Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tina Turk Holiday Windows

I was asked by Trina Turk to design their holiday windows for nine retails stores across the country. When I began designing and submitted the first mock ups I was only given one day to completed them and I was told it should be based on an artist theme reminiscent of Trina's current look book and there wasn't any mention of holiday decor. Below are a copy of images from the look book that I love and used as inspiration for my first round of mock ups.

Here are my first mock ups of the project, followed by the "holiday" changes made for each store.

A mix of easels and ladders. Dripping paint cans stacks on risers around the mannequins to extend the art theme.

A mix of easels and ladders. Incorporating one large piece of modern art as a backdrop in the center. Paint cans stacked up around mannequins to extend the theme and bring the window together.

Artist ladders splattered in paint and hung by chains as an open backdrop.

Paint cans dripping in paint and hung by rope at varying heights.

In the end they decided that they did in fact want the window to have a holiday feel so my bright and bold "Trina" color palette was changed to red, gold, and silver. There were a lot of different departments and people weighing in on the window designs, so things got changed quite a bit from my original vision, but it was still a really cool project to part of.

Below is their final selection for the window design and the holiday color changes.

It was the first time I had designed window displays based solely on dimensions and images without ever visiting the windows in person to gage exact perspective and proportion. Originally I was only in charge of designing and sourcing the materials, but in the end I was doing all of the painting, cutting, pasting, tying, and drilling. It was strange not being able to create inside the windows themselves or to be the one to place everything and style it all as it was meant to be. Instead, everything that I designed and created was shipped off to their respective stores to be installed by someone else. Fingers crossed that the windows turned out ok!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

One Year (day one)

It feels like our first year of marriage has flown by and at the same time I can hardly remember what it was like to not be married to Kyle. Planning and executing my own wedding in less than three months was a lot of fun, but also something I wouldn't ever do again. It made for a crazy fall, but it turns out I love being my own client. Although there are a lot of things I would have done differently (i.e. asked for more help along the way and hired a day of coordinator) I'm really happy with how it all turned out and am excited to share it with you. 

Our wedding took place on two different days and this post highlights day one. Kyle and I were married on November 9, 2012 in the Mormon temple in Los Angeles. I  love that building for so many reasons and I was so happy to be married there. Next up was lunch with our closest friends and family at the nearby restaurant Fundamental L.A. It was the perfect size to rent out the whole place for 30 people and the food was pretty amazing. We rented it out based solely on its minimalist modern interior and had never eaten there before that day. They were so easy to work with and the food was perfect. Stay tuned for post #2 featuring the reception, which is where all of the fun design and styling took place. 

Suit: J Crew

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