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!
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
Its summer! Finally! My grades are coming in from finals, and so far I’m quite pleased! I will be heading home, to Iowa City, to visit my parents for a bit before jumping into Twin Cities summer full force! I plan to design and work on the beginnings of my senior line for next year at the University of Minnesota, as well as some other design endeavors. I also want to spend a lot of time in a bathing suit: modeling, walking, sunbathing, swimming: you name it!
A few weeks ago I was a model for my favorite twin brothers, Tim +Thom, wearing one of their looks for the Eco-Inspirations show which their boutique, You and Me, headlined. They created a line of party wear/formal wear made entirely out of upcycled fabrics: amazing.
Here is a shot of me in my beautiful dress!
I also am in the process of seeking representation from a different agency(s) here in the cities. The agency I was previously with, while a great agency, just wasn’t working for what I wanted to do. I have met with a few people and hope to start working more regularly soon! 🙂
Later this week/weekend, I will be posting videos on my YouTube page as well as personal blog on my NASA trip, as well as a few other possibilities, so stay tuned!
xo, Lucie Jane
This past week has been my finals week for the U of M, as well as sprinkled with a few super fun fashion events.
On Saturday I had the pleasure of modeling for the Minnesota Design Diaries for the second year in a row. This is a wonderful event where 5 local fashion designers get paired up with elementary and junior high girls who are interested in making a career in fashion design. They work together over a period of 2-3 months to create clothing inspired by their professional design mentor. The program concludes with a fashion show led by 5 professional models wearing the professional designers clothing. I got to wear this amazing dress by designer Kathryn V, pictured below!
I also found this photo of designer Marissa Bridges as well as myself and a group of models at the FGI fashion show a few weeks ago. Love it!
Wish me luck with the rest of my finals!
xo, Lucie Jane
I’m back! This past weekend I was in Houston, TX presenting my group’s final prototype to NASA! It was an amazing experience, a very stressful one, but also extremely fun.
We flew from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Houston, TX by way of Atlanta. Our first night in Houston, Thursday night, our group stayed up until 3am working on finalizing our prototype and getting our presentation just right for our meeting with NASA Friday morning. The day of our presentation went great! Our NASA mentors were very impressed with what we had come up with and what we had accomplished in such a short time span.
After our presentation sessions we had a private tour of some of the NASA displays and facilities. It was amazing to see some of the machines, technologies, apparel and vehicles that NASA has used in the past, as well as some of the prototypes of things they are working on for the future.
Check out my blog for pictures from our evening out in Texas!
xo, Lucie Jane
This past weekend I spent most of my time in the apparel design studios at my school (University of Minnesota) working on my group’s NASA project. Its been crazy, but super interesting.
We’ve finally moved onto the final stages, which is mapping out the actual circuitry and where all the electronic components will go– exciting! Our garment will completely enclose a circuitry system that powers the entire suit, which means we have to figure out how and where to sew our conductive thread traces.
Here is a photo of our pattern pieces with out trace markings:
We also have to make sure our system doesn’t short out or shock the user, so lots of resistance and conductivity tests have to be conducted. Here we are testing the resistance of our conductive thread when sewn through the fabric on both sides…it works!
This Tuesday we cleared our trace maps with our professor and the NASA team, and now are able to move forward with the actual suit! NASA flies us down to Houston, TX a week from this Thursday, so lots to do!
XO, Lucie Jane