Draped for the girl who lusts after sensual brands with grunge influence, a moody palette of colors, and bold statements to carry her into all those intrepid evenings.
Haiku13 Autumn 2016 collection is designed to represent the nature of a warrior: a woman who has the vitality and will to rediscover, redefine and transform who she is in her awakened moments. Haiku13 fortifies the collection by blending symbolism and craftsmanship, while still preserving the true inspiration and philosophy of the Japanese ceramic art called kintsukuroi. Kintsukuroi represents the conviction that one is more beautiful for having once been broken.
Haiku13 motivates and inspires those valiant women to discover their own gold, with strength, wisdom, and integrity, no matter the suffering one endures.
“Love is the world’s infinite mutability; lies, hatred, murder even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood”
Tony Kushner, The Illusion
An underbust using traditional couture corset techniques. The garment is made with five layers of fabric: a silk lining, horsehair, cotton flannel, a heavy cotton twill and a cotton guipure lace overlay; as well as boning. The centerback has an eyelet closure with satin chording. The garment closes with an invisible zipper and snaps.
This garment is paired with a chantilly lace lingerie shawl that features a satin bias tape.
Condemn the Madness
Created for the wild boy whose involvement in motorcycle, skate or rock culture is permanent and not trying. A/W 2015
Trends that inspired these technical flats include:
Shibori dyeing with traditional patchwork boro; natural and selvage denim; rustic linens & handspun textiles for an earthy touch; indigo mending techniques like sashiko; traditional American workwear like Carhartt & aged pigments.
The Hedi Council
The Hedi Council came to me in September 2015 to rebrand their company's design aesthetic from simple screen-printed T-shirts to more sophisticated streetwear.
With their demographic of mostly men between the ages of 18 and 35 in mind, I started off with an inquisitive eye to what that market was currently wearing, who the risk takers and influencers were and then concluded my research by doing professional trend analysis. I then created this moodboard to present to them. Once approved, I then gave them a collection of technical flats via Illustrator. We made multiple t-shirts with the new hemline and I offered to sample the product and check for quality.
With sustainability at its rise, I sought out hemp fabric to create the first knit project in the winter of 2014 based on S/S trends of 2015.
Cassidy was my first introduction to what became a deep admiration for designing lingerie. I found this embroidered mesh and the 70's inspiration came au naturale.
Black Widow, a lace overlay, mesh lining, and multi-layered chiffon dress was draped for a local fashion show called Rescue Runway, a non-profit animal rescue which I had a helping hand in putting on.
The dress was also featured in Colorado's biggest fashion show called Urban Nights Fashion Show in which I was one of six designers asked to be showcased.
Nikolai was a quick design I threw together inspired by peasant dresses and of course, Alexander McQueen, among others who made this a huge trend for 2016 & 2017.
Recreator hired me to complete the Winter 2017/2018 collection. The pieces were already cut & sewn when I was brought onto the team. Recreator gave me the ability to dictate the direction of the collection by choosing and updating archived artwork, as well creating some new graphics. I worked with various vendors including: dye houses, fabric suppliers, trim and accessories suppliers, screen printers, embroidery companies, cut & sew vendors, DTG vendors, paper vendors, artists, etc.
I created the collection via Illustrator first, allowing for there to be discussion around what to eliminate, change and add. Then, I finalized a technical package which included technical flats, spec sheets for various vendors, cost sheets, fabric supplies and a trims & embellishment sheet. I communicated with vendors, dropped and picked up garments, as well as dealt with payment.
When the collection was complete, I was given the ability to work on the set for the photoshoot, assisting in styling and location scouting. From there, I created an inventory spreadsheet which I was in charge of updating; tagged and bagged the collection and shipped orders.
The last thing I assisted in doing for this Winter 2018 was creating a buyer’s magazine for our in-house sale’s rep via InDesign.