love, Hanna


Maria Cornejo

Sorry, sorry, sorry, I know I’m a day late with Designer Day, but I do hope that the simple elegance of the clothes I’m about to show you will encourage you all to forgive me. Today I’m introducing you to a classy designer from Chile, Maria Cornejo.

After moving to New York, Cornejo opened her store in 1998, with her brand called Zero.

Zero is supposed  to express the vision of its designer: Spare, modern, minimal, feminine, unpretentious, clean and elegant clothes. Maybe not the everyday stuff you see here at Vili Flik, but hello, the dresses are good. Although, was I to wear them I would need a bunch of accessories and some awesome tights, but still, great clothes. If it’s good enough for Tilda, it’s good enough for me.

Cornejo plays with cuts and angles rather than with patterns and colors, which makes for very elegant and often a bit different clothes.

Love, Hanna


L.A.M.B.

Just a tiny little designer post today, about Gwen Stefani (1969 – ), an American probably most known as the lead vocalist for No Doubt.

I’m usually quite the sceptic when musicians decide they wanna be designers, but I think Stefani does a good job. She’s no artist, in my opinion, but the clothes tend to be cool. See for yourself.

While in No Doubt, Stefani made most of her own stage costumes, which lead to her launching her own clothing line, L. A. M. B. (Love. Angel. Music. Baby.) in 2003.

Though the clothes are cool in themselves, I feel that more could be done presentation wise. Where are the colors and the abundance of accessories? The collections would look so much better if there were just a little more umph to them. Or at least that’s my not so very humble opinion.

Love, Hanna


Issey Miyake

Meet Issey Miyake (1938 – ), a brilliant Japanese fashion designer with edgy and awesome designs.

Miyake comes from Hiroshima, and witnessed the atomic bomb dropped in August 1945. Luckily, he survived, and went on to study graphic design in Tokyo.

From there, Miyake went to Paris and New York to work, before returning to Japan to found Miyake Design Studio, a high-end producer of women’s fashion.

In the late 1980s, Miyake started experimenting with new methods of pleating, which would increase flexibility of movement and improve care and production. This led to ‘garment pleating’, a new technique perfected in 1993.

In addition to fashion design, Miyake has also done some costume design for Ballett Frankfurt. He also drew Pocahontas, the girl in the movie, not the whole thing.

Blending traditional Japanese fabrics and production techniques, with a well of colors and patterns makes for fabrics most other designers can only dream about.

In 2000, Miyake himself stepped down, and made Naoki Takizawa (1960 – ) Creative Director of the fashion house.

Love, Hanna


Jason Wu

Finally – there shall be fashion! Jason Wu (1982) is, in addition to being disgustingly young, an amazing Taiwanese-American fashion designer. Oh, to the glory that is his creative brain.

Young Mr. Wu learned to sew by designing and making clothes for dolls as a child, and at age 16 he began to create freelance doll clothing designs for a toy company called Integrity Toys. A year later he was Creative Director for the same company. Insane, I know.

He went from dolls to studying, at Parsons New School for Design, before interning with Narciso Rodriguez.

Then the genius went on to launch his own fashion career, supported by his earnings for the doll designs. He had his runway debut in 2006, and since then his career has been skyrocketing.

Over 85% of Wu’s collections are actually manufactured in New York City’s Garment district, because the designer wants to focus on couture quality craftmanship. Nice.

And the craftmanship really is amazing – all the little details which can take as much as 1000 hours to create speak of a perfectionist. And look at the results. Gorgeous.

Love, Hanna