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Moroccan Afternoon / A Study Of Casual Urban Elegance

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Summer – 1985 – Perry Ellis, One of my first fashion jobs, and I was on my way to my first overseas business destination, Morocco. To say I was excited is like saying the sun can cause a heat rash, its just a fact, and I was geared for fun! The trip was 3 days, and then on to China, but that was three days I will always remember fondly. The food, wonderful cheerful people, and the culture that left me wanting more. I have never been make, alas, but at least in this fashion expedition, I can return in my heart. In this expedition, I designed casual sophisticated men’s wear looks that are comfortable and very stylish.

View more of this presentation at my digital portfolio: http://tinyurl.com/bnwkzmy

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Madonna and Angelina Jolie-Pitt / Style Titans- Future Trends

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As a designer, there are no two celebs that influence trends, style and fashion like Madonna and Angelina Jolie-Pitt. As many in the world, I watch closely what these two ‘style titans’ wear, who their stylist are, and what designers they happen to favor. Now, let us float back down to reality, I am a freelance designer working out of NYC, I don’t have Angelina or Madge on speed dial to wear a few designed samples that I have created just for them, in a lavish fashion shoot  ofcourse shot by the incredibly imaginative David La Chapelle. I am just a little known designer with a HUGE imagination, so let’s have the next best thing,(at least in my opinion). I will create a series based on my designs, done in my distinct illustration style, to illustrate my views on upcoming trends dealing with fashion,hair,and makeup,…..all about these two beautiful ladies:)

The first board is all about Madge, wearing a color and fabric blocked well tailored pant suit. The jacket is well tailored, with wonderful shoulder treatments in the form of external self -contrast pleating, going down the mid sleeve. Each sleeve is color and fabric blocked with leather,wool,and satin, creating a very  interesting ‘visual texture’. I chose to use ‘hot colors’ that have been muted as this design is more geared to F/W. Limegreens become deep pea greens, Bubble gum pinks, become deep fushia, allowing wonderful color in a season of fashion  where stark color palettes are usually the norm. The bottoms are predominately leather , but fabric blocked with wool (5% stretch added with wool fabric to better combine with the soft leather). The bottom is color blocked at the knee, to go back to the jacket, merchandising very well in the future , if this was to become a full collection. A black ,stretch velvet button-up long sleeve blouse is added  for upper texture, combined with a pop silk ‘pencil’ tie. The look is finalized with a burnt rouge, patent leather, ultra high stiletto accented with self fabric fringe on front, keep in mind this style can be translated successfully into wonderful flats.  The final look is reminiscent of what makes S/S fashion so much fun,  with emphasis on fabrication,surface texture of fabric,and design.

Will this become and upcoming trend?

 

That I can’t answer.

As a designer I love to create what I feel will look great on women. I have noticed that designers, specifically american designers, are starting to ‘shy away’ from overly monotone color ways when it comes to the colder seasons. I think the reason why is that our world is becoming smaller and smaller via increasingly advanced technologies. Anyone can be in Cancun, at least in spirit, in a matter of minutes, and that is starting to effect how we see color, even during the F/W seasons in the northeast and midwest. I have also noticed that these same designers , during the colder seasons, are using holiday to introduce even more ‘color pops’ into their respective collections. So I guess designers ARE slowly introducing ‘inverted pop colors’ in their F/W collections.

 

 

Mrs. Joli-Pitt is wearing what I call a ‘coat-dress’. I took an overcoat silhouette, took a way the heavy fabrication, involving a lighter version, and coupled with fabulous leggings and even sexier sweater knit,sculpted boots. In the illustration ofcourse the garment is very short for ‘style reasons’, but if going out to production, I would add approx 4 inches to the hem of the dress. The dress , instead of a melton wool, I would use a Cashmere/ Alpaca wool mix. The garment is then combined with a waist enhancing wide leather belt, sexy knit leggings, and thigh high, sweater knit stiletto boots. Going into production, even though this was designed as a dress or a soft wool top , MOST women are going to  still wear this item as a jacket which means they will combine with a bottom. The look is finalized with sweater knit styled stiletto sculpted boots, that merchandise well back to the dress, as well as most sweater knit items the consumer may have in her wardrobe. Be on the look-out for a continuation of this series during this week. And as always, if you need design assistance in your product lines, feel free to drop a line.

 

 

 

 

 

Fifty Shades Of Grey- A Foray Into Visual Character Study Utilizing Fashion Illustration

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My most recent project is about a publication that is so controversial, loved and hated by many, I had to take the opportunity to see what I could come up with. “Fifty Shades Of Grey” is one of those novels that comes along once in a decade, not very well written, (as some ‘novel-nazi’s’ have pointed out) but TOTALLY engrossing concerning its subject matter and character development. Just incase you have been under a rock, or on the moon for the last year, here is the synopsis of this twisted tale. When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating.

Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.  The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny. Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds? As a designer, I am a creative, and all things that are creative in nature inspire me, hence my small presentation.

The movie for this popular novel is slated for a 2013 release, and the internet is a buzz with who is going to play the main characters. I have been to more blogs and forums that I care to admit concerning this novel, and they are ALL saying one thing, The RIGHT actor (s) have to be chosen for this project to be taken seriously. Many names have been tossed up, but I thought it would be awesome to create my own version of the main characters, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. I read the novel in 2 days, and took notes about the  physical appearance of each character, this project turned out to be fun, but challenging. I know as this blog makes its way into the “world-wide sphere of online-dom”, many are going to have their opinions, I just hope that I have touched on what many of the fans want and expect on the big screen come 2013.

Concerning the looks I designed / styled, I did not stray to far from the obvious, but kept attention to design and detail. Two looks are done for Christian and one for Anastasia. The first look is a notched lapel night grey tropical wool 3 piece suit, accented with a silver , metallic necktie. The sporty look I designed for christian consisted of a draped , color-blocked knit top , and straight legged raw denim jeans. In this look, I continued the same color scheme, but added blood red as a ‘pop’. Anastasia is wearing a draped leather/knit jersey  dress. The sleeves are deconstructed sewn patches, while the rest of the dress is a draped soft jersey, all in black. The dress symbolized anastasia’s transformation throughout the book. The soft  jersey, migrating into deconstructed leather sleeves shows Anastasia’s ‘undoing’, as she delves deeper and deeper into her forbidden desire for Christian. The leather patched detail gives an idea of how Anastasia is ‘torn’, concerning her desire and who she is as a person. Overall, the project was fun, and something I would do again.

Talent Spotlight / Seaki Creative Services

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Hello everyone, As many of you know, I m an international freelance fashion designer based in NYC. I have done this video to introduce myself to the online professional community, and those of you that need graphic and or Product design services Pls feel free to check out my online portfolio by clicking HERE

In the video, you will see just a few of the services that I offer as a Fashion design consultant. Some of these services include: Product design, Fashion Illustration, Product Branding, Graphic Design, Technical Design, Production Assistance, and Sourcing. Feel free to call me to discuss your creative needs.

Thanks

Seaki

Dior and Chanel among designers set for Cannes fashion show

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Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Roberto Cavalli are just some of the big names contributing looks to a Carine Roitfeld-curatedfashion show at the upcoming amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala during the Cannes Film Festival.

The annual fundraising event is always a highlight of the festival, and will for the first time feature a full-scale fashion show based around former French Vogue editor Roitfeld’s concept of the perfect black wardrobe. Some 20 designers are contributing to the show, ranging from classic French labels Christian Dior and Chanel to rising talents such as Scotland’s Christopher Kane.

WWD reports May 16 that the entire collection will be auctioned off as a single lot during the May 24 gala at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, where Roitfeld joins the likes of Milla Jovovichand Karl Lagerfeld as an event chair. Stars including Janet Jackson and Kylie Minogue will provide musical entertainment.

Other hotly anticipated events at this year’s Cannes, which runs May 16-27, include the Women in Film event in collaboration with Calvin Klein on May 17 and the Trophée Chopard ceremony, also on May 17 which annually honors the talent of two rising actors.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Day Trip In Paris / Style 101 Volume 6# Two Smashing Looks to Grab

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My imaginary meeting with the First Lady Michelle Obama is in Washington D.C., Its a balmy 82 degrees outside  and I am meeting one of the most interesting women in the world. The eatery, The Source, located at 575 Pennsylvania Avenue, is wonderful. We are meeting on the patio at our table that is being bathed by the beautiful sunlight. A gentle breeze whisk by my up-kept dreadlocks, in their usual ornate design, adorned with gold and brass beaded jewelry. I love to adorn all of my body, tastefully, and today is not an exception. I am wearing a Canali classic two button wool suit in black that’s easy to wear and basic enough for everyday. Coupled with a Hugo Boss red silk , and John Lobb Riviera suede loafers that are super soft and oh so luscious. I look up from my Blackberry playbook, and there is a smart dressed male, darting up to the table, asking my name. I address him, as a second comes to my side to frisk me. This IS the First Lady, so I am going to let this “slight inconvenience” slide. I sit back down, and the second “man in black”, relays that Mrs Obama will be up in a few minutes. I notice that his voice is almost robotic, I turn away, and continue to sip on my martini to steady my nerves. My nose notices a gentle whiff of  Creed’s “Love is White”, and I began to straighten my posture, as the First Lady is nearby, since that is her favorite fragrance. the First Lady walks up the stairs to the patio, flanked by several Secret Service men.As so much activity is bustling around her every move, she seem s as cool and effortlessly graceful as a lilly in a spring breeze. She reaches to shake my hands, and as I shake her’s, I notice her skin is silky smooth, ( I am a designer and stylist folks, I notice EVERYTHING!). Her handshake is self assured, strong, but feminine. She orders a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, me,….no more alcohol for me I need my “game face”.

Mrs Obama needs 2 looks for a day trip visit to Paris, and here is my presentation, courtesy of Net-A-Porta.

For this small selection, I maintained a light palette with colors that would compliment the First Lady’s delicious,chocolate brown skin. Teals, beiges w/ undertone of pink and orange, and light simmering emerald  greens seemed perfect to me.

A. For the day, I would imagine the First Lady will be attending a few functions during her day in Paris, and since this a day trip, a dress that is stylish and simple is essential. Etro Printed stretch silk-chiffon dress is perfect. The silhouette is perfect with a stylish cowl-neck, in case of last minute accessory choices.

B. Though I would love to see the First Lady in a pair of louboutin, towering over other dowdy first ladies,  she MUST be image conscience and NOT been seen towering over the president. Besides high-heels are too “riske'” for image reason, so I decided on a pair of Lizzy Patent – leather pumps by Jimmy Choo

C. It maybe ‘nippy’ that afternoon in Paris, so a blue teal sweater shrug can be added ( not shown), but I added a “cocktail shrug” to have this look transition well into lunch meetings-mid evening, I have added  Temperley  London Rosine Printed Silk Shrug. This was a controversial choice, and maybe on the “chopping-block”, but I can always replace it with a conservative,but stylish jacket.

D. A Quilted clutch to match the shoes, ( though im told that First Ladies rarely have any type of handbags on outings, I still included on.)Marc Jacobs Baroque Large Eugenie Quilted Leather clutch (item sold out, will be back in stock soon)

E. The First lady needs an accessory that highlights her wonderful complection, and a brush gold, chunky necklace is perfect. I choose LANVIN Swarovski crystal and cord chain necklace

Evening

As with the day looks, the evening look was very simple, an off he shoulder  eye-catching dress, some sassy peep-toes, and a chunky , textural cuff.

F. This is the tie for a little sexyness, so I gave the First Lady a sexy pump, peep toe, with a fabulous python texture and look, Miu-Mui snake-effect leather pumps fit the bill.

G. I wanted a simple accessory, something that said “power, but very regal”, I chose a YVES SAINT LAURENT Arty gold-plated glass cuff

H. Now for the dress. the First Lady has a beautifully toned body, with shoulders that are fit and beautiful, so why not show them off with a dress that has a daring asymmetrical neckline, baring one shoulder! I chose  a RALPH LAUREN COLLECTION Larisa one-shoulder silk gown

There you have it, 2 simple but elegant looks for a day trip to the “city of lights”, I hope the First Lady would approve as she now boards Airforce 1, back to the country that loves her effortless style and grace.

Currently Trending: Denim Fever (As Seen on Shoes, Shirts & Bags for Spring 2012) I Shopped the Look For You!

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It’s a universal fashion favorite that never goes stale.  And for Spring, the lightweight fabric is seen on button-downs, stilettos and roomy satchels.

Phillip Lim’s entire Spring 2012 Ready-To-Wear collection is packed with muted tones and breezy separates but one particular runway look (below) featuring a sleeveless jean jacket gave us a fashion flashback and put us on the prowl for more light wash denim.

Now for the girls:

The denim shirt Cycle ribbon collar denim Buy here      

The fabulous Dolores Denim Detailed Espadrille style pumps  ( ohhhh laaalaaa)  Buy Here 

The Wonderful little morsel of a handbag Matt & Nat Portland , (so adorable) Buy Here

Now for the fellas ( like myself,..yeahhhhh)

Remember when Jeremy Scott’s Wings models were the zaniest things we had ever seen? Well the shoe has seemed to become common place and more importantly simple accepted by the masses as a nice sneaker. here we get a peak at the next version that will hit shelves and its decked out in denim. Gold contrast color stitching and a translucent outsole finish the look off lovely for this Spring 2012 release. Well the sneakers are for previewing now, but will  be in stores in Feb. of this year ( im coping those 4 SURE!!!!!!!) Don’t fret my fellow “kicks fiend” , you can still buy a sneaker that inspired this “little piece of heaven”, the multi-colored wing kick that has been hot for months. Buy Here

Oh yeah baby, ( Im such a publicity whore, yes I am), as you guys know, I have MY OWN small line of custom-made, hand sewn denim . The line is called Espejo Nelson Atelier , and we are small, but ohhh so brimming with creativity and promise. My jeans are hand done, hand washed, hand treated by ME!!!!(talk about service). Any way scour the site to see my tees, denim jackets,jeans etc.  Buy Here 

For more examples of my work, visit my online portfolio @ http://www.wix.com/freelancedesignernyc/designnow

Tom Cruise Autumn in Shanghai Espejo Nelson Contemporary Looks

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All-American, handsome, and ever self-assured, Tom Cruise is a style icon. Favoring classic tailoring with a twist, from designers such as Marc Jacobs, Costume National, and Timothy Everest, Cruise is never too dressed up or down. For formal events, he prefers crisp, modern suits with faultless cuts and lush trimmings, and even at more relaxed times when he wears jeans with a hole in the knee, he retains an air of composure and finesse. In keeping with his clean, well-groomed look, he rarely opts for long hair or facial scruff, preferring most of the time to be clean cut.

Cruise is pure prep, and Espejo Nelson wanted to change this. We designed leather looks that were very inspired by his latest Mission Impossible movie. Our leather blazer is very minimal in detail, coupled with side slit pockets  and a front self fabric overlay to mimic the look of a tied kimono. The leather blazer also as a sleek “cut and sew look” , to add  some what slight deconstructed look, but NOT visually overbearing. The leather pants are ultra-short to accent the Kibuki hiking boots. In the waist of the slacks, a faux built-in cummerbund  detailed with overlapped leather piecing, a hidden zipper is used for front. The end result is a look that is very futuristic, but ultra sleek and stylish. The final detail of this look is the Killer-kibuki  accented toed boots. The full effect is a fashion forward look that is simply inspiring .

These looks will be available in my collection very soon, just stay tuned 😉

Lenny Kravitz “Twilight in New York” Espejo Nelson Atelier contemporary looks

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wish heritage is his sense of style. The 44 year-old musician is constantly reinventing himself. Over the years, Kravitz has played everything from ’60s stoner to denim-clad rock star. Sometimes the fit is relaxed and at other times it’s tailored enough that he turns on the high beams with his twin nipple rings. He has been coiffed with everything from a buzz cut to an Afro — and no one wears a nose ring, or a man-purse, with more masculinity than Lenny.

While other celebrities either follow trends or wind up on the worst dressed list by daring to blaze their own style trail, Lenny has created a look that is truly individual. It has even led to talks of him launching his own clothing line. Who knew anyone could have creative juices left after creating five platinum albums. His designer duds may not have joined the celebrity ranks at Macy’s alongside Martha Stewart’s towels and a table of Donald Trump ties, but Lenny did establish his own interior design firm in 2006. Fortunately, there haven’t been any reports of nipple ring chandeliers a la Lenny, but you can’t deny that the man takes risks and succeeds. It doesn’t matter if he’s sporting a tailored suit and fedora or a cutoff shirt and distressed jeans — he always looks crazy comfortable in everything he wears. That’s why Lenny Kravitz rightfully earns his spot as a style icon.

Dress The Kravitz Way

To really look like Lenny, you could start by being reborn into a multi-racial Adonis with a ripped body and enough piercings to make Dennis Rodman blink. If that doesn’t work out, tryaccessorizing. No matter what version of Lenny you get, he is always wearing a signature piece of jewelry (or two — or twenty). It can become an extreme look that only works for Lenny, but a couple of carefully selected items can round out your look. We’re not talking about a watch you got from your grandparents for graduation or an over-designed necklace from David Yurman. Even when Lenny is wearing expensive designers, as he often does, everything still seems label-less. That’s the best part about incorporating some of Lenny’s style into your every day look. The right bracelet, necklace or ring doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it probably shouldn’t be because some of the most defining pieces in your wardrobe often end up being the most affordable.