Last weekend, I got to catch up with Emily Payne, the designer of edgy/luxe clothing who you may remember from Project Runway and our posts about her fashion week shows. She, along with three other Project Runway stars, was featuring her collection at a pop-up boutique at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. I finally got to pick up a piece I had coveted since I saw it in her NYFW show – this one-of-a-kind Emily Payne Leather Tongue dress!
My style is always undergoing some kind of evolution. Several years ago, it could have been described as playful and then became more classic with clean lines. Of late, I am exploring edginess, and Emily’s pieces are just the right blend of streetwise grit with luxurious materials. This one is even a little playful!
The dress is not at all flimsy and is so smooth and soft, with a wild print designed by artist Mary Rosenberger. You can see that the garment falls so nicely over my curves. It actually seems to defies the laws of physics and esthetics, because it is soft and yet preserves a cool geometric shape without making me look wide.
The dress is perfect for the holidays! I could definitely wear it at a party with black tights and pumps or sandals. But for this outdoor photo shoot, faux leather leggings and booties seemed like the way to go. (I’m not in California anymore!) And for warmer weather, I can’t wait to wear it with bare arms, bare legs, and sandals.
I also think that the cashmere scarf and crop top made out of tights – yes, tights! – work well with this amazing piece, especially in back. I did, however, also order – on Black Friday, of course – a fitted black cashmere sweater to wear underneath it. Although I won’t go into details of how I made this top, you can read about it here. I first learned to make these tops from women in my dance classes in Mexico. So, I guess you could say I designed the top – okay, maybe not! 😉
I am so, so happy with my Emily Payne Leather Tongue dress. I haven’t yet invested in one of Emily’s hoodies – her most iconic pieces. But, stay tuned to see a super cool one-of-a-kind jacket I also purchased from this amazingly talented designer! And please let me know what you think of how I styled this party look.