Monday, March 28, 2011

Stallone and Fashion: These are Two of My Favorite Things!

Sylvester Stallone is coming out with his own line of fashions! How dreamy is that? Who better to produce a line of fashions than a man whose suave sophistication and mind-blowing masculinity could be viewed as the very definition of the ideal Real Man? According to Time Magazine's William Lee Adams (2011), "Stallone will produce a men's line of fashion inspired by Rocky and Rambo. The line will debut in 2012, and its first collection will feature jeans, outerwear, shirts, underwear and watches. Eyewear, grooming products, fragrance, and athletic shoes will follow"(para 1, Adams, 2011)

When interviewed by Women's Wear Daily's Jean Palmieri, Stallone stated that his interest in fashion began after he began working on Rambo: First Blood pt II when weight fluctuations required him to have his clothes custom-made (Palmieri, 2011). "I pay a great deal of attention to the way I dress. When men learn to put things together, they start taking care of themselves better"(para 12,Palmieri,2011).

Stallone is target market is the everyday man - the non-metrosexual. His ultimate goal is to create fashion that appeals to men of all ages and from all walks of life.


Adams, W.L.(2011, March 25). Dressed to kill: Sylvester Lanches Rambo-Inspired Clothing Line. Time News. Retrieved on Monday, March 28, 2011 from Feed

Palmieri, J.E.(2011, March 24). Sylvester Stallone to Launch Men's Brand. Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved on Monday, March 28, 2011 from

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Mermista is a summer top that I published to JUSTPROUD. This my first design created using my Intuos 4 graphics tablet.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Just Happy To Be A Member of JUSTPROUD

I joined a few months ago. This is a website that connects professionals in the fashion industry. Yesterday, I decided to share a few of my designs with the world by adding them to my JUSTPROUD portfolio. I didn't post my best designs, but I posted some good ones. To view my profile, visit VibraEssentia's JUSTPROUD

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Passion of Patrice Murciano

Patrice Murciano has been one of my favorite artists since 2001. He is a Parisian artist who works are both sensual and liberating. He takes you into his mind and guides you on a tour of the his experience of the world. He the beauty of women in all forms. Abstractly and realistically, his work is an awakening. His use of bold and vibrant colors allows the eye indulges the mind. I refer to him as the painter of lips and all attributes lush. Yes, I have a bias towards his paintings, because I love to see full luscious lips. Lips have been a main point of focus in many of his works. Lips, along with many parts displays his appreciation and ability to capture the beauty in each of our parts. The sum total of them depicted in his works are a reconstitution that expresses the beauty of the whole essence. To talk about his work is one thing, but to experience it is another. Courbisme is the first experience that I'd had with Murciano's work. After creating my Facebook account, I made it a point to add him to my LIKES. On this account, my favorite album of his is Artificial Girls. It speaks to me because I love rpg games and virtual world games such IMVU and Second Life. After I saw this collection, I knew that his style spoke to truly my tastes, because I created artwork of this nature about two years ago. However, of course, his work is way better than mine,lol. His collection collection is beautiful.

He is art is freedom. To see more of his work, please visit

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dale Chihuly - The Evolution of Glass

I have many interests. However, my biggest interest is art in it's many forms. Aside from the internet, my favorite place to get my fix for Art is PBS's Create channel (Digital Channel 27.3 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana). One night when I watching flipping through channels, I went directly to my favorite - LPB 27.3. My eyes were transfixed as they beheld the most beautiful glad sculptures that I'd ever seen in my life. I watched anxiously as I was waiting on someone to say the name of the artist. The artist himself was there, but the tone of the documentary was relaxed, so it was all natural. Finally, the artist's name was revealed - Dale Chihuly. I'd never seen such abstract, lush, and vibrate sculptures. Its was an illumination of the visual senses. His artworks are pure ecstasy. A few of my favorite pieces are:

Translucent Emerald Putti Venetian, 1993

Deep Ocean Green Piccolo Venetian, 1998

Pink and Opal Seaform,1982

Sky Blue Basket Set with Cobalt Lip Wraps, 1992

Guilded Emerald Sealife with Putti Blowfish,2002

Pair of Golden Polyps on Guilded Black Base, 1998

His works are are delicate, elegant and busting with color - I love it. His artwork is a total treat for the senses. To learn more about Chihuly, I beg you to visit his website, Also, the wonderful documentary that I watch was called Chihuly in the Hotshop.

Kick my heels up and Shhhhhhhhh

Ahh, when you have a good idea, you want to keep it a secret and blab to the world at the same time. I reaaaaaaaaaaaally want to share my characters with you all, but I need to get them copyrighted first.This is so hard. I have a big mouth sometimes and it is hard to sit on a secret,LOL. It's even affecting my blogging, because now I want to talk about my characters and their story development in detail. I know that fashion is my main focus, but I am a multifaceted person. In the meantime, I'll be reviewing the works of others.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Into the Abyss of Action

In addition to Dave's Polymer Clay Figure site, I have discovered Alfred Wong's Starship Modeler website in which he discusses how he sculpts female figures. My big question is whether it's better to create molds for casting or just sculpt them?

Friday, February 4, 2011

I did my thing in actionnnnn yeaaaah!

I've decided that I will try my hand at making action figures. Lately, I have been so busy that I have not been doing that which makes me happy - creating. So, action figures and sewing are go! So far I have been researching methods and materials for making action figures. So, far I have found that polymer clay is the the standard material. I am so glad that I took sculpture and ceramics in college. I also took ceramics, calligraphy, and elements of design in high school.

Online, I've searched for videos on YouTube, but couldn't find a step by step tutorial. I started to procrastinate about continuing my search, but I tried another internet search and I found Dave's Polymer Clay Figure site! After reading about his techniques, I felt invigorated! As Truth Hurts sang, "I think I'm Ready now."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fashion ala Gordon Gartrelle

This week, I decided to freestyle an outfit. I sewed wit no pattern. At first, it looked great. However, when it came to doing the sleeves, I channeled Denise Huxtable's version of a Gordon Gartrelle shirt,LOL. So, corrections, corrections, corrections,LOL.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Working, Working, Working, Working

Aaaaaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! It was a long day at work. However, sewing soothes the weary soul of the savage beast roused by a day of aggravation. I am working on two projects. I am still working on my friend's doll. I've began a new project as well. I am making another dress for myself. The bodice of my dress will be an original design by me!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Woooo! Back Again!

I've been trying to register for my last class in graduate school and it has been unbelievable. There's a woman in the registrar's office at this institution who seems to have me mistaken with someone who she has a vendetta against. If I were not trying to complete one course - HIST 600 THESIS - then graduate, I would not go back to that university. I've neglected Wrapped in Taffeta and La Fitnista while trying to get registered for classes and pay my fees.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Doll Patterns

I sketched a couple of characters for a friend of mine for Christmas present 2009. For Christmas present 2010, I am making one into a doll. I know it's after Christmas, but I had to get the material together. I've done that. Now, I have been creating the the pattern pieces and cutting out the fabric accordingly. So far, I have the front and back torso, legs and thighs sewn together. Now, I have to make the pattern pieces for the shoulders, arms, hands, head, and hair.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Newest Project - A Doll!

My newest big project is a doll that I am making for one of my dearest friend, Amanda! Last night, I I made most of the pattern. Tonight, I will finish the pattern and cut out the rest of the fabric. I will update about progress of this doll!