For me at least, there are always a few days before something I’ve been working on is finished that I think it’s never going to come together, it looks terrible, and I hate it. My collection for Provo Fashion Week was no different, but fortunately it did come together and for the most part I think it turned out great.
Ever since I was a kid one of my favorite things to do was watch western movies with my dad. Usually Sunday evenings we would pop in some old John Wayne (who was his favorite) or Clint Eastwood (who was my favorite) and I was always enthralled by how very cool those cowboys were. The Hollywood cowboy is my favorite character from cinema’s history. There is no one more awesome than The man with no name in The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (both versions), Ben Wade and Charlie Prince in 3:10 to Yuma. The struggle between the law and the outlaw, and what really makes you a good or bad guy has always fascinated me. Consequently, the collection I designed was based loosely on this idea of the Hollywood cowboy and the line that separates the law from the outlaw, while still being things I would want to wear on a normal day. It was my first time sewing leather—our sewing machine performed like a champ even I did go through a boatload of needles.
Anyway, this was a fun project to do. While I worked on this stuff Aaron was doing a line for Tessel which also was featured at the show. I’m sure he will post about that later and we had a good time working on our stuff together. I love that he likes design and sews with me (also sews better than me)
The whole process was good right up until two days before the show when I realized I was way behind and decided a fashion show it was the worst idea I’d ever had. We both slept about 10 hours in the last week but then after the show I decided I wanted to do it again. Yesterday I slept in until 1pm because I was so tired. What can I say, sewing is a roller coaster.
I can’t say enough good things about Jocelyn Brown who did everyone’s hair and makeup for the show—she is incredibly talented and so kind to help me out. Also, all of my models killed it on the runway, we made a pretty good team! Unlike many others who participated in the show, I don’t do this as business, it’s mostly just for me because I think it sounds like fun. Having a venue to showcase your work just makes the creative process that much better. That being said, there is a sample sale with all the stuff from the show on Monday so if people want to buy it that would make me back some of the money spent on all that leather! If not though, I just gave myself a super awesome new wardrobe.
Here are some photos taken on the runway by the illustrious Breanna White, who was kind enough to share them with me.