Special thanks to Studio 688 for featuring the collaborative process behind the development of our Spring/Summer 2015 Signature Print! Hop on over HERE to read the rest.
This year, I was so excited to be chosen as an Emerging Designer at Birmingham Fashion Week and given the opportunity to showcase some of my favorite Dilettante Collection pieces on the runway both Friday and Saturday nights!
Currently in its 5th season, BFW aims to bring unify the community through fashion and also hopes to promote and inspire rising Southern fashion industry talent. The event is spearheaded by dynamo and wedding dress designer extraordinaire Heidi Elnora, (of Project Runway, and TLC's Bride by Design fame).
I shared my mood board and inspirations with the girls, showed them the collection sketches and then we watched the "Behind the Scenes" video. Then, the girls got to touch all of the different textured fabrics used in the collection (which, hands down, was their favorite part) and got to see some of the finished pieces.
A few weeks ago, I had the special privilege of being invited to speak to the St. Mary's Senior Kindergarten class as part of their Kid Town project. The girls work for a couple weeks setting up different "businesses" and learning about different jobs and I was invited by the "boutique girls" to speak about being a fashion designer!
Over the course of many months, I collected a variety of interesting fabrics from New York, Dallas, Nashville, and everywhere in between. When I started putting them together onto my mood board, it became clear that I was drawn to intriguing textures and details. Ultimately, my goal was to design several wearable pieces but also to create some "wow" pieces for the runway, so in order to make the entire collection cohesive, I limited my palette to blush, nude, and orchid.
Then, once the inspiration and fabrics were chosen, I illustrated each look and my collection came to life.
What do levitating dancers, Renaissance art, flowers, sunrises, and a Taylor Swift song all have in common? Somehow they all mixed, mingled, and tumbled around in my brain to emerge as my Spring/Summer '15 Collection, "The New Romantics!"
When designing a new collection, I start off by creating a mood board which helps to distill all of my thoughts and ideas into a cohesive vision. I combined prints of inspirational images, like the movement of dancers and the light of sunrises, with fabric swatches on my studio wall to focus [my creativity] on while working.