First of all, the effort it took me to get out of bed this morning? Herculean. I’m slightly jetlagged from a wedding in Tucson this weekend, but it is well worth it. Such fun, so heartfelt. More on that later.
Today I’ve got a TruLu Couture Product of the Week for you.
This piece is particularly interesting for me. I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now and felt it was a little too “out there” to actually make.
I written about this before, I think; how I’ve been somewhat reserved and stagnant in how I actually design pieces because of my background at the corporate level. In that world, you have to dance a very precise and delicate dance on the top of the trend bell curve. If you’re too soon, nobody gets it and you don’t get any sales. If you’re too late, you aren’t innovative enough and you don’t get any sales. It’s been an interesting process for me to let all that go and just design from the heart.
So, when I had the opportunity to show my pieces to Premiere Bride, I decided to quickly put together this statement piece that’s been cooking in my head. I was nervous to even show it! What’s interesting, it was the FIRST thing they noticed. There was gushing and demands for me to finish it in time for the photo shoot, which I did.
What is is: a big pouf.
Basically, you’ve got pouf #1 that made from a nylon cross-weave tulle. It’s different from regular tulle in that the weave isn’t in tiny diamond shapes, but in squares. It has less drape and more body so it will keep it’s shape better.
On that pouf I randomly sewed on pink and ivory vintage silk flowers. Then I made pouf #2, this one slightly larger than the first. On the inside of that pouf, I sewed little vintage velvet leaves, then sewed the entire pouf around and over the first pouf. In a nutshell, the leaves and flowers are '”trapped” inside the veil, giving it a very ethereal, dreamy sort of look.
Here are a few of the pictures I took of the model who wore it for the photo shoot. The photography is crap (my bad), but you can get the gist of the size and shape. The model was wearing hot pink suede stilettos and it just made the whole look pop. Can’t wait to see the real deal !
Everyone at the shoot totally loved it and it made me feel great about stepping outside the box a bit. Design validation is always a feel-good thing!
What do you think? Is it too out there are just out there enough? It’s definitely not a conventional piece, that’s for sure!