Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer in the City

When you are the uber famous costume designer of Mad Men, you get a sweet parking spot at a costume house
 After finishing up Franklin and Bash in May, (stay tuned, the series will be back August 13th on TNT!) I have been jumping from job to job. It's been great! I got to work with the amazing, wonderful, talented, award winning costume designer Lou Eyrich (Glee, Nip Tuck) on the new Season 4 of American Horror Story. We did research at Western Costume for the new top secret theme of the show and put together the mood/inspiration boards for the costumes at Paramount Studios to present to the show creator Ryan Murphy.
View from my office at Universal. This is part of the tram tour through "little Europe" where movies like "Pirates of the Caribbean" were filmed.
 After working a few days on American Horror Story, I switched gears to help prep and ship out costumes for the indie feature film based on the best selling novel "Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl." Working out of Universal Studios Edith Head costume house, I helped the dynamic designer/assistant duo Jennifer and Moe pick up, prep, and ship out all the costumes for the movie. Since the movie is currently filming in Pittsburgh, we had to hustle to get everything out in time.
 After the indie film, I jumped over to Long Beach to work on a special hurricane series the Weather Channel is putting together called "Hurricane 360." The series will premiere this fall and show reenactments of hurricanes like Sandy and Katrina. We had two film units going from early morning to late evening, and everyone got REAL wet.
 The big rig supplying our hurricane water spray.
 I can ALWAYS find the puppies on set. This is Tater.
I loved this image right before the sun set. Reminds me of something Magritte or Dali would have painted.
Our crew and actors wore wetsuits on set. The water wasn't too warm during the day, and it got much colder at night. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

That's a Wrap!

That's a wrap on Season 4 of Franklin & Bash! Today was my last day of work for the season. 8 days of wrap packing, taping up, and writing inventory on 139 wardrobe boxes. We finally packed up and called it quits. This season was such a blast! Tons of great guest stars walked through our doors in the last few months. My favs of course being Cloris Leachman (!?), Carmen Electra, Mike Tyson, and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters!). We finished the season off with a power episode taking place in "Vegas," or Hollywood Park if you're filming in Los Angeles. Lots of showgirls, bling, and fancy Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana suits :)

Our Vegas Set
Above are a couple showgirl costumes from our final episode. These were worn on the Oscars! 

Saved by the Bell dress up day was my favorite! Here I am channeling my Kelly Kapowski. 

  I hope our show gets picked up again and we get to see these two in action again.
 My second favorite thing about Rodeo Drive is the gems. Here are some giant rocks from Harry Winston and my latest pics from my adventures in Beverly Hills.

Floral jungles at Dior
Sporty gems at Prada
I gotta get my hands on a fringe bag
Neiman Marcus
Mara Hoffman at Saks
 An adorable ALC short jumpsuit at Saks
Um, can't wait to see what Louis Vuitton is dreaming up
Wouldn't you just die to live in a living room by Ralph Lauren?
B&W at RL
Chic Sheaths at Tory Burch
My two favorite colors at Alexander McQueen in Neiman's
Tiny mirror dresses at Tom Ford
Dreaming of a vacation in Hawaii in one of these M Kors dresses
Pearls at Chanel
Gorgeous collar embroidery at Saks
And Fendi take the cake for my favorite window and color of the season

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Halfway Through a Great Season

Most terrifying hug from the strongest man I've met in person
I can't believe we have hit the halfway point in filming season four of Franklin & Bash! Time really does fly when you are working 12+ hours a day and driving around 600 miles a week :) We have had some amazing guest stars (see Mike Tyson above!) and have more great ones to come. We are just about to shoot episode 406 and it should be a good one. LOTS of strippers. Stay tuned for those pictures. And Jane Seymour plays Bash's mom and a sex surrogate. But who can't Jane Seymour play? She's amazing.
Below are more pics of my life on the set as well as some of my favorite window/store displays from my favorite town of Beverly Hills.

 Look! It's my costume dept! Doing what else but a cheer leading pyramid. Duh
Here's our Diner we shoot out back in the parking lot. Not as fun to shoot outside in a Santa Clarita winter.
This was fun to watch. Testing blood shooting out from a guys arm that got ripped off by a zombie in court...Yes, this is a lawyer show.
Our awesome camera guys paid for this delicious ice cream truck to come out for someone's bday.
We have some pretty talented set designers/dressers. This was a Korean Spa set.
More pics of the beach house. On our stage. I just can't get enough of how this really looks like it's on the beach on Malibu on TV.

I can't get enough of a sparkle dress. And this mermaid one from Gucci weighs about 25 pounds.
Ahh Valentino. Wish I could get my hands on an amazing embroidered mini dress and a black fringe bag. A girl can dream...
Givenchy florals at Saks. Yes Please.
Beautiful Missoni bodycon dresses
More from my fav Valentino
Roberto Cavalli. LOVE
The pearl beading on this Alexander McQueen is insane
Yes, I'm obsessed with Valentino

Monday, February 17, 2014

Life on the Los Angeles Highway

The Franklin and Bash Malibu Beach House set in works.
Franklin and Bash Season 4 is off and running with 2 weeks of shooting down. We have been prepping and setting up our offices since mid December and we are finally settling in. As a wardrobe PA on this show, I haven't been around set too much. Most of my days are spent on the highways of Los Angeles doing studio returns and pick-ups and various errands. Luckily for me, LA is having an extremely warm winter and my days are beautiful and sunny. I always said I wanted an office with a window, and now I have 6 large Ford Escape ones!
Below are a few behind the scene pics of our stages in Santa Clarita. 
That's a beautiful Los Angeles backdrop behind the F & B Law Offices
What the outside of the Law Offices look like
Hahaha I love this pic! My co-worker Jinx and I setting up the Wardrobe Gold Room.

If you remember my post back in November, I worked on a pilot for Amazon called "Maker Shack Agency." It finally went live! This is me at the premiere of the show in Hollywood. Here is the link to watch it free on Amazon. PLEASE watch it so it can get picked up! And I can work on it again. I am very proud of it and it's a good show with a great message and inspires children to be innovated.

Oh Chanel, how do I love thee.
While I'm out doing returns and pick ups, I love to snap pics of the inspiring window displays. Here's a few from Rodeo Drive.

Tom Ford, and me in the reflection!
It's the Year of the Horse and Ralph Lauren couldn't be happier
Seeing Red at RL
And bright blues...
And Neons...I think Spring is looking bright