Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Show Review

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To prepare myself for the upcoming tasks of my apprenticeship, one of the first things I was asked to do was watch ALL of the Spring/Summer 2016 fashion shows. At first I was excited that I would get to do my two favorite things for three hours out of my day, sit and watch models walking in beautiful clothing, made by some of the top designers in the world. I didn’t even think that taking notes on the shows would be boring because for once I would be taking notes on things I was interested in. I sat down to watch my first fashion show of the day, Alberta Ferretti. And I loved it. The loose, elegant clothes were gorgeous and the calm yet exciting desert theme was inspiring, everything I had expected. I remained in a positive mind space about the assignment for exactly two more shows before realizing that Lore had been right when she said that this would quickly become a daunting task. After three shows, my eyelids were drooping and I was no longer interested in writing down all the details from the shows. I was only able to get through six shows in total that day before giving up. The biggest surprise of the 2016 spring summer trends had turned out to be falling asleep. And it wasn’t just the note taking that had become tedious. It was the uninventive and repetitive themes illustrated by lackluster clothes.

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Later in the week as I became more accustomed to shows and endless parade of models, I began to notice more than just the details of garments and the various ways the models were walking. I noticed recurring trends, models, and disappointment. But of course that cannot be said for every show. Once in a while a collection like Chanel’s gorgeous airport theme and Alexander Wang’s digital background, would make me feel the same flutter of Screen shot 2016-05-13 at 1.02.22 PM

excitement as I had felt watching that first show. Those were the shows that woke me up and reminded me why I love fashion and find it so compelling. But the majority of the spring/summer shows had me yawing and glancing at the clock, wondering when it was lunchtime.

At first I was nervous about my lack of enthusiasm towards the shows. Did I not like them because I was too young? Didn’t understand real fashion? Wasn’t as trendy as I thought? But when I started talking to Lore and asking her opinions, she agreed with me – Spring/Summer 2016 was a SHEAR SNORE. We talked about how this year had been one of the worst years for spring fashion. So what could be the reason for this be? The truth is my opinion may not be yours. But to make a fair judgment you too will have to sit down and watch 97 fashion shows. Ten minutes per show on average, almost 50 hours total. You will find yourselves immersed in tier ruffles, satin, lots of sheer, patterns, more colors then you can count, and the other trends for this season. Granted if you watch them all, you too will learn how to decipher themes, collection transitions, (when the first half of the show ends and when the second half begins), and most importantly when to give your eyes a break. My recommendations include the Alexander Wang, Chanel, Versace, and Balenciaga shows. In conclusion, if you’re a twelve year old who loves to take selfies… stay away from Dolce and Gabbana. See it to understand it.

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introducing the new studio apprentice

Meet Studio Apprentice Devon James

I am delighted to introduce Devon James, the Studio’s 2016 Apprentice.


Congratulations Devon!!



In addition to her Studio Greeting, Devon has answered 10 essential questions regarding her perspective on fashion and the process of design…

1. What defines you?

         A willingness to make my own path

 2. What inspires you?

        Nature and architecture

3. What do you aspire to?

         I aspire to be as weirdly cool as Karl Lagerfeld

4. Current favorite fashion item?

        Platform shoes

5. All time favorite fashion item?

           between a Leather or denim jacket.

6. Strongest spring 2016 collection?


7. Favorite current designer?

          Alexander Wang

8. All time favorite designer?


9. What do you love most about fashion?

           that inspiration can be drawn from anything

10. What do you want to see someone wearing in charlotte this spring?

           Alexander Wang blue jacket from the Spring 2016 collection

            quote that speaks to you:

But she told me I was like water… Water can carve its way through stone. And when trapped, water makes a new path.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0397535/quotes Sayuri


Greetings Studio!

My name is Devon James and I met Lore Emelio three and a half years ago. When I first walked into Lore Emelio’s design studio for Fashion Camp when I was fifteen years old with no interest for drawing or designing clothes. The only reason I was doingIMG_2744 the camp was because my mom wanted me doing something productive over the summer. So I went for a week. And after that week of just learning the very basics, I kept coming back for more. Every summer until I graduated high school, I have spent at least a month with Lore, particiIMG_2673pating in fashion camp, helping with
the camps and around the studio, and as I got older, beginning to look into the option of going to design school.

During my senior year of high school I began the process of applying to design schools, but as the year went on I wasn’t sure if that was the right decision for me anymore. So I decided to take a year off and postpone school. While friends went off to college, I hopped on a plane and several trains, and found myself in Pistoia, a small city in Tuscany. I stayed in a beau
tiful Tuscan villa and travelled daily to Florence, Pisa, Sienna, and Venice, while also taking basic drawing, photography and art history classes. Three

IMG_3027weeks after being in Italy, I found myself in Rome and stayed for three days, which
concluded my travels through Italy. My next journey was the two-hour flight toIMG_3325 Athens. My stay in Athens was short, and a few days later I was on the blue star ferryboat taking the four-hour long journey to a Greek island called Paros. The next two and half months were spent studying painting, drawing and photography with the
Aegean center, a small fine arts school located on the island. Every day was spent in classes of my choosing and with more capable and involved teachers then I have ever found in my years of schooling. Besides studying I interacted with the locals, went to beaches, took trips to neighboring islands, and made very strong relationships with the other students at the school. By IMG_3615December 13 the school reaffirmed my love for art, and I was able to leave Greece with a new sense of confidence about my abilities as an artist in many different forms of art and also my ability to develop more than I thought was possible in such a short period of time.

When I returned home from Greece I met with Lore to discuss this apprenticeship and when I walked into the studio I felt that same little rush of longing for the work that goes on everyday, that I felt when I completed a week of fashion camp four years ago. So I decided I would start my apprenticeship at the beginning of April, when I returned from my travels to India.

IMG_0826Lore Emelio design studio has given me a passion for something that I never thought I would grow to love as much as I do. I know this apprenticeship will strengthen my skills and be a starting point for a life that doesn’t just consist of just looking at other people’s clothing and designs, but being able to express my creativity and my ideas in my own way.


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Behind the Scenes for Spring (Photoshoot 2011)

Vision of Beauty *Photography: Josh Vasko

Model Doug Wilson and fashion designer Lore Emelio watch model Ben Clark waiting for the next shot.

Hairstylist Lizzy Rivera puts finishing touches on model Ben Clark.

Photographer Josh Vasko's final shot for the day of model Jamie Cottle. *Photography: Lore Emelio

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Our New Look for Spring!

Inspiration is up...

Invitations are underway!

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Holiday Happening at the Studio! (December 27, 2010)

*Strike a pose with Studio Santa.

*Pomander pretty please?

*Ho, ho, ho, from dough to cookie we go...

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Inside 3 Photoshoots (December 4, 2010)

Off-site Series:

*Photography: Vasko, Models: Arielle Chambers, Kenneth Lo

*Photography: Meagan Long, Model: Krysta Mouncer

*Photography: Meagan Long, Models: Arielle Chambers, Krysta Mouncer

*Photography: Vasko, Model: Arielle Chambers

*Photography: Vasko, Models: Byron Reitzel, Arielle Chambers, Kenneth Lo, Chad Guthirie, Krysta Mouncer

Studio Series:

*Photography: Jon Mullen, Model: Arielle Chambers

*Photography: Jon Mullen, Model: Arielle Chambers

*Photography: Jon Mullen, Model: Arielle Chambers

Holiday Graphic Series:

*Photography: Studio, Model: Moxey

*Photography: Studio, Model: Moxey

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Via Veneto for the Day! (November 27, 2010)

Set-up to start the day.

Hats, headbands, and more!

Smiling faces.

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