I had this idea for this blog for a while now, I wanted the girl, who buys my designs to learn more about what happens in my studio, what I do, who are the inspiring people in my life and what projects we do with them. So, when I finally decided to just start this blog, my first guest was Alexa Winner….
Reason of the visit: to plan our fashion show at Grammy’s after party In Los Angeles at the Playboy Mansion, which is going to be styled by Alexa, by the way, Alexa was the one who connected all the dots and come up to me with this opportunity, thanks Alexa…
• Alexa Winner is: a stylist, designer, design consultant, graphic designer, photographer and journalist by trade. A quirky, free-spirited, impulsive, fragile, fun-loving, wistful, dreamer by birth.
• Alexa Winner's Ultimate NYC Fashion Moment: It may sound a bit cliche, but I have always felt some sort of weird camaraderie with Daphne Guinness. Maybe it's the contradictions she stands for; the pain, the glamour. I'm certainly (for lack of a better word) nowhere near as chic or sophisticated as she, nor have I been graced with the honor of conversing with her either. Thus said, for years I have taken note of Daphne's catch-me-if-you-can't approach to both life and fashion, but there was a moment between Ms. Guinness and I that I will never forget. It was early September, 2011, at the private pre-opening of Daphne's namesake exhibition at FIT. The room was filled with well-groomed patrons gasping, if not gawking, just to have their "moment" with Daphne. I knew I wouldn't have a bats chance in hell in trying to slither my way through the armored (that is, Alexander McQueen shoulder pad-armored) crowd, so I decided to go about mingling and just enjoy the exhibit for what it was. As I began to exit, I took one last look and turned around. Flocked by just as many security guards as there were Avatar-shoed admirers, Ms. Guinness, in the midst of this, took a very special if not awkwardly prolonged second and made direct eye contact with me. We engaged in one another's stare and, for me at the very least, it felt like her's were the only eyes in the room. It was with those eyes that she smiled and in a split second, I felt like in some sort of trans-teleportic way she sent me the message "I get it." My senses quickly returned and off floated (yes, the woman does float I believe!) Ms. Guinness. It could've been the magnificent Maggie Norris couture gown I was wearing or the 1900's top hat I had perched above my head that drew her attention to me, but I will always believe that in that very small second, Daphne and I understood each other. The pain, the glamour; she got it, and for just a second I felt a little less alone...and "I got it" too.
• Alexa Winner's Fashion Quote: "Life's a Runway...Walk It!"