Shout Out Sunday: Designer Tomas Maier

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Walking Greta while wearing my Tomas Maier shirt dress

I wanted to give a quick shout out to Tomas Maier- he was appointed by Tom Ford to be the Creative Director for Bottega Veneta.  He’s the reason why I admire this Italian luxury house so I wanted to know more about him.

Since I’m taking a few days in Palm Beach, Paul and I headed over to Worth Avenue to check out his store. Since it is August, most of the stores were closed, so I was happy to see that his boutique was open. Though it’s located on this famous avenue, it was still off the beaten path. Tucked away and slightly hidden, we had to walk past an antique store and  up a flight of stairs in a courtyard. Upon entering, the store was light, airy, with the doors wide open. It had a welcome feel and an unpretentious vibe. The boutique was minimalistic with a very friendly sales person.  It did not have a lot of product which is somewhat of a catch-22, but then I was able to see everything that was in the store.

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Since I was able to see everything,  I saw a  simple yet beautifully constructed shirtdress made just for me 🙂

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I paired it with my tribal inspired Zara necklace with heels one day, and another time, a simple gold necklace my Grandmother gave me and my Coach neon yellow sandals. What I love about this “Made in Italy” dress is that I could wear it inside out and no one could tell the difference. It’s made that well.

Tomas Maier is not about showing off. The logo is a bright orange palm tree, but placed on the belt of the dress, where it’s less noticeable.  In my mind, this dress is an investment. Excellent quality means long lasting.

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IMG_4007So yeah. I can walk Greta, go to the grocery store, have drinks at The Breakers hotel , sit on a ledge with a croquet field behind me as I text message people, all the while wearing this black shirtdress.

It’s. That. Versatile.

September is fashion week and a busy month full of events. Stay tuned for future fashion related posts and my next project – A pair of pants embellished with lace!

Thanks again for visiting. Touch base soon! xo

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Behind The Scenes Photoshoot – Cocktail Dress: Renna

Video credit: My boyfriend, Paul

I had so much fun doing this photoshoot for the cocktail dress I made for my first Patterned After post. It was shot by Chris Dinerman in an East Village Apartment.

So it wasn’t a high tech studio and I still like to pretend I am a model.

I enjoy the small things in life

Still working on that jumpsuit and will post shortly. Hint: It’s blue and silky.

Cocktail Dress: Renna

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I was kinda lovin’ the Oscar De La Renta gowns with the high/low hem. That’s when I came up with the idea of having ruffles on the inside of the gown. I wanted to look for a strapless gown pattern with a sweetheart neckline. I found one on Simplicity’s website, Pattern #1606.

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**Please excuse the legs. Quite the lady like look after years of Muay Thai Kickboxing and falling while running. Hence, the scars**

It’s okay that the ruffles weren’t sewn all the way up. The photographer is angling up slightly.  It would be one awkward moment if people actually kneeled down to look up into my skirt.

 The Process

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I started with this sketch idea

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Found the pattern and cut it out. Lengthened the skirt.

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Made the muslin, fit the muslin, changed some details then constructed the dress

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Voila! It isn’t exactly like the original sketch, but it’s very close. Things always change along the way for a number of reasons. It could be technical or aesthetic reasons, but as long as I love the final look, I feel accomplished.

Aside from the obvious differences between the pattern and the final dress -Ruffles, High/Low Hem, Fabric- There were additions to the inside of the gown. The bodice has more structure. I added hymo, siri, interfacing, hard and soft boning. The extra “padding” for the bodice is to create a built in corset so that the dress will stay up on its own. The beauty of creating a bespoke piece is so you’ll feel like a million bucks. That feeling can go a long way when you know everything was constructed to the best of your ability.

I feel like a super star.

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Photo Credit: Chris Dinerman

Birdcage Veil: Self Made

Shoes: Sigerson Morrison (old)

NEXT PROJECT: MINI SKIRT! STAY TUNED