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Saturday, December 17, 2011

WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY give FLD's Convertible Tank 'BEST IN SHOW' for August 2011 POOL TRADESHOW



After surfing the interwebs for the random articles that do appear, one article in particular stopped all my cyber momentum! WWD, The Fashion Bible, which I have called it since I touched my first copy at the tender age of 16, highlighted FLD and the Convertible Tank amidst the fifty or so new brands to hit the POOL show floor this past August.  


Quoted: "Pool is a launch pad for young brands, and almost 50 were new to the trade show. A few of the upstarts with promise included Newport Beach, Calif.-based Alma Lee with its jumper and mesh skirt-bamboo short combo; Toronto-based Simone’s Rose with its wrap skirt and bolero, and Detroit-based Fotoula Lambros Design with its convertible tank."



Recognition like this helps to summarize my vision until now.  Fiber meeting function effortlessly, is definitely my intention when making the debut and launch collections this year.  Fashion is everywhere, out of every kind of fabric one can image. My place on it all is to bring high fashion organic design to the everyday woman. Pieces like the trench, the capelet, and of course, the Convertible Tank, will hang in women's closet for decades to come, as they are timeless in style and sophistication, and full of  multi-functional possibility. I am proud to say I made them for more reasons than one. 





I am blessed to be doing what I love, I am even more blessed that the Universe allows me to continue and break new ground when it comes to Fashion from Detroit. I will one day be the designer I wish to be, but for today, I am enjoying the design evolution that has brought me here, and keeps me pushing my limits forward. 






Click here for the full article, WWD: MAGIC BUYERS GO FOR SPEED 

Friday, December 16, 2011

FLD Hoiday Pop Up Series continues at MIO DIO COLLECTION!





Happy holiday everyone! The spirit of the season continues THIS WEEKEND! 
Check out the gals at Mio Dio Collection! These two dames, whom I met back in the day at the very first DIY street fair in 2009, are all about local, luscious, and loyal creative business. This Saturday, we pop up in the Mount Clemens boutique, to share the spirit of the season with style.  Check us out from 11a to 3p, and we will be glad to see. You will be glad to have seen the cutest spot in the northeastern suburb of Detroit, and all they represent.  Mio Dio, RebeccaMich, Aptemal Detroit, PeaceLuvSpandex and the DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER collection series~ 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

THIS SUNDAY! The ULTIMATE Holiday Trunk Show experience!

Join FLD at Dolce Moda this weekend, on Sunday December 11 from 1 to 8pm!

Complimentary Champagne, Sweet house music from Dj Jenny LaFemme, and special discounts on your favorite FLD pieces!

Get all the deetz here and see you there!


www.fo2la.com


Megan Mockenstrum and Desiree Sutton in FLD @ Dolce Moda/ Sunday December 11, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Featured in BURDA STYLE BLOG!

I was so glad to stay in touch with the lovely gals from BURDA, after their visit to our booth at POOL! Back in August, we had an amazing experience, and on the last day, 3 lovely gals waltzed up and shared they hearted my designs. Let's just say, all three left that afternoon with their very own FLD pieces to take back to NYC.

Lindsey, one in particular, stayed in touch and wanted to feature me in their MEET THE DESIGNER SECTION. She snagged the Storm Folded Neck Tunic and wore it to NYFW...received loads of compliments! The best part,  she wore it upside down by accident one day, and found a new way to wear. Love it when I hear things like that! Innovative Fashion for everyone!




Click here to read up on what's happening in my fashion world, via Detroit! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Spring/Summer Sneak Peek- Micro Tencel Manteau Dress 

FLD is open and ready for you~ Fill those Christmas Wish Lists with FLD, for the "gal on-the-go" in your life! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

LAUNCHED:::1500 WOODWARD AVE::THIRD FLOOR:::11.17.11:::7pm

FLD is launching our E-Commerce Site this Friday, November 18, 2011 


We are celebrating the development of this young brand and it's steps into the Organic Marketplace! So many of you have reached out and asked WHEN you can get your hands on some of the most unique pieces made from Sustainable Materials. It is time and we are having a great event Thursday November 17, at 1500 Woodward Ave- 3rd Floor.  


For one night only, the space will become a boutique for all to gather, share and BUY their fave FLD pieces! The time has come, and it is long overdue! 


Enter our LAUNCHED GIVEAWAY for a chance to win an FLD CONVERTIBLE TANK. The one piece of clothing that provides over 22 possibilities! 


Visit www.fo2la.com to see more, and get ready for a sustainable shopping spree.


Any questions: feel free to send a note
contact@fotoulalambrosdesign.com






Also, don't forget the VICTORIAN OPULENCE Event this Saturday, November 19, at the District VII Gallery. 



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

FINAL FOUR at a close for HATCH DETROIT contest~ ROUND 2 RECAP!


Looking back on the last few months,  I find myself grateful and proud to have come this far. From July, when the concept of WORKROOM was just a twinkle in my eye, to now being in the last hours of the competition. All along, before the concept was created, it was always a reflection: the every day of my fashion business and those who I already know and love for who they are. Great and wonderfully talented people.  So far, life is good. A few bumps in any path is to be found at times, but hope has always been the motivator of persistence,  the support we have received by the people of Detroit and community of creatives here, has us feeling we have already won. The response from the public and those involved  in the competition, tells us we are on the path to a greater place. The place where Detroit could see it's first Garment District business, and the space within that place can grow and allow an industry to thrive. Getting this far, in this competition, in life, in craft, ALL reinforces how our roles, especially how WORKROOM, ultimately affects the people and places in Detroit.


Every one in the WORKROOM crew and Detroit, is doing what they love, and their product show it. All of us in the WORKROOM crew, have been making unique things and working together for some time now.  From forward thinking design concepts and techniques, to fun ways to exhibit and sell our goods, WORKROOM lends to the diversity of business that should be found in Downtown Detroit. A Garment District business is what we offer and we feel that Capitol Park will be the perfect setting for our commerce in Detroit, and an opportunity for us to grow within.




TO SEE THE LATEST PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE
 Click here ---> www.workroomdetroit.com <---





Photo courtesy of Detroit Metromix

Photo courtesy of Detroit Metromix



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Photo courtesy of Detroit Metromix


WORKROOM and 2Square Artists -
Photo courtesy of After5Detroit





Wednesday, October 12, 2011

:::WORKROOM CREATIVE DIRECTOR ON THE AIRWAVES WITH CRAIG FAHLE:::101.9WDET:::DETROIT and THE WORKROOM go one on one:::

I had a nice time sitting across the booth from Detroit's Finest Radio Personality and Journalist! I really enjoyed putting the headphones on and waiting for my cue to be grilled and skilled by the man himself. His questions were great, and he expressed that WORKROOM is a unique concept that really captured his interest in learning more about. Before I type too much more, just take a listen as I, the Creative Director of WORKROOM talks the talk with Craig!

CLICK HERE!!! =)
Hatch Detroit Semi-Finalist: The Workroom:
Hatch Detroit retail competition semifinalist, Fotoula Lambros, joins Craig to talk about The Workroom, her concept for a Detroit-based garment district.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR WORKROOM

Sunday, October 9, 2011

WORKROOM IS IN THE TOP TEN FOR HATCH DETROIT CONTEST!! VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!

TAKE A SEC, ONCE A DAY, AND VOTE FOR WORKROOM!!! 


We need everyone's help over the next few weeks for the opportunity of a lifetime!!! ♥ Support Workroom Detroit in the Hatch Detroit retail concept contest by voting ONCE A DAY on the [ hatchdetroit.com ] website until October 14th!

|| VOTE HERE ||
http://hatchdetroit.com/the-contest/vote-here/

|| VISIT & LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE ||
http://www.facebook.com/WORKROOMDETROIT

|| CONNECT ON TWITTER ||
http://twitter.com/#!/WorkroomD

|| CONTEST SUBMISSION || http://hatchdetroit.com/the-contest/semi-finalists/the-workroom/

Please share with your friends! We need to stay in the Top 4 !!!

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WORKROOM IS A CREATIVE RETAIL GALLERY THAT IS INSPIRED BY ART, DESIGN, FUNCTION, AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. WITHIN FOUR WALLS, MULTI-DISPLINARY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ARE OFFERED TO INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AND CLIENTELE INTERESTED IN CUTTING EDGE CONCEPT, DESIGN, AND LIFESTYLE. WORKROOM IS FUELED BY DETROIT TALENT, AND PROVIDES THE PROPER RETAIL VENUE FOR SUCH TALENT. WORKROOM PROMOTES MADE IN THE USA. BY CONTRIBUTING TO THE LOCAL GARMENT INDUSTRY EFFORTS IN DETROIT. THE GOAL OF WORKROOM IS TO OFFER LOCALLY MADE LUXURY GOODS TO FORWARD THINKING INDIVIDUALS.

|| Products & Services ||
SEW: Ready to wear, samples, custom dress and home décor projects,
GALLERY: Curated apparel, accessories, exhibition and consultation.
STUDIO: Leather and Glass accessories and home fashion.
GATHER: Consultation services and creative incubation in a professional atmosphere.
SHOOT: Photography Studio rental space that is offered to both in house talent, as well as other professionals, brands and labels.
STYLE: From styling services to premier product retail of hair care and makeup products.
YOUTH: The program provides young inner city youth the opportunity to be mentored by creative thinkers and doers that showcase how to apply creative talents to positive outlets in the teen years.

WORKROOM-SEW (FLD)
-Cutting Tables
-Multiple Sewing Machines
-Fabric Storage racks
-Trend & Color Forecasting Wall
-Garment Racks

WORKROOM-GALLERY (CURATED RETAIL SPACE)
-Retail of in-house and visiting label apparel, accessories, and artwork from all over Detroit
-Invite collaborators to showcase (Urban Pheasant Glass, Lorne’s Leather, peaceluvspandex, WOUND Menswear, etc.)
-Exhibit High Fashion photography
-Host Trunk Shows & Charitable events
-Will be curated by Director of Retail

WORKROOM-STUDIO (Collaborative Arts Dept.)
-Urban pheasant glass
-Lorne’s Leather and Metalwork
-Fiber Artist

WORKROOM-GATHER (MEETING SPACE)
-Host media for interviews, fellow artisans/collaborators, and special guests (both from in and out of the area)
-Clients for custom attire orders, contracted film work, prototype services, etc.
-Consulting, interviewing interns, hiring employees, etc.

WORKROOM-SHOOT (LAUR NASH)
Photography Studio: For look book/line sheet shoots, editorials that could be shopped to local and mainstream periodicals.
-Videos to showcase the available goods at WORKROOM.
-Casting/Shoots: Will bring in other talent, such as models, and hair/makeup artists, press

WORKROOM-STYLE (LAURA ROSE)
-Special Event Styling- Hair styling needed for events such as, but not limited too; Bravo Bravo, The Auto Show, Charity Events, Social Events, Fashion Shows, Concerts, Holiday events, etc.
-Wedding Styling- Specific to brides and clients attending weddings, receptions, and engagements.
Image Consulting- Services for models, actors, musicians, local celebrities etc.
-Market Styling- for companies, brands, and labels interested in the creation of corporate branding, advertisements look books, and other business to business/retail point of sale materials.

WORKROOM-YOUTH (EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING)
-Contact YouthVille to feed into the program.
-Establish a youth program focused on inner city young girls to be mentored by multiple artists of different mediums.
-Monthly calendar of workshops, meet and greets, and project mentoring.
-Weekly gathering where art, design, and inspiration outlooks are instilled in young girls and can boost self esteem in the developmental years of their teens.
-Evolve into a scholarship programs.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT:::MAJOR ERRORS IN THIS WEEK'S METRO TIMES

So, today is Wednesday, the day when MT hits newsstands and online with the latest and greatest stories out of Detroit.  When asked to participate in The Fashion Issue, I was stoked, as it was my first debut in MT to be seen as an new independent designer making a splash in the scene.


Then this happened.


This morning began with phone calls, emails, and more reasons to take me off course for the day. Amidst packing up 420 to move to the 313,  I typed in the MT website, to fine a misrepresentation of my brand and my garments.  The interview is correct, word for word, as I meant everything I say.  What Metro Times has printed says that I am the designer of something other than my brand, and that is a problem.  THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO SAY AS A DESIGNER IS TRANSLATED THROUGH THE IMAGE OF THE CLOTHING.

FOR THE RECORD:  This is a shame to the integrity of Detroit Journalism and I seek that Metro Times takes full responsibility for their error, and make right what is completely false. I am not involved in HOMESLICE in any way, and wish Emily Thornhill the best of luck in all her endeavors.


Regardless of Error, my designs and the photos of them are beautiful and I am happy to add them to portfolio. To my blessing, my team showed a display of Autumn.Winter 11 and Spring.Summer 12, model Briana Benavides, FLD Stylist Anna Goldstone and accessories from Sole Sisters filled the lens with high fashion, sustainable style and grace, and show that a team of local professionals and talent, is what make a perfect high fashion photo.  Too bad I can not use this article in any press kits...

BTW. Photographer, Dan Lippit (featured photographer of FLD A.W Debut Collection Ad Campaign), KILLED IT! Thanks guys, at the end of the day the work speaks for itself.  


So here is a link to the CORRECTED Metro Times Article, here

Here is the photos that truly represent FLD, followed by the interview itself.


metrotimes:   What's your fashion influence?
lambros: For his presentation I always admired McQueen, and, for her draping, Donna Karan. I'm influenced by the flow of fabric and the possibilities in design. 

mt;  Tell us about Fotoula Lambros Design. 
lambros: It's an ecologically conscious, fashion-forward label that focuses on multifunctional garments. Tops and dresses can be worn multiple ways, some featuring enhanced necklines that showcase between two and 21 different looks. I use only the best natural textiles, and, even better, everything is made in Michigan. 
mt;  "Who is your girl and where is she going?"
lambros: She would be defined by her character, and certainly not by what wears her. She may be mid-20s to late-30s. An "on the go" type, that needs to move from one place and obligation to the next — and fast. My girl handles business — meetings, presentations, panels by day, then a nice dinner and dance party! Optimistic is a good word for my girl. She's open to possibilities. 

mt;  Looking at the last three years, in what ways have you seen Detroit's fashion community change — for better or worse? 
lambros: Only for the better! I think people are establishing, getting organized, and, finally, the cross-pollination phase is taking place. I feel Femilia was such a part of the uprising that brings us to where we are today. A lot of people are passionate about fashion as an art and an industry. Detroiters are finally noticing the talent. 

mt;  What can we expect from you in the months to come?
lambros: I am all about growing the business. Whether I fail or succeed, I love it. I'm setting up a new run of production pieces, and the next season collection is lurking in the back of my mind. Recently, I've become a contributor to The Metropolitan Détroit magazine, with my column called WHO.WHAT.WEAR. There is more in store with Fashion Group International, at which I'm the creative connection programming chair. Most exciting is that I'm setting up my new studio space in Eastern Market. Made in Michigan — exported from Detroit.

mt;  Where do we find your fashion?
lambros: In Michigan, you can find FLD at What To Wear (Traverse City and Grand Rapids), as well as Comfort Me and Vivid Braille in Chicago, and Haute in New Orleans. My next runway show will be at the 101% Fashion Ride at the Crofoot on October 1. Runway shows are my fave!!

For more info, see fotoulalambrosdesign.com.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

D's Creatures for DETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL, A HIT!!!!

The runway was surrounded with some of the most unique art in the city.  Sustainably constructed and socially accepted, D's Creatures and FLD sparkle on Woodward Avenue, like the diamonds in the rough, they are!

Thanks to JSP- Jai Singleton Photo for the stunning, impromptu, after runway photo shoot!


Thanks even more to all the dolls on the Runway that night! An even more special thanks to ColourMeRose and Flair by Anna for their talents! Muah!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

POOL TRADESHOW-WWDMAGIC-August 2011

Booth Sconce


The past week came and passed so fast, to conclude the second tradeshow on the FLD calendar of events this year. POOL TRADESHOW hosted us in Booth#428 and we were nestled nicely on the corner of the center row right next to CASH & CARRY section!

Sunday started the week full of fashion, trends, music, art, culture, and connection. So many turned out, as we all were guest to the infamous city of Sin.

Recycled Bamboo, twine & Urban Pheasant Glass accessories

The week began with So many eclectic types of brands filled the convention center, and we are so excited to been seen amongst them.  We had so many wonderful visitors and have added a few new retailers to our growing stockist. So many announcements await the month of September and we are beaming with excitement.

Director of Sales- Amy

Chatting up a booth visitor, and of course, using my hands!


How fast things go by!


Love the PanAm crew...grandpa would have loved them too!


They look busy



Eco at Cosmo
All work and no play, makes no sense! The Cosmopolitan treated us to some fine accomadations, and we had an unforgettable experience!


View from a room on the 55th floor
View from our room on 52nd floor @ Cosmpolitan
BOND