Pregnant Model Bares Belly on Runway

Recently, during a runway show during NYFW, a pregnant model showed her bare stomach on the runway, and apparently everyone in is in shock because they've never seen it before.  Why is this news?  Why are we treating it like it's a new trend?  Didn't we see Jourdan Dunn and Miranda Kerr do the same thing?  

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I also remember a designer had a runway collection for pregnant women in New Orleans.  This woman showing her bare stomach on the runway may have been styled differently, but this is nothing new for people to be shocked about.  People weren't even this shocked when Alexander McQueen debut some pants that showed the ass cheeks, or a collection that was inspired from rape culture, so why are people shocked because a woman showed her bare stomach on the runway?  Do women not supposed to show their bare baby bumps?  Please help me understand.  That's all I have for right now.  

If you want to read the full article, here is the link: https://www.today.com/style/pregnant-model-bares-bump-eckhaus-latta-nyfw-show-t116219

Take care, and I will talk to you all later.

Vagina-Themed Collection Shown During Fashion Week

Hello!  So, NYFW (New York Fashion Week) has started.  Many designers, established and independent are showing their collections this year.  A pair of Berlin-based designers, Nan Li and Emilia Pfohl, also known as Namilia, debut their first collection, which was a vagina-themed collection with back-less attire, barely-there thongs, and fake breast implants.  Let's just say it was very interesting.

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As a fashion designer, one thing I love is for people to wear my works of art, but I have no words for this!  If you want to read about Namilia, or see more pictures of this collection, you can go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4872988/Namilia-debuts-VAGINA-themed-collection-NYFW.html. Thanks for reading.

Progress

Hello!  It has been a long time since I was able to communicate with you.  I have been quite busy.  I am now in preparation of getting my line off of the ground.  There has been quite a few changes on what I thought I wanted to design.  Lately, I'm seeing some things in certain areas of the fashion, and I wanted to be the person to fill that gap. I don't want to disclose all of the information just yet because it is still in the beginning stages.  I do want to say that this personal project is something that I've been working to get off of the ground for years.

Right now, I'm getting the supplies together, and sketching things out.  I think I'm going to do a capsule collection and put it on social media to get some sales going.  I will keep you posted on the progress that I'm making.  Thanks, and I will be in touch.

Support Creatives

Hello Everyone.  Lately, something has been on my mind.  I've already shared it on my fashion column, and now I'm going to share it with you.  As you can see from my website, I'm a very creative person, and every creative person knows how hard it is to get your work out there, and to gain clientele.  I have been an independent fashion designer for over nine years, and I'm still struggling to gain clientele.  It can be very frustrating, and it is also frustrating when those "potential clients" try to criticize your work.  No matter what creative genre (fashion, art, music, dance, poetry, etc.), for some reason people feel to tear artists down, and feel like we are not worthy of the price of our talents!

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So, I have some "suggestions" about supporting creatives, and I hope you will listen:

  1. Don't Ask for Something If You Cannot Afford It!
    • I cannot stand when someone asks for my services, only to get upset because my prices do not fit within their budget!  When I first started, people would ask for my services, only to get upset because my prices were "too high!"  The mistake I made was lowering my prices to please these individuals.  It took two other fashion designers to tell me to stop doing this because it was only allowing people to get over on me.  These same two designers also gave me some advice, "if you are lowering your prices for these potential clients, then these are not the clients you want."  Now, when someone complains about my prices and says they will buy a product from a "certain" store, I simply tell them to go to that certain store.
    • I recently made a post on my Facebook page of a drawing I had created.  Everyone had given great compliments on the drawing, but one of my "friends" had posted, "you should design my daughter's sweet 16 dress."  Now, I already know this person works minimum wage (or below), so I already know she can't afford my prices, so I simply responded with "I'm expensive."  Not even a minute later, she responds with, "Oh Lord! Well, I guess we'll try Walmart then. LOL"  I was really mad and hurt about this because:
      • Creating a custom dress is not cheap!
      • The person was demanding for me to make this dress instead of asking.
      • With this person saying she will go to Walmart lets me know she was trying to get the dress for free in the first place!
  2. Do Not Complain About My Prices If You Can Afford A Designer Item With No Complaints
    • One thing that really bothers me is when someone complains about someone's prices being high, but then turn around and purchase a designer item because of the name!  The reason I am so bothered by this is because I make the exact same thing as that brand, but because I'm an independent fashion designer, you feel that you are not worthy of paying my prices.  This is also a way of you saying that you will never support me or any other creative person out there!
  3. Please Do Not Tell Us What We Should Design Simply Because YOU Like It!
    • There is a reason for me saying this.  Any fashion designer knows that no one creates clothing in every design category.  There are certain things we happen to fall in to.  This is something creative people will notice while in school, but where I'm from, people in my hometown do not understand that, and they feel that because you are a fashion designer that you supposed to CREATE EVERYTHING they see on TV and in stores!  People, it doesn't work like that!

I'm saying all of this to say the following:

  1. Please support the creative people around you!
    • We need to know that you are here for us, and when we have your support, we can continue to do great things with our talents!
  2. Don't tell us what to create in order to benefit you!
    • Please know that although you want to see us make a certain product that's already out, we have our own products that we want to create and sell!
  3. Please stop complaining about our prices!
    • If you do not like our prices, you can shop somewhere else that's in your budget!

Thank you for hearing me out. Until Next Time!!

My Favorite Looks from the 2017 Met Gala

Hello All,

Yesterday was the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, better known as the Met Gala.  If you are unfamiliar with this black-tie event, it is held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute.  Each year, a theme is picked, and well-known celebrities and fashion's elite dress up in this theme.  It is also known as "party of the year" and "the Oscars of the East Coast."  This year, the institute paid homage to Japanese designer, Rei Kawakubo, and as always, the stars did not disappoint.  I'm going to show my favorite looks from tonight's gala.

*all pictures are from Vogue's website.

 

Lara Stone in Christopher Kane

Lara Stone in Christopher Kane

Sasha Lane in custom H&M

Sasha Lane in custom H&M

Rita Ora in custom Marchesa

Rita Ora in custom Marchesa

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger

Fei Fei Sun in Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition

Fei Fei Sun in Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition

Cynthia Erivo in Thom Browne

Cynthia Erivo in Thom Browne

Sofia Boutella in Marni

Sofia Boutella in Marni

Janelle Monáe in Tiffany jewelr

Janelle Monáe in Tiffany jewelr

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons and “Rihanna Loves Chopard” jewelry

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons and “Rihanna Loves Chopard” jewelry

Rose Byrne in Ralph Lauren

Rose Byrne in Ralph Lauren

Sofía Sanchez de Betak

Sofía Sanchez de Betak

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren (Love this!)

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren (Love this!)

Riley Keough in Louis Vuitton and Repossi jewelry

Riley Keough in Louis Vuitton and Repossi jewelry

Sean Combs (Lordt!)

Sean Combs (Lordt!)

Kendall Jenner in La Perla

Kendall Jenner in La Perla

Lisa Love in Thom Browne

Lisa Love in Thom Browne

Katy Perry in Maison Margiela (This is very different)

Katy Perry in Maison Margiela (This is very different)

Carly Steel (I like the headpiece more than the dress)

Carly Steel (I like the headpiece more than the dress)

Tracee Ellis Ross in Rei Kawakubo

Tracee Ellis Ross in Rei Kawakubo

Cassie Ventura (YES Cassie!!!)

Cassie Ventura (YES Cassie!!!)

Halle Berry in Versace and Atelier Swarovski earrings (I feel Halle should have worn this at the Oscars)

Halle Berry in Versace and Atelier Swarovski earrings (I feel Halle should have worn this at the Oscars)

Blake Lively in Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively in Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Ryan Reynolds

Ruth Negga in Tiffany jewelry

Ruth Negga in Tiffany jewelry

Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda (I didn't even recognize her!)

Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda (I didn't even recognize her!)

Chrissy Teigen in custom Marchesa and John Legend in Burberry

Chrissy Teigen in custom Marchesa and John Legend in Burberry

Mary J. Blige in La Perla

Mary J. Blige in La Perla

Aymeline Valade in Marni

Aymeline Valade in Marni

La La Anthony in custom Thai Nguyen Atelier

La La Anthony in custom Thai Nguyen Atelier

Edward Enninful and Naomi Campbell

Edward Enninful and Naomi Campbell

Many fashion sites have more pictures from the 2017 Met Gala.  You can check out Vogue, Refinery 29, New York Times Fashion, as well as other sites.

Until Next Time!

Oh, the 59th Annual Grammys!

Hello Everyone,

The Grammys.  Oh, the Grammys.  I didn't get to see the first half of the show because I was busy watching "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (That show is starting to get crazy as well).  I found out about the first half of the show through social media.  Now, let's get started with this conversation.

First, who is this unknown person?

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According to the other blogs, this person is named Joy Villa.  She is some unknown singer and artist who decided to show her support for Trump by wearing this apron/mermaid dress.  This is the ugliest thing I've ever seen.  The only thing I can say is that baby girl messed up her career before it even started!  Apparently, she is known for doing these shenanigans at the Grammys.  I guess this ZZZ-List artist is trying to do everything in her power to get some attention.  Here are some previous pictures of this crazy person.

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She has a nice body, but this is not the way to flaunt it.  I also found some of her music on YouTube.  Awful! Just awful!  It is sad this is her only claim to fame.  Sad baby girl, Just sad!

In other shenanigans, Cee Lo. Who told him this was okay?

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First, he scares the whole world with that exploding phone so he can promote his album (which was wrong). Now, he is showing up to The Grammys as a real-life Buddha? I know he has stylists on his payroll who told him not to do this.  I though Cee Lo was better than this.  I guess I was wrong!  I found this photo on Twitter that sums up my thoughts!

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Beyonce performed.  I missed her performance, but I heard a lot about her performance on social media.  Everyone felt she was stiff and she didn't "bring it" like she usually does.  I sat back like "people, she's ACTUALLY pregnant! She can't do that stuff when she's carrying twins!" Anyway, she looked stunning as usual.

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Last, but not least, let's talk about Lil Yachty.  In case you don't know who this person is (which I'm sure no one does), he is supposed to be a rapper.  If you ever get a chance to listen to his songs, he does nothing but mumble.  I don't know if this guy is an ambassador of Skittles or what, but I know he came to the Grammys wearing a $35K rainbow grill and a Colonel Sanders outfit! Here's the proof!

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Twitter.com

He was also in a Target commercial where he and singer, Carly Ray Jespen remade the hit song by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, "It Takes Two."  Now, I love Target, but I am so angry they collaborated with this talentless guy, and allowed him to destroy this classic hit!  Not only that, I recently found out this person is also the Creative Designer of Nautica!  If you don't believe me, here's proof!

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www.thefader.com

The reason I'm pissed about this is because I have a master's degree in Fashion, and almost 10 years of fashion experience, over 17 years of fine arts, and three years of graphic design experience.  I have racked up so much money in student loans because of my dream to be a fashion designer and create my fashion empire, and you mean to tell me this person, who has no talent in music and no fashion experience can be the creative director of Nautica? Nautica, what is wrong? Are you trying to make your brand that relevant again that you make this guy your creative director? Why?  I know I should not be envious of someone else's success, but this personally makes me angry.  It's like you do not need to have talent, skills, and experience to reach the top, and you will make it far! 

Well, that's my rant on the Grammys.  For those of you who actually watched the show, I hope you enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the tribute to Prince (it was actually nice) and the BeeGees.

Until Next Time!

Still Adjusting

Hello,

I hope my new visitors have taken the time to browse my website/online portfolio.  I'm still trying to adjust to this new site.  I was having some technical problems, but now everything seems to be working just fine.  I'm happy that I'm able to blog on here as well.

In addition to starting this site, I'm also preparing for a fashion show, which will be sometime in April.  I'm excited about it because it is helping me to get my creative juices flowing again.  I will be posting my progress on this as well.

Until Next Time

Hello

Hello!

Welcome to my new website.  I will be posting inspiration and new projects that I have completed on here.  I hope you will enjoy my website and illustrations just as much as I enjoyed creating them!! Thanks, and I will be writing to you again.