Sarah Smith modeling matching shorts and hat I designed.Ellie Marino rocking the skirt and hair bow I made; myself modeling dress and hat designed by me.Hello Kitty inspired look I designed! Made the top, skirt and headband!Amazing looks created by my classmate from last semester! Modeled by her lovely daughters.
Thank you Sarah and Ellie for modeling for me!!! Also props to the talented makeup artists and hair stylists who prettied everyone up for the runway! Hopefully I’ll have some runway pics to share later :]
I weaved my hair into 36 little baby braids for the Aaron Carter concert and decided to leave them in for a week. It took almost two hours to braid my entire head and about half an hour to remove them all. But it was awesome because any super quicky style (bun, pony, side braid) which is normally kinda boring looked freakin cool! I honestly miss my baby braids… I guess they were kinda like faux dreadlocks. Take a look:
By the time one week had passed I could have removed the hair elastics and the braids would have stayed. My hair was so poofy and pretty after undoing all of them! It felt really clean except for my roots. Did I mention I didn’t wash my hair? HAHAHA EARTH GIRL STYLE! I still took body showers so it wasn’t completely nasteh.
I MISS YOU BABY BRAIDS!!! But it was good I took them out because I needed loose hair for the mermaid photo shoot I did at Aveda on Friday. Here’s a sneak peak taken on Maddy’s phone (she did the super cool makeup and styled the whole concept) before we get the photos taken by the photographer:
Last night I went to an AARON CARTER CONCERT! He is now 25 and but he sounds pretty much the same as when he was 10 years old. He was busting out all the classic boy band dance moves with two super cute backup dancers from the TV show America’s Best Dance Crew! I thought Aaron was pretty fine too… until he took his shirt off BLEGHHH! He was really skinny with a little bit of a belly. And he was soooo cocky, his assistants handed him a towel and he rubbed his sweat all over it then threw it into the audience! He also tossed his shirt out to his female fans who were practically foaming at the mouth for it — EXCEPT for my friend Ching Chong who Aaron noticed and asked directly (it was a TINY venue) if she wanted his shirt. She shook her head no and he FREAKED OUT! He started saying that she should be escorted out and something about how “this isn’t a Backstreet Boys concert”. What a little weeny baby! I’m glad someone put his ego in check! AND he kissed at least 5 girls during the concert! You know how at Sea World there is a splash zone? There should have been a marked makeout zone! It was creepy and icky and hilarious!
Ching Chong and I were both kiddos in the nineties so it was fun trying to dress as teens would have. Can’t you just see us walking down the street in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? It took forever doing all those little braids! But I got loads of compliments :]
Let’s take a little walk down memory lane…
TATTOO CHOKER NECKLACES
Other trends include: bandana headbands, spaghetti strap shirts and dresses (often without a bra), goofy hats, awkward fitting jeans, baggy sweat shirts, plaid button-ups, layers, and jackets tied around the waist. I’m glad a lot of that’s done with… But I still love those shoes and accessories GOOD TIMES!
I’ve been discouraged because my camera broke BUT I just discovered that my phone doesn’t just take little bitty pictures AND I can use a USB to put them on my computer! Ah the little joys in life
Samantha (from my art class) looking fab in a sheer polka dot blouse, combined with a leather jacket and black velvet skirt! I love her jelly sandals! She just ordered them from ASOS.Ching Chong was rocking a vintage look today. Her adorable hat is from the 1940s! Either that or she said it was forty years old… Vintage either way ;DI just got this funky top from Buffalo Exchange for 50 cents! It’s two different plaids which I really like.
Möda Provocateur is a fashion show fundraiser held annually in Tucson, Arizona to raise money for SAAF (The Southern Arizona Aids Foundation). This year was my first time participating and also my first time showing my designs in a fashion show — well except at Pima Community College but I was just modeling my own dress then — this time I had models!!!
I was lucky enough to be featured in this month’s issue of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine! I designed and constructed this Swallowtail butterfly dress. The wings/skirt are hand painted!
My designs on the runway (Photography by Eric Suhm):
VIDEO TIME! We enter at about 2:40:
Some shots we took while waiting backstage (thanks for taking these Kahtia Hall):
This bodysuit was entered in the AIDS/HIV Awareness Category. I highlighted the areas on a woman’s body that can transmit HIV. In years past I’ve seen people who make their models look like zombies covered in fake blood with ripped clothes; so I tried to make my look a little more tasteful. I’ve always loved the idea of built in gloves on a sleeve! I’m the model for this one :]
Sarah Smith, a friend I met through TREND (The University of Arizona fashion club), did an amazing job modeling this mirror outfit! Made for the Unconventional Materials Category, this outfit consists of a tube top and skirt connected with a long zipper in the back. I painted the mirror rims and then hand stitched each one on (several times for security). This outfit is very heavy and clunky!
Tania Tenebaum, is a very talented artist and just as I suspected, a great model too! Thank you for everything my friend!!! This outfit was made for the Metamorphosis Category (for obvious reasons). I’ve seen some very beautiful monarch butterfly gowns but never any swallowtails so I decided to do my own take. The skirt is attached to a leotard. The underside of the skirt is green and fuzzy like a caterpillar :]
The theme tying this collection together is “Self”. The mirror outfit was inspired by that stage in life when you’re still trying to figure out who you are; that time when young girls too often obsess over their outer appearance. The butterfly represents that moment when she finally discovers her inner beauty and lets it shine for all to see. The body suit shows another aspect of what lies within but more literally. It is meant to show self awareness on another level: in this case discovering she carries HIV and knowing how to treat herself and protect those she loves. But this can signify acknowledging and facing any personal issue.
I was so so so so soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo blessed this night: I received an award for winning the t-shirt design contest (which I had known about) AND I WON BEST IN SHOW FOR MY BUTTERFLY DRESS!!!!! I didn’t even know there was going to be a best in show judging! They had us all line up and hold numbers (for what felt like an eternity) so that audience members could vote on their favorites. We could hear everyone gossiping about which looks they loved and hated and who they wanted to vote for so I was pretty positive I didn’t stand a chance (based on the whispers I heard). Thank you Tania for working that runway!!!
Above photograph by Scott Griessel
Above photographs taken by Eric Suhm. Thank you Kahtia Hall for being my t-shirt model! Your smile made me smile!
I was awarded some sweet goody baskets loaded with hair care and facial products and $600!!! You have no idea what joy I feel. Thank you so much to everyone who helped put this show together! I will never forget this night.