If you are looking for a contemporary line full of life and color  HAUTE DJ  is your answer. It is not just about style but a lifestyle. Think of a woman….lets just call her Darian….or Jessica… who loves music, such as Indie pop and Electronica, with a free but sophisticated spirit ready to take on the world. The first collection from the line was inspired by artist Chihuly’s Sea Forms works, which brings to life “infinite colors, textures and movements of the ocean.” The Spring/Summer 2011 collection uses bright multicolored printed chiffon, luminous sheen jersey, vibrant solid satins and georgettes that emulate ocean waves and the delicate swirls and ripples within Chihuly’s glass works. The jewelry pieces, designed by Jessica Sharp, reflect the elements of underwater life in shape and color. And of course  No other name than “Aquatica” would do our first collection justice, it’s perfecto!  After much dedication and time, we were ready to share our vision to the world.

It was bright and early with zeal written all over our faces.  Everyone met up at Dixie Dixon’s studio in Deep Ellum.  I was about to unveil the collaboration collection and start prepping for yet another amazing shoot. Being  two Texas Next Top Designer finalists shooting our first collection, I am confident that  HAUTE DJ will be the best collaboration Dallas has seen yet.  Our team consisted of Photographer- Dixie Dixon, Design Assistant- Karina Kramer, MUA- Lyndsey Peck and Hairstylist- Yvonne Riggs. Models Jenn Vh and Lindsey Collins brought all the sass, edge, umph, and ooo-la-la… to the shoot.

A clear  sunny sky…..awkwardly warm for this time of year…. couldn’t be more perfect for this shoot. To get everyone pumped for the long day ahead Dixie put us in a trance with some techno and pop sounds from the Cascada radio station on Pandora. The hair and makeup concept behind the photo shoot included big messy buns, voluminous curls, and pop colored lips and eyes as seen on this seasons runways. Jenn Vh  has beautiful “Angelina Jolie” lips so it was only fitting that she wore dragon fruit pink lipstick with softly highlighted eyes.  Lindsey rocked a poppin’ turquoise eye  and a dark nude lip. While the models were getting their makeup and hair finished, Dixie was setting up the lighting perfectly so , Karina and I stayed busy mixing, matching , organizing and styling looks for every shot.

With everyone’s creative juices in a groove, the excitement of all of the gorgeous garments refreshing hair and MU after each style , time slipped past us in what felt like 30 minutes.  We still had to shoot Santa Cruz, Manhattan with Hermosa necklace and two more…. I felt like asking “Hello? Daytime…did you get you morning dose of coffee?” Finding the right amount of light for the shots wasn’t going to stop us. We took control, had fun, and got it done.  Just the way we like to work… smooth pace with positive energy. The end results we know are AMAZING!        

Tell us, what are your favorites?
Over all the shoot was full of life like the aquatic theme of the Spring/Summer collection. I hope the world is ready for this collaboration and vision we call  HAUTE DJ,  because this is only the beginning….
Where to next,?…… MIAMI  pick up your satellite yacht phones!

~D & J

Rock N’ Rolla!

August 12, 2010

As I am finishing to  plan out my Fall event calendar, And  yes I said Fall calendar, as I sit in 100+ degree weather …I find myself wanting a change..change in seasons, change in fashion….  So I put a request out into the universe,  and well….. the Universe answered!   Maybe I am just naturally a nostalgic type of person who likes to remember the “good times” OR maybe some things can never be duplicated and should remain in the “Never gets Old” category and should be reintroduced again and again.  Growing up in Dallas, TX was great and having eclectic,creative parents is even better!  I always had my Dallas radio DJ dad to introduce me to the latest Electronic(Musical Star streams 106.1),anything 80’s and Rock and Roll  all while doing donuts in our  Cul-de- Sac at the tender age of 9.  Never knowing at the time, this was absolutley the COOLEST thing ever, I find myself  always gavitating towards this music and constantly being inspired to live, and laugh and most importantly  Create!  I remember specifically Jean Michel Jarre’s infamous trip hop sound which still leaves me  feeling a weee bit warm and fuzzy … that little (MAJOR UNDERSTATEMENT) rebellion side of me that yearns for Joan Jett or the inner free loving hippie that calls for Janis Joplin…. So through all of this musical stimulation my Fall 2010 collection was born! Rock N Rolla…a little 70’s a little 80’s but  all Rock and Roll!

Growing up with Volvos and realializing boxy was good, and blue glass is cool,  I have to say…they have done it again!  Who said safe couldn’t be sexy?  The new S 6O Concept car is smart, sexy and as they say has real Sewdish DNA. s60_concept_5_1024x768 Although this car is not available…. YET, you can see the progressional design come back in the the New C 30 which was featured in Twilight.  This car is practical, stylish and of course SOOOOOOOO safe.  With all of that said I had to purchase one right away.  I can’t wait to see what comes out next!wallpaper_C30_preview_3

Just to let everyone who ever had doubts about Texas and Texas Talent…here is glimpse of just some of the finalist for Texas Next Top Designer… all of these designer live right here in Texas …some from Austin, some from Dallas and sprinkle from here and there.  

Yes we do it big here in good ol’ Texas…..

Yes we have our own Top Designer competition….

If you are not familiar with Dixie Dixon and her work… you are missing out!  I have had the great honor to work with her several times and it keeps getting better!

 A little about her…a southern beauty, relatable, professional, kind, fun, and ONE BAD ASS photographer…a natural!

Her work…..uniquely clean, emotional, recognizable, broad

 on our last shoot together for My Spring 09 Collection “Hard Candy” we shot at Nylo Hotel……Take a look at a sneak peak video Dixie compiled of the Shoot

Spring 09 “Hard Candy”

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The Killers were KILLER!

February 17, 2009

The KILLERS, Yet another great band incorporating synth and 80’s electro, 70’s disco and new raw sounds.  If you don’t have any of  their albums, Day & Age is by far my favorite.  I had the awesome opportunity to see them February 4th at Nokia Theatre(One of my favorite venues Grand Prairie, TX) front and center.  The sound was flawless and crisp , their stage presence was distinct, and the lights OHHHHHHHHH! SO KILLER…Only one thing….. It was Dallas, TX not Grand Rapids…BRANDON!

The opening electro band M83, was a great opening act to get you in that EMO mood

I think I might just have some new ideas for Fall 09!

The Pin Show

October 30, 2008

It all began at The Door in Deep Ellum July 10th 2008.  Here are some of the designers debut looks OH YEAH, Mine too!  Don’t miss the next show,  this one will be bigger and better than the last! They are gearing up for the second Show which will be held in February 2009!

Inspired Lately?

October 30, 2008

 I always loved getting into artists’ heads about how they are inspired to create.  You never know when you are going to come up with an instant idea and for me, there is rarely a time when I can’t find something inspirational.  Most of my inspiration starts with an instant emotional connection or feeling.  That mood translates into my designs whether it is in the color, the silhouette, or overall theme of the collection.  Music usually starts my  journey into creation as I am constantly trying to find new genres and sounds that ignite the creative spark.  Let me know what inspires you…. in the mean time check out Goldfish my new favorite group at the moment!  They mix Dance beats with jazz, african, rag time,  and seventies performing all this live on the decks and any other instrument they can get their hands on!  You can bet I will be jammin  out to this while creating my new collection!

Post Pin Show

July 11, 2008

]darianDESIGNS Fall 2008

…just a note to say thanks to everyone that helped make The Pin Show such a huge success…lines around the block, wall-to-wall fashionistas and a fun chaotic show. This was the best runway event in Dallas in a long time

Visit my website if you’d like to see photos of my Fall line…