Thursday, September 19, 2013

Throw Back Thursday: The Start of Legendary Style


     When I tell people I’m an emerging designer they say “Oh wow that’s cool!” then they give me this very quizzical look. It’s kind of like when you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and they say singer, actress or astronaut. You pat them on their heads and send them on their way with what you think is an encouraging word of “Don’t get upset if it doesn’t happen.” Well at times I feel like that little kid with big dreams.

     I have to admit it hasn’t been easy but things started to turn around for me when I stopped worrying about what other people thought. In the beginning I was afraid to do it on my own and went through two business partners. Things of course didn’t work out with them because my dream wasn’t their dream. And that’s ok. I think I rather go it alone. Yeah it would be nice to share the stress and long days and nights with, but nothing feels better than to say “I did it on my own!”

     I started Legendary Style a few years ago. I was modeling at the time. I just new that nothing could feel more amazing than when I strutted down the runway in someone’s designs. The anxiety, excitement and craziness of it all gave me a RUSH!!
I started working closely with a couple of local designers in Phoenix. I even became great friends with one in particular whom I can now say is apart of my family. He taught me every thing he knew. I believed in his talent, even to this day I still wear his jeans.

     Then something happened. I started going to more and more casting calls where I was told I was Plus Sized and they were looking for someone “smaller”.  I was hurt. All I wanted to do was model high fashion but I wasn’t going to put my health at risk for it. Personally, I liked the way I looked. I was 5’10 and 150lbs. I felt defeated.

     I went on a girl’s weekend to Vegas and of course spent the weeks leading up to it in the mall. I couldn’t find anything I liked. So I came up with a design and took it along with some fabric to a designer friend of mine. My dress was done in a day!! I couldn’t believe it.

     While in Vegas I had countless people ask me where I got my dress. They were floored when I told them it was mine! Everyone wanted my business card. Since I wasn’t a designer at the time I didn’t have one. This led me to believe that I could take all of my sketches and turn them into something! And that’s what I did. If I couldn’t find something to wear, I would just make it!!

     I still went on with my regular 9-5 and modeling on the side. I had no idea that when I submitted my photos for Tucson Fashion Week in 2010 that it would be my last modeling gig and the beginning of Legendary Style.

Designs by Siobhan


     I went to Tucson for the fashion week casting call and before I could get back home (2 ½ hour drive) I had an email from a designer by the name of Elizabeth. She wanted me to model for her. I couldn’t be happier! I would have been happy modeling for anyone but SHE is whom I wanted to model for the most!!  Her designs are like a diamond in the rough. She lives in Tucson Arizona. Not the first place that comes to mind when you think high fashion!! Not only is she a designer but she is also the founder of Tucson Fashion Week. After fashion week ended I stayed in touch with Elizabeth telling her my hopes for being an amazing designer and seeing my designs on the runway. She told me I should submit my designs for the next fashion week. I did!

     Instead of modeling for Lizz again, I ended up sending my own creations down the runway with the best group of models a first time designer could ever hope to have!!
Everything was coming full circle. All the time I was modeling other people’s designs and thinking there was nothing better, I was wrong. Being back stage with all of the confusion of getting models dressed and down the runway at just the right moment is what I LIVE for! Watching MY creations being modeled is a feeling I can only compare with being a mom…. PRICELESS!






     I say all this to say, life is all about living out your dreams. Don’t worry about what people are going to say or think about you. If you don’t try you’ll never know how far you can go.

     So in honor of all the Fashion Weeks taking place all around the world, here’s the launch of my clothing line at Tucson Fashion week 2011. I think it also makes for a nice Throwback Thursday.


Take Care,

J.



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