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
Textiles 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?
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
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 a human being. Seek the truth in others and the kindness in any career you choice, 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, individual 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 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.
Allyson Simone will have her first book coming out this year 2015.
Her book will include some of Allyson’s most intimate moments of pomes, personal notes of her work as a designer.
Love letters in Paris and pictures of Allyson gown creations.
Her book will also include some sketch pages for brides and fashion students to write their romantic and creative moments in life.
COMING SOON December 24, 2015
Hello fellow students,
Today I wanted to start off with this beautiful day and say, Bonjour.
Today I had an interesting conversation with interesting people, I attended framers market, and I meet designers, managers of boutiques, jewelry designers all the way to coffee designers. We chatted about creativity learning from each other and admiring the company at hand, sipping ice coffee and kicking back and laughing the day off with smiles and handshakes. Towards the end and on my way back home, I was inspired to write this article to my fellow fashion interns. I want to say, what is this small piece of information I wrote, and how does this apply to you?
Well, I am going to tell you, life is an education, work is an education, people are an education. Everything you touch and communicate is a valid fact of information and because of this we learn. Regardless of age we learn from diverse communities, it inspires us, it creates pleasure, it builds trust and friendships. Most importantly it bonds us together with other positive influences, and this will help you create your next collections, soon to hit the runways, or build better relationships with your partners at work.
Inspire to get out there in the world and meet people, network, communicate, admire and touch. Because these are the real life pleasures of artistic creative additions, and that my fellow interns, you will not learn from cel phones and computers. Because real human beings in the world can teach us the diversity of the human touch.
So until then, Au revoir
Allyson Simone, hugs and kisses
A beautiful morning in Paris, off for the day camera in hand, cafe and friends. Fashion friends and students always get inspired in what ever you do in life. Be mindful and say one compliment a day to someone you meet, pay it forward and be romantic.
Hello and Happy New Year 2015
I want to start this year with very simple quota, because communication is everything in life.
It will help us a human beings to trust and learn from all walks of life regardless of age and background.
Hear yourself talk, listen but do not analyze,
talk but talk softly,
smile but be compassionate
And be polite to show your respects in the company of others.
Hello Fashion Students
November is a time to gather up your artistic thoughts and to explore the unknown. As fashion students remember to look at the world through pink color sun glasses, romantic, cool and edgy. The history of textiles dates back more than three hundred years, it is the beginning and the end to the fashion industry. As designers we are constantely looking for the new look. Think of your textile as a person, textiles have a personality and a movement. Get to know how the textile is constructed and ask yourself, does this textile want to be a gown, pants, or a suit? Oddly enough it will answer you back.
I always said to my intern students, even a textile wants to be something.
By Allyson Simone, Nov. 10, 2014