Fashion designers who want to put their designs into the hands of designers around the world are encouraged to create their own designs, said Tim Leavitt, a designer and product manager at Floyds.
“Designers should focus on getting a product to market with the most detail possible, so they can get the most feedback on the process and ultimately the product itself,” Leavitz said.
In some cases, it can be an easier route to getting your ideas noticed than a traditional design studio, he added.
“If you have a product that is going to be sold and the only way to get it out there is through the fashion community, it’s a bit easier to just do it yourself,” Leevitz said, adding that many designers will go to design school, which gives them a deeper understanding of how to get the product to the right place.
“I think that the fashion world is the biggest influencer of fashion design.
So the more you have experience with it, the more confident you are about your work, and the more confidence you are going to have that you have something you can sell.”
The importance of making sure the product is well-designed can be a major hurdle, said Elizabeth Johnson, senior designer at The Designer’s Collective, a label that offers fashion design services in London and London, England.
“You can have great design, but if you can’t make it look great, you’re not going to do well,” Johnson said.
“When you have to design something that is so good, then it can look great on the runway, but it doesn’t really look good when it comes to a customer, who is going see it in person.”
A more streamlined approach for the design team to work The fashion industry has long had a “one size fits all” approach to designing clothes.
“It’s one size fits everybody,” Johnson explained.
“There are people who are more experienced, people who have more experience, and people who don’t have that much experience at all.”
In fact, she said, the fashion industry is so stacked that a designer can’t design a garment that suits everyone.
“For every designer out there, there are maybe 15 designers that are a little more experienced than that,” she said.
Johnson added that designers can be successful if they are given a set of guidelines and guidance.
“They have to be realistic,” she added.
To be more successful, Johnson recommends working with a designer who is a fashion design veteran.
“Make sure that you understand what they’re looking for in a product, and what they want from a product,” she advised.
“Have a way to ask them questions and see how they react to them.”
“If it’s someone who has worked with you in the past, they’re likely going to appreciate that there are certain things you’re going to need to ask that you didn’t have to ask before.”
Keeping things simple and consistent “One of the things that I think designers need to do is understand what it takes to be successful in the fashion business,” Johnson added.
When a designer designs a garment, they may need to take into account how they’re going the production side, as well as what they need to bring to the table for the customer.
For example, when designing a garment in a designer’s studio, they’ll have to consider what kind of materials to use, what kind to use on the garments, and how to incorporate the fabric into the look.
“In a lot of ways, a garment is more about what you want to make,” Johnson noted.
“A lot of the designers I know in the industry have worked with a lot more creative people.
I think that can lead to a lot better designs.”
Johnson said she has seen a lot in the recent years of designers who are not necessarily designers.
“The trend in the last 10 years has been a lot fewer people with design backgrounds,” she explained.
Johnson said it’s important to keep things simple when designing garments.
“One way to do that is to design your garments so they look as if they’re made in a different country, or have different fabrics and materials, and then be sure that the pieces are not too heavy,” she continued.
“So that you can balance the need to use minimal materials with the need for that particular style, so that you don’t feel like you’re making an overpriced garment.”
A simple approach to the process of designing a design The design team can work from a design-by-design basis.
“Once you have the design, you can start to make changes, and it’s up to the designers to really make sure that they’re using what they have learned and making sure they’re keeping it simple,” Johnson advised.
This can include having a more streamlined process, so the design is done in the most simple way possible.
For instance, when making a garment for a fashion show, a client may have the clothes laid out on the table and