I'm heading back to Texas for Fashion X Dallas 2015! I can't wait to participate in a runway show on September 10th alongside seven other Project Runway alumni. Tickets are available for both the show and VIP (Meet and Greet + Free Cocktails, etc.), so be sure to purchase now! Find more event and ticket information here. See y'all in Texas!
Flux is a collection that embraces wearability, versatility, and flexibility. While the items pair well together, they are also intended to be mixed and matched within the wearer's wardrobe and act as the perfect backdrop for accessories. I styled the look book with this in mind, and was thrilled to team with up two local jewelers, Katie Dean Jewelry and Emma Holland Denvir. Katie's dainty gold necklaces and hand pieces in combination with Emma's chunky, wood bracelets and rings were the perfect finishing touches to the looks, and really embraced the easy-to-wear nature of Flux. You can find links to their websites below, and view the collection here.
A huge thanks to everyone who has purchased so far - because of you the All-Day Coat is the most funded item in BetaBrand history! There is less than a week left of crowdfunding, so if you haven't yet, you can purchase yours here!
I am looking for 1-2 interns to work in my LA studio this fall. Applicants must have a background in Fashion Design, Merchandising, or Technical Design. If interested, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume, portfolio, & availability. Thank you, and feel free to share this with someone who may be interested!
A big shout out to Cadillac & District Drive for helping me travel in style last week while I was home in Michigan! It was a much needed break in the midst of a busy season.
Join me and five of my fellow Project Runway alumni this September for a two day event including a meet-and-greet, trunk show, and runway show at Christina S Boutique in Benicia, CA. Buy your tickets now, and hope to see you there!
Thank you to everyone who voted to put the All-Day Coat into production - it was a hit! The crowdfunding went live Monday afternoon and it has already surpassed its goal. I'm really excited about this design and thrilled you are, too! Purchase your All-Day Coat on Betabrand's website now!
I'm so excited to finally announce why I have been making so many trips back and forth to San Francisco this year!
One of my biggest projects yet to date - designing uniforms for the entire hotel staff at the new boutique hotel in Fisherman's Wharf, Hotel Zephyr. There's so much incredible design in this one hotel, and I'm incredibly honored to be a part of it.
We are anticipating the release of Flux in just a month! The look book images are complete and ready for release, but we want to give our email subscribers an exclusive preview. If you are on our email list, be expecting a sneak peek during the month of July.
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Let the countdown to better basics begin...
Melissa Fleis is excited to announce that the upcoming Flux Collection is photographed and in the post-processing stage! We are looking forward to sharing the final images with you and introducing Flux to the online shop and select boutiques, but for now, here is a behind the scene preview.
This look was one of our favorites from the look book, featuring all new pieces from the Flux Collection. Keep your eyes peeled for these items when Flux is officially released!
Melissa Fleis is teaming up with Betabrand and we need your votes!
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I am excited to announce that my latest collection, Flux, will be available in stores and online soon! This collection is about transition, which is what the name "Flux" represents. Not only are the pieces transitional themselves, it was also designed during a transitional time in my life. Because of my move from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I was forced to reflect on my wardrobe: which pieces I wear regularly and which items I consider to be statement pieces. The Flux Collection represents these two elements and a shift toward a "lifestyle" feel in my designs. Along with fundamental pieces that can be worn on a day-to-day basis, Flux also includes stand-out pieces in bold colors for specific occasions. With this collection, I am embracing our casual society and introducing vibrant hues, creating timeless pieces, but with elements of surprise.
The above image by Cliff Briggie was my primary inspiration for the color scheme of this collection. I am so eager to share Flux with you! Stay tuned for more updates, and follow me on Instagram for previews.
Many thanks to Austin Fashion Week for having such a great event! I was proud to reveal my new "Flux" Collection alongside the other Project Runway designers and friends. Also, a special thanks goes out to the partners who supplied the killer accessories for the show: Finell Handbags, Matt Bernson Shoes, and Kristin Miller Jewelry. Another huge thanks to Cadillac and District Drive for providing my ride in Austin (wish I could have brought that SRX home with me)!
To see images from the show, click over here (images by JTpics.com). Austin Fashion Week '15 can be found at the top. Consider this a preview of what will soon be photographed in this collection's look book and available to shop!
You can also find a few articles of press coverage of my time in Austin and collection here!