The launch – Day 9

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I launched my collection today!

It was the scariest moment ever. Its so hard to put yourself out there creatively. All the criticism that you’ll receive on work that is so close to your soul. It was as if I was baring my soul to everyone when I launch it – I had so many mixed emotions.

Excited of course but horrified.

The fear I felt was unreal and the uncertainty was debilitating. I kept thinking to myself that I was being ridiculous. The voices in my head kept saying ‘your’e not good enough’ and ‘no one will like your clothes’ and things like ‘you’re not even talented, who do you think you are to even call yourself a designer and embark on this journey’.

‘You’re not good enough’

The voices just kept going and I didn’t even stop them and I didn’t fight them. I merely listened to them and said ‘I hear you, but I’m going to do it anyway’. And I did 🙂 and the response has been amazing!

If you wanna check it out – check my Facebook page for the collection:

https://www.facebook.com/daniellefrylinckdesign/

Photo shoot – Day 3

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Today was my shoot for my Spring/Summer Collection.

It was awesome and now I am so exhausted, from all the emotions – because Danielle cant do anything without it turning into a roller coaster of emotions. Also because the shoot took 5 hours!

The model was so lovely and the photographer too – they absolutely loved my clothes which was amazing because I judge myself so harshly that I often stop to think about the actual designs and the work – I just think about the fact that its my work and I already see a thousand flaws. But seeing the clothes today with them, and viewing everything through fresh eyes made me feel a bit proud of it all.

My mom also came to the city, 500km’s away to help with my shoot and support me which was so incredibly special 🙂 she brought wine and we all made a toast.

Such a special day.

Well…What does this mean for business – Day 23

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Only a month and a half ago I started my own business and I’m sharing the studio space with an ex colleague and friend.

We’re also doing a ready to wear collection together.

She missed rent last month…

Today she found out she is three months pregnant.

Well…

Babies are awesome. But when they unplanned its tricky. And when its someone you working with and they owe you money its even more tricky…

Because babies play on my emotions. And now I don’t know how to be business like and get the money.

I have my own business – Day 17

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I still cant get used to saying that!

Maybe because I am making no money or because its still all so surreal and I do feel as if I am just playing the fool.

Our collection is coming along slowly but surely and I’ve made a range of jackets that my mom is going to try sell which will be great.

I am scared I will admit. Scared of failing and possibly even more afraid of succeeding.

Don’t be so hard on yourself – Day 18

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Today hasnt been great.

Binging again, but no purging and thats a silver lining.

I just so badly need this collection to be perfect and I have so much weighing on this that I lost the fun and the excitement and I’ve become stressed and pressured. An you know what – its not going to be perfect, and it shouldnt be perfect either.

Next week this time I would have moved into my new studio… and thats scary yes but it should be exciting as well.

It’s a new begining 🙂

This is the begining – Day 25

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So I am starting a business.

I had a chat with my parents and my brother and they are so happy and so excited and supportive. I found a studio last week to rent in a really great area. So they helping me pay the deposit and the rent for the first few months until I get everything off the ground.

So I am officially starting my own label…

Excited yet scared.