countdown ROME FW week 3


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well after the frantic weekend and getting my previous commitments done…l decided to do some research and see what last years Altaroma looked like … maybe not a good idea, as it sent me into a complete panic! Its the REAL DEAL~ and all I could think was OMG  I’m not good enough for this show – I need to step this up BIG time!  Every insecurity I have about EVERYTHING came up… thankfully I have a pretty strong spiritual foundation, which I connect with as much as I remember through the day, but especially set time to do so in the AM…bringing this insecurity to that sacred time, I was given 2 ideas to ponder – making vs. creating, and form vs.content.  Making= trying to be other than I am, its figuring and doing my design from a place of thinking it should look a certain way for a certain person -or place – its the thought – what do they think? what will they think, how do I look, how does it look? how can I get that, or manipulating the circumstances  to  “look good”. same with form = the physical thing, the circumstances, the outside.  Creating is allowing something new into my consciousness – content is what I am being, loving, trusting,accepting, peaceful –  this is the place I want to connect to – to allow the flow of life , the essence of life to live me – and if its living me, its living my life and everything I do would be this energy, essence, quality. In all the unknowingness and insecurity I want to hold on to this as authentically as I can for this collection (and for my life )  Lets see how it goes:)

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and that brings me back to the collection… have I done anything physically for the collection ….. NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

I have done designs and been creative, I have another order of my  camo vests going out to Gilda’s in Boston – a boutique I have been selling to for years.  I have researched and purchased some amazing embellishments, pheasant feathers, pink feathered fabric and also while doing this bumped into someone that can help me develop the lace I need for the other collection…but thats another story! Big studio day tomorrow and already can’t wait to wake up and get in there !!!! Inspiration is on the same theme- Native American for sure an influence and when I brought this up to one of my girlfriends she laughed and said that I could play “half breed” at the fashion show(whaaa???) by Cher... and honestly Cher is a huge inspiration for this collection, but who is my muse for this collection – I have mentioned Talitha Getty before – she has been a muse for me for years, but i think my muse is me  – or the me I dream of being – the girl that’s traveling, laughing, loving and believes in magic…..

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Katharine Story is a California fashion designer whose signature style, which evokes the bohemian elegance of her native Laguna Beach, has won worldwide acclaim. Favoring timeless, confident beauty over seasonal trends, the label balances bold, hand-dyed color with flowing, unstructured shapes that are ultimately defined by the wearer’s body. Over the years and by way of private showings at her boutiques in Los Angeles and Laguna Beach, Story has become a treasured favorite among celebrities and other glitterati. They embrace the label for its power to reflect their confidence, worldliness and exhilaration for life. The Katharine Story brand now appears in trunk shows across the US and in several of the world’s leading fashion boutiques. The label is also a yearly presence at Paris and New York fashion weeks and at the Miami Swim Show. Story’s ready-to-wear collection features lace, chiffon, velvet, sequins and brocades imagined into kaftans and other classically flowing garments. The effect is femininity and sex appeal made only the more exquisite by a sense of intuition and exotic wisdom. Her latest work, while hewing close to her roots, features leather fringe, accents of fur, and oversize, semiprecious stone and metal accessories – a luxurious blend of casbah and beach club, with a smoky hint of goth. Story was born in Laguna Beach to a family of artisans. She spent her 20s in London and worked at Harvey Nichols while selling her own designs at Camden Market. Ever since, travel has been the inspiration for Story’s distinctive work.

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