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So I’ve finally had the time to fix everything up and release it hoooraaaaa !!
As promised – here is the video of my latest collection Nostalgic Nuances. It is a small deluxe ready-to-wear collection.
Luxurious fabrics such as hand ombre’d and treated silks, leathers and lace. Custom-made exclusive embroidered placements , Just pure and genuine beauty and quality TO DIE FOR !
I will be releasing pictures of the collection day by day as usual. To view my previous collection simply click the “Collections” tab on the top right corner of this page.
Now before we skip to the video I’d like to extend a very VERY special thankyou to everyone who has been apart of this collection and putting it together !
Yasmine Parker for her creative vision as always as my photographer – She does amazing photography so if you have an event or an idea in mind do hit her up at 000photography.com.au. She won’t let you down !
John and Nicole Ullo from Coco Liberace for allowing me to use their beautiful accessories ! Absolutely appreciate it. You can view their full collection and website at www.cocoliberace.com
Charntae from RJL studio photography hair and makeup for her amazing support and patience throughout the process and of course hair and makeup.
Diana Dimitriev for being the world’s most perfect assistant EVA ! Really appreciate it dear chook.
Karen Bohosian for assisting us with the shoot. Thanks so much !
My amazing machinist Connie who I still have not stopped thanking – She is a miracle worker !
Jackie Boghossian for making all the stunning embroidery pieces work in a short amount of time– Absolutely beautiful !
and of course the one and only Jordan Kain from platform models who nearly froze her little butt off during our very early photo shoots – thankyou so much for your time, effort and BEAUTY !
Looking forward to working with all of you again in the future … it’s show time now…
http://vimeo.com/user16089753/nostalgicnuances ( click the link to view )
xxxx Much Love,
Hello Lovely people !!
Just want to start by saying
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE A HAPPY NEW YEAR !!
I wish you all a safe and joyous New Year and I hope it’s an unforgettable day for all of you ❤ x x x x x
P.s.. in case you can’t see it. It says MEOWY CHRISTMAS !!! I died when i saw it… clearly, it was such an impulse… yet necessary buy ! MEOW
Now !… Onto where the hell I’ve been and What I’ve been doing !? (BESIDES the minor internet problems I’ve been having that have delayed my posts !)
This year has been one hectic year for me guys, I mean it’s always hectic but a certain set of events have absolutely topped it this year ( bet I’ll say this again next year though ha !)
As you all know I finished college… So I am officially a Designer and a stylist – Hoorah ! ( Yes I have an ACTUAL degree for the NATURAL talent I’ve always had…meow)
In Early December we had our final graduate show. If I was to tell you all, that the day went smoothly and that it was all so great and I felt so relieved afterwards… I’d be lying… except for the part that I felt relieved ha !
If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I have been searching for that final sign of “relief” after college, some security to make me feel it’s all come to an end and that there is no longer any stress of that particular kind following me around in the form of a shadow or however the saying goes. As disorganised and crazy backstage and the lead up actually was, the moment where I had all my models dressed up, in my garments, the moment that I was exactly a minute away from walking out with them onto the catwalk to show off my range I felt that stress, that “whatever”, be lifted away and carried into the lights of the runway. My anxiety and nauseousness all gone. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more accomplished and happy in my life.
Who was there ? Who cares !
Did I slouch when I walked? who cares…
Did I show off my range and enjoy it…? Yes I sure did, I loved it !
I must say though as nervous and haphazard it all was on the day before the event actually started (Just like to add that we had no rehearsal or run through…for the record) I Liked being showcased like that. Often designers, well graduate designers don’t get to showcase themselves this well and I think it was a great way for everyone to see who we were, not just a projected name in some random sans serif font.
Well that was that.. and of course some backstage shots just for you guys !
The hair of course was amazing ! Loved the whole detached braid style they had going on !
The makeup was nice, a very heavy smoky black look. Pretty classic runway !
Dalian and I ! Taking random shots and anxiously waiting for the show to start ! EEKK !
Everyone’s style sheets – The beautiful Jess ( Platform models) who wore my Black laced up Embroidered Dress on the night !
Backstage again and again, everyone is hanging around waiting for the show to start.
The Gorgeous Manon from Platform Models at the fittings ❤ Wearing my ombre, vintage tea stained jumpsuit and embroidered bodysuit ! That’s sneak peak enough !
My AMAZING MACHINIST !!!! who helped me through it all…. She is a saviour !! and… I’m wearing Ladakh ❤ just the way i Like it !!
Following this there was of course a scrumptious Christmas dinner with the future in laws !
Christmas all decked out with food and ornaments as well as gifts from Santa for everyone !
Too cute !
Clearly we were all Nice not naughty this year !
now moving on from all the food… let’s talk about DIETS..
Amongst all of this and my crazy hours at Target I happened to stroll over to the book department and there I found THE DUKAN COOKBOOK…
Minutes later I was convinced I was rather fat… too fat…Need-to-go-on-a-diet fat and without any hesitation happily talked my sister-in-law into it and yes.. we were DUKANING…
Don’t worry, we weren’t crazy enough to do it right away so we decided to be reasonable and start the first phase in the gap between Christmas and New Years.
Let me first start by saying.. I’m put off food… It’s far too repetitive…I’m sick of the same oaty dense textures in my mouth and as great as our attempt was we only lasted 3 days in the first phase ! HAHAHA
On top of that we now realise we aren’t that big, we have great womanly curves which flat girls would die for.. and the five kilo’s we wanted to so desperately CUT OFF will have to be done with our own way of exercising and eating right.
AND I have secretly skipped to the third phase… ! so shhhhhh !
HOWEVER, I do still believe that this diet is a great diet and that people who are much bigger than us will actually lose a lot of weight if they can stick to it and make it through to the final phase.. so If by any chance any of you are DUKANING… Let me know how you are going !
Oh and I must say I did actually enjoy cooking a variety of things in the attack phase.
preparing Chicken Broth soup – yummy !
It was actually so nice to discover some warm liquids to eat during attack phase.
THE DUKAN COOKBOOK was also a great book, so if you are in need of any recipes or some guidance on what you are supposed to be eating and how to make delicious edible things with what you are given, seriously check it out !
hmm what else has there been.. OH YEAH I have been super busy with my sewing and fabric sourcing as usual, and cannot wait when it’s all launched ( slow process, as I’m such a busy little bird but hang in there).
The final thing that’s been keeping me busy is my room ! Ever since my emotional rollercoaster and deep soul searching I have decided that as every door shuts and every new door is opened one must REDECORATE, REPAINT AND REORGANISE their life, and emotions starting with their room.
So I have been on the search for new furniture, wall paints (THE RIGHT COLOUR- the RIGHT SHADE !), bed covers all sorts of stuff AND have also come up with a great D.I.Y project for anyone who wants to SCHNAZZ things up a bit with their decor.
My old bedroom had light purple walls, a certain calmness to it with a whole wall of old and new polaroids/photographs stuck side by side NO GAPS of the greatest memories EVA, pretty nostalgic if you ask me. My wardrobe doors had some of fashions greatest ad campaigns posted up and shelves of every VOGUE I’ve ever received. Not a bad set up at all, but I think it’s time for a change, New light, New colour scheme and first new feature… ! Can’t Wait until it’s complete !
oh so empty ! Thankyou dearest boyfriend for helping me empty the never-ending contents of the room ❤
Can you guess what colours I’ve picked ?!
Click to go to the next post for a little D.I.Y !
xxxx MUCH LOVE, YOURS TRULY
Saturday morning – status – dead tired, overworked and anxious !
So it’s the weekend before my last term of college commences… I’m not quite sure whether I’m stressed, relieved, nervous, or happy – It all feels kind of surreal.
Sometimes we have so much going on that even the biggest events pass by like a breeze, all that stress, hard work and effort become quickly brushed into the past.
Notice how we spend so much time working up to things, then so much time looking back on them ? Realise how the actual event just came and went!
Sometimes things aren’t so bad I guess.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in this two week break. I wouldn’t really call it a “ break” though as I’ve been tirelessly sewing/sampling and working. I know I’ve kind of disappeared since my last post on Easter but those weeks have just flown by so quickly that I’m only just taking control, taking one step back and breathing !
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When I came back from LA in July 2009 I was all freshened up and relaxed. I knew that if I wanted to give my absolute best to “this thing called a bachelor of fashion design” I had to have the right mind. The first two classes I had in my first year were Fashion design studio and Colour Theory. I remember thinking “oh just making skirts and learning different types of silhouettes, working with different paint mediums – this is alright, it’s not too bad – a bit too much work to do, but I guess its alright”.
See when you are new to things, they are fun and exciting, whether they remain that way and if you’re up for the challenges as the terms get harder and harder, that’s the real test.
I remember using a MAC for the first time and thinking WHAT THE HELL IS THIS !?!?!?! and learning how to use Photoshop and illustrator – that was a triple Trip out for me ! Then of course design studio part 2, where we had to design a range as well as make one the shirts from our range – Looking back on that, I always giggle because back then I thought that was hard and stressful. I used to say to myself – “Oh my god I’m struggling to do this, I wonder what my state will be like when I’m in third year?!” – It’s made me realise how much I’ve grown, how much I’ve learnt, how it’s shaped what I’ve become and what I know. All the things I’ve sacrificed, all those parties, night outs, festivals and trips – was it worth missing all these things ? Honest answer of course is a yes. You never lose your true friends, trust me on that – it’s true – I still have all mine – if not, I have many more than I began with. After you learn to expect less from people around you and learn how to become a bit more independent you learn how to give things up and think more about you rather than for other people all the time, it becomes natural. It’s not a bad thing, it just becomes clear what your priorities are. It took a long time for me to get my priorities straight. Regardless, I always put college first, like I’ve mentioned many times before, college saved me, it was like it was always there, always giving me something to do, keeping me company through heartbreaks, life dramas and crisis’ There was no escaping it with that workload.
…and just when you think you’ve grasped the game of “this thing called a bachelor of fashion design” you head into your second year – swimwear, fashion shows, more theory, more prac, more draping, more new skills – you’re bombarded with all these new things.The most important part through this is that you keep true to what you’ve been doing,you never give up and you never let the team down. I’ve kept this mindset, and it’s always kept me strong. Another thing I noticed as the terms went on was that our classes got smaller and smaller – the amount of stress, budget, workload – some people just aren’t cut out for it.
At the end of 2010 we had a fashion show, like we do every year. My swimwear was in this show and the feedback from people, their expressions and their opinions motivated me a lot, it’s the final point – the return to start card, it’s like saying “ oh marvellous, great talent ! now go refresh, do your thing again, start a new range and excite us all again”. When people want more, and expect more it’s exciting, especially for someone young, and fresh like me !
To read my previous blog post on my swimwear just click the picture below.
After a long summer/Christmas break it was time to tackle 2011. By this stage I thought the experimentation process would be over and done with until of course I had to do knitwear as a subject. I’d always wanted to learn how to knit, however I’m sure after all that curiosity it’s something I won’t be doing sometime soon. hahahaha !! I remember looking back to 2009 and thinking WOW where did those two years go ! They had just flown !! LA felt as fresh as the day before, expect for the fact that two years had gone by and I was almost reaching my final year !!
(Just click the photographs to get linked to the blog posts from that photo-shoot/range)
After doing the photo-shoot for my knitwear, relying on the great skills I had learnt from working with stylists and designers from Fashion week and the Westfield show as well as interning at Ladakh, the flow of things came naturally, and it actually felt good handling my own work, my own shoot, my own team.
But hey – It’d doesn’t stop there !
Because I had started in July – My year began in July, meaning that straight after knitwear and being sick came mens and womenswear ! Till this day – I look back- I just don’t know how I managed to get it done. Again, all I can think of is the beginning and the end. All that stuff in between just untangles itself and the magic happens.
One of the most valuable things I learnt during men’s and women’s is that You learn that people who have always supported you will always of course be there if they are genuine, the people who are envious always talk shit no matter how much you ignore them and newcomers that have somehow made it into your life were sent by some “saviour of events” to help you through things you thought you’d never be able to accomplish!
Many favours, many volunteering events, networking – it all pays off – But don’t be fake ! I’ve always been myself, at times an honest bitch, and at others I’ve bitten my tongue, but all with good reason.
The following photographs were all possible because of the amazing team I had. I’m so proud of myself, to see what I’ve achieved. It’s a great feeling.
To read the story about 2012 fall/winter RTW and view the collection shots simply click here
So guess what that left me with – one semester to go and major work approaching.
It’s only April and already in the first 4 months so much has happened ! The first term of the semester is done, I’ve completed all my subjects besides major work of course, my brother got married, we also lost some loved ones along the way, and just so many more other things !!
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So it’s the weekend before my last term of college commences… I’m not quite sure whether I’m stressed, relieved, nervous, or happy – It all feels kind of surreal.
I’ve waited for this moment, this feeling for so long and I think I’ve become so used to the nature of “this thing called a bachelor of fashion design” that I’m actually coping okay ( apart from all the stress and hair I’ve lost hahahaha) It is still very hard, but I guess the previous years kind of built my expectations up, they’ve moulded me into a strong little seamstress !
All the final bits of fabric shopping are getting done – tiring days driving long distances from one supplier to another – I love that part though – Fabrication is really important to me, The feel of it, the composition…
mmm I can smell the leather every time I look at this picture ! I love this place !
so Sample marking is on Tuesday, They aren’t perfect but they are just samples, I actually can’t wait for college to start again. I love seeing my things come to life – not by samples but by their actual fabrics, trims and embellishments. The story comes to life. I love the hype and stress of things – the fast-paced environment !
I made this video a few months ago – So I could show you guys my findings from Fabric shopping phase #1 ! p.s the video just ends randomly !
Well the journey goes on, and I hope this fills all the gaps for you guys. I haven’t disappeared completely, I’m still here – just working very very hard And of course as this is the life of Rhy I’ll share many things with you guys along the way !
xxxx Much Love, Yours Truly