I was selected as one of the few fashion design students from my school to present my collection at the Driehaus Design Initiative for Fashion Excellence. The moment I saw an email pop up on my phone from my fashion director that said "Driehaus" in the subject line, Congratulations.... I just knew it! I yelled "OMG" as the email was loading to open up on my phone.
Last year I submitted my evening wear collection, but was not selected, so this year I needed and wanted to get in! I sewn every single day when I was told no, and "NO" to me just means "Next Opportunity". So I had a game plan, and I checked off every box of things that needed to be done in my planner every night. I made two fashion collections, so I designed and made a ready to wear sellable Coachella inspired bohemian chic collection which is very on trend for 2016 according to WGSN. After that, I designed and made a fun and funky Carnaby Street Collection which is very on trend for 2017 according to WGSN. I followed my heart more so on the Carnaby Street collection, so I submitted that one (since you can only submit one collection). They Selected my Carnaby Street Collection!!!! Knowing that I was selected this year, was such an accomplishment and my heart couldn't stop smiling!
The event took place at Richard Driehaus's Vintage Motor Carriage on Desplaines Street in Chicago, IL.
We had a model fitting on Wednesday the 27th between 10am-2pm. All of my garments fit the models perfectly! It was an amazing and professional atmosphere. There was a table full of clip boards and everyones original sketches and photos. It felt like everyone was asking me questions all at once and I just loved it!!! All of my models had the same pink tights, and white platform gogo boots! I also was able to choose my music so I chose the AUSTIN POWERS 'SOUL BOSSS NOVA' REMIX. I had all different colored plastic bangles and groovy rings. Two clutches I made went with two looks as well, a pug circular clutch and a hot pink shaggy faux fur clutch with a rhinestone zipper. After the model fittings they took me into a different room to interview me. I normally feel like I have the worst fear of the word "Interview", but they made me feel comfortable, and I was able to be myself! It was a dark room with a big bright light right in front of me and two off to the sides with my garment rack behind me. Off to the left was a camera that slid side to side so I could see movement off to the left that kind of distracted me at some points while talking to the lady in front of me. After the interview I felt accomplished and so proud of myself, and I received three tickets for the show, and I gave them the 500 business cards for the care package on the way out after the fashion show.
Friday 29, 2016
"The Show Is About To Start!!!"
I was seated with other designers from other Chicago fashion schools in order of our lineup for the show. My collection went down second, right after the opening number. I heard my song come on and seen my models do an Austin Powers dance pose as they walked down the runway one by one. They all lined up in a straight line at the end of the runway and started to bounce to the beat, then they walked back one by one and posed together. The crowd went wild when they heard the "Yeah Baby" austin powers music! I was on cloud 9, and didn't want that moment to ever end.
At the end of the show they announced winners, I did not place, but three days later the creative director called me and told me I was a hair away from getting my collection in the window visual display at Neiman Marcus! It was between me, and the girl that had won. It was nice knowing how close I was, but it's also torture just knowing I could have had my collection in the visual display. Neiman Marcus told the creative director that they could "Sell the hell out of my collection"!!!!!! The creative director is now my mentor, and I hope to create more amazing collections and sell wholesale to other boutiques and eventually to Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and other amazing fashion stores.
I was so excited for this photoshoot. I made fifteen garments / 6 looks in less than two months! I wanted to make a sellable collection for young women going to school, college, hanging out with friends, going out on the weekend or events like Coachella Valley Music Festival! I received so many positive critiques back from young women on this collection. According to WGSN (a fashion forecasting website) Bohemian Chic is on trend for Spring/Summer 2016.
For this photoshoot I needed an accessory that would add to the garment, and immediately knew they needed flower crowns! My Momma does bridal bouquets on the side and she made all of the flower crowns and they're all different. Shoes were neutral and brown, and were either gladiators or booties. Fun jewelry such as a fox, squirrel, and butterfly necklace were added and small bangles.
My photographer Lauren Landis was awesome and so fun to work with! She knew what angle would look the best and gave good ideas. My models were natural to work with and I felt so lucky to have a group of girls do an amazing job for me. My makeup artist was also one of my models! Brianna Barnes did all of the natural makeup for my Coachella Ready Collection.
Peace, Love and Wear Bianca Zidik!