what's the latest....
Print transfer for fabric
Found an amazing woman in California who has helped me transfer my pattern on to silk :) it is GORGEOUS...
Ok, I'm starting to think I'm showing to much...BUT i just had to share this vegan leather, it's soft, supple, and best of all, animal friendly, and contains NO PVC like some other vegan leathers
love researching fabrics and remaining as socially and environmentally conscious as possible :)
Bolivian Machine Knit
Experimenting with knits for Fall !
Discovered an organization of women in Bolivia who recently lost their jobs at a factory, and they decided to pool together with the help of a local businessman to buy their very own knitting machine and are creating some of the most complex knits and jacquards I've ever seen!!
I designed the pattern, selected yarn and thickness and experimented with some dyeing and I am extremely pleased with the result...this is one of my favorite pieces :)
Neslye checking her patternwork...
(Don't mind the draping of the maxi skirt going on in the foreground)
SNEAK PEEK OF YOUR FREE GIFT...
One of a kind cuffs made by Neslye F. - each one tells it's own story and there isn't another one like it on the planet!
Several of these and MORE will be available as FREE GIFTS to the first 25 guests of theDesignLab runway show on Thurs. March 21st, 2013 at 630PM at the Sugar Mill
If you're not one of the lucky 25 there will be a limited amount for sale after the show as well :)
Things I'm excited about...
Fashion week is less than a week away, and I'm just so excited about all my FABRICS! I've taken a lot of time to select and design each fabric, from material to the patterns/prints you'll be seeing. It's very graphic, and invokes the spirit of historic art and textiles...without giving away too much, wanted to give you a little preview of what you'll see on Thursday March 21st at 630pm at the Sugar Mill :)
FIRST RECRUIT: NESLYE F.
Here at theDesignLab it's our mission to take an under-served population women here in New Orleans, and TRAIN, EMPOWER, AND EMPLOY THEM! Our first recruit is Neslye F. She is currently studying to receive her GED, and is intensely interested in Fashion (and merchandising more specifically!). Neslye will be learning to sew and work on projects to aid in the development of theDesignLab Fall 2013 Collection which will be released on March 21st, 2013 during Fashion Week New Orleans!
Pendant by Eklektik Ekhos
some of the geometric shapes created by Douriean Fletcher to compliment the collection!
Prepping for an appearance on WWL tomorrow morning, so a little frantic, but quickly calmed down when I picked up the jewelry from local artist, Douriean Fletcher of Eklektik Ekhos. I sat down with Douriean a couple weeks back to talk about potential collaboration for this show and we bounced some ideas back and forth and this is what was created...couldn't be happier! Our collections truly compliment each other.
Gorgeous Girls Back Stage at WWL
Hand woven accents from CTTC on Taylor Jones and Nadiya Kahn seen left and center. Also on Nadiya is a hand knit sweater from Toto Knits of Kenya, silhouette and knit patterns designed by Kallen Forster. Beaded hip yoke on Emelie Wilson was also created by Toto Knits from patterns by Kallen Forster. Emelie is also wearing a vegan leather fitted v-neck bodice and flowing silk hemp skirt.
WWL PRESS & VIDEO
Couldn't be happier with the recent interview and press coverage by WWL which can be seen here. Getting so excited for the Runway Competition on Thursday at the Sugar Mill! I was able to grab some behind the scene's shots of my girls at WWL station and wanted to share some of the fun!
Hope to see you at the show on Thursday, there's MUCH more to see!!! Also be sure to check out my blouse in the interview ;)
Peruvian Woven Blouse
Peruvian woven collar and shoulder with silk hemp blouse and high-low hem.
Model Meghann Harney
Necklace - Eklektik Ekhos
hoping showing the strength and versatility of separates will give the collection a competitive edge...these pieces really can be combined in so many different complimentary ways!!
3rd Place Overall
You can't win em all ;) Disappointed, but proud. So glad I got to show on two nights during Fashion Week New Orleans, what great exposure!! Lots of interest and feedback from buyers, and now have to get to WORK...Production starts Monday! Neslye is ready to get started and so is everyone else at theDesignLab, so start putting your orders in!
Here is a video from Thursday night, and stay tuned for a photoshoot by Steven Forster...
MADE IT TO THE FINAL FOUR!!!
Out of the 12 designers selected to compete in the Top Design Competition during Fashion Week New Orleans, I was one of four selected to advance and compete on Saturday, March 23rd! Have to whittle it down to only 4 looks instead of 10 to represent theDesignLab...that's going to be TOUGH...take a look at some of the models getting prepped for hair and makeup and outfit selection process...
Working on theDesignLab Fall 2013 Lookbook; would love feedback, check out some ideas for the cover and see my last lookbook here. Still waiting photoshoot film by Steven Forster, so most likely the images will be diff, but the layout and font can be decided now. Set up a meeting with a local factory, NOLA Sewn, owned by a great designer and friend, Lisa Iacono. Planning on having her offset what Neslye, Marci and myself can't complete in-house for orders! Stay tuned for theDesignLab in stores soon...
theDesignLab lookbook is coming together...contemplating inside page layouts. Thinking of having a single still shot page, and then a combo image page that displays various views of each piece and gives a brief description for each look. I attached some of the combo page layouts with brief descriptions for your viewing pleasure ;)
Email my contact page with feedback if you're feeling it...and if you're not!
Loving the PRESS!
theDesignLab has been continuing to make major moves, and in the midst of all the startup madness, we were able to talk with an amazing stylist/designer Kela Norman, who posted a great interview on the FashionCrushOne website! The link to the interview can be found here, and we couldn't be happier with the release! It's such an honor and we really appreciate the time, efforts, and publicity!