Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fall 2010 Lookbook, Part One

The first half of my lookbook is done! I could not be happier. Everyone on the team seemed to totally see eye to eye with me on the look I was going for. We also did an editorial shoot which was even better, but that's still to come... ...

Design: kelly lynne
Photography: Michelle Matiyow
Wardrobe Stylist: Rebecca Stevens
Make-up: Justin Ruppel
Hair: Tamara Carolin
Models: Masha
Apryl for Traque Models
Assistants: Megan Boltz, Amy Anderson

the Bravo! Bravo! dress. Taking the first good offer!

Were you a fan of this fantastic dress worn by the amazing miss Kelly Jean, at the Bravo! Bravo! opera house benefit?
Well now is your chance to own it for yourself!
The winner bidder backed out of her commitment, so it's available for one lucky person.

The dress is a size 4, with a 26'' waist and a 34'' bust. It's valued at $250, but I will take the first reasonable bid.
The dress is cocktail style. The bodice is fully boned, corset style, and has a lace overlay with a high neck ruffled collar.
Invisible zipper at back. The skirt part is a pleated peg style made of coated linen that has a silver/blue sparkle.
The dress is fully lined throughout.

If you love the dress but can't afford the marked value, send me an offer - with a great story, I might take you up on it!

If you have any further questions, please contact me at
for more info on this fun, one of a kind dress.

Monday, June 14, 2010

buying local

Taking a moment to provide you with a little self righteous rant about what it costs to make designer clothing in the USA, and why you can get a dress for $7.99 at Walmart. You think people would understand this, but they don't seem to.

Exhibit A: The Lace Ballerina Skirt - currently priced at $165, from my Fall 2010 Collection.

It takes me a good 16 hours to churn out this baby. If i'm working on nothing else, and spend 2 days - 8 hours each day on it.
My regular rate is about $15 an hour. Which I have been told is too low, but whatever. For now, that's what it is. If I were to charge people for the amount of hours to make this skirt at my hourly rate, that would price it at $270. We haven't even factored in the cost of materials. A double faced satin ribbon - about 3 yards needed at around $3 a yard. 3 yards of lace - $39. 6 yards of tulle - $12. Total materials cost - $54. I should actually be charging $324 for this skirt.

Why don't I? Well, priced at $165, everyone I know is asking if I can go lower.

And what do I say to that? Go shop at walmart. Where the prices are low because people aren't paid $15 an hour for their talents. They are paid at most maybe 10 cents an hour and work in a sweatshop in undesirable conditions. People know about this, they hear about it, and it's no mystery. They disregard it and keep on shopping at these places because its the American way to want something for nothing. Then to whine about the lack of jobs or the rising unemployment rate.

Friday, June 11, 2010

fashion woes this june. don't tell me what to wear, because you're wrong.

Signature pieces you MUST own!

Add an oversized tote for extra glam!

Step out in style with these beachy clogs!

A pair of oversized shades will add some luxe to that maxi dress!

i hate these words. I hate forced style, looks that try too hard.

It sounds cliche, but I miss New York.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bravo! Bravo! June 4, 2010

I had the pleasure of being a featured designer at one of Detroit's hottest events of the year - Bravo! Bravo! this past Friday. It was really a fantastic fantastic time. Myself, along with local designers William Malcolm, Wound Menswear, Femilia Couture, House of Cedi and Joe Faris, were featured as we each auctioned off a garment to benefit the opera house.

I have to say, the event itself blew me away (the best food, drinks and entertainment I've ever see in one venue!), but the real highlight of my night was finally meeting the other designers. I kind of feel like I'm the "newb" to the scene, and they were all so welcoming and awesome, and just made me feel all fuzzy inside. My insides were ignited with the intense desire to organize some kind of crazy renegade Detroit style fashion show with these loverly human beings. I just want to work together! Like so bad. I want Detroit to stand out when it comes to fashion. We need to make it happen. And with such a great group of people who don't have their heads on backwards, it shouldn't be hard. for realz.

Below are some photos of my muse and super star model extraordinaire, miss kelly jean, wearing the dress I donated for the event. I have to do a special shout out to this super babe. I mean really, look at her. But most of all, I love to work with her because she is super tolerant back stage when it comes to dealing with the "strong personalities" ifyaknowwhatimean. <3lovefestforkellyjean<3<3<3 Aside from being a model, she's also a teacher AND an actress. View her recent appearance in a music video as the date of a guy who realizes when it's already too late, that the girl is a kung-fu master.

and some other photos taken during the event.

I'd also like to thank Rebecca Stevens, good friend of mine and editor of 944 Magazine, for recommending me for the event, AND loaning me the accessories needed to make my garment a complete look. ;)

Friday, June 4, 2010

For those of you who missed it....

Here is a fantastic teaser trailer for the fall 2010 collection runway show. Special thanks to Dave Graw and Martin Sager for all the hard work they put into making this video.