It's been a good week Taffetadarlings! I reached my fundraising goal on Kickstarter and I couldn't have done it without your help. Every season, I've had such an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement and this time was no different. Also, with each collection, I've had a few "angels" come out of nowhere to surprise me with their extreme generosity. I feel incredibly lucky that such wonderful people have so much faith in me and my work. Thanks to everyone who contributed this season (and past seasons), I'm so excited for Fall 2012, "Modern World!"
The other piece of good news I received recently was being named as a finalist for the Fashion Group International's 2012 Rising Star Awards in women's ready-to-wear. The awards luncheon, to announce the winners, was held on Thursday, January 26 and I got up bright and early to head over to my girl, and fellow finalist in the fine jewelry category, Wendy Brandes' place. I brought her a freshly finished dress I made for her to wear for the happy occasion.
Wendy in her red peplum dress
While I didn't snag the prize this year, I was so happy to be a finalist and I've set my sights on next year! The good news is that WendyB DID snag the award for fine jewelry! Yay! So, she and my dress (well, it's technically hers) stepped up to the stage looking radiant. I was so happy for her that the elation just spewed out of me and I inadvertently let out a "Whooo, yah Wendy!"
(right to left) Wendy, holding her award; friend, client and Kickstarter contributor, Christine; me wearing an orchid -- all of the finalists were given corsages!
I was at a table with my friend James, and his group from Hearst and thankfully, they didn't view my little outburst as obnoxious, but genuine. They had all commented on our "tag team" dynamic when I passed the elaborate Empress Wu dragon ring that caught everyone's eye around the table for them to admire (Wendy let me borrow it for the day!). "You guys are adorable," they gushed. "You wear her jewelry and she wears your clothes!" And Wendy made sure that the entire crowd at Cipriani knew that she was wearing my dress when she thanked me in her perfect speech. Talk about sharing the spotlight! Now, that's generosity in its purest.
proudly displaying Wendy's Empress Wu dragon ring!