Digital Imaging I – Weekly Posting 14 – Urban Zen: A Philosophy of Living By Donna Karan

I’m looking forward to finishing up my motion graphic 30 second commercial. This project was a challenge and it made me get out of my comfort zone as well as creating a different style of my theme for this year in my digital imaging class. My theme in this class was based on sustainability within health and wellness. Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics and culture. I wanted to create earth tone colors instead of using the chakra color scheme for my collage project. The 30 second commercial is going to be based off of Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation and clothing and accessories. Urban Zen is a philosophy of living by Donna Karan, touched and inspired by cultures and artisans from around the world. We give back by supporting the Urban Zen Foundation, which has a mission to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of Preservation of Cultures, Well-Being and Education. Here is the link of Urban Zen and the Foundation below:



Donna Karan is one of my favorite designers and I’m in love with her philosophy. Here are some of her quotes below:




Digital Imaging I – Weekly Posting 13 – Spring 2016 Fashion Show at Westchester Community College

Westchester Community College presents an end of the semester fashion show. This year’s theme for Spring 2016 was based on “storytelling.” The inspiration of my collection was inspired by the poet Rumi and his followers the whirling dervish that belong to a mystical sect of Islam from the Turkish region. Both of my models wore t-shirts that had the following Rumi quote below:


“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” – Rumi
“This being human is a guest house.
Every morning is a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
Because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.” – Rumi


I had so much fun creating this years collection and it wasn’t even for school credit lol! I love what I do and you can also tell by the Rumi shirt that I was wearing at the show! All of the information was from my last weekly posting 10 for my digital imaging class. But I wanted to attached some photos from the show backstage below:


Digital Imaging I – Weekly Posting 12 – Short Motion Graphic Video Examples

In every industry, motion graphics are a great marketing tool for promotion. These kinds of videos are a great way to show your portfolio and product in the fashion industry. Today, everything is digital for some time and technology is evolving every day. It is important to keep up with high tech promotion tools. Here are some short motion graphic examples in the fashion industry below:


Digital Imaging I – Weekly Posting 11 – Collage Examples

In fashion, there are collages that are created all the time to express the mood and color way of an inspiration that the designer is influenced by. Its a great reference to use in regards to the design process. Mood boards are created from a poster to using the tools on Photoshop and Illustrator to be expressed digitally. Digital mood boards are clean and professional especially since technology is what we strongly use today. There are many different ways on how mood boards are expressed by creating images that are tiled that are stacked on top of each other, blended in within each image, and any other way the designer prefers.


Here are examples of some fashion and other kinds of collages below:


Digital Imaging I – Weekly Posting 10 – Rumi/Sufism Inspired Collection

I’m having a fashion show April 28th at Westchester Community College. I’m so excited for this years theme that is story telling! The inspiration I chose this year was the poetry by Rumi and the whirling dervish. My designs will be coming soon after I receive photos from the fashion show..!

Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: مولانا جلال الدین محمد رومی), also known as Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Balḫī (Persian: محمد بلخى) or Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi, but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi , was a 13th century Persian (Tādjīk) poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian. Rumi is a descriptive name meaning “the Roman” since he lived most parts of his life in Anatolia which had been part of the Roman Empire until the Seljuq conquest two centuries earlier. He lived most of his life under the Sultanate of Rum, where he produced his works and died in 1273 CE. He was buried in Konya and his shrine became a place of pilgrimage. Following his death, his followers and his son Sultan Walad founded the Mawlawīyah Sufi Order, also known as the order of the Whirling Dervishes, famous for its Sufi dance known as the samā ceremony. Here is further information in regards to Rumi below:

Sufism, is a mystical Islamic belief and practice in which Muslims seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God. Here is a video to get a brief understanding below:

I used the guest house quote by Rumi to be a part of my inspiration below:

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” – Rumi


Digital Imaging I – Weekly Posting 9 – Donna Karen Q & A

In 2012, I went to a Q&A at the 92nd St. Y in the city to see Donna Karen with my mom. During that time I had my first job in the fashion industry. Throughout the interview, Donna Karen asked the audience, “How many of you practice yoga?” The majority of the audience raised their hand except my mother and I and some other people. Ever since that day of seeing Donna Karen speak, I’ve been practicing yoga for about over four years. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself and working on living a healthy lifestyle. Our next project for digital imaging, we have to create a thirty second commercial for our final project. I’m actually looking forward to it! I wanted to use Donna Karen in my commercial to spread awareness on health and wellness. Yoga will be the main topic in my commercial. I wanted to be consistent within my theme this semester. I feel its about progress not perfection and its about the journey not the destination. Here are some links from Donna Karen’s Q&A back in 2012 below:


Donna Karan Talks Career, Marriage and Barbra at 92Y


Donna Karan with Fern Mallis 92Y Q&A video below:


Digital Imaging I – Weekly Posting 8 – Oscar De La Rentas’ Resort 12 Fashion Show

Oscar de la Rentas’ Resort 12 line reaches back to Picasso as print inspiration, and the results are stunning.  The surface designs have a unique and modern take on cubism, without overt appropriation, and there are tons of different executions of the idea, from wovens to appliqués, to embroideries.  It’s clear that the designers of this print story delved far and deep into their subject matter without straying too far from the concept.


Digital Imaging I – Weekly Posting 7 – Chakra Yoga Inspired Fabric Page

For my fashion product development class I created a fabric page inspired by my chakra yoga inspired collection. Throughout my years in the fashion industry I’ve learned that consistency is key when it comes to presentation. Also, I’ve learned that its not just about working faced paced but making sure its efficient and accurate. I love color and I wanted my collection to be innovative and fun. I think we need more of that in our crazy world.