Throwback Thursday: My time at The Caravan Stylist Studio

Hello, all my Fashion divas and gurus! If you haven't liked the Official Heavy on Fashion facebook page, check it out today! I will be posting photos, videos, and other exclusive content that will not be on the blog like this! This is an up close and personal look at my time at The Caravan Stylist studio!

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Heavy on Fashion Reviews: Funktional Wearables - The Brianna Bracelet*

Hello, all my divas and gurus! I am so happy to be finally back on Heavy on Fashion. As you all may know, I am determined to get to a healthier & happier place.  Today, I wanted to talk to you about a super smart and innovative product- Funktional Wearables. 

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Heavy on Fashion #NYFW Adventure: Black Accessory Designer Alliance show...



Hello, all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so sorry for the #NYFW delay. February has been a busy and rough month full with a new job, family illness, and, of course, me being sick as well.
So I am happy to bring you some great reviews, all my #NYFW adventures, and more!

I had the chance to attend the Black Accessory Designer Alliance show during #NYFW! I was able to check out some fabulous designers like  Rococo Design Interiors, Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry & Accessories, and Vedazzling Accessories Boutique.  Enjoy this fabulous video/slideshow!
More #NYFW coverage coming soon!

Check out these fabulous designers at
Rococo Design Interiors http://www.rococodesign.com/,
Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry & Accessories http://ronnettacoleman.com/,
Side Note: Check out my review of Ronnetta Anthony bracelet at  /www.heavyonfashion.com//2015/05/heavy-on-fashion-review-anthony.html
and
Vedazzling Accessories Boutique at http://www.vedazzlingaccessories.com/

Heavy on Fashion talks to Vivienne Pash


Hello, all my divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you another fabulous interview with fashion designer Vivienne Pash. Vivienne Pash is a Jamaican born, NY designer.



Hello, all my divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you another fabulous interview with fashion designer Vivienne Pash. Vivienne Pash is a Jamaican born, NY designer.
 

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Heavy on Fashion Talks to Olga Pastyrnak


Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you an exclusive interview with fashion designer Olga Pastyrnak. Olga Pastyrnak is a great fashion line that premiere in late 2014 in New York City. The Olga Pastyrnak collection is all about the modern women with a wardrobe that reflects both her strength and her beauty.  

So without any further ado, Here is 
Heavy on Fashion Talks to Olga Pastyrnak!






Where are you from?

I am from a small town in the middle of Massachusetts, lived in western Europe for a few years as a teenager, and moved permanently to New York in 2010. 



Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration can be absolutely anything. Recently I was watching a child’s cartoon, and something about the color combination and the pattern of an animated dinosaur caught my attention and turned into a dress concept. That’s not the norm, of course, but in a profession that requires creativity, you train yourself to stop and consider anything that strikes your attention. Even if it’s a memory or an emotion invoked by a sight or a smell – it can be turned into a practical idea. 




What are your favorite colors to work with and why?

I love both neutrals and very saturated, dark tones – midnight blue, deep Bordeaux red, heavy purple. There is something inherently serious and sophisticated about these color categories which works nicely with the silhouettes and the aesthetic that I create. That being said, color theory is a fascinating science to me, so I welcome all color. My favorite piece in the current collection is a bright persimmon red. 




What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?

Impossible to say. I have thousands of sketches from my childhood, and unfortunately I only started dating them a few years in. I have a dream of one day creating every design I ever came up with. I think it would be really unique to incorporate some of the roots of OP into the collections as the brand grows. 




Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing.

It is very long and involves a lot of staring. Staring and thinking. If I try to put pencil to paper and just “come up” with something, I usually end up hating it. But if there is a concept in my mind that I envision for a couple of days, usually by the time I sketch it I already like it quite a bit. And from there, it is a process of editing, which, like I said, is a matter of looking at it for a couple of weeks, and tweaking it until it is what I want it to be. 



How would you define the style your line exemplifies?

I use the word “professional” to describe it, although the line has nothing to do whatsoever with work wear. I don’t know that there exists a word that carries the same weight as ‘professional’ but applies to life outside of work. But if there does, that would be the word I use. It’s for the woman who is serious, cares about the way she presents herself, but still wants to look beautiful, sexy, and effortless. She is wildly confident, intelligent and multi-faceted, and her style is a reflection of this. 



If you had the chance to dress *anyone* who would it be.. who do they think is the most stylish person around?

Amal Clooney. 



What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a designer? 

I think so important is the moment you find your point of view as a designer, and for me that is a moment I will always remember and be proud of. 




What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now?

Ten years from now I hope to have translated my idea of dressing into men’s, children’s and more accessible fashion. The message I preach I believe should be available for everyone, and I hope to have expanded the line into many directions in ten years. 





Finally, what does fashion mean to you?

Fashion for me is a language. When you walk into a room, I believe your look should do a certain amount of talking even before you do. When getting dressed, a woman should look into the mirror and ask herself, “what are three words a stranger who sees me for the first time would use to describe me based on what I’m wearing?”. Remember, what someone judges about your style they usually will attribute to you, too, so take charge of the message you are sending.


Check out more of the Olga Pastyrnak collection at: 

Heavy on Fashion talks to The Creators of Préparatoire Clothing



Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to have the chance to interview the fabulous ladies behind The Creators of Préparatoire Clothing. Bernadette Jeudy, Darnie Tranquille, and Roxanne Walton started a fabulous fashion line geared towards boys with a great sense of style. From fabulous tailored jackets to expressive color tones pants, Préparatoire is a great way for your mini fashion gurus to look his best on any occasion.
So without further ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to The Creators of Préparatoire Clothing!





Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What's your educational background? 
As a partnership of three people, we have a vast background. Bernadette Jeudy, CEO, is from Haiti with a background in Real Estate and Corporate Finance. She has a BA in Business Management and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership Management.  Darnie Tranquille, VP of Marketing, is also from Haiti but grew up in the states. Her background is in product/brand management and human relations. Darnie has her BA in Business Administration with a Master’s in Business Administration. As the VP of Marketing, Darnie brings in a wealth of experience to assist with the marketing function of the business. Roxanne Walton, from Jamaica, is the creative Director with a BA in Fashion Design.  Her background is in Fashion Design.



How did Préparatoire come to be?

Bernadette: I went to shop for an outfit for a special event for my 7 year old nephew. I had to go to three different stores to find one complete outfit. This experience took me back to the old days (of young boys dressing up in tailored pieces; I noticed there was a lack of options of quality and fashionable clothing available for boys. That is when I decided to come up with a clothing line for boys from 3 to 10.



When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer? 
Bernadette:  I was very curious as a child and had an inquisitive mind. I loved to write stories and always loved fashion. Ever since I was a young girl, I always took risk with fashion. I played with colors to come up with my most interesting outfits. I never followed the norm, I had my own style that made people stare (whether positive or negative); I owned my style and was true to my own creativity. I don’t keep up with trends; I wear what looks good on my body! The idea of Préparatoire came to mind when I went shopping for an outfit for my nephew

Roxanne: ­­­As a child I was always very creative. Designing was something that came to me naturally which in turn allowed for the development of this passion and drive I have for fashion design today. I was an extreme introvert and the innate abilities that I possessed became my outlet for which I expressed myself. Never having much as a child I became very resourceful when designing/creating: from cardboard box sandals to paper napkin Barbie doll dresses.  That way of thinking has not left me to this day: I can turn a tasteless piece of upholstery fabric into a one-of-a-kind high fashion coat.

Darnie: Ever since college, I had been putting fashion shows together and had invested time in the fashion world but I didn’t think of starting a boys’ line until Bernadette called me to discuss the possibilities of creating one together.

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer? What is your least favorite part about being a designer?
Bernadette: My favorite part is seeing the sketches come alive! The exorbitant cost of putting a line together is my least favorite part.
Darnie: My favorite part is seeing the many styles and designs that are created in the line for each season.  The collaboration of creativity is amazing. Actually, I don’t have a least favorite. I enjoy the daily challenges which encourage me to strive even more.
Roxanne: I enjoy the whole experience from sketching to creating the whole line.
What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?

We collaborated and came up with lots of pieces (shirts, pants, ties, shorts, etc.) and from those pieces; we added unique features to them to create the actual pieces. Our favorite piece is the Tyler Offset Wool Coat.




What do you like best about designing clothes?
We enjoy that we all have unique creative thoughts that we can add to each piece to form the collection.

What advice would you give any budding designers?  
“Work as a team and persevere to make it work in the industry.”
Describe the Préparatoire boy?
He is between the ages of 3 to 10 year old. He is a little charismatic boy, who is discovering his sense of style.  He's a young man who is sharp; he wears soft blush colours pairing solid fabric. He is happy about dressing up, and he is always ready for whatever the occasion; whether the park, school or a black tie function with his parents. He cannot be called vintage or new age, because Préparatoire boy wears what every boy of every decade should wear. He appears confident, approachable and very happy!


If you had the chance to dress *anyone* who would it be.. Who do you think is the most stylish person around?
Bernadette: I find Victoria Beckham very stylish; however, since this is a children line, I would love to dress Kiyan Carmelo Anthony. He will look great in Préparatoire!

 I would like to thank the lovelies at Préparatoire for their time and the fabulous interview.

Check out more from Préparatoire at http://www.preparatoireusa.com/

(Photos Courtesy of Préparatoire) 


Heavy on Fashion Talks to The Creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar!



Hello all my divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you my latest interview with the creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar, Misha Wilson and Ericka Hamilton. The Erimish bracelets are affordable stackable bracelets. The founders, Misha Wilson and Ericka Hamilton,  found inspiration for the fabulous collection from everyday life. With over 1000 styles currently available, each stack of Erimish bracelets is a unique reflection of  anyone's style and flair! 

So without further ado here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to The Creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar! 






Heavy on Fashion: How did Erimish come to be?


 Erimish Bracelet Bar: We started a “bracelet bar” in our retail location and it was a hit.


Heavy on Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar: 8th Grade 


Heavy on Fashion:  What is your favorite part about being a designer? What is your least favorite part about being a designer?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar:  Freedom of style




Heavy on Fashion: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever designed?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar: Bracelets





Heavy on Fashion: What do you like best about designing jewelry? What do you dislike about designing?

    Erimish Bracelet Bar:  Like: Mixing colors and textures to create a color that is new.
     Dislike: The trial and error- it’s hard to cut a bracelet apart after so much thought.





Heavy on Fashion: What advise would you give any budding designers?

Erimish Bracelet Bar: Mix styles and color together that you don’t think will work. You will be surprised.




Heavy on Fashion:  How has the outside world influence the Erimish brand?

Erimish Bracelet Bar: Colors and patterns are our biggest influence.




Heavy on Fashion: Describe the Erimish woman?

   Erimish Bracelet Bar: Late 30’s busy mom- but wants to be stylish.





Heavy on Fashion: If they had the chance to design for *anyone* who would it be.. Who do you think is the most stylish person around?


Erimish Bracelet Bar: Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, SJP



Heavy on Fashion: Where do you see Erimish in 10 years?

Erimish Bracelet Bar:  On the arms of celebrities who want some sparkle and color on their days off.





Check out Ermish at 

Until Next Time
Live, Style, Write
Malanb



Photos courtesy of Erimish Bracelet Bar