Miami Swim Week 2014 & My Birthday! Part 2

Hey Guys!      I have to say before I start talking about Miami Swim Week that Latch and Rude are two of my favorite songs right now. Latc...

Hey Guys!
     I have to say before I start talking about Miami Swim Week that Latch and Rude are two of my favorite songs right now. Latch, by Sam Smith, and Rude, by Magic, are just so freaking intoxicating! Latch just captures you and drags you to this place of consciousness. Right from the beginning he's describing these feelings that I'm sure most people feel but can't express it in such a way that's so graphic. I'm talking in the present tense because I'm actually listening to it as we speak. It's that good.  The lines "I'm latching on babe, now I know what I have found" or

Now I got you in my space.
I won't let go of you.
Got you shackled in my embrace.
I'm latching onto you
I'm so encaptured, got me wrapped up in your touch.
Feel so enamored, hold me tight within your clutch.
How do you do it, you got me losing every breath.
What did you give me, to make my heart beat out my chest.
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Most people wouldn't say any of these words if there wasn't an amazing new pop beat behind it because most people would be to afraid to sound like they're crazy and clingy. That's the truth. That's why I'm latching on to Latch, haha. When I listen to it I feel like I'm swimming in surreal truth.
     When I listen to music I REALLY listen to music. Maybe not in great detail like the pros but as much as I can knowing what I know about writing, stories and music. That is also why I like Rude too! I don't listen Rude for the deep lyrics but more for the funny experience that's being unfolded as the each lyric is told. I won't put the lyrics to it because I can't just give you one part of the story it just wouldn't be right so go and check it out on Spotify. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone but he's asking someone for someone else's hand in marriage. You might enjoy it, I laughed the first time I listened to it completely, unless you've been in that situation in which case you should be like Kevin Hart and laugh at your pain. Thank you I'm here all night, haha. He got rich for it, so it is what you make it.

     So, I told you there would be more post and I wouldn't lie to you so here it is. As you may or may not know I was a dresser at Miami Swim Week 2014 and it was a boat load of fun! I was a dresser at other shows before for regular fashion shows but this wasn't one of them. This event was set up more like a trade show. For those of you that don't know what a Trade show is the definition is below, copy and pasted from Despite the reputation of Wiki it is pretty accurate.

A trade fair (trade show, trade exhibition or expo) is an exhibition organized so that companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products, service, study activities of rivals and examine recent market trends and opportunities. In contrast to consumer fairs, only some trade fairs are open to the public, while others can only be attended by company representatives (members of the trade, e.g. professionals) and members of the press, therefore trade shows are classified as either "Public" or "Trade Only".

I worked at what seemed to be a "trade only" show because it was really only for buyer from companies that sold swimwear. Everyday people wouldn't have been able to go in because non of the products are in stores yet. That is unfortunately the reason I could not take pictures of the booths and products that were there. Because child I am not tryin' to get sued.
There were so many brands, here are just a few I can remember.
-Lucky Brand
-Cynthia Rowley
-Miraclesuit (This is the company I dressed for) Their suits were made to suck that extra unwanted fat in. They got me this really cute pack of lip glosses from Stila Cosmetics for working for them. Everyone was incredibly nice.
-Aqua Green (an Eco friendly company) I got a really cute aqua green wooden picture frame from them.
There were so many booths that were set up like the perfect destination or one stop shop for each brand and their products. Aqua Green was set up as if you were walking out of a beach house into a backyard that started in sand and even though you didn't see it you knew it would end in an ocean view. Most of them were really cool fantasy spots.

     As a dresser my job was to simply dress the models. When dealing with traditional fashion shows you have a line-up of what the model is wearing and after it shows once on the runway it's done. You put it back on a hanger and then that goes back into a garment bag and the dresser doesn't have to worry about it again. The buyers presentation was much different. Instead of showing for a large group of people once there were four shows a day each group by appointment. So that just made my job a tad bit more difficult and stressful, it's a toss up between the two.
     I was assigned to dress two model who each had about 8- 10 looks each. Some looks were one piece bathing suits, some two piece tankinis, some looks had cover-ups and others had tying closures.
An example of a tankini for those of you that may not know.

     What made it somewhat stressful in the moment is that I had to do all of that which was totally fine but I also had to keep the looks in order for both models because they had to do that show every 2 hour until the last show of the day for the entirety of Miami Swim Week. So now on top of dressing my assigned models fast enough so they could go out on stage in time I'm also making sure the last look they wore  is making it's way back onto the hanger in the right order. Talk about stressfuuuulll. It's not as easy as it may sound, especially when the last look ends up on the ground in another models section or thrown behind you rack of clothes. BUT I always had about an hour break in between so it was cool. What I would do though, is right after one showing I would make sure everything was in it's correct order that way when the next show started there was no problems.
     Of course it wouldn't be a fashion show without some wardrobe malfunction happening backstage that the audience would never even realized ever happened. There were situations where my fashion degree came in hand!. I had to clean make-up stains off of garment pieces because c'mon they can't look worn in no matter how many times they've showed already. One of my models swimsuit popped right before she had to walk on stage. As soon as that happened we (me and other dressers) temporarily pinned the strap. Right after that showing I put my hand sewing skills to work! It was like nothing ever happened by the next presentation.

     Since I did end up having some pretty long breaks I did some sketches . I hope you enjoy. :)
I was inspired to design swimwear. On the right I drew one of the models while she was on her phone.
A detail of my first sketch.
I took an outfit from the runway and drew the garment pieces separate on different figures. 
These are just sketches guys.
Remember you never have to feel alone because Jesus is always with you. Just chat him up.

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