Clearly I must love what I do. Last week, Thursday was the big Toddlewood Met Gala day. For the first time I was extraordinarily nervous. I think it’s because I was working on a brand new, high profile event that to me is the mecca of of high fashion and creativity. On Monday, the day of the event, I happened to pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, one of my favorite places, and I saw them still setting up for the gala and I thought, oh shoot, that’s right, I promised a Toddlewood treatment for the Met Gala tonight. What was I thinking?
THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S MET GALA
Rei Kawakubo, founder and designer of Comme des Garçons, is the inspiration for this year’s gala and accompanying Costume Institute exhibit at The Met.
The homage to the 73-year-old fashion trailblazer will reportedly mark the second time the Met honors a living designer solo. The first was with Diana Vreeland’s retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. Other designers featured in recent years include Charles James (2014), Alexander McQueen (2011), and Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada in a joint show (2012).
– Harper’s Bazzaar
Thursday morning, it’s go time. We are at The Toddlewood Studio and kids and parents are starting to pile in. Now if anyone knows me, I am not a morning person. So it took me a while to get my charming personality together. I didn’t even have my assistant, Alexis, there to do her regular song and dance to shake me up and most of all NO COFFEE! Well, the show must go on. It’s mayhem in the studio…rather, controlled chaos. Camera people and producers arrive, kids are glammed up, lights, cameras…and then there’s the Rihanna dress…that’s where all the action began. Lord have mercy. I spent two day’s trying to figure out how the heck did Guo Pei make this 55 pound couture creation. My mini model doesn’t even weigh 55 pounds?
THE DRAMA BEGINS
After bringing Micheal’s Art/Crafts Store stocks up by buying out every piece of red, blue and pink foam from two stores. My daughters, Skylar and Sunday and my intern, Yvette cut out what felt like a million circles and I started the form of the dress. Now it’s time to put it on the little Riri. More glue gunning, more circles, more cutting…when will this all end? Mini Janelle Monae had to get feathered like a black swan, Mini Lily Collins had to get a little goth with the make up which she liked but she hated her itchy wig, Lil Priyanka was hours late coming from Jersey because my ever so trusted Long Island Rail Road decided to misbehave. Every shoot there’s something…if there weren’t a little drama, that would be boring. So don’t get me wrong, we live for this type of drama!
The drama that I don’t like is the fact that someone at the shoot leaked a picture of my Mini-Rihana to the bloggers from his cell phone which went viral BEFORE the Access Hollywood piece aired. No Toddlewood credit, nothing! I honestly don’t remember the last time I was this upset. This cell phone picture ended up everywhere…bloggers with large numbers of followers, the dailymail, which is one of Toddlewood’s supporters, instagram, twitter etc. Every time someone sent me an email or text with this picture saying congratulation, I wanted to throw my phone out the window. But Verizon isn’t cheap so that certainly wasn’t going to happen. It took quite a few friends to do some investigating to discover who was the MOLE. One would think it’s obvious that the MOLE was the little girl’s parents. Nope. One would think that the MOLE was the designer who made the dress. Well, considering I made the dress myself, that would also be a Nope. Well, since I know my Mom will be reading this blog post and she taught me to be kind, I won’t reveal who the MOLE is. But to the models and parents all future Toddlewood shoots, please know that under no circumstance are picture taking allowed. We will however, have an intern on site whose only responsibility will be to capture the best behind-the-scenes images which will be watermarked and forwarded to all of you. Brand control 🙂
With all this, I decided to do some damage control with my friends from Huffington Post! Nice friends huh?
Always something but we’re all good. I’m just happy that the kids had a great time and they were so pleasant to work with and who can resist those faces and hugs. Thanks for a great time! Miss Tricia loves you.
– Tricia (TMezz) Messeroux