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New York Fashion Week from the perspective of a Jewelry Designer

New York Fashion Week from the perspective of a Jewelry Designer
Sep
27
Our team from left to right. Jewelry Designer, Tiffany White of Geisha Creations, Angelana Perez, Mandy Vahlkamp, Nikki, Savannah Prochnau, Laurin Crosby, Amanda Hillmann, Perla Ochoa, and Eco Chic Clothing designer Alyssa Perez. Photo by Yassir Ketchum. Our photographers were also there, Eric Barro and Jac James.

Our team after the show, from left to right. Jewelry Designer, Tiffany White of Geisha Creations, Angelana Perez, Mandy Vahlkamp, Nikki, Savannah Prochnau, Laurin Crosby, Amanda Hillmann, Perla Ochoa, and Eco Chic Clothing designer Alyssa Perez. Photo by Yassir Ketchum. Our photographers were also there, Eric Barro and Jac James.

Hi, my name is Tiffany White and I am the girl pictured on the very left of this photo. I am a jewelry designer, jewelry blogger, and jewelry making instructor.   My world pretty much revolves around jewelry! I have worked for Rings & Things, and if you follow this blog, you have probably seen some of my jewelry-making blogs on how to do various techniques.  When my company, Geisha Creations, was invited to show my jewelry at a fashion show during New York Fashion Week, Rings & Things was happy to help my team get there! In exchange for their support, I am writing a blog to tell you all about the line I created for the event and the journey to New York for Fashion Week.

Twice a year, New York City is transformed into a fashion mecca. Every September and February, New York City hosts the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and people from around the world flock to the city in their most stylish clothing and accessories. During this time, anything fashion goes. It reaches beyond the Mercedes Benz sponsored events. Fashion bloggers, underground runway shows, and street style make their presence visible throughout the city.

A few of the models in front of the entrance to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Though the show we did was a smaller underground show, we went down to where the big shows were to get the attention of fashion bloggers and photographers.  Models: Amanda Hillmann, Laurin Crosby, Angelana Perez, and Perla Ochoa. Photograph by Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine.

A few of the models in front of the entrance to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Though the show we did was a smaller underground show, we went down to where the big shows were to get the attention of fashion bloggers and photographers. Models: Amanda Hillmann, Laurin Crosby, Angelana Perez, and Perla Ochoa. Photograph by Eric Barro of WTFashion Magazine. Clothing by Eco Chic Clothing and jewelry by me, Tiffany White of Geisha Creations

This fall, I was fortunate enough to experience all these things first hand. As a jewelry designer, I was invited to attend an underground fashion show that hosted several fashion designers. I was part of a design team that included a fashion designer, two photographers from WTFashion Magazine, six models, and me, the jewelry designer. Our fashion designer was Alyssah Perez of Eco Chic Clothing, and our collaborative line was called “Leather & Lace Dripping in Gold”. Alyssah made the Leather & Lace gowns, and I made the Dripping in Gold Jewelry. All ten of us boarded a plane in Spokane, Washington and made the 2,500 mile journey across the country to see first hand what New York Fashion Week was all about. It was amazing!

Our team at the Spokane International Airport, ready to board a light headed to New York City!

Our team at the Spokane International Airport, ready to board a flight headed to New York City!

When Alyssah Perez came up with the idea to make a line titled, “Leather & Lace Dripping in Gold” she contacted me and asked if I was interested in making the Dripping in Gold jewelry.  I jumped at the opportunity to create a collaborative line, and loved her idea to make the jewelry all gold.  We worked together and as she created the clothing, I created jewelry that matched the style and cut of the dresses.  We debuted our collection at Runway Renegades, a local runway show here in Spokane.  It was great practice for the show we would be putting on in New York City,  less than one month later.

Some of the team hanging out at Times Square. From left to right, model Mandy Vahlkamp, clothing designer Alyssah Perez, photographer Eric Barro, and model Amanda Hillmann,

Some of the team hanging out at Times Square. From left to right, model Mandy Vahlkamp, clothing designer Alyssah Perez, photographer Eric Barro, and model Amanda Hillmann.

Though we worked most of the time while we were in New York City, we did get to enjoy the sites a little! On  this day we ate lunch at the famous sandwich shop, Katz’s Delicatessen. From left to right, Mandy Vahlkamp, Alyssah Perez, Laurin Crosby, TIffany White, Amanda Hillmann, and Perla Ochoa.

The day of the show was crazy! It went so fast. The girls had to be at the venue early for hair and makeup. In addition to our team, there were several other teams preparing for the the show. When the show started, we were the first team to walk. One of our models had to walk twice so we had to do a wardrobe change behind the scenes, with only like 3 minutes! It was amazing to see all the photographers as the teams walked. Here are a few shots of the girls walking the at the Mad Girl’s Production Sugar and Art Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week. The angle on these photos is right when they walk out, before they walk down the runway. They stop and pose then do their walk.

Model: Amanda Hillmann Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Amanda Hillmann
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Angelana Perez Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Angelana Perez
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Laurin Crosby Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Laurin Crosby
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Nikki Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Nikki
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: \Perla Ochoa Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Perla Ochoa
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Mandy Vahlkamp Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Mandy Vahlkamp
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Savannah Prochnau Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Savannah Prochnau
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Angelana Perez Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography:

Model: Angelana Perez
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography:

If you are reading this blog, you are most likely a jewelry fanatic like myself!  So let me show you show you some close-ups of the jewelry I made for the show.  I was fortunate enough to get a lot of the supplies from Rings & Things.  If you have any questions about how I made items or what supplies I used, please feel free to ask in the comment section and I would be happy to help!

Perla Ochoa showing off here golden jewelry. The necklace was made specifically to fit the neckline of her dress.

Perla Ochoa showing off here golden jewelry. The necklace was made specifically to fit the neckline of her dress.

Close up of the earrings I made. These feature sparkly gold glass beads that I got from Rings & Things.

Close up of the earrings I made. These feature sparkly gold glass beads that I got from Rings & Things.

Another shot of Perla, this one showing all the golden bracelets as well. Several of the bracelets were made using an acid etching technique.

Another shot of Perla, this one showing all the golden bracelets as well. Several of the bracelets were made using an acid etching technique. Some of the bracelet I cut from brass sheet metal and some were brass bracelet blanks I purchased from Rings & Things.

The necklace made for Perla. I antiqued and sanded this piece of raw brass and then added golden sparkly glass to give it some pizzazz..

The necklace made for Perla: I antiqued and sanded this piece of raw brass and then added golden sparkly glass to give it some pizzazz.

Mandy Vahlkamp's necklace really embraces the "Dripping in Gold" theme.  The necklace was made with 10mm gold sparkly glass beads available at Rings & Things.

Mandy Vahlkamp’s necklace really embraces the “Dripping in Gold” theme. The necklace was made with 10mm gold sparkly glass beads available at Rings & Things. Her earrings are made with brass leaf charm chain.

Close-up of Mandi's earrings featuring gold sparkly glass and brass leaf charm chain.

Close-up of Mandi’s earrings featuring gold sparkly glass beads and brass leaf charm chain. Rings & Things has several styles and platings of charm chain available. I love to use them in my designs.

Savannah Prochnau had sparkly golden chandelier earrings and a necklace with several pieces of antique brass chain.

Savannah Prochnau had sparkly golden chandelier earrings and a necklace with several pieces of antique brass chain.

Close-up of the earrings. Onion-shaped chandelier findings with graduated gold sparkly glass.

Close-up of the earrings. Onion-shaped chandelier findings with graduated gold sparkly glass.  Rings and Things has several antique brass chandelier findings!

Amanda Hillman looked so gorgeous wearing these sparkly gold faceted glass and brass filigree leaf earrings.

Amanda Hillman looked so gorgeous wearing these sparkly gold faceted glass and brass filigree leaf earrings.

These earrings were made with jumbo brass filigree leaves. And though they are large, they are quite lightweight.

These earrings were made with jumbo brass filigree leaves. And though they are large, they are quite lightweight. Rings & Things carries similar brass filigree leaves.

Angelana Perez's dress was very regal and medieval so I decided to make a necklace with the same vibe. This Lion Head and Gold Coated Quartz necklace is my favorite piece from the line.

Angelana Perez’s dress was very regal and medieval so I decided to make a necklace with the same vibe. This Lion Head and Gold Coated Quartz necklace is my favorite piece from the line.

The necklace is made from a raw brass stamping that I antiqued, polished, punched holes in and sealed with a resin sealer. You can do this with all the raw brass items available at Rings & Things.

The necklace is made from a raw brass stamping that I antiqued, polished, punched holes in and sealed with a resin sealer. You can do this with all the raw brass items available at Rings & Things. This piece also exhibits some fun wire-wrapping.

Laurin Crosby is wearing golden jewelry that has a more rocker look to it, much like her dress with Swarovski studded leather top of her dress.

Laurin Crosby is wearing golden jewelry that has a more rocker look to it, much like her dress with Swarovski-studded leather at the top.

These earrings are similar to the ones worn above by Laurin.

These earrings are similar to the ones worn above by Laurin. Rings & Things donated the supplies to make these earrings and we sold them to raise money for our trip. These earrings are made of only four items! Sparkly Glass Gold Beads, Antique Brass Tassels, Antique Brass Eyepins, and Bronze Niobium Earring Wires. Feel free to recreate your own Dripping in Gold Earrings!

Well, I hope you liked the jewelry I created for New York Fashion Week! New York was amazing, a whole different world than Spokane, Washington. I feel so fortunate that I had the opportunity to travel with my amazing team to this show! I hope it is the first of many, and who knows, maybe one day I will be showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!

~Tiffany White

Geisha Creations, Jewelry Designer and Owner

Rings & Things, Jewelry-making Intructor

And all around lover of jewelry!

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations Tiffany, the photos really capture the artistry and beauty of your designs! You have a fantastic supplier thru Rings and Things to spark your creativity! Geisha Creations is flying high now, please don’t leave us “Etsy-ans” (Etsians??) when you reach Mercedes-Benz heights!! xoxo, Sandy

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