Tap Tap

The body, the beat, the breath.

You see me. I see you.

Tap tap.

I shift. You shift.

Tap tap.

The finger goes on the seat of my chair.

Tap tap.

You repeat…

Signal!

Tap tap.

The finger goes through the strand of my hair.

Twist!

Tap tap.

Inhale the air, breath in.

Exhale the air, breath out.

You move.

I move.

Tap tap.

I know you’re there.

You know I’m here.

Tap tap.

Like a flower…

Rose
Rose

Like a flower… I am to you. Why must I sit by the windowsill, looking beautiful, my petals curling to your desire, how I reach my stem so high, to try to touch you… you staring back at me from the sky. Your warm rays fill me, my stem grows higher and higher. With my looks I please you, and oh, how you admire. You tease me, making me think you are forever. You shine back at me, clever. But isn’t it sad…? You make me grow and then leave within the hour. You leave me, sitting on the windowsill, without any power. But oh, I try. I try to grow. 

You set, and darkness succumbs me. The blackness fills around me. No, no you are not forever. For I am silly to try to impress you, within that twenty-four hour. The same routine is set to come, for you must go, leaving me numb. 

You are the sun and I am the flower. Night always between us, a fate uncontrolled. I continue waiting… waiting for that happy-hour. 

For one of my class assignments, we had to “re-invent” the skirt. I did research around the 1800’s. Women used to have large pockets under their skirts that rapped around their waist to carry coins. With the idea of pockets, and the shape of a flower in mind, I draped the design shown in the images above.

I wanted the design to be modern, imitating the shape of a rose, with attention to the waist, but still functional with pockets. The “petals” (drapes) are all large pockets. The left side cutout was an added design detail.

Within my research, I started thinking about the word “forever”. Does this exist, what does it mean? It brought me to the idea of how a flower sits on the windowsill, only there for visual pleasure. It relys on the sun for growth, but the sun must always set. It’s sad to me, how the flower is stuck, left in the darkness when night comes. I compare this to the idea of how a girl (the flower) and a guy (the sun). How she tries to catch him, but only to be disappointed…

because even the sun can’t shine forever…

30 Days Collection

30 days collection
30 Days Collection
30 Days Collection
30 Days Collection
30 Days Collection
30 Days Collection
30 Days Collection
30 Days Collection
30 Days Collection
30 Days Collection
30 Days Collection

We are the passing in your hour, the memories in your day, the moments in your week, thirty-days in your month. We are a men’s and woman’s wear collection tributing to the garment district. We are simple. We are real. We are made in New York.

This collection came together for an assignment in one of my design classes during the fall semester at Parsons. I really wanted to try sewing menswear, and decided why not start with blazer. Crazy me went to the fabric store buying Italian wool tweed at 65 dollars a yard, silk lining, and a few buttons. Is it smart to start your first blazer with the most expensive fabric possible…? probably not, but I wanted this to be incredible. I can’t settle, the fabric must be the finest.

I’m not sure how the collection pulled itself together, but over 9 hours a day per garment, the clothing appeared. With an empty studio loft on the top floor of a building in Union Square, a tripod and two people in their underwear, the lookbook was photographed.

I had no set lights, just the hope that their was enough natural light shining in through the windows (which luckily turned out to be perfect). I bought the tripod across the street 20 minutes before shooting, and a broom to sweep the floors (knowing the studio space was left empty for months before).

The collection was called 30 days because everything was created in that time frame.

The fabrics in the woman’s look are used in the trim detailing on the men’s look. Plaid from the blouse was used on the under collar of the blazer. The polka dot material on the pencil skirt was the lining of the breast pocket. It’s the little details that make the biggest impact. This is one of my favorite collections in my portfolio, and the most fun!

School Daze

Arianna Alexis
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
Schooldaze. Arianna Alexis.
I honestly have never been happier in life (besides when I’m roaming the streets of Paris). School is the most exciting place to be- everyday I become more inspired, filled with more ideas, and more eager to learn. Parsons has always been my dream school- and right now I feel like I’m living the dream. 
These picture’s were taken as part of my self portrait project. On Sunday morning I set up my tripod in the art studio, grabbed and easel, and painted. The city photograph is the view from the art room window- amazing!!!!! 
Ta-taa for now,
Arianna 

You want weird? I’ll give you weird.

ARIANNA ALEXIS. PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN
My art teachers are always telling me, give me weird, show me something strange. I never really understood the concept of “modern” art- I was always in my comfort zone when creating (and I still kind of am). For my latest project- I had to create a self portrait displaying the emotion contentment. After much research and analyzation of what contentment really means, it occurred to me that it can only be found within the person, an inner peace. 
I decided to show the emotion through a mix of photography and digital art. My arms are hugging the canvas, and three paint brushes are clasped in one hand. The canvas is ripped, with a small opening where my eye is peaking through. The eyes are the window to the soul- where the emotion lays. The reason for the ripped canvas is because beyond every piece of artwork, the creator behind it can be found. The portrait shows the artists contentment not only with the painting, but with themselves. 
I had a lot of fun making this portrait, and really happy with the results. It has that questioning factor, because of the odd proportions and surreal appearance, but also still very feminine with the color choices keeping things close to my aesthetic. 
Ta-taa for now,
Arianna

Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up.

Arianna Alexis. Lookbook.
It has been a month here in New York City (time really flies?!?!). In preparation for packing to Parsons, I planned a months worth of outfits (this made packing so much easier) before I arrived. Here are the outfits I’ve been wearing around the city.
What you put on everyday says a lot about you. I take my clothes very seriously- especially when going to classes. Putting yourself together is a form of respect. The higher the heels, the bigger the hat, the better! This is Parsons School of Design… 
Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.
Ta-taa for now,
Arianna

Brunch

The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
Bleeker Street NYC
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
Bleeker Street NYC
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
The Butchers Daughter. Soho. New York City
I’m really good with time management. I always do my homework the day I receive the assignment- that way when the weekend comes along I don’t have a pile of work to do for monday. So, with the entire weekend to spend freely, my friends and I went for brunch in Soho. The Butcher’s Daughter is one of my favorite places!!! They have healthy green juices, super gourmet dishes, and a chic but chill environment. 
My friend Nick and I were talking about how we think brunch sounds way better then let’s do lunch. No, we brunch
It’s just so fab. 
Ta-taa for now,
Arianna

Canvas Couture

Arianna Alexis.Parsons School of Design
Arianna Alexis.Parsons School of Design
Arianna Alexis.Parsons School of DesignArianna Alexis.Parsons School of Design
Today I was in the art studio from twelve to six creating this gown. I have a big project due in class on Tuesday. I’m sososososo excited for this assignment, and almost going a little crazy with it. These are a few images of the foundation. The gown is made of muslin (an inexpensive fabric used for draping). I made this dress entirely with 8 yards of fabric, no sewing or cutting, just draping and pinning. 
I am working on a time lapse film of the process. So you will get to see how I constructed it. I love how the fabric almost looks like a canvas, and now I can start adding the details on top. 
Here is a little list of how I spent my day today. Life of a Parsons student shall I say?
8:45am- Woke up
9:30am- Had Breakfast 
10:00am- Took the subway to Mood Fabrics Store.
10:30am- Managed to not get lost (yay) and take the subway back to my dorm. 
11:30am- Stop at Utrecht Art Supplies Store
12:00pm- Sign into the art studio at Parsons 66 5th ave.
12:10pm-4:00pm- Design, drape, and create. 
4:00pm-4:30pm- Lunch Break
4:45-6:00pm- Back to designing, draping, and creating. 
6:15pm- Clean up. 
6:30pm- Walk back to my dorm. 
6:45-8:00pm- Work on more assignments/homework. 
8:45pm- Make this blog post. 
9:00pm- Back to more homework (aka read for art history…ew). 
10:00pm- Doze off… come back.. work some more. 
Am I done yet???? 
No. 
10:30pm- Sketch for Monday’s drawing class. 
10:45pm- Make a mood board for Friday’s studio class
11:00pm- Draw 3 views of a skeleton for Wednesday’s class.
11:30pm- Get ready for bed. 
12:00pm- Zzzzzzzzzzzz
Phew! What a day right? It’s okay though, if you love what you do, you don’t mind spending all day doing it. I’m a little tired, but feeling more of a “happy/exhausted”.  More of the project soon to come!
Ta-taa for now,
Arianna