Software’s For Clothing Designers…

Nowadays, designing clothes has become easier with the use of clothing design software. With the use of such software, creating clothes has never been more fun. If you have the creative flair to create what has never been seen before, then all you need are state-of-the-art tools, and we have five of the best for your perusal.

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With C-Design Fashion, designers are able to automate and modernize the entire creation and production process for its collections. C-Design Fashion is a complete and efficient software package that is designed specifically to meet the needs of the ready-to-wear industry. Leveraging the superior graphics capabilities and ease of use that CorelDraw is known for, C-Design Fashion is the most powerful software for fashion design and technical pack creation on the market. Now customers can choose a single software solution that supports the full creative life cycle including design, textile drawing, technical packages, collection plans, line sheets and visual merchandising.

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This software specifically dedicated to the fashion industry’s design teams to meet all their requirements. The Kaledo range includes the Kaledo Collection application for designing collections along with Kaledo Print, Kaledo Knit and Kaledo Weave, the textile applications for creating original prints, knits and yarn-dyed woven fabrics respectively. This innovative offer lets them produce more designs and validate collections faster by improving the communication flow between designers and everyone involved in product development.

Realistic Apparel Templates Pack7-Realistic-Apparel-Templates-Pack-300x217

Realistic Apparel Templates Pack (Front and Back) is a tool for use in the presentation of custom t-shirts online with both a front and back custom image. This pack comes with over twenty preset apparel templates which can be varied by color, lying flat of ghosted, or even tight or gently wrinkled versions of the desired t-shirt image. Users are able to utilize this software for many of their t-shirt image needs, including high resolution product previews. The image clippings are easy to place and can be used with PSD (8 and 16 bit), PNG, TIFF, or High Resolution JPEG.

Gerber Accumark 10.in-rap

Gerber Technology, a world leader in integrated solutions for the apparel and industrial markets. With Accumark you can quickly create new patterns or modify existing ones, use powerful shortcuts to automatically apply common pattern changes. You can also perform even the most complicated grading calculations instantly. Accumark allow designers to share 3D images and motion files, furthering collaboration and centralization of data. Designers will have a real-life visualization of designs and be able to make pattern corrections that can then be seen in 3D

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  • phiMatrix gives you a design tool that overlays any image in any other software.
  • You’ll use design templates based on nature’s secret of design, the golden ratio.
  • You’ll select a template to complement your project with just a few clicks of a mouse, or easily create your own. (See examples of uses)
  • You’ll make great composition and design decisions in seconds.
  • Your results will be as unique and creative as you, yet use the same principles of design found in nature. Others will see them as natural and innately pleasing.

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A startup entrepreneur can’t be egoistic and creative at the same time

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You can’t be creative nether work properly with hatredness in your heart because hate in your heart will consume you too. So be positive. Be surrounded with healthy mind people. And yes throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you, and treat you bad, just let god deal with that.

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Books for aspiring fashion designers…

I love books maybe because they help me escape this world and welcome me into a new one. It helps me learn and helps my imagination. It entertains me from time to time, and most books give you advice in life, I spend a good amount of my life reading other people’s words. And most of those words are about fashion. So in the spirit of sharing, I’ve put together a recommended reading list for those who work in, want to work in, or simply love, fashion. In addition to my own thoughts, these books have taught me a lot about the industry’s past–as well as it’s future.

The fashion designer survival guide 51YtM7cH5nL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

If you’re thinking about getting into the world of fashion design, this is outstanding. you should read before diving head first into a pool with little water. It’s an in depth look into a very popular career choice, but it definitely teaches you the do’s and don’ts of this very saturated industry. It has depth and breath. I really enjoyed all the quotes and pearls of wisdom provided by so many lovely people in the apparel industry. This book covers everything – from concept and design to wholesale price points to retail product placement. This book shows you “the what” and “the how” like no other apparel industry book has.

Less is more. Minimalism in Fashion9781858945446_Ampliada

When it comes to dress, less can most definitely be more, it is the engaging story of an abiding aesthetic that has subtly shaped modern fashion ,In this striking book, journalist Harriet Walker surveys one of the most wide-reaching movements in fashion. Minimalism has its roots in the early twentieth century, when women’s clothes became pared down and practical after centuries of complex construction. Walker reviews the work of designers who, over the decades, have adopted minimalist principles in their work, from Coco Chanel, who liberated women from Edwardian formal dress, to Donna Karan and Jil Sander, whose workwear offered women a feminine but credible alternative to power dressing; and from the avant-garde style of Japanese masters Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto to contemporary interpretations by Gareth Pugh, Roland Mouret, COS and Zara.

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Whether you like the late Tibor Kalman’s work or not, this book is a delightfully unconventional view of contemporary fashion, demonstrating the creative and similar ways that people around the world adorn their bodies at work and play. Done without text (and therefore without analysis), (un)Fashion scans the globe to show how people dress through dynamic images by some of the world’s foremost photojournalists. one can only say ‘wow’ while turning each page and returning to the book again and again. Several of the images are extraordinary. What scope and breath-taking variety! You don’t have to be a fashionista to appreciate this book. It can certainly appeal to all – such as those interested in anthropology, sociology, travels, culture…

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster9781594201295_p0_v2_s260x420

Thomas uses each brand to outlines what luxury is about today. The book is full of why and how luxury does not mean unique. Definition of luxury is still up in the air, but definitely you finish the book realizing that what luxury was is not what it is now. Does it mean it lost its luster? May be not. But it lost its “one of a kind” aspect. You finish the book in a hate love relationship with those brands; you realize what they could be, and what they truly are about.

At the same time, the book is inspirational. There is a big opportunity where the luxury brand were; a place where price is not the only motivation, but the individual service is. The final chapter is refreshing and optimistic about the luxury industry.

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 This one is by Diane von Furstenberg. Her wrap dress and shirt dress made her a fashion icon and she details how she got to live out the American dream. She writes her autobiography in a very friendly and accessible manner, despite quite an extraordinary story. Her story, while not always relatable due to her status as princess and her very famous friends (presidents, actors and directors, Andy Warhol, fellow designers, etc.), is still very inspiring for any women with big dreams. It was incredibly to read how she balanced – usually successfully (but not always) – personal life, her business, and her children. Her recollections of 1970s New York City were like a viewfinder into a raw world that defined much of our culture today – Studio 54, Andy Warhol, the beginnings of Rolling Stone Magazine… it’s all there, written in a very intriguing and entertaining manner.

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5 points that all aspiring fashion designer should know !!!

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There are some very important things that aspiring artists should know before they try and make it as a professional. Just because you have the creative ability to mold perception and shape moods using color doesn’t mean you have what it takes to make it as a designer.

In fact, being creative and being talented is rarely very lucrative. Being a professional fashion designer is as much about tenacity as it is about talent.

It takes a lot of concentrated energy, impressive levels of ability and commitment, and a combination of luck, timing, and business savvy to succeed as a fashion designer. It’s definitely not easy, but neither is it impossible — especially if you know what to expect when you are first starting your career.

Observe Trends (Then Avoid Them)

Keep current on the state of our industry by reading books, magazines and blog, and attending conferences. RSS feeds will allow you to quickly skim design- and culture-related content. Avoid design annuals as a source of inspiration, as they’re a record of what’s already been done. Study the work of other to understand it, not do duplicate it.

Be realistic about the customers that you are designing for.

“Designers often create the generic customers with impossible capabilities. I often call these the imagined Credit Card Model customer: She is young, fashionable, rich, stylish, travels the world, lives in an expensive apartment, eats at high-class restaurants, works in a highly stylised office. She also has a gorgeous boyfriend who drives a fast car and when they kiss, fireworks explode in the background … All these are marketing images to entice customers, not a realistic target market model.

“The typical Singapore customer is often the girl who is living in a flat with her parents, takes the MRT to work and eats at hawker centres. She likely works as administrative staff in a company, loves a bargain and dates a guy who isn’t interested in fashion, and prefers to play computer games than take her out shopping.

“I once had a designer who told me that she is a little bit sad that her customers are middle-aged aunties. At which I said to her that in this competitive industry, she should be thankful to actually have customers buying her stuff.”

SEEK CRITICISM, ACCEPT PRAISE

As a designer, listening to your ideas being questioned and your hard work being ripped apart isn’t usually very pleasant. However painful, though, constructive criticism of your design work is the most effective way to grow as a visual communicator. Remember this when you leave the critic room of design school for the boardrooms of the corporate world. Build a network of friends, co-workers and mentors where you can use to collect feedback on your work.

Learn to follow the fashion and retail calendar.

“There is a need to know when to drop new items and when customers are not in the mood to shop. Spring launches, Fall launches, Christmas launches, the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) and Chinese New Year are important shopping seasons.

“You also need to keep seasonal sale periods (like the GSS) in mind, so that customers will not go to major brands to shop for clothes instead of buying from smaller, independent labels.

“If your designs drop late  —  you’re releasing the Spring Summer collection in May instead of February or March — customers are going to wait until the GSS to buy their items.”

Freelance Regularly

Sure, you’d prefer to have one steady, high-paying job as an animator, illustrator, or designer. Who wouldn’t? It’d be great to receive bimonthly paychecks from your company, have health insurance and paid vacation days. Unfortunately, there are a lot more people like you vying for that steady job than there are jobs like that available.

Instead of waiting around for the perfect opportunity to fall out of the sky, you need to create your own opportunities. How do you do this?

  • Freelance as much as you can. Expand your body of work and your network of professional relationships.
  • Work with start-ups, do little one-off corporate projects, take month-long contract gigs. You never know which of the many pots on the fire is going to boil first.
  • If you’ve gotten your work exposed to a lot of people, you’ll have much better odds of getting hired when one of these projects takes off. After all, you’ll already be a known and respected commodity.

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DEAR RETAILERS! PLEASE WAKE UP!!!!!!

The world is changing very fast and thus the style of people. Earlier people liked to go to brick and mortar stores to shop their garments, but these days a considerable chunk of population prefer to shop through online portals. Since the advent of fashion, we believed that unique designer creations are for people with heavy wallet. That was kind of a default thinking practices we have had for a long time and in many part of the world that’s what people think and believe of designer wear. But a recent study revealed that around 72% of women shoppers prefer to go for designer wear and a considerable 48% of men shopper prefer to opt for designer wear. And this is the new beginning which is going to be trend.

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As in case of garment retail industry the change happens very slowly. The dynamism of market is such that the changes capture the trend and reset the trend but it is mostly unaware to consumer and thus to retailers. Whether the suburban hippy of 60s or classic formal of 80s or the forma-casuals of 90s they stayed there for a very long time. But the time taken for these trends to come to picture took almost 20-30 years and the retailers who were clever enough to understand the trend early had made a fortune out of it. Similarly till the late 90s or early part of the twenty first century people never believed that internet can go on and change the dynamics of how we see the world. But internet has changed the face of many consumer oriented industries. People used internet to save time and money and many more. And these days’ people are using internet to get through all the information at once. Today`s customers are tech savvy and they have a way of dealing with information. They use internet to grab information, finding options and they figure out the ways to save their money and time. And this particular trend is growing at a much faster rate. Within a single day sale in India, major E-tailer Flipkart sold more than 5 million garments or dresses. This is the power of online retailers. As far as offline retailers are considered, they are crying foul of online retailers and why shouldn`t they be? The predatory pricing adopted by the online retailers to sell the products have a direct impact on the offline retailers as the customers prefer such heavy discounts and low price to get the same quality of product. They only have to wait for few days to get their product in their hand, which seems fine with most of the customer.

A major question arises at this situation that how the online retailers are giving such heavy discounts where the offline retailers even claim that the selling price of these online retailers is less than the purchase price of the offline retailers. Is this the truth or simply the offline retailers don’t know how to play the game of retailing? There are many points to discuss on this particular topic, but let me put very straight that the overhead cost which includes the VAT, real estate cost, salary & wages, electricity and many more in case of offline retailers are the causes behind the pricing.

No doubt the brick and mortar stores will be there for a long time and their survival depends upon how they are competing in this tech savvy world and how they are bringing the unique changes which will attract the customers. The change may be about quality of product, price of product, uniqueness of product and so on.

So that is the reason why the world is waiting for a big boost for offline retailers who want to compete with the online retailers at a fair price level and we have to wait and see when it is going to happen and in our view we are bringing the starting point. Before concluding I just want to ask a single question what about omni-channel retailing means both offline and online?

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WORLD OF MENS’ FASHION-FOR DESIGNERS AND RETAILERS FRATERNITY

For over five years now, the growth of the men’s fashion market has outpaced that of womens` wear. And the world’s attitudes towards masculinity have really progressed. The idea of the proper ‘man’ has gotten looser, less defined, less restricted,”. The classic male archetype has been pretty misogynistic, sexist and slightly fascist and I think that’s broken down quite a bit over the last 20 years. It makes more sense in a world that is becoming less patriarchal that the male identity would shift to allow for something like fashion or style, once considered feminine and therefore unacceptable, to be adopted.”  So let`s see some facts and figure about menswear market and what is the opportunities for growth in the menswear market.

How important is fashion to men?

Now, before you think I’ve gone completely mad or think that this is going to be a waste of time, I shall explain. Men are more than four times as likely to prefer to buy classic styles that will last beyond the seasons, than to buy the latest fashion. While young men aged 16-24 still like to keep up with the latest trends, more of them are opting for classic styles. The renewed appetite for classics is being driven by an uncertain economic climate, which has resulted in a rise in men mainly buying clothes when they need to replace worn out ones. Therefore when men do buy, they are more likely to opt for quality clothes that will last.

Fact & Figure about Fashion Industry

Menswear is not only making brands more successful but it is also inspiring the next Women` wear collections as well as the street style fashion. The market like china, India, UAE and Russia are certainly boosting this growth too. The foreign buyers for menswear with the best staggering performance contributes coming from Russia (+39%), China (+34%), USA (+16%), Turkey (+14%) and South Korea (+11%).

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With this Infographic about the menswear industry I wanted to summarize the main fact & figures of this segment gathering public information from several ad hoc researches.

What can retailers do to improve the shopping experience for men?

Today, half of male consumers agree that the in-store shopping environment is important. A similar proportion of men also state that good customer service would encourage them to shop more at a retailer and this attitude also peaks among better-off consumers. These figures highlight the importance of investing in the consumer shopping experience through an improved store environment and the latest technology to entertain male consumers.

Young fashion retailers need to be innovative in terms of design and technology so that young men continue to visit their stores with their friends and buy clothes while they are there. There is scope for some retailers to focus more on turning their stores into retail destinations offering shoppers an outstanding customer experience, where men will visit the store to ask the staff for advice about clothes and then complete the purchase either on an in-store iPad, on their own mobile device or back at home on their laptop.

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GOOD DESIGNERS COPY GREAT DESIGNERS INSPIRE

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There is a person behind every design whether you know the person or not. That is the person who work out of passion and create something great for others to follow. They actually support the dreams of a lot of people including their families, employees, customers and a lot more. And when somebody just copies the effort of somebody it does hurt and it can actually destroy somebody morally. And most importantly our ideas are our capital and we put in enormous effort to make it better and great so that it will be accepted by others. While some call it inspiration some call it copy. So let`s discuss how to take inspiration from one source and applying it in an original way to your own work rather copying something.

As Pablo Picasso said and Steve Jobs always loved to emphasize

“Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal”

Avoid Copying

Inspiration works only and eventually when we can create something totally our own, if not better, at least different one. For those times when your design get inspired from the design of another designer look deeper into what inspires you, try to understand what specifically giving you inspiration and why. If you like the color schemes of a dress don’t just grab the hex values and use them. Think about what in the scheme you like? Look to the relationships of the colors to one another. Look at the pattern and combination of colors and visualize the way the colors complement each other.

Do not constantly refer back to your inspiration source

The more you look at an inspirational photo or object as you are working on your own project, the potential for creating unique work diminishes. Definitely keep those pictures in a file somewhere, or put one up on the wall and change it often if you like to see them. But do not become obsessed with someone else`s image.

Practice telling yourself you are creative enough not to copy any one

I think what ultimately important is that make yourself believe that you are a creative person and you can create something different which can speak your thoughts not another designer`s thoughts. You can incorporate the ideas of any designer who fascinates you so deeply within yourself and your work that they mix with your voice and become something different and unique to you. That’s how it becomes an inspiration and not copy. Use what inspired you, Build on it and leave something behind to inspire someone else.

Take inspiration from everything you come across in a day

Just don’t browse on the net for inspiration or not just follow the big name in fashion industry. You are a creative person and you can take inspiration from anything for example- A bird, A house, A leaf, A flower or A person. Look around yourself and try to get the inspiration from every object you come across in a day. So turn your eyes away from the screen and onto something else. Drive for an hour in one direction and then get out of the car and sketch though not literally but try to do that whenever you think you can.

Dare yourself to make something which inspires others

Every time you sit to create something dare yourself to make something that inspires someone. Dare yourself to set the next trend by bending the current ones. If you create something great for the first time then don’t get sink in it rather think what next? Let’s not be content in comparing ourselves to others, because competition makes you better and comparison degrades you. So let’s look to the rest of the design world and hold ourselves to the ever increasing standard of excellence. You might as well since someone else already is. The things you create can’t just be original, they have to be great.

Conclusion: we are often tempted to tiptoe down the path traveled by somebody before us in the hopes that they won’t see us. Deep down, we know that’s wrong, so Be Unique and Inspire Others.

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AFTER ALL CREATIVITY HAS A GREATER VALUE THAN IMITATION