Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy New Years!

This year has been a whirlwind. Some good, quite a bit bad, and a lot in between. I am glad to be kicking 2009 to the curb, and welcoming in a fresh decade and New Year. 2010, I hope you are awesome!

That being said, I'd like to thank the below people/things for being part of my life. I am truly grateful to the network of amazing people around me.

Carolyn Hart. My fabulous studio mate in Nashionland. Constant form of comic relief and LBD designer.

Janeane Marie. Through a series of odd events, which turned to good ones, I met Janeane this year. We both work insane hours, and I'm very glad to have her down the hall. Meow.

Sarah Giffrow
. Photographer extraordinaire. I'm looking forward to shooting up a storm with her in 2010.

Boni Dutch. Model/make-up artist/crafty maven. Also, her parties have had the best decorations I have EVER seen.

Jennifer Simms. Cracks me up like no one else, and gets more excited at a thrift store than I thought humanly possible. Also, an amazing designer and patternmaker.

Seyta Selter. Most definately someone I do not see enough of, and am constantly amazed at her ability to dress the gents so dapper.

Tracy Anderson. Without her help I would be in chronic pain. Acupuncture and Shiatsu massage. Amazing.
Tracy Anderson Bio

Vintage Portland. My new favorite blog. Makes me love the city more, and I adore looking at the old photos of now ghost buildings.

On this last week of the year I am working hard at sampling my 2010 collections. I'm excited to get them shot, and in stores.

2010 will be awesome.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Other stuff......

I like making clothes just fine, but sometimes I get to do fun "other" stuff. Recently my studio mate Carolyn and I made large curtains to help divide up our landlords giant home studio. I think they look pretty cool, and personally enjoy making really ginormous things. Here they are:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Trunk Show Saturday 11/28 at Pin Me Apparel

It's Thanksgiving week. Hopefully that means you are stuffing your face with yummy treats, and getting out those sharp elbows for shopping deals.

On Saturday I'm having a trunk show from 3-7 at Pin Me Apparel. I will have yummy treats and good deals. I will have my Fall/Winter line for sale, along with a special selection of limited edition No Muffin Top skirts.

Read all about it here:

Hope to see you there!

Remember shop local!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

This moves me.

My friend Chelsea left the November issue of Glamour in my studio a few weeks ago. I am terrible about reading magazines, and I will let them pile up for months. I remembered seeing this photo online, and when it was orginally published in Glamour.
So, this evening while I was reading the November issue of the magazine, there was this follow up to the original photo in the letter from the editor.
The Woman on Page 194

This moves me. To see this in a magazine. This is a lady how she is. No photoshop. More of us look like this than not.

As a follow up the magazine ran this photo:

Along with this story - These bodies are beautiful.

I really hope that this publications, as well as others, will use a wider variety of models. Putting clothing on a size 0-4 model is easy. Fitting the rest of the world, and making it look good, is the hard part. It's one of my challenges, and it's also something I take pride in doing. I'd love to outfit those 7.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

alysonclair.com updated!

alysonclair.com is updated! With all the lovely Fall + Winter 2009 photo from Enko.

Back to sewing!

Friday, October 16, 2009

FUSE : Chinese Visit

This spring the lovely Jillian asked me to lend her some clothing for a trip she was taking to China. They were in some shows over there, and then this last month the Chinese came here. Below are photos of their visit to my studio. Thanks to OSI Photography.

Fall + Winter 2009

As promised, here are the photos from my Fall + Winter 2009 photoshoot. Website to be updated shortly. Thanks to the lovely models Boni, and Nicole. And of course the fabulous Sarah with Enko Photography.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Portland Fashion Shows

I don't usually partake in the fashion shows going on in October in this city. This year I went to a few, and have another to go to on Sunday evening (Content '09), should be neat.

Last Friday I went to the best fashion show I have ever seen. It was called The Procession. Pinkham Millinery created the hats, and local designers the garments. The location was top secret. When I pulled up, I realized that the show was in a cemetery! The weather could not have been more perfect. Here is a photo from local photographer Pete Springer:

Also a write up with some more photos.

Not sure how anyone is going to top this, but it sure beats the hell out of overpriced, late starting events.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Comming soon Fall + Winter 2009

Here is a teaser.

Boni is the lovely model. Sarah with Enko did an awesome job shooting. Stay tuned for the rest.

Friday, September 11, 2009

moving, moving, moving!

I have been a bit missing in action lately, and I hopefully will get a bit better at blogging soon. I am in my 3rd studio space for the year (last and BEST), and I also had to move apartments (never fun). I'm slowing getting settled and discovering all sorts of treasures I had forgotten about.

Here are some photos from studio #2, called "Pretty Dress Land". Carolyn and I were there for a short stint, just 2 months. The only reason we moved, is because the giant fabulous studio across the hall came available, and our awesome landlords offered to help us migrate. We moved in under 2 hours! Studio #3 is "Nashionland". We are still putting the finishing touches on it, and photos to come soon of that. (We have to hang the chandelier and get the velvet curtains up before photos!). So here is #2, and an empty #3.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bargain Hunting 101 - This Sunday 8/16 12-5

It's that time again. Bargain Hunting 101 is less than a week away. I heard it's up to 60 vendors (list here) , instead of 50. So come shop! They have a bar too. You can drink AND shop.

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209

Best of all it's FREE to get in.

I will have lower prices then before, which is under well under wholesale. So if you had your eye on an item from a past season, I may have it for you at a steal of a deal.

Also I will be accepting credit cards as well as cash, and have a TON of dresses.

See you there!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

More to Love on Fox - I got some clothes on TV!

If you have a TV, and have been watching More To Love on Fox, you may have seen some of my clothes last night. My friend/model/artist/amazing stylist Boni is one of the contestants. In fact she is the only one who isn't crying a river of mascara and foundation.

Last night she had on my Slouchy No Muffin Top Skirt from my Fall 2009 collection.
(runway shot, photoshoot to come soon)

On Boni

And also the houndstooth NMT from Winter 2008. As seen on the model to the far right. Boni is the model in the center.

I haven't found a still, nor have I figured out how to make one. I'll post one up if I do.

Anyway, kind of neat, and nerdy moment at the same time. I get more excited seeing my clothes on people, then the runway.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Portland Loves Local

New blog out there on the interwebs:

Portland Loves Local

Written by the lovely Misha Ashton and Amy Olson, spreading the Portland love of things crafty. Their first posting just went up and I'm looking forward to discovering the amazing talents that reside in this city.

Also, don't forget, Bargain Hunting 101 is coming up.

August 16th, 12-5. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

amazing idea

Really amazing:

One of the reasons that I work so hard, is to change the consciousness of "fashion" or apparel. I feel that in today's society clothing is viewed as disposable. Changing this way of thought is a goal I have. When I make clothing I think of all of the different ways it could be styled, and hope it stays in the wearers closet until it is threadbare.

Anyway, what this gal is doing is pretty cool, and for a good cause. I think my favorite so far is her cowboy outfit. Super cute!

Friday, July 17, 2009

alysonclair.com updated!

alysonclair.com is updated! Check it out if you have a moment.

Hope everyone is enjoying summer now that it's here!


Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer 2009 : Better Late Then Never Collection

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