《那些年。。。》

那些年我們有無限精力
那些年我們勇往直前
那些年我們說做就做
那些年我們不理後果

那年初夏, 
我們五個女生,
就因為我説晨光很美,
一定要捕捉最美的自然光,
大家就陪我整晚不睡,一直聊天直到天光前,開始化妝,整頭,拍攝。

我懷念的是我們對時裝的無知與期盼。我懷念的也是當年創作背後的一份純粹。

看著這多年前的作品,發現其實這個"collection"也是用了不同舊衣服,用不同印花、繡花的技術,reconstruct 成我當年的畢業作。

感謝我的兩繆思與模特兒Yan與蛋子,當然還攝影師Tsi Kwan, 與behind the scene Lu Lu!!! (Behind the scene is also 小毛,靖靖!)

《當時所謂的SS06》

前文提及過,當年即時堆砌成的SS06,
後來,我們就後補了幾張照片。

As I mentioned on a previous post, 
the SS06 collection I presented to our first ever buyer,
from United Arrows, Japan. 

Images of the "collection" was reshot after we produced the collect for them, just so that they would have a look book to show their customers. 

Looking back, it was quite a challenge to have done production of the collection, and then do the photoshoot as well, but it was also so much fun!!

Thank you for modelling Dora!

《想當年,Daydream Nation 前傳二》

當年在倫敦Royal College of Art 經常有比賽可以參加,
當Browns(一家買手店) 搞了一個:選一件他們店裡的月下貨款拿去改裝的比賽,我當然超興奮! 

希望在這裡跟大家分享一下,這個十多年前的作品。

一件深藍色的男裝棉外套,拆完又改,變了一件可以有5個不同穿法的東西。 
比賽當天,Robynn(我的model朋友) 先以外套造型走進評判面前,外套一轉過來變裙子,而裙子也有兩個穿法,最後,脫下裙子,套上一件從剩餘的布做出來的上衣,然後外套變成褲子! voila! 

這是我喜歡做衣服的方法。。。奇奇怪怪的

since i'll be kickstarting the NO NEW CLOTHES campaign soon, 
i wandered back at work I did before that was done through recycling/upcycling, 

this one here is a competition held by Browns, London 2004 ,
they invited a bunch of us from the Royal College of Art to go pick up a piece from their off season items, and create something out of it. so i deconstructed this navy cotton jacket, made it into a top, a dress, a jacket and trousers, all in one. the jacket can be worn as jacket, dress and trousers... kind of crazy, but i think it worked... 

just thought I'd share it with you.

Kay

 

《想當年之Daydream Nation前傳》

還記得留學英國的年代才初接觸二手衫、vintage 等。。。有時候喜歡的東西買了回家才發現衣不稱身,很自然拿起剪刀,就剪剪裁裁、縫縫補補,改至合身合心意為止。當時尤其喜愛舊軍褸,大學年代也真的做了不少。。。

畢業後,臨回港一星期的一個早上,我接到一個電話,是一個日本人。她說在畢業展裏看過我的作品,然後她很唐突的問:「你現在可以出來嗎?我有一個日本買手想看你的SS06 collection 」(其實那時我還在睡覺,剛給電話吵醒了)朦朧之際,我很爽快的說:「好!什麼時候?」心裏想我根本沒有所謂的SS06 collection...於是我左一件,右一件、總之是功課也好,改裝給自己穿的都一一放進旅行箱,很狼狽的拖了出倫敦東邊Brick Lane 附近一家咖啡店。當時對着英語有限的兩個買家,我裝作很自信,眼神堅定的說:「這是我的SS06系列」然後他倆點着頭,慢慢查看、檢查「樣板」,然後問我可不可以到一個靜一點的地方認真看及落單。結果幾個小時後,我將我的房間清理好,將'collection'放在衣架上,為衣服續一附上編號,亦即時定了價錢。於是這成為了我人生第一張訂單。他們選了十個款,每款訂了十至二十件。

他們是日本United Arrows的買家,我第一個客人。

《後記》
由於他們選的大部份是我的「個人改裝」,所以生產一點都不簡單。
首先我要去Camden Town找到所需數目的Dutch Herringbone軍褸,再到羅湖商業城找裁縫幫我改裝。那個裁縫不斷問我為何要這樣拆再改,很浪費他的時間。之後再拿回家加工,刺繡。。。 

2005年倫敦

回想到這裡,不禁問自己這不就是我最初想做時裝的原因嗎?
希望可以透過upcycling去做衣服,用舊衣服改裝,重新給它一個新生命。
每一件都獨一無二,all hand crafted and made with love. 

而這無心插柳,卻成為了後來決定開始做品牌背後的原因之一。
但是,我們因爲生產的難度,就放棄了upcycling的生產方法,只在創作時用舊衣服拆拆改改去變一些新款出來。 

假如,我們的品牌要重新開始的話,我們一定會堅持,recycle, upcycle, eco-friendly ways of making clothes, products or things. 

DAYDREAM NATION 延續之
NO NEW CLOTHES campaign
by Kay

I still remember how i first got hooked onto vintage clothing, it was London! That was heaven, just going around charity shops was bliss! I used to get so excited I'd buy some pieces home and realise that they actually don't fit me... but then I would just take my scissors and start chopping them up, and reconstructing it so that it would fit me, and I would add lace patches and embroidery here and there. 
I reworked on so many of these vintage pieces I had. 

Right after I graduated from Royal College of Art, a week before I went back to Hong Kong, i got this phonetical from a Japanese lady Maki, and she told me she saw my work at the graduate show and there is a buyer whom she wanted to show my SS06 collection to, "can you come NOW?" she asked... it was 10 in the morning, and I was still in bed, a bit confused... but why not? but of course I don't have a SS06 collection, so i just picked stuff I did as homework, and of course the reconstructed pieces I made for myself all to the meeting. i dragged this cute vintage suitcase out to a coffee shop in Brick Lane.

Sure enough, there they were, two stern Japanese buyers, not that fluent in english, going through my "collection" , after a bit of deep looking through my pieces, they asked to go to a quiet place to view the collection properly and make their order..... and Guess what, I brought them home a few hours after i cleaned out my apartment, and put the "collection" on rails, giving everything a style number and price... somehow... THAT was how my first order happened. They placed an order for 10 styles, 10-20 pieces of each design... 

They are buyers from United Arrows, Japan,
my first clients. 

Revisiting this magical start to our brand, designing and producing all these crazy reconstructed pieces, every piece unique and hand-made with love. I feel sad we didn't continue persisting to create in this way because of difficulties we encountered with production. I promise, if we restart the brand in any way, it will be an eco-friendly brand, only working with recycled material or clothes, up cycling them or using discarded material only.

But today, I commit myself to a one year challenge, to NOT BUY NEW CLOTHES for the coming 365 days, starting 21st June. Stay tuned to my new project:

DAYDREAM NATION
NO NEW CLOTHES campaign
by Kay

photo by Tsi Kwan @ The Light Particles
2005

《別走那麼快》

彷彿沉睡半年,在哥本哈根春夏季來臨之際,可能喚醒了我體內想重新開始、重新建立、重新認真創作衝動。

替偶像Henrik Vibskov工作,學了很多,也因為他的團隊非常出色,從他們身上偷了不少師,跟他們相處亦非常inspiring。在這裏,沒有人計金錢或工作時間長短,大家都以完成一個project為大前題,不分晝停工作。所以我本來幻想離開香港過北歐生活,可以慢下來、靜下來,在這個工作室是有難度的。

過去五個月,我們完成了2016秋冬季男女裝collection, 舞台設計在Paris Fashion Week 及Copenhagen Fashion Week展示,為兩個theatre production做服裝,也替Henrik在Stockholm的回顧展準備,而這一刻,我們正密鑼緊鼓為2017年春夏季即將到巴黎的catwalk的styling與舞台設計作準備。在這裏工作最開心的地方,就是大家都完全沒有架子,融合相處,一起做午飯一起吃,間中更一起跳入湖中、遊船河。。等等
工作狂之餘亦同時很寫意。。。

不過雖然我很喜歡這個品牌,五個月過去了,我對時裝的反思都沒有停下來,這個「現代社會裏根本沒有人需要更多衣服」這個想法亦沒有消失,因此這一刻我仍然不希下一為了restart Daydream Nation 而restart。我今年即將踏入36歲,新一年的挑戰就是來年不買新衣服暫定叫這個project 《NO NEW CLOTHES》campaign,由6月21號起我會記錄這365天的look,分享一下衣服背後的小故事,同一件衣服如何透過不同配搭的方式,做出完全不同的造型。

是fast fashion不斷加速了時裝走向死亡之路,一年做52季衣服,鼓吹消費者買完即棄。沒錯,是很便宜,但便宜背後剝削的是第三世界的工人。決定暫停品牌是因為我突然間醒覺我們並不需要太多,簡單、非物質的生活令我更快樂。希望透過這個小小的project,提醒自己我們已經擁有的東西。

密切留意6月21日起
DAYDREAM NATION 延續之
NO NEW CLOTHES campaign
by Kay

在這裏一定要點黃靖的《別走那麼快》給大家聽,希望時裝不要走得太快!https://open.spotify.com/album/2JNM0XS3rMQGynO06jriY3

我們的未來還有什麼樣的期待
是否一場沒有意義的比賽
讓我離開這個瘋狂的年代

朋友呀別走那麼快

Love and hugs, 
Kay
Copenhagen

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