Thursday, June 16, 2016

Haus of Klyde Summer 16

Haus of Klyde is a metaphor for myself and my thought process, a home of ideas. Since graduation and opening my Haus to Rva Fashion Week, Haus of Klyde has made some large moves. Before Fashion Week I was working with another designer (Markie Colden of PLV) to put on our on show outside of Fashion Week, our goal was to display our work with no restrictions and no limits and to create a platform for ourselves as independent designers. I was contacted later by PLITZS Fashion Marketing Group with an invitation to display my work at their NYC Fashion Week.

Side Bar: now I'm a humble designer and all so I got this email and paid it no mine, and like days later i told my best friend who nearly smacked me after I nonchalantly read the email...

After talking to the Program Coordinator I contacted Markie Colden of PLV and we decided to work together for New York Fashion Week under the name Haus of PLV. Our collection will premiere September 10 @ Hotel Pennsylvania.

With the excitement of NYC Fashion Week I couldn't forget about my summer. For Haus of Klyde Summer'16 I wanted something ambiguous, while allowing me to explore more color and dye techniques. My collection consists of 40 pieces majority are unisex and geared to a lounge wear look using familiar shapes and fabrics choices. I used combinations of Royal  Blue and Red Wine dye to create a mixture of colors ranging from sky blue, lavender, and blood red. My fabrics range from cotton knits, to fleece this will create versatility into the fall months. The style of my collection is athleisure with a touch of ambiguity.

The collection can be seen at:

Dernier Cri Fashion Expo Day Party 6/25 Club Infuszions 3-8

A List Connections Hair and Beauty Expo 7/17 The Ward Center of Contemporary Art

My collection will be on sale at and all proceeds will go to buying fabric for New York Fashion Week.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rva Fashion Week

My collection consisted of 13 looks that were inspired by my portfolio which  juxtaposed the rise of denim in America and The Gold Rush with contemporary lines and modern fashion trends. My collection is a representation of the versatility of denim that began as a labor fabric and through American fashion trends became iconic to the rebellion.


After Graduation and spending the semester working on my portfolio "The Denim Rush" I found myself discovering more inspiration and continuing with my collection of work. My portfolio focused primarily on the rise of denim in America during the gold rush, and from there I found Cultural references, and social economic issues that have pushed me to create work for the modern rebel. I premiered my work at The Code Red Fashion Show and later made it into Rva Fashion Week.



After the good news I instantly knew that time management will be the key to a successful show and that I needed to make more pieces to add to my collection for diversity, and new inspiration. I also
decided to collaborate with another designer who shares the same passion, and ambition for fashion, Markie of PLV. Markie is veteran when it comes to Rva Fashion Week and while making some signature pieces to add to his collection. Markie and I plan to continue our collaboration into other endeavors.

What's Next? Haus of Klyde will begin working on a new collection premiering Fall Rva Fashion Week 2016..

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Denim. It has been seen in legend sailing the ships of Columbus and outfitting the American cowboy. This ubiquitous fabric gained recognition in the United States during the Gold Rush, when it was known as a fabric of the workers, a low-labor garment that wasn’t seen as suitable outside of the mines.

Considered to be the most significant event in the first half of the 19th century, the Gold Rush only lasted a few years sandwiched between the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and the Civil War in 1861 when it ushered in an era of opportunity and gain for all who migrated to the west coast. After the Gold Rush, denim continued as a labor fabric and by the 20th century evolved into a rebel’s fabric. Fashion Designers turned denim into an expression of the revolution, changing this working labor fabric into a never-ending trend.

This body of work traces the rise of denim in American fashion to the Gold Rush, juxtaposing modern shapes and contemporary fashion trends as an expression of rebellion with the fabric’s humble origins of a fabric of honest hard work.

The Denim Rush

The Denim Rush is an expression of rebellion through denim, using modern lines and shapes that reflect the rise of denim and the Gold Rush. My aesthetic, which combines function, individuality, and geometric shapes all combined with an urban edge, dictates the style of my designs. In these pieces, I combined my personal style with my inspiration of triangular silhouettes seen during the 1850s, twin sets seen in modern fashion trends, and a mixture of denim to create the juxtaposition of the Gold Rush with the rise of denim in American fashion.

All of my pieces share elements such as denim, manipulated edges, zipper finishing, and patterns that create unity between these singular items. Each of my women’s tops and skirts are unique but remain cohesive through a continuation of shapes and similar finishing. My Changshan-inspired shirts share the same inspiration, representing cultural individuality through unique designs made cohesive through shape and finish. My men’s pants and shorts are styled to fit the current trends in menswear that touch on androgyny and ambiguity through fabric choice and technological advances.



Denim comes in several weights and washes, and the line’s women’s pieces are constructed of 11.5–12-ounce denim that maintains the garments’ feminine lines and shapes. The line’s men’s Changshan-inspired shirts are constructed of a lighter four-ounce denim for comfort and flexible wearability. The men’s pants and joggers are constructed in a seven-ounce denim with ten percent spandex and a snakeskin gold leaf print.

I used a combination or light, medium, and dark wash denim, zippers as a form of hardware, contrasting fabrics, and manipulated edges throughout my pieces. During the process of construction I used different weights of denim being conscious of which weights will hold the shapes I designed and fit my inspiration for the collection.




The finished edges of denim bolts are used as a common motif between pieces for both men and women. Washes fluctuate between light, medium, and dark finishes in several weights, the trimming and finishing of which were decided in the process of construction.

Inspired by immigration during the Gold Rush, cowboys, and schoolboys, I juxtaposed this iconography against the modern rebel. The Chinese Changshan-style shirt is inspired by the Chinese miners who were instrumental in the Snake River Canyon Gold Rush. The men’s pants and shorts are inspired by cowboys and schoolboys and include additional elements such as spandex and prints, such as the gold snakeskin pattern that references both the prized metal of the Gold Rush and the Gold Belt’s Snake River. For the women’s tops, skirts, and dresses, I used shapes seen in women’s wear during the 1850s, such as V shaped bodices, and princess seams.

Design and Construction

Triangles are prominent in these original patterns and are used to complement the figure. This process requires a sloper, which was copied and then redesigned to fit each piece. All female pieces were drafted as dress patterns first and then separated into skirts and tops to ensure matching seams in the final sets.

For closures, I wanted to replicate the zippers I was using throughout my pieces. For easier access and wearability, I used separating zippers in my women’s tops and extended the zippers of the dresses down below the hip.

The men’s Changshan-inspired shirts were constructed using the same initial pattern with variation in the wash of the denim and finishing. The men’s pants and shorts required the same process. A single pattern was created for the men’s pants and shorts, which was then altered to fit the concepts for individual pieces. To create some ambiguity, I eliminated the look of pockets and hid them in the waistband construction. The men’s shorts have the same hidden pockets and are lined in a gold snakeskin.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

RVA Fashion Week

Modeling for RVA Fashion Week was a way different experience then, my past modeling opportunities. I've always considered myself an amateur model with great potential, but after being a around such a great set of models I've gained a lot more confidence in myself as a model. Rarely people get to see what happens back stage at a fashion show, and rarely do they hear it from an eye of a model. I feel that I do have some experience with fashion shows and have seen the good the bad and the ugly. Behind the scenes in any fashion show you can't avoid the chaos, but you can organize it. The directors of RVA Fashion Week did a great job organizing the hectic nature that comes with doing fashion shows. 

Leading up to Rva Fashion Week I knew it was going to be an exciting experience and great opportunity. Workshops at MTK Auto allowed me to practice and work with other models that I've got to know very well, and others I knew previously. All the models were beautiful and talented, and I'm sure will get more opportunities after the Rva Fashion Week. 

Threads Block Party at Hardywood Craft Brewery featured spring 
looks from RVA's favorite consignment and vintage boutiques. Of course my girl LaDainta Vintage was showcasing her exclusive vintage finds, and vending as well along with consignment shop Ashby which I jus discovered and will be visiting soon in Carytown. The show was set at Hardywood Craft Brewery which drew a crowd in its own, and also featured food trucks with great food. The stage was set where they held their Kegs, and  the vendors where set up around the runway. The audience was allowed to shop until showtime where they cleared the runway for the models the strut through. Being backstage we were in our own world enjoying each other's company and the music, but we were not expecting the audience to be that close, but loved the energy of the runway. There was a lot of positive energy and dancing behind stage, lot of laughs and a lot of waiting as well, patiently I may add. The staff was apart of the entertainment and added to the fun backstage. It was also my 25th birthday that day, and also my first time wearing make up.

The Second show for RVA Fashion Week was held at Maymont Robins Nature Center, and feature local Designers and boutiques. Featuring the spring collection of designers 
Angelia Couture by Angelia Cooper, Tough Cookie by Corlette, Mogiia Designers by Monique Blackwood, Saide by Stuart King, Mickey Roxx Brand by Michael Fletcher, WildWoman by Brittany Covington, Bathhouse Swimwear by Bernard Moore, and PLV by Markie Colden. Being that I'm an independent designer myself I made it a goal to network with the other designs to link up for future endeavors. The Fashion Show was held outside under a tent while backstage was inside, in a fair sized room, but with over a dozen models, hairstylist, designers, staff, and of course clothes the room got a little steamy. Hair and makeup started at 2 and the show started at 8, which is a large window with nothing to do. The staff was organizing the show and in between hair and makeup there was practice, a little exploring of the park, and fun times and good jokes, time flew. Most of the models where students, or belonged to se sort of modeling group or agency, I had some friends from Vsu modeling as well so there were no strangers in the room. The positive energy backstage increased the closer it got to showtime, seeing the venue set up and the DJ running through music can really amp you up. The show ran smoothly even with the rain the show was a success, and I had a great time.  

RVA Fashion Week will continued with a 2 part weekend finale fashion show featuring local designers and boutiques at Maymont Robins Nature Center featuring formal wear collections from Alice McQueen, and 707 Menswear boutique as well as local designers such as Angelia Couture by Angelia Cooper, AZI Blas Couture by Azi Blas, Runway Couture by Chrissy Crawford, Destinee's Creations by Tammi James, Leila Noon Bridal Kearsten Walden, Kamala by Kamala Bhagat, LaPosh by India Watson, Dee's Couture by Deborah Cooper. The show featured a lot more formal wear pieces and couture designs. The atmosphere was pretty much the same as the day before but a lot more relaxed. Although I was not interested in my hair being painted silver or gold. I knew I was going to look like Sisqo, or Dennis Rodman, but I pulled it off. I spent most my time admiring and mingling with some of the designers, laughing and passing time with models and staff. Of course my designer friend Chrissy for Runway Couture was featured that day, and apparently she has a few more shows up her sleeve. After modeling for RVA Fashion Week I definitely will design next year. 

Of course I interviewed some models and got there insight of what was going on backstage. Most of them are veteran models of RVA Fashion Week, and have being this was my first show I needed their input. 

Where's there a difference between this year and last year? Veterans 

How was your first Experience with RVA Fashion Week? 

"This year was better as far as publicity and venues it was a lot better this year and practice didn't take all your time..." Gabe (Veteran Model)

"It was fine, it has been a good time and I enjoyed it......Modeled years ago first show in 5 years, a lot of sitting around for guys, fun to meet network and get to know people," Logan 

"Always fabulous never a dull moment it's exciting to see new people and talent..we have better looking models and talent.." Erico. (5 year veteran) 

" It was amazing fun and energetic unlike anything I've ever done.. It wasn't hard I do this and I adapt," Ariel

What was the difficult part about doing RVA Fashion week? 

"Being on time with my busy schedule.." Erico Jordan (5 year Veteran)  

"Time management with real life and the show.." Casey (3 year Veteran)   

Any advice for models?

"Try it cause they take a diverse group of ppl and it's a great experience.." Casey 

"Go for it and do it big and fuck it up.. " Ariel

"Stay focused and follow your dreams.." Erico 

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