Wonder Boy (Wonder Boy, Oliver Rousteing) – 2019
Date Added: 26th June 2021
This revealing documentary follows Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing as he brings his bold designs to life and goes in search of his origins.
Certificate: M Coarse Language
Duration: 1hr 22m
Audio: French – Audio Description, French [Original]
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Today I would like to discuss a very important part of the design, which will be drawing. I worked very hard the last few years on the drawing of faces and a little figure drawing, and still, I found it a challenge to draw and to make the drawing work.
I choose fashion and I realized if I like to design clothing, sometimes I would start to draw figures to dress them, to see what the design would be and how it will look. That is the very important part of the design, the idea, the thought, the dream, and then finally then the end product which needs to be better than the design that you had in mind in the beginning.
I think time and again back to my study years when I did textile design as a subject in my course which was then called theater crafts, where I study to become a decor painter. When I design for textiles I usually have a subject like the Roman period. That helps me to find ideas and to combine a lot of designs together and to make the creation of the Roman period my own. It does not take a lot of drawing skills but balance and color use were very important. You also need to look at materials and which fabrics you can make use of and with what paint, if you do for instance silkscreening. So there were a lot of things you need to think of when you start to work. I think the idea is very important when you start and rough sketch to give you a quick look at how you think the design will look, but as I said the final product can differ a lot from the first line that you draw.
I and Anton, my business partner looked this weekend the movie “Wonder Boy” of the designer Oliver Rousteing which design for Balmain. Balmain is a French luxury fashion house.
Olivier Rousteing design which Jennifer Lopez wears in this photo is one of my favorite designs. What I like about this design are its colorwork and its embroidery. It looks very flashy and busy and daring. The black, gold, blue and red is all through together. Clothing is nothing different from any other design. You can have simple or very decorative clothing. You can use many colors or one color.
It looks like most of his garments are for women. I can’t really find something for men, which I focus now on. I am thinking to stick with pants for this summer and men’s trousers for winter next year. Still, I am going to work with camouflage fabrics, but when I design clothing for myself I want to give a strong muscular feeling with a touch of feminine look, like flowers, flashy jewelry. To combine a muscular and feminine look for men can be very tricky. Now the big question is, why would I like to do that? To say to you I don’t really have a real answer, but if you look at trends of next year (2022) the men’s wear in the fashion world has a lot of bling, gold, silver and here and their diamonds.
In this image, you see more of Oliver Rousteing’s designs. I prefer more colorful designs, but that is me. What I like is the bright colors of Versace, but the designs are now old. I look for new designs from Versace, but the fabrics have the same look and feel, and I feel we need new creations from Versace, there are a lot of people who are more talented now and can give Versace much more competition.
The Camouflage line.
I am going to discuss the camouflage line what we are busy with now. As I said Anton started with the idea, by making for him and his son camouflage pants. The more I started to think about it, the more I see how popular it is and started to see the variety of camouflage fabrics. You get about all the colors and interesting variations of camouflage designs. It is all incorporated into the design and you can use it for formal and then very informal wear. As we go with the line, you will see more and more about the different fabrics which I talk about now.
This is my first camouflage fabric which I brought from a local shop. It has a strong muscular feeling, and then you get a strong feminine feeling with the roses. I thought it can work for a man because you have a camouflage design. It can work for both men and women. So this widens the market for marketing this line of these specific pants. It is printed canvas material and it is harder than the normal material, so a little bit difficult to work with that on your sewing machine. The printed canvas materials have a lot of frays, and you need a “no Fray” product to help stop the fraying. In the last past few months, I learned or I and Anton learned a lot of different types of fabrics and how to use them. Some of the materials like lycra roll on the edges and it is difficult to sew and you also need to know that you have to use a zig-zag stitch when you sew.
While I am learning it feels like every pant I do have its own difficulty and challenge, although you use the same pattern.