This is the 3rd annual occurrence of “My April” note. This year, I’m not going to say much because I believe the message I’ve been contemplating for the past few months is very clear: to not be a coward and not to underestimate yourself.
As we grow older, it’s getting easier for us to be “caught up” in daily routines. And if we’re not careful or stay aware in-the-moment, those routine tasks can devour our lives and we, as a result, can lose sight of our goals, dreams, and greater things that really matter. Now, of course we know this; it’s old news afterall. However, I believe it’s important for us to be reminded from time to time about the importance of staying aware of your goals and keep working towards the horizon you set your sights on.
Now in its 6th year, Discarded to Divine has grown to be a major San Francisco fashion event. Looking at the reclaimed fashion creations of Discarded to Divine 2012 at Gensler earlier this month, I am certain that this year’s talents don’t disappoint. Just look at Dawn Castel’s creation (pictured left) for a taste of what this year’s talents bring out.
It goes without saying that I admire the concept of making one-of-a-kind fashion item from discarded materials from St. Vincent de Paul Society and recycled materials. It’s the ultimate DIY!
And the fact that it showcases both more successful local designers as well as emerging / student designers really bring forth the unique fashion talents in the San Francisco Bay Area. Looking at these creations up close at Gensler, I can’t help but feeling really happy and more inspired to do more DIY projects :)
The fashion reality TV show “Fashion Star“, which debuted March 13, 2012 on NBC has drawn mixed reviews. Complicated logistics issue, a fashion reality show game changer, and biased, rather demeaning comparison to Project Runway reviews have been published for the past month. Even now, after 6 aired episodes, speculations whether the show will get another season still rage on.
The future looks very uncertain for the TV show. On the other hand, the show reveals a brilliant, effective business model. One that creates immediate attention, interest, and buying capability right after the show ends; something that wasn’t introduced by other popular fashion reality show like “Project Runway“. And yet this show is just a fragment of the newest nation-wide (or global?) “trend”: Rise of the Unknowns in Fashion.