An FC collab with Project Runway Junior Designer Cartier Dior.
Hello everyone! New York City is one of the most inspiring places in the world. I was lucky enough to visit there this summer, and I came back with a world of design inspiration. I am so excited to share with you a few sketches inspired by some of my favorite parts of the city, and to give you a bit of information on the design process.
New York Skyline
For this design, I wanted to capture the way that the water and sky seem to blend into each other, yet are interrupted by the more rigid skyline. A slim fitting jumpsuit embodies the business oriented facets of New York City, while a dramatic cape sleeve captures the natural beauty of the city.
The City at Night
One of my favorite parts of the trip was seeing the city at night from the Empire State Building. I knew instantly that this view would be beautifully translated into dress form. Building off of a simple black dress on the top, I used reds, oranges, and yellows on the bottom to mimic the lights of the city.
Grand Central Terminal
The green-blue color and the gold constellations on the bottom of this dress are inspired by the astronomical ceiling in Grand Central Terminal. The overall shape of the dress is a very classic silhouette, while the slit and off-the-shoulder details add a modern touch. This reflects the way that old and new meet in Grand Central.
While a bookstore may not be the first thought that comes to mind when you think of New York City, bookstores are where I tend to find some of my best inspiration. I visited my two favorite bookstores while in New York—Albertine, which sells books in French, and the Strand, which carries practically any book you could ever want. I took this inspiration from the books on the shelves to create a design with a print of words from some of my favorite novels.
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