Suede & Stones

Looking for your summer statement piece? Well, I certainly have the versatile bauble for you! Suede & Stones is an Etsy-based, jewelry company, which I discovered through Instagram.  I have been following the company on social media for a few months and last week I finally decided to order one of the fabulous designs.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2016.

Suede & Stones attaches a variation of agate stones, horns, arrowheads, shark teeth and other unique mediums to different colored suede on either side. Therefore, some of the pieces can be worn as both a necklace and a bracelet. With all products under $30, it is quite affordable to look incredibly chic!

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2016.

As the proud owner of a Gray x Gray Wrap, I have already worn it multiple times- as a bracelet, longer necklace and even a choker. Who knows; maybe even a second product is in my near future (shopaholicism is real thing, my friends). Check out Suede & Stones on Instagram and Etsy and don’t forget to place an order ASAP to stay on trend this summer!

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Creating with Crayola

Searching for inspiration for my next project, I stumbled upon Bloomingdale’s display of garments made from Crayola crayons. Designers ranging from Nanette Lepore to Rebecca Minkoff used these childhood coloring tool to create beautiful, monochromatic looks. After realizing the amount of crayons I would need for a full-blown crayon garment, I decided to use them only the bodice. Sifting through the studio and old crafts, I was able to find plenty of blue crayons, in a series of shades.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

After sewing a simple, strapless bodice and a full skirt from navy blue satin, I began to attach a myriad of blue crayons onto the gown. With only a few hot glue burns, I created the crayon dress, more formally know as “Color Me Blue.”

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

  On an exciting note, I was pleased to find out that this gown received recognition in my school’s art show. First place in the 3-D portion, the crayon dress has proven to be a favorite of many. Who knows what my next project in the studio will be!!

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

MKDesigns Goes To The Islands

With my love of fashion and knowledge of sewing, my friends often ask for my help in all their styling needs. This week, one of my fabulous friends- Kathryn- presented me with such a fashion task. A pair of her favorite pairs of palazzo pants, embellished with black and white elephants, had ripped. Instead of simply patching the hole, Kathryn and I decided that giving the pants a fresh new look was the better option.

With a few snips, a trip to the fabric store, and an hour at the sewing machine, I transformed the torn palazzo pants into a sassy beach coverup!  Now, Kathryn has the perfect beachwear as she relaxes in the Cayman Islands for spring break. I am proud to say that one of MKDesigns pieces have traveled internationally. Please scroll down to check out Kathryn modeling the fun and sassy coverup!

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

© Addie Kopsidas, 2015

A Million Dresses In One

My latest creation shouldn’t just be within the pages of Vogue, but it’s made of the pages from Vogue! A dear friend of mine asked if I would be willing to make a dress for her to wear to our winter formal. After brainstorming, we decided to craft the garment our of Vogue magazines! Although this project posed many difficulties and was extremely time-consuming, it was so worth it.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

I began by sewing a simple strapless, A-line dress out of a sturdy cotton. Then, I spent hours upon hours cutting models, designers, shoes, bags, and more out of the pages of Vogue. I carefully decoupaged the pieces on the bodice, and then arranged the millions of models on the skirt of the dress. To complete the look, I crafted a belt with notable designers’ names covering it.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

After making several alterations and perfected the unique creation, Catherine Mary wore the fabulous dress to our winter formal! Pairing the bold garment with a chunky diamond necklace and red pumps completed her look. In many ways, last night was my debut as “designer” for MKDesigns (a company name I created for my Portfolio Development class). Catherine Mary received an unprecedented amount of compliments for her ensemble, and I was unbelievably proud to hear her say “I’m wearing Mary Kate Donahue.”

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

Hopefully, Anna Wintour would approve.

Inaugural Imitation

As a senior in high school, I’m given the fabulous opportunity to take electives; such as Portfolio Development. One of my first assignments was to research First Ladies’ inaugural ball gowns over the years, and to create my own. After pursuing the several stylish First Ladies, I decided that my favorite was Nancy Reagan’s gown from 1981.

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© Vogue

The creme, beaded, one-shoulder silhouette caught my eye, and I fell in love. Roughly thirty years later, this gown is still beautiful, and even somewhat trendy. Nancy Reagan (or her stylist) did a superb job in choosing her attire for this monumental event.

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© US Magazine

Utilizing my creative side, I decided to reinvent Reagan’s gown…with a twist. Instead of heading over to my local fabric store, I simply opened up my kitchen cabinets to find my supplies. After sewing the base of the dress out of white trash bags, I contemplated how I could mimic the beautiful circular bead work on her gown. Suddenly, it came to me! Two hundred coffee filters later, I could barely express my amazement. I had no idea I was capable of creating a dress out of kitchen products that altogether cost less than $10. Maybe next time the First Ladies should turn to unconventional materials!

The final product:

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014