Today’s the editorial shoot for 2 of the looks from my recent RAWards mini collection!
I’ve been putting the final touches on the looks.
Everything is packed and ready to go.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a sneak peek or two!
The weekend meant finishing up (or almost finishing up–the capelet needs more chain) the capelet:
And the hat:
As well as some candle-making:
There was knitting, too, but I didn’t get a picture.
Don’t get TOO jealous at my crazy, wild life, okay?
I’m off to finish up the bits for TOMORROW’S editorial shoot! Can’t wait!
Another sneak peek from the winter knits shoot–I canNOT wait to see all the images!
And, a couple of new knits that hit the shop over the weekend. I didn’t manage to get them completed for the shoot, sadly, but I DID get my new photo studio together in order to snap some images for the shop. (pictures of that later this week)
Love this one–I mean, SEQUINS AND WARMTH? Sign me up. (you can find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/104300695/multi-color-scarf-sequined-scarf-hand?ref=shop_home_active_12)
I love the natural-fiber look of this one. (find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/175544848/brown-chunky-cowl-wheat-knit-cowl?ref=shop_home_active_17)
Happy Monday! It’s my sister’s 30th birthday today, and I’m wishing I was able to celebrate it with her. Happy Birthday, Lexo-face! You kick ass!
Over the weekend I had my annual winter knits shoot with a couple of my favorite friends–who also just-so-happen to be an amazing photographer and hair/make up artist, respectively. I also got to work with one of my favorite models again. Looking forward to the final images! I’m always so impatient for those. I try really hard to not start asking “are they ready yet?” every few hours.
A behind-the-scenes sneak peek:
My inspiration this year had to be, ultimately, scaled waaaay down since I don’t have an old falling-down house, tons of money, or a snow machine. I started with this idea from a Vogue Korea shoot:
Yeah….that wasn’t going to happen this year. So, I scaled back and decided to do something similar to last years, with changes Last year’s looked like this:
That last knit shoot produced some of my favorite ever images. Britt of Underexposed Photography did this years shoot, too–so I can’t wait to see how amazing the images are!
Hair inspiration this year:
Make up inspiration this year–but without the crazy-creepy eyes. I wanted her to look beautiful, but slightly frozen, going further with the frozen idea than we did last year. (Amanda Bravender did hair and make up on my shoot–and she’s amazing, so it looked fabulous):
I can’t wait to start sharing the final images!
The final look for my mini RAWards collection was actually the second look I dreamed up, hot on the tail of the first look. I knew I wanted Mary Andrus to model it from the get-go, too.
Initially, I envisioned a brocade bust with an extremely full chiffon skirt. I even toyed with pockets.
Paired with the tattered lace collar and the (not-gonna-happen) spats, it looked really cute.
I think I design things that I would wear if I were tall and thin. Because I would so totally wear any of the things in my collection if I were. Sadly, being of the oompa loompa persuasion, I must live vicariously through my beautiful models.
I decided to make the closure for this dress lace-up to accommodate a closer fit that wouldn’t have to be hiked up every few minutes. I switched the chiffon idea over to a beautiful black lace with an attached black mini skirt lining. The back is bustled and the overskirt is longer than the lining.
Mary looked beautiful, OF COURSE. The top did need to be taken in quite a bit, so there was some deconstruction and re-construction in the dresses immediate future.
Walking the runway:
From the pre-show photo shoot:
Clothing by me: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TrappedInTimeDesigns
Hair & Make Up by: Amanda Bravender For inquiries : http://www.ahbweddingandevents.com
Model: Mary Andruss https://www.facebook.com/ModelMaryAndrus
Photography by: Underexposed Photography https://www.facebook.com/brittsmithphoto
Two weeks ago now, I was schlepping about in the swamp for a photo shoot. Well, first I got lost. Really, really lost. Gravel road lost. “Is that a banjo I hear playing” lost. Seems they don’t need fancy things like, oh, STREET SIGNS, out in the swamp.
Actually, there were a number of lovely homes around, and it wasn’t REALLY the middle of nowhere. But, the street signs I needed were, in fact, not there.
The shoot is really the brain-child of my friend Amanda of AHB Hair & Make up (www.ahbweddingandevents.com). She does a big Halloween shoot each year, with a different theme. Since we had pretty much not yet met in time for last years shoot, this was my first opportunity to play.
Shot by Jennifer of Just Be Photojennic (www.facebook.com/justbephotojennic) and modeled by some really good sports (and theatre folks).
I made the Voodoo Swamp Queen and Angel costumes from scratch. The rest I thrifted and distressed/dyed/painted as needed.
The storyline is roughly: Two kids at Grandma’s house are sent out to get an ingredient for her cooking, they take a short cut through the swamp and are nabbed by the Voodoo Queen and the Swamp Man, they get away, Angel comes, cleans up wounds, everyone’s happy, kids make it back to Grandma, end of story. 😉
It’s been so long since I’ve had the opportunity to flex my theatrical costuming muscles–and this project really reminded me of how much I love and miss it. Since moving to the La area, I really have not branched into the local theatre scene. This made me think that I just might….after Halloween, of course.
That’s not all of the images, of course, but enough to give you an idea. I’m waiting on more costume-specific ones (including some with the Angel in pointe shoes), and as I get those I’ll share.
The Voodoo Queen costume is up for sale in my shop now: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165123657/swamp-witch-costume-voodoo-costume?ref=shop_home_active
A few other items from the shoot will be available for purchase soon.
First off, I plan to be around a bit more. Today was the official First Day of being self-employed full-time–no more part time gig to fall back on! No more hours spent doing things that are, quite frankly, deadly dull. No more wishing I was home, sewing.
Now for the panic.
Noooo. I’ll be fine. Pass me that paper bag, would ya?
I’ve been sewing, tearing, ripping, painting and dyeing my little heart out for the past week. I’m working on costumes for an upcoming Halloween shoot with AHB Hair and Make up. We shoot Thursday!
First up, Voodoo Queen from the swamp. I first made a beautiful gown and underskirt–mismatched on purpose, as a voodoo queen living in the swamp probably doesn’t buy matching gowns. In fact, she probably takes what she can get. So, after sewing it all up, brand new and lovely, it looked like this:
The material for the overdress is actually a home decor fabric that I’ve been hoarding for years. I purchased it with the express intent of making this very type of dress. The tatted apron/draped portion of the skirt was made by my grandmother. It’s stained and torn, but I’ve kept it around, knowing I’d come up with something some day to do with it–and that day finally came!
Since this character lives in the swamp….well, she couldn’t be too clean, could she? So, it was with an aching heart (and, lets be honest, a little bit of glee) that I set to the dress with dye, fabric paint, scissors and a cheese grater. Hours later:
I’m extremely proud of the outcome. I’d have to put this in my top 5 favorites of all time that I’ve created. I really cannot wait for the shoot!
I still have some accessories to create–some necklaces and hair bits.
This will be up for sale after the shoot, and I’ll be offering it as a custom order, as well (though I’ll never be able to re-create it exactly).
What do you think?
This slinky number was made specifically for a photo shoot.
I have to admit, it’s a little sexier than I normally go for.
I’m kind of a costume nerdy girl…..more Helena Bonham Carter in regular life than Victoria Beckham.
So, I went back and forth and back and forth and back and forth on the neckline.
I did compromise a wee bit–the original idea was for it to be cut to the navel….
I used the dress in my RAW runway show, too.
And, WOWZA, Mary brought that baby to LIFE.
I recently listed it in the shop. (yes, it’s been cleaned)
The belt is part of the sale–it’s actually made from a re-purposed leather purse strap.
I hope to make more of these in other colors and fabrics.
One of these days….
You can find the dress here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/156283125/dress-brown-dress-womens-dress-pinstripe?ref=shop_home_active
— LouAnn Eads
Images featuring LouAnn photographed by: Gustavo Escanelle
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