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Houston Shoot Week 2014 – A Black and White Affair

Alright.. so if I hadn’t already spammed everyone with what little photos I have from the past collection and runway show.. I’m about to do it again. Here is hopefully my last attempt at selling my stuff.

So.. Houston Shoot Week 2014 was held July 26th at the House of Dereon and was put together by Touche Studios.

There were many battles leading up to the day of the show (moving apartments, hula competition, no funds for fabric, runway coaches that do not like me and event coordinators that have ulterior motives) but all in all the show was success. I was the first designer to present, so my segment went quickly and I felt that my collection looked professional, sexy, cute, naughty girl next door and all of that jazz. For the time constraint I was under, I was very proud.

This event challenged me not only mentally but physically as well. I had to make the choice to either keep me word, while running up against a deadline, not paying my bills and using what little money I had to buy fabric in hopes of getting a bit further in this fashion world, and to hopefully also sell some of the pieces.. OR..breaking my word, letting people down… but at least I’d have groceries. Obviously you know which side I chose, and I am proud to say that I was able to show 13 pieces, when 2 days before I had nothing to show for the event. If I were to be put in that same circumstance again.. I would have chosen groceries… because still nothing has sold.

Here is what I don’t get… and please enlighten me if you know something that I do not.

You go to Victoria’s Secret and spend $98 on ONE bra.. made over sea’s.. and poor quality. This is not a one in a million bra.. this is a… half of the women you meet in your life has bought this .. bra. People aren’t being pair fairly and the quality is cheap…. yet we still do it.

I on the other hand.. live in your city. I only buy materials that are sourced from small businesses in YOUR CITY. I hand make everything myself, and more often than not I do all custom work. I spend countless hours making sure everything not only fits properly (the most important) but that it also will not come apart.. BUT.. let’s say it does… IM IN YOUR CITY.. you can just call me to fix it. You get a chance to see me face to face, to deal with YOUR WON FASHION DESIGNER directly… that’s a luxury most people will never have.

Did I mention that all of my pieces are ONE OF A KIND… that’s right ladies.. I never make the same thing twice. So, while I ship things all over the world.. if you are wearing one of my creations… YOU ARE ONE IN 6 BILLION.. you are special.. and you are the only one with that exact piece… need I remind you that you get to deal with me directly.

SO…. then why is $200 too much for a 4 piece outfit that can be worn multiple ways?

I don’t get it.. I truly don’t.

But this is why we have a million Forever 21’s that produce disposable clothing.

Do you know why they call it that? Because it’s not made to last more than one season.. unless of course you take amazing care of it…. which is rare for a lot of people. It also clutters our landfills, promotes big business polluting our environment with harmful dyes, AND takes that creative person you have in your life… that one that creates things you’ve never seen… that no one has.. and it forces them to quit their craft.

Why can’t we live within out communities more, support thy neighbor and to stop looking like everyone else..

 

You were born to stand out… so do it already. 

 

… and with that… I conclude my ranting issues with photos from the last collection. I hope you enjoy them. Please share with your friends.

 

Also….. I am fully aware that I started out stating one thing.. and finishing in a completely different area.. yea.. I do that… AND.. this is not just clothing related.. it pertains to all things local.. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS.. and be kind to each other. We all have to share this same earth.

 

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Lovely Little Memories + advice to those who care

Ever google yourself just for fun? Well.. I wont lie.. I do it sometimes just to see what comes up (sometimes I end up laughing and sometimes I have to do some damage control). While on one of my routine google sessions I found a little blog post written by a  friend of mine, fellow fashionista and blogger, Miss Modelina Michelle .

It reminded me of how I was feeling at the time, still just starting out. Not knowing how to sell, still learning how to construct dresses. Granted I still don’t know what I am doing… but I’m learning everyday.

If there was one piece of advice that I could give to aspiring fashion designers it would be to NEVER TAKE OTHER PEOPLE’S ADVICE.. (not even mine) unless of course you honestly believe that they are right.

Here is what I know.

Everyone will try to tell you what you should be doing (whether you ask them to or not.. usually not), they are constantly going to be telling you how to design, how to sew, what colors to choose and how you should be running your business. Lastly they will be trying to take advantage of you day after day…no matter how much you try to avoid it. They will think that you are naive (I was…. still am) and try to get you to make free things in exchange for other items or just free things trying to tell you that they will promote you. Now if you’re lucky… you will run into real people who find you to be simply amazing in your design work and who will actually help you, connect you with the right people and actually help sell your stuff… and if your unlucky (like I have been more than not) you will have people who promise to help you, promise to promote you, take handfuls of your business cards and never ever.. NEVER actually promote you. Or if they do, you will never actually get a single call or client send from them. Sadly, only time will tell which of people you meet will help you or use you….. welcome to the f*ing design club.. please make sure it is worth it before you up-root your life to take on fashion design as a profession.

Ok so the good side of it…. you get a chance to turn someone’s day around. They come to you feeling down about they way they look.. needing a pick-me-up that only you can provide and you serve up a piping hot dish of confidence with a side of ego. I’m sorry but there is nothing better than that for me and my clients are the reason I keep doing this, dealing with the deadlines, never sleeping , never eating and never having time to make myself look fabulous. Don’t lie to me.. I know that I always look  “ok” but never well put together… let’s face it.. I’m f*ing tired..

…….and it’s 12:15a.m. and I’m covering a shift for a co-worker tomorrow…

Want to know something about honey? Just ask away.. I am a freaking honey connoisseur… and don’t even get me started on they health benefits of Bee Pollen.

Ciao

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