Showing posts with label Embellishment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Embellishment. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WERK... It Out!

One of my favorite terms is "WERK."  I say it all the time!  Under my breath, loud and guttural, sometimes even just in my head... over and over and over. So it was natural for me to want to sequin this my fave term onto a t-shirt, in my signature style.  Not one to rest on my laurels I decided to step my sequin game up a notch. Therefore I opted for an ombre effect.


To achieve my desired effect, I used two colors of holographic sequins.




The finished motif .
I started working horizontally at the top with solid color rows and slowly integrating the opposite color. When the sequins got to the center rows each color was alternated back and forth each color. I reversed the effect on the way to the bottom row returning to a single color.  
How about that Varsity style font?  Go team!


The finished product!  When trimming away the organza I left it inside the letters to avoid any accidental cuts!. The end result was very nice since it added an additional level of color.
Trust me... everyone I meet is obsessed with this beauty!


Doesn't everything looks better when run through the "Sparkle" app?


Sometimes the top sequins appear pink and sometimes they appear orange.  I love the AB effect of them!
Little know fact: 
Holographic effects on sequins and rhinestones are referred to as "AB."  This stands for "Aurora Borealis" to reference the rainbow effect.
  I mean come on, isn't that just the epitome of glamour?!


Any suggestions for the next color combination?
-Philip Estrada

Monday, January 6, 2014

Lesage: Broderie D’Art


This post is long overdue and that is my fault since i'm a slacker.  
The fiancĂ© and I took advantage of the long weekend for Thanksgiving and jetted off to Paris!  It wasn't really as last minute as it sounds. While I was there I was able to take classes at Ecole Lesage.  Since this was our first visit to Paris I only had enough time to take the 2 day, 12 hours of class time.  It was FASCINATING to properly learn the sequin and beading techniques I taught myself. The instructor was impressed with my proficiency and praised my speed. Since I attended the classes I also had the opportunity to purchase the actual stretching frames Lesage uses. What a world of difference?! The fabric stays stretched much better than my jerry-rigged system.

Paris was a feast for a designer's eyes!  Since returning I want everything in my life to be Art Nouveau designed. It was also very inspiring being at Lesage, the place where so much unsung fashion history happened.  To think of the countless gowns that were embellished for Christian Dior or Pierre Balmain. It induces chills.  It makes me smile even more because the building is so unassuming and humble. 

Embellishment by Lesage

Embellishment designed by Balenciaga for Princess Grace Kelly - 1953

This is where the Lesage workrooms were. 
(Top two floors)
They have since moved closer to the Chanel offices just outside Paris.  

This young lady, from London, was finishing her professional level training. 150 hours in class and an additional 150 at home.  I wish I had that much time to spend in Paris.

A French student working on her sampler also at the professional level training. 

This little fella is the project I completed during my time at Lesage.
He was eventually cut out,  and had a pin applied to the back so he could be worn as a brooch.  
His name is Lester.


I can't wait to go back to Paris. Not only for the beautiful sights but to take more classes at Lesage!

-Philip Estrada

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sequin Progress - Part C

Hey there friends!  So I finished the black sequin portions on the cuff I was working on!  So that means I am over 50% done with one half of my cuffs!  I love progress!



Now all I have left is to do is fill in the blank areas with my deep purple sequins.... thing are HAPPENING!!!!!  My costume is going to be super Bob Mack-a-licious AND amazbling!  Come on Mr. Mackie.  How can you say "no" to this level of sequinny goodness?

- Philip Estrada

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mackie Shirt

I finished my latest Mackie t-shirt.  I paired the hot pink t-shirt with a shiny black cup sequin.  It looks really awesome!  The black sequins sparkle like crazy.   I got the shirt from American Apparel and it is a 50/50 cotton poly blend so it is light weight and is super soft.  I LOVE IT!

I think it would be wonderful if Bob Mackie starting making these shirts and selling them directly from his website.  Having his iconic signature emblazoned across the front of a casual t-shirt is a great juxtaposition.


How much would you pay to own a Mackie piece you could wear everyday?

-Philip Estrada

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sequin Progress


I started sequining the cuffs to my jacket for Halloween.
They are going to be encrusted with cup sequins in a fishscale pattern and accented with bugle beads.

This is one pack of sequins... I may have to buy them by the pound

- Philip Estrada

Friday, March 25, 2011

Kelis Celebrates "4th Of July" With Bob Mackie

"Nothing I'll ever say or do will be as good as loving you."  Clearly, Kelis was singing about Bob Mackie.  That explains why she was rocking a vintage Mackie frock prominently in the video for "4th Of July (Fireworks)."  
 


A photo from the video shoot was also featured on the cover of the July 2010 issue of JET Magazine.  The song "4th of July (Fireworks)" was the second single on her latest album Flesh Tone.

I loved all the singles off that album and actually got a chance to see her on the "All Hearts" tour with Robyn.  Kelis wore a Sapphire blue halter jump suit with a bugle beaded skull cap.  Hmm... I wonder if she got that from Mr. Mackie as well?  I'm just sayin, it's good to see she's a fan.  He should dress her more often.


Photo Via Did You Just Call Me Fat
-Philip Estrada

Thursday, March 10, 2011

An Inspired Wandering Mind

My mind was wandering a bit today.  I find in these instances it's best to put pencil to paper and see where it takes you.  In this case, all I had was a pen and a little notebook, so please excuse the writing lines.  I got to thinking about how pretty a graphic pattern would look if it were made of small flat sequins on sheer mesh.  Picture a design that looks like crashing waves going every which direction.  The effect is awesome and has a lot of movement.

How amazing would this look in flesh colored mesh with the sequins in navy and midnight blue? Imagine within the design mixing matte and shiny finishes?  Ugh... to die for!
I could see Kim Kardashian wearing this to the MTV Music Awards or Christina Hendricks rocking every inch of this at the Golden Globes.
The wonderful thing about this technique is that it could easily be applied to ready to wear as well. A navy silk voile dolman sleeve top with a sheer back with the sequin motif all over the front panel would look stunning!  It would look very sexy with some super skinny jeans and a sexy platform heel.  One could easily design a whole group of separates around this gown.

An example of Navy Sequins used in casual separates
-Philip Estrada

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Little Bit of Mackie 3/7/11

The other day I was trolling the interwebs when I came across this Mackie Gem!  "Twilight" star Ashley Greene poses in a Studio 54 inspired spread in the Fall/Winter 2009 issue of "French Revue de Modes" magazine.  It's always nice to see Mackie prominently featured as the #1 gown in a fashion spread.  How awesome is this dress by the way?!  I love the subtle colored stripe paired with the bugle beads and how they chose to style it.  The dress is vintage and came from Frock NYC.
Bob Mackie could easily reissue this dress.  Put in a thinner shoulder pad while cutting it to just above the knee and it would be flying off the racks!  I could see fashionistas coast to coast wearing this dress anytime they would want to be noticed, or envied.  Drinks with the ladies, at the club, hosting a cocktail hour or any other high class occasion.  This dress is spectacular.  Can't wait to see it in Barney's. 

The Magazine Spread
The Original Photo
-Philip Estrada

Monday, February 21, 2011

Vintage Mackie - Classic Chic


Ok dudes and dudettes.  I was trolling eBay and I found this wonderful little Bob Mackie vintage blazer.  How adorable is she?  I love that she paired the dressed up jacket with that simple casual top and some nice medium washed jeans.   It really polishes the look and brings it together. This kind of look would be perfect for when Mr. Mackie's capsule collection is launched.  Click the picture to visit the eBay sellers auctions.  She's got tons of fun vintage items.

-Philip Estrada 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Poised for a Resurgence

Lately I've noticed an emerging trend that has become a wardrobe staple. Embellished Separates.  This got me thinking. "You know who would be a natural fit for this trend?  Bob Mackie." It makes total sense. Who else is known for his skills with Rhinestones and Sequins. Not to mention he already buys them by the pound!

There is a whole generation of 20 and 30 something fashionistas who know of Bob Mackie and love his work, but they haven't gotten the chance to wear his designs.  Mr. Mackie has had great success with his collections sold through QVC, and there is no need to end that.  However, I feel that he could easily expand his brand's presence and be warmly received at that.  Undoubtedly there is a place for him in hip young trend setting stores such as: Barney's Co Op, Opening Ceremony, and Scoop just to name a few.  Not to mention all the directional online retails like Singer22 and ShopBob.  The amount of embellished styles carried by these retailers is very encouraging.  Once in these stores it’s an easy transition into Bloomingdales, Barney's, and Saks.  With the brand recognition that the "Mackie" name carries it will surely be a success.

These are just a few examples of the kinds of embellished styles out in the market today.  I believe Mr. Mackie could come out with a line similar to these and women everywhere would live to wear them!  The great thing about these kind of embellished bodies is that they transition easily from day to night.  They have a casual feel to them but the embellishment makes them feel unique and exciting.

I've already started sketching out some ideas, like the above... an asymmetrical top with a bloused sleeve in a soft drapey fabric.  The top would feature a jeweled inset at the neck and sleeve cuff.  A simple shape like this with bold details would be easy for women to wear and even easier for her to feel special and glamorous in.

-Philip Estrada
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