March is Textile Month

This year is a busy one, and I finally was able to sit down and add to the BLOG.  Palomar College just had there yearly Advisory Board Meeting, the Fashion Department at Palomar is an amazing avenue for fashion students.  I will be a guest speaker at Palomar College Fashion Department (TBA) and will set the dates for the event soon.

Fellow fashion students, I want to share some fashion textile tips with you.  Remember your textiles, they want to be something to.  Your textiles have personality and being able to separate your design and the fiber character your person will emerge into a beautiful creation.  Your person is the textile the design is a whole…..

Feel free to email me with any questions about textiles, I am open the entire month of March to lecture on textiles through emails.  asimonebrides@gmail.comUnknown-1

Talk Soon, Allyson Simone xo

Lecture Dates:

April 2016:  Lecture on Lace

May 2016:    Lecture on Retail



I quietly listen to this beautiful song on Pandora, Where is my mind, by Maxence Cyrin.  I suddenly had butterflies and my spirt took flight, all that way to my dream, Paris apartment.  A wish I had since I was a little girl, seeming less, simple and just a plain as the grey sky.  I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I do, because one day, I will be writing to you from the balcony, where my little flower pot sits.


Happy October – Allyson Simone

Even A Textile Wants To Be Something

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAa8AAAAJGE2ZDM2ODdiLWNiZDEtNGQxNy1hOTU3LWU4MzVjM2MxNjUyNgTextiles have personality, the textile speaks to you, it moves softly, it will romance your emotions and it will tell you what and who it wants to be.  I always tell my intern students, even a textile wants to be something.  It takes days or even months to figure out a textile persona, follow the feel the birth right and soon enough you have your next collection in mind.

I have worked with textiles for 17 years and for me, my relationship started with my textile.  The textile told me what kind of person is she, a bride who is sexy, romantic or is she classic bride.  Textiles will tell you the mm, textile terms mm is weight, fiber content, bias relationship, width and pattern use for the textile.

As for some designers they will sketch the collection first, but what if you go on you’re buying trip and find textiles, and the personality of the textile does not want to be what you sketch for your next collection.   Then it is back to the drawing board, textiles will make or break the collection, and craftsmanship is next.  Textiles want to be somebody and how you sew the textile is another critical factor in creating that special someone.

By Allyson Simone 2015

PARIS Obsession and WHY?

Paris Obsession and WHY?


WHY are we obsessed with Paris, the food, wine, romantic cobblestone streets, the glowing lights that line the Latin Quarter 5th district and the warm buttery croissants that envelop your brain.  The regal tea house of LADUREE that have been gracing the streets with their pretty little boutiques, the famous design houses of DIOR, CHANEL and VALENTINO. Oh my, and don’t forget the little French Paris Yorkie, to complete your fashion style. Paris France is a mystical world, anything happens in Paris, love, romance, style, meeting new friends or bumping into a famous fashion designer. I have been to Paris nine times and lived there for several months with my husband Amir, we use to say America is where we lived, but Paris is our home. The experience that follows you will broaden your mind, captivate you soul and intrigue your senses.

Fellow fashion students and anyone who wants to experience Paris, go with an open heart, learn the basic French language, and their elegant customs, and you will fit right in. Say Bonjour over and over and before you know it, you are suddenly HOOKED.

Paris Street fashions and my favorite LADUREE






Career Changes, It’s OK

To All My Fellow Students


IT’S OK to change careers, as individuals we ask ourselves, am I going to do this rest of my life? Maybe yes, maybe no; Life transforms us, this usually takes place when a traumatic event happens in our lives. For example, lost a loved one, illness, past tragic events and more so. Has we move forward we tend to rethink our life, work, friends, and peers. Understanding the meaning behind it all, receiving help through counseling and giving us the tools to move forward, usually when this takes place things starts to shift and change in a more purposeful direction.

No matter the consequences in your life, it is OK to change and let that change happen, move forward and work with people who appreciate you and value you as an individual. Seek the truth in others and the kindness in any career of your choice.  Remember interview the interviewer and choose a manager who will inspire you, educate you, mentor you, train you and value your existence. I know many of the students I worked with in the past, this is a main topic. For example I hear this a lot, my boss devalues me in my job, ect. and employees do not feel like they are being appreciated,  I hear this again and again. When this happens, management should step back and not stereotype or judge the employee, but value that all individuals are all different.

Learning to work with diversity in the workforce is crucial it creates team work, and approach all your employees with respect. Remember you want your employees to look up to you, because the bottom line is, your employees are a reflection of management. For all my fellow interns, follow your gut feeling choose wisely and for interns who are in upper management positions respect the talents your employees have, and what they can bring to the company. Use diversity and manage with fairness, not favoritism, acknowledge the talent and promote, seek goodness and not judgement and put egos back on the shelves.

by allyson simone