Saturday, May 22, 2010

So Fresh, Sew Green

The fashion show last weekend was a huge success! The show's theme was sustainability and there were four design categories, recycled fabrics, recycled products, organic fabrics, and naturals. This meant we had used clothes remade into beautiful runway pieces, pieces out of trash, organic clothing, and in the grand finale, a dress made from corn husks, leaves, and flowers. I created two looks for it both of them in the recycled products category. The first was a dress out of plastic bags ironed together. The second, a top out of plastic bags and a petal skirt out of phonebook pages. I have a photo of the second look and I will get the other photographs from the photographer as soon as possible!

Also, I have recently been using the website BurdaStyle. It is such a great resource and community for people who like to create things. There are free patterns and project tips. Find the projects I've made under the username rebekah lynn.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The One Shoulder

It's been awhile! Whew! I was just working on a project for the upcoming student fashion show at Seattle Pacific University and pondering the current one shoulder phenomenon. I saw it coming a mile away and had mixed feelings at first but now I have come to really respect the one should style that is so prevalent in this season's dresses and tops.

This style has so much potential! It is asymmetrical and gives a far different look than strapless or a two shoulder look. It can be done in long sleeve, tank, jersey, organza, silk...there are countless varieties. Not convinced yet? This look also keeps it covered up! I have yet to see the one shoulder in a low cut look (I'm sure it's out there, but don't go there- keep it classy). It reveals the shoulder but keeps the bust covered. For formal wear it is still interesting while actually providing more coverage than most other evening styles. It is a great style that's in right, so wear it while you have the chance!

Blake Lively pulls off the one should quite nicely!

If you are going to wear it, don't confuse anyone as to your intentions. I was recently in line and the guys behind me were discussing whether the girl in front of me intended to have her shirt sleeve off. They weren't really sure whether the shirt was made that way, or she just had a dressing fiasco. The problem was, she was wearing a tank top underneath and had all these straps showing, so the one shoulder was not apparent. Make sure if you wear it, wear it alone and don't show any straps. Also, as with all your clothes, make sure it fits you well. In the words of Coco Chanel, "Dress shabbily, they notice the dress. Dress impeccably, they notice the woman."