4Q’s with Mess Queen

I first noticed Courtney Gamble a.k.a. the MessQueen’s designs at a fashion show a few months ago and have been dying to get in touch with her ever since! As someone who’s put the leggings trend to good use over the past year (along with the rest of the world) her designs are exactly what I’ve been waiting for! With the intricate details and vibrant colors, these aren’t your everyday leggings- You better have someplace to go in these! Her beautifully outrageous designs look like they were made for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj themselves…and with that being said I made sure to find out all about her new line!


How long have you been designing and what made you start with leggings? 
I started designing when I went to school for fashion design at 18 years old. Learning how to do everything from scratch was a bit overwhelming for the first several months so I would work in the labs until closing every night trying to perfect my newly learned skills. I made my first pair of leggings for my final collection project in the fifth semester (Sept. ’07). They were purple and black leopard printed cotton lycra with a turquoise nylon triangle patch on each knee. They were an instant hit! I decided to concentrate on making leggings after realizing how attracted people were to them. I had so many ideas for new designs and after finding all the spandex fabric hot spots, I was hooked.

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Return of the Strapless Dress

I’ve always loved strapless dresses, but I so rarely find one that fits me right that I’d all but given up on the strapless dress hunt. The best one I’ve had was my prom dress, which I still wish I kept and made into a day dress but I donated it to a good cause! I have come across a few contenders for the new perfect strapless dress though:

Via Modcloth.com + Topshop.com

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4 Questions with Andrea Barna

Andrea Barna wants us all to get on TREND. Her new collection succeeds her first line, A by Andrea Barna which has been seen on Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys. Created using resin, brass and enamel pieces, the TREND not for the faint of heart. Significantly less dainty than A by Andrea Barna, the line inspires fun, happiness and living life to the fullest. Check these pieces of the TREND collection and the interview I had the pleasure of having with her.

Turquoise & Cobalt Earrings $110

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Samantha House’ Summer Rocks!

Even though mother nature just realized it’s spring, Samantha House had the right idea all along. The former fashion editor and MTV “Made” host, started her own line of custom crafted jewelry. Her “Play” collection features vibrant blue, green, pink and gold agate and quartz stones.

Blue Tidal Necklace $195

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Jeffrey Campbell Spring/Summer 2012 Wish List

I haven’t been the hugest fan of the platform Jeffrey Campbell has become known for, their not bad just not particularly my style. I am however a HUGE fan of a great wedge! These have me looking forward to the summer, and their sales! These are my top four picks from Jeffrey Campbell’s S/S ’11 look book  a.k.a.  my (birthday) wish list!

One-O-One in Natural Canvas/Black Leather
Pixie in White Leather

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