<![CDATA[Marissa Bridges - Blog]]>Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:18:12 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Showroom Grand Opening]]>Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:35:00 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/showroom-grand-openingLast weekend was the Grand opening of  Showroom which is a storefront I know carry my line at.  I am so excited to be apart of this new concept which showcases some truly amazing local talent.  The store was started by two local designers (Kimberly Jurek and Jen Chilstrom) who design for the local label Kjurek.  "The idea grew out of a desire to secure a sustainable future for Kjurek. Their strategy, and goal, became to elevate the Twin Cities independent design community as a whole.  This was going to be a place where designers and artists can meet with clients, have a retail storefront, potentially produce their work, and cross promote."  Quoted from an article by the American Craft Council.  The store features around 15 local designers who showcase their fashion, accessory, art and even furniture designs.  To learn more about Showroom check out this great interview with the owners here.  

The reason this is such an exciting opportunity for me is that I can finally start selling my pieces.  I have collected over the past 5 years about 50 pieces that I have created from local fashion shows.  For a while I was very attached to the pieces since they were one of a kind and had my blood, sweat and tears put into them.  (I guess as a designer you can only really understand that attachment).  It was time for me to let go and Showroom was the perfect opportunity for that.  

In the past I have been approached by stores to carry my line, but with working full time it was too hard to be able to produce multiple pieces in different sizes and be able to keep up with orders.  I guess I felt like I was in over my head and couldn't put in the effort that I would hope to.  Showroom was exactly what I needed to use a store front as a place for people to find my past collections. Now at the moment they are only one of a kinds but I am able to take orders if a client needs a piece in a different size.  It has also given me the opportunity to find out what my clients love, what fits, what doesn't and the ability to improve.  I am now step by step putting the missing pieces together from finding the right designs that flatters different women's body types, being able to get the right fit in size runs, sourcing fabrics, understanding costing,  and having a consistent seamstress to produce my line.  It is also a great opportunity to network with other business women who have already gone through the growing pains that I am experiencing now.  All the Designers in Showroom are at different points in their business's and we all have so much to learn from each other.  

The Grand opening itself was a great event.  It was a packed house for all of the 5 hours it went on.  The excitement and support from the community was so encouraging.  I think the best part was seeing people grabbing and trying my clothes on (even better when they purchased them!).  I have sold several pieces so far which makes me just want to go home and make more designs.  It has only been open for a month and I feel like I have gotten out so much already.  Can't wait to see what the next year has in store!

Check out some photos from the new space and Grand Opening event below:   
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MB ready to find new homes
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View from back of the store
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A few of my pieces featured in window display
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Packed house for the Grand Opening
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Owners Jen and Kim in the middle with the rest of the Showroom Designers
Thank you to everyone who made it out to support the opening of Showroom.  If you haven't been in to check it out yet, the store is located at 615 West Lake Street in Minneapolis.  Also, I am always open to feedback so if you have been to the store and tried on some of my pieces, I would love to know your thoughts.  

xo,
Marissa
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<![CDATA[Envision Artopia]]>Fri, 19 Apr 2013 22:14:21 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/envision-artopiaLast weekend I had the privilege to showcase some of my Spring looks at Envision Artopia hosted by Ignite modeling agency and City pages.  This was their 12th annual show held at the chic Graves 601 hotel.  I have been to Envision several times in the past so it was very exciting to be apart of it as a Designer this time around.  Some of the other designers featured were MAI, Kjurek, Russell Bourrienne, Kora Gleason, Lindsey DeWitt, Counter Couture, Khampsaith Davison, and boutiques Martin Patrick3, Cliche, Atmosfere, and Roe Wolfe. 

Envision showcases in season looks, instead of following the fashion calendar ( typically you show Fall/Winter in the Spring and Spring/Summer in the Fall) so I wanted to create a smaller Spring collection building on the line I created last Fall.  I fell in love with this floral print I found on pinterest which inspired most of my color palette.  After spending an afternoon in Rochester at Ginny's fine fabrics (my favorite fabric store to shop) I found a floral fabric that almost exactly resembled this image.  I had to have it, even if it was out of my budget! It was perfect!

I wanted to keep a smaller color palette so I focused on hot pink, mint green, off white and dark gray which complimented the floral fabric.  I loved the way that the floral and stripe fabric played off of each other.  I intended to make a dress out of those two fabrics but ran out of yardage :(
A few key silhouettes I wanted to capture in the collection were peplums, crop tops, sweetheart necklines, princess paneling, ruffles, and the trendy skater dress.    Also showcasing design details like hand dying, pleating, and mixing of fabrications.  I wanted this collection to be Flirty, Feminine and showcase the beauty of Spring through the beautiful floral fabric in the finale piece.   
Here are my designs for Envision captured by Josh Stokes and Minneapolis Tonight
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Photo: Minneapolis Tonight | Accessories: realiabyjen
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Photo: Josh Stokes | Accessories: realiabyjen
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Photo: Josh Stokes
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Photo: Josh Stokes
Thank you to everyone who came out and made this an awesome event!  My designs will be available for purchase at a local boutique in May... More exciting news to come :)
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<![CDATA[Red Dress Wrap-up]]>Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:46:16 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/red-dress-wrap-upI am a little delayed on this post since the Red Dress Show was almost a month ago but hey, better late than never right?! 

To give a quick recap, we raised nearly $11,000 for Go Red for Women.  I was so impressed with the execution of the event that Carly Aplin (host of the CW) put on.  This is only the second year that this show has been held, and went flawlessly with a great turn out.  The space at the Grave's is always a beautiful place for a fashion show.  Even though the lighting was not the best on the runway, everyone still seemed to enjoy the show and it was nice that the models were able to mingle with the crowd after so people could get a closer look at the dresses.    

Overall I was happy with how my dress turned out.  The design changed a bit from my initial vision but
that will happen once you actually sew the material and see how things fit on the body. 
Here is my original sketch: 
I ended up changing the neckline to a sweetheart shape, took out the cap sleeves and removed the peplums, which I think flattered Alisha's body better.  The dress was pretty fitted so I wanted to be sure all the curves hit in the right place.   I was not able to get a good picture of the front and back of the dress but here are some pictures from the event.
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the beautiful Alisha Parise on the runway - Photo by Emerging Fashion Magazine
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on the left Bridget Cullen in dress by Laura Fulk, on the right Alisha Parise in my design
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Picture of the models with host Carly Aplin in the middle
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Group shot of all the models and designers
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Myself with Alisha Parise - What a sweetheart!!
I am honored that I was asked to be a part of this great event and that we were able to raise so much money for the Go Red program.  I hope to be able to design for the show again next year.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support myself and the rest of the designers!
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<![CDATA[ Red Dress MN]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:26:52 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/-red-dress-mnI am really excited to be a designer for this years Red Dress Fashion Show Produced by MNfashion and held in partnership with Carly Aplin of The CW Twin Cities. The Red Dress Collection pairs local designers with local celebrity models for a one-of-a-kind runway show at Graves 601 Hotel.  All proceeds from ticket sales, the silent auction and additional donations will benefit the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women program.  

This year's designer's include:
- Christopher Straub
- George Moskal
-  Emma Berg
- Samantha Rei
- Caroline Hayden
- Lindsey Hopkins
- Laura Fulk
- Adrianne Yancy
- Thom Navarro
- Tim Navarro
- Richard Beckel
- Max Lohrbach
- Rachel Blomgren
All designs are paired with the beautifu jewlery of Jen Schiffler of Realia
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I am honored to be making a custom dress for Alisha Parise
 This years show is Sunday, February 17th from 6-9pm.  Get your tickets now since they are selling out fast!  Check out the red dress website for more information and to purchase tickets here

Hope to see you there!
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<![CDATA[California Dreaming...]]>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:47:09 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/california-dreaming
This is my inspiration board for April's Arena Bikini Fashion Show supporting Arena Dance Studio's.  I am still working through designs but wanted to show a sneak peak of the direction I am going.  I have not made swimwear since college but I am excited to get back into it.  Check back soon for designs!
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<![CDATA[Golden Globe Red Carpet]]>Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:20:09 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/golden-globe-red-carpetIn my opinion, The best part about watching award shows is checking out all the great designer dresses!  There were a few favorites that stuck out from the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, check out some of them below.
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Jessica Alba in Oscar De La Renta - Photo Credit: Elle.com
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Nicole Richie in Naeem Khan - Photo Credit: Elle.com
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Naomi Watts in Zac Posen - Photo Credit: Elle.com
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Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen - Photo Credit: Elle.com
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Emily Blunt in Michael Kors - Photo Credit: Elle.com
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Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka - Photo Credit: Elle.com
To see the rest of the Red Carpet dresses, check out Elle.com
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<![CDATA[Pre-Fall 2013 Badgley Mischka]]>Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:34:30 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/pre-fall-2013-badgley-mischkaOne of my favorite dress designers, Badgley Mischka (Mark Badgley and James Mischka), recently previewed their Fall 2013 Collection during NY Fashion Week and I am obsessed with almost every one of their pieces!  Inspired by the "end of the world" as claimed by the Mesoamerican calendar, they interpreted Aztec and Mayan artwork into their collection.  "For us, we're looking at this not as the end, but as a new beginning," Badgley said.  The whole collection is covered in embellishments of jewels, sequins and beading, the detail is jaw dropping.  I also love their rich color palette of black, gold, red and ivory.  If the world really came to an end, I would be happy to live my last day in one of these dresses!

Full review by style.com
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Source: Style.com
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<![CDATA[Happy New Year!]]>Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:47:17 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/happy-new-year
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<![CDATA[2013 Pantone Color of the Year]]>Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:53:02 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/2013-pantone-color-of-the-year
It's that time of year again where the color leader Pantone names the color of the year.  I wrote a post last year on the 2012 color Tangerine Tango, so be sure to read up if you want to learn more about the color evolution to this year's Emerald.  

"Emerald, a rich jewel tone, is often associated with wealth and prosperity. With the economic uncertainty here and in other parts of the world, the color could be said to represent a place we wish to be." as quoted by Caroline Dohack .  Color and trends always have connection to what is going on in our world today and emerald reflects just that.
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With such a huge influence on global warming and "being green", Emerald is a great representative of what we need to be more mindful of.
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Entertainment also has a big influence on trends and colors we see year after year. It's no coincidence that "Oz the Great and Powerful" (which features the Emerald City) will be a popular movie to be released in 2013.
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Home and Houseware's influence color as well. Emerald is a color that has been around for quiet some time but has been a big color in the European market, especially in glassware and ceramics.
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Emerald has also been a very popular color for high-end accesories
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and now is starting to be seen all over Spring 2013 Runways from Zac Posen to Versace.
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Green is a color that is forgiving on everyone and there are so many different shades to the color that there are plenty of options to find a right one for your complexion.
Here are some tips on how to incorporate emerald into your look:
 - Pair with neutrals or blacks to add a nice contrast
- Add a biright lip to make the color pop
- Mix with gold accesories
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As a thought... with New Years Eve right around the corner, it's a perfect opportunity to be right on trend and look stunning in an emerald squence dress.
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However, since most of us fashionista's don't have the budget to spend $3,000 on a Balmain or Versace dress, here is a great option from French Connection for $238 on Piperline!
I look forward to seeing more of the emerald color start hitting stores in 2013.  Not only because it is my birthstone (gotta love Taurus's) but it's a beautiful color that can add a great addition to your wardrobe.

Happy Holiday's Everyone!
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<![CDATA[Simplicity...]]>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:28:25 GMThttp://www.marissabridges.com/blog/simplicity]]>