Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Fashion Show - ENC in Newport Beach

The fashion department is going to participate in the ENC (Environmental Nature Center) 's Fall Faire. This takes place on October 19th from 10am-3pm. It is a very fun fall event geared at the entire family. The ENC is located in Newport Beach right near the high school. They have food, games, pony rides, crafts, music, reptiles, birds of pray, wolves etc. It is a great opportunity for us, the fashion department, to promote our Sustainable Fashion and Social Entrepreneurship skills Award. We will be doing a "Trashin Fashion" fashion show for them with garments made of recycled or trash objects. The Cosmo program is helping with hair and makeup. We also will be providing a eco-friendly craft for kiddos to make that is related to fashion.

This is a great opportunity to create awareness about our environmental related programs of all types to a targeted audience who cares to keep things green.

40th Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch

October 19, 2014; 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

3 Things Wednesday

Hello Designers!

Welcome to a little segment I like to call 3 Things Wednesday.

Every week I get inspired by things on Pinterest, blogs and the internet as a whole . I want to share some of my latest obsessions Inspirations for this week.

1- These adorable geometric necklaces are just fabu! I love how simple and outstanding they are. Not just their simplicity but also how easy they would be to wear with any math teacher would be tres proud.  Find them HERE for more information. 

2- This skirt, I seriously love. I know its flashy and if I wear it i'm sure i'd look like a disco ball...but how can i resist?! Find out more about this little ditty HERE

3- This tribal black and white number is effortless. Its easy to make, its pleasing on the eyes and it says "hey...I woke up today and I pulled this together in like 5 minutes, but you can't tell because its so awesome." Go HERE to see it in it's natural habitat. 

So, what do you guys think ?

Its hump day- share the little inspirations you have in the comments below...or...if you're feeling particularly share-full, visit our facebook page!

Happy Designing


Interview with Nick Verreos - OC Fashion Week

This past Saturday, my sister and I went to Irvine Spectrum for the Style Week OC and viewed a terrific runway show, with Nick Verroes as host.  He was promoting his new line of clothes with fellow designer David Paul. The runway show was filled with readymade fall clothes, each piece was unique and included his signature touch of fun and playful sleekness.
            At the end of the show I was able to ask Nick Verroes a few Q&A questions:
Since winning the Tim Gunn “Under The Gunn” competition do you plan to do another one?
Verroes: We’ll see. We’ve had rumors - I’m supposed to come back. Such an experience! I was very much hands on and Tim took me aside and told me to be more of a mentor and not teach, which is what I did.
What are your plans for the line?
Verroes: This line is for the red carpet style, more the private clientele.
What is your future plans for fashion?
Verroes: (My plan) is to keep doing what I do and to keep women beautiful, to make dresses and gowns for women.  I also want to have men dress up more. I see a lot of women going on dates, who dress up and the men don’t; men need to dress well.
What other things are in the works?
Verroes: I plan to host a lot more events. We just filmed several pilots (Nick could not go into detail about the new pilots) and styled shows.
Check out Nick's blog HERE to keep updated on his latest happenings.
Written by Julie Sparkuhl
 Photos by Emily Sparkuhl

Fashion Club - Come join the excitement!

Join us for Fashion Club every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in BGS 104 at 5pm!
Awesome poster design by Danielle Erwin

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Get The Scoop- New Fashion Designer!

Today I want to introduce an amazingly talented up-and-coming designer I am lucky to know well. Her name is Ana, designer and owner of Amanda Wolf Designs. Ana and I met for the first time a few years ago in an Intermediate sewing class at Saddleback where we became fast friends. Today Ana is reaching incredible heights in her career and squashing goal after goal.

Earlier this year Ana finished a successful fashion show at Santa Ana College, stealing not just the show (with her amazing designs) but the first prize! 

Since then, this young inspiring designer has never looked back. Ana took a break from her already busy lifestyle to share some amazing photos and tips for new designers in an exclusive interview with me below. .

So its 5 pm on a friday night and Ana and I decide to meet at Barnes & Nobles. As I come up the stairs I see Ana in an adorable outfit that just screams her name. She’s wearing the cutest dark  leggings with leather accents you’ve ever seen-  from her recent debut collection Boho Punk- Cut just perfectly to fit her frame. She tops the leggings off with a high-low shirt that is see-through in the back in an expertly selected misty white color. She looks cool, calm and collected, because well...she’s awesome like that.

We grab some coffee and make our way to a quaint little corner to start our interview.  

OBD (OffBeat Designs):
Describe your typical day as a designer.

A (Ana Guerrero) :
The days are never really the same, thats what I love, there’s always something different going on. It’s never a dull day. What I typically like to do is my emails in the morning, because if I do them in the middle of the day i’ll get distracted. I try to set myself some goals. Its hard, I do pretty much everything: The flats, the patternmaking, the cutting, the designs. Usually i do my patterns first and then go from there.

What does your workplace look like?

Well, Right now it’s my room. I really try to keep myself organized. I use different bins for different looks. For my [Boho Punk] collection I had each look and the corresponding fabrics in different bins organized by design.

I know you like to design the patterns yourself, Do you use any kind of program ?

I’m kind of working on using Tukatech, I recently won a year’s subscription of Tukatech. I know Gerber but i'm learning Tukatech right now. It saves so much time!

Do you print the pattern from there ?

The program does format a file for you to send it to the printers, which makes it really easy!

When you start creating your line, what would you say is the very first thing you start with (a side form an idea) ?

Sometimes I start with a mood board and color story .But what you also have to keep in mind is your target customer. It’s important to keep your target customer in line when thinking of an idea and a design.You gotta know who you’re trying to sell it to, you gotta know who your muse is. You gotta make sure that it all goes together, you cannot just think of an idea and add it into a design if it isn't cohesive.

How did you find the inspiration for the Boho Punk Collection ?

Well my designs started as part of a class, and our teacher KyIa had us pull a bunch of different pictures that inspired us. I created all these different kind of boards and at first I was confused, I had some themes that were Alice in Wonderland and then some classic, 1950’s inspired types, so at one point I was just really confused! In the end, I took those themes and converted them into an idea. I go to a lot of concerts, and I’m inspired by the clothes there. I knew I wanted to create classics you could wear to a concert. I wanted them to be different and unique but still wearable.

Where do you interact most often with your design community?

I have social media, definately. I have pinterest, which I use to get really inspired.

Do you follow any blogs?

I do follow one actually. The writer is a design student from Santa Ana College, her name is Kimberly and she has a blog called According to Kimberly ( That’s the only blog I follow, but I also do follow other people on Instagram , mostly for pictures and inspirations. A picture tells the whole story, and that’s why I like Instagram, because for me, i’m such a visual person that I get the most inspired with pictures.

What do you do to meet a tight deadline?

I give myself time deadlines. Its not always easy-not going to lie-but I do keep a production calendar. Because I’m so visual, it’s easier for me to see a production calendar on a graph and know I have certain amount of time to finish something visually.A traditional planner just doesn't work for me, I can find myself staying up all night trying to meet a deadline that way!

We share a hearty laugh, both knowing all too well how a determined designer will stay up all night to add the finishing touches to a line.

Do you ever just think of production in terms of dollars and cents?

Yes. The pricing really stresses me out, actually. This is the reason that I still haven't put up my online store. It’s difficult when you’re pricing everything and still trying to make a profit on your designs. It’s hard to determine because I put so much work into these garments.

Yes , I recall when we took classes together, you’ve never been the type of designer to cut any corners, and you design until it’s perfect.

Exacly. The main issue is how to price that.

You’ve had an amazing year. If a fan came up to you on the street to ask you for advice, and you only had a few minutes, what would you say to them ?

For someone that wants to go into the fashion field my best advice to them, is Don't Stop. At the beginning you have to stay realistic. You know you’re not going to make money at the beginning, the first few years and you have to really realize that. If you let something like that stop you, you’re not going to get very far. If you really love it, if you cannot see yourself doing anything else, then you have to keep going. Stay focused, Stay consistent and never stop designing. Even if its not for a class, or for a client. It’s important to stay as consistent as you can.

What would your dream studio have ?

Bigger space, For sure. Right now, like I said it’s my room , so it can get really cramped. Right now all my fabric is under my table and i’m trying to organize that. I’m trying to keep the chiffons together, the knits, etc.

I think as designers we all experience moments when something just won't go right. How do you deal with something like that ?

Sometimes I think I just stop and go to sleep, rest or walk away. I think if you keep going at moments like that you will be nothing but frustrated, specially if you’re already sleepy or tired. If it’s not going your way, the best thing to do is stop and tackle it after a break or possibly the next day.

What’s your favorite fabric/ textile?

Faux leather and lace. Lately I’ve also been liking this fabric called Crepe De Chine or CDC for short. I love it because its a lightweight fabric but its a little heavier than chiffon, so it’s easier to sew with. Lately I really love making clothes with CDC because it's so summery and lightweight.I did a lot of pieces in my design collection with that fabric, and its a woven too.  

Who is one of your favorite visual artists and why?

Alexander McQueen is my favorite designer. Not just because his aesthetic , but because of his process and the way he designs. He’s actually really shy and that is really inspiring, because sometimes I’m actually really shy as well.

What is your favorite song, album, or artist? Do you listen to music when you design?

I listen to music ALL THE TIME. I find music really relaxing, specially when I’m stuck on a project. I listen to a lot of different Indie Bands. There’s this artist I listen to that actually inspired me to design the Boho Punk collection.

What is there in store for Amanda Wolf Designs in the coming year?

I’m looking forward to doing small productions and have my online store set up by then. Taking each design and making a few of each.I know a really great mom and pop business that would be able to manufacture a small production. I specially want to make the leggings my focus.

With that we end the interview, but not before asking Ana some awesome

Check out some of her favorite things below:

There you have it folks. Ana Guerrero: Founder and Designer behind Amanda Wolf Designs. She is easily an awesome down-to-earth designer with a unique sense of style that is sure to wow the design community in the upcoming years.

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I hope Ana has inspired all you young designers out there as much as she inspired me when we first met. Just know that it doesn't matter where you start, but where your passion drives you to end up.

>>Happy Designing!<<