On this rainy Saturday, I decided instead of sitting on my couch in my pajamas and watching Netflix all day I would take a short little trip up the road to Charlotte and support my fellow students who were showcasing there designs at the Mini Maker Faire. There were about 5-6 designers from The Art Institute of Charlotte who showcased their designs under the theme of fashion and technology. You are probably wondering how the heck that is done, well you are not alone on that one, I wondered that myself.
Each of the designers took a different twist on implementing technology into their designs from the use of a 3D pen to the use of lights within their garments. Patrick Tai, who I absolutely privileged, to call my friend used a 3D pen to construct every detail of his designs as well as a 3D printer to print his jewelry and styled his models in futuristic glasses. He did an excellent job, not only in the use of technology within, but the way he showed three garments in a very cohesive manor. Then my absolutely fabulous Nouveau Fashion Club vice president Jenny showcased her design AND modeled it, I know she is truly a rock star. Her design was a white sheath dress with washers sewn on the dress as embellishments, but that is not the most fabulous part she made a clutch out of metal screen with washers attached. Two designers implemented lights into their garments while one was cosplay and the other was more avant-garde. The one that was more of a cosplay design went with a steam punk look which had glasses and an umbrella with lights (I know awesome, right?!) and the other designer’s garments were made to look like lamps and light bulbs. The designer made the garments that resembled light bulbs and lamps had shoes with lights as well as a headband as a socket.
Along with the fashion and technology show they had a recycled fashion show where Edelweiss De Guzman showcased her and her business partners designs. They had a variety of dresses made out of anything you can think of, from condoms to interior textiles. The designs were so uniquely beautiful and innovative in the choice of material used as well as in the construction of the garments themselves. Words can not begin to describe how fabulous and innovative these designs were.
P.S. excuse my poor photography, I am not in anyway shape or form a photographer.
Classic… Lets just take a moment to think about that word. What does classic mean? What does classic stand for? And above all what does classic portray? Classic could mean a multitude of things depending on the way you think. To some classic may mean timeless and to others it may mean something that will with stand time. Notice that with both of those ways of thinking there are two things in common, the word TIME. Yes something classic means it will last and with stand and stay in style over a period of time. As far as classic goes it stands for someone being timeless, think of Audrey Hepburn when think about classic. If we threw her back in to society today yes she might be outdated a little but what she wears will still be classic as well as the way she acts.
Trendy, that crazy “T” word that we use in fashion. Trends are something that is in style for a short period of time then falls out of style. Yes, we all have trendy items in our wardrobe and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Trendy items are something that you can buy and might sit in your closet and be out of style before you even have the chance to wear it and we don’t want that at all. So instead of buying a bunch of trendy items why don’t we concentrate on buying classics and pairing them with a trendy accessory? It makes more sense right? You can always change a classic by using accessories to make it seem more trendy.
When you get up in the morning and get dressed do you do it because you have to or because you want to? Your answer to that very question may be career and simply just life changing. The day that you decide to get up and get dressed for yourself is when you will find yourself doing great things and feel great while doing it. Its a way of life and of course your choice and not anyone’s choice but your own.
While chatting with Valerie Cullen I realized that many women do not get up in the morning and get dressed because they have to, they get ready because they WANT to. These women choose a way of life that is different from any other way of life, they constantly are giving themselves the confidence boost that most women need. Women look everywhere for any type of confidence boost they can get, it is what we as women do.
Other than just boosting your confidence you become someone who seems to have it all together when everything is falling apart. On the outside you look like you just like a freshly tailored Chanel suit, while on the inside you might be stressed or really anything but put together.
People will begin to look at you in more of a professional way because you are bound to reach your dreams, you are determined to get up and pull yourself together everyday.
I often people watch, I know so wrong but so interesting at the same time. Sometimes I think “well, damn she seams to have it together” and sometimes “I wonder if she realizes what she is portraying.” I often wonder if people understand what their clothes say about them. A first impression for example is formed not from words but from personal appearance, which is why it is very important to realize what your style portrays. When walking into a room you would much rather have someone say that you look professional than like you just rolled out of bed.