So now its showtime! I am extremely nervous because we barely had time to rehearse or see the flow of the show. I watch from the backstage screen as Kevin, the show’s coordinator, starts the introduction. The show commences with an amazing dance performance which gets everyone, including the designers and models, pumped! We were all just having fun and the previous stress and anxiety melted away. When it was time for my set, I was just happy at that point. Fortunately, every model was dressed in time for my line-up and I was able to relax and get photos and video of the girls. That moment right before runway time is always the greatest, Its a time when I reflect on what it took to get to that point and see how my hard wok has payed off. I can’t wait to share the final photos from the show!
So, I was blessed with the opportunity to showcase my designs at the annual Diamante fashion show and I wanted to share my bts experience! The day started when me and another Howard designer arrived at Georgetown University at 11am. Along with us, we had our big suitcases filled with our garments and sewing machines – lets also note that Georgetown University campus is like a MAZE! When we were finally able to find the Auditorium, we were extremely excited! We unpacked our things, socialized with the other designers, and fitted our clothing on the models, and even sewed a few extra pieces during the 5 hour gap until the show!
So after all of the panic and desperation, my new fabric arrived! Tonight I will be getting started on creating new pieces for the show this weekend. I know I would like to create a few jackets and maybe some special joggers. I am still working out how I want to style the pieces for a complete look and mix up. I am excited to see how everything turns out!
So….I have another fashion show this weekend! I already have every piece in my collection made but (with my crazy creative brain and need for pushing myself) I want to create new designs. I feel that I want to spruce up my collection with some additional pieces and showcase those for this Georgetown show. I want my pieces to be more accessorized and styled for this show. BUT it is not up to me – it is up to the USPS delivery workers in delivering my fabric in time. I am hoping everything is delivered by Friday so I can get started working on the pieces, even I have to do it all in one day! Earlier this week someone asked me why I so I always wait to the last minute to order fabric? Well…the answer is that I am so indecisive! Please pray for me and my obsession with perfection!!
The HUHC Fashion Show was amazing! At first I was worried about my models not being able to walk in the order I selected or the clothing not being properly fitted before they walked out. Backstage was so hectic but I made sure I kept calm. It was astounding seeing my designs going down the runway and hearing roars from the crowd at each look. I also was able to successfully debut my website that night. After all the nerves, anxiety, and angst…everything went exactly how I dreamed!
The day of Howard University’s Homecoming Fashion Show was hectic! The morning started off with me finishing up sewing a few pieces and then attending class. I also had to be a part of a event that counted towards my final grade for one of my classes. The event was a success but, unfortunately, I was late to the HUHC fittings. The staff was texting and emailing me and there was nothing I could do! After the event was over, I headed to the auditorium with my suitcase of designs and we spent hours setting up and figuring out which models would wear what. I did interviews for online magazines and socialized with the other designers which calmed my nerves. Although I was overcome with anxiety about how the show would turn out, I was extremely excited to showcase my work!
UM WHERE IS MY FABRIC?? 3 days ago, I ordered my fabric for my designs for the HU Homecoming Fashion Show; it’s 3 days later…AND MY ORDER HAS NOT SHIPPED YET! I had ordered from my usual site because they are normally really fast in processing orders, I usually get my fabric within a week. I called this morning and they said that they were out of stock of one of my fabrics and had to ship it from their other warehouse. Unfortunately, this had delayed the process and I would probably not get my fabric until THE WEEK OF THE SHOW. Of course, I feel like there is a cloud of worry hanging above my head but I decided to relax. I am not letting things that are out of my control worry me anymore. I am speaking positive affirmations that everything will come out smoothly. Luckily, I still have fabric left over if all else fails. Stay tuned.