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Helpful Links and Tips for Aspiring Designers

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Summary

This blog is basically a collection of valuable links for aspiring designers who either want to showcase their creations to the Capitol or just style for the fun of it!

My personal design blog

This is my own blog which contains all of my current District 2 designs. Feel free to post constructive criticism and let me know if you really love something!

http://thehungergames.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Rose_Hathaway/Capitol_Couture_-_District_2_Stylist_Designs

Capitol Couture

Read the articles on this fab, recently launched blog to gain fashion tips, reblog famous designs and chat with other fashion forward citizens!

NEWS!

The Capitol is looking for twelve 'clever costumers' to be official stylists. SIX have already been picked - if you're not from these districts and want to lend your fashion sense to future issues of Capitol Couture and ultimately, Panem, get designing!

http://capitolcouture.pn/

Rodarte

A website advertising Rodarte's gorgeous collection - what's currently trendy and in season! I've had a look at this as well as Rodarte's official tumblr - their shoes designs are excellent!

http://www.rodarte.net/

http://officialrodarte.tumblr.com/

Tips for budding Stylists

Note: These tips are from a female's perspective, but male stylists in-the-making can still refer to a lot of the advice contained in this section!

#1: Know who you're designing for

This is the first thing to sort out when you start a design. What is the stature of your model? What are their unique characteristics? Maybe you are aiming to design based on a theme, or your model's reputation. Be innovative but realistic in this part of the planning process!

#2: Put together a colour palette

This is vital, especially if you're designing based on a theme. Think about what colours compliment your model's skin tone. Here is a guide for you to look at to aid you in the process of putting together your perfect colour palette:

PALE skin tone:

The darker the colour, the more striking your model will look. Colours such as dark reds and greys and a deep purple work particularly well.

OLIVE skin tone:

Dark colours still work well, but lighter colours will make your model look their best. Try pastel colours such as baby blue and pale pink; you should also look at colours like ivory!

DARK skin tone:

This is obvious, but dark colours should not be used on any circumstances. White fabrics will work brilliantly, but as with an olive skin tone, pastel colours will be great here!

#3: Select fabrics to work with

Again, think about what works for the occasion and of course, your model. Are you going for a look which will make your model look lush and beautiful? Ideal fabrics?

  • Satin - A weave that usually has a glossy surface and a dull back.
  • Georgette - A lightweight crepe fabric with a dull finish.
  • Organza - A thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally extracted from silk.

Maybe you're going for a sexy or slightly provocative look. Let's have a look at a few stunnig fabrics that apply to this concept.

  • Black lace - Lace is an openwork fabric, with holes in the work as its defining feature. The black adds to the provocative theme.
  • Spandex - A synthetic fiber known for its incredible elasticity.

Whatever the event your stlying for, or the physique of your model, make sure you don't rush this process and have fun experimenting with new, gorgeous fabrics!

#4: Styling (actually creating) the ensemble

#5: Plan and trial your model's make-up

This section will be done in steps.

EYE MAKE-UP

  1. Analyse your model's eye shape and colour.
  2. Work out the colours that bring out certain shades in their eyes.
  3. Plan out the type of make-up you will use. There's a wide selection out there: eyeshadow, eyeliner etc.
  4. Trial your make-up on your model, and conduct a final analysis. What's really out there that's awesome, and what's better left out?
  5. Once you've decided this, do the final trial on your model.

FACE MAKE-UP

  1. Observe your model's face shape.
  2. Think about whether you want standard face make-up such as blush and foundation - if they actually compliment your model - or whether you want to experiment with actual designs on the face. If you're leaning towards the second choice, continue reading. If you want to go with the first choice, refer to the steps in the EYE MAKE-UP section.
  3. Get down some sketches. They don't have to be complex, since they are your initial sketches. Just put the basic concepts of your idea onto paper, and be sure to include lots of annotations that convey your ideas a bit further!
  4. Now decide: Does it work? If yes, prepare a more detailed sketch which will be your final copy before you actually trial the design onto your model's face. If you'd like to look at your design a little more, make an accurate but simple prototype on a clay model. If no, it's back to the drawing board!
  5. Analyse the design on your model's face with the other aspects of your face make-up.
  6. If everything works together perfectly, you are ready to proceed to the next section. If not, keep trying and seeing what jumps out at you - in a fab way, of course!

#6: Shoes, shoes, shoes!

#7: Assessing the final look

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