samedi, juillet 28, 2007

Brady Street Fashion Show

Seeing your creation cheered on, in public, on stage, is hard to describe.

It's hard to describe seeing it on someone's body...and seeing that person thrilled to be wearing your creation. And knowing it's so, because of how hard they're working it. How the crowd receives it.

Hearing your name over the PA system, albeit mispronounced, couple with the words "local designer".

It's hard to take in, and is a little overwhelming.

But afterward, I felt, like I said before, I needed a moment.


I hustled it down to Brady street. I didn't want to be late. And I was overdressed. I made myself a copy of the outfit but in another color because you know... I can't pre-empt the display :)

Soon I met up with Nick, who was on the east side to attend the Downer bike rally event. Even though we were on the east side, it was a hot one on Brady Street.

We went to find our vantage point at the main stage, but there was no escaping the hot sun. We settled on a spot near the curb by the side of the small runway they had set up. The strangest thing happened, I heard a familiar voice near my feet. My boss was sitting on the curb in front of us. She, her husband, and their two out-of-town guests! For the record, my boss is a tough, smart lady. And we don't always see eye to eye. It meant the world to me that she was there.

The show flow had groups of models showing fashions from different shops on Brady Street, about 4-5 outfits per store. Not every shop did a great job and some of the "models" were amateurs. One of them was a great model though, I mean, there are some things you just can't pay money for.

The models were entering stage right which was near where we were sitting. I couldn't always see who was coming up, but I saw a woman with a green headband, and I knew that my 15 seconds was about to come true. My outfit was to be accented with green accessories.

She came out to the stage, she was tall, leggy, and perfect for the outfit. As she walked across the stage something in me just went WOW!!!!!!!! The way the outfit looked, the way she worked it, the crowd's reaction... it all came together like planets lining up.

As the model went offstage, my boss said audibly, "now THAT'S cute!" The boutique owner was standing near my boss, and she turned to her and said "it's a local designer!!!"

Afterward... I was ready to go. A whole month of hard work and anticipation and all I had been holding with it had been released. It was hot and I was exhausted. Nick and I went to get something cool to drink and get out of the sun. We sat and chatted for a while at Anodyne coffee, it was the perfect end to the afternoon.

It meant the world to me to have the support of friends and colleagues throughout the process, and on this day to share my special moment. And thanks to all my readers for their interest and support - and patience when I didn't get MRQ up until late :) As you can see, things turned out just great!

A huge thank you to Nick for taking the pictures!

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Blogger Nick said...

I'd say your hard work paid off... was beautiful.

9:25 PM, juillet 29, 2007  
Blogger Wendy said...

Congratulations, Phel. That's awesome.

And the announcer must be an idiot. Did they mispronounce "Phelony" or "Jones?" ;-)

8:18 AM, juillet 30, 2007  
Blogger Phelony Jones said...

Thank you both :) Yeah Wendy I tell you, 8 out of 10 people see the Hello My Name Is tag and don't know what to call me!

8:58 PM, juillet 30, 2007  
Blogger Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

Looks great. Sorry I wasn't there to see it. Congratulations.

12:00 PM, août 03, 2007  

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