I’m so excited to show you this Behind the Scenes motion picture, filmed by the awesome Alex Payne! What an amazing team of people!
Big thanks to Jeanne, of NolaWoman.com, for this lovely write up of my recent Fall 2014 NYFW presentation at the Algonquin. I was told that there was a overwhelmingly calmness backstage. I am extremely lucky to have worked with such an amazing crew, and I am excited for things to come!
Photo credit : Christian Padron
Ok, so it’s been a crazy past few months, and even crazier past few weeks. I am just now getting my head on straight, and I want to thank sooooo many people that have helped make all of this happen. I have been so lucky to have worked with, and around an incredibly talented group of people. People that want to see me succeed just as much as they want themselves to. I have so many people to thank, that I have decided to break you up into groups. This thank you is for my crew at NYFW.
First and foremost, I want to thank Kevin deLeon….my husband, and best friend. You have supported me for a long time, and it hasn’t always been easy…actually, it’s almost never been easy. I hope that I can make this all worth while. I love you.
Secondly, Jessica Barker. You have been my right hand man through this whole process, and you have been amazing. You’ve kept me sane, and kept me going. You show ‘em how it’s done.
Melissa Halpern - Thank you for creating a venue for me to expand my brand. I can’t wait to see what’s to come!
Gregory Patterson + Christine Miranda - Thank you for letting BlowPro be a part of my presentation. We had an immediate connection when we first met, and I hope that this is just the beginning. The hair was absolutely impeccable, and I have been singing your praises ever since that night.
Eric Vosburg - When we first planned on showing at NYFW, I knew that I wanted you on my side. I have always enjoyed working with you, and the girls looked flawless. You are going to accomplish things that most people only dream of, and I am proud to have had the many opportunities to work with you.
Jamie Gandy + Chelsea Darling - You guys show up, looking impossibly cool, and sling hair like it’s nobody’s business. I am so proud to have had you guys represent Nola with your incredible talent and spirit. It is now time for my touch up at Fifi’s.
Julia Elena - I am so happy that we were able to work together, again! It’s been a while, and it was wonderful seeing your lovely face. I’ve always admired your work. Good luck in the big city, I know you will do amazing things!
Amber Cannon + Olivier Lardat - I hate that I didn’t have much time to work one on one with you during the backstage madness, but it was a pleasure meeting you, and you did a wonderful job. I’m sure our paths will cross again, soon.
Kim D’amato - I was not expecting you to be the backstage nail artist. I mean….The founder of Priti NYC actually working backstage for my show! I am happy to have met you, and thank you so much for creating a custom look just for this collection.
Thea Grant - Thank you so much for allowing us to use your beautiful jewelry and making sure we got your pieces on time. Also, I am honored that you styled all of you work to compliment my collection. Everything turned out wonderfully.
Alex Payne - Dude…You have been dragged through fashion hell ever since we have started working together. You are awesome, and I hope this will become a jumping off point for more creative projects to come. The fashion film is spectacular, and I know that your work will continue to impress.
Que Dong - Thank you for tromping through all of that snow to take photos for my event.
Noel Martin + Courtney Dunn - Thank you so much for your hard work for this presentation. You guys kept me together, and made things happen. I couldn’t have done it without you, and I hope this isn’t the last time we get to work together.
Alaia, Sarah, Ashley, Madison, Anna, Marsha, Paola, Alexandra, Sidney and Kimberly.
Special thanks to my sponsors:
Wow! I am incredibly overwhelmed with how many people contributed to my KickStarter campaign! Thank you to all that donated, facebooked, tweeted, emailed, and shouted from the mountain tops. I am extremely lucky to have such an amazing support group of friends, family, fans, and community that has built me up as a designer and small business owner. The leap I am about to take will not be done without great care. My brand is my name, therefore, I will treat it with great dignity and purpose. This presentation for NYFW will not only bring my work to a new eye, but also to the city that I love…a city full of people with as much, if not more, passion and creativity for their craft, as I have for mine. I take this leap with big hopes of being a participant in helping rebuild the manufacturing industry and ultimately creating more jobs. This will not be an easy journey. But, I am forever indebted to you for smoothing my path to success.
With all of that said, I invite you to celebrate with me at Eiffel Society for drinks, film, music and friends. The gathering will be on Wednesday, January 22 from 5:30-8:30. 2040 Saint Charles Avenue.
Black and Gold of the Week: Saints vs Seahawks
Getcho Popeyes and Gatorade on….IT’S GAME DAY!
Black and Gold of the Week: Saints vs Eagles
Ooh…it’s gonna be a chilly one in Philly today. That’s ok, ‘cause we got some new sweats.
Black and Gold of the Week: Saints vs Bucs
Ok, so it’s been kind of a rough season for us Saints fans. But, I mean, we’ve been though far worse with our beloved Black and Gold. Hopefully, today, our guys are on point and ready to please.
Football in New Orleans is an interesting concept….on paper, it is no more than entertainment. But, in reality, it is so much more. In New Orleans, we tend to act as one….we see a win as a representation of how our city is rising above the shit. It gives our community a since of pride, and for just a few hours, it helps us forget about how hard life can be sometimes. Wins put us on cloud 9….we don’t get so impatient with the cashier at Rouses that is having a conversation with the shopper about how ridiculous their heating bill is, all the while the line is backing up to the cereal isle…..we go a little more out of our way to pay a compliment to a stranger on the street…for a moment, we forget about what we see every night on the 10 o’clock news…. we have a connection with our fellow Who Dats. That is why we take a loss so much harder than most….because we are a community that thrives on small connections and brotherhood.
Thank you, Saints, for providing yet another season of excitement, camaraderie, and minor heart attacks.
Photo by Kenny Morrison of Jhesika Menes wearing Amanda deLeon
Black and Gold of the Week: Saints vs Panthers
Ooooh, ya’ll better tighten up, Saints. This ain’t no joke!
Photo by Melanie Alexandra