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All About Proportion

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This one goes out to all the petite ladies out there who have been told they cannot wear curtain styles, like the trapeze dress. That is 100% a fashion myth. This style, also known as the tent dress, belongs to everyone. It can be worn beautifully by the tall, small, thin, and curvy. The key to this silhouette, as well as any fashion, is PROPORTION, PROPORTION, PROPORTION.

The first “P” is for proportion of length. I designed this dress for my body, which is a petite 5’2″. This means my hemlines are shorter than the industry standard, because I am shorter than the industry standard. If I had purchased this off the rack, the hemline in the front would have most likely cut me at the knee (this would have significantly shortened the look of my legs). Having the front hemline hit me several inches above the knee, while sweeping down in the back, provides the illusion of distance. And distance reads as lengthy legs.

The second “P” is for proportion of fabric. I strategically controlled the volume of fabric to serve my shape. The front of the dress is significantly less full, allowing me to carry this look. In the back of the dress I added chevroning seams, which create 3 tiers. Each tier has more volume than the next, so the dress gets exponentially fuller as the fabric cascades.

The third “P” is for proportion of design elements. The black sequin appliqué was a bold choice made on purpose. The strong look of the yoke emphasizes the shoulders, which helps me carry such a large silhouette. The yoke also extends a little beyond my natural shoulder, making my frame looking broader than it actually is. The open back is also an important design detail that helps me pull off such a full garment. The back cutout helps restore the balance between the amount of fabric used and the surface area of my body.

Do you have a style you have always wanted to wear, but struggle to find the one that looks good? I am officially open for business and taking clients! I would love to make THAT dress for you!

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Danielle Goodman

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Open Runway 2017

Summer weather may be dragging its feet, but the Boston fashion scene was heating up at Open Runway 2017!  Smack in the center of Boston’s Downtown Crossing, the fashion show took place on the newly iconic stone steps. Tourists, passersby, and business men and women alike were able to experience a taste of what new and emerging Boston designers have to say. With rows of designer/model duos ascending the stairs, it was a perfect picture of the best of what Boston has to offer. It was a colorful fusion of silhouette and style, with the designers and models to match. The mix of talent was diverse and dynamic, as were the clothes exhibited.  It’s the mixed bag of the Boston fashion scene; one I am proud to be a part of!

Something that is unique to Boston is the inclusive, supportive, and collaborative nature of the local industry. As a blogger, and now a designer, I am always moved by the local industry mentality; a success for one is a success for all of us. Congrats to all the amazing designers that showed their work at Open Runway. Let’s keep designing and continue to develop Boston as the amazing fashion hub it is!

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Olga Photo and Iggy Barskov

Shout out to Jay Calderin for an amazing event!

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The Lashes, The Skin, & The Wardrobe

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What do our wardrobes and skin have in common? Both require a major refresh after the long New England winter! After months of harsh weather (with the clothes to match) both our complexions and closets are in need of some brightening. I teamed up with Beaucage Salon & Spa to refresh and rejuvenate my skin, while I designed the dress to match.

To set the scene, Beaucage is tucked away on the upper floors of a historic brownstone. The salon on their first floor is sleek and elegant—modernity perfectly mixed with classic Back Bay. With panoramic floor to ceiling windows over looking Newbury Street, the city is a beautiful backdrop for your wash, cut, and blow-dry. Move up to the spa on their second floor, and you’ll find more quite, calm, and intimate surroundings. The dimmer lit rooms, plush leather couches, and soothing instrumentals have you relaxed in no time.

The Dress

For this look I wanted to create something that captured the romantic, fun, and flowering feel of spring. The off the shoulder, sweethearted, surplus neckline is very flirtatious. The high-low, full skirted silhouette makes you want to get out there and move. Due to weather, we had to stay inside, but this dress would be beautiful in the pubic gardens or marbled courtyard of the BPL. The fabrication is silk dupioni in a floral print. I chose the color green as a symbol for regrowth, rejuvenation, and the hopefulness of the promise of spring.

The Lashes

Do not underestimate the power of long, luxurious, lashes! I absolutely LOVE my extensions. Misty did a great job picking lashes of the perfect length, thickness, and curl for my face. By combining different lash sizes, she achieved a full and fluffy look; somehow natural and dramatic at the same time.  Not only do they brighten and open up my eyes, but they are also a major time saver! Having lashes has cut my morning makeup routine in half (there is no longer a need for mascara or eye liner). Not to mention, I no longer have to use harsh makeup removers on stubborn eye makeup. Talk about #iwokeuplikethis on a whole new level!

The Facial

Misty was amazing and left my skin hydrated and glowing from within! Not only did I receive the best facial of my life, but she really explained the reasoning behind the techniques and products she used. She began by conducting an analysis of my skin to ensure I received a treatment catered to my specific needs. After gently cleansing my skin to remove any makeup residue, I was fresh, clean, and ready to rejuvenate!  She first applied a chemical peel under hydrating steam (these peels are of differing levels depending on what your skin needs). After this, she performed a complete extraction of clogged pours. Then was my favorite part, a massage of the face, neck and shoulders. Misty explained how the massage increases the blood flow and oxygen to the skin cells, which increases the lifespan of collagen and elastin cells. After that, she applied a cooling and calming algenate mask, and left me to relax and meditate for about ten minutes. The facial ended with an eye cream, hydrating serum, and my favorite—moisturizer and sun screen. The Environ hydrating facial was exactly what I needed to remedy the effects of winter on my skin. The results were incredible, just look at the pictures!

The Hair & Makeup

Following themes of refresh and rejuvenate, we wanted the hair and makeup to have that same purified vibe. Stylist, Amber, blew out my hair to be sleek, voluminous, and totally fresh for spring! Dericle, one of the Beaucage makeup artists, brought out the natural glow of my skin by creating a clean and dewy look. Amber and Dericle focused on natural beauty and bringing out your best self. It was a very refreshing change from the typical salon experience, where you come out looking completely overdone. Both are extremely talented and passionate about what they do. I would strongly recommend them to anyone!

The Promotion

For all you En Voguers out there, Beaucage has a special promotion for lashes, facials, hair, and makeup services! Drop my name when you schedule an appointment with Misty, Amber, or Dercile and receive the following:

$20 off a single process or foil (full or partial) with Maura

$50 off the Environ facial with Misty

$50 off the full set of lashes with Misty.

Cannot be combined with other offers.  Offers expire 5-31-17

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Danielle Goodman

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Snow White

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Tomorrow may be the first day of spring, but here in New England, winter remains. Of course I’m excited for budding trees, longer days, and lighter jackets, but to me there is nothing more beautiful than a wintry scene. For this ensemble I wanted to capture the stark polarity of winter; the frozen, sharp, and sleek lay of the land, in contrast with the plush, frothy, and glittering, sweeps of snow.

The inspiration behind my coat is sheets of ice and hanging icicles. The boxy fit is a representation of wide expanses of ice and snow. The hem of the coat cascades down to a sharp point like icicles on a frozen waterfall. When designing this garment, a lot of thought went into the front closure. I did not want to include visible buttons or a zipper because it would disrupt the look I was going for—untouched snow. The coat fastens with hidden magnetic snaps, making it sleek in design, but also really easy to get in and out of. The fabrication for this coat is snake-skin vinyl (very hard to sew, but super fun to wear)!

The cocktail dress is the coat’s whimsical counterpart. The flounces around the arms and hemline have a life of their own! Full of body and movement, I wanted to capture the essence of snowdrifts and falling flurries. The body of the dress is made out of a white and silver brocade, which looks like freshly fallen snow, sparkling in the moonlight. The silhouette of the dress is part ice skater, part ballerina…think Waltz of the Flowers from Disney’s Fantasia (You can start the clip at 3:00 ☺).

The unsung hero of this ensemble are my earmuffs, they are so fun to make! The muff is made out of a beautiful sheepskin that keeps your head insanely warm on those particularly frosty days. I hand beaded the band with glass beads that capture the light like shards of icicles.

Hopefully the spring weather will come soon, but in the meantime, appreciate the beauty around you. It won’t happen again until next year!

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Danielle Goodman

 

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A Farewell to Bare Arms

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Whether you’re in the throws of back to school or back to the real world, we’ve all flipped our post Labor Day switch. However, before diving headfirst onto the Halloween anticipating, hot toddy train… I have one more look before quitting this summer cold turkey.

My last ensemble of the season boasts a modern take on a vintage silhouette. I gave the 1950s New Look a makeover by incorporating two of this summer’s hottest trends; the two piece dress and cropped top. Although I adapted this classic look to include on trend elements, the period styling is the soul of this dress. When designing my look, I wanted to convey the sentimental charm of the 1950s. Designed for the true romantic, the pink full-bodied skirt is both flirtatious and demure.

Saying goodbye to the simple elegance of summer clothes is always bittersweet. However, after bidding farewell to the light, bright, backless, and strapless, the memory of frolicking around Boston in this outfit will stay with me through the coldest days of winter.

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Pop Art

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For spring 2015 soft silhouettes in dewy blues, frosted pinks, and pristine whites fill the streets and our closets. With spring style in full bloom, it seems as though the whimsical fashions have us all living in a pastel haze and white washed day dream. While I love this ethereal esthetic, particularly the blithe attitude it emanates, it also beckons me to go against the grain. It’ s as if we’re all in an airy bubble of pale and muted hues—I’m tempted to pop it.

I satisfy this desire to stir the pot with the anti-pastel look pictured above. My inspiration for the styling and original dress design was Andy Warhol’s pop art, specifically his use of vibrant colors. The literal display of Warhol’s influence is the baguette, which is covered in prints of his iconic Marilyn Monroe silkscreen painting. Though more subtly, is the way he influenced my dress design. The black lace detail reminds me of Warhol’s blotted line technique, where the irregular lines of a print would be filled in with dynamic colors. For my dress design I chose complimentary hues to generate a true pop art feel. The calm and deep quality of the purple is amplified in contrast to the bright and active tone of the yellow backing fabric (and vice versa).

The point is not to reject the pastel color trend. I truly enjoy the refined and soft nature these hues poses, however as a designer, I’m always trying to find new ways to be inspired by color. In this instance, it took pastel colors to allow me to truly appreciate and explore the power of bold colors. My hope is that this dress snaps everyone out of their pastel trance, just for a moment, so it’s like seeing the true beauty of vibrant color with revirginized eyes.

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