Le Rêve

So we just had our big fashion show this past Saturday.

I wasn’t graduating, that’s next year, but I finally showed some of my designs in the show. In the Freshman section, which I personally think should be renamed to the Non-Senior section. I haven’t been a Freshman in college for years now.

I just felt like if I’m gonna bust my ass washing cars fundraising for the show I might as well show something of mine. Especially, when people who didn’t fundraise AT ALL or contribute anything to the program are allowed to show. LIKE WTF. Anyways, I’m bitter but that ain’t news.

I had a hard time finding models and trying to get accessories, shoes, and people to do hair and makeup. Thank goodness, it all worked out in the end. All thanks to my besty Ash and cousin Mary Ann who lent me shoes and accessories, my BEAUTIFUL models Neka and Pua, who are just amazing on and off the runway, my good friend Hannah who applied the flawless makeup on Neka,  someone from the Jacobe Salon who did the hair on both Neka and Pua.  My friend Olo, who’s just amazing, did his best to find models for my dresses. I can’t thank them enough.

Neka @ Wilhelmina Hawaii

Neka introduced me to a photographer named Sara Anslow right before this impromptu photoshoot.

The result is just gorgeous.

It was a long day but I was so happy in the end.

I congratulate my peers who are graduating this year. They all worked so hard. Ramie and Carmen, my home gurls, who I’ll miss like a muther after they leave school for bigger and better things.

Now I can’t wait for next year:)

*Update:

I just got this on facebook.

Thanks to Rob DiAntonio for this photo.

It’s another first, since all the other runway shots I ever took sucked.

Balmain Homme 2011 Fur Vest

So I saw a picture of my favorite pop star Rihanna wearing a fur vest while she was in London and I immediately thought, “SICK!”

Then I remembered Balmain Homme Fall/Winter 2011 had something similar. I thought Rihanna’s may have been one and the same. After some backtracking of my tumblr posts, I found the authentic Balmain version.

I love anything fur and in your face so both are gorgeous to me. Too bad I was wrong. I love the idea of Rihanna wearing Balmain Homme.

Rihanna’s fur vest is more suited to the ladies and the rough-around-the-edges appeal of the Balmain version is more menswear.

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On another note, school has kept me busy and kinda depressed to do or think about anything else so I’m kinda glad SOMETHING, as trivial as a fur vest, got me out of my everyday funk.

My tux jacket is still in pieces and super late so I have to bust my ass to finish it and not fail my tailoring class. So wish me luck anonymous readers!

Til next time:)

Summer Catch-up 2011

Hi Blog,

It’s me, Fashionfatty. I’m sorry for neglecting you. I am glad to see that, according to the Site Stats, you’re doing well without me. Very well, in fact. Hello, over 2,000 overall views. No thanks to me. I know it’s been lonely and you’ve been sad . I promise to make it up to you. It’s been a bumpy ride this past semester in school and in life in general. I’ve been through a lot and so has the world. Now that everything has calmed down in my personal life, I’ll make more of an effort to make consistent posts. I know it’s been a while but now, I’m back!

– Eddie

Okay, now that all that nonsense has been said…let’s catch-up shall we.

1. RIP Elizabeth Taylor

2. My heart goes out to the victims of Japan’s Earthquakes and Tsunamis.

Click  here to donate  to the American Red Cross. Although there is a minimum donation amount of $10. If not, then I’m sure there are other ways you can help.

3.  Another school year, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011, has ended

I’m so happy that this year is over. It started out great. I made two dresses that I’ve very proud of.

I’m very proud of this dress. Completing this dress showed me I can actually take an idea from my mind and bring it to life, and even better than what I thought it could be. The materials, lace and satin, were a bitch to work with, but it was all worth it. I added the bow at the last minute to make it, as someone said, “more Valentino” and less scandalous. The bust is a deep-V after all.

The nude champagne dress was actually made before the black dress, both made for my Draping class last Fall. It’s a more classically romantic dress but it can be updated with the right accessories. I love the  scarf detail at the back, it flows while you walk. Either way I “got it out of my system” as my teacher would say.

Then as the second semester rolled by, I got more anxious and restless in my classes. I couldn’t explain it. I got lazy, couldn’t wait to get out of class, and did horrible work, in my opinion.

Then I had to go to the hospital. Without getting too deep into it, my recent difficulties of breathing and fatigue were due to something more serious than I thought. But during two days in the hospital, I couldn’t wait to go back to school. I got a reality check and the scare of my life. I’ve had to make lifestyle changes and luckily feel better physically. But due to the seriousness of my condition, I’ve had to make better choices. Whatever I had going on before that became insignificant.  I knew I had to make changes, in my life and attitude. I also got it out of my system and now I feel more motivated to create new and better stuff.

I didn’t have much time left in school after the visit to the doctor but I was able to make this dress. Excuse me for it’s simplicity but I made it in under a week. I think it turned out okay but it’s not perfect. Quick fact: Chiffon is a BITCH to work with. My teachers warned me, point taken.

Cheers to life scares and the future!

Down to more trivial things…

4. MUSIC

It’s always been a big part of my life. I sing to myself often but never in front of an audience. I never got over that fear of being judged, so no American Idol for me. And I’m positive there are more motivated and better singers out there. I’ve shifted a lot from the club music that Lady GaGa has had us mesmerized over to more subdued stuff like R&B.

Which brought on me buying Alicia Keys’ latest album The Element of Freedom on iTunes. Then I discovered this hidden jem:

Distance & Time – Alicia Keys

This song talks about long-distance relationships and being apart from your lover but I think it’s universal. For me, it’s about finding your soulmate and having the patience to wait. Either way, I think it’s just a beautiful song.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Stacie Orrico’s Beautiful Awakening.

And my summer jam is California King Bed by Rihanna. I knew this song was a hit way before it was released as a single. Her music video and live performance of the song are just flawless.

I thought Rihanna was just another studio-voice singer, where they sound better on the album. I’m very happily surprised she sang the song as well live as on the record. I don’t think people give her enough credit. Try reaching those high notes. She’s only gotten better through the years. I’m definitely now one of her biggest fans.

5. Fashion

I needed a break from the “fashion world.” I was sick of being so into material things and appearances and beauty. Probably due to the scary things going on in my life and the world I just couldn’t put much focus on it for a while. Hence, the long hiatus from my blog. Now that everything has calmed down a bit, I can indulge in my little obsession with all things beautiful.

Here’s the off-shoot of fashion, my treasured Fashion Mags:

The first batch was given to me by my best-friend while I was in the hospital. You don’t know how much it meant to me. It was the gesture not the magazines that mattered. Hospitals are boring, just so you know. These were a welcome sight and distraction.

Thanks to my friend Ashley Q for the brass with black cord bracelet she made for me:) Contact me if you want a bracelet commissioned.

The magazines above are a must-have. Looking through them all, it was worth the $20 I spent. Britney in Dolce & Gabanna and Givenchy is just amazing. Lady GaGa kills it as always. The Vman is full of “candy” as my friends would say, yummy in fact.

As for real fashion, I haven’t seen any of the recent collections to make an informed opinion. But I do see a lot of camels and nudes, shocking colors, ultra-feminine designs, masculine lines, and the apache-rug patterns from Proenza Schouler Fall/Winter 2011/2012 collection, which are turning up on shoes, t-shirts, and bag.

Here’s an example of the classic Apache pattern:

And if that isn’t enough to understand what I mean, here are photos from Jak & Jil blog taken in the Proenza Schouler studio:

See more here.

I’m predicting everyone and their mother will be wearing an incarnation of the pattern come Fall 2011.

Well that’s it for now. I’m getting sleepy and it’s almost 4 in the morning in lovely Hawaii. Goodnight my anonymous readers.

Til next time;)

HCC Mini-Fashion Show 2011

HCC Fashion Tech Program did it’s yearly Mini-Fashion Show again this past Friday, and I finally got to be a part of it. Well, at least my dress did.

Here are the videos:

Part Un

Part Deux

 

My Dress:

My model is Pua, the dress was made in my draping class last semester. I gotta thank my model Pua for being so awesome. While all the girls were walking in heels, she still rocked it out on the runway in combat boots. I styled her with tough footwear and simple hair and makeup to not make it  look like we were trying to BE FASHION. I hate that. I also have to give it to Milan for doing the hair and makeup 20 minutes before the show. I added the bow for modesty, but I think it’s cute. Thanks to my good friend JennaBea for teaching me how to make a bow. The deep V was just getting vulgar by the second as I was looking at it with a detached critical eye. The bow gave the dress a more Valentino look, less mall girl. Ugh, did I just write that? Don’t judge me.

That day was just one of those rare good days. Got to see my stuff go down the runway, had a day out with my best friend, laughed a lot, ate good food, and finally got to go shopping. Checked out Forever21 on Kalakaua Ave finally, it was alright. I’d still rather have H&M.

Shopping post coming soon. Til next time.

Lace, Studs, and Skulls

School has kept me crazy busy for a good two months but the Fall 2010 semester is finally over!

Yay! It felt like it would never end.

Maybe now I’ll feel like joining in on the Christmas festivities…NOT;P

But here’s what been keeping me busy:

The dresses were for my Draping class. I’m so glad that’s over but now I just wanna get a mannequin and start making new dresses. I think I’m going crazy cuz after all the hard work I had to do, you’d think I’d just wanna rest for a few weeks but I just have all these ideas going round and round in my mind. GAH!

The skull tote was part of a series of screen-printed tees and totes of the skull design. I had to print ten of them and embellish five. That was one of the totes. I can’t show the others because I turned them in for grading. I should be getting them back on Monday.

I think I did good work this semester and I definitely worked hard but I feel like I need to challenge myself more. And I have to start designing for my own line or more like I would be designing if I didn’t have any time constraints and no one to answer to.

More like my sketching final from last semester:

I love how this turned out. I hated it when I finished it last semester but when I looked at it again recently, I was surprised how well it turned out.  I did it over-night, the night before it was due, so maybe that’s why I hated it at first. I was probably sick of the class at the end.

I’m excited for next semester but I’m also scared of the amount of work I know is coming but I just have to remember that I do LOVE this.

And Fashion mags do help remind me that I do:)

 

I Want LANVIN, not diamonds!

Sick sick sick!!!

I just think this video of Lanvin’s collection for H&M is so cute and funny.  Natasha Poly is so major. The whole schtick about wanting Lanvin, not diamonds or flowers is genius. Fashion should be fun, not so serious. I love how it’s so Lanvin:) That’s the most important thing. Fashion houses should stay true to their vision. And Alber Elbaz is all about consistency.

I just wish the jewelry were chunkier like these earrings and necklace:

I was also expecting them to do a piece like this necklace:

I don’t think the pieces shown in the video were exclusive to Lanvin, the whole pearl and chandelier motif is just too common. But I do know Lanvin has done pieces like them in the past. That was my only criticism.

Too bad we don’t have an H&M in Hawaii yet:(

Or else I would be looking for a necklace like this one in the store once the collection came out:

This necklace just makes me happy:)

On another note, I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting any new posts. School has just become so time consuming with mid-terms and final projects.

Here’s what I’ve been working on:

It’s not finished yet and it’s late. More pictures once I’m done:) Hope I can still get an A if I get extra credit.

 

Photo Credit: Google, my own photo

Batik

I’ve been really busy with school lately due to projects and final decisions on said projects so I won’t be posting as frequently in the next few weeks or maybe even until Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I learned another technique in dyeing fabric last Friday, where we used wax to isolate areas of the fabric you want to stay a certain color. The fabric made from this wax-resist dyeing technique is called Batik.

The milky looking stuff is wax and she’s applying wax to other areas. Very labor-intensive.

First, we drew our design on a plain cotton fabric swatch (only natural fabrics or it won’t dye properly), my fabric swatch was blue. We used a mix of half beeswax and half paraffin wax or plain candle wax. We melted the wax. Then I applied wax, using a paintbrush, to the areas I wanted to stay blue. Remember to dye colors from lightest to darkest. Then I dipped the swatch in pink dye, dried it after dyeing. Then applied wax to the areas I wanted to stay pink. Dipped it in purple dye, then dried it again. Then applied wax to the purple areas I wanted to stay purple, dried it again. Then dipped it in navy blue dye and dry it again one last time. And the last step is to melt off the wax. We used an ironing board covered in paper towels (it’s the best way because using the washing machine or hot water from the sink would clog up both), the paper towels would soak up the melted wax. So I sandwiched my wax-laden fabric in between a ton of paper towels, then placed the iron on top to melt.

And viola!

The colors look better in real-life, I used the camera on my cellphone. But I’m so happy it turned out so well. I thought I would end up jumbling up the colors and end up with pukey brown.

Later on today we’re going to learn beading and embellishments. I can’t wait!

Bye for now:)

 

Photo credit: Google, my own photo