Arminee Bunting's Senior Collection
By: Karli Banas
The inspiration for Arminee’s collection was streetwear. She was inspired by the things people wear on the streets during fashion weeks and attending fashion shows. She wanted the collection to be very modern and something people could wear every day, but also add her own unique twist to it.
Her favorite look from her collection is her jacket with a tulle train and denim pants. It’s a simple look but it has a twist to make it pop and stand out. She feels the look is fresh and hasn’t been done before and the fit of it is great.
Arminee sees herself starting as a designer assistant or technical designer for a streetwear or luxury streetwear brand. She would like to work for brands like Off-White, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Nike, and Under Armour. She would like to one day own her own luxury streetwear brand.
The hardest part of creating her collection was figuring out a concept and deciding what she wanted to do. She really didn’t know what direction to go in and debated between eveningwear and streetwear. She likes a little bit of everything, and her collection challenged her to figure out the type of clothes she wanted to design.
The target market of Arminee’s collection is women ages 20-40. Young, modern women who like to stay on trend but also stand out are her ideal customers.
Arminee’s design aesthetic is chic streetwear. She feels her designs are versatile and can fit different lifestyles. If someone wants to be bold and extra, they could wear it every day. If someone wants something they can wear to stand out at fashion weeks or walking around a big city, they could also wear it.
Her favorite part of the design process is working on her final garments. She likes the feeling of knowing she has completed her sketches, patterns, and prototypes and being able to see all her hard work come together.
When Arminee started at Stevenson she didn’t know how to sew at all. Stevenson’s Fashion Design Department has taught her well and she now feels that she can make anything. She also didn’t realize how many different career opportunities there were in the world of fashion. She feels her experiences at Stevenson have definitely confirmed that fashion is something she wants to do for a career.
If she had the opportunity to design for a celebrity Arminee would choose Rhianna, Kim Kardashian, The City Girls, or Mariah the Scientist. She feels they all have a unique style that fits her design aesthetic. She especially feels that way about Rhianna as she is known for her streetwear looks and has a unique style that stands out from others.
For inspiration she looks to designers like Disel, Off-White and Virgil Abloh, Balenciaga, Mugler, and Alexander McQueen. She feels inspired by McQueen even though she chose not to do eveningwear and tries to implement some of his concepts into her streetwear.