Earlier this year I had a interview with Global News NB's reporter Shelley Steeves. I was approached for a interview not too long after the release of my first line, Limitless. I met Shelley about a year before for another interview. I had just had images I'd taken published on the cover of a U.S. based magazine, and she wanted to do a story. So when she heard about my fashion line release, she wanted to do a follow-up story, and I agreed.
You can see both interviews in the links below:
During the interview I had mentioned my interest in possibly having a spot in Atlantic Fashion Week. It is our version of NYC Fashion Week, and a huge affair for designers.
When August rolled around I saw a post on AFW's Facebook page calling all designers to apply for their upcoming season in October. They were accepting all levels of designers from beginning to well established designers. Last year their event lasted a month or so, but this year the shows would only last a week and accepting only a certain number of designers to feature their work.
I downloaded the application and just stared at it. Feeling very unsure.
My husband gave me some words of encouragement, and I filled out the forms and sent them back. Fully expecting to get that 'thank you for applying, but unfortunately...' response.
A few weeks went by with no word.
September 4th - I received a email from AFW. The first sentence made my heart drop.
'Sorry for the delay in receiving this notification.'
I knew I hadn't been accepted. My knowledge, and skill level wasn't up to par with those I follow on other social medias. I figured better luck next year.
Then, I read the second sentence.
'I am pleased to let you know if you received this letter you have been selected!'
WHAT?!?? I had been accepted into Atlantic Fashion Week!!!!
I literally screamed, not only scaring the crap out of my cats, but also my husband! I was beyond thrilled, beyond overjoyed!
I had gotten another email shortly after stating when I was to showcase my collection. I was listed as 'Emerging Fantasy Designer'. I loved that title.
It took me several weeks to narrow down which pieces I would be bringing with me for Fashion Week. I ultimately chose my favorite pieces I made from the beginning of the year.
I brought with me models from Moncton, Saint John, and local models from Halifax for my evening on October 4th. Some models have been working with me for years. Where I was either as a photographer or designer. We've developed a working relationship and I was very happy to share this experience with them.
When I arrived at the venue, which was Casino NS, I was pretty much in a daze. All my models had arrived and were getting situated for hair/MU, so I decided to take a quick walk around and check out the runway.
Photo cred - Tim Lingley
I even managed to sneak a quick pic at the Red Carpet that was just outside the main event room.
The hair/makeup team was provided by Redken. I gave them my vision of the look I wanted for the models, and I couldn't have been happier with the results!
When it was time for the models to hit the stage, everyone was in positive vibes! My first Atlantic Fashion Week would be a night to remember!
Photos cred - Mike Swiech
The models absolutely KILLED it!!!
When I took my finale walk, there were so many emotions running through me and they definitely showed in photos. Excitement, anxiety, nervousness, exhilaration, achievement, and hunger.... I hadn't eaten all day for fear of getting sick before the show. lol
Atlantic Fashion Week was one hell of a experience! And I would most definitely apply again to attend again as a featured designer for 2018. I came away from this more confident in myself. I realized that I have a gift to share and will continue designing for as long as I am able.
Much love to all my models for making this day a great success for me! I wouldn't be where I am without the support and love from Nick (my husband). He is the one who pushed me to send in my application for AFW, even knowing that the chances of me getting accepted was slim to none. lol
And a huge thank you to Angela Campagnoni for welcoming me into AFW.
Video of my debut can be seen here.