After our Installation event on the 3rd floor of Bloomingdale’s, we moved to our special area on the 2nd floor where San Francisco-based designer (and Project Runway alum) Melissa Fleis shared her thoughts on Fall trends and (of course) her experience on Project Runway. (She thinks Tim Gunn is the best…he could be counted on to speak the truth about the designs.)
Melissa was first interviewed by outgoing President Adena DiTonno, where she talked about how Project Runway contacted her, the audition process, and the timing of those 24-hour challenges (yes, they really only had 30 minutes to come up with a concept, and then 24 hours to shop at Mood, create, fit and be ready to show the finished product!)
The program transitioned into Melissa’s perspective on Fall trends and how to ‘make it work’ for the season. Bright pops of color – red, lime green, and pink – were combined with graphic prints, as were darker, muted shades, like muddied forest green. Color-blocking and neons are still on-trend. Leather is showing up everywhere- pants,tops,skirts, and trim- which is great for this up and coming designer whose specialty is custom leather, especially her cropped, go-everywhere jackets. Melissa showed some of her custom leather jackets, vests and clutches, which work beautifully with the pieces she pulled from the floors of Bloomingdale’s to illustrate the trends.