Fashion View: Frances Lewis

Frances Lewis. Photo By CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune.

Frances Lewis. Photo By CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune.

By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD
TheChicStreet.com 

What is your fashion view?
My training is originally in theater and I worked in the costume department in college, so for me, fashion is like a costume that we put on every day. You can play a role and feel confident in that role with the clothes that you choose to put on that day. Whether you want to be professional, bohemian or fun and flirty, they are all different ways you can transform yourself.

How do you describe your style?
It changes from day to day, but most of the time I am relaxed and comfortable because I work with my hands and kids all day. I am more  the type of person who likes looking at clothes and admiring them on other people or in my own work. I like to design complicated clothes, but I do not always like to wear them. However, when it is time to get dressed up, I do go all-out.

What are your favorite pieces?
Flats, blazers and nice tees are my casual go-to pieces. I also always look forward to wearing or investing in a statement coat every fall, because during those colder months we spend more time wearing outerwear, and that is what people see. That is why you will see a lot of outerwear in the fashion show I am hosting next month with The Cabbage Patch Settlement House.

Are there any pieces or trends that you are excited about wearing this fall?
I do not follow trends. I respect the trends, but I prefer to dress in what makes me feel good at that time.

What do you love about being a designer?
I love creating. I am at my best and most happy when I am creating something with my hands. Designing is like a puzzle, and I love to see the end result after you put a lot of work into something.

Where do you get inspiration from?
It is different from project to project. I look at different magazines to see if there are different elements in certain looks that I like. I like to look at something and find ways to take it to the next level or do something unexpected with it. I am also inspired by a challenge. When I created pieces for KMAC Couture, I was trying to find a way to create something that people would be shocked by.

How did your Fashion Show with Cabbage Patch House come about?
I have been a kid at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House since I was 9 years old, and they have helped my achieve many goals throughout my life, including going to college and pursuing my dream of being a fashion designer. After college I worked there for a few years, and I always wanted to put on a fashion show as a fundraiser for the establishment. After I left to pursue my dream of being a designer full-time, I approached them with the idea, and things have come full circle. This is my way of giving something back to them while showing an audience what I can do as a designer.

Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of TheChicStreet.com. When Miranda isn’t blogging about fashion or flexing her social media muscle, she is spending time with her husband and feisty Chihuahua, Niles. She believes in celebrating the smaller things in life, such as good wine and food, an interesting book and sitting on patios while enjoying conversations with her closest friends. She strives to one day join the ranks of the fashion editors that she idolizes, and to show the world that a girl from Kentucky knows a little something about style.

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