Kristen considers herself to be one of the luckier people in the world because she gets loving kisses all day long! Not by her soon to be husband, mind you, but by the other loves of her life…her dogs! Kristen spends her day working as an adoption consultant for dogs at her local shelter. Knowing that one of her canine friends is being sent home with the perfect family is Kristen’s favorite feeling in the world. When Kristen goes home for the day she is again bombarded with wet kisses, still not from her fiancé, but by her own three dogs. Only after her puppies have welcomed her home does her guy get his turn to say hello. No worries though, he knows she is worth the wait. Although Kristin loves spending her days covered in fur and doggie kisses, she is looking forward to feeling special, and even dare we say, sexy, on her wedding day. Kristen is thrilled to be walking down the aisle in this luxurious platinum satin Liz Fields original dress, style 9003, with a mermaid silhouette and gorgeous beading and embroidery details. When Kristen’s fiancé sees her in this dress he will know for sure that he is actually the lucky one.
Below is an interview with Bridal and Special Occasion Designer Liz Fields which was published on PromAdvice.com . I hope you enjoy it and be sure to check out PromAdvice.com which is a great division of FIDM (Liz Fields’ fashion school!)
February 09, 2010
Fields of Dreams
We chatted with FIDM Grad and bridal and special occasion designer Liz Fields, who’s making women’s dreams come true with deeply fabulous bridal and special occasion dresses. Here’s what she had to say about her evening gowns, FIDM education, and accessorizing a formal look. –Angel
How did you get into the bridal industry?
LF: Growing up, my father created a database computer program for a big name in the special occasion industry and it spread from company to company. He became a fixture in these company’s factories, bringing me to work with him where I would be left with the designers to play and sketch.
Which celebrity would you love to design a gown for?
LF: Sophia Loren – past or present, she embodies class, elegance, and sex appeal for me. If I could dress all women, they would all dress in a way that makes them feel like Sophia Loren. I think that she proves that you do not have to be stick-thin to be attractive. She is a curvaceous, real Sophia lorenwoman. What a beauty!
How has your FIDM education helped in your field?
LF: I am really proud of my FIDM education. I really believe that I owe my my understanding of garment construction and fit to Ms. Fischer, my patternmaking teacher. I also took a lot away as far as flat sketching and communication to sewers and factories. When you work with overseas factories, the communication through language can have its barriers but if you understand how to communicate what you want through sketching then you are all set!
LF: I have a really romantic, sensitive sense of style and I love clean lines and historic details, which I think give most of my gowns a vintage look with a modern twist. All of the dresses and gowns are offered in sizes 0-28.
Why are your bridesmaids gowns also suitable for Prom?
LF: I design my bridesmaid dresses without thinking of them as bridesmaid dresses. First I design the dresses that my friends would want to wear, then I tweak them to make them more compatible for different sizes and shapes. My dresses are moderately priced, and they are customizable with detachable details, choices of length, and choice of over 900 color combinations, which make them perfect for a Prom girl that is looking for something different. What can be more unique than customizing your own Prom dress?
What are the necessary accessories to complete a formal look?
LF: If you’re wearing a strapless gown, opt for a statement necklace and more understated earrings. You never want each piece to be a statement piece. If your dress has a lot of details, go with some drop earrings and skip the other jewelry, as to not distract from the beauty of your gown. If when you look in the mirror, your eyes do not focus anywhere but keep bouncing from item to item, you should probably take something off.
What else should customers know about Liz Fields?
LF: I am always accessible and plan to stay that way, whether it is through email (LizFields@LizFields.com), Facebook (Facebook.com/byLizFields) or Twitter (Twitter.com/byLizFields), women can always share stories and ask for tips.
Alexander McQueen has committed suicide this morning. We have lost a fashion icon. Stay tuned to my blog and I’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
“Alexander McQueen, one of fashion’s consummate inconoclasts and showmen, has committed suicide at age 40, a spokeswoman confirmed. “Mr. McQueen has been found dead at his house this morning,” she said, declining further comment. A statement from PPR, parent of Gucci Group and the McQueen company, is expected shortly. Circumstances of his death were not revealed and a spokesman declined comment. McQueen’s mother recently died and the designer was known to be extremely close to her, although it could not be learned whether this contributed to his death. McQueen burst onto the London fashion scene with a mix of aggression, energy and creativity that reinvigorated the city’s reputation and made his shows the hottest ticket in town.” – Courtesy of WWD online.
After it was announced Thursday that Alexander McQueen had died, the designer’s Twitter feed was removed, on which he revealed on Feb. 3 that his mother passed away the day before. A few days later he said, “Sunday evening been an F—-g awful week but my friends have been great, but now I have to some how [sic] pull myself together and finish with the…”
On Feb. 1, a couple of weeks after his Fall 2010 menswear show, he posted, “From heaven to hell and back again, life is a funny thing. Beauty can come from the most strangest of places even the most disgusting places.” A few minutes later, he posted: “Why people ignore the ugly things in life but within this they are missing the beauty that lies under the rotten fruit!!!!!!!!!!!!”
On Feb. 3, he tweeted that his mother had passed away the day before. “RIP mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,” he said. And a few minutes later: “But life must go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
His last tweet, sometime after Feb. 7, said: “I’m here with my girl Annie Tinkerbell wishing Kerry the slag, happy birthday in NY, your [sic] 40 now girl time to slow it down we think.”
View Alexander McQueen’s last collection at style.com http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/S2010RTW-AMCQUEEN
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Meet Mia. Mia is smart, sophisticated and savvy! She has traveled the world, but came home again for her true love. Don’t get her wrong! She plans to travel again, only with her hubby at her side this time. Of course, with travel in her bones, Mia couldn’t resist having a destination wedding. She has had her heart set on being married in Goa, India. She hopes that her guests will take the opportunity to do a little exploring of their own after her wedding. For her honeymoon she is torn between Australia, and Greece. One thing that Mia was not torn on though was her Liz Fields original wedding dress, style 9009. The chiffon bodice with square neckline and x-cross straps make her feel strong and sexy, while the beaded appliqué lace handwork and beading on tulle make her feel graceful and beautiful; just the perfect mix for Mia’s personality.
Carley has stopped being able to count the number of times someone has said to her “I don’t know where you get your patience from.” This is usually after something has happened which would make a normal human scream. These days this sentence is related to Carley’s nursery school class. Walking into Carley’s class in a marvel to see; at first sight it seems like total chaos. However, all Carley needs to do is calmly announce “I need you all in my circle now” and there they are, sitting in a circle, in 5 seconds flat!
Carley has always had a talent for calming people down and often convincing them to do things they don’t want to do. Carley first discovered this ability while working as a customer service manager in a major retail chain. While Carley wouldn’t have rated that as one of her favorite jobs of all time, it got her thinking about the comparison between frustrated shoppers attempting to return items, and preschoolers. It also made her realize she had an ability to take in more chaos than the average person.
Carley was sure that the one activity that would thwart her cool exterior would be wedding dress shopping, since shopping as a whole was an activity she had always hated. This fear was quickly quieted, when Carley walked into her very first store and found the perfect dress, a Liz Fields original, style 9011. This strapless gown with an asymmetric pleated chiffon skirt made her smile as soon as she put it on. Carley’s favorite part of this dress is the lace bodice accompanied with a trendy satin belt buckle, giving her a fabulous silhouette. Now that the only activity that ever truly worried Carley is out of the way, she is counting the days to her wedding.
Of course, any Red Carpet event is not only entertaining to watch, but a designer’s best-friend when it comes to research. In our culture and society today, so much is celebrity and media driven that many fashion trends can be forecast from the Red Carpet. Besides, who can resist seeing all the Lady Gaga’s and Brittany Spears out there make the “Worst Dressed” or “What were they thinking?” lists!?
This year’s Red Carpets have scared me a little bit. I have never been a main-stream trend following person and have always appreciated old Hollywood starlets, sophisticated and glamorous fashion, film and theater costume designs and the artistry behind the construction and fit of a garment. The best part of seeing something original is having the sensation that you want to figure out how it could possible be made and how it could be made so beautifully! Aside from complicated construction and dramatic costumes, for which there is a time and a place, I also feel that any real woman should always look elegant and not fussy. For me, the biggest turn-off is knowing that a woman spent hours upon hours getting ready; even if it does, it shouldn’t look that way!
So on to Grammy Red Carpet fashions….
Lady Gaga Grammy Awards 2010
Lady Gaga- Yeah, I get it…that’s her image and she’s an entertainer. Fine. However, I feel that her outfit was appropriate for a stage or as a sculpture in a museum. It is a great artistic piece, but it is in no way possible for a real woman to translate that into her wardrobe and frankly, it’s gaudy and dangerous. If I can see your underwear and you are carrying a spiked ball rather than a pocket book, you should re-think your outfit.
Rihanna Grammy Awards 2010
Rihanna- Classy and Elegant! Love it! Of course, not all of us hippy women can pull off excess drape on our hips, but Rihanna can! Anyway, this is one of my favorites of the night…
Beyonce Grammy Awards 2010
Beyonce- Gorgeous as always and I can definitely appreciate all the hand-work involved in detailing this gown. However, I’m not a big fan of the fabric; I think it’s too sporty and Nude is not really that exciting. We can overlook this shortcoming as Beyonce never disappoints.
Pink Grammy Awards 2010
Pink- I’m not quite sure why this gown qualifies Pink for the Worst Dressed list; Regardless that it’s a bit shiny for my taste, I love the construction of the gown and it gave Pink a more womanly figure in a tasteful way.
My 8-year-old friend Carolyn from Connecticut is an amazing talent! She is an aspiring designer and I have no doubt that she’ll be making fashion headlines one day. She has sketched for me before, but I wanted to share this collection of sketches which really show how great she is and how her eye for depth and proportion is so natural. Whether she decides to design bridal gowns or evening gowns or if she decides to do ready-to-wear or resort, you should definitely keep an eye out for this aspiring designer…but for now, I have designed a wedding dress especially for Carolyn and presented it to her today. Stay tuned to my blog and the Fall 2010 collection preview to see Carolyn’s gown!