I’ve always liked the “runway to red carpet/editorial/music video” posts — with side-by-side comparisons of a dress on the runway and real life — that beauteous blogger Fashion Critic does at Red Carpet Fashion Awards.
Last month’s “runway to red carpet” post on Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman jumped out at me.A Fashion Critic wrote:
“Many of you have campaigned long and hard for this moment, and you finally have your wish.A The gorgeous Georgina Chapman modifying her runway designs. Your complaints were that as a designer she should be setting herself apart from clients like Thandie Newton, Jennifer Morrison and Miley Cyrus…”
My second reaction to the people anxiously anticipating a customized moment with Georgina was, “Huh?” (My initial reaction was, “Who the hell would spend time thinking about that?”) As a jewelry designer, I’ve learned that clients are most interested in the pieces they see me wearing. If it’s a one-of-a-kind piece that I’m not selling, they’re disappointed. So, in my opinion, a designer is probably best off wearing exactly what’s available to the customer, rather than “setting herself apart.”
That said, I’m not a clothing designer and I do love to alter my clothes with the help of Jean at Ghost Tailor.A Here I am, a little worse for wear, in my customized Francis dress after my bloggers’ night out in L.A. From one-sleeved to sleeveless!