From Mood Board to Fashion Show Winner

… OR, chatting to other bloggers

I have been very lucky to be involved with this years Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award. I took part in a talk last night at the exhibition in Powerscourt Townhouse, organised by Spy. I chatted about what it’s like to be a blogger, how I got started and answered a heap of great questions from fellow Dublin bloggers and people who are interested in starting their own blog. It made me realise that although it is still quite an underground phenomenon in Ireland, blogging is on the increase here. The US and European countries like Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany are really at the forefront of the blogging world and the prospect that Ireland is getting involved is really exciting.

It was a really amazing experience, nerve-racking naturally, but getting out and meeting real, rather than virtual people was so refreshing. Not that on-line contact isn’t really rewarding, but it was great to have an excuse to get dressed up and make and effort. Every blogger knows the comfort typing away at home, slurping tea and wearing your dressing gown. (For warmth, you understand…)

The people I spoke to had various queries about writing and running blogs; mostly about building followers and which platform to use. I was really lucky to have chosen WordPress; of course all platforms have their pro’s and cons but I just felt straight at home with this one. The wordpress forums are amazing and an invaluable source of support and information. There are some really knowledgeable people who post on there and I know I wouldn’t have been able to get the blog just as I like it if it wasn’t for the advice I was given so generously on there.

They also wanted to know how bloggers get inspiration. In my experience I just post about things that I really love, because it’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to.  I think it’s that, that makes blogs different to magazines; they don’t rely on sales and therefore any content is completely the authors choice. I know the ones I really love are so appealing because the author has a certain ‘voice’ which makes them individual.

Speaking of blogging about what you like, I’m a sucker for a fashion designer’s moodboard and this year’s NYFDA finalists’ were incredible. They show just how talented the designers are; having an idea for a dress / design is one thing, executing it well, is something altogether more impressive.

Runner up:

Butterfly Effect by Matthew Karp

From the sketch to the final piece:

Runner Up:

Encased by Niamh Rafferty

From the sketch to the final piece:


Knotted by Emmy Slattery

From the sketch to the final piece:From the sketch to the final piece:


18 Responses to “From Mood Board to Fashion Show Winner”

  1. March 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    sounds like a fun day out! nice work from the designers! x

  2. March 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I simply love the first outfit…. want it! need it! could possibly steal it! he he

  3. March 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Im so sad I couldnt make it to your talk, I was looking forward to it so much but I was sick, grrr!! Sounds like you did a fab job tho! x

  4. March 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I would have loved to have gone to your talk!! Id say it was great:)!! Cant stop laughing at what you said about blogging with a cup of tea in your dressing gown… sooo true:)!!
    Thanks for sharing those pics, I love looking at other peoples mood boards!!

    • 6 whisty
      March 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      When I said the dressing gown thing at the talk I think they thought I was kidding!
      Glad you’re there with me looking at moodboards, they just pure art don’t you think!? x

  5. March 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

    the Matthew Karp is devine!

  6. 8 whisty
    March 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    @ DD, Rhona and Blau. So true about the designs! The Matthew Karp is probably even nicer than you imagine… Wait till you hear, All the seams on that lovely cage-skirt have tiny little lights along them! So gorgeous!

  7. March 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I love the mood boards and they are great pictures sounds like it was a really great event. I mentioned you in todays post so hope you like.

  8. March 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Ahhhh it looked like a great event, were you there for all three days? Sadly I was in Galway for the blog awards. But I hope it’s on next year, or something similar. You were the perfect person to be chosen anyway, you deffo have your hea screwed on!

  9. March 29, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Soooooooooooooooo sorry I missed your talk too!!! We should organise a forum with bloggers, designers etc.. we could meet up an discuss the industry and media etc.. What do you think..??

  10. March 29, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Thanks so much for talking at the event – it was a great sucess

  11. March 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    You did an amazing job with blogging about NYFDA Laura! 🙂

    It is such a shame I missed your talk and the whole event! A friend of mine went there and took some pictures, they are amazing designs indeed…

  12. 16 whisty
    March 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks so much Alice! A little Rabbit tells me you might be back from your holidays then!? We’ve all missed you in the blogosphere!

  13. March 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Completely enchanted by that knotted purple jacket! So lovely.

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