Love @ First Sight

 

I was in the 8th grade when I first saw Romeo and Juliet at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. I can remember the feeling of euphoria as Romeo saw Juliet for the first time. Here is an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet Act I scene five. “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” This was William Shakespeare depiction of love at first sight. That’s the way I felt the first time I saw Territa Torres collection at FWSD 2015 and it was love at first sight. And as William Shakespeare also said “she is a snowy dove amongst crows” and he is right, Territa definitely stands out in the crowd and especially on the runway. You can’t help to be captivated by her style. She is an excellent fashion designer, whose modernist thought, practical design, and the pursuit of expensive simplicity makes her an important and influential figure in San Diego fashion and growing. Here is my interview with Territa.

 

 

Lion Sight: In a short summary, who is Territa Torres?

Territa Torres: I am a Native (proud member of the Mono Tribe) /Mexican American woman who served 9 years in the United States Navy and is now a proud Veteran. I learned to sew while in school at the Art Institute of California – San Diego. My mother tried to teach me to sew but was no match against video games and outside activities with friends.

Lion Sight: How long have you been a designer?

Territa Torres: I graduated AICASD 2013, which is when I referred to myself as a designer.

Lion Sight: What’s the best part of being a business owner/ designer?

Territa Torres: I am currently working on being a full fledge business owner, but the designer aspect has been quite grand. I love going to museums, they are a great place to be in order to wake the creative mind.

Lion Sight: Were you ready or expecting to win 1st place in this years FWSD?

Territa Torres: It was on my mind to try and obtain that prestigious spot but I was not expecting to win. I saw quite a few designers with some pretty interesting pieces.

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Lion Sight: Without revealing your source (wink wink) how do you select the materials you used?

Territa Torres: Research. I do a lot of trend research then I take to LA and collect samples for fabrics, notions etc. Once I decide on the items I want, I go back and barter and haggle for prices. That’s a fun part of design as well.

Lion Sight:What skills are important for a career in fashion?

Territa Torres: Speaking, I have the skills to sew up a beautiful garment but if I cannot speak at Designer Meetings the garment will never be seen. I remember my first designer appointment with Fashion Week San Diego and I refused to let my nerves get the best of me. I also just recently had my first on television live interview with Fox 5 and I was a stuttering Shirley trying to say my elevator pitch but I refused to let it hinder me and kept at it.

Lion Sight:Are there any other fashion shows that you are going to be apart of?

Territa Torres: Yes quite a few. I would love to participate in Phoenix Fashion Week, Atlanta Fashion Week, Vancouver Fashion Week, Fashion Week Mexico, Shanghai Fashion Week, Madrid Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, Small Boutique Fashion Week etc all before finally showcasing in Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

Lion Sight: What is your design philosophy?

Territa Torres: To make sure my designs are always moving the brand forward with the times.

Lion Sight: Every designer is different but how do you stay up to date with fashion?

Territa Torres: Same response as everyone in business. Research. I watch fashion news, fashion documentaries, read fashion blogs from aspiring and renowned bloggers. Talk shop with fellow designers, Makeup artist, hair stylist…Ease drop on people at the checkout counters for things they are unhappy with etc.

Lion Sight: Where do you find inspiration? What makes Territa want to sew?

Territa Torres: Museums mostly are my go to place. I try to envision a painting with my design aesthetic and I merge trends in my mind. When I finally have something I like, I sketch it. Once it is sketched I can move on to sewing it up.

Lion Sight:What other talents do you have that help you as a designer?

Territa Torres: In the Navy I was an Information Technician, I learned how to problem solve, if a pattern, sewing machine, computer application is not working I can trouble shoot until it is fully functional again.

Lion Sight: How would you relate past and present fashion trends?

Territa Torres: Pleats were seen in a few high end design houses and currently some designers used pleats in small innovated ways. We are currently on trend!

Lion Sight: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Territa Torres: I see Territa Torres as a successful brand. Sold in boutiques and a few chains.

Lion Sight: How would someone order your designs?

Territa Torres: They are available on line http://www.territatorresdesigns.com they are made to order. Once my team gets the order it will take 2 weeks for a turn around.

 

Photo credit: 656 Photography

Photo Credit: Lion Sight Photography

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Designer of the Week

 

How does a person determine Beauty? Are you beautiful if your hair is long and lovely. Should your hair be short and cute, curly, or straight and flowing. Does your skin tone play a factor? Are you dark skin, carmel color, brown, tanned, pale, or a blend of nationalities. Dimples verses no dimples? How about the color of your eyes, blue, green, hazel, brown, or black? What if you don’t or do have a hour glass shape? How do I get rid of these stretch marks? How about your breast size or lack thereof? Do blondes really have more fun? Would getting implants help? These are but a few questions that plague women. I believe women are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. There are many dimensions to beauty, and some more obvious than others. Having pleasing features are what society, particularly the media, use to define beauty. While these attributes are certainly eye catching, and sometimes hypnotic, they lack depth. Because you can’t measure a woman true vibrancy, radiance, intellect, and charisma with which she challenges the world. A woman who is intellectually curious, worldly, and one who wants to get more out of life. A beautiful mind makes a beautiful woman and that is the woman who you want to go to sleep with and wake up to every morning. Isn’t it in that extra thing — that thing that makes a woman beautiful instead of hot? A woman who knows how to speak her mind intelligently, who can captivate you with her words and opinions proves that there is nothing more beautiful than intelligence. Her presence alone can inspire those around her, filling life with energy, love and passion. To define the attributes that embody this deep sense of “beauty” is impossible. When encountered, however, it is undeniably electric, amazing, and she is truly unforgettable. So when it comes to fashion and beauty it is easy for a woman to get lost in all of the stereotypes. The media would want you to believe that there is a “Perfect Woman”. The Los Angeles Times post the 50 most beautiful female celebrities, People Magazine printed their “most beautiful list”, and you can find list after list. And There are over 157 million women in America alone and your list has only 50 people? So when you see a model the standard runway size is 0 to 4. And for some women they were never a size 0 or size 4 but they have always been picturesque. This designer proves that weather you are short, tall, slim, or thick a woman is naturaly beautiful. That’s why I like this designer she took what God gave her and made a line of clothing called Kristi Luv’s Connection. A place where women of all shapes and sizes can come and get connected. 1st Corinthians 13:4. I met with Kristi at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula.

 
Lion Sight: Why did you decide to choose fashion designing as a career?

Kristi: I simply LOVE fashion. I feel it’s an art that allows everyone to express themselves no matter what level of creativity.

Lion Sight: How long have you been a fashion designer?

Kristi: I’ve always had a sense of style but officially a little under two full years now, so I opened Kristi Luv’s Connection.

Lion Sight: In what general area of design do you work?

Kristi: I am a plus size designer. God has bless me with the eye for full figured women.

Lion Sight: What’s the best part of being a business owner/ designer?

Kristi: The best part of being a business owner/designer is when I get those inbox messages or DM or even a text that says “I wore your item of clothing and it felt so comfortable and I felt like a queen and looked so pretty.” I know I have fulfilled my purpose that GOD HAS GIVEN ME!

Lion Sight: How will you handle the stress of the fashion industry?

Kristi: The fashion industry is ever growing and I know it is difficult specializing in plus size because “plus size models” are not always excepted or wanted. I’m doing what I am assigned to do so the way will be paved for Kristi Luv’s Connection!

Lion Sight: Are you able to take this brand forward? Can you deal with constant change with fashion?

Kristi: Fashion is ever evolving. Fashion is what you make it. It’s like you being a photographer you have the eye to see things differently than me. It’s the same with me, I can see a piece of clothing and style it to make it appealing. I welcome change and will make it my own!

Lion Sight: How would you relate past and present fashion trends?

Kristi: Fashion is a revolving door. In the 70’s people wore bell bottoms and they are still here now! However I do believe there are some classic designs and pieces that don’t go out of style.

Lion Sight: How do you relate to your target audience?

Kristi: I am always able to say something or encourage someone when feeling down about their size. I relate because I am a plus size women that takes pride in how I look oh and I definitely feel it! Fashion is my life and who I am! You can’t be afraid to go for the gusto! I liken Kristi Luv’s Connection to ministry in that I want plus size women to feel good from the inside out. You can dress someone and doll them up but if they don’t feel or believe it it will not work.

Lion Sight: How do you stay up to date with fashion?.

Kristi: Oh I study for sure! I research and never sleep on any new ideas for creativity!

Lion Sight: What is your design philosophy?

Kristi: Everything is not for everybody but we can find a way to fit the needs of everyone. I may change up something or place something differently add or take away depending on the shape of the person.

Lion Sight: Who have you designed for?

Kristi: The doors are just beginning to open for me! I have a model team “The Luv Models” they travel with me everywhere I go and they allow me to style them any way I desire.

Lion Sight: Where do you find inspiration?
Kristi: I follow several designers and stylist that I like. I even follow TRUE plus size bloggers and there pages are nice to see but my true inspiration comes from GOD!

Lion Sight: What makes you and your design unique?

Kristi: I get people that tell me all the time “Kristi, you are wrong, you don’t have any clothes in my size” my response, ” Do you know how many times I go shopping and can’t fit anything in the store? My stuff is unique because it’s made for a unique women.

Lion Sight: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Kristi: In 5 years I see myself in a brick and mortar with big lights and a lit up afro “Kristi Luv’s Connection! LOL I see me styling customers and my online store growing and reaching far and wide! With GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

 


https://www.facebook.com/kluvsconnection

Designer of the Week

Zuhair Murad was born to a Druze family in Beirut. Shortly after high school, Murad moved from Beirut to Paris where he obtained his degree in fashion.
In 1999, Murad made his first appearance on the catwalks of Rome with an acclaimed collection that led to his participation in the Italian calendar. In 1995, Murad opened his third head shop in Beirut. His extensive lines encompass haute couture, ready-to-wear, accessories and eyewear. Plans to expand the fashion line are underway to include beauty products, perfumes, swimwear and lingerie, as well as furnishings.  Some of the people who have worn his design are Marion Cotillard, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Ivana Trump, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Kellie Pickler, Najwa Karam, Shakira, Katy Perry, Christina Applegate, Vanessa Williams, Ana Ortiz, and many more have been seen wearing his dresses. Priyanka Chopra wore a white embellished strapless gown by Zuhair Murad at her maiden Oscars in 2016. Miley Cyrus was seen wearing one of his creations at the Academy Awards, and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez wore his creations at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He also designed Miss France Chloé Mortaud’s dress for Miss Universe 2009 and 5 dresses for the final of Miss France 2010. Zuhair Murad his undoubtably made his mark in the fashion world, take a look and you can see why so many people want his designs and his eye for detail.

http://www.zuhairmurad.com
Source: Wikipedia
Photo credit: unknown

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2016-couture

Designer of the Week

So what is fashion? That’s a simple question, right? The answer you get all depends on who you ask. Ask that question to a high school student and fashion is who you are, your style, or your social status. If you ask this same question to a businessman or woman and they might say it’s the level of professionalism and success. But for me, fashion is constantly changing and yet it remains the same. This is what I learned from working with this amazing designer who is beautiful, young, and brilliantly outspoken. She has stayed true to the culture of fashion but has made her own style and impact on fashion in San Diego.
This is my interview with Fantha Tate owner of Thirty1Fashions this past weekend.

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Lion Sight: Bella

Fantha: Gordon

Lion Sight: How long have you been a designer?
Fantha: 3 1/2 years
Lion Sight : When did you know you could even be a designer?
Fantha: When God directed me to buy a sewing machine.
Lion Sight: Do you have a website?
Fantha : I do not currently have a web site, however my fashion is displayed on FaceBook as well as Instagraham. Orders are taken through each of those sites as of now.
Lion Sight: Who is your favorite designer?
Fantha : BALMAIN is absolutely my favorite designer!! His eye for the amazing cuts to his garments complement a woman’s figure beautifully.
Lion Sight: Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Fantha: I hope to be a fully functional business woman that meets the needs of encouraging woman spiritually, mentally, physically and creating a legacy of virtue that will forever change woman’s fashion and lifestyle.

Lion Sight: Have you ever been featured in a fashion show?

Fantha: Yes I have featured in fashions shows and I am currently available for booking.
Lion Sight: How can someone get your clothing line?
Fantha: I have contact information posted on my FaceBook as well as Instagraham sites.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thirty1Fashions

Instragraham: http://instagram.com/thirty1fashions

Photo Credit: Lion Sight Photography

Who Doesn’t Have A Sweet Tooth?

believe most nutritionists are correct that breakfast is the most important meal, and my weakness is a caramel macchiato, no foam with whip cream, extra caramel, and a cheese danish. I’m now on a fitness goal and still need to lose 20 pounds by December. Having a healthy diet is essential and there is nothing wrong with a sweet treat every now and then. And this is where Heavenly Hosts Sweets and Treats has cornered the market in San Diego.
Who doesn’t love candy? I can remember my father giving me a dollar and the excitement of what I could do with it. Back then I could get some now & laters, chick-O-stick, Hershey bar, and still, have enough for one game of donkey kong. Do you remember that feeling that candy gave you, whether it was for good behavior in school or just to satisfy your sweet tooth we all love candy? Heavenly Host brings back all those childhood memories of a carefree life, that summer where you and your bestie went swimming every day. The fun times of walking home from school or riding the school bus and the laughter of a time long past. If you want to treat yourself to a wonderful experience I recommend you contact Shaunnie Lewis owner of Heavenly Hosts Sweets and Treats.

 

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Lion Sight: Hello Ms. Lewis
Shaunnie: Hi, Mr. Gordon

Lion Sight: How long have you been in business?
Shaunnie: Heavenly Host was established in 2010.

Lion Sight: How did you come up with the name heavenly host?
Shaunnie: The name Heavenly Hosts was given to me by God. Much prayer went into finding a name that represented the relationship I have with Him and His true presence in this endeavor.

Lion Sight: What’s the best part of being a business owner?

Shaunnie:The best part of being a business owner is being able to set my own schedule. I am a single mother juggling family life and business life. Setting a calendar and not punching a clock is truly the best blessing in being a business owner for me.

Lion Sight: What keeps you motivated?

Shaunnie: I am motivated by the visions God constantly feeds me for design and His promises for success that are constantly confirmed.

Lion Sight: Why are you choosing to do what you’re doing?
Shaunnie: I choose to do what I am doing because it is what God has gifted me to do. When I stay in my lane, which is His lane, I succeed. There’s nothing greater than getting to show Him off! These gifts and talents are God-given and I dare not sit on them or choose another way.

Lion Sight: What was your biggest mistake and how did you handle it?
Shaunnie: I’m certain I haven’t made my biggest mistake in business yet, but what I’ve done more than once is undercharged for the vision set by the client and lost money. Heavenly Hosts aims to please and this mistake has been a loss to Heavenly Hosts. Thank God for being the God of 2nd, 3rd & 1,000,000th chances! I have learned to seek wisdom in all I quote & in all I deliver.

Lion Sight: What is the relationship between what you’re doing this year in your business and last year?
Shaunnie: I have expanded the business to vending this year. It has helped to greater expose Heavenly Hosts to a much larger audience.

Lion Sight: Give an example of a time when you exceeded expectations.
Shaunnie: Heavenly Hosts seeks to exceed the expectations of the client in every endeavor, large or small. 1 example: A few months ago I had a client with a very small budget decorating a party of #60. With what they gave, they expected table decor only. I was able to deliver and set up table decor, custom personalized party favors for each guest & a ‘selfie’ photo station with props, backdrop and custom frame. The customer was well-pleased and grateful. It doesn’t take a lot to have a lot!

Lion Sight: Why should someone hire you?

Shaunnie: Someone who wants the best should hire the best! My designs come straight from Him and there is no one greater. If the client wants original, polished and professional designs, HEAVENLY HOSTS is definitely the company to call!

Lion Sight: Where do you see yourself in the next two to three years?

Shaunnie: In the next 2 years HH will continue vending, decorating/designing events, simply getting our name out to the public. By year 3, it is our desire to open up a storefront full of baskets, sweet treats & gifts for all occasions.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/heavenlyhosts.sweets.treats

Instragram: http://instagram.com/heavenlyhosts_sweets_treats

Photos Credit: Lion Sight Photography

Balmain

When you hear the name “Balmain” you think more than Kim K. But it speaks style, sophistication, glamor, old Hollywood, and lots of color. I was unaware of the Balmain line of clothing until a designer friend of mine (Thirty1fashions) kept talking about how great his style was and the use of color and different fabrics. Here is a little history about the Balmain name, thanks Wikipedia.

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In the late 1930s, he served in the French air force and the army pioneer corps. After peace was declared, he worked at Lucien Lelong and opened his own fashion house under his name. He released his first collection in 1945 and his first fragrance in 1949. While at Lelong, he met Christian Dior, a designer who would play a huge role in Balmain’s career and the postwar fashion industry in general.

Now I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

 

Photo Credit: Unkown

Check out his Fashion Show. https://youtu.be/s_zF6zAqWdE