First off, I would like to say thank you once again to everyone that so generously supported me and helped me get to Greece and show my collection. Second, I want to apologize for the delay in sending this update.
It has been a very busy Spring and even busier Fall. So before things get too hectic once again, I wanted to make sure I finally posted the video of the show and let you know a litte more about the incredible time I had in Greece, thanks to all of you.
Greece was a great learning experience. I felt so many different emotions when I was there, that I am probably still processing them. To be a part of a runway show was all at once amazing and terrifying. To have my entire Greek family there was also amazing and terrifying. To show my designs in front of an audience was yes, you guessed it... also amazing and terrifying.
My show was the most crowded of any of the shows during the week. Maybe you would think this is a great thing but five minutes before the show was to start, my friend Amy (AMY!) rushed back stage to tell me that none of my family was actually IN the show. I went outside to see my grandmother (Yiayia), my two great aunts, my cousins and friends, all pressed up against the gate hollering at the bouncer. Hollering is not the right word for it. Picture more of a high pitched screech...
In any case, I got them in. Thanks to my friend Jarrett (Jarrett!), Yiayia had a front row seat ready for her.
The show went on without any real hitch. Some of the models accidentally put on the wrong shoes, but other than that, no problems at all. I come out at the end just for a shy and bright red second which left the audience craning their necks and a little confused.
All in all, it was definitely a "life" moment I will never forget. I was able to experience everything that goes into a runway show and feel the huge sense of accomplishment that follows. I also learned from my mistakes and I feel that it helped me grow and refine my sensibilities as a designer and a brand. Last, but not least, I was able to share my work with my family in Greece who was beyond proud.
You can watch the show in Athens here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsJ9YaRx36U
The music for the show is by Maria Farantouri, with my mother and grandmother in mind.
Thank you Amy Dehuff and Jarrett Gregory for helping me every step of the way. I hope I can repay you someday!
These are some pictures of Yiayia, Jarrett and Amy as spies, me, getting my hair done by the hair dressers pre-show, and a post show picture of my cousin Margarita and I.