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Q&A with FashioNXT Emerging Designer Winner

The designer behind the new line Minnie Opal has garnered a heap of attention as the winner of the UpNXT competition as well as being awarded the Portland Fashion & Style Awards Best Emerging Designer. Her style blends a mix of Edwardian lace notions and 1960s mod A-line silhouettes in one-of-a-kind pieces that employ salvaged “upcycled” textiles such as antique doilies, fringe, and colorful vintage prints.

I caught up with Franklin for a Q&A about her new line and what direction she plans on taking following all these sudden accolades.

Can you tell us a little bit about your design process?

I like to drape to get a feel for what [the fabric] can do. My designs always come to life on my dress form. I rarely use patterns, but have been successful making patterns from scratch. Its definitely evolving my designs in a new way and I look forward to adding more ready to wear to my collections.

How did it feel to win the UpNxt competition? How do you think it will change/effect your clothing company?

Winning the Upnxt competition was amazing. FashioNXT was all I thought about and worked toward for this last year. The competition has definitely helped me become a better designer. Competing against individuals with great talent always pushes one to do and be better. Oscar Dominic and I became fast friends and the People’s Choice award couldn’t have gone to a better person. With the win being so fresh, I’m not sure how it will change or affect my company. I am excited to see how this will propel and inspire me.

Overall I want to remain in step with my priorities of sustainable fashion and creating clothing that is inspired by individuals. I want to add as much beauty to the world with as little of a footprint as possible. I’m just going to keep being me and designing from the heart. If people like it—great!

Can you tell us a little bit about your re-brand from “Tattered Tailor” to “Minnie Opal” and why you decided to do that?

Rebranding myself came about for a few reasons. Primarily, I didn’t feel I had room to grow with the name “The Tattered Tailor.” I’ve grown as a designer so much this last year and wanted a name that spoke to that growth, was more sophisticated, and didn’t pigeon hole me into a specific design ascetic. True to my brand and priorities, I wanted something that had meaning and a vintage appeal, so I used my two great grandmothers’ names. Minnie Messer and Opal Connor.

What were your inspirations for the winning collection, and who are your style inspirations in general?

The fabrics are the cornerstone of my collections. I never know what I’m going to make until I start pulling materials and draping them. With the fabrics in place I was motivated by the competition.

Everyday people living life is another fundamental inspiration for me. That feeling you get when you look at an individual person. It could be the little old lady walking down the street or the 8-year-old who clashes to perfection. When I make custom orders for people I let them help inspire my design. I like to get to know the people I make clothes for. I want my designs to accentuate and compliment who they are as individuals.

For this collection, I hand beaded “Nevertheless She Persisted” on my vest and jacket. That phrase was a touchstone for me throughout creating these pieces. My woman is strong, independent, and romantic. I wanted to portray that in this collection. I believe in women empowerment and will always encourage other women to succeed and grow.

What direction do you see your clothing company going?

I definitely want to stay along the lines of sustainable fashion. Using vintage, antique materials, and end-of-bolt fabrics. Fast fashion is so detrimental to our planet and I want to offer an alternative. I want to make sustainable high fashion and definitely think I’m on the right track.

Where can customers access your designs?

People can find my designs locally at Anne Bocci Boutique & Gallery in the Pearl, The Fernie Brae Gallery on Hawthorne and Artisan Avenue Marketplace on 23rd Ave in Northwest You can also shop my designs on line at minnieopal—and at the moment I’m still using Etsy for my international and more “fairy centric” customers. Eventually that will also be changed over.

Lastly, I’ve been planning to rebuild a step van with all repurposed materials into a traveling fashion shop. So be on the lookout for that! I plan on doing a cross country tour in 2019 with my new shop.Read more at:white formal dresses | blue formal dresses

Jason Wu Marks 10 Years by Designing Limited-Edition Series of Dolls

A Jason Wu doll for Bergdorf Goodman.Returning to his roots in more than one way, Jason Wu is marking the 10th anniversary of his signature fashion label with five limited-edition dolls for select retailers.

Before he became an internationally recognized name, Wu started in design, making high-fashion collectible dolls for Integrity Toys’ Fashion Royalty brand in 2000. This time, he has decked out five dolls in miniature versions of runway looks from his archives. After selling out the first doll via Net-a-porter, the designer is unveiling two more with Bergdorf Goodman on Friday. But those two — one with a striped silk sweater and gaberdine pants and another with a gold lace embroidered blouse and silk chiffon skirt — have already sold out. “They don’t ever really have time on the shelves,” Wu said. “It’s really fun to seeing people have such a great reaction to it.”

Reproducing an exact replica of something that is full-size into a miniature silhouette was “definitely a skill” that Wu had to tap back into to translate the look, he said. “But the point of this project was that it was actually fun and really authentic to me and where I came from.”

Wu has designed customized dolls for Bergdorf’s in the past, as well as for Colette and other stores. Nordstrom will introduce the fifth doll in January. There are 200 units of each of the five dolls — all of which carry $225 price tags. “It’s a nice, fun and kind of tongue-in-cheek way to celebrate my new 10th anniversary by mixing the two together. Selling to retailers that usually don’t sell dolls seemed like an interesting way to encapsulate my career as a whole,” the designer said. “At a time when retail is changing, it’s important to offer things that are interesting. Also, around the holidays gift-giving is a big thing.”Read more at:www.marieaustralia.com | short formal dresses australia

CFDA, The Wall Group Host Celebrity Stylist Panel in L.A.

In the second of two bicoastal panels organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and The Wall Group, celebrity stylists Elizabeth Stewart, Karla Welch and Ilaria Urbinati convened at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles on Monday for the panel “Today’s Image Makers: The Relationship Between Stylist and Designer.”

Moderated by Melissa Magsaysay, the panel explored the changing role of the celebrity stylist, and how they work with myriad designers hoping to get their clothes and accessories on stars on the red carpet.

“We’re really like mini magazines now,” said Stewart, who started her career as a fashion editor at Fairchild Publications and The New York Times. “My assistants do what a market editor would do at a magazine, and we are creating content when we create looks for our clients.”

What used to be a behind-the-scenes job has morphed into one where the stylist, via social media, shares behind-the-curtain glimpses of readying clients for the red carpet, as well as his or her point of view on everything from fashion to politics.

“Would you ever dress Melania Trump?” asked one person in the audience. “No. Absolutely not,” said Welch and Stewart. “She buys her own clothes,” said Stewart.

The women also discussed the best ways for designers to reach them. “If you send me an e-mail with a PDF that has pictures and information, that’s the best way. No Dropbox links. And I need to be able to see the clothes. No artistic look books,” said Urbinati.

All three stylists stressed the amount of product and the lack of time, so cutting to the chase was key. “We’d love to be able to have lunches and teas with designers, but in reality we don’t have time,” said Welch, who often discovers new lines via Instagram and direct messages designers.

They also cautioned against designers being too choosy or having unrealistic expectations when it comes to connecting with A-list actors. “Trust us, it pays to start relationships with up-and-comers because one day they will be famous,” said Stewart. She suggested that new designers “let a piece live in my showroom for a while. It will find the right home.”Read more at:formal dresses online australia | short formal dresses

Why Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee is ready to show his ‘Sabya look’ to the world

It is hard to believe that Sabyasachi Mukherjee is shy. The celebrated Indian designer was in Hong Kong last week to launch his highly anticipated ready-to-wear capsule collection with Lane Crawford (his first after a long hiatus) and unveil his recent collaboration with shoe designer Christian Louboutin. During his short trip in the city he met the media and customers, was feted at various cocktails and dinners, and even partied at nightclub Petticoat Lane.

“Believe it or not, I am a massive introvert,” he says. “I’m great at public speaking or doing interviews, but sit me down with eight people and I am terrified. A lot of us who are very dedicated to craft never make an effort to be social. I go to work at 7am and come back home at 1am. I think I have been successful because I have a very detached view on fashion. I am an outsider.”

Outsider or not, success has come in droves for Mukherjee since he first appeared on the fashion scene in 1999. The Calcutta native, who boasts 1.2 million followers on Instagram, has dressed everyone from Bollywood starlets like Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra to society girls and politicians.

His designs are revered by Indian brides, who dream of wearing one of his embellished creations on their big day. His boutiques have become meccas for fans looking to bask in his nostalgic take on beauty. Such is his fame that he is often referred to by his first name, much like Oprah, Adele and Madonna (the latter also happens to be one of his favourite singers).

After 18 years of operations in India, however, the designer is ready for a new challenge.

“Many Indian designers don’t go beyond their comfort zone,” he says. “In India I am a super-celebrity but when I travel no one knows who I am. For me it’s exciting to be given an opportunity to start somewhere else. This collection with Lane Crawford just happened so easily. When you just do beautiful things that you believe in, you don’t look for your destiny, it just comes to you.”

Serendipity is a word that Mukherjee uses frequently when talking about his past. Calling himself the black sheep of the family, he first studied medicine, before giving it up to pursue economics (only to drop out later).

He eventually enrolled at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Delhi, where he was awarded various scholarships, including one to Parsons School of Design in New York (he never went). Intrigued by textiles, he secured an apprenticeship at a small printing factory and later interned in the archives and ateliers of Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaia, and at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

“While at the museum someone suggested I start exploring the Indian archives, which is where I really started to understand the importance of textiles. It surprised me that so much of what we had available in India was mediocre, yet these archives showcased the incredible craft we had at our doorstep. It was from this simple point of view that I built my business,” he says.

Mukherjee decided to base his atelier in Calcutta, starting with only three artisans. Collection after collection, he began showcasing the best of India’s textile traditions and handicrafts: from block prints and weaves to dyes and embroideries, on old-world silhouettes imbued with a sense of modesty, strictness and romance. It was a style that had never been seen before and it was not long before the “Sabya look” was revolutionising the way Indian women dressed.

“India is such a strong patriarchal society that many women are left with confidence issues. I wanted to tell women that it’s OK to be whatever they want. This triggered an emotional connection with so many – I am not defining women but giving them the power to define themselves,” he says.

Mukherjee’s brand also handed back power to another group of disenfranchised people: the craftsmen of India, many of whom were on the verge of disappearing.

Today he employs 3,900 full-time workers who do everything from embroidery and printing to dyeing and steaming. At any given time he also employs 37,000 contractors from across the country to create every fabric or piece of clothing by hand.

“I don’t do a collection like other designers do. For me I am a cook whose menu is dependent on the produce of the day. Depending on what craft I am working on, I build a collection around it. What I do is modernise the craft without over-modernising it so it loses context. I’m a bridge between past and future,” he says.

While many brands tout craftsmanship as one of their values, for Mukherjee it is the foundation upon which his entire business is based.

“What’s going on in India is crazy. Take for example Patan Patola, which is an amazing skill which came out of Gujarat. You would need to be a mathematical genius to weave that fabric. Just to weave a sari takes an entire family one and a half years to complete. There used to be 150 people that specialised in this 10 years ago, now there are three.

“What my brand does is make it commercially viable for people to continue their craft and tradition. Our motto in the company is that if a machine can do the work of 10 people, kill the machine and hire the 10 people. For our bridal outfits alone we employ 35 to 40 people for two months to make one outfit. We make 9,000 bridal outfits a year. That’s a lot of employment,” he says.

Now that Mukherjee has spread his message across India, he has his sights set on the rest of the world. The Lane Crawford collection is the first step in showcasing the best of India’s artisans, and hopefully more are to come.

“I stay in fashion for a singular reason. If a mum wears something beautiful and the daughter wants to know more about it, we are creating craft awareness through generations. I’ve done what I’ve had to do in India, but now it’s important to carry the story to the rest of the world,” he says.

“It’s about time the world got clued into what real luxury is. The future of luxury is anything that’s time-bound and sensitive. A lot of us consume products but we feel a bit vacuous afterwards. You have to consume – otherwise, there is no economy – but [we should] consume knowing that somewhere else a child can go to school. It makes a world of difference.”Read more at:sexy formal dresses | plus size formal dresses

Phuong My fashions head to Dubai

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(Photo:formal dresses brisbane)Her collection features 30 designs in pink, white and pastel using quality silk, lace and linen. Her show will appear on the catwalk on November 17.

The AFW is organised by the Arab Fashion Council, which organises the New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week.

The five-day event will open on November 15, featuring the latest collections by veteran and young fashion designers and popular brand names in the region.

Born in HCM City, My moved to live in the US when she was 13 years old.

She graduated from the Academy of Art University in California and Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

She began her career after winning the top prizes at two prestigious contests, Are You Runway Ready and Discarded to Divine Project, launched in New York and San Francisco in 2010.

She has worked for key fashion magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

In 2013, My returned to her home city to develop her business by launching her own brand Phuong My.

She quickly rose to fame after her brand Phuong My was invited to collaborate with Bulgari at their store opening in March 2013 in Hanoi.

She later opened her flagship store in HCM City.

Her brand’s fabric production is entirely outsourced to select partners in Paris, Milan and Hong Kong, thus providing the optimum blend of both materials and exclusivity that has proven to be her goal:

“Being a part of the global fashion scene, I don’t create fashion, I create dreams,” she said.

My has attended leading fashion events at home and abroad, including the Viet Nam Fashion Week, Tokyo Fashion Fuse and New York Fashion Week.

She has collaborated with dozens of boutiques stores, stylists and magazines in the Americas and Europe, such as My Beautiful Dressing from Paris, Club Magazine in Venezuela, Vogue-UK and Vogue-Italia to expand her brand.

Her shops in District 1 and 3 offer more than a hundred eye-catching designs and accessories for women and have been well received by both Vietnamese and foreign customers.Read more at:formal dress shops

Heineken invests in African creativity

Global beer brand, Heineken has unveiled its first Africa inspired fashion collection co-created with talented African designers at Lagos Fashion and Design week as part of its ‘Open Design Explorations’, a global co-creation programme that connects emerging creatives and gives them a platform to showcase their talent.

In collaboration with Africa’s hottest emerging design talent, Lulu Mutuli and Azra Walji, Heineken launched its first-ever African fashion collection, unveiled on the catwalk of the closing show at Lagos Fashion and Design Week on Saturday, 28 October 2017.

The Heineken Africa Inspired Collection is a fusion of the two designers’ concepts and is the first of many design apprenticeships that the brand will roll out across the world, going next to Asia.

The Africa Inspired Fashion Challenge is Heineken’s first design initiative in the region extending the brand’s commitment to design and innovation by enriching the consumer experience in bars and at events, while celebrating the richness of the East African design culture.

The project seeks to generate a rich textile print and fashion forward range for the Heineken Collection; a process that will see Heineken co-creating with emerging creative talents and the brand’s partner design studio in Amsterdam.

Ten shortlisted finalists benefited from a three days textile and design workshop in Nairobi in September, led by the Global Heineken design director Mark van Iterson and his design team, in close collaboration with Amsterdam based fashion design house, LEW.

Heineken sought to open the world of fashion to upcoming East African talented designers through an exciting ‘’open innovation’’ challenge that invites designers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to become part of a creative journey to collaborate on a unique Heineken fashion collection, truly Africa inspired.

Heineken ambassadors

After spending a week in Amsterdam developing their designs at top Dutch Fashion House, LEW, Mutulo and Walji will go on to benefit from a year-long programme of coaching from the designers, known for eye-catching print design and innovative corporate fashion. The designs will be produced at scale across Africa to be worn by Heineken ambassadors throughout Nigeria, East Africa and beyond.

One of the first global brands to invest in Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Heineken has been a headline sponsor for the past two years as it emerges as one the most important events in the fashion calendar for supporting new talent and inspiring Nigerian and African consumers.

Lulu Mutuli, 24, whose work gives traditional African apparel a futuristic edge, has worked in top fashion houses in New York including RHIE and OMONDI. She said, “My designs took inspiration from the role African fashion has played in the culture of my country. Combining this rich heritage with the progressive character of the Heineken brand was a challenge I couldn’t resist. I used the bold Heineken colour palette, but I added a grey tone and used technical orientated patterns for a modern twist. The asymmetric shapes you can see were a way of incorporating practical elements whilst creating striking and stylish silhouettes.”

Azra Walji, 27, is known for her feminine shapes and African inspired elegance, reflected in her winning designs with Heineken. She said, “I am so grateful to Heineken. Sharing my work at Lagos Fashion at Design Week is a career-defining opportunity. I really enjoyed playing with the bold red and green colours – they are so iconic to the brand but also synonymous with the vibrancy of Africa. My designs are inspired by traditional African apparel but with a twist – I love the modern femininity of the trousers and short dresses.”

Empowering talent

Mark van Iterson, director global Heineken design said, “Identifying and empowering talent remains a critical part of our global agenda. We are constantly seeking new co- creation opportunities, to connect with young emerging designers and give them a global stage to showcase their talent, so we are delighted that this initiative has put a spotlight on such talent.

“Nigeria is a growing hub for creativity and commerce and Lagos Fashion and Design Week is helping to influence and define the global fashion landscape. Heineken in Nigeria was one of the first global brands to invest in this vibrant event, seeing the opportunity to support new industry talent with real experience and a global stage. We look forward to extending the programme to other key markets next year.”

The new Heineken African Inspired Collection with Mutuli and Walji launched in style at Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week, with items from the collection displayed in style on the runway. After the reveal, award-winning music star, Tiwa Savage, of Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation, took to the stage to perform international hits including ‘African Waist’ and ‘All Over’ live for a star-studded line up of guests as award-wining flair bartender Tom Dyer served cocktails during the event.

Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017 is a multiday fashion extravaganza at the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, where global designers including Maki Oh (whose fans include Michelle Obama and Beyoncé) take centre stage to celebrate African fashion and culture.

The judges for Heineken’s Africa Inspired Fashion challenge in Nairobi which brought Mutuli and Walji to Lagos, included fashion powerhouse and founder of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week Omoyemi Akerele, top Nigerian fashion designer Gloria Wavunno and Tanzanian stylist Rio Paul.Read more at:celebrity dresses | cheap formal dresses