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September 26, 2014

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Shadow of a Doubt


As summer ends and we enter the fall season, I often ask myself "What is 'pre-fall' anyways?". As a designer I anticipate weather transitions at least 6 months in advance - and as summer slowly fades - I'm entering pre-fall 2014 in the cropped turtle neck top and wool aline skirt from my collection for Alyssa Nicole F/W 2014.

I'm looking forward to hosting my annual autumn cocktail party, watching Alfred Hitchcock movies, and cozying up in the wool blouses from my F/W collection. I know I'm going to miss all the sunsets and champagne picnics summer had to offer - but I'll be dreaming of warm summer days as I work on designing my next spring/summer line. 

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Wearing Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 
Cropped Turtle Neck Top / Wool Aline Skirt - Shop The Look
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Backstage Beauty: "Still Cold" Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 Fashion Film

This season I was lucky to work with hair stylist and makeup artist Hedy Lavinsky to style my Fall 2014 Collection lookbook. In my previous backstage beauty post, I mentioned that Hedy created a fresh and minimal look focusing on soft and luminous skin. A natural lip with minimal color to complimented the soft curling eyelashes illustrating a fresh youthful look. Hair was set to look polished and feminine with a middle part and teased low ponytail. A navy velvet headband accented the hair style to complement the palette of moody blues throughout the collection. 

As we set out on location to shoot the "Still Cold" film for my Fall 2014 collection - trying to keep the fresh and polished look Hedy had created was a difficult task due to "Fogust" here in San Francisco. As usual - we set out to shoot early in the morning however the San Francisco wind and fog made it difficult to keep our models hairstyles polished to perfection. Thankfully our stylist Emme was able to manage beauty styling as I focused on the collection backstage during our short film. In the end the soft wispy hair styling was just touch we needed to the "Still Cold" fashion film - and as it was quite cold on set - backstage beauty worked out perfectly with the theme for our lookbook

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On Set Styling: Emme Nguyen
 
Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014  
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September 22, 2014

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Inspiration: Texture - Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 Collection

My main focus on texture this season was influenced by shimmering starlight in shades of midnight blue. Metallic jacquards illustrate the concept of starlight within the textiles in my Fall 2014 collection. The need for warmth in my "Still Cold" collection is established in the soft felted wool used throughout the line. Petals inspire soft velvet plush in blue velvet trim accentuating the waist on evening wear within the collection. See my inspiration board on Pinterest to see what was inspiring my Fall 2014 Collection here. 

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Video: Behind the Scenes Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 Lookbook

What's it really like to work with Alyssa Nicole - beginning with photographing the lookbook.  In this exclusive video I present to you never before seen moments on set shooting our latest lookbook. 

 
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September 10, 2014

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Inspiration: Mood - Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 Collection

Here's a look at my real life mood board for Fall 2014. I had been gathering my inspiration for my "Still Cold"collection on Pinterest before posting images up in my studio and designing my collection. As previously mentioned, the song Still Cold by Mazzy Star inspired my line, in particular the line "Still cold like the stars" - which is why I was influenced by starlight and shades of midnight blue. Starlight played a part in the metallic textiles I incorporated into my Fall collection. See my inspiration board on Pinterest to see what was inspiring my Fall 2014 Collection here

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September 07, 2014

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Roseblood

It's funny how things change
 
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Behind the Scenes: "Still Cold" Short Film Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014

This season we took a new approach to our traditional fashion film and shot the campaign ad for my Fall 2014 collection as a short film. "Still Cold", our short film for Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 was directed by one of my great friends and favorite cinematographers Dexter Ho. Initially when I had met with Dex about my concept for the short film he was very skeptical. I told him I was bringing in a writer this season to write the story for the film. My concept was to create a film which was dreamy and ethereal - maybe even a little chilling - the collection is, after all, entitled "Still Cold". 

In between shooting the lookbook we had a quick coffee break at my photogs studio to record the voice over for the film. We had recorded the voice over in two different styles - one spoken very soft and intimate, the other spoken in a whisper which was quiet and chilling. We decided against the whispered voice over because the film could have easily been interpreted as a horror film - which was not the look we were going for. Shooting the video with Dex is always a mystery because he shoots the film while I'm styling the lookbook - so I never actually get to see the film until the final cut. By the time the final edit for the film is complete - I'm filled with excitement to see my collection and concept come to life.

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"Still Cold" Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 Short Film
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September 03, 2014

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Inspiration: Color Theory - Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014

My color theory focus for Alyssa Nicole’s Fall 2014 was inspired by moody midnight blues. The collection was inspired by the concept of coldness which is why I interpreted color as shades of midnight blue. Metallic threads throughout the collection create an illusionary vision of starlight in still coldness. 

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See: Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 Lookbook / Watch: 'Still Cold' Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 Short Film
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