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Today I am reflecting on embroidery pieces that I created as embellishments on clothing that I designed. The selected embroidery pieces that I would like to share with you today were created in the years 2015-2018.
"Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins.” - https://artsandculture.google.com
Adding hand sewn details such as embroidery or beadwork to my fashion designs is not only fun to create, but it adds an interesting artistic element to my designs that I really enjoy.
I created this hand-stitched rose (Figure 1) with red embroidery thread and green hand-stitched beads for the leaves. This particular design was featured on a green capelet that I created for my 2018 Fall Collection.
Check out the photos from that collection here: A Look Back: Fall 2018.
Figure 3A and Figure 3B:
This gold toned hand-stitched flower was something I came up with for the hand-beaded design on my 2015 Wedding Ball Skirt. The skirt featured a wide variety of hand-stitched embroidery and beadwork detail. The overall design included a gold floral motif on gold satin, as well as silver beading for the accompanying leaf motif. The beaded gold layer was over-layed with a grey swiss knotted netting. Although time consuming to create, these one-of-a-kind details add elegance and regalness to any formal gown.
See more photos of this final Bridal look here: "My Whirlwind Wedding Engagement: From The Cliff House to Las Vegas in Four Months and Three Dresses!"
Figure 4A and Figure 4B:
One of the design details that I was inspired to create for my 2016 collection, was this hand-beaded fabric covered button. I had never created a fabric covered button before, and greatly enjoyed learning something new with this technique. This button was one of three, featured on my 2016 Summer Collection: Pink Flamingo Halter Pencil Dress.
Check out photos of this dress, along with the rest of my 2016 collections in my article, "RAW San Francisco Presents: Reveal!"
I am continually inspired by hand-stitched embellishments on clothing and in fashion! I greatly enjoy reading books about sewing and fashion from my own personal library, and look forward to applying the techniques I learn in many more of the garments I create!
Thank you for taking the time to read about my hand-stitched embroidery and beadwork!
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The Dance Group is open to interested Boys and Girls, but at this time, only Girls have joined. Like the club, Dance Group members do not need to be Puerto Rican to join.
I am delighted to have been commissioned by P.R.O.U.D. Modesto to construct the dresses for the girls in the new Dance Group! In September, I was sent photos of traditional Puerto Rican Dance Dresses, as well as the orders for the members of the Dance Group. I wanted to stay as close to the original concept as possible, due to this being a cultural costume. All dresses would be the same, but in various sizes. Once the orders were in, I drafted the pattern for the dress, in girl's dress sizes 5 through 12, I purchased fabric, trim, and notions, and I then began to create the costumes...
Check out the sketch I drew, illustrating the dance costume concept, that the P.R.O.U.D Club Members decided on:
Work in Progress...
Here are some exclusive, behind the scenes, photos, taken in my workroom, as I created these lovely costumes!
When all of the dresses were finalized, I met with the dance group for a final fitting. With my rolling rack in hand, we met where the group was rehearsing. Once the girls tried on the costumes, I was pleased to see that only one minor alterations was needed. The dresses were performance ready!
The First Performance!
On October 6th, 2018, the P.R.O.U.D Modesto Girl's Dance Group performed for the first time at The International Heritage Festival, held at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this festival, since I had a prior commitment scheduled for an OFW Art & Style Magazine Photo Shoot that same day in Oakland. However, my loving husband, Javier, took our three children to this event, where they were able to view a fantastic presentation of traditional Puerto Rican Dance, presented by the P.R.O.U.D. Girl's Dance Group! One of my nieces, Vivianna, is a member of the Dance Group! Javier was able to take some beautiful photos of their performance.
Here are some of the marvelous photos that my husband, and my sister, Desiree, took of the P.R.O.U.D. Modesto Girl's Dance Group's first performance:
When viewing the photos myself, it was wonderful to see these young ladies enjoy themselves, while learning traditional dance of the Puerto Rican Culture! It was exciting to see the dresses I had created flowing with rhythmic beauty as the girls twirled and waved the folds of fabric while dancing!
Thank you for joining me, as I created the Dance Costumes for the P.R.O.U.D. Modesto Girl's Dance Group! I hope you enjoyed the photos and commentary!
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I don't have many pieces of artwork that I created from childhood and adolescence. Since the age of 18 I found myself moving frequently, and inevitably loosing some of my portfolio folders and sketchbooks in the many moves, or lost to environmental damage. Although drawing since a child, Art Classes in High School, Junior College, and College, really helped fine tune my skill, providing me with the knowledge of various artistic techniques.
I recently found a few portfolio folders that contained some of my Still Life Drawings from High School Art Class, and from a beginning drawing class that I took in Junior College...
I found the contrast between my work from the two classes very interesting.
Here, to the left, is a Still Life Drawing that I rendered in Charcoal, while in High School. The Second drawing, to the right, is similar in subject matter, a Still Life Drawing of a bottle gourd, also in Charcoal, but was completed about three years later, while I was in Junior College.
Quite an improvement in dimension and shading I would say!
While taking that beginning art course in Junior College, students would draw for 4 hour sessions, practicing the techniques we were taught that week. My professor would play Blondie's Greatest Hits, set up mannequins, suitcases, gourds, old gas cans, and other interesting objects, in the middle of the room, while all the students spent hours just drawing the items that we saw. We practiced shading the contrast of light and shadows.
Here are a few drawings that I still have from that class that I drew of the mannequins my professor had. These are still a few of my favorite drawings. Maybe one day I will frame them and hang them in a dressing room. In the mean time, Enjoy!
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As a Freelance Fashion Designer, I often take on requests from clients to create custom garments. My client may be a bridesmaid in a wedding that is looking for a custom fitted gown to match the wedding party specification. My client may be a clothing size that is not commonly found in the style outfit she may need for an upcoming event. My client may have an article of clothing that she would like re-created into something else completely. All of these are fairly common in my line of work, but once in a while, a client will contact me asking for something completely out of my realm of experience...
"Can you make me a Parrot Costume?"
While studying Fashion Design in college, a professor once told those of us who were hoping to pursue design and creative sewing as a future means of income, to not turn down requests, even if it is something we have never done before. Even if it is something that sounds mundane, or uninteresting. The reason? First, saying no to projects will lead to less people asking. Over time, no one will ask for your participation in projects, because they know you will say no. Secondly, the more you say yes, the more experience you gain, and more opportunities are presented. So, when a referred client called me up asking if I could create a Parrot Costume for her, my response was a firm, "Yes!". Even though I had never before made a costume at that point in my career, let alone a Parrot Costume!
From Concept to Creation...
As a trained Dress-Maker and Fashion Designer, my immediate idea was to create a Parrot Dress, with a caped hood mimicking the Parrot's head and wings. I wanted to approach this project as High Fashion as possible, to stay true to my design aesthetic. I drew out the above conceptual illustration to show my client at our first meeting. I also went to my fabric supplier to obtain fabric swatches and pricing for the materials that I would use to make my sketch a reality.
This photo includes four fabrics that I used to create the Parrot Costume for my client. The Green, Blue, and Yellow textiles were used as feathers, and the Red Velvet was used for the bodice of the dress. I used a Red Cotton fabric as the base of the skirt for more structure, it was lined and completely covered in hand-cut feathers.
I met with my client, with my illustration, fabric swatches, and price estimate in hand. When I presented my idea to her, she was thrilled! She loved the concept that I had come up with. Her only change was the hood in the sketch. My client wanted a Headpiece or Fascinator instead. She was also planning on full professional Special Effect Parrot Make-Up, from local Make-Up Artist, Paula Serrano. I took her measurements, and deposit, then I was off to the sewing work room to get this dress completed!
Progress in the Designer Workroom!
A Photo Shoot with my Client...
After one fitting, and much work, the Parrot Dress, and Headpiece I created was finished! I also created a clutch for my client by creating a velvet pouch that I placed in a hand-held bird cage! The skirt was underlined with layers of Tule to create more volume in the silhouette.
My client had a very specific idea for the completion of her look, and wanted realistic Parrot Special Effect Make-Up to transform herself into as close to an actual Parrot as humanly possible! She hired professional MUA, Paula Serrano to create the Special Effect Make-Up. This was my client's vision. With the help of myself and Mrs. Serrano, her vision was achieved!
After my client was dressed and ready to go, I took her to the local park to take a few photos of the costume! Check out the completed look!
As you can see, my client really enjoyed herself. The project was a success!
As a designer, having a happy client is by far the biggest reward!
If you have a costume idea that you would like to have custom made, contact me! I would love to create more interesting costumes! As always, feel free to contact me for all you Custom Clothing needs!
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As of now, Oakland Fashion Week Art & Style Magazine will be issued semi-annually, to correspond with the two major seasons of fashion: Spring/Summer, and Fall/Winter. Each issue will feature various topics, including, but not limited to, local Fashion Designers runway looks, Styling Tips, Beauty Tips, Oakland Hot Spots, and coverage on upcoming and previous Oakland Fashion Week Events and Runway Shows, as well as exclusive fashion photos!
The First Released Issue!
Meanwhile, I scouted the city of Oakland for photographable locations. My husband and I, took numerous photos of street art, and interesting building compositions, which I used throughout the magazine as a background to a few of the magazine pages.
I also had the opportunity to write several articles for the magazine, such as an article about Oakland Fashion Week's stylist, which includes biographical information, and their extensive experience in the styling field. I interviewed two models who not only participated on the Oakland Fashion Week runway, but are featured in magazine fashion photos as well. As each element of the magazine was checked off the to-do-list, the overall layout of the magazine began to come together, achieving the vision we had originally anticipated.
The second photo-shoot for the magazine, was held at the fabulous Audrey B's Boutique, located at 1415 Webster Street in Oakland. Our team for that day included, Photographers, Marco Acevedo Garcia, and Everett Bass, Make-Up Artist, Michelle Carthon, Designers, Audrey B, Valerie Cotton (Adorna Couture), and Sergio Omar (The Shades Company). Pharoah Brand was the Fashion Stylist, Unique Cooper, the Production Assistant, and I was working as the Photography Director. The beautiful models were Juliua Fraser, Capri Quattrocoi, and Kelsie Granneman. Here are a few behind the scene photos of that photo-shoot:
It All Comes Together
Shortly after the photoshoot held at Audrey B. Boutique, I received the edited photos from our photographers, Marco Acevedo Garcia, and Everett Bass. The pictures were sensational! Truly one of the most challenging aspects of my job was narrowing down the hundreds of high quality editorial photos taken during the two photo-shoots, and selecting only seven photos from the first photo-shoot, and six photos from the second. However, once the magazine was completed, I feel confident that I chose the photos that best represented our goal for the photo-shoot, and our vision for the magazine.
Printing and Distribution
Oakland Fashion Week Art & Style Magazine has arrived!
On May 23rd, our magazine was released, both as a printed copy and a digital version. I was ecstatic to receive my personal printed copy! It was very exciting to hold a printed copy of the magazine that I had such a huge part in helping to create!
If you haven't already, make sure to purchase your copy of Oakland Fashion Week Art & Style Magazine Issue #2 today!
You can purchase a digital copy by clicking here. Or visit www.oaklandfashionweek.org to order a printed copy!
Our Next Issue...
The Fall/Winter 2018 issue, Issue #3, of Oakland Fashion Week Art & Style Magazine is already beginning to take shape! It has been exhilarating to work on such an exciting project! Some topics we will cover include, exclusive photos from all five days of Oakland Fashion Week 2018's Runway Events, an exclusive spread featuring OFW2018's Crewfire Challenge Winner, the lovely model, Elissia Mathews, and much, much more!
Thank you for supporting Oakland Fashion Week, Oakland Fashion Week Art & Style Magazine, and for reading my blog! See you soon!
Yesterday, Thursday, June 28th, 2018, I had the privilege of being a guest speaker to a class room full of high school students, who were taking the summer course: Summer Fashion Academy at California State University Sacramento! I was invited by College Professor, Mrs. Esther Amato, to guest speak at the Cal State University Sacramento: Summer Fashion Academy, and to share with the students my fashion designs, my design process, and my inspiration!
The Summer Academy is a week long course for High School Students that focuses on various specific careers. Sacramento State offers Summer Academy courses for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Future Teachers, Cyber Security, Democracy in Action, Coding, Engineering, Robotics, Fire & Emergency Services, Forensics, Health, Law Enforcement, Biotechnology, Multimedia Journalism, Theater & Performing Arts, and... Fashion! These courses offer hands-on, real-world projects, an introduction to the college experience, and career opportunities in the field studied. The Summer Fashion Academy teaches students how a concept becomes a product, as well as fashion illustration, marketing, and merchandising!
The Summer Fashion Academy took place during the week of June 25th, through June 29th. Each day students attend an all day class, broken up into two segments. From 8:30am until 1pm, they are taught by the amazing Dr. Ernie Olsen. While I was going to Fashion Design College at The International Academy of Design and Technology, Dr. Ernie Olsen was a substitute teacher for a Fashion Illustration course that I was taking. He is such a talented illustrator! I learned so much from him in just one day! The afternoon segment of the Summer Fashion Academy, takes place between 1:30pm and 5pm, and is taught by the fabulous Mrs. Esther Amato. Mrs. Amato was also a college professor of mine during my college days at IADT. She herself is a former fashion designer who specialized in Designer Denim. Her clothing featured intricate design details and were sold in high-end retail stores like Nordstrom. Mrs. Amato knows the 'ins and outs' of the fashion industry from concept to design, as well as apparel production, and marketing! She too is a wonderfully talented fashion illustrator and instructor! These students will surely learn so much!
During the week of learning, Mrs. Amato brought in several guest speakers, including Carolyn Hearn, a Jewelry Designer, Garry Simpson, a Fashion Designer and Artist, as well as a local stylist. I was excited to be included among the presenters to speak to the students!
Yesterday, I brought to the classroom several looks from my current and past collections, as well as a skirt that I had made in college. I wanted to emphasize the artistic embellishments that I enjoy adding to my fashion creations, such as hand-embroidery, hand-beadwork, and hand-painted motifs. I explained how I am inspired to create my collections, how I choose fabrics and findings, and how I create patterns for the outfits. I brought a pattern that I had drafted, as well as the skirt I had made from that pattern. I explained how I drafted the pattern, then I passed around my garments and the pattern, so that the students could see up close the design process and the final product. The students were very interested in how to participate in fashion shows, so I gave them some tips for networking, and shared with them some runway photos of my designs. I also passed around the new magazine I helped to create, Oakland Fashion Week Art & Style Magazine. I wanted to show them that there are many avenues within the fashion industry that they could pursue. I told them how by creating this fashion blog, it opened up the opportunity for me to become Creative Director of Oakland Fashion Week Art & Style Magazine!
I was very impressed by the completed projects that the students had made during their week of participating in the Summer Fashion Academy! I can tell that these students have a talent for design! I sincerely hope that they are continually inspired to pursue education and a future career in Fashion!
Here are a few photos of my presentation!
While visiting the university campus, I learned that Cal State University Sacramento offers degree programs in both Fashion Design & Merchandising as well as Apparel Marketing & Design! I did not know that previously!
Learn more about the Summer Fashion Academy by watching this video clip from Good Day Sacramento!
Thank you for taking the time to read about my experience as a Guest Speaker to the Summer Fashion Academy at Cal State University Sacramento! Keep reading my blog to stay updated on the future events I participate in!
Welcome to Oakland Fashion Week 2018, Day 6!
Red Carpet Runway Show!
Saturday, May 19th, 2018- Full Out Studio- Oakland, California
The Final Night of Oakland Fashion Week is always an exciting runway show. Each year of OFW, the Final Night has been reserved for Couture Designs, that showcase high fashion collections from local designers. It was particularly enjoyable to see many of the designers return from last year to showcase their newest collections again this year.
Sara Anders, host of OFW2018's Day One, Opening Night, entertained the runway show's packed venue again during OFW2018's Final Night. Sara Anders has such positive energy, and is a natural show-woman. Along with fresh beats playing from DJ Chillz, Sara charmed, engaged, and delighted the fashion-loving audience.
"Fashion takes you to a different place. Fashion makes you feel good!"
-Sara Anders, OFW2018
I particularly appreciated Sara Ander's quote above. Sara emphasized that despite whatever political conflicts, or negativity that takes place in the world around us, Fashion can be an escape from the harsh realities of life by transporting us to "a different place". Fashion can unite us, Fashion can make us feel our best, Fashion makes us feel good! As you will see from the photos of the designer collections below, those gathering at Full Out Studio to view these pieces truly were transported to "a different place". Some of these collections brought us to exotic lands, while other collections brought us to a fantasy future.
With my All Access Pass in hand, I was able to go Backstage, and visit with the designers and models prior to the show. Included in this blog post are some exclusive backstage photos that I took, as well as professional photos taken by Marco Acevedo Garcia! Enjoy!
From the alluring country of Brazil, Designer Marise Oliveira's collection featured many designs that are feminine, and graceful. Marise Oliveira uses floral prints, as well as lace detail in many of her pieces, reflecting the exotic culture of Brazil. This year, Marise Oliveira featured a male look, worn by male model, Terry Hawthorne, as well as a full figured size dress. All of her looks were stunningly beautiful!
Armando Cruz amazed me last year with his exquisite ball gowns, and dresses. I was looking forward to the viewing of Armando Cruz's latest collection! As expected, Armando Cruz delivered lovely gowns with sweeping hem lines. The fabrics were luxurious and regal. Check out a few of my favorite pieces from his collection:
Randy Rowden, is the owner and Master Tailor of The Oxford Way. The Oxford Way store-front location can be visited at 6219 Shattuck Avenue in Oakland, and specializes in high-end Men's Fashion and Apparel. The Oxford Way also offers Alteration and Tailoring Services. Randy Rowden has a mission to bring back style, and class to men's wear, bringing back "The Gentleman" way of dress. I absolutely love all of the suits he presented in his collection. The Oxford Way showed that they offer a suit for every man, for every occasion.
Here I am, backstage, with Randy Rowden, and his assistant, the lovely Ingrid!
Check out these Oxford Way dapper runway looks:
Valerie Cotton- Adorna Couture
Valerie Cotton, Designer for the clothing brand Adorna Couture, has created a sublime woman's collection that features many one-of-a-kind looks. I admire Valerie Cotton's creativity with her use of fabrics, and silhouettes. Check out a few of my favorite looks:
A master showman, James Head did not simply present a runway collection. Ending the night, James Head's "Elegant Invasion" Collection brought out not only innovative designs, but the unexpected in runway show theatrics. Prior to the first look walking the stage, Sara Anders, our fashion show host, brought out strobing LED Lights with James Head's business card attached. These hand-held lights were passed out to members of the audience. The venue lights were dimmed, and fog began to billow out of the runway stage. Epic music fit for space travel, began to play as model after model walked the runway wearing dresses, pants, shorts, skirts, and blouses, created with unconventional materials. Male models wore futuristic looks, and moved down the runway with robotic rigidity. Some of the pieces in this collection featured plastic embellishments, tubing, straps, and helmets!
Here are a few more pictures taken after the runway show, and in the VIP Lounge! Limited VIP tickets were sold for the Final Night of Oakland Fashion Week, which included access to the VIP Lounge Cocktail Hour prior to the Runway Show.
I had a fantastic week attending all of the Oakland Fashion Week 2018's events! If you have had a chance to read all of the articles in this blog series, you have seen for yourself what an exciting week of fashion activity it was for all those involved in the making, and for those in attendance. You can read all of my past OFW Blog Posts, by clicking the desired links listed below.
Thank you for reading my blog! I look forward to seeing you at Oakland Fashion Week 2019!
Welcome to Oakland Fashion Week 2018, Day 5! Resort Swimwear!
Friday, May 18th, 2018- Oakland, California
Oakland Fashion Week 2018, Day 5, featured the freshest designs in Resort and Swimwear Fashions, and was hosted by the beautiful fashion model, Gabrielle Jermaine. It was another exciting evening in Oakland, especially since those in attendance were looking forward to seeing, not only the amazing designs, but the models as well! Tonight, we were in for a real treat, as the male fashion model, and former NFL Pittsburg Steelers player, Terry Hawthorne, would be striding down the runway!
There was a slight change to the original advertised line-up, but the designs on display did not disappoint! Keep reading to see for yourself!
Queens of Africa
Queens of Africa is a Tanzanian accessories brand, that specializes in Handbags, and summer footwear. The clutches shown on the runway were beautifully woven in a wide range of colors and textiles, and many featured beaded designs. The footwear also displayed artful beadwork.
Check out a few of my favorite pieces:
Jr. Esmeralda Fashion
Jr. Esmeralda Fashion featured lovely clothes on OFW2018's Emerging Designer night, and was back again during the Swimwear Runway Event to display alluring two piece swimsuits! Jr. Esmeralda Fashion offers a large assortment of swimwear designs and fabric choices, perfect for any body type! You can purchase your Jr. Esmeralda at their storefront clothing store, located at 2201 MacDonald Avenue in Richmond, California.
James Head is an innovative designer with decades of experience, his collections have never failed to amaze me with his cutting edge design aesthetic. You can view James Head's newest collection, called "Elegant Invasion" during Oakland Fashion Week 2018's Final Night. I was pleasantly surprised that he also presented during OFW2018's Resort Swimwear Event, where he showed his Black Panther/Wakanda inspired collection, that he had created a few months ago. James Head won a Gold Award for this Afro-centric collection at the San Francisco Comicon this summer, and was also featured during Sacramento Fashion Week's Fashion on Film Event. Check it out:
Layla Craine- A Colored Me
Layla Craine, designer for A Colored Me, is also another Oakland Fashion Week veteran, yet is still in her early 20's. Although young, don't let Layla Craine's age fool you! Layla has delivered fresh, breathtaking designs, consistently each year, unlike anything seen in the retail market for swimwear today. I loved her use of fur, African inspired textiles, and metallic textiles! A Colored Me offers swimwear for both men and women. Her models were sizzling HOT!
In the photo above, celebrity model, Terry Hawthorn, former NFL Pittsburg Steelers player, is pictured second to left! The lovely Designer Layla Craine, is pictured center front.
Here is another great photo of Layla Craine and her stunning models!
Thank you for reading my fourth article (of five) in my blog article series covering Oakland Fashion Week 2018! If you were not able to attend the weekday evening events I hope that these articles have inspired you to save the date for next years! As you have seen, each night features an amazing group of talented designers, and their magnificent fashions! Be sure to read the next article in this series: Oakland Fashion Week 2018: Day 6, Final Night: "Red Carpet Runway Show"!
Have a Stylin' Day!
Welcome to Oakland Fashion Week 2018, Day Four! Ready-to-Wear!
Thursday, May 17th, 2018- Oakland, California
Oakland Fashion Week 2018, Day 4's Runway Event featured Ready-to-Wear Designer Collections! Ready-to-Wear garments are made to standard sizes, with the intent to sell to the general market such as in a retail store or in a boutique. However, many of the designers featured this evening can also make custom clothing, made-to-order, for individual clients. See an outfit you love? Contact the designer! They would love to sell you the fabulous creations they have made!
Sergio Yomar- The Shades Company
Sergio Yomar, designer for The Shades Company, was first to present his latest collection on the runway! Called "The Elegant Warrior" this collection featured feminine dresses, as well as pant and blouse options in similar fabrics. His looks were fun, and sophisticated. A must have for every woman!
Check out a few of my favorite looks:
This year was the first time I had the pleasure of viewing a collection by Carlo Vonteago. I loved his use of branding in his accessories and screen printing. Carlo Vonteago's looks were polished, and unexpected. A wide range of garments were featured. The looks were styled with unique accessories such as: glasses, gloves, hats, and jewelry. The collection featured complete looks for both men and women.
OFW2018 marked the third year of my participation on the runway as a designer. I have been designing Ready-to-Wear Collections for the past three years, since my graduation from Fashion Design College, in 2015. My "Midnight Muse" Collection, is my fourth collection, and features my specialty: women's dresses, blouses, and skirts. I also created a lovely little capelet which is featured in two different fabrics.
I love using bold color combinations, with vintage silhouettes, to create a classic, yet modern look. I also enjoy hand crafted embellishments and design details. The pleats in the Moss Green Pencil Skirt were hand-crafted. The Moss Green Caplet features a Hand-Embroidered and Hand-Beaded floral design detail, and my Midnight Muse Day Dress, features Hand-Painted Copper Flowers, with beads, making these garments truly special, and one of a kind. All looks are available (Made-to-Order), and custom fitted for each client.
Check out a few backstage photos of my lovely models, as we prepare for the runway!
And now, my models on the Runway!
Audrey B. is a designer and boutique owner. You can visit her charming boutique, and purchase any of the featured designs, and so much more, at her store front location, located at 1415 Webster Street in Oakland. I love so many of the looks featured in her runway viewing. The pearl detail on many of the garments were graceful, and glamorous. Check out a few of the runway looks:
That concludes my summary of Oakland Fashion Week 2018, Day 4!
I truly appreciate all of you who have taken the time to read this blog article, as well as all my previous blog articles! Thank you for sharing my links! I had such a fantastic time at OFW, and know you did too! If you were not able to attend, I hope that this article gave you a brief look at the hard-work of all those involved to make such a runway week possible! The designs were fabulous, the models gorgeous, and the staff behind the scenes were so skilled at their tasks!
A special thanks to photographer, Marco Acevedo Garcia, for granting me permission to use his photos of OFW for this blog! He is so talented with a camera!
Stay tuned for my next Blog Post in this series, where I bring to you "Oakland Fashion Week 2018: Day 5, Resort Swimwear". See you then!
Welcome to Oakland Fashion Week 2018, Day 3! Emerging Designer!
Wednesday, May 16th 2018- Oakland, Ca
Oakland Fashion Week 2018's third day took place at the West Oakland Youth Center, located on Market Street in Oakland, California. Although my own designer collection was to be featured during the fourth day of OFW, I was excited to come out on this particular evening to view the collections of the Emerging Designers that would be showcased. I had met many of the designers during the dress rehearsals held in the months leading up to Oakland Fashion Week, and was able to speak to some of the designers in depth about their inspiration and point of view as a fashion brand or designer.
When I arrived at the fashion show, Hair and Make-Up was well underway backstage, and many models were already wearing designer clothing. I was able to get a few candid shots of the backstage action! Take a look:
The host of Oakland Fashion Week's Day Three was the lovely model, Gabrielle Jermaine, who is "The Face of Oakland Fashion Week"!
Jr. Esmeralda Fashion
Jr. Esmeralda Fashion is a women's clothing store, located at 2201 MacDonald Ave in Richmond, California. Jr. Esmeralda Fashion offers it all, including dresses, pants, skirts, blouses, jackets, and bathing suits! Check out a few of my favorite runway looks:
"Behind every dress is a story."
Myra Leana is a woman's clothing brand that consists of a four woman design team, with headquarters located in Santa Rosa, California. During our fashion show dress rehearsal, I had the pleasure of meeting Christina Fullmer, who is one of the talented women working in the Myra Leana team. Interestingly, Myra Leana is not only a clothing brand, but a production company as well. Their brand not only creates figure flattering dresses in classic silhouettes, but also creates videos of women who have overcome specific challenges and obstacles in their lives.
One such woman is the beautiful model, Chelsea Werner. Chelsea Werner was born with Down-Syndrome, is a Special Olympics Gymnastic Champion, and a fashion model. Due to being born with Down-Syndrome, Chelsea faces limitations in what she is able to do naturally, but that hasn't stopped her from achieving what some have said would be impossible! It was truly an inspiration to see Chelsea Werner, who is also a petite model, walk the runway during Oakland Fashion Week. I absolutely loved that Myra Leana featured a diverse spectrum of models, including models of various shapes, sizes, and skin tones. Their runway looks were styled with jewelry created by Treska Jewelry.
You can view their web-site by clicking here.
Check out some of my favorite looks:
Hella Woke Gang (Wokie)
Ace Johnson is an East Bay Production Consultant who participated immensely in the production of Oakland Fashion Week 2018. Ace Johnson also networked with four East Bay emerging designers, to create a fashion design collective. The four designers came together to create a cohesive collection featuring crochet pieces, and "hyphy" inspired streetwear. I loved the color combinations of the looks, the amazing crochet accessories, such as the unforgettable crochet hoop earrings, and the screen-printing embellishments!
Check out a few of my favorite runway looks created by the design collective, Hella Woke Gang (Wokie):
Oluwabukola Aminashaun is a first generation Nigerian American, who is both a stylist, and an emerging fashion designer. Oluwabukola's collection, which she has called "Reign", brings together Nigerian fabrics, Nigerian Head Wraps, and American Style. Oluwabukola explained that wearing a head wrap completes a fashion look in Nigerian culture. The use of the intricate head wraps, paired with the vibrant colors of the fabrics truly created a stunning runway presentation. Check it out:
As you can see, Oakland Fashion Week 2018's Day Three, was an amazing showcase of a diverse group of emerging designers! One of my favorite aspects of Oakland Fashion Week is viewing the very much different fashion design aesthetics of each designer brand. Which was your favorite collection? Leave me a comment below!
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