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.
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 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.