Design of our business card utilized a lower case using the font 'Marydale'. It was intended to to give it a friendly and fun appeal with a touch of the casual. I chose the paper for the card to be a pearl finish but printed an antique effect along the edges. It gave it a luxe quality to what would normally be expected to be an old vintage look.
The first collection of Suede and Rabbit fur. Thanks to J.Lo I was inspired to create my first company after working with her on her first collection. Coincidentally, a vest I intended for her but was too expensive for her brand became a hot item in mine and ended up on the same page of US Magazine right next to each other. Thank you Jennifer, you are an inspiration, a Muse!
Above, a Water-repellent Satin, down filled with mongolian fur trim hood was cozy, but nothing compared to the Reversible Satin to Rabbit fur. The novelty was that I took rabbit fur and stitched through it to the satin with an elastic thread so that it would give a puff look without the puffiness of down jackets. Didn't hurt that Vanessa Haydon, soon to be a Trump wife, modeled it so beautifully.
For the Spring of 2004, I put together some pieces in suede that would have a whimsical yet rugged feel. Working with leather I often try to contrast the preconceived notion of leather being for a tough biker with the femininity in the details. Here the appliqué was inspired by a fabric I found in the bridal section. There are small metal studs on the appliquéd flowers and some metallic thread used for topstitching. The bomber jacket in the middle is made in a firm black organza to make it light and air and I used a single flower in a contrast color to bring attention to the flower design overall.
There is a subtle laser flower design on the upper chest and the skirt's yoke that went with the flower mood of the season. Here I was feeling a little hippy western and thought about the 70's but not just 1970, but 1870 as well.
The Ruffled Suede detail was intended to feminize what is typically not expected of suede.The use of gathering and ruffling on styles that would normally be found in linen or voile made these familiar yet completely new.
June's 1st model was a beautiful friend of my friend I met at dinner one night. She wasn't a Royal Pain, and we didn't work the Night Shift but ...