Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Projects: Illustrated Greeting Cards byAndreaFenise

Just less than a month ago, I posted the beginning of my "continuing education" of learning to sketch and illustrate for my upcoming collection. I scoured the web for YouTube videos and picked up every book possible on illustration for fashion. And lookey lookey.. the growth and now the launch of illustrated greeting cards byAndreaFenise. It was such a natural and an amazing experience looking back in retrospect how far I have come and grown professionally. 
My intentions with illustrating was solely practice. We all know that practice makes perfect while at least a great attempt at it. While sketching this  particularly piece,  the lesson plan was to play with poses and a little personality. I fell in love with the colors and style of the illustration. 

With the support of my friends, Kim & Kamesha, I decided to create a collection of illustrated greeting cards to gift to all of my amazing clients and friends. I think its important and definitely a kind gesture to send Thank You cards. It is sort of nostalgic and a personal touch to write a handwritten letter and deliver it to postal service. 

Ava Loren Design and I collaborated on this stationery project by brainstorming packaging and presentation ideas. And as always, it was a great and easy partnership. 

So I am inviting you to shop away...order the first design form the collection to send out for Thank You's , Happy Birthdays, or Just Because!! Your friends and family will be so surprised and of course I would be honored. 

P.S. If you are so kind to donate to my GoFundMe campaign, I send these lovely illustrated cards as a token of my gratitude. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Style in the City Memphis | Black, White, & Beauty at the Cotton Museum

This past Friday night was a gorgeous evening to get dressed and head out to a plethora of events the city of Memphis had to offer. Spring evenings in the city are by far my favorite. Memphis is a unique city! I sometimes describe it as a woman with an unrefined beauty. Its history is so rich and the culture is pure and untreated. Memphis is known for so many things BBQ, the blues, Elvis Presley, Stax, assasination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Isaac Hayes, Fed Ex, I mean I could go on and on oh and COTTON.
Cotton was a commodity that built riches here. During the heyday of the exchange, the culture of the city was built around it's social classes and the wealth the cotton industry brought to the city.

It was a pleasure to get dressed and head out for the opening night of an exhibition by my friend and Memphis artist Kiersten Williams,  Black, White and Beauty: Confronting Race and Femininity in the South. The exhibit features seven paintings that are a bold interpretation of beauty in the South particularly in Memphis during the very lucrative trading of cotton here. Kiersten used images from the museums archives to draw inspiration from a source of beauty that was rarely women in the South. 

 Kiersten's paintings are an innovative and forward thinking approach to redefining beauty as well as taking a look back into what beauty was in the South. The floral motifs, bold colors, images of cotton, and mostly the black beauty queens of the cotton South were absolutely beautiful.

 I enjoyed hearing Kiersten's creative and design process. It was so inspiring and motivating. I vowed to apply some of her creative processes in my own design process.
blouse | Necessary Clothing NY
leather skirt | thrifted
clutch | thrifted
shoes | Style Junkie 

Kamesha | peplum cardigan | byAndreaFenise

Please do yourself a favor if you are in Memphis and stop by the Cotton Museum!!! Most importantly, support Kiersten by visiting the exhibit and tell her how much you love her work 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

DIY : 90s Patched Denim Jeans

 Hey Ladybugs!!! So I have sat on this DIY for a few weeks and finally this morning, I took literally 15 minutes out of my morning to recreate the look. I dread looking at pictures from my horrendous 90s looks. The big baggy jeans, mismatched shoes yes I did that lol, and patched denim. I have seen denim in fashion spreads and I thought well its not that bad. So here I go with my spin.

-a tad bit of inspiration I took mine from a Kensie ad in Marie Claire 
-a pair of denim jeans (H&M)
-iron on denim patches (Hancock)
-stitch witchery or peel n stick if you have denim fabric around like me


 The look is so simple and cute yet edgy. Today was a day out working in the field for me sourcing fabrics for my bookmark collection and home interior project. I did not want to look contrived yet I could look too relaxed.

 Hope to see your looks if you try them!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Recreation :: Plus Size Inspiration

During a much needed  mani + pedi appointment, I browsed through Essence Magazine's April 2014 issue and my mind was blown. I was captivated by the beauty of British model Philomena Kwao,  plus size model. The most gorgeous plus size model yet and I love that she has Ghanian heritage.  

Next came the inspiration...I fell in love with this grey leather paneled bodycon dress. I immediately started scanning my fabric inventory in my head. I also started drafting a pattern to recreate the look. As amateur as it looks it served its purpose. I grabbed measuring tape and literally measured every angle and dimension of my body to draft the pattern like I wanted. 

After rummaging through my fabric closet, I realized I didn't have enough of the grey knit to make the dress exactly like the Bailey 44 dress in the spread. Therefore, with my scrap paper from Amira's art cabinet I drafted the pattern using what I had. 

I love the way it came out!!!! I wore it already to a party and it fit perfectly. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Off the Shoulder Peplum

Are you guys tired of me and peplums yet?! I hope not because it I just am totally obsessed with peplum. I think they are the most flattering on my body type..skinny minnie. Peplums accentuate the hip area by adding volume where you lack curves. So for all my ladies with a little bit of a boyish figure meaning wide shoulders and narrow hips you should totally add a few garments with peplums to your wardrobe. 
I went a little rock glam with my look and paired my off the shoulder peplum top pairing a pair of sequin leggings from Forever 21 and my go to Givenchy choker.

Oh and a little check in on the design process for the launch..So I completed one piece and this off the shoulder peplum was one of them just a different color because I used it as a sample. 

It is exciting to watch my progress. I feel like I am in school teaching myself so many new techniques. Designing and making this off the shoulder peplum, I went from illustrating to making my own pattern to producing a garment. YAY!!!

sequin leggings Forever 21
choker Givenchy
earrings Target & Rainbow 

New Bookmark Collection byAndreaFenise : Colorblind

 Hello April!!!!! Moving into the fourth month of the year...wooh...time is flying!!! I have accomplished a lot in just four months. Looking back one of my biggest accomplishments was launching a collection of bookmarks in January and watching the brand grow. I want to keep the momentum going and launch a new collection.
It is a bold collection of black and white prints and I even added texture in the sequin. Designing and sourcing fabric for this collection, I kept visualizing the woman or even man who would stylishly use the bookmarks event the type of books they would read. I saw culture, intelligence, and great personal style! I love this collection absolutely adore it. 
 The collection can be shopped online at my Etsy store. Of course, they are available at South Main Book Juggler located at 548 S. Main Downtown Memphis (remember the Style Talk event will be hosted there) & also available at Booksellers at Laurelwood located at  387 Perkins Road Extended.

Before I go...let me suggest a few good reads to pair with the bookmarks. Yes, I am taking a month to simultaneously read each one and I have a bookmark for each. Happy Stylishly Reading!!!! If you get a chance to read any of the books be sure to use #makingreadingstylish and join the bookclub.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fashion 101 : Designer Pronunciation

i-D Magazine launched a guide on how to pronounce some of fashion's most famous designers. Much needed huh...It tickles me to hear some people butcher designers names. And yes...I have tickled my self with pronouncing new designers. Not only is the video forward in creativity, it is styled amazingly with some of fashions it models in each designers garments. Not to mention narrated by my boo..Lindsey Wixson and those lucious lippies.  I hope you enjoy and have a great week. New posts this week and updates.