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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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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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