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July 31 2012

08:00

Creatively Clad: A Showcase of Creative Costume Design


  

One area of design that tends to constantly be producing innovative and impressive results is the field of costume design. With so many important scenes relying heavily on the costumes to help create and solidify the tone and feeling of the piece, costume designers have a lot to carry on their shoulders. So much has to be conveyed through the clothing the models are clad in, and sold through them as they are often more than just the focal point of the piece, they are often the only engaging element in the foreground.

So below is a fantastic collection that explores so many talented designers’ work in this field for you to refill your inspirational well. From all of the everyday casual fashion that surrounds us, it is always nice to break into new worlds through the art of creative costume design.

Creatively Clad

Treadwear by Carl Elkins

Exoskeleton by Janina Alleyne

RANDOM RAINFALLS (photographed) by Julie Marie Gene Gobelin

SUMMER LAWN COLLECTION 2010… by Noori Worldd

Triumph by Olga Baturina

Nekromantik collection by Katarzyna Konieczka

Nintai by Lucia Benitez & by Mercedes Arocena

Tequia – Goddess of Aztec (photographed) by Gabriella Gertruida

Zignatories by Tarveen & Vikul

Geometric corporal expansion by Marcos Paulo Piccoli

AArambh by Yatin Gandhi (photographer radhakrishna)

Serie Guerreras “Joya nunca taxi” by Samantha Otheguy

Poupée de la Lune by Jesica M. Almaguer

Triumph by Olga Baturina

Medical Costumes by Katarzyna Konieczka

Treadwear by Carl Elkins

50ft. McQueenie by Gerwyn Davies

Accordian by Marcos Paulo Piccoli

Noi.se by Zuza Sowinska-Bania

The birds, fashion design, 2004 by Baiba Ladiga

Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, by EL NIDO

Geometric corporal expansion by Marcos Paulo Piccoli

Exoskeleton by Janina Alleyne

Zignatories by Tarveen & Vikul

The Runway’s End

We are finished with our side of the showcase, but now we want to hear from you. What pieces really moved you or caught your attention from this collection of creative costume design? Do you know of any others that we should see? Leave us your thoughts or links in the comments.

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February 12 2011

10:00

When High Fashion Invades The Web: 50 EPIC Fashionable Websites

Fashion is a cultural phenomena and a means of personal expression. It has been around for ages and is undeniably a big phenomena. It is important to those that follow fashion trends, and for many people fashion is an integral part of their life and identity. Getting into the hostile world of high fashion is a great achievement for those that are passionate about it as the industry is undying and it gets bigger by the minute. That’s why it has decided to take over the world wide web as well.

When it comes to fashion, everyone’s a critic. “High-fashion” means taking things over-the-edge. Seeing designs in an unusual or unique way that would actually gain signature. Sometimes, high-fashion could also mean ” going totally whacko” – Just like the ever notorious fashion icon, Lady Gaga. But of course, a high-fashion website can be played well with great Photography and cutting-edge web designs. In this article, I will be gladly sharing what websites are highly fashionable and edgy enough to get fashionistas’ attention.

1.Isabella Oliver

A very minimal design, this website focuses its marketing strategy by using a large photo background. Showcasing the product with a beautiful model.

2.Whistles

This design is calm and features vivid buttons to navigate. If you hit the play button in the middle a video showcases the eccentric concepts like a  fashion show.


3.Topshop

Another simple design, using a white background with nice photography. The photos don’t distract from the  concept of the design. Easy navigation lets shoppers navigate their way around the site without a problem.


4.Louis Vuitton

One of the most expensive brands in the whole world has lived up to fashionistas’ expectations. The website offers a clear page with a huge photo background. Hover on the Logo banner, and you can choose from a selection of countries. When you get to the country specific page, the navigation is easy and vivid. There’s even a little bit of history about how this huge brand started.


5.Hugo Boss

Many high-fashion websites show the most edgy and beautiful shots of  their newest designs on models. These sites could easily catch fashionistas’ attention.

6. Shop at Anna

This website uses simple typography combined with bold & edgy images. This website gives the shoppers fast & easy navigation.

7.net-a-porter

Net-A-Porter gives a good jump-start showcasing the newest trends and designs. Minimalist design with no eye strain.

8. Liberty

Other fashion websites use all-white or all-black on the wallpapers, Liberty.co.uk uses a very bold shade of purple, with medium-sized screenshots in the middle. The thumbnails on the bottom are  just enough to lure shoppers.

9. Paul Smith

An amazing example of functionality and minimal design. This website gives you a fashion show slide show for a background, and on the bottom are thumbnails categorized according to design.

10. Nine West

A nice clean layout with a unique video concept. This website is both edgy and high-fashion.

11.BCBGMAXAZRIA

Using a catchy phrase is how this website design makes its mark on fashion. Using a bold red color, with shades of black and white.

12. Aquascutum

Keeping it plain and simple with an all black background and an artistic photo in the middle, this website just says high-fashion.

13. Miss Selfridge

A color combination of softer color tones adds a feminine touch. Minimal typography,vivid layout and simple navigation make it welcoming.

14. Madras 641

A very feminine background, minimal typography and a simple layout. It makes it easy for shoppers to navigate with vivid buttons in black and white fonts.

15.Ralph Lauren

Making a statement that simplicity is indeed beautiful. This website design goes clean with an all-white background and dark-blue fonts.

16.Armani Exchange

The website lives up to the edgy and beautiful designer clothes it sells. With amazing flash effects, if you click on a design you’re treated to an awesome group of pop-out photos.

17.You

Displaying a wide array of artistic and beautiful pictures combined with minimal typography and buttons. This website takes a different, but edgy, approach.

18. Amanda Wakeley

Simple, yet it has a major impact! This design makes it look like a page from a magazine.

19.Anti Sweden

Composed of hand-drawn images and big fonts,  this Norwegian clothes line showcases their dark fashion and love of graphic design. Amazing concept all around. Shoppers can zoom in on the fashions they like.

20.Giorgio Armani

Very impressive layout and the background is very conceptual. It’s a teaser that encourages the viewer to explore the site further.

21.Prada

Going for bolder and stronger color tones with side buttons for better and easier navigation. This website is a major high-fashion page.

22.Lisa Shahno

Although eccentric in design, there is still a minimalistic feel with just enough context to awe the viewers.

23.Gucci

Great marketing strategy and amazing color combination, this site is aiming for real shoppers willing to buy their high-end bags, shoes and other amazing products.

24.ASOS

Warm color tones, great photographs and very bold fonts. This web design is very simple, yet edgy.

25. Marks and Spencer

A good combination of black, red, gold & white. This website is also minimal in approach, while giving the shoppers a clear view on the buttons to navigate with ease.

26.The Vestry

Because black is a very safe shade to match with any color, this color scheme works perfectly fine. The site has a soft touch because of the use of powder blue and carnation pink, not to mention a lovely huge photograph.

27.My Wardrobe

This layout makes it very easy to determine where the shoppers should click.

28.Wallis

For this very minimal layout, the photos complete the look.

29. Mulberry

A great photo concept and easy navigation are used to lure and invite viewers to explore the site.

3o. fashion-conscience

This website’s target is mainly e-commerce. However their teasers are amazingly high-fashion & trendy.

31. Start London

Another good example of minimal design with great categorization to make online shopping easier for fashionistas.

32. Matches Fashion

Using hand-written fonts and a large photograph for the  background, this website is just catchy.

33. Kurtgeiger

Selling high-end labels is made easy by using really good photographs and great arrangement.

34. Martin + Osa

A very cool shade of blue used on the layout makes it nice to look at. The photographs add to the overall design, rather than distracting from it.

35. Vogue

Using simple color schemes and minimal typography, this website is mostly articles on or about fashion and has some great photos.

36. My Tights

Very attractive color scheme and background makes this website very pleasant and inviting.

37. Blaguette

As elegant as their products are, this web design pulls it off with exquisite taste in color combination, fonts & layout. Not to mention, great photos of their high-end pieces.

38.Lacoste

This site shows a mini fashion show on the website.  It’s a very nice strategy to lure shoppers.

39.Coast

A very feminine color scheme and minimal in design makes it pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate.

40.A.P.C.

Another great combination of minimal design and great photography to improve e-commerce.

41. Alex Monroe

This site gets away with their detailed photos and eccentric banner by placing it all on a minimal background.

42. Boudiche

This lingerie line makes it sexy with a purple & black color combination. The images of sexy models adds a kick to the sexy layout.

43. Pepe Jeans

Very nice layout with an exceptional concept. Click on the model’s image and you can view a short video of them strutting their stuff on the runway.

44. Calvin Klein

Another thing about high fashion websites, is that they use amazing photographs to tell a story. That way it makes it more realistic. Just like this web layout.

45.Sean John

Modeled by the entrepreneur himself. Using music icons as models work great!

46.Dolce & Gabbana

Great display of the products always gets the shop-a-holics.

47.Oilily

A simple layout with red, white & pink. Very feminine and classic.

48.Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret is that they have really hot models. This website showcases their products with a boom.

49.Liz Claiborne New York

A simple layout with great photography. Very high-fashion.

50. Agnes B.

A great use of hand-written fonts and bold colors of red with shades of black & white.

-Arranged in no particular order. These high-fashion websites make their products look pricier than they actually are. High fashion is about making a statement.

December 30 2010

07:11

The Hotlist Edition #1

You’re meant to coast through Friday’s, in other words-enjoy them. Are you thinking about work? No, of course not, just don’t tell your boss you’re focusing on the weekend. (*We know it’s not Friday but it’s almost the New Year so we’re starting today).

So instead of fighting the urge, we’re going with the flow and you should too. Enter, ‘The Hotlist’. A weekly showcase of only the hottest gear, events, apps, websites and maybe even some music. If it’s ‘hot’ that week, it will show up here. After-all we have to ‘Fuel Your Creativity’ and we think this is a great way to jumpstart you and your weekend.

News/Rumor

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State of (cloud) sync – Things/Cultured Code

State of (cloud) sync, a blog post from Cultured Code discusses the progress of adding cloud sync to the much beloved Things platform. The article addresses several things the team has worked through to try and make a true solution for cloud syncing. It even touts that Things has a userbase of about 1 million. Pretty big numbers from our friends at CC.

Tunes

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ISO50 50 songs of 2010: 25-1

Scott Hansen musician and artist has composed several posts that list his top songs of 2010. This has a wide range of music from alternative, electronic and experimental. There are several stellar tracks to listen to in the top 25. If your music is starting to bore you, hop over and check it out.

Gear

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Lacie Starck Mobile USB Drive

What’s better than a 500GB traveling harddrive that’s priced around $100 bucks? A sleek, beautifully designed harddrive around $100. The Starck model from Lacie makes a great travel backup buddy. It’s now available in the faster 3.0 USB (opposed to 2.0) and has a larger desktop counter part that’s available in 1TB and 2TB.

Fashion

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EMI by Helm Handmade

If you’re needing some new leather hotness, look no further than Helm Handmade. With exceptional craftsmanship, beautiful attention to detail and a simple, pleasing online experience you’ll be bound to order from them several times. Plus, you can never go wrong with people who are extremely passionate about making exceptional products.

App/Book/Webapp

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MotoCMS – Flash Content Management System

MotoCMS is a great way to create flash websites that are flexible, rearrangeable, and most of all: easy for clients and others to change, update and delete. MotoCMS allows you to use any font and the CMS converts fonts to make them work fast and effectively.

Workspace

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New Workspace – Supagroova

Font

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Afrobeat

The pounding tribal rhythms of Afrobeat music is expressed through this psychedelic brand new font, Afrobeat. Every letter becomes art as every letter is elegantly placed side by side, like music notes, creating music for the eyes

Feel free to send us a tip if you think you’ve got the hot stuff. ‘chad@fuelyourcreativity.com’ -

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The Hotlist Edition #1

November 10 2010

06:29

Witty Ads Based on the Social Shopping Experience

logoIf you’ve ever purchased anything through an online distributor chances are you’ve seen the slogan “people who bought this item also bought…”.

Y&R in Dubai, UAE capitalizes on shopping suggestions by creating a simple and strong campaign for Harvey Nichols which is based off an idea that the fashion is so compelling that the fashionistas have had to purchase “deterrents” to keep others at bay or other additives to counter-act the side-effects of great fashion.

The campaign uses simple elements: fashion photography, products: (pills, defibrillator, pepper spray, self help book) as well as a calm color palette that still has a luxurious feel. Through it’s wonderful simplicity the campaign is able to keep a concise mark on it’s messaging. However, there are a couple designs that are not nearly as well executed as others. The messaging takes longer for the viewer to grab if they even make the relation. The campaign has a great core message that is witty, clean and for the most part easy to relate. Want more? Check-out Ads of the World for more information on the campaign.

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October 28 2010

21:00

50 Stunning Fashion Website Designs for Inspiration

Fashion is all about appearance, how you come out to whole world with your dressing and style. Fashion designers are always in struggle to make you look better and make you an inspiration for other people. But to do so they have to look good and be an inspiration for their customers. Nowadays they use bewitching and captivating fashion e-commerce sites to inspire and attract customers. Beautiful design and attractive photography displayed ham the sale up by large number. Today we are featuring 50 stunningly bewitching fashion design websites for your inspiration.

1. Ecko Unlimited

Ecko Unlimited

2. Marc Ecko

Marc Ecko

3. Rivaldi Fashion

Rivaldi Fashion

4. ENYCE

ENYCE

5. Ed Hardy

Ed Hardy

6. Poppin Tags

Poppin Tags

7. Levi’s

Levi's

8. Dolce&Gabbana

Dolce&Gabbana

9. Victoria’s Secret

Victoria's Secret

10. Sean John

Sean John

11. Gucci

Gucci

12. Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

13. LACOSTE

LACOSTE

14. HUGO BOSS

HUGO BOSS

15. Mulberry

Mulberry

16. Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

17. PRADA

PRADA

18. Wallis

Wallis

19. The Vestry

The Vestry

20. DSW

DSW

21. ASOS

ASOS

22. TOMMY HILFIGER

TOMMY HILFIGER

23. BCBGMAXAZRIA

BCBGMAXAZRIA

24. Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

25. ShoeGuru

ShoeGuru

26. Rugby Ralph Lauren

Rugby Ralph Lauren

27. Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge

28. Jungstil

Jungstil

29. New York & Company

New York & Company

30. Myla UK

Myla

31. Burberry

Burberry

32. Armani Exchange

Armani Exchange

33. Closed

Closed

34. Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch

35. Coast UK

Coast UK

36. Anna Scholz

Anna Scholz

37. Free People

Free People

38. Bridge55

Bridge55

39. Nordstrom

Nordstrom

40. my-wardrobe.com

Designer Fashion

41. Lizclaiborne

JCPenney

42. Fred Perry

Fred Perry

43. Lyle & Scott

Lyle & Scott

44. Temperley London

Temperley London

45. Piazza Sempione

piazza sempione

46. Whistles

Whistles

47. NET-A-PORTER.COM

NET-A-PORTER

48. Paul Smith

Paul Smith

49. Aquascutum

Aquascutum

50. Mode

Mode

September 23 2010

05:07

Kickass places for Custom Designed Gear

Everyone loves creative gear right? Well, what about stuff that not everyone has? Even better. Below are a few places that offer some really creative and kickass shwag. These are great people, doing great work and selling it to you and me. Need a shirt? Got it. Need an iPhone case? Got that too. Now go buy some gear! I’m sure there are other great places for

UGMONK

Ugmonk

As the market continues to become saturated with overly complex, cluttered designs, Ugmonk’s mission is to provide high-quality products with simple, fresh graphics.

About the Designer

Jeff Sheldon makes his home in Downingtown, PA with his wife and no pets. He graduated with a B.S. in graphic design in 2008 and has a passion for all things design. When he’s not designing, Jeff enjoys snowboarding, soccer, biking, photography, and sleeping.

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Inksie

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Inksie is a brand, online community, and shop based on well-designed products and the culture that embodies them. The hub of our organization consists of new designers and veterans alike, excited to create, distribute, and vote on works of art around the world.

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IdeaCafe

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In this age of digital communication, smart phones, and touch computing, there is still a yearning for the simple. Despite the blood curdling pace at which technology inexorably advances, many people prefer to capture ideas and thoughts on an age old device — paper.

The purpose of this site is to provide a friendly, easy to use experience for finding and purchasing high quality notebooks, notepads, sketchbooks, and whatever othercreativity-inspiring products strike our fancy. We aim to enable creative people to find all the resources they need to work on their projects, capture their thoughts, and wireframe their lives in a format that fits them.

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Veer

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At Veer, you’ll enjoy an uncomplicated shopping experience that lets you stay focused on what’s really important: your creative work. You’ll also find things to do, accessories for creatives at home and on the go, plus endless opportunities to save.

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House Industries

House

Known throughout the world as a prolific type foundry, House Industries has made a considerable impact on the world of design. House Industries fonts scream from billboards, wish happy whatever from tens of thousands of greeting cards, serve as the basis for consumer product logos and add elements of style to a wide range of mainstream media. In their illustrious career, House artists have mastered a large cross-section of design disciplines. Their typography deftly melds cultural, musical and graphic elements. From early forays into distressed digital alphabets to sophisticated type and lettering systems, House Industries’ work transcends graphic conventions and reaches out to a broad audience. What ultimately shines in the House Industries oeuvre is what always conquers mediocrity: a genuine love for their subject matter. Be it hot rods, classically relevant lettering or Swiss Modernism, House continues to provide typographic optimism in this age of the lowest aesthetic common denominator.

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Poolga

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Poolga is about art and design on hand-held devices and discovering talented illustrators and designers. We think that the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad are great devices for carrying around, displaying and sharing art. We mostly focus on illustration, graphic design and typography.

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Johnny Cupcakes

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Customers like and appreciate the story and work ethic behind my brand. I started this as a joke from the trunk of my beat up ‘89 Toyota Camry. A college drop out with a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle, I never wasted my time going out and partying but instead focused only on brainstorming and sketching up my wacky ideas. I turned down investors and took countless risks like keeping my shirts out of chain stores.

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Other Places

What did we miss? There are thousands of unique places to buy some good gear. Give us your input in the comments!

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