Little Dark Love
She could feel a smile just starting to tweak the corners of her mouth. He was there, across the room, framed between the business-formal shoulders and pointed gestures of her colleagues. It was useless to resist, even as she tried to avoid meeting his eyes she could feel her facial muscles sliding inextricably into something just embarrassingly beyond a casual grin. Risking a glance up, she ascertained that he hadn’t yet spotted her, and was in fact fully immersed in a conversation with one of his team-members. His normally striking features seemed actually determined to carve themselves into her memory as he laughed and clapped a hand on the other man’s shoulder. By now her smile was a full on schoolgirl-with-a-crush grin which she suspected was starting to appear somewhat pained as she fought to look like some semblance of a sane person. It was all too much, and she excused herself from the circle of suits she’d been half-engaged with to slip out the side door. She didn’t look back, but if she had, she would have seen the corners of his mouth twist just as he’d caught sight of her.
Dress: Leaf & Crown
Shoes: Betsy Johnson
Jewelry: Boyajian Trend Gallery
Photography: Boyajian Trend Gallery/Michael Chiu
Mood: The kind of nostalgia that makes you look up rehab centers.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
This is another one of my laser cut experiments. I have a love of Arabic calligraphy, and used to be more or less fluent in Egyptian Arabic, so I wanted to put the word “love” on a dress (which I was assured by my native-speaking friends is supremely tacky but I really don’t care). I’m still able to read and write fairly well, so I wanted to use Arabic calligraphy in a laser cut design as I figured the flowing brush strokes would lend themselves to the cut-out process. What I didn’t quite figure on is with the flourishes of the lettering, I would have to stabilize the cut out which I did with a scrap of white mesh I had on hand. This dress turned out very well as a prototype and I’ve continued to wear it at events, including LA and SF Fashion Week(s).