Sunday, August 3, 2014

Quince/Sweet16, Prom and your Wedding

This week we, Francisco and I met with a new client for a one to one consult. We spoke about her event, a day wedding and what she was looking to achieve.


She is a single woman and besides wanting to have fun at her friend's wedding, she would like to find someone to spend some time with, possibly a new man or men in her life. We discussed what her likes were; we discussed color, dress cut, what she thought was her best and worst asset. We also discussed, since we are a one stop shop, styling and her budget for accessories.


As part of our consult process, we take time to listen and read between the lines, and prepare ourselves for pep talks, some clients have issues with low self esteem because they are not tall enough, or pretty enough, etc, etc, so we are always prepared for that.  We don't have a time limit, whatever time it takes, but as a general rule of thumb, we normally set aside 5 hours.


After an hour and half, our new client put down a deposit and left the studio which we call CASA FRANOVIK.


Among the conversations we pointed out, in our opinion, there are three (3) important dresses in a woman's life: Quince/Sweet 16, Prom/Cotillion and the ultimate and most important Your Wedding Dress.


Anyone serious about these know these pieces must be as exclusive as they can be, you DO NOT want to walk in and see someone else wearing your dress and looking better than you, that would be disastrous.


One thing that I would like to mention, don't think because you are getting a custom made garment, it's going to cost you an arm and a leg; not necessarily, most designers want to put their work out there unless it's a huge name, then you are paying for bragging rights to say,  "I'm wearing a CHANEL original".


While choosing a local designer, check websites, or Google their names, email or call and ask questions. Set up an appointment, if the designers are to your liking.


Once you have decided, you and the designers will be in constant contact. You will need to sit and look at fabric swatches until you decide which fabric you want. Let's say you have decided on the fabric, the design, and the look you are going for; you have said yes,  we start the construction of  our piece, you will need to make yourself available for fittings, there will be a few. Always bring shoes with you, does not have to be the ones you will be wearing with the outfit but a pair you are comfortable with and has the height you will be wearing.


Once the garment is finished, last fitting with shoes and you are satisfied, you get to take your custom made garment with you to show off.  You can wear your garment proudly and know "No one will be wearing your Dress".....Have fun!!!!!


Viktor Franovik



Throughout time fashion designers have influenced the way we look at clothes and the importance of dressing for every occasion. Designers create looks, and excitement. We tell people what looks good and convince the masses of the next big style.

The fashion industry is a global industry, where fashion designers, manufacturers, merchandisers, and retailers from all over the world collaborate to design, manufacture, and sell clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Fashion is subjective and competitive yet there's fashion for everyone. Some like comfortable, some like Jeans and a tank and others like Haute Couture. We like fashion and we like creating it. Fashion is beautiful when done right.

When we sit and look for inspiration, we look for beautiful, remember "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", so what's beautiful for me might not be for you. So when we look at something, we look at the color, shape, and texture. We look at things lying around, pick it up and look at its versatility and at that moment it hits us and we create.

We are recycled fashion designers; we create one of a kind "Wearable Pieces of Art" from recycled fabrics, materials and vintage pieces, which would normally sit in your closet taking up space. When you get tired of it, you give it away or take it to a goodwill thrift store or it ends up in the garbage then finally a landfill to pollute our environment.

Why not re-think that, be creative, think outside the box, look at other options for that piece. There are so many items out there to re-vamp an older piece or a piece that is out of style. Cut it, rip it, give it a different shape, style it, glue stones or patchwork.

Go to your local fabric, and craft store and see what's out there. Who knows that can be an opportunity for you to get closer to your family and make it a family project.

Remember the infamous line, "I saw it the window and I just couldn't resist it", we say and think that all the time.

We love vintage and working with vintage pieces, we really look at the piece and re-create the vintage piece into something new and fresh.

We receive many vintage donations from friends, clients, followers and have purchased a few pieces from time to time. What we like to do, although small but effective is to recycle and create beautiful garments that you can wear on daily basis or evening wear.

We have had the opportunity and pleasure of dressing family members, friends which have led us to produce garments for beautiful people in the entertainment and fashion industry and lately very influential women here in South Florida.

Also our garments have received national and international attention from the pageant industry; we have dressed some of the most beautiful women in the world.

 Among the pageant systems we have catered to have been Miss Earth United States and Miss Teen Earth United States national pageant as well the Florida delegation; Miss Essence Florida, Ms Latina International, Ms Latina World, Miss International and our garments have been worn at welcoming parties at Miss World and Miss Universe.

We've come a long way from creating Carnival and Halloween costumes using recycled materials, fabrics and vintage pieces.

Had we known this was going to be the way of the future, we would have started even sooner, although no one was doing recycled/green fashion when we started.  

We have truly enjoyed putting together our collections; we have 12 collections so far and will continue to look to Experience Couture using recycled materials.  
Visit our website, to see and read about the lastest designs and news.
Viktor Franovik
CEO, Designer-Stylist

Saturday, January 4, 2014