Friday, January 02, 2015

miss velvet cream invites you to HOT COUTURE 2015

Wishing you all health, wealth and success throughout 2015! 
My intention for the New Year is to make more Time in all aspects of my Life. What is yours?

miss velvet cream invites you.....

Next week is The Crucible's Hot Couture Show in Oakland, California. This is the third and final time miss velvet cream will be showing in this amazing evening of fire, fashion and fabulousness! 


miss velvet cream preview Hot Couture 2015
The theme for this year's show is The Elements. MVC will be showing 8 looks, two representing each Element; Earth, Air, Fire, Water. The Elements inspire, bringing tone and color, shape and feeling, but these are not literal interpretations of the ideas. They are whispers, memories, dreams and musings.
miss velvet cream preview Hot Couture 2015

miss velvet cream presents:
The Elements; Earth, Fire, Water, Air. The building blocks of all life on Earth, the essence of mystical illuminations and the poet's muse. miss velvet cream interprets each of the Elements in the medium of dress, art that wraps the body, that is given life by the Spirit of the wearer as each one of the models embodies an aspect of the element they represent. For Hot Couture, The Elements, miss velvet cream gives you a spell woven around the body, a prayer and a memory, a distant echo, remembering the deepest part of You.

miss velvet cream preview Hot Couture 2015
miss velvet cream preview Hot Couture 2015

miss velvet cream is especially delighted to welcome a first time collaboration with Leather Artists DAO POW INDUSTRIES. All the pieces are made in their studio here in the Bay. For the show, we have been collaborating via sketches, texts, messages and photos sent back and forth brainstorming ideas and creative cross-pollination.

Dao Pow Industries preview Hot Couture 2015
Like miss velvet cream, all Dao Pow Industries pieces are one of a kind, made to last for a lifetime, and made by the hands of the artists themselves.
The pieces will be put together for the first time at the show. We are all excited to see the work together, the manifestation of ideas and conversations into material form!

Dao Pow Industries
Dao Pow Industries Artist Statement:

"Most leather fashion is from cheap, poorly tanned cowhides and junk hardware.

We hand-make leather pieces that will last generations.

We only use solid brass hardware (often intended for saddles, since that is the strongest) and mainly full-grain leather from the top three tanneries on the continent (arguably, the world): Horween, Hermann-Oak, Wickett&Craig. Every piece we make is hand cut from a full hide. In terns of construction, we are heavily influenced by old-school saddle and holster making --- these are a step above those used for most fashion in terms of quality despite being less targeted at aesthetics.
Our ideals are clean lines and the heavy feel of quality. Our pieces should never break, degrade or disappoint. The leather and hardware used will age beautifully, as only fully tanned, full grain leather can."
-Dao Pow Industries, 2014

See more of their work available for purchase on ETSY and SHOPIFY
Here is their FB page.
Their work is also currently available at Ceiba in San Francisco.

miss velvet cream preview Hot Couture 2015
The Hot Couture show is always a wonderful event, supporting the artists, the venue and the programs that The Crucible provided to the community. Shows are open to the public Friday January 9 and Saturday January 10. miss velvet cream will the showing in the third artist segment, last of the evening, with showtime starting at 9:15pm. However, it's always a night full of fire, fashion, music, performance and wonderful people. Don't miss it!

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Summer's gone......

Summer was long and languid, sun kissed and sultry, and as the cool, crisp night creeps in, deeply missed. The very last week of August sent me to Sand City for the amazing Westend Celebration in its 13th year!

miss velvet cream loves the sunshine!
  Photo by Top Dog Images

WESTEND CELEBRATION 2014 Sand City, California
Sustainable Fashion Show and Themed Designer Competition.


Show Producer wearing miss velvet cream
Photo by miss velvet cream

miss velvet cream : Audience Choice Award

miss velvet cream : Inspired by East of Eden, John Steinbeck. Upcycled denim and jeans and sample cuts from Levis and donated by clients, reconstructed and reclaimed t-shirt, coat, sheepskin, leather, organza dress, and silkscreened and painted denim pant legs. Modeled by Chelsea Elizabeth Woods.


Photos from the stage by miss velvet cream


And especially to the Monterey Arts Council for their support.

Photo by Bailey Lee

And a big thank you to all my clients, fans and the designer and producer teams for your support!!!!!

I am back in the studio preparing for shows, clients and the Winter. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

FASHION REVOLUTION DAY 2014 in San Francisco!

miss velvet cream invites YOU:
Besides a fantastical selection of upcycled and handmade beautiful wearable art, MVC will be bringing an exclusive selection of #amandasagecollection artist Amanda Sage's new fusion yoga line, all made sustainably in Downtown LA, featuring sublimated prints of her amazing paintings to wear as a second skin on your body.

Do you know who made the clothes you are wearing right now? What country did it travel from? How many people's hands has it touched? What fibers are threaded into its material?
 In our fabulous 21st century lives, we often lose touch with the things we buy and their affect on society and the environment. For example, on April 24th of last year, 1133 people were killed and 2500 injured when the eight-story Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed. To this day, people are still suffering as a direct result of our fashion supply chain.
In response this, we have teamed up with Fashion Revolution Day to remember the victims of garment factory negligence and to promote positive change in the industry. When: April 24th, 2014Where: SOMA StrEAT Food Park MAPTime: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pmEnter to win $200 Shopping Spree Here 

This outdoor sustainable shopping event also features:
Locally manufactured knitwear made from California-grown organic cotton by Myrrhia Fine Knitwear-
Cuffs, bags, and jackets made from landfill salvaged auto leather by Platinum Dirt-
Upcycled vintage jewelry by Angelcake

-Beautiful clothing made from salvaged fabrics by Miss Velvet Cream : Shown is dress made from offcut remnants from the production process of artist Amanda Sage's new clothing line. Cross-pollenation, collaboration, and transformation. See it in person! 

-Handcrafted, sustainable clothing made from natural materials by Nomadista
-Outdoor apparel and snowboarding gear made locally in San Francisco by Pop Outerwear-Socially conscious skincare and body products by Jeffen Guests are invited to sample bites from local food vendors and relax to the wines and brews of the beer garden. 

To bring attention to true cost of the things we buy --and the invisible workforce behind the clothes we wear-- attendees are encouraged to wear one piece of clothing inside out, to photograph it, and then share to their photos with the hashtag #insideout for a chance to win fair trade fashion from Fashion Revolution Day brand partners. 

I look forward to celebrating Fashion Revolution Day as our Grand Finale of the night market series at SoMa StrEat Food Park.

Monday, April 14, 2014

miss velvet cream at Hot Couture 2014 at The Crucible

January 9, 10 and 11th 2014 saw another amazing Hot Couture Show at The Crucible. miss velvet cream was DELIGHTED to participate in this year's event, and showcased a series of fantastical looks on a runway engulfed in flames and steel.

Shows on Friday and Saturday night provided much entertainment for all the guests.


Backstage with miss velvet cream models......


And finally a mention in Oakland Magazine March 2014 issue, photo by Ed Jay.

My deepest thanks to all the crew, models and hair/makeup teams, as well as The Crucible and the photographers! Especially THANK YOU to Bianca Starr, the amazing fashion show segment head producer, and her pro team, you made it easy and enjoyable!!!!