Saturday, February 21, 2009

free at last!

Oh joy, sweet joy it is finally over! The long nightmarish days and nights of sewing and trying to make a collection in such a short amount of time are over. And I feel a newfound sense of freedom  and relief of stress in my life that has never felt so good!

In the end I completed only nine looks versus the twelve that I had hoped for. But as the date got closer and I knew that I would have to greatly compromise several looks in order to get 12 done, I decided that it would be far worse to show quantity over quality and decided to cut some. 

Having done this feels like an impossible accomplishment. Still having said that, this is not my best work. I am very happy with what I did in this time, but I know that I am capable of so much more.  Lesson learned: don't try to do so much in a short time frame. I will be starting on the next Spring 2010 collection in the next few days (hopefully), and I will aim to blow people's minds with it. 

I have to thank the numerous, incredibly wonderful people who made this possible and without would not have happened: John Vitale for planning out and helping with the design of the venue, Ana for renting us her wonderful showroom Coolture and being so helpful, Nathan Johnson my favorite makeup artist from Project runway who is the best and nicest guy in theworld! The beautiful models and hair and makeup team. My fantastic interns (especially Jillian Krieger) who helped me cut out those city-scape shapes over and over again and went out and got the shoes the night before the show. Suede, for helping me get interns from Kent State University. Kate Sullivan for all her hard PR work she did for this show and for me in the past. And lastly, and most of all my boyfriend/personal assistant/music composer /event-planner/casting director whom without absolutely none of this would've been possible. There are more probably that I'm forgetting and I am forever grateful for their assistance. 

I'm working on getting some good pictures up soon, but in the meanwhile here's some more of the work in progress and a link of a great review and photos of the show. 



18 comments:

Adelaide B said...

Congratulations! We were all rooting for you. The new show was lovely.

Chris Praley said...

Congrats! Great collection!

a.mi said...

Lovely collection!!! The final photos look amazing <3

Sunshine said...

Lovely collection! Love the colors.

Shame you had to cut a few garments, can we see the sketches of them? pretty please?

♥ Chloe said...

I agree with Sunshine- I'd love to see sketches if you have time to upload them, Leanne! Your work is always soooo gorgeous!

gilda said...

hello leanne,

i found your etsy shop many weeks before you appeared on PR, and it took me very very long to figure out you were the same girl. (holy smokes you're so amazing!)

your collection looks incredible and i can't wait to see what you come up with! i go to parsons here, and i have very different aesthetics from everyone else. it's hard when some of my teachers tell me to design more for the american market, and my structural items won't get worn by the people here. i guess i'm just in the wrong country then. watching you on PR was so refreshing and i loved every bit of it.

K said...

wow! you did a superb job!!!! I love E.V.E.R.Y single piece!!!!!

ferbandini said...

Hey, it's really great. The collection is impressive and incredible as always. I wish we had young independent designers like you here on Brazilian big fashion weeks :)

Stereoette said...

a wise idea to go with fewer, more polished items. The nine that you showed present a cohesive story. Plus that plum shade is so rich!

Carrie P said...

Oh Leanne, the collection looks stunning! You are amazing. I can't wait to see more! I miss you so much! xoxoxo

alexis said...

congratulations! I adore the black dress!

Emily Katz said...

sounds like NYC is inspiring you! good luck and I hope our fashion paths cross again!

Jessica said...

I just found you through Etsy and LOVED you on PR - totally rooting for you. Love the new collection!

Meghan said...

Omg, that black dress is absolutely one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen! Bravo!

cookie said...

Amazing!! you are so awesome! so beautiful and dreamy.

Yess said...

Marvelous! Congrats!

And p.s.: it was lovely to finally meet you (and eat brunch with you) at Fashion Week. Like Adelaide B. said, we're all rooting for you!

alissa said...

you are so talented. the structure and texture in these is amazing - congratulations!

glam.spoon said...

I love seeing just a snippet of your designs and trying to imagine the whole look.