Munich, Germany, ISPO-International Sports Business Network

Wow! Quite a bit has changed since the last time I posted.. hectic end of the semester, scrambling to finish all of the work (isn’t it always like that?). But somehow, my classmates and I made it through. Being an FIT design student is always stressful, but this was an entirely new type of stress. Dealing with the stress of moving to a new apartment, dealing with my old crazy landlord, finishing up projects, preparing to go on all of my trips!

Finally, when the semester came to an end, that weekend I was off to Munich and Paris! It was part of an academic trip; one of the main activities we did was go to the ISPO tradeshow in Munich, as it related to this current semester, which I just began yesterday, Activewear and Sportswear! These worlds never seemed particularly interesting to me, I mean I’m a FASHION designer, how could I possibly care about what people wear to ski?

And then after this tradeshow I realized, it’s such an interesting and challenging job to do as a designer because you are not only concerned about the design or the fit, but as well as the sport the consumer will be partaking in. It opened up my eyes to an entirely new world.

Understanding the types of fabrics is crucial, as well understanding different terminology, for example “wicking”. Which refers to the technical fabrics that move sweat away from the skin to the outer surface of the fabric, where it is then evaporated. This trade show is held at an old airport, and it’s massive! 

Divided generally but what type of sport in each terminal, and there were a lot of different events that took place. They had built ramps outdoors for skateboarding, people were doing bike tricks as well, proposal of new sports. It was fascinating. Here are some photos.. 

 Getting excited to go in!

  These types of platforms were all around the show, loved the winter and pure theme.

 Some up and coming skiwear.

 How clever is this display? Ski lift inspired. 

 It's all in the details..


 Such an important detail on a ski pant.


 This outfit makes me want to go skiing.


 Up close detail of the jumpsuit's belt and waist pockets. I think it's quite chic. 


 Tony the Tiger meets Skiing...


 I really liked the elbow detail on this sleeve.


 Baby goes skiing! The mittens have strings that attach to the jacket.


 Outdoor tents in between terminals.


Goretex is an important fabric in this industry, and is always advertised if used in a garment. Notice how the zippers are a sealed waterproof type of taping.. crucial for this sport.

 Some fun and games.

People were working out all around!

They did an award show later in the evening.

 Some of my classmates enjoying the free food and music after the show ended.

  Dancing the night away after hours at ISPO!

  Smiles all around. 

On our way back to the hotel at the end of the night, it was cold!


More to come about my winter break trips, Paris next stop! If you'd like to find out more information about the ISPO trade show here are a few links to lead the way.. 

P.S... the garment I'm wearing in the photos from this day I completed knitted the fabric and made! It was my final garment for my Machine Knitting class last semester.

http://www.ispo.com

http://www.ispo11.com/


Munich, Germany, ISPO-International Sports Business Network

Wow! Quite a bit has changed since the last time I posted.. hectic end of the semester, scrambling to finish all of the work (isn’t it always like that?). But somehow, my classmates and I made it through. Being an FIT design student is always stressful, but this was an entirely new type of stress. Dealing with the stress of moving to a new apartment, dealing with my old crazy landlord, finishing up projects, preparing to go on all of my trips!

Finally, when the semester came to an end, that weekend I was off to Munich and Paris! It was part of an academic trip; one of the main activities we did was go to the ISPO tradeshow in Munich, as it related to this current semester, which I just began yesterday, Activewear and Sportswear! These worlds never seemed particularly interesting to me, I mean I’m a FASHION designer, how could I possibly care about what people wear to ski?

And then after this tradeshow I realized, it’s such an interesting and challenging job to do as a designer because you are not only concerned about the design or the fit, but as well as the sport the consumer will be partaking in. It opened up my eyes to an entirely new world.

Understanding the types of fabrics is crucial, as well understanding different terminology, for example “wicking”. Which refers to the technical fabrics that move sweat away from the skin to the outer surface of the fabric, where it is then evaporated. This trade show is held at an old airport, and it’s massive! 

Divided generally but what type of sport in each terminal, and there were a lot of different events that took place. They had built ramps outdoors for skateboarding, people were doing bike tricks as well, proposal of new sports. It was fascinating. Here are some photos.. 

 Getting excited to go in!

  These types of platforms were all around the show, loved the winter and pure theme.

 Some up and coming skiwear.

 How clever is this display? Ski lift inspired. 

 It's all in the details..


 Such an important detail on a ski pant.


 This outfit makes me want to go skiing.


 Up close detail of the jumpsuit's belt and waist pockets. I think it's quite chic. 


 Tony the Tiger meets Skiing...


 I really liked the elbow detail on this sleeve.


 Baby goes skiing! The mittens have strings that attach to the jacket.


 Outdoor tents in between terminals.


Goretex is an important fabric in this industry, and is always advertised if used in a garment. Notice how the zippers are a sealed waterproof type of taping.. crucial for this sport.

 Some fun and games.

People were working out all around!

They did an award show later in the evening.

 Some of my classmates enjoying the free food and music after the show ended.

  Dancing the night away after hours at ISPO!

  Smiles all around. 

On our way back to the hotel at the end of the night, it was cold!


More to come about my winter break trips, Paris next stop! If you'd like to find out more information about the ISPO trade show here are a few links to lead the way.. 

P.S... the garment I'm wearing in the photos from this day I completed knitted the fabric and made! It was my final garment for my Machine Knitting class last semester.

http://www.ispo.com

http://www.ispo11.com/


Munich-ISPO

I know that I am doing things a little bit backwards but this post is about our INCREDIBLE trip to Munich, Germany to see the famous international sports business trade show ISPO.  After a 6 hour train that took off from Milan in the wee hours of the morning, we arrived in Munich and headed straight to the Modern Art Museum.  It was stunning and incredibly inspiring.  Afterwords we headed to a typical German restaurant/beer hall and got the REAL German experience.  The next day we woke up early and headed to ISPO a trade show of high-tech sports fabrics that took place in an old airport.  It was a MASSIVE space filled with hundreds of booths showing off the newest and greatest in textiles, sporting gear, and much much more.  We had appointments with many famous companies and were able to hear first hand about all of their new products.  It was a short but amazing trip:)

Train ride to Munich through the Alps!

So beautiful it looked fake.

Sydney in a room at the Modern Art Museum in Munich

Picture from a balcony at the Modern Art Museum in Munich

Marienplatz square in Munich


Our talented waitress carrying 6 liters of beer in one hand!

Cheers to Germany!

Alexis, Yoshi, Me, Sydney and our draping Professor at ISPO

All of the award winners at ISPO.

Free beer, pretzels, and sausages at the ISPO after party!

Sportswear displays at ISPO

I got to check out next years collection at Smartwool! (just for you mom) :)

Appointment at YKK. Incredible CURVED ZIPPER!

Lynn at the YKK appointment

Paris Trip!

 Almost immediately after finals we went on a class trip to Munich and Paris to experience all of the wonderful cultural experiences both cities have to offer.  I will post about Munich and the textile exhibition next, but for now here is a glimpse into my week of perfection in Paris.   We spent the first couple of days of the trip going on tons of appointments to famous fashion houses including Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe, Comme des Garcons, Hermes, Sonia Rykiel, and many many more.  We were privileged enough to get personal tours and appointments at these couture studios. On top of that, Sydney and I spent our evenings going into just about every museum possible.  Although it was record breaking cold the entire trip, I had a life changing time soaking up all of the French food, art, and culture.


After finals and right before our trip to Paris I cut off all of my hair!





Wonderful view of Le Bastille on the way to our hotel.

Sydney and I in front of the Eiffel Tower!

Beautiful new Hermes Boutique set up in a drained luxury hotel swimming pool.

One of our first appointments in Paris was at the Hermes Boutique with the manager of the boutique.

Arc de Triomphe

Winged Victory of Samothrace statue at the Louvre

Crowd gathered in front of the Mona Lisa

Collection of light up materials from the MateriO Research Library in Paris

Eiffel Tower at sunset.

Inside the Sonia Rykiel showroom for a private tour of the design studio and atelier.

Pit stop for some macaroons at LaDuree, the most famous macaroon shop in Paris

Mmmmm! So delicious :)

Getting ready to go out with the girls!


The famous and stunning Notre Dame.





It was so beautiful filled from floor to ceiling with thousands of books both old and new.

We stopped for a tea break to escape from the bitter cold at the beautiful Mosque.

This is just a very brief touch on all of the Incredibly Amazing things I did while in Paris.  The instant I arrived I fell in love with the beauty of the culture, people, and city!

End of the Semester: Knitwear

First of all let me say I am sorry for not posting in months! This past month has been a marathon that started with finals and ended with loads of travel allowing no time for messing around on my computer.  So, in the next 2 hours I plan to recap everything that has been going on in my busy life for the past month.  First things first here are some pictures from some of my final projects in my 5th semester of knitwear design. 


My term garment for my machine knitting class.  skirt, sweater, and scarf all knitted by me on the wonderful brother machines. The skirt is a double jersey knit with stripes in a boucle yarn.  The sweater is a plain knit with drop stitches and a 2:2 rib boarder and the scarf is a plain knit with a jacquard pattern designed by me.


Front view of the knitwear garments.

Just a glimpse of my swatch book filled with 30+ swatches that i knit throughout the semester.





Up next is are a couple of pages from my Knitwear Art portfolio.  The entire portfolio was about 45 pages so here are a couple to give you the idea...

Inspirational images for the collection titled Contoured Terrain.

Texture page with swatches both found on the internet as well as machine knit swatches made by me.

These are the images that inspired the color for the collection.  (Sorry! the colors did not turn out great in this photograph)






The last big project that we had was a Corset for our body contour class. We are having a presentation on those next week so I will post pictures of mine after the presentation:)