Last week, my floral lace fabric arrived in my next colorway. Originally I had chosen a light blue and orange patterned lace that did not match my vision. Unfortunately, I had already cut it so I can not return it. Thankfully, the new fabric that arrived was exactly what I needed. I constructed a lace top and a velour teal skirt made of the same fabric as my teal bodysuit. This outfit was more on the risque side because of the lace and the shortness of the skirt. Whoever wears this one has to be bold!
(Unofficial pictures) Last week I had a photo-shoot for one of my new bodysuits! At first, I was nervous because getting the right fit of this design can be a little difficult. I started with asking for my model’s measurements but I ended up freestyling the design without measurements. Sometimes ,I really believe I have a gift for designing clothing because I can look at someones body and know exactly how something will fit on them. Most of my designs are crafted without measurements but 99% of the time it fits perfectly on the model. The bodysuit I made for her fit exactly how I envisioned it would and when we did the photoshoot, her confidence brought it to life. The shoot was done on the roof of a parking garage right at golden hour. The sun was on our side and we got some amazing shots!
This week the fabric arrived in my other colorways for the lace top and bodysuit! I decided that since I loved how the teal bodysuit came out, I wanted to make variety. Unfortunately, I underestimated the amount of fabric that I would need- I ordered one yard when I needed at least two! My frustration turned into improvisation and I had to make the bodysuit a capri-style hem. My goal with the color choice and even the design structure was to create a piece that was stylish and wearable! Reflecting on my own wardrobe choices, I tend to wear clothing that are unique but easily worn. Lately, whenever I go clothes shopping I am on a hunt for a cute bodysuit because they can be worn in all temperatures; throw a denim jacket on when its a little chilly, throw a bubble coat on when its freezing, and rock it as a stand-alone when it’s hot. Despite my fabric mishap, the bodysuit turned out FIRE and it fit me like a glove. I can not wait to take pictures modeling my own design!
Although the collection that I am making is going to be a Spring 2019 collection, I really wanted to make clothing that could be worn during cold weather. I also want to start designing clothing that can be worked into my wardrobe for going to class. With this new bodysuit, I can throw on a jacket or a coat and it would be a LOOK! Currently, I am crafting it in teal and burgundy colorways to match the rest of the collection. This one should be something that all of the girls can rock this year!
This week, I had a photo shoot for my new designs! I contacted Nayo to photograph and Christalle to model the designs. The photo shoot began when we all met in my dorm room; Christalle did a quick try on and everything fit her perfectly. I am always excited when I am able to witness someone else bringing life into my designs. Nayo was inspired by the blank hallway of my dorm suite so we did an impromptu shoot indoors after setting up the lighting and photo stands. My roommates were coming out of their rooms to compliment my work while I was filming behind the scenes footage on my iPhone. Watching Christalle move in my designs and Nayo capture the beauty of the clothing was DOPE! After we spent a hour shooting indoors, we decided to scout locations to shoot outside. We drove around a bit for some test shots and we finally came across a rugged, white wall; exactly what I was looking for. The authenticity of this location was what I really gravitated towards and we shot at this location for hours. With every single pose, I got more excited for the finished photos and for everyone to see my new work.
Watch out for the final images to be posted on my Instagram page!
This week, the fabric for my new collection arrived so I began designing! I am ecstatic for this new wave of creativity entering my mind and can not wait to bring my ideas into fruition. I would like this collection to be representative of everything that I am currently inspired by; I am motivated by brilliant women conquering their ambitions and fiercely expressing their desires. My new clothing will embody boldness in silhouette, brilliancy in color, and inspiration in aesthetics. I started by creating a lace top with a fiery color pallet to be paired with a bright yellow pant. The idea had been in my mind for the past couple of weeks and once I tried on the almost-finished product, I knew it was IT. Make sure to follow my instagram page @CiarraMariah to see the finished look!