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Sweet Dreams

By FashionProject9 · May 28, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

ellie meyer

guo pei

jean paul gaultier

Lately, I've been drawn to dream-like images and fashions like those created by Ellie Mayer, Guo Pei and Jean Paul Gaultier (above)...reminds me of the song, "Dream a Little Dream".

 "Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper "I love you"
Birds singing in the sycamore tree
Dream a little dream of me
Say "Nightie night" and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me
While I'm alone and blue as can be
Dream a little dream of me
Just saying this
Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me

Sweet dreams to all of you! - Lynne



Supreme Beings and Things for Spring

By FashionProject9 · March 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

photo courtesy of Warren DiFranco/After5Media.com/zanotti.com

all shoe and belt photos courtesy of zanotti.com

photo courtesy of limuahii
photo courtesy of yegor zaitsev

It's spring and it's time to look for designs with a fresh attitude. One thing that's really struck a chord is Giuseppe Zanotti's vast empire of shoes.  Each has a strong personality, and there's a wide range of styles... got my eyes on a pair of bedazzled sandals (top photo). 

I could have stopped right there and shown you a million gorgeous shoes, but while leafing through the S.F. Chronicle's Style Section, I came across an article, "Supreme Beings",(top photo), a review of the eponomously named fashion show/spectacle presented as a benefit for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Great fashion for a great cause, it featured designs by Ilan Reuben (spikey rubber dress and balloon top), and Elena Silvnyak of Limuahii (fencing inspired active wear).  Another dramatic look from Limuahii, (2nd photo). 

Rounding out my early spring pics is a dress by indie Russian designer Yegor Zaitsev.  His dress (bottom photo), is like a gigantic lily - so quintessentially Spring! -Lynne


NYC: What I Saw, What I Wish I Wore

By FashionProject9 · January 11, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

photo courtesy of: Donna Karan

photo courtesy of: Uniqlo

Photo courtesy of : Albeta Ferretti

On a recent visit to New York, I was, as usual, swept up in the excitment of being there, while simultaneously exhausted trying to pack everything (and I do mean everything) into just two weeks.  But not to worry, I've condensed it here to just a few highlights. 

Visiting the Guggenheim Museum is always on my short list. Striking how the multi-layered black and white Donna Karan sync's so well with the iconic F.L. Wright architecture (top photo)! On this trip I arrived just in time to see Maurizio Cattelan's controversial retrospective exhibit, "All", which is a massive installation of his irreverent sculptures, each suspended by rope, seemingly haphazardly, from the rotunda's ceiling way above.  Wish I'd worn the Donna Karan multi-layered, multi-textured, somewhat complex ensemble (second photo). Fittingly, Karan is often referred to as the "Queen of New York Fashion".

Also on the short list, a visit to Soho, my favorite district in New York.  I just love the unique mix: the charm of elegant 19th century buildings and cobblestone streets, the everyday hustle, bustle, grit and edge of downtown, and the high end and indie boutiques, design shops, bistros and art galleries. It is always familiar, but never exactly the same.

 Now a little background is called for.  Every single time I visit NY, a Wardrobe Malfunction occurs. Yes, I realize this sounds crazy, but it's also true. There have been lost favorite sunglasses and earrings, shrunken jeans, chewed up shoes, you name it, it's practically a tradition! Fortunately, the other part of the tradition is that what ever goes missing/gets ruined is soon replaced during a shopping trip!

This time was no exception - the zipper on my beloved Kenneth Cole down coat gave out, so off we went to Uniqlo, a Japanese retailer with a global presence, which just happens to have a shop in Soho. They manufacture very well made clothes engineered to keep you warm via a technology they call HeatTech, at very reasonable prices.  For the most part, the clothes are basic, unisex, but not particularly high-style. I was happy to find a light-weight-yet-very-warm down coat, similar to the one pictured here (third photo).

After days of non-stop action, I was ready to sit still and be entertained. The Metropolitan Opera's production of Philip Glass's "Satyagraha" (bottom photo), more than filled the bill.  Quick synopsis here: the story of Mahatma Gandhi's early life in South Africa, sung in Sanskrit to a libretto adapted from the Bhagavad Gita. I'm sure this must sound truly bizarre, but trust me, it's a mesmerizing, phenomenal, uplifting theatrical experience. Wish I'd worn the dazzling Alberta Ferretti dress (bottom). The exotic colors, the simplicity of form, the beautifully embroidered silk, nothing would have been more perfect.  - Lynne


Happy 2012 from Annamarie and Lynne!

By FashionProject9 · December 31, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Happy New Year to all our wonderful followers!  May the coming year bring you happiness, good health, and all the great fashion you desire!  Enjoy this great scarf tutorial from Wendy's Lookbook Creatives on YouTube.com.--Annamarie & Lynne


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Hair Extraordinaire

By FashionProject9 · November 8, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

all photos courtesy of Eirik Thorsen

While I don't think I'll ever, ever dye my hair blue or shave my head, (would you?), looking at these photos of Eirik Thorsen (pictured above) and his fab hairstyles makes extreme hair, well, sort of tempting. He is based in Oslo, (thank goodness), and is considered one of the best hairdresser's in Norway. To see even more of his beautful  and outrageous creations visit his blog at http://eirikthorsen.blogspot.com. - Lynne


Graffiti Style

By FashionProject9 · October 28, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Photo credits: Peizi Hao http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimisa/ Styling and Graphic Design: Lynne August

I have been reimagining some of my clothes. In other words, shopping at home. The outfit I'm wearing in this post is mostly 80s and 60s vintage. The backgrounds are some local Oakland murals. My 60s leopard jacket has a Western wear cut. This is another one of the items that Lynne is trying steal. Both the skirt and sweater were finds at Goodwill. The 80s sweater is a Gispa sweater from Italy and the open latticework Lycra knit skirt is a rare Roberto Robledo skirt. Roberto Robledo was a San Francisco designer back in the 1980s. Click here to look at his bio. Robledo did some fabulous stuff and was truly the master of Lycra knit. I so wish that I would have bought more of his clothes back in the day. The long, charcoal grey, wool and mohair coat is by Calvin Tran from Fall 2009. It has a very loose weave (sort of like a sweater) and there are about ten different ways the coat can be worn.--Annamarie


Taking It To The Street

By FashionProject9 · August 25, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Well, we're back with a new member, Peizi Hao as the photographer for our blog!! These are her fabulous pictures. To see her on-line portfolio, please check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimisa/.

The theme for this shoot was "Taking It To The Street," so Lynne, the stylist and art director in our team, pulled fantasy clothes for the shoot. Lynne wanted an avant-garde/boho look, so she created a mix of fabrics and styles that you might not think would work together but definitely do, and choose locations in and around Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco to get that urban edge going.

I made the top out of a tie-dyed velvet wall hanging from the 1960s. Tie-dyed silk velvet is absolutely insane fabric to work with and will "Twist and Shout" (to put it politely), but I'll discuss that in depth in the "Sewing Section" of this post. That fabric has been in my stash since the 80s (yes, seriously). But when you find the right clothing pattern, the wait can be worth it. The Russian-born designer, Erte, who mostly designed costumes and stage sets in the Art Deco style, was my inspiration for the top. Click here to see fabulous and absolutely amazing images of his work. I wanted something that was complete fantasy. For fantasy, Erte's designs are a good place to start. The top looks good worn to the front or back and can be tied in a variety of ways with the matching belt or left loose. The satin maxi skirt was a gift from my friend, Jessica, and the steampunk necklace [that Lynne keeps trying to appropriate] is by Fern Street Designs.

The Sewing Section (tech talk for those want to know)

Pattern: Vogue 1195, Badgley Mischka

Fabric: 60s tie-dyed silk velvet wall hanging [Yes, I could have gotten a chunk of change for it on Ebay, but silk velvet is for clothing], vintage fushia 80s polyester satin jaquard, "fabric from hell" (expensive silk/cotton/lurex blend in an abstract jaquard weave). The unifying theme of the three fabrics is the fact that all three have a blue undertone. The black background of the velvet is a blue black, the dark charcoal of the gold metallic lurex blend is a blue gray, and the fushia jaquard is a deep pink with blue tones.

Important Notions: Vintage embroidered rose applique from the 1970s, vintage silver sequined applique from the 1980s, seed beads for the "good luck mask amulet" on the left shoulder, Clover 3/4" bias tape maker.

Sewing Info: Anything that could possibly go wrong with a sewing project, short of the fabric catching on fire, happened. I have been sewing for a very long time, so I do have some clue of what I'm doing. This top has taught me that tie-dyed silk velvet = grainline issues. The tie dyeing process distorts the fabric, so it is impossible to cut it on grain. This is the reason that RTW garments are tie-dyed after construction. Also, the fabric was 36" wide, not wide enough for the pattern [36" wide fabric should be banned as it is an irregular width and, therefore, annoying]. I discovered this right when I was about to cut the fabric and cut the pattern irregardless.

I decided to add borders to the sides so that I would have the right width. This is when I had my encounter with the silk/cotton/lurex blend from hell. The fabric had flaws that I did not see when I bought it and had an irregular directional pattern that looked like it should match, but didn't. Fortunately, I have the very strange talent of being able to work really well with defective material. I made the borders 4 1/2 inches wide on each side. I was originally going to line the velvet with the fushia jacquard, but this proved impossible. The jaquard lining was perfectly on grain, but the velvet decided to "Twist and Shout." So, I thought about it and asked myself, "Is there really a rule that says you have to line velvet garments?" [Oh, how low I have fallen.] So, I chopped up the lining into bias binding to trim the edges of the top and pieced some of it into border facings. Then, I used the evil silk/cotton/lurex blend as a thin band on the border facings and bias trim on the neckline. Fabric that has a high lurex content does not work well as bias trim, but "Oh well."

As for the lucky amulet applique, that was my fix for the fact that the silk/cotton/lurex blend did not match at the left shoulder seam. By some absolutely bizarre fluke, I matched the right border pieces out of the "fabric from hell" that could not be matched using silk pins. Since the left shoulder seam didn't match, I made it really not match by sewing on an applique using seed beads from my stash. I also sewed bands across the back neckline to keep the garment from falling off my shoulders (this is an 80s trick for managing a double V neckline). I refer to this garment as "The Beast" because of all the technical issues. But wonky or not, it looks cool.

Resources: I highly recommend the following sites for clothing construction info: Gerties New Blog For Better Sewing, Gorgeous Things Blog, and Threads Magazine.--Annamarie


I Won!

By FashionProject9 · June 21, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I won First Prize in the Simplicity SUEDEsays "Rock Your Look" contest. The first prize is a Brother Project Runway sewing machine. I seriously needed a new machine. My video is now posted on Simplicity.com and [UPDATE: www.suedesays.com. Be sure to check out Suede's site.]. The two short, textured dresses in the picture above inspired me to use textured fabric for my contest entry.

The contest was a real stretch for me. My friend, Michael, was nice enough to shoot my first video. We shot a week before the contest deadline. [I did a muslin (test garment) and there was a lot of handsewing involved. Let's say the dress took a while to put together.] When I looked at the dress on the video, the bottom of the dress looked like it weighed a ton. I knew that I needed to rework the dress if I was going to have a chance at having a decent entry. Michael was unable to reshoot the video and I wasn't going to submit the video with the dress looking the way it did. I went into panic mode because I'd killed myself sewing the dress and I didn't just want to skip the contest. I don't own a videocamcorder (or know how to work one), so I decided that I'd do a photo slideshow for my video.

In the meanwhile, I ripped out the hem, chopped off two inches of the dress, and added sequined trim as a counter-weight to the bodice back because the bodice was sliding forward and making me look like I had a paunch. [Project Runway type disasters do, in fact, happen in real life.]


My Simplicity Sewing Contest Entry--SUEDEsays ROCK! Video

By FashionProject9 · June 2, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I've wanted to do a sewing post for a long time and wasn't able to do so due to injury. I thank God that I can stand, literally speaking. I wish to thank the many people who have helped me these past ten months (it's been a long haul). Also, a big "Thank You" to my friends who helped me put this video together and offered encouragement.

The dress in the video that I made was an experiment. I've never mixed knit and woven fabric in the same garment. So, I wasn't exactly sure of what to expect. I learn from each garment I make. Sewing is what I adore. Thank you for allowing me to share my art with you.

The Sewing Section (tech talk for those who want to know)

Pattern: Simplicity 2222, View B

Fabric: vintage 80s silk crepe de chine, polyester satin, polyester eyelash knit, rayon/lycra knit

Store Credits: Britex Fabrics (sequined trim, buttons, ribbon, and polyester satin), Silkroad Fabric in Oakland, California (polyester eyelash knit), www.sewingpatterns.com (pattern)

Important Notions: Thread Heaven (prevents thread from tangling)

Composition: Lately, I've been colorblocking as a way to use up my stash. That way, I can put together an entire garment out of leftovers. I had some pieces of silk crepe de chine and some pink and purple sequined trim. [See, hoarding is a useful skill.] I didn't have enough of any particular fabric to make the dress for the contest or any other coordinating fabric. So, I had to go out and buy some fabric. I have been on fabric probation for a while. But, the rule is that I can only buy supplementary material for a project that I am currently working on. I wanted to do a dress with shades of pink. I thought that texture would be fun to work with. The craziest fabric that I could think of at that moment was some fushia eyelash knit that I'd seen at Silkroad. I got two yards of it in case I had issues and needed extra fabric. I found a beautiful abstract satin print at Britex. One print combination that I've found that works pretty well is combining an abstract print with a floral in coordinating colors. I used the silk crepe de chine for the bodice yoke and the polyester satin for the rest of the bodice. Once I had the bodice made up, I found that the floral silk crepe de chine and abstract polyester satin were blending together. The silk crepe de chine has a watercolor look to it that is not far off from abstract. It was very difficult to see that the bodice had been colorblocked; the effect was really subtle. I wanted a stronger line of demarcation between the yoke and the rest of the bodice. So, I covered the bodice yoke with sequined trim.

Another issue of composition that I had to deal with was the bulk of the eyelash knit. I originally hemmed the skirt of the dress to right above my knees. This is the standard length that I make for most of my dresses. But the dress looked bottom heavy. It looked like I was dragging around a pink afghan (not a good look). In order to fix that issue, I had to shorten the dress by two inches.

Construction: My construction notes are listed in the video. I highly recommend the following sites for clothing construction info: Gerties New Blog For Better Sewing, Gorgeous Things Blog, and Threads Magazine.



My Fantasy Life

By FashionProject9 · May 19, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This week is not going as expected, so I have decided to post pictures from my fantasy life-Annamarie

Image via www.microsoft.com

Reality: I am frazzled.  I am trying to create a really glamorous dress and the bodice is looking like a psychedelic Hawaiian shirt.  Not quite the effect that I was hoping for.  I found some trim at a local fabric store that I think will fix the problem.  And I had to toss the lining of the dress because it ended up lopsided due to serger (a machine that cuts and sews at the same time) issues.  Let's say I'm cranky.

Fantasy: I am cool, calm and collected.  At the moment, I am on the phone with my gorgeous, hot boyfriend planning our upcoming vacation to Zanzibar, the island of cloves.

Image via www.microsoft.com

Reality: I had a series of errands this week that absolutely sucked my time.

Fantasy: I have a personal assistant named Martha who is on call six days a week and handles all sundry details.  In the picture above, Martha is taking notes for my fall wardrobe orders with Barney's and Opening Ceremony.

Image via www.microsoft.com

Reality: I live in an apartment lacking maid service.

Fantasy: I have several homes.  This picture was taken by one of my staff at my estate in Seychelles.  You see, I am a trustafarian and do not have to work.


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