I finally did it! I've opened a store at www.janeanemarie.etsy.com. At the moment I've only posted 5 items, but there will be more after the first of the year. I won't be selling a collection, just random pieces that i make as i go. My plan is to have a mini collection this fall, and then have something a little more established by spring. Some of the looks on my website are available online now, though. I've also got the knit dress from the previous post and the pieces in this post for sale. So stop by!
I usually make my sister dresses for Christmas. Last year it was a white silk noil A-line dress, which was recently ruined at a party when a drunk guy spilled his tobacco juice on it. Yuck. Anyway, this year I made her a white knit sweater dress with a turtleneck collar, a hot pink mini-skirt, and this black knit dress here. It's really lovely, made out of wool jersey. Today I signed up on etsy, and this dress is listed for sale! So if you are interested, check it out! (www.janeanemarie.etsy.com) I'll get pics of the other dress later. Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays... and if not, they're almost over!
The pacific Northwest is not known for fashion. I do believe, though, that things are changing, and there is a lot of great design happening here. We've got Leanne Marshall, Adam Arnold, The Seaplane women (Kate Towers and Holly Stalder), May Tee, Elizabeth Dye, etc. Anyway, there is a new story unfolding, and I'm happy to be a part of it.
Along with the impressive design comes powerful photography. My previous blog showcases the work of Lavenda Memory (who shot my senior collection). I have scanned Model Mayhem and chosen a few shots that really stand out to me. The top two shots are the work of Eric Rose, the third is an image by Howard Petrella, and then finally we have a pic by Christopher Murr (the models, Kristen and Jillian, are wearing 2 dresses I designed last spring). Anyway, I plan to come back to this subject again, because I am very taken by the work of these incredible photographers.
I'm getting the feeling that this is going to be an exciting fall. It seems like designers are going back to basics, but in a magical, creative way. Silhouettes have been simple with emphasis on details to keep pieces interesting. This method is very akin to my own design approach, so of course i'm taking to it well.
the top three looks are by Missoni (duh!) and the super-chunky weights are reading super-cozy! It's hard to understand how they re-invent the knit pattern every season, and these pieces are absolutely modern and gorgeous.
The bottom two are by Diane Von Furstenberg, who has gave home to an amazingly fun and chic oversized tiger print on a mini-shift dress. Yay! Anyway, it's the coolest dress i have probably ever seen.
All images from style.com
Still snowing in Portland. And I'm sick. Ick. But I've pulled a few images from my favorite pre-fall 2009 collections. Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez are proving that simple is better, and forever chic. I apologize if i don't go into the depths of my opinions, but i feel like my head is going to fall off.
top 3: narciso rodrigues bottom 2:vera wang. from style. com
Portland is a funny city. It rains most of the time (not as much as Seattle!) and people are kind of used to it. But, once it's cold enough, and that precipitation freezes and the snow starts to fall, the city goes on this weird state of panic/emergency/fascination. All of the schools shut down, and any sort of national or international news takes back seat to the three new flakes that fell on Mt. Tabor.
Anyway, I opens up the opportunity to dream about the snow bunny gear of my dreams. Like the dopo sci boots (Moonboots!- I've wanted a pair for years), Monclear coats, and hot chocolate. So, wherever you may be out there where snow is, i hope you are warm!
Alright. It's been a while. Just over a month.
The good thing is- I graduated! Today was my last day of classes, and graduation will be tomorrow afternoon. Finally, my BFA in apparel design! i really am excited and quite happy... These last few months have been so intense, working from 6 in the morning until 3am sometimes.. my intention was to record the progress of my senior collection on here, but i just never did.
The pictures posted are of my collection, Extremadura. I had a great team of models and stylists, and the photographer, Lavenda, was a dream come true. More can be seen on my website, janeanemarie.com (if it doesn't work, try web.mac.com/janeanemarie- i've been having hosting problems).