Summer Break Fashion Discovery: Made With Love by JDove

12 Apr

Oh, summer break! When you are in college, you can get a summer job, start an internship, go on as many mini vacations as possible or fall into a massive case of boredom. Jessica Dove, Towson University senior majoring in Mass Communication/Public Relations, had just finished her freshmen year when she re-discovered a childhood passion.

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“I had learned to knit when I was a little girl but my boredom had inspired me to pick it up again, Dove said. I made myself quite a few scarves that summer, and when I got back to school for my sophomore year I got a lot of compliments on them. Soon after, so many people asked me to make them scarves and headbands. I made a Facebook page just to organize myself, and from there everything took off. Long story short, I guess you can say my brand was started out of boredom.”

 

Made With Love by J Dove has transform from simple designs to items with color as well as pattern complexity.

 

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“People definitely love the knitted bow headbands,” Dove said. They are so easy to wear in the winter and don’t mess up your hair. Next, I feel that people really love my oversized cardigans. Those are so easy to throw on over anything, and they’re so warm. They literally go with anything. I think my third top items are definitely my infinity scarves. Those are extremely customizable, and I think my customers really like how the can choose the different details that go into their personal scarf such as color, pattern, thickness, etc.”

 

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The artist also known as JDove makes all products completely customizable for her clients. You can send her photos of designs, patterns, textures and colors you want. She will accept the challenge to create whatever knitting item you desire. To purchase her designs, you can reach her through Instagram, @madewithlovebyjdove , her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/madewithlovebyjdove) or her etsy shop www.madewithlovebyjdove.etsy.com.

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“For Spring 2015, I plan to really highlight my knitted crop tops,” Dove said. Currently I am working on different patterns and textures for my spring collection.”

 

Make It Work Influenced: Dreams by Danielle

12 Apr

I have never met one fashionista that didn’t enjoy a season of Project Runway. The Dreams by Danielle designer was influenced to start a fashion line of her own after years of having Project Runway viewing parties with her friend.

 

“I was attracted to how creative the designers are,” Danielle said. It was amazing to me to watch them illustrate an idea and then bring it to life.”

 

In 2014, Danielle opened an Etsy shop to create looks that compliment the female body.

 

“The first outfit that I ever made was a green leopard print peplum top and gold pants,” Danielle said. I was so excited that I made an outfit that would stand out and showcase my personality.”

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Where do you get your design inspiration?

 

I get my design inspiration from exploring my surroundings. There is inspiration everywhere. When I see a color of a car that can inspire an idea or when I see an outfit on someone, I think about how I can improve it or make it in a plus size. Some times I spend hours walking around fabric stores looking for a fabric that can inspire a new idea.

 

 

Describe your design process (from idea to final product).

 

When I come across a color, shape, or fabric that inspires an idea, I create a basic sketch of it. I love to use prints, so I spend some time coloring in the sketch to make sure the color scheme works. Next I make a pattern for the garment. I rarely use commercial patterns. I use the patterns that I create to produce the final product.

 

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How would you describe your personal style?

 

I would describe my personal style as unique. I do not stick to any specific trends or fashion conventions. I just wear what I like. This is part of the reason I began sewing. I do not like to be confined to “what’s hot”. I like to mix prints. I like to wear bright colors and flower prints all year. I like to dress how I feel or dress to improve my mood. My personal style is like my personality; adventurous.

 

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How has your garment design evolve through the years?

Over the years by designs have become more detailed and sophisticated. I began by making ready to wear clothing but now I am venturing into making more formal wear. In addition, I am using more embellishments in my designs.

 

 

What are your plans for Dreams by Danielle in Spring 2015?

 

This spring I plan to include a lot of mesh, flowers and lace in my garments. These are some of my favorite fabrics to work with because they are feminine, sexy and light. In addition, the versatility of lace and flowers allows them to be dressed up or down but still exude confidence.

 

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INSTAGRAM: @Dreamsbydanielle

ETSY: www.shopdreamsbydanielle.etsy.com

EVENT ALERT: Harbor FashionEASTA 2015 on April 25

1 Apr

Fourth Annual FashionEASTa: The Fashion Show!

On Saturday, April 25 Baltimore’s hottest shopping destination takes center stage and highlights the fashions of some of its most notable retailers. Guests are welcome to shop in-store specials and style events, groove to live entertainment, and savor cocktails and light fare from Harbor East restaurants street-side. The festivities culminate with a showcase of the best of spring fashion as the hottest looks hit the runway for the FashionEasta Fashion Show!

 

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  • The fashionable fete kicks off at 1PM on Saturday, April 25 on Aliceanna Street (between South Exeter and South President Streets).
  • The FashionEASTa Fashion Show begins at 3:30PM hosted by Baltimore magazine Style Editor Hilary Geisbert, bringing audiences a high-energy runway production highlighting spring fashions and local celebrity models. The best part? All the show’s styles come straight from Harbor East shops, so if you love what you see you can purchase the looks “haute” off the runway.

    FashionEASTa: The Fashion Show is FREE and open to all.

  • Serious fashionEASTas will want to reserve their spot on the “Guest List” for an even more fabulous experience. Guest List tickets are $35 and include: reserved seating for the FashionEASTa Fashion Show (standing room only otherwise), discounted food & drink vouchers good for street-side offerings from 1-6PM, an exclusive FashionEASTa shopping tote, and garage parking in Harbor East. Tickets must be purchased in advance. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Baltimore.

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EVENT ALERT: Over Accessorized GIRLS NIGHT OUT on April 25

29 Mar

Over Accessorized GIRLS NIGHT OUT!

On Saturday, April 25, Over Accessorized will host its 6th Semi Annual Over Accessorized Girls’ Night Out Event. Each spring we raise funds for “Teal is a BIG Deal” and “Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes”. These foundations bring awareness and benefits to women who are battling Ovarian and Breast Cancer.

This year, they will be hosting our event at the Scottish Rite Building in Baltimore City.

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Local Vendors include: Style House, Mimidre, and more.

Tickets are $10.

The Man of Many Poses: Dylan Thai

28 Mar

Do you know Dylan Thai?

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As Fashion Awards MD’s 2014’s Emerging Male Model of the Year winner, he is one to watch in the Baltimore fashion scene. The Vietnamese American male model was born and raised in Germantown, Maryland. He currently is a Fashion Merchandising student at Stevenson University and will be graduating in May 2015. He plans to reside in NYC and take on Fashion PR field as a career in the fashion industry upon graduating.

 

What inspired you to pursue a career as a model? 

I was actually persuaded by friends to try it out as well as to participate in a few fashion shows during my senior year in High School. After getting a little taste of what modeling is like and having support from friends as well as my high school drama director and choreographer; Sherion and Shawn Cosby, I began taking interest into the fashion industry and began pursuing modeling. With individuals’ interest in wanting to work with me grew I began to take modeling more seriously and saw the potential I had. I wouldn’t have continue modeling if I didn’t see the potential or interest.

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What was the first photo shoot you did? What do you remember the most about your first photo shoot? 

My first photo shoot I did was with the talented female photographer; Nhu Nguyen of Nhu Nguyen Photography in Downtown Frederick. I remember that I was really nervous and got lost driving to Frederick since it was my first time going to Frederick alone.

What did winning a Fashion Awards MD award mean to you? 

Winning the title of Fashion Awards MD’s 2014 “Emerging Male Model of the Year” is a blessing and a great honor. I am very grateful for the support from fellow fashion industry peers. Winning this award showed me that I do have what it takes to be a part of this industry. By being nominated and voted for as well as receiving the award also showed my parents that my time is not wasted and I am able to be apart in this industry as well.

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How has your modeling evolve over the years? 

My modeling has grown and improved a lot over the years with more experiences and learning more poses; I knew what worked for me and what didn’t. Also, I developed stronger images through the years as well.

What are your plans for Spring 2015?

For Spring 2015 I will be graduating from Stevenson University with a B.S degree in Fashion Merchandising. I am also hoping to be signed with a NYC modeling agency as well.

 

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What tips would you give to inspiring models? 

Network, research established models for inspirations, practice, and always take critiques and criticism well. Those are key to being successful in this industry as well as to grow and improve as a model. Take every beneficial opportunity that comes your way as well.

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is a fusion of Asian and European styles that is street chic, fashion forward, and edgy. My style is always developing, but I always like to be comfortable and show my personality.

Anything else you like to share? 

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I am currently interning for uprising lifestyle brand Kevin V. Thai Co, LLC; that provides unique and premium quality RTW men and women clothing. Everyone should check it out- http://www.kevinvthai.com/

P.S I am not related to the founder; Kevin Thai.

 

Writer’s Heart with a Touch of Knit: Twigs & Wool

20 Mar

Last year, Corrine Nadine Gasiorowski graduated Towson University with an English degree and found a job as a technical writer within a month’s time. However, she had a desire to make an outlet for the other sides of her creativity. 

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“I needed to do something that was just for me,” Gasiorowski said. I never set out with any sort of business plan. If I know anything, I learned it day-by-day. My knitting has always been something that I just did for fun and for gifts; it never seemed like something that others would appreciate to the degree that they have.”

The first item sold by the Twigs & Wool designer was a grayish-purple towel with metal, flower buttons from Bottle of Bread. 

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“It was a very rough design and it would mostly fit a child, but a very petite woman fell in love with it for the craftsmanship at the first Bmore Flea I attended,” Gasiorowski said. I took that sale into consideration as I made modifications to what I had in mind for this past season. She liked the high quality of the cowl more than anything else, so that’s what I try to focus on with each modification I make.”

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With signature items like the “Emma Cowl”, the “Vivienne Beanie” and “Victoria Fingerless gloves”, Twigs & Wool is becoming a knitwear go-to in Charm City. Gasiorowski’s knit line can be found in local boutiques like Doubledutch and Bottle of Bread. 

“All three of these stores have one thing in common: they value well-made handmade goods,” Gasiorowski said. It is so easy to engage in fast fashion and stuff that is inexpensive and poorly made at the expense of someone overseas whom you will never meet. These stores understand the intrinsic value that good handmade goods will always have. For this, I am very grateful because they took a chance on helping me make my little knitted dream a reality.” 

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As the colder temperatures began to disappear, the Twigs & Wool creator is already thinking about plans for spring. 

“Some stuff is still under wraps as I am working on the logistics,” Gasiorowski said. But am going to be making air plant baskets that can be hung individually or purchased with a stand to display them…great addition to your desk environment.”

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“Read a book, wear some knits, and pet a cat. Not necessarily in that order.”  -Corrine Nadine Gasiorowski 

 

ETSY: http://www.twigsandwool.etsy.com

FACEBOOK: ( https://www.facebook.com/twigsandwool

TUMBLR: http://twigsandwool.tumblr.com)

INSTAGRAM: ( http://www.instagram.com/twigsandwool)

 

MICA Fashion Week 2015: Time Lapse, the 22nd Annual Benefit Fashion Show, and MEDIUMRARE, An Experimental Fashion Event

20 Mar

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Time Lapse, 22nd Annual Benefit Fashion Show

This year’s Annual Benefit Fashion Show presents an opportunity for viewers and participants to discuss the elements of evolution, an endless process in the developmental growth and adaptation over time, continuing through natural order.  Time Lapse also allows student- artists and designers to expand on ideas and events of the past, discover how they reoccur in the present and predict patterns of the future. It is a chance to re-interpret historical themes and evolving fashion. 

Proceeds from the 22nd Annual Benefit Fashion Show help support students involved in diversity programming and scholarly pursuits through the Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development, which sponsors the show. The event is one of many ways MICA continues to provide comprehensive diversity programming that supports the students’ academic and social needs.

Tickets cost $20 available at the MICA Bookstore, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave. and store.mica.edu.

Limited tickets will be sold at the door for $10.

 

Designers:

Jeremy Cain ’15 (General Fine Arts BFA), Carly Carlock ’15 (General Fine Arts BFA), Caroline Creeden ’16 (Fiber BFA), Erin Dowd ’17 (Fiber BFA), Camille Hallin ’16 (Fiber BFA), WuQing Hipsh ’16 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture BFA), Ashley Lian ’17 (Fiber, Humanistic Studies BFA), Kevin Lowenthal ’16 (Fiber BFA), Sarah Middleton ’17 (Fiber BFA), Skylar McCormick ’16 (Interactive Arts BFA), Amanda Perkins ’17 (Graphic Design BFA), Ursula Populoh ’15 (Fiber BFA), Arooj Qamar ’16 (Fiber BFA), Michael Quednau ’17 (Graphic Design BFA), Sebastian Ruiz ’18 (Architectural Design BFA), Jesse Satterfield ’15 (Fiber BFA), Cindy Stauffer ’15 (Fiber BFA), Molly Sydnor ’15 (Fiber BFA), Luca Tanaka ’18 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture BFA), Leslie Xia ’15 (Graphic Design BFA), Hennie Yeh ’15 (Graphic Design BFA) and Kat Zotti ’17 (Fiber BFA).  Director: Sydnor.  Assistant Director: Natovian McLeod ’15 (General Fine Arts BFA).  Graphic Designers: Amadeus Guchhait ’15 (General Fine Arts BFA), McCormick and Xia.  Media: Winston Frazer ’16 (Painting BFA) and London Zhang ’17 (Painting, Graphic Design BFA).  Production: Stella Lee ’16 (Fiber BFA) and Khadija Adell ’15 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture BFA).

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MEDIUMRARE, An Experimental Fashion Event

 

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For the 2015 Experimental Fashion Event, artists and designers from MICA’s Fiber Department Multi Media Event class work collaboratively to transform Baltimore’s Lithuanian Hall into a venue for innovative fashion and costume design.

During the annual event, students present their individually crafted garment-based works, pushing the boundaries of fashion and art. The fashion event represents a variety of concepts and skill sets, with work speaking to the performative nature of fashion and the merging of the runway, the stage and the theater of the streets. The evening will involve more than 200 people, including designers and their hand-selected models and performers.

Tickets cost $7 available at the MICA Bookstore, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave. and store.mica.edu.

 

 

Designers:

Lo Ashford ’16 (Fiber BFA), K.T. Bierman ’15 (Fiber BFA), Moon Choi ’15 (Fiber BFA), Christianna Clark ’15 (Fiber BFA), Ronesha Davis ’15 (Fiber BFA), Elise Drake ’15 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture BFA), Izzy Garcia ’15 (Fiber BFA), Sara Keller ’15 (Fiber BFA), Katie Kocur ’15 (Fiber BFA), Karyn Lao ’15 (Fiber BFA), Aqeel Malcolm ’15 (Fiber BFA), Kurina Sohn ’15 (Fiber BFA), Cindy Stauffer ’15 (Fiber BFA), Molly Sydnor ’15 (Fiber BFA) and Kai Ge Xing ’16 (Fiber BFA).  Graphic Designer: May Kim ’16 (Graphic Design BFA).

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