Welcome to the beautiful istanbul!
A busy and diverse place with gorgeous weather, great characters and unparalleled fashion.
Istanbul is home to some of the cutest restaurants you'll find. With the richest meats and endless yogurt. If you'll look in the bottom right, you'll spot a fellow rocking the stereotypical "Persian" uniform. An Abercrombie-esc collared tee with those pants us ghetto fabulous girls wore in high school. You know, the ones that have epic highlighting in an attempt to give our legs the ideal shape. Not all Turkish people dress like this, it's more of an Egyptian thing. Observe..
The true Istanbully fashionistas stick to a monochromatic black and white, similar to their San Franciscan cousins. They dress simplistically but sharp. Like a hot lawyer or a fashion savvy dentist. As you can see, mustaches are a thing, And hair is kept short, styled and professional.
Here is an ancient Turkish soldier's helmet. Complete with ornate decor, a beautiful, almost light house-looking topper, and a bill just like a baseball cap.
I don't know if we have a tourist or a local here, but this guy's outfit needs some applause. It's so wrong that it's right. Khaki shorts, a striped tee with the collar popped, a scarlet head wrap and "dad sunglasses". ART.
My hair is showing, but this is the typical way women wrap scaves on their heads and shoulders. Complete with a floor length skirt and no shoes, this is how one conceals themselves pre mosque visit. It is almost identical to how you prepare your wardrobe for Thai buddhist temples. The difference is that your hair can show.
A turkish palace
Here's one of the Sultan's finely crafted, silk tunics. I love when iridescent red and green are teamed up. The beautiful leaf pattern is wondrous.
And his palace wasn't too shabby either. The flying buttresses are decant and so well preserved. The color scheme is top drawer.
Here's a collection of Islamic patterned tiles on the wall of a temple that has Muhammed's foot print.. Gorgeous!
Take a peep at the stunning architecture of Turkish Mosques.
Ever wonder what it would be like to walk through a market in Istanbul? Filmed and narrated by yours truly.
Stay tuned! Next we dive into modern Thai Fashion.
First off, I'd like to introduce you to my main inspiration.
The brand, Lazy Oaf.
Since I typically do confusingly weird vintage inspired lines, I thought it would be fun to change things up. This is the first time I'm creating clothing with a modern edgy feel. Something I normally avoid at all costs, I think it's important to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Experimentation is paramount in fashion.
Here's some of my beginning sketches for the line.
Tunage: Resort 15
Materials and construction
I started with this sheet that was donated to the fashion students of Canada College.
Then I bought a huge roll of cotton/poly white fabric from Scrap SF.
I used strips of plastic water bottle for boning and to add structure to the garments.
I also cut up bras I bought at the market, and some I found in the garbage (at the top).
I used elastic I brought from America and white netting I bought in a hard wear store in Thailand.
Producing a photo shoot
I have been sewing this line fore three months. I finished it a week before my vacation to Southern Thailand. This is where I planned to have the photo shoot.
I have been thinking about this shoot since before I came to Thailand. Knowing this was the best place to showcase swimwear because of the white sand, clear water and large rocks that will loom behind.
I posted ads on numerous Facebook groups looking for models and photographers willing to work for free. It's hard to find professional women willing to travel and work for no pay.
At home I just use my friends, but to be an international brand, I needed to hire models for the first time. I had five models who lived in Bangkok and a local photographer and a local Hair and Makeup Stylist.
Three models dropped out weeks before the shoot so I was nervous. We were lucky enough to have a backup model who lives in the area. She is in her 50's and I've been wanting to use an older model for ages, so this was wildly exciting.
The last addition to our group was an ex-olympic trained athlete who had never modeled before, but wanted to try it out.
Running out of time and stressing out, I cut one of the looks from my line and added two tank tops. I also created a costume contest dress for myself in the same week. Ironed everything and left for Bangkok.
The day of the shoot
So my model who is an up and coming international electronic pop star was vacationing with her mom and found out she had to do a visa run the day before our shoot. She had to go to Malaysia and back in 24 hours. She got back to Krabi Thailand at 3 am and her mom and her found the hostel I arranged for them, it was closed and everyone was asleep. So they had to walk back to their original hostel, stay there, then wake up the next morning and return to the hostel that they couldn't access the night before.
The Hair Stylist arrives at 10. We all become acquainted and she starts putting foundation on our first model, a huge travel guru and a strong voice for the transgender community world wide. I explain the hair and makeup I'd like, we eat breakfast and I have each of the models try on their garments. I only had to alter two swimsuits to fit them perfectly. So I have plenty of time to fix our transportation sitch.
Makeup for the shoot
Hair for the shoot
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