With THREAD San Diego right around the corner, San Diego fashion enthusiasts are eagerly researching their style, making their must-have lists and doing their shopping stretches. And, let's face it: trying on True Religions for size, and lunging across the room to reduce the truth, aren't exactly the worst pastimes for San Diego shopping addicts.
Although designer denim is a staple on THREAD San Diego shopping lists this season, the rest of the wardrobe remains a mystery. Who are the top designers at THREAD? Who will showcase the best accessories? What item will I need to have? Calm down restless shoppers, trust your pending questions to DiscoverSD.com and keep your stress level size-centric.
In anticipation of THREAD San Diego on September 9th, DiscoverSD.com spotlights top THREAD designer: Cornfed by Barrie. Get out your pads and pens and get ready to meet Barrie.
Q: How will you be involved with this year's San Diego THREAD show?
A: I plan to stock my booth full of colorful ladies' clothing throughout the event, talk to all the THREAD guests about my line and my new website: cornfedbybarrie.com.
Q: Tell us about your designs. What are your favorite pieces? What materials do you use? What makes your designs unique?
A: My collection ranges from original designs to revamped vintage pieces. I like to call my line "fashion forward meets past." Currently, my favorite piece in my collection is the Urban Wrangler, a onesie made of sailor inspired stretch denim shorts attached to a backless hoodie with nature designs. I use all materials; anything from cotton to denim, polyester to silk, and even feathers and chains. My designs are unique because they either strictly one of a kind creations, or a more popular piece made in super-small batches. This method prevents the masses from showing up in the same outfit, which I think a lot of gals appreciate.
Q: Which designers/artists are your inspirations?
A: I am a little embarrassed to say I don't really draw inspiration from other artists. My ideas are mainly subconscious; but I do admit we are all influenced, whether we know it or not. In truth, I thought of my best new designs while watching old Hee Haw reruns.
Q: What recent fashion trends do you love? What do you despise the most?
A: I love anything with a 1950's feel. It's great to see so many ladies sporting this retro trend; it's so simple, yet so ladylike. I collect vintage aprons and have them strung across my kitchen by clothesline. So, when I see the gals running around in these get ups, I feel strangely at home.
I despise shirts that say "vintage" across the front, and still have new creases straight off the table at Old Navy.
Q: What do you think about San Diego fashion?
A: I feel that San Diego fashion is all about bikinis and short denim skirts. I would love to see more ladies get creative. There are so many awesome boutiques in San Diego to find fantastic, original outfits.
Q: If you only had one day left on earth, what would you be wearing?
A: My awesome Wonder Woman costume. One day a year is hardly enough.
Q: Do you think this year's THREAD show will be better than ever?
A: Yes! This year's line for THREAD San Diego will wrap around the park, even more than last season. Get ready San Diego, I'm bringing a load of new fashions, special deals, and all the favorites!
Q: What are your favorite San Diego boutiques?
A: Selvage Boutique in Oceanside, hands down. The Selvage gals are amazing and they offer a brilliant assortment of sweet vintage pieces and hot new items—and of course, Cornfed.
Q: When you're in San Diego, where can we find you?
A: At La Posta in Hillcrest eating the best California Burrito in town. I dream about these burritos. You can also find me at Club Fashion Whore at the Brass Rail in Hillcrest. I frequent their fashion shows and always have my dancin' pants on.
Q: Anything else you'd like fans to know?
A: Mark your calendars for THREAD, September 9th, 2007. You shant be disappointed. Also, check out the new Cornfed by Barrie website. It's full of photos, videos, news, and of course, my latest designs.