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EYEOND'S View: Interview with Merline Labissiere

In 2015, EYEONDesign, llc. conducted a candid, casual phone interview with Project Runway Season 14 contestant, Merline Labissiere entitled "The Influence of Architecture on Fashion Design." 

The Influence of Architecture on Fashion Design

Image courtesy of Merline Labissiere

EYEOND's View: The Design Aesthetic of Merline Labissiere

 

Merline Labissiere's destiny was to be an architect when she enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).  However, soon thereafter, she could no longer ignore
her other passion:  fashion design.  Due to having a love for both architecture and fashion design, Merline received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion with a background in architecture.  As a matter of fact, having an architectural education, which she also acquired at Miami Dade College prior to attending SCAD, further strengthened her conviction to promote a unique design aesthetic, which fuses architecture with fashion design.

So, what does this fusion look like?  Merline's design aesthetic is clearly reflected in her 2016 Fall Collection, which is a women's wear brand for today's creative, "on-the-go" woman. Throughout this collection, geometric shapes, minimal lines and monochromatic color palettes are cohesively weaved together to effectively express Merline's design statement.  Her cultural background was another element that played a vital role in the development of the collection, since satellite views of the island of Haiti inspired the shapes that were incorporated throughout.  To see more looks from Merline's 2016 Fall Collection, go to www.merlinelabissiere.com .

This Miami, Florida native also started a non-profit company, Provoke Style Fashion Camp Corporation, which is currently based in Savannah, Georgia.  Through this company's program(s), teens are given the opportunity to not only learn about fashion design, but also to sharpen their sewing skills.  Go to http://www.provokestyle.org to discover the various ways that Provoke Style Fashion Camp is serving its community.


Note:  All images of Merline Labissiere and her designs/collection are courtesy of Merline Labissiere.

Lupus Advocacy/News Media

Short Film/Documentary

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 AWAKE + RISEN Cast

  • Kamanta Villaman:  Lupus Advocate
  • Taneice Chavers:  Founder of Shear Bliss Hair Lounge and Spa, a hair salon which provides specialized services for those coping with traumatic hair loss.  
  • Kelly D.: Lupus Advocate and "Overcomer."  Her inspirational story has led to the development of the nonprofit The Kelly Fund for Lupus, Inc. 
  • Natica Apau:  Lupus Advocate and "Overcomer." Founder of New Leaf Real Estate Group
  • Greg Lewin:  Lupus Advocate and "Overcomer."
  • Sara Gorman:  Lupus Advocate and "Overcomer."  She is also an author and designer/creator of Pillfold, a fashionable solution for carrying your medication.  Check out the entire collection!  Her story is an inspiration to many. 
  • Shanelle Gabriel:  Lupus Advocate and "Overcomer." She is also a HBO Def Poet and singer.  
  • Dr. Donald Thomas, Jr., MD:  He is a board certified rheumatologist, who is also the author of The Lupus Encyclopedia . 

Film Trailer

"Awake + Risen" Trailer

Event Host Statement

Statement from 2016 Lupus Event Host

Korto Momolu speaks!

Korto Momolu featured at 2016 Lupus Event

WPGC 95.5 Interview

 Guy Lambert of WPGC 95.5 interviews Diedre Y. Gibson (EYEONDesign, llc) and Ean Williams (Corjor International & DC Fashion Week) to discuss 2016 lupus advocacy event.