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Project Runway design speaks at Delta

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Project Runway design speaks at Delta

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POSTED September 6, 2015 4:55 p.m.

STOCKTON — Emily Payne, one of the top fashion designers of Project Runway Season 13 is coming to Stockton to share her experiences with the Haute Couture Society and students in the Fashion Program at Delta College  on Saturday, Sept. 12.

 Emily was born in Michigan and raised in Temple, Texas. She earned a fashion degree from the Dallas Art Institute. Directly out of design school, Emily started her first street-wear label called “BRICK” which won her acclaim as “the San Francisco street wear brand” as stated in Sportswear International 2002. The brand received write-ups and editorial that year in Nylon, Paper, SOMA, 7x7, I-Look (Hong Kong) Olive (Tokyo) San Francisco Magazine, as well as the full front page of the San Francisco GUARDIAN. She was also invited to participate in GEN ARTS’ fresh faces show in 2002 and appeared in Women’s Wear Daily for her work. At that time, her label was available for purchase in well known-boutiques such as Patrica Fields and American Rag.

 Payne’s been designing since 1997, and lived in SF from 1999 to 2004, then moved to LA to work for a private-label design firm. She moved back to SF in 2011 and has made it her home. As a private-label designer, she worked for companies that sold goods at Hot Topic, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21.

  In 2007, Payne and her now-husband Isaac had a daughter and she moved into kid’s clothes, launching Devon Rose, which was named after her daughter and which soon became a cult-fave. Devon Rose quickly gained fans for its edgy silhouettes, keen attention to detail and use of uniquely beautiful textiles. The line has been featured in Papier-mache mag, Small magazine, and Babiekins magazine and was previously sold at upscale children’s boutiques Sweet William and Little Bean, as well as Payne’s own Etsy boutique. DevonRose was hailed as an “Etsy cult favorite” in the well-known StrollerTraffic Blog in 2010. Her line is available sells via the brand’s websites: In 2011, she started her women’s line, Leather Tongue, which she sells through Etsy.Payne will be on the San Joaquin Delta College campus Saturday to share her design insights with the members of the Haute Couture Society of Stockton. She’s start off with a presentation at 10:30 a.m., sharing her experiences on the show, followed by a trunk show of her latest collections for her brands. After lunch, she’s conduct a draping workshop with those interested in learning her design secrets.

 The Haute Couture Society is a nonprofit organization of individuals who have joined together to learn and share their interests in creative arts, design, and fashion. Although based in Stockton, California, the members reside up and down the Central Valley. They meet once a month with a different agenda and activity for each meeting. They conduct field trips to fashion centers and various fashion exhibitions and present their own original work at their annual fashion show. They also support fashion education with scholarships to local students who study fashion at area high schools, Delta College or four-year institutions.

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