Fashion design is not an easy job, folks.
I interviewed an intern candidate last year, and to my surprise, wasn't surprised at all. When I asked him about his sewing experience, his response was " sewing? I thought you just made people look good and drank all the time." While one of those things may be true in my case, playing dress up and raiding your sisters closet is NOT design.
I always find it funny when someone says they are " more fashionable" or a " designer". These terms are thrown around so loosely these days, they tend to become slightly diluted.
With fashion week LITERALLY days away, I cant begin to say how proud I am of my former intern Kenneth McCraney for debuting his first collection. He has spent so many tireless hours, sewing until dawn to make our shows happen. Its awesome to see him coming into his own. As designers, the one drawback you find, and one that can become quickly defeating, are the people that advertise themselves as "designers". All they tend to do is rummage the thrift store and porn shops to slap together some hell-acious disaster. We can quickly become categorized with these WABs, but they dont put the blood, sweat, and tears that we do into seeing our vision come together, and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing something go from your head to the runway.
It would be like telling a teacher that the internet is doing a better job than they are.
With that off my chest, heres to an AWESOME GAINESVILLE FASHION WEEK!!!