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Bat those lashes and pump those heels!

A Designer’s Interview Garb

You might not know by my fashion-oriented blog  but I am by trade a Floral Designer (fashion & flowers go hand-in-hand).  A few weeks ago I had an interview with a company dubbed the ‘Netflix of the flower industry’, HBloom. I was so nervous! I didn’t let my anxiety stop me from showing both my florista & fashionista side.

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I started off with a black Miroa Dress (Brazilian boutique in Florida), with beautiful ruffles on the sleeves and hemline and clean everywhere else. Then I braided my hair to the side. I added my deep sapphire-blue roses hair comb that yours truly designed (one of the first accessories I ever made). Marc Jacob’s pearl-like metal necklace, paired with my mother’s floating pearl necklace. I wore white carved-rose earrings that were a gift from my dear friend, Christina Nuzzo. I finished  the look off with patterned fishnet tights my mother gave to me (awesome gift) and my Vera Wang Lavender boots.

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P.S. I also wore my Juicy Couture midnight blue metallic tweed satchel (not featured in photographs). Photos are cellphone shots.

GenArt’s Fresh Faces in Fashion Sp/Su ’13

Time to play catch-up in my ‘dresser diary’ entries… one of the shows I dressed for this year was GenArt’s Fresh Faces in Fashion. It was great to be backstage again! GenArt has been showcasing the best up-and-coming designers in the fashion world since 1994.

This year I dressed for Anne Sofie Madsen, a talented emerging designer. She hails from Denmark. Her designs were intricate and well thought-out. She used knuckle gloves in all her designs, whether attached to the dresses or an accessory to the look. Because the looks were so embellished and complex we used white Nike Airforce 1s to balance it out.  She also used a grey bangs hairpiece with crystals and embellishments attached. The final outcome left attendees and those backstage equally breathless.

I had a wonderful time dressing for her. Her team was amazing. Here are the looks I dressed-

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All these shots are from my cellphone. You can see all the Air Force 1s lined up and ready to be worn! There are shots of the hangers with model boards(these have shots of the look and the individual model who will be wearing it). There is also a photo of the model/mood board, this is used to put the whole designer’s show together(models, agencies, looks, sizes). It was so much better this year with one model for each look instead of repeating models and all the rushing of changing them in seconds like last year’s show! There are lots of photographs of backstage action! It is a show even behind the runway curtain!

 

Here are the backstage shots-

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Links-

GenArt

Anne Sofie Madsen

P.S.

A shot of myself and one Anne Sofie Madsen’s assistants-

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My friends (other dressers) Manu Lea, Shruti Sadana and myself backstage before the show-

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Pop of Color

This entry is long over due. It was New York’s infamous Fashion Night Out (FNO). The now trendy & chic meatpacking district was lined with fashionistas and inviting displays. Each boutique overflowing with people, some even waiting in line & others could only enter with an invitation in hand. Out of the corner of my eye; I noticed something.

Jeans, no not mere ‘mortal jeans’ but superhuman phosphorescent neon strip jeans..

Hudson Jeans Neon Strip "Lou Lou' tuxedo pant

Hudson Jeans Neon Strip “Lou Lou’ tuxedo pant

Now there is highlighter, neon, ‘fluorescent’ but I had never seen phosphorescent on clothing. Unlike fluorescence, a phosphorescent material does not immediately re-emit the radiation it absorbs. This strip will glow under blacklight.

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A pop of color by day & party streak at night, would you rock the Lou Lou out?

Fresh Faces in Fashion

The Fresh Faces in Fashion show by Gen Art is well-known for turning out the city’s finest talent. New and up and coming designers are debuted to the city where fashion breathes. It takes place on the first evening of NY Fashion Week, and sets the mood for this amazing week of fashion. It has turned out the likes of noneother than Zac Posen, Phillip Lim & Rebecca Taylor. This year’s host for this talk-of-town event was Erika Christensen.

Erika Christensen & copresident of Gen Art, Elizabeth Shaffer

The train rocked as we pulled into Grand Central Terminal. There were butterflies in my stomach from the excitement. I was meeting with a friend, with whom I would be dressing models backstage. Once we found eachother in the poetic chaos that is NYC, we walked with a quiet enthusiasm. We entered the Manhattan Center and we were guided to the sixth floor.

It was surreal like a fashion dream as I neared the runway. Models were practicing walking as the technical staff prepared. Passing accessory booths of beautiful, well-worked items, we approached the backstage door. Behind that door the models, make-up artists, hair stylists, designers and dressers were bustling like the city streets outside. The preparation and practice for the show took some time. I was assigned to dress for Ace & Jig and Jennifer Chun.

Photo from the home page of Ace & Jig’s website

Ace & Jig logo from website

Jennifer Chun’s main photo from website

Here are some looks I dressed for Ace & Jig-

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I also helped dress these Jennifer Chun looks-

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Jennifer Chun, Fresh Faces in Fashion Show NY, Gen Art

Dressing for a fashion show is fast paced. You have to prepare the clothing (un-button, un-zip, un-tie shoe laces ect.) to get the pieces on the models as fast as possible. Sometimes there are several people dressing one model at once! You have to keep track of items(accessories, jewlery) that are used in more than one look.

Here are some backstage shots from my cell-

Ace & Jig designers, Cary and Jenna being interviewed by Gen Art

Models for Ace & Jig in line

Models getting prepped by Make-up Artists for William Okpo

Models waiting to practice walking, Ace & Jig

Stacey Jordan preparing models for the Fashion Show, Wiliam Okpo

Backstage shots from Gen Art site-

When backstage, it was like a magazine wonderland.  It swam with a sea of long legs and sculpted features. Beautiful towering women (who seemed more like mytholgical goddesses than mere mortals) surrounded me. The time was nearing, and I felt like a fashion cinderella of my own kind. We were all waiting for that moment, that cue that tells us the show is starting. The lights dimmed & the magic began.

Ilze Puga, a model I befriended at the show, walking the runway.

Shots from my cell phone of Ilze Puga & the amazing cardigan she was modeling-

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Beautiful Print on this fly-away jacket by Sunghee Bang

Entire outfit, Backstage, Sunghee Bang

 

Click here for complete list of Designers debuted on the night of Fresh Faces in Fashion by Gen art.

Links to-

Ace & Jig

Jennifer Chun

William Okpo

Gen Art

Cristina Alexa

 

Introducing…

I can still remember my favourite dress as a child; it was a yellow dress. The perfect shade of yellow that I can no longer find; a shade of marigold that actually suits my skin tone. When my mother gave me the liberty of choosing my own outfits, she was frustrated at my selections. I was rather anti-fashion; mixing checkerboard pattern leggings with floral dresses & distracting colours. I also seemed to have another sense of style, and it was a fantasy princess.

Gwen Stefani has an amazing sense of style

Then, I grew up past unicorns and fairy castles. Although my imagination has not left me, my fashion sense has evolved in many ways. My style icons would be what I dubbed “My Classics”: Audrey Hepburn, Marylin Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Dita Von Teese, Princess Diana, Lady Gaga, & Gwen Stefani. My main influences in fashion come from but not limited to: Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Alice + Olivia, Betsey Johnson, Patricia Field, Alexander Wang, Valentino, Carolina Herrera, Yves Saint Laurent, Juicy Couture, Bird by Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Tarina Tarantino, Jennifer Chun, Ace & Jig, Jade Chiu, Frida Gianni, Tom Ford, & Gryphon. The artists I feel most impacted by are: Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Khalo, Claude Monet, Barbara Kruger, Alberto Vargas, Gil Elvgren, Alex Grey & Banksy.

Dita Von Teese, A sexy, glamourous, classic beauty & style

One may say I have a kind of “split personality” when it comes to my fashion sense. There is the sweet, innocent, beautiful, poetic, classic, vintage, & otherwise known as cupcake side of me. There is also an edgy, sexy, avant-garde, bold, modern & the angry part of me. When it comes to fashion, I cannot be defined in another way… I am an Angry Cupcake.

This photo to me describes a dark, sweet, titillative beauty.

A few years ago, an amazing artist suggested that I write a fashion blog. She pointed out my artistic eye & my talent in writing. I felt bashful when I heard these statements, especially coming from her. She also recognized my ability to style myself or others with anyone’s wardrobe. She said I had an intuitive ability with fashion and colours to make anyone look like a rock star. For years these thoughts were left to collect dust in my mind until it hit me. I felt a yearning to share my ideas on fashion. I wanted to let the world observe how I see art in fashion.

Apnea, one of my favourite models for Lithium Picnic

Many moons later, here I am posting this blog. Let’s get our vogue on!