Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Next Chapter

After almost three years I am bittersweetly saying goodbye to Marc Jacobs. At the most recent dinner, without disclosing any insider secrets, all I will say is that I am certainly leaving in a blaze of glory. I love everyone in this company and I will miss seeing them everyday, it really is one big family. All that is really changing is I wont be a co-worker anymore, but I'm know our friendships will continue.

I did receive one hell of a parting gift (see previous post)

I am taking a job with Betsey Johnson as Assistant Designer. I am so excited to get started. This is a big step in my life.

Let the Next Chapter Begin!

Papa Got A Brand New Bag

My Going Away Gift from MJI/LVMH

Click Here for Details

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I'm in Barneys

Did I mention My Portrait by Richard Haines is hanging in Barneys Mens? No? Well, it is.

(Bottom Right)

Photo Credit: Richard Haines

Friday, November 20, 2009

When it Rains, It Pours

It's been an interesting month, as the title to this post suggests, when it rains, it truly does pours.

Without giving away too much, because I still don't know of any outcomes, this is what I've been up late working on the past few days.

I haven't worked on anything like this in quite some time, it felt amazing. We'll see what happens next and where this will take me.

Disclaimer: These were just to show off my technical abilities, not my design sense/taste.

Vintage Find

Found these at Stella Dallas in Brooklyn with Gavin, the perfect find after a fun day with a new friend.

My New Favorite Shoes

Friday, November 6, 2009

Winter Reading

Here it goes.

I read the entire Twilight Saga in one month.
I am not embarrassed to say so.
I am equally unembarrassed in my admission that I loved every word on every page.
I believe it is a wonderful love story.
I will see every movie.
I will even try to get cast in the last one, even if it means flying to Oregon and waiting in line with thousands of screaming teenage girls.
I repeat, I am not embarrassed.

Thank you Stephenie Meyer.

Ok so that's out of the way. Post Twilight Saga, I found myself wanting to read more. I was amiss when I found myself unable to relate to the classical literature references in Ms. Meyers books. (I didn't exactly do my reading in High School, I was too busy in the art room). So I went out and bought Emily Brontë's Wurthering Heights. I figure no time like the present for a little reeducation. This should keep me busy for a while.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One Last One from Halloween

The Girls from Margiela and the Boys from Marc by Marc Jacobs pay homage to the Goddesses of Fashion

Ginny Branch Stelling as Lynn Yaeger, Jamie as Anna Wintour, Waylon as Anna Wintour and Myself as Carine Roitfeld

It was a fun day at work!
Richard Haines, the super talented man who I'm privileged to call a friend stopped by my work today. In the hustle and bustle of things I had to run an errand and was unable to say goodbye before he had to go. He left me a sketch, small and simple but completely made my day.

Richard, You're the Best! Thank you.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween

The Atmosphere

Bathroom Mirror

Me and Madeleine Both in Jackets Designed and Made by Myself

Oh What a Night.... Enough Said.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Commission

My good friend, Madeleine commissioned me to create a jacket for her Matador Halloween Costume. Here's a few pictures from the process. The final outcome is pretty amazing if I do say so myself. Hopefully I'll get a few photos.

Madeleine's Matador Jacket

Rapunzel's Golden Thread

Sleeve Detailing Coming Together. Literally Made it up as I went Along.

The Not Quite Finished Piece... Still had 36 Gilded Buttons to Sew to the Bodice. You Get the Idea.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Put a Ring on It

For all my hard work I did during the month of September, I treated myself to something special. I've always wanted something with diamonds, there's something about their indestructibility, creation and romance. I will have this forever.

The photo definitely doesn't do it justice. Just a modest band, masculine, nothing too extravagant, in a word, Perfect.

A Day at the Met

Some inspirational looks from the classical European painting galleries.

Jesus sure can work a man-drape!

After a few hours roaming the Met I took a nice sunset stroll through Central Park, I even fed some koi fish in the pond.

It was a very relaxing day, long overdue.

Fashion Week

The Marc Shows

The Madness Leaving the Armory

Me and the Masses at the After Party


It's all just a blur now!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Settling Down

I have tomorrow and the next day off I promise to update/recap/continue the blog.

Until then, what a sweet surprise to wake up to in the morning.
Flowers from Abby, a small gesture that will keep me smiling all day!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Only Because..

Literally My Blood (multiple needle pricks), sweat (hot apartment) and tears (reference blood) went into the production of this garment am I publishing first shots of my statement jacket before it's debut tomorrow at Marc's Show.

4 days in the making, I don't suggest ever attempting a leather lapel, let alone the sleeves I constructed (24 pattern pieces each, 48 in total).

Here he is... The bad guys from the original Christopher Reeves Superman movie don't have anything on me!

From this...

To this...

Wait until you see the final look!

Finally a little sleep! Oh wait... still need to make the bag....pout!

P.S. Made of 7 Lamb Skins (Sorry PETA), Silk Satin Lining and some shimmery thready fabric I had laying around.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fashion Week Part One

Woof... I had made a pact with myself that in the weeks leading up to fashion week I would conserve funds, time and energy to work on my ensemble for the Marc shows. Well it's been 3 weeks with no day off and about a week and a half of going out every night. First it was Grainne's short but sweet visit home which included nights of fondue at the Bourgeoise Pig and belting out show tunes ate Maries Crisis. I got to hang out with her everyday she was back in NYC and wouldn't have traded it for the world. Then it was pre-fashion week parties all over town including Atelier (lots of beautiful fashion vampires), Number Nine's farewell party and of course Fashion's Night Out. But don't let me fool you, I'm not that cool, I was a Plus 1 to all of them.

So now we are just days from the Marc shows and my garments are still in muslin pieces pinned to my dress-form.

It's go time, So my plan is to get up early, hit up Belraf Fabrics in my neighborhood, buy all my final fabrics, head to work, work until 8, come home and knock it all out. One statement jacket and bag shouldn't take all night.... maybe.

I'm so tired, but the city's energy keeps me going.

Updates to to follow.

I love New York, I love Fashion Week.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Revisions Revisions

Re-working the sleeve-folds, I like them better matching the angle of the lapel.

Just under 2 weeks to go.

Im thinking leather.

Sneak Peek

Now I normally don't show off what I'm working on before its finished and already made it's debut, but I'm really excited for this piece. This is just a rough muslin, the basic shape, still have lots of design details to work out. Hopefully I'll be wearing it to Marc's Collection Show.

The final fabrics, embellishments and trim are yet to be decided upon, and since September is going to be particularly busy for me, all the fabric shopping has to be done early before work and all the designing, cutting, and sewing are done at night.

Happy September, Happy Fashion Week.
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