THE COLLECTION CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR*
*Vibrant, loved & happy.
10 looks - 16 pieces
Accessories Block printed purses & laser cut earrings.
Inspired by CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR was inspired by my relationship with my 96 year old friend Ilona Royce Smithkin. She and I share a color theory based understanding of color. However, our appreciation of color goes far beyond the easel. One can view the world in black and white, in a very bland way, or in full COLOR. We share a saturated point of view. It is this vibrant perspective that I tried to convey through the print design, color, textile work and silhouettes.
Key Pieces The printed velvet applique on the block printed mesh blue maxi dress in Look 3 was an integral technique in the collection. The screen printed and hand painted extended seam allowance canvas jacket (made from repurposed army duffle bags) look 8, was a key piece that added contrast, with painted raw edges and a larger silhouette, to my feminine collection.
The Process I developed prints based on eyes, as Ilona draws eyes, and they also represent how we see the world and take in color. I then worked with these motifs to both flat pattern and drape these pieces. I further worked into contrasting fabrics, like richer silks and velvets juxtaposed with less expensive meshes and nylons. This tension furthered my “Conversation” in Color.
The Customer A strong woman.
What’s one moment or time in your thesis journey that you’ll always remember? The last moment before, I presented in, panel my two gorgeous models, Ashley and Jackie, were dressed and smiling and dancing around in my clothes. Someone said, “Your clothes make people happy”. That is all I needed – that is why I do it!
**Colorful, spirited & strong.
What stores would you like to see your work in? Barney's or Dover Street Market.
Which brands would you like to work for? Proenza Schouler, Mara Hoffman, Missoni, Emilio Pucci, Marni, Marimekko.
When you’ve had a bad day what keeps you going? Writing a list of the things I accomplished that day – be them as small as making breakfast. Looking at what I did do, rather than focusing on all the things that went wrong, often helps.
What items can be found on you at all times? Sketchbook, tea bags, lucky pennies, stamps and postcards..
What are you addicted to? Yoga.
What did you Google last? Cauliflower rice.
What is the last thing you took a photo of? My Mini Rex bunny, Mochi.
What’s next? Based on popular demand, I’ve begun selling my accessories to privately individuals and stores. I am currently interviewing for both print design positions and women’s wear positions at a variety of design houses.
Photography: Luis Corzo
Model: Ashley Mingot
Makeup: Valerie Segal
Stylist: Jane Schneider