Fashion Friday SPECIAL EDITION: Interview with Amanda deLeon!

Today’s post is extra-special! Written by Megan Hargroder of Conversations LLC, this week’s Fashion Friday features fashion designer Amanda deLeon. Amanda is known for her pieces’ structural focus, immaculate craftsmanship, and bold lines.

Megan asked Amanda how to wear capes–because honestly, none of us are doing that right (if we’re doing it at all).

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INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA DELEON

By Megan Hargroder

Amanda deLeon has captivated Southern fashion lovers with her clever, innovative, and yet wearable pieces since the very first New Orleans Fashion Week.

But it’s not just New Orleans giving her high praise! Amanda stole the scene as an emerging designer at last year’s New York Fashion Week.

Lucky fashionistas have been able to nab her pieces on her web store, as well as on Etsy, but we wouldn’t hold out too long to get your own Amanda deLeon original–this lady’s star is rising fast.

I sat down with Amanda this week (okay, it was an email interview) to find out more about her current Etsy collection of colorful capes and how we could go about rocking those IRL.

 

MEGAN HARGRODER: You’ve got 3 lovely capes on your Etsy store right now, and I’d love to tell people how to wear them! How would you, as the designer, pair each of these capes?

Orange Edwardian Cape by Amanda deLeon
Are you thinking of pumpkins yet?

AMANDA DELEON: I would wear that with a simple A-line dress that needs to be amped up, and a pair of modern sandals (for the summer). For a cooler climate, I would pair it with a women’s suit and some amazingly wicked shoes.

Mint Green Summer Cape by Amanda deLeon
Provides a gentle whisper of “I am way cooler than you, but you can talk to me anyway.”

AMANDA: I think this piece would be great with a classic pair of cigarette pants, patent leather pumps, and a pair of leather driving gloves.

Sheer Fuchsia Cape by Amanda deLeon
Everything’s coming up rosettes.

AMANDA: This, I see with a black satin fitted ball skirt with a mermaid flair, and a decorative bustier top…and a killer beehive.

 

MEGAN: What was your inspiration for creating this line of capes?

AMANDA: This Etsy shop is to sell my one-offs, runway samples, and random pieces created from collected fabrics. The capes were created due to what would work best with those beautiful fabrics. Also, capes need to make a serious comeback. They have an equal amount of power and femininity…dark and demure.

 MEGAN: What are you working on now? Could we get a sneak peek? (Even the tiniest little peek of a peek?)

AMANDA: My brand collection/work can be found at amandadeleon.com. As of this moment, I am finishing up a leather chest piece that is to be shipped to a customer in Germany.

This is the same chest piece that was sought out by Kat Von D. My crew and I are submitting the fashion film “Réunion de la Mélancolie” to several short film outlets, as well as the behind-the-scenes video of my show at New York Fashion Week Fall 2014, presented at the historic Algonquin Hotel.

Also, I am working on a few extra things that will be popping up into my online shop in the near future.

Rockstar status: Achieved.

Readers–have you ever rocked a cape? Pics or it didn’t happen.

 

FASHION FRIDAY: Go for a Romp(er)

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My friend Megan and I have been hung up on rompers lately. There’s something about the freedom of having your shirt attached to your pants. You could do anything: climb a tree, do the can-can, drop-kick a hamster.

Obviously, it was time to find out what our Etsy romper options were. Here we go!

Clover Romper
Ken sold separately.

Here is a romper for those whose breasts defy gravity. Seller jordanderuiter clearly has a stockpile of lanky, doe-eyed brunettes just lying around to try on her designs.

Blue Jumpsuit
Mysteries of the universe: Where does her torso begin and end?

I don’t know why rompers are called jumpsuits once they have legs, but I guess we’re moving on to jumpsuits. Try this one from seller KSClothing on for size. I’m not sure, but I think it’s made out of blue raspberry cotton candy.

"Demure" Jumpsuit
If this is demure, I am a nun.

Then there’s this “demure” red option from seller ovonion. I suppose the fashion industry’s definition of demure has changed from “modest” or “concealed” to “only shows a little bit of nipple on its way to exposing your entire stomach”.

Black Jumpsuit
See that drop-waist? WINNING.

To finish on a high note, I’ll show you my favorite of all. This classy option from seller MDSewingAtelier reminds me of a silky black blouse I once bought from America’s fine purveyor of fashion trends: Target.

The difference is that I wouldn’t leave this jumpsuit in the backseat of my car, bleaching in the sun for months while I pretended I was going to return it.

Do you own a romper/jumpsuit?? Can I try it on?

 

 

FASHION FRIDAY: Cony Lorm Fabian Com

Today I am wearing the most ridiculous sweater, which I got at a clothing sale full of stuff straight from Thailand.

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Why this face? I don’t have any others.

As you can see, my sweater is gray and a little bit too small for me. It’s also covered in zebras (some are colored, a la Yipes, the famous zebra of Fruit Stripe gum fame).

Some of the zebras are saying something. It happens to be,

“Cony Lorm Fabian Com.”

This, dear friends, is the reason I bought the sweater. It makes no sense, and I love it unconditionally. So, in search of similarly lovable, nonsensical clothing items, I scoured the entrails of Etsy to bring you…

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Grammatically Incorrect Surprisingly Coordinated Fashion Friday!

Actually, I couldn’t find any clothing on Etsy that was grammar-related. And I’ve already done a zebra-themed post. So instead, here are some other things I like, in the random tradition of “Cony lorm fabian com.”

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Second grade-style. Look at that chunky heel.

How bout these lemon-and-stone sandals from seller AKIDILAV? I’m kind of a huge fan. They remind me of second grade, but in a way that says, “I am a dedicated second-grade receptionist. How many I direct your call?”

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YOU GUYS. THESE LOOK LIKE SO MUCH FUN.

You could pair those sandals with these tassel earrings from seller EPUU (I don’t know what is up with these all-caps seller names). There’s a bicycle handlebars joke in there somewhere, but I could never say anything sarcastic about these earrings, so let’s move on.

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Cherry blossoms! You know, because Japan.

Next, throw on this “tunic kimono blouse”e from seller wanderlustclothingHQ, which channels geisha style without going into the misogyny-and-lead-makeup-behind-the-scenes bummer deal. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, learn yoself.

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Sleek. And large. Which is, coincidentally, how my friends describe me.

Finally, this is the bag you shall carry to complete your ensemble. Seller Laroll clearly knows what’s up, because this bag comes in assortment of sizes–from “I’m a regular human being” to “Vastly pregnant and carrying my laptop, next week’s groceries, and all of my household pets too”.

Voila: Cony lorm fabian com! Seize the weekend!

FASHION FRIDAY: All of the Stripes

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In honor of my friend, Tory, who suggested I write about stripes today because we are both currently wearing stripes:

Here are some stripes.

Piano Dress?
TOO CHIC; CAN’T HANDLE

In the category of Things I Can’t Afford That Also Happen To Look Like Pianos, I give you this dress by seller iheartfink. It’s so impossibly chic, the seller even named it after Paris. Pretty sure you have to ask the fashion police permission before you put it on.

Urkel Shirt
Get picked out of your next lineup!

New for the Urkel in your life: this vintage shirt graciously offered us by seller ApplePickerVintage. It’s so hip, you can’t wear it into old folks’ homes because they get jealous.

Get it?

Okay, next.

Beach Hat
Doubles as a beach umbrella, backpack, and fruit basket.

Go nuts at the beach with this monogrammable giant striped beach hat from weirdly-named seller GladevilleFarmhouse. You’ll be glad it has your initials on it, when everyone else is wearing the same hat! Just kidding. That won’t ever happen.

80s Striped Knit
Killing it.

The last striped item is less about this striped knit shirt from seller VintageReBelle, and more about the fact that I would like this girl to be my best friend, please. Penetrating scowl? Check. Perfect bangs? Check. Portrait of sassy unicorn in immediate vicinity? Check, check, and check.

If you wear a lot of stripes–or you happen to be my new best friend above–holler at me in the comments!

FASHION FRIDAY: Peachy Keen

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Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I wrote Fashion Friday. Mea culpa. I’ve been exploring the realm of other topics–any and all other topics.

But today, everyone’s favorite rude Etsy round-up is back…and juicy.

Peach Bow
Let people know you’re a dimwit before you turn around!

We’ll start off simply with this little peach bow from seller myjustpeachyshop (wonder how they came up in search? Hmm). This seller offers a lot of hair bows, all of which are perfect for adding a darling dash of “I don’t know what I’m doing” to your boring workday outfits. Where are those reports? I don’t know; I have a bow in my hair. Who left pudding in the office sink? Wasn’t me! Look, I’m wearing a bow.

Peach Aragonite Necklace
This thing is struggling to break free and kill us all.

Then it gets a little more complicated. This “peach aragonite gold” necklace from seller friedasophie looks like it has developed a life of its own. It will probably cut your throat while you’re wearing it, and I mean really cut it. But it’s so pretty, why not take a chance?

Peach Flats
Dance party! JK, you can’t afford these.

You knew some ballet flats had to make their way in here, and here they are. Seller thewhiteribbon knew exactly what I was coveting, and now I have to resist these suede-to-order shoes. Look how soft they are–like the outside of a peach, or a baby’s face right after it cries.

Peach Sundress
Bridal bitchface.

Last but not least, check out this serious chiffon sundress from seller LYDRESS. You may need to hire someone to stand behind you and hold it off the ground–and also to shield your modesty from curious onlookers, because this dress looks sheer as hell. Anything for fashion.

Are you gearing up for summer with some juicy gear? Let me know.

FASHION FRIDAY: Beat the Summer Swelter

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The mercury hit 10,000 degrees here yesterday in New Orleans. All the termites came to party; won’t you join us too?

When just walking outside feels like a giant wet hand pressing down on your face, it’s best to wear as little as possible. My minimal picks from Etsy’s summer styles:

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Romp like it’s your job

Did someone say “Beyonce”? No, they said “white romper,” and I need to get my eyes checked because HELLO, COMFORT. This vintage ’70s romper from seller BTMVintage is just the ticket for fun summer activities. Like grass stains. And sprinklers.

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Luggage bins are located overhead to the left and right.

If you prefer not to combine your shirts and pants, you’re probably someone who wears dresses. Cue this kimono-style summer frock from seller lapetitenina. As the model demonstrates in the photo, the generous cut of this outfit allows for quick and easy pit-sweat drying.

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In other countries, they call these “thongs”.

Dust off that athlete’s foot cream and get ready to exfoliate your heels, because these unisex leather sandals from seller PennyHandmade are not hiding anything. On the upside (literally), the tops of your feet will get an interesting tan.

This posture will eventually ruin her spine.
This posture will eventually wreck her spine.

Finally, should the heat slacken a few degrees from, say, solar temperatures to more of a Jupiter-surface range, you can don this open-weave sweater made by seller Eloiseshop.  Or, as the seller suggests, just put it on to make your outfit edgier, no matter what you’re wearing. Personally, I’m thinking it’ll really spice up my pajamas.

Now you have all the tools you need to survive summer in New Orleans, LA, USA. Next step: daiquiris.