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Inspiring Moments: China Through the Looking Glass at The Met Museum

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

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Few things beat being home in NYC in the summertime; the urban metropolis calms as the temperatures fluctuate from bearable to an elevated blazing balminess! An opportunity to step outside for a stroll or subway ride to The Metropolitan Museum of Art is well worth it especially with their latest exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass. This exhibit amasses not only in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, it spreads out within the museum in to the Chinese and Egyptian galleries. 

This is one of the larger exhibits the museum has put on and it is doing such in a way that pays homage to the "influence of Chinese culture on Western fashion". Approaching the main area of the exhibit in the lower levers as the Costume Center, you are greeted by red walls, representing a mainstream perception of the traditional color of China, embracing visitors for an inkling of what's to come.

Perfectly curated in mirrored displays, traditional Chinese shawls are hung with an article of clothing that draws inspiration from Western designers. The likes of Tom Ford, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and so many brilliant designers graced the exhibit with magical pieces plucked from their years of collections. The mastery of thought, detailing, design and execution brings a certain enlightenment of style to the minds of those who may have been skeptical or even greater appreciation for lovers of fashion, art, style, design and beyond. 

The places and moments where art and inspiration can be curated and placed in such a resonating existence can perhaps help designers of all trades fuel their psyche. I can't help but share some of the incredible moments from my visit to one of my favorite museums...

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Bright Colors + STL City!

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

 Parrot Tulips by Belli Fiori, PC: Switzerfilm

Parrot Tulips by Belli Fiori, PC: Switzerfilm

Sometimes it's all about being in the right place, at the right time. And that was partially the case with our latest styled shoot. Back in March of this year, Lisa and I were at the new downtown event venue, The Caramel Room at Bissingers, with many of our industry counterparts at the two-day Wedding Market Expo.

During lunch, the lovely Amanda (Director of Marketing + Events) joined us and we started chatting about an upcoming photoshoot that The Caramel Room was planning! We went home that night and appeared for day two of the conference and with a full design proposal to share with Amanda and team. After working through all the details, we all came up with an exciting collaborative design!

So there we had it... the photoshoot would be on April fools day- hew perfect! Watching the weather everyday starting a week prior, we were concerned about rain as we would be creating an "intimate affair" set up out on their terrace. We went back and forth to the potential of the shoot being on Wednesday or Thursday that week. Finally, April fools day arrived and we loaded up all the floral and decor hard goods and headed to our workspace for the day! 

What a day for a set up on the forth floor roof of a building right on the Mississippi River! We were fortunate enough to not have rain this early spring afternoon, but we did however tailor best practices in how to approach wind movements :) With all set and done, Katie + Kristin from Switzerfilm captured many incredible and special details (and moments) from our shoot. 

Take a look through design conception to completion on our special day with The Caramel Room, Belli Fiori, BBJ, Cheree Berry Paper, and Switzerfilm! -LKS

 Incomplete sketch to get us in the visual mindset

Incomplete sketch to get us in the visual mindset

 BBJ Linen - Blumen Shantung

BBJ Linen - Blumen Shantung

 Silk Habotai in Blood Orange, Fuchsia and Tangerine

Silk Habotai in Blood Orange, Fuchsia and Tangerine

 Scaled mapping colored panel locations + plants

Scaled mapping colored panel locations + plants

 First panel up!

First panel up!

We had quite the day of set up; rigging and draping all the panels on the perimeter of the terrace and extending out to create an artistically intimate setting without obstructing the view of the Bissinger's company sign and the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. Not only was this a special day for an exciting new creative endeavor on the terrace, but it was also a night to celebrate Dani + Paul's wedding bliss! We love the personalized Bissinger's CHOCOLATE (wow!!) menus designed by Cheree Berry Paper. And a BIG Congratulations to the newlyweds! 

But before we get into all the gorgeous photos, take a peak inside our (successful) attempt at placing tall forsythia branch arrangements on the center table all while standing up against 30+mph winds on the evening of our shoot. GIRL POWER!  

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 Bissinger's Chocolate Menus designed by Cheree Berry Paper, PC: Switzerfilm

Bissinger's Chocolate Menus designed by Cheree Berry Paper, PC: Switzerfilm

 Table Ten Event Design Panels + BBJ Linens, PC: Switzerfilm

Table Ten Event Design Panels + BBJ Linens, PC: Switzerfilm

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Inspiring Moments: T10 Launch Decor Style

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, in fact, it is in front of us at any given moment we just have to look closely otherwise we may miss a beat. At times we know where to look, especially when we have curated a style in which we want our designs to emanate.

When we were brainstorming ideas as for how Table 10 Event Design would launch in to the events-sphere we knew immediately we wanted to stand out. To make a difference not only with the quality of service and work we provide, but to also stay ahead, be aware of what's happening in the creative world as a whole. Our styling ignited after looking through various SS-FW15 lines that we personally admire for their craftsmanship, attention to detail, exquisite use of colors and cuts. The ones that set a standard in fashion branding at large.  

We knew immediately that Monique Lhuillier Pre Fall 15 would be a successful place to start with our concept; she not only nails it on the bridal front, but also on her Ready-To-Wear lines. ML is classic and uncompromising yet intrinsically aware of what we want to wear and how we want to look and feel while doing so. -LKS

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Window Swooning Up & Down 5th

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

When the holidays arrive, so do undeniably fabulous window displays! And what better place to explore than New York City for those detailed and extravagant creations. Every December I am blown away by my home city and always make a point to venture down Fifth Avenue (and Madison for Barney's) to see what the worlds luxury fashion designers, department stores and hotels have conjured up for the season! I am consistently blown away by each company's creative departments/contractors that put endless amount of hard work and time into making it all come to life. 

While I wasn't able to make it to every window this year, I did hit a handful of iconic spots and was able to snap a few iPhone pics during my evening stroll on Christmas night. What better way to experience holiday cheer! -LKS

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