The responses to my latest collection, entitled "It Girl", have been amazing. I found that I blended trending items (printed suits), with classic wearables (basic blouse) and my signatures (geometric prints, tomato red) and they made for a cohesive, sellable collection.
The printed suit was such a showstopper at my Portland show, that I carried it into my NYFW collection. It will be available on my store site, oneimaginarygirl.com, as well as a few boutiques around the west coast.
And because I am all about "statement separates", take a close look at the coat. I designed the print, and had it hand woven in the USA. Seeing my visions come to life in jacquard is a new and amazing feeling.
Suitcase Laundry + Me
Just a bunch of fearless women getting together and photographing rad clothes. So honored and flattered to be a part of this awesome session! What a great feeling to have like minded creatives to get excited for your work! Pinks and polkadots- a few of my favourite things.
Hopefully there will be more where that came from. Check out the rest of the work here!
Photographer- Caileigh Gale
I think that the mind of a print/textile designer works differently than any other creatives. I am constantly sketching, and every so often, a fragment of some rough I was working on will jump out at me. I repeat and tesselate the piece in so many different colors and sizes, and before I get to the point of over thinking the although striking, but simple design, I already have 20 yards of fabric in the mail.
Much like a set-upon color story, once my print idea is sketched out, collection cohesion comes pretty easy after that. I really like the simple geometric piece that turned into a versatile print, and with 3 bright color combos, it was fun and fast to add solid colored fabrics and less, well, loud prints into the mix.
This is the first collection where not only did I create 100% of the prints, but I created an almost sequin like textile from broken record shards. The dress was made out of random pieces held together by gold jump chain, and took me-well, let's not talk about the time. The result was better than I ever expected! And according to my models, not nearly as heavy as it looks.
Knowing a full dress out of vinyl might not be appropriate for every occasion, I then made a mini skirt, that again, looks like sequins. The shine and reflection give the skirt it's unique appeal, while the color brings versatility.
I guess this is my favorite collection.
I guess Capsule is just another word for small, when it comes to fashion design. Below is the first injection of my Fall/Winter private label collection for my store, One Imaginary Girl.
Comprised of vintage fabrics and mysterious cotton prints picked up in Japan, this collection takes my love of color and classic silhouettes, and mixes in what has become my signature style details- unique color blocking (or, color bricking as I call it) and interesting (and super time consuming!) shapes.
The collection is currently produced in house, and the upcoming pieces will be produced on a larger scale- but always will be american made.
These photos were shot on film by Cully Wright, and I love the grain and other artistic elements that can only truly be captured in print.
I could write a novel about my experience of being on a critically acclaimed, Emmy award winning talent competition- but I guess you will have to wait for the book.
To summarize- I was chosen out of THOUSANDS of people to participate in Project Runway season 15. That's a pretty great justification of my portfolio. I will say, that I didn't produce my best work with the INSANE time limits, but I am definitely proud of my overall time on the show. My favourite piece was definitely the pink skirt with the hand sewn, plastic flowers-that is some real quick couture.
And the more I look at that bikini, the cuter it gets.
Saturated pastel- before they were cool. I had a great team of color enthusiasts and resourceful women who made our humble shoot look like a major commercial campaign.
Archives 2- Fall 2011
Still one of my favourite collections. Soft florals with sexy sheers, tied together with a bold colour scheme. Has a very timeless feeling, and I still have some of these silhouettes in my lineup today. Black, white and red never go out of style.