Fashion’s Night Out

This past Thursday was the global wide event known as Fashion’s Night Out! Fashion’s Night Out happens all over the world in fashion capitals to celebrate the new season and to stimulate the economy (if you can afford to shop!)

This year a few of my apparel design girls and I headed over to Neiman Marcus and a few other retailers downtown Minneapolis.

Here are a few photos of us from the night:

xoxo, Lucie Jane

Coldplay by Lucie Jane


Last weekend my boyfriend Kevin Walker and I had the amazing experience of seeing Colplay live! Coldplay is by far one of my favorite bands and I had one of the best nights of my life!

Charli XCX and Marina & the Diamonds opened and were both phenomenal.  You could really tell why they were opening for a band like Coldplay, both had epic peppy backing bands with deep and sometimes solemn lyrics. Marina was my favorite of the two and I’m definitely digging her on my iTunes now.

On to the real show, COLDPLAY!  The boys were great and you could really tell that they honestly loved being on stage and interacting with their audience.  We also were their last stop on the North American tour, so our show was a bit special 😉

Check out some photos below, and my youtube and blog last this week for more!


xoxo, Lucie Jane

 

 

Summer Shots by Lucie Jane


This past week as been a busy one for me! I just got back from Long Beach CA, and have jumped right back into everything!  Kevin and I were asked by Joan from BGF Magazine to be a part of a unique photo shoot for her magazine’s fashion issue, coming out this Fall.  I can’t divulge much about the shoot but it was a joy to be a part of and I can’t wait for the images to be published. Here is a sneak peak shot:

I also just got back some images from another shoot I was a part of, for You and Me boutique and designers Tim and Thom Navarro. Here is my favorite shot:

Stay tuned for more on a very special shoot I was a part of 🙂

xoxo, Lucie Jane

 

Return from Long Beach by Lucie Jane

I’m back! I had a lovely week in California, learning and working hard with my professor and instructors, but also relaxing and having some fun. Below is a little Instagram tour of my trip!


First night in Long Beach! Went out to a Tapas place for dinner. Good food but they were “all out” of goat cheese and mushrooms…both items that are very necessary in a vegetarians dinner diet…

First class! I was able to create this using natural indigo dye painted onto cotton cloth! So cool!

No trip to California could be complete without Pinkberry! The best frozen yogurt around. I like mine with Strawberry and Original flavored yogurt topped with kiwi, strawberries, mochi and mango. YUM!


Beach time! My fellow student assistant, Jordyn, and I were able to spend some lovely time soaking up the rays in southern Cali. #heaven

I found Nemo! On one of our afternoons off we visited the Aquarium of the Pacific. Such a good place. You can even touch sharks!!!

And back to the airport and back to the midwest. It was a great trip, but its always nice to come home.

xoxo, Lucie Jane

LOVELOCK by Lucie Jane

Last Friday night my boyfriend, Kevin Walker, and I attended Lovelock at Honey. It was a fantastic party thrown by Joan Erakit, of BFG magazine, and sponsored by American Apparel.

The theme was “wear white”, and photographers Corey Tenold and Kevin Walker had set up a projection screen of the American flag as a photo-shoot screen: super neat! It was great to chat with Joan about her new magazine, American Apparel promoters Mike and Ashley, as well as catch up with model Ash Walker, after her successful stint modeling in Asia (walking for Dior and Chanel no less!)

Here are some photos from the party!

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xoxo Lucie Jane

Summer in Cali! by Lucie Jane

Hello everyone! Hopefully you are all enjoying the summer weather!  I am now back from my trip and loving being back in the Midwest! But, that being said, I am also excited to head back to California later this summer!

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I was just informed that I will be working as an assistant to one of my professors (featured in the above photo) for Convergence Conference 2012 in Long Beach!  The conference brings together apparel design professionals and professors to teach and share their expertise on different aspects of the field.  I will be assisting my professor, Dr. Lucy Dunne, with her seminar and workshop about electronic textiles and fibers and how they are used in functional clothing.  This has a lot to do with my NASA project I worked on last semester, so I am very excited about the opportunity!

Here are a few photos of Dr. Dunne’s current and previous work!

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 xoxo Lucie Jane

Prometheus by Lucie Jane

A few days ago my boyfriend, Kevin Walker, and I went and saw Ridley Scott’s new film: Prometheus. The plot of the movie is a prequel to Alien, also by Ridley Scott. I was looking forward to the movie, mainly because of Scotts other film Blade Runner, and how its filmed and executed.  The grungy scenes and shots really set the mood, and Prometheus was the same.
I don’t want to give too much away, but the basic plot is a spaceship of 17 humans, and one robot humanoid, are flying through space in hopes of making contact with an alien race that they believe created humans on earth thousands of years ago.  The movie then goes on to how their interactions of the crew members, planet life, etc. affects the outcome of the human race.
The end of the film leads into Alien, which was great to see. (So if you go to the movie, stay till the very end for that glimpse!)
The shots from the movie show off the amazing makeup, prosthetics and special effects!
xoxo, Lucie Jane

Jean Paul Gaultier @ the de Young Museum

Greetings from the West Coast! 🙂 This past week I was in San Francisco visiting friends and sightseeing!  I had a wonderful opportunity to see designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s exhibit at the de Young Museum!  Nkechi and Adrienne will be doing a full blog on this in a few weeks, but below are a few images from my visit as a teaser!
I love Gaultier’s playful edge to design, he manages to be free spirited and fun, while also being edgy and pushing all boundaries.  His all time favorite design element (sailor stripes) is evident in many of his pieces, and seeing him use something so classic in new and innovative ways is incredibly inspiring. As for the rest of the week, we’re off to Vegas, The Grand Canyon and more!  More on that next week 🙂  I’ll be back in the cities this weekend, just in time for new work with my new agency: Agency Models and Talent! 🙂 If you’d like to book me for anything modeling/acting related, go ahead and email Agency! I’d love to work with you 🙂
xo, Lucie Jane

Summer Parties by Lucie Jane

One of my favorite things about summer in the cities are outdoor parties and events.  The art and music festivals are amazing, and backyard BBQs and friends gatherings make my night.

I also am super excited about my family’s summer trip to San Francisco, and along the West coast.  We will be spending a week around California, and then will spend a week or so traveling to Vegas, the Grand Canyon and a few other touristy locations 🙂  Maybe I’ll even get a chance to see Nkechi while I’m out there!

Here are a few photos of a couple of fun parties I already have attended this summer season!

Kevin and I at his fraternity’s summer kick off party.
Kevin, myself and Kevin’s dad at a family shindig 🙂

And one fashion shot kevin snapped while out at a summer party 🙂

xo, Lucie Jane


Beauty at any Size by Lucie Jane

Its no secret that fashion revolves around thinness– from the models who walk the runways to the clothing with shape-wear made to “instantly slim you!”.  Recently, this obsession with skinny has gone to the extreme, with the average runway model having measurements around 32-23-33: a waist size of 23 inches is listed on many child size garments.  Models also start working at incredibly young ages (some as early as 12 or 13) because their bodies haven’t had the time to develop curves, etc. When they do start to hit puberty and start developing, many girls have to resort to very unhealthy measures to keep their figures, sometimes even developing eating disorders.

Recently the CFDA released a list of guidelines for the fashion industry to follow regarding model size and age. More specifically, that designers shouldn’t use models under the age of 16 for their shows, campaigns, etc. (Above is the image they paired with their statement, showing a healthy and muscular model, Bar Refaeli)

The initiative also stated that coordinators should provide healthy foods backstage at shoots, shows and events, and make sure models eat. Just a few weeks ago, all the editors of Vogue magazine worldwide, released their first ever Health Initiative, in hopes that it will “encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry.” It states that casting agents should not be casting models who are under 16 years old or who appear to have an eating disorder.  They also urge designers to increase the size of their sample size, which is now a 0.

These measures could pave the way for models who don’t quite fit the current mold, and its starting to work. Recently, Lily Cole, a high fashion model, was listed at 34-26-37 on her comp card, which is much larger than the norm.


This is a step in the right direction, but there is more to be done, and I hope the fashion industry continues to embrace all sizes of beauty! Check out my blog  later this week for a look at what I aim to do as a designer to combat this issue 🙂

xo, Lucie Jane