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Good day Fusioners! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and a lot has been happening here in the Fusion world. First, our designers at both F.I.T. and Parsons have proven to be dedicated, enthusiastic, and full of talent. Both schools have such diverse talent and I know everyone will enjoy seeing the creativity and passion all 30 of them will be showcasing on the runway.

Our model casting call was a lot of fun and we had a huge turnout. The line of beautiful people was never ending and we ended up with about 40 amazing girls and a few boys. Thanks to all who tried out and supported Fusion. The models are, of course, crucial to the show and my appreciation to them is hard to put into words. We did have Fusion veterans show up like the exquisite Stephanie, the perfect Mallorie, and so many other fresh new Fusion stars. Work it out!

The Fusion family had a party for the holiday that was also a fitting. Jovana from Parsons was able to secure the room and is one of the nicest people I’ve met in some time. It was great to see some former Fusioners like Chilali, Jack, and Angie share their stories about Fusion with the others. Michelle, our assistant director, is doing a great job as always. Heather and Caitlin, the F.I.T. and Parsons coordinators, are both fantastic and I look forward to them leading their teams to excellence.

Our show is only a couple months away and now is the time where we start reaching out to judges, companies, and clubs for participation in what will be our 10 year anniversary. I can’t believe it has been 10 years. I look back and get so nostalgic. The past is so important to a show like ours because it demands we look to the future. Many of the designers from past Fusions are doing very well. All we need to do is look at Chris Benz, a former roommate of mine and the talk of the fashion world right now. I can think of no one who deserves it more. He is joined by such fashionistas as Alex Wang, Prabal Gurung, Miguel Pena, Jillian Lewis, Wells Stellberger and so many more. For the past two seasons of Project Runway, a former Fusioner has appeared. We are everywhere!

So, it’s time for me to rid myself of nostalgia and start thinking about which of this year’s 30 designers will do amazing things in the demanding world of fashion. All of them have the talent and the education to back them, it’s the passion that will be put to the test. I get my first look at their clothes in February and I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about it. Until then, read their bios on our website and save the show dates. We are doing FOUR this year. See you soon.

– Jimmy


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It’s been awhile. So much has happened since the last time I posted a blog. First, the model casting was great. We had so many people show up and I couldn’t be more grateful. So many beautiful people to support our show, it was just so fantastic to see. We had some familiar faces in the bunch. The gorgeous Aleksandra is back along with some other one or two year veterans, however, no one defines that category more than Yana, who was in Fusion’s second show eight years ago. She still looks perfect and I appreciate the time and effort all of our models put into this production. They sell it. They work it. We love it.

The designers are a great group this year. They seem much more like a big team than ever before. Group emails are sent about sewing circles, model questions, and support. Zaida, a F.I.T. designer, is full of life and is reaching out to everyone as are our Fusion veteran designers, Kelly Frappier and Ted Allegrini. I have fun when I’m with them and, more importantly, I’m INSPIRED. I know how drained they all must be, but they keep going. Some things people wrote for their website bios were so inspiring. When asked what they were most excited about with Fusion, Julie Baik simply put “growth.” I love that. That is what this experience is all about…evolving philosophies, improved technical skills, internal debates, and honed self awareness.

I am also inspired by how excited they are about the show. I’m fairly removed from the everyday life of a Fusion designer. During the first 3 years of Fusion, I lived in the residence halls, Loeb Hall to be exact, and I witnessed firsthand the all nighters, the craftsmanship, and the lure Fusion had on all of us. I was part of the endless conversations about the show and heard people I didn’t know talking about it seemingly everywhere. I miss that. I miss being in the mix. However, to my surprise, I know it still is happening 5 years later. I look at designer profiles on Facebook and Myspace and read on electronic walls the growing anticipation they have. It makes me smile every time.

With the help of one of our designers, we also have our first judge, Atoosa Rubenstein. We couldn’t be more thrilled. She is an incredible role model and fashionista. We are in the works on getting others.

Tickets will be going on sale soon (get them early) and the show is creeping up on us so fast. My excitement will continue to grow and all Fusioner’s workloads will increase. I may not be there in person in the halls or at the schools to witness this firsthand, but all I’ll need to do is sign on to my computer and read. Keep sewing designers. Keep your spirits up. Keep blogging. It helps more than you know.

– Jimmy

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Two more months. It goes by so fast. Right now, Fusion’s 30 designers are no doubt sewing all night and dreaming all day. We are a team and everyone is doing their best to make this show the best…ever. Competition is the furthest thing from our minds (see last paragraph).

Our model casting was a major success and relief. I was a tad nervous when I found out that Fusion veterans like Buyana and J.C. had moved on to bigger things. I mean, these girls worked it out for us for so many years. But, change is good and the need to move forward is important in every aspect of Fusion. The auditions were fun, intense, and…interesting. We had some characters show up as we always do (designers raise your hands), but we managed to “discover” about 35 girls who will bring our show to life.

I need to give a big thank you to our models, who do our show for free and always bring so much personality into our production. Most of them are students and we appreciate the time and fierceness each one of them brings.

These next few weeks are big for our show. We are searching for judges, working on advertising and ticket sales, and will be doing countless fittings.

So, as we hurry to make things perfect in the next 2 months, we need you, our Fusion supporters and fans, to sit back, relax, and let the mudslinging of the “other” school begin. It is a competition after all! πŸ™‚

– Jimmy