Sunday, August 17, 2014
Interview with Amber Cuff of Tulip Clothing Line
for All White Themed Philly EventPOST UPDATE 8/22/14: So happy we didn't get rained out of Diner en Blanc last night! The evening was perfection. A visual feast for the eyes and our real feast Garces picnic dinner was delightful. But most importantly, my dress by Tulip Clothing Line was a hit!
|Le Anne Lindsay Blogger/Social Media Manager in Tulip Clothing Line Original by Amber Cuff for Diner en Blanc 2014 Philadelphia|
I know everyone says they guessed the location, but I really did say to a couple of people that they'll probably do it on Broad Street; and it was quite a spectacle to see hundreds of tablescapes in the middle of the Avenue of the Arts from Chestnut Street to Spruce Street with City Hall as our backdrop.
Be sure to see our DINER EN BLANC PHOTO ALBUM ON FACEBOOK but here's a quick slideshow (be sure to hit the full screen icon in the upper left corner):
One of the ladies near my table, Kim Sogioka had been challenged to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Awareness Campaign, so she decided to just do it during Diner en Blanc, I'm proud to say, using my ice bucket.
Shhh it's a secret! The location of Diner en Blanc that is. Anyone unfamiliar with this glam annual event? Then let me give you a little background:
Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space in Center City Philadelphia. The location is given at the last minute. Participants are only given a meeting up location by their table leader. DEB provides the setting, lighting, music, coordination. You provide your own white chairs, table, white table cloth and center piece, all table settings must consist of real plates & glasses, and you also bring an elegant summer, picnic style meal. Although Jose Garces or Di Bruno Bros picnic baskets can be ordered and pickup at the party - which is what we're doing (Click for Menu ) Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event.
|Photo: Philadelphia Dinerenblanc.info|
The first Diner en Blanc began in Paris 25 years ago by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, since then it has spread to 40 cities around the world - New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Sinapore, Mexico, Toronto, Boston, Sydney, Chicago, Barcelona, and more...
As a food blogger, I really should be more concerned about the menu and tablescape for Diner en Blanc, but I have a 3rd "F" besides film & food that I love, and that's FASHION!
I was heading to find some late summer retail deals when it occurred to me, last year, at a party, I met the Assistant Professor of Fashion, Design & Merchandising at Drexel University, Alphonso McClendon - so I decided to prevail upon him to introduce me to a fabulous up and coming Philly designer and either borrow or have a dress created for me to wear to this much anticipated party in white.
|White Sheer Shift Dress available $150|
It just so happened, recent graduate Amber Cuff was already working on a white dress line for her design company Tulip Clothing Line. I met with Amber, and during my fitting, interviewed her for Tinsel & Tine's Philly Spotlight. I was accompanied by my friend, and Diner en Blanc "date" artist Diane Roka, who's working on a series featuring various artists in their creative space. Diane will also be capturing the scene during Diner en Blanc.
|Photo and artwork by Diane Roka|
for a Fashion Entrepreneurship class.
I do think flowers, even if it seems cliche. My favorite flower is a soft pink tulip, and when I looked it up, I found tulips actually symbolizes femininity.
How do you feel about competition?
I never really feel competition from other people. At least not at this point.
I just kinda focus on what I have to do.
Like this week, I was focused on the fashion shoot for my website (tulipclothingline.bigcartel.com). And I have another meeting after this with a local band looking for costumes, sort of... at any rate, I just keep moving forward.
Are you only designing for women?
|Amber modeling one of her jacket designs (I love the fabric & slits on the sleeves)|
Right now, yes, but all my guy friends are constantly begging me to design things for them. Really, my guy friends are much more fashionable than my female friends.
They're wearing more suits, or vests with nice slacks, just to go out to dinner.
A lot of guys now, are in to ties, pocket squares, cufflinks,
they coordinate their colors in good ways, not matchy matchy ways.
I first noticed it last year when I went to London for the summer.
The guys over there were dressed from head to toe,
where the girls were much more casual.
And then when I came back to Philly I started noticing it more and more and realized
this is a thing for younger guys and I should expand Tulip to include men.
My father was a professional tailor, he's retired, but I finally got him to agree
to help me develop some men's pieces.
We're going to begin working on that line late fall.
I'm so glad that Alphonso was able to introduce us,
what would you say you took away from his teaching style?
Precision! He's very meticulous and on point with everything he does.
So definitely, I've taken to that same sense of precision whether it be the business side of Tulip, my sketches, my flats.
The last class I took with him was Business of Fashion,
where we followed designers profits & losses in the stock market and studied trends,
both here and globally, I learned a lot in that class.
Last question - your favorite designer?
Ozwald Boateng! (English fashion designer of Ghanaian descent) I LOVE him! If I could do a women's version of what he does... I follow him on Instagram, he doesn't post a lot but when he does, it's just like, Oh my gosh!
He did Brazil's blazers for the World Cup.
His style is like British gentlemen mixed with Nigerian city, tailored prints with beautiful colors. I really love prints and color, this all white line I'm working on now is a departure from my usual style, but it's great to feature this time of year when there's so many all white parties, like Diner en Blanc. But I'll be returning to prints.
|Smeared Tie-Dye Crop Top $30 Matching High Wasted Skirt $30 - available together or separately|
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