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Oh the dot!

The dot is a simple thing.

I Love Fashion Confession: Went on an interview, now this was a long time ago, the company needed someone who could CAD up their collection so this was a sketching job. I loaded the girls into their portfolio along with some prints and off we went. The interview was great, then the owner walked in, picked up my sketches and asked if I did these? Now I wondered what would happen if I said no but I remembered a dear friend who could not sketch and often times I sketched the projects she would use for work, of course I always believed she confessed to not doing the sketches but I really didn't care because I loved her and who really cares anyway as long as you get the sale or the job but this was different, I was here for a sketching job, so I confessed that yes they were mine. My girls smiled. Then he asked if I created the dot, not the dot above it was a different dot but a dot just the same and I thought, really, the dot, you are asking me about the dot, not the paisley or the shadow print, or the fashion illustration that just looked over at me and smiled whispering let's get out of here. The dot is a simple thing I explained, you can take a square and put a circle in the middle and Illustrator does all the work. I told him you can make it big or small, it can be clumped together or spread all around it can be pink or blue and is perfect for bustiers, slips and panty programs. He didn't get the sarcasm but I did get the job and the girls and I laughed all the way back to the office.

The dot it is a simple thing, it can create a conversation, looking for trends in all the fun places.

Seaside Trends, CHIARIstyle

Creative notes from the sea.


Story and Mood boards get the conversation started with manufacturers, designers, sales teams and retailers. Taking a week to slow down the design process is something every designer should master. So many ideas come into play with the brain in relax mode. Fashion has the ability to create new from so many sources. Last weeks beach vacation has inspired new mood boards for the 2019/2020 trend season. If you are looking for trend in all the fun places, stay tuned.

Morning Walk. The tide pools are showing off and the sea, well it is inspiring, calming and just beautiful. No one is up so we have the sea all to ourselves. Yummy.

Storyboard Concepts

  • The Shell Game
  • Print the Facts
  • Vintage Re-Design
  • Sport the Dive
  • Plaid the Dot
  • Bring Back the Ditzy Print
  • Midnight Glitter
  • Stormy Weather
  • One Off
  • The Comfort Zone
  • Bold Moves
  • Lace-ups
  • Rock on

Glitter This

Create your own patterns from nature. The camera takes the shot. Close up, this is a rock filled with life from the tide pools at the beach. When the sun hits, the tiny creatures have a glittery look. Reworking this photo for a glittery sea effect for our storyboard on Midnight Glitter.

Fashion is...taking time off to recharge, reflect, create.