So before the Villains scene in the Fashion for Philanthropy fashion show, a montage showed of clips of Disney villains that inspired the collection. The short montage was made by another Fordham University student, Brendan Banks! A couple of weeks before the show I sent him some clips that I really liked and that I thought portrayed the Villain I was trying to posses in my collection and Brendan knocked it out of the park. When I saw the montage for the first time I had chills because it was exactly what I wanted! He did such a great job and truly put the icing on the cake for my scene!
Check out the video below and you can also see some of his other projects too!
"I'ma rock this sh*t like fashion, as in going till they say stop." -Rihanna
My professional photos have arrived!!
My surprise guest, Mr. Corey Woods opening the scene.
Rosanna working the purple train!
Scharon, in one of my favorite dresses of the collection. When I first sketched this dress out, my mom told me it was going to look like something "Snooki" from the Jersey Shore would wear, but I proved her wrong. The dress was classic yet sexy at the same time, with the front fully covered, while the back was completely exposed.
Zaily in the striped mini dress!
Alexandra in the polka dotted dress with tulle peplum detail!
Lauren in the lime green pants and black corset! The pants fit her so well she asked me to make her a pair in navy blue :)
Annmarie in the infamous teal speckled blazer! My favorite piece of the collection besides the lime green tulle skirt.
Maddie in the fuscia wrap top and leather shorts! Girlfriend did the ultimate quick change after she modeled in the first couple of scenes, then performed with Flava during intermission, then had to get dressed and a hair/makeup change all within 10 minutes.
Leigha in the polka dotted mini dress with leather and tulle detailing on the shoulders!
The back of Leigha's dress!
Kara in the fuscia tulle skirt! I've decided I will be wearing this to the Under the Tent dance during Spring Weekend! :D
Ashton in the asymmetrical lime green dress! I don't have a picture of the back, but the straps criss-crossed leaving the back open. It looks so amazing on her.
Evangeline in the black leather dress with a one shoulder of pleated tulle and tulle detailing at the hem!
Michelle in the black leather and teal dress! Loves.
Kristin in the striped skirt and vest! The collar was very Maleficent inspired.
Madeline in the lime green tulle skirt!! I chose this picture so you could see the spider bracelet!
What you lookin' at Kris?
Oh Hayyyy! My parents friend almost crawled on stage to get those flowers to me, she's such a sweet heart! And as you can see I have such great stage presence, every picture of me my eyes are closed and my hand is over my face.
I make the clothes, not model them haha.
I'm doing a small photo shoot with my girls on Eddies/Keating Steps/ parading around the Bronx on Wednesday, April 28th, if you want to catch a peek! They will be shot by my friend Dan!
In this weeks The Ram for Fordham University is a great article about the show!!! Its really nothing but good feedback from the reporter and from the attendees! Vice President Molly McLoone [who's blog you can see here] and myself both got quoted in the article!
The FFP Fashion Show was AMAZING. What an exciting experience. I really didn't know I could be so nervous about something until 5 minutes before my girls walked out on the runway.
So I got to the Fordham University Rose Hill Gym at 2:30pm day of the show and immediately started doing hair and make-up on my girls. My sister did the make-up where she lined the girls eyes with thick black liner and then went over that with white liner. All the girls wore dark purple lipstick as well. I did most of the girls hair, which was poufed up on top, with slicked back sides and teazed pony tails. I'm so proud of this collection because of the idea that it was a complete family process down to every last detail.
Here are only a couple of pictures from a mobile phone because I haven't gotten my photos yet, but ENJOY!
Rosanna in the black dress with purple tulle train. Girlfriend worked it out!! It was hard to walk with that train because it kept on getting stuck to her shoes, but she made it work!
ANNMARIEEEEE! This blazer is getting sooo much buzz. Everyone is asking about it and it's all because AnnMarie worked. it. out. This piece was the most professional looking and the one I was most proud of because of how chic it looked. The print also made it pop.
Leigha in the black and purple polka dotted dress with leather shoulders! On the girls with short hair, we did a curly fohawk, Rihanna inspired of course.
Evangeline in the leather and pleated tulle dress. People have told me that she looked like a fem-bot in this dress, which is AMAZING. I've also gotten 4 orders for this dress. It's pure sex and rock and roll.
I DIEEEEEEEE. The beautiful Madeline in the green tulle skirt! I still get chills thinking about cueing her down the runway in this skirt. From my POV, it was an amazing experience to see this skirt in action and Madeline completely rocked the runway in it.
THE FINALE WALK!!! They literally looked like an Army of b*tches, exactly how I imagined it. LOVESSSSSS!!
This picture was taken right after the girls had walked the runway and we were all SO pumped. We all posed with the GAGA "Bad Romance" claws.
I feel so accomplished and proud of this collection. I've spend the last 3 months making the pieces for this show and when it came down to it, I wouldn't change one piece. The best part was that all of models got soooo into being evil and walked at the exact same pace. The show came together perfectly because of all of them. They really listened to my advice on walking, not smiling, and really FEELING like a villain.
More photos and a VIDEO are coming, so stay tuned.
AND, if you like what you see, I'm taking orders so get them in soon!
AHHH! We had a dress rehearsal last night and it went realllllllly well! On Tuesday I had a fitting and my music wasn't working with the theme I am going for [Villains], so I had to switch it up a little bit, but now it is killer!
I need to go over to the gym asap and help set up for the show, then go to my 1 o'clock class, then head back to the gym from 2:30pm to show time! A lot needs to get done before 7pm tonight, but I have not a doubt in my mind that the show will be great!
I have officially finished all 15 pieces of my Villains collection with 5 days to spare! I even made myself something to wear for the show :) My mom and I put this past weekend to good use by doing last minute things, such as hook-and-eye closures, hems, alterations, etc. Obviously I didn't make my Easter deadline but having some days to dedicate solely to fittings and finishing touches is a nice feeling.
Over the past 2 weeks I have spoke with Brendan, the montage coordinator, who is making a video to play before my scene of movie clips of certain villains that inspired my collection, such as Ursula, Maleficent, and the Evil Queen. I also met with the DJ, Richie, and we went over songs and the order for my scene. Everything seems to be in good shape, it's just getting all of my girls on the same schedule to have a complete practice and fitting.
Sorry, no picture this time! You'll just have to wait until the show on Friday.
So, I had my first fitting on Sunday with my models and it was better than imagined! There are very little alterations that I need to make to the dresses and other than that, everything else is looking really good on my girls! I had them try on the pieces that I chose for them and then took polaroid pictures with the accessories to have an idea of what looks good with certain pieces.
Sorry, the picture was taken from a cell phone.
It's officially April 1st, so that means only a little more than 2 weeks until the show! I still have 2 looks to finish, 3 if you include what I am going to wear.
This clutch is GENIUS. I found it on a blog today and had to stop and take a second look at this adorable, yet so clever little accessory. Maison Martin Margiela has just come out with this clutch made out of smashed pieces of reflectors, yes reflectors, those things that your mom made you put on your bike when you were little, so that people would see you in the dark. Who thinks of that! Only in the fashion industry would such an idea be praised!
The reflector pieces are attached in a mosaic pattern to a rather simple leather clutch. It's hard to tell if the pieces were actually smashed up or cut to fit perfectly onto the clutch, but honestly, I don't care, this thing screams adorable! This will add sparkle to any outfit, one that wants to get noticed of course ;)
Sorry, I know it's been awhile, but I had SERIOUS spring fever. The weather has been so nice!
Anyway, spring break is over and I completed 5 more looks! Just in one day, my mom and I made a dress, a pair of pants, and a vest. This officially means that all I have left to make is a dress, one more tulle skirt, and a cape (that will be worn by a 'special guest.')
Yesterday, a camera crew from my sisters production studio stopped by to film me and my mom constructed some pieces for a documentary of my lead up to the fashion show to post on this blog after the show! The crew is also coming to film the show, which I am really excited about. I will be able to show it along with my portfolio.
Here are some pictures of some new stuff that I have been working on!
This is a dress made out of the green crepe fabric that my mom found in a Hackensack fabric store. It matches the green tulle skirt perfectly. Here I was just making the back straps and pinning them onto the form for measurements. It doesn't quite fit the form because it's smaller to fit my model.
This is the first dress that I have made using the teal speckled fabric. I think the mixture of the leather and teal print looks phenomenal. Again, I'm still working on the construction on the straps, but the base and all is finished! I always leave the finishing touches for last, just in case I need to tailor them to fit my models.
This is just one side of a pair of pants that are now finished. They are made out of the same green crepe as the dress above. They are high-waisted and baggy in the thigh/knee area and then get skinner towards the ankle. I'm pairing it with a black corset that I have hanging around my closet. Don't you just love, love, love this color?
I'm running out of room on this rack!!! Here are all 12 of my looks. That pink and black striped piece is one of the pieces that I finished over break and is a party flare skirt with a black vest. The collar of the vest is made out of the pink and black striped fabric and stands seriously tall. It is quite the colorful collection, no?
I can't believe that I only have 3 looks to go! If all goes as planned I should be finished by Easter. After that is all of the final fittings and accessorizing. With officially 25 days until the show, I can't bare the excitement.
A dear friend of mine, Corey Woods, will be launching his much anticipated eye wear line on April 3, 2010. I have seen the collection and it is SUPREME.
There will be a digital unveiling of the entire summer 2010 collection on the YEROC Facebook page , the YEROC blog , the YEROC twitter , and the official YEROC website. It is strategically planned to be uploaded one piece per hour. There will also be an in-store exhibition at one of the many Sunglasses Hut stores, particularly La Galleria. Corey's well-known website Junglethief.com will provide an exclusive photo-packed feature.
Check out the sneak peek of the YEROC eyewear photoshoot here .
On March 13, 2010, the first pieces, named THE ICON, will be available for preorder .
Specifications of the ICON
-UVA and UVB technology infused in each lens.
-Undulating Brown lenses fitted in volcanic ash trimming
- sophisticated Hand-carved detailing
-Photoplex Technology (exclusive to only YEROC eyewear)
- 111 in the world, each with its own identification card and serial number.
-Python coated hard case with microfiber and suede interior.
Here is an exclusive look at the 'viewer' of THE ICON.
I will absolutely be rocking these, as will my models on the runway for the 'Villains' collection!!!
So after all of the fun of Fashion Week dies down MARKET begins. What is Market? For the Sales department of a fashion corporation, Market is the week after all of the fashion shows are over and the collections have been shown to the world where a schedule is made up of appointment, after appointment, with buyers of stores to show the collection in a more up close and personal environment. For fashion interns, like myself and my roommate Kristin, Market means being stuck in a closet with the dimension of 5' by 6'.
Here are the pictures to prove it.
That is Kristin and I stuck in our little closet. We did this for 4 days! 4 DAYS PEOPLE. During the appointments, the sales directors give us looks of clothing from the showroom that we have to dress the model with in a certain order. On a good day, there are 3 appointments at a time, each wanting to see different looks. So including the model, that makes 3 people stuck in this closet with clothes being thrown all over the place.
If you want to work in the fashion industry you have to start somewhere, and for me and Kristin, that somewhere is this closet.
The 2010 Oscar's took place last night in Hollywood at the Kodak Theater and ABC almost didn't allow people to watch it... FAIL. The Oscar Red Carpet is the event I look forward to during every award season obviously because of the amazing designer gowns! Here are some of my choices for best dressed of the night!
Maggie Gyllenhaal opted for a vibrantly printed Dries Van Noten gown paired with Fred Leighton jewelery. Personally, I am all about taking risks and when better to do so then at the Oscars! Maggie was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role but lost to MoniQue in 'Precious.'
Ohhh Meryl, how I love you so, she can do no wrong. The 'Julie & Julia' star wore a white, low cut, Chris March gown with a Swarovski clutch.
"And the Oscar goes to... SANDY BULLS." Sandra Bullock, who won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, wore a Marchesa gown with a touch of red lips. I did love this dress, but it bothered me that the crystals were only on one shoulder, but SHE WON, so it doesn't really matter what I think.
SJP stole my heart in this Chanel gown. The daring back straps were so intriuging, but leave to the 'Sex and The City' star to lead the night as best dressed.
Vera Farmiga, star of 'Up In The Air', opted for a hot pink Marchesa gown. I love the volume and color of this dress!
And last, but certaintly not least, Jennifer Lopez looking jaw droppingly beautiful in this gorgeous Armani Prive`.
Ah, what I would do to dress one of these ladies for an event like the Oscars. One day...
This is the first day in a while that I feel like I'm actually making a lot of progress with the 'Villains' collection. I officially have 8 pieces done and the dress that I finished today actually took my breath away. FFP held model practice earlier where I fitted three outfits on girls and surprisingly, they all fit!! That makes my job much easier.
My mom also found the perfect lime green crepe fabric that matches the lime green tulle! I had been looking for a fabric like it for weeks and she went into one store and found it within seconds. I would seriously be nothing without her. I'm adding two more printed fabrics to the collection as well. One, a thick black and pink striped stretch cotton, and the other is a teal and black speckled cotton. The collection is getting even more colorful that I imagined and I can't wait to get to work on it and have it grow over Spring Break!!!
I've actually updated this dress since I took this picture, but I've added purple tulle inside these two layers of leather on the shoulders. It fits my model (aka my roomie Kristin) like a glove! :)
I'm so excited to continue to work on this collection. Watching it grow on my rack is making me more and more anxious to show people the collection, but sorry, I have to keep the best of it under wraps. I do want some of it to be a surprise!
I was finally old enough to legally attend Hoboken St. Patrick's Day festivities and boy was it one hell of a day. At 10AM, we started the day off at the bar Lana where we met up with some of my sisters friends from college. Then made our way over to meet up with some of my friends who I graduated high school with. We party hopped for a couple of hours, where I marked my territory with green chalk on every brick wall I saw.
After the parties, I headed back to meet up with my sister. I found her galavanting around the street outside of Lana, where she decided to stop and buy everything she could afford from a street vendor who was selling all St. Patty's gear.
"I'll take that trumpet, the boobies, andddddd that dog."
We took a nice stroll where she decided to stick the dog in my face every five minutes...
We proceeded back into Lana and finished the day with a dance off with my sisters friends where the best picture of the day was taken....
Fun Fact: That tulle bow I made out of the extra green tulle from my 'Villains' Collection and I sewed that green sequined bow onto the Minnie Mouse ears for my sister!
Overall, a fabulous day with amazing people, lots of drinks and great weather.