My First Menswear Line Fall '14
As some of you may know! I showcased a line of traditional Irish inspired dress with more current graphic tee's at San Francisco's Kawaiiland this August. My first non-student fashion show! I also got to operate and vend at my own booth which was very hectic and exciting.
The word Kawaii doesn't refer to the Hawaiin Island, silly. Kawai is the Japanese word for "Cuteness" and this event brought together clothing designers, accessory designers, makeup, and hair artists from all over San Francisco's Bay Area. It was hosted at Ruby Sky in San Francisco on the first saturday of August this year. It was such a blast to meet other designers and for my models to walk down the runway for the first times in their lives.
To see other designer's work and learn more, please visit their website below!!
The down low on my line: Blarney
Why Blarney, Why Kilts, Why Kawaai?
Named for the famous Blarney Stone in Ireland that tourists kiss to be blessed with the "Gift of Gab" meaning you'll become more talkative after kissing it. I kissed it when I went to Ireland with my family in the summer of 2002, later finding out that the locals pee on it as a F U to tourists. That's what that smell was.. So I've always loved kilts, I find them incredibly attractive especially when you see men wearing them in modern day. It takes someone bold and brave to rock a kilt. The first guy I dirty danced with was wearing a kilt. Our 8th grade homecoming dance, I wore a Black Gothic Lolita dress and he wore a white collared shirt and a stunning Kilt. Beautiful.
My 80% recycled fabric line
I had a slowly growing collection of old plaids laying around and have always wanted to incorporate them into a line somehow. I gathered up more fabric at my happy place, SCRAP in San Francisco's Bayview because all of their supplies is used, its dirt cheap and the proceeds go to a number of great causes. I can't believe I've never plugged them before, but do check them out!
I also designed two plaids on Spoonflower a great resource for all designers, creative folks, or anyone with a project. I took snapshots of a video my dad shot of our Ireland trip and made them all kaleidescope epic so they could go on my shirts. You can buy the fabric designs on their website! And do check the site out, it's amazing!
The night of the Fashion show we drank, ate pizza and pocky(provided by the sponsors) took photos in the basement and with the coat check man's doggy. My friends walked in their first runway show ever! One model said before he went on stage his hands were shaking and his lip got stiff, but once he was in the spot light the girls in the audience went insane screaming like freaks, he loved the rush. He was later con acted by two other designers who wante d to have him model their clothing. Dreams do come true! I'm so proud of my models, grateful that Kawaiiland found me on Etsy and glad my friends could come out and witness my first show! For the rest of you, here are the pictures from that night. Stay Tuned for the music video coming out in a few weeks!!!
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