BLONDi Style Diary: On Fashion Design and Style

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WHAT ARE YOU DESIGNING?
Right now I’m working on some new shapes for my dress line. I’ve been craving a new dress that’s simple and elegant but sexy. I wanted to design shapes that compliment and celebrate a woman’s curves with clean lines and body slimming fabrics. The goal is to be comfortable in a dress that feels like a second skin.

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THE SECRET TO MY STYLE…
Never too much. I don’t like to many embellishments that distract from a good fit and chic design. I’m typically a mono- chromatic dresser and rarely pair more than two shades in any outfit. With accessories I like to consider balance. If your bag is to small for your frame, then it looks out of proportion. Almost childish. A woman’s bag, shoes and jewelry should make a statement with elegance. It’s more about enhancing your style with those extra pieces rather than letting them distract from your silhouette.

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MY STYLE HEROS ARE…

COCO CHANEL for her ability to for see what woman would want to wear before they realized it. She took risks and listen to her own intuition. She allowed herself to be creative and never allowed her critics to influence her sense of style.

GRACE KELLY for the wonderful inspiring woman she was and always will be. Her classic style was iconic both in her time and ours.

AUDREY HEPBURN for her humor and sense of purpose. She never took herself to seriously and understood that the sensuality of a woman was in her laughter, her playfulness and her energy. She once said, “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

IF I COULD ASK MY INFLUENCES ONE QUESTION…
I would ask them about their vision. Where did their inspiration come from?

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I AM VERY HANDS ON..
I have always hand made my samples myself. Its part of my design process. When your able to create a design with your own hands, it’s very fulfilling. Adjustments and little things happen during the process that influence the design and you must be connected and focused to get it right. A designer who can not sew is like an artist that has someone else paint for them. It just doesn’t make any sense. There are no shortcuts in the creative process.

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ADVISE TO FUTURE DESIGNERS..
If you want to become a designer, you need to work in the industry. Fashion, like any other creative field is a business driven by unique talent. Many design schools teach the fundamentals but don’t nearly prepare young people for what’s ahead. Look for an internship in the fashion, marketing and distribution areas and learn everything you can. Take it all in while you work on your craft. Design things for your friends for free to get experience on real bodies and absorb their feedback. If you listen, woman will tell you what they want. It’s your job to give it to them in a way that makes them feel special and excited to get dressed in the morning.

WANT TO SEE WHAT I DESIGNED? Check out the posts below.

Style Diary: The Body Shaper Dress Fashion Inspired

Style Diary: The Body Shaper Dress

For more of my daily style.. @JacquelineJax.. Come to Instagram or Pinterest?

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