I was honored once again to have been chosen as one of nine independent designer finalists for the young designer competition organized by the Talons Aiguilles association in Lille, France. Finalists were chosen based upon their portfolios containing sketches, fabric samples and technical drawings of three outfits: women’s ready-to-wear, men’s ready-to-wear, and haute couture. These outfits had to then be confectioned for a fashion show, which was held at the Palais Rambeau in Lille.

The prestigious jury included:

  • Andrée Deissenberg, general director of Crazy Horse
  • Delphine Manivet, founder and creative director of her own line under the same name
  • Christophe Guillarmé, honored guest jury member and founder/creative director of his own line under the same name
  • Aurore Donguy, stylist
  • Nicolas Aksil, press attaché for Comme des Garçons
  • Nathalie Lalande, representative of  l’Institut Français de la Mode (IFM)
  • Marion Gautier, cultural adjunct for the City Hall of Lille
  • Fleur Ribero, Trade Marketing Assistant at ASOS
  • Elisabeth Cunin, president of the directive of Camaïeu
  • Nicolas Nesson, director of recruitment, accompagnent and web at the incubator Maisons de Mode

A truly incredible experience that I was honored to have been chosen to participate in. Check out the articles written on the show by La Voix du Nord.


Toxic paradise is our society’s alter ego – our social network love affair.

In today’s world, we have so much power. We can choose the life we want to share with others, curate content to only highlight the good parts of our bodies, our personalities, our interactions with others. We can literally “re-create” ourselves.

And it’s addicting.

The same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are activated when we see large numbers of “likes” on their own photos or the photos of peers in a social network. Instagram accounts are brimming with shots of indulgent ice cream, glasses of rosé in the sunlight, and the many selfies of us in our yoga attire, showing off #workoutprogress. The likes we receive justify our decisions, a sort of digital social acceptance that we thrive upon.

Growing up in what has become the great Silicon Valley, I am inspired by the California lifestyle and the new hashtag and selfie culture millennials have created here.

Incorporating the athleisure trend that has erupted here, clothing is both form-fitting and flowing, representing the freedom which we feel in our new social paradigm wrestling with the addiction we have to our screens that is omnipresent and so close to us. I made garments reversible, the one side representing the glossed-over picture-perfect us, and the reverse side revealing one’s “true colors” with bright colors, prints and embroidery. Detailing incorporates embroidery of popular hashtags, icons and sayings seen on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I chose a color palette that alludes to California in the 1990s, a nostalgic period for us millennials that remember our happy go-lucky childhood.



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