It is evident that Wendy Ohlendorf finds her inspiration through travel and art in her one of a kind pieces. Her love for design and history also appear in the workmanship of her apparel designs. Wendy will bring unique, one-of-a-kind, crafted designs to Fashion Week Tampa Bay this year!
Here are some interesting facts from Wendy!
–Favorite piece of clothing or accessory right now? I am loving my leather wrap around ankle strap pointed booties. This summer’s delicate florals and romantic dresses paired with these urban yet feminine booties give just the right edge and show off my personal style.
–What is the inspiration for your upcoming collection? The collection began with roots in a marriage of matadors and concubines. This idea began to manifest itself into the story of the Silk Road and the colors of the spice trade. An intersection of southern Europe and Asia.
–Three words to describe your new collection? Cultural, Vivid, East Meets West
–Guilty pleasure TV show? I don’t have cable TV, I rely on Apple TV which offers the new HBO Now. All seasons of Sex and the City are available to watch on demand…I started at the beginning!!! I love these icons of Fashion, Life and Friendship.
–What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and from who? It was advice from my higher self. In 2012 I went to Paris. During my trip I went by the House of Balmain where I saw a dress that I had admired in a magazine on the plane. The couture gown that I had seen was right there in the window. It was at that moment, clear as a bell, that I heard in my own voice that I needed to pursue my passion and fulfill my dreams. I came home and I have done just that. Never looking back. And incredibly grateful for that moment of magical advice from my soul.
–Favorite place to get coffee or tea? I live in Portland Oregon, we have coffee shops everywhere!!!! Just down the street from my showroom is a place called Lauretta Jean’s. They are famous for their homemade pies and biscuits, but also serve Water Avenue Roasters Coffee, my favorite!
–One item you will never leave home without? My passport
–Favorite place to travel/vacation? Paris France…see the story above and you will know why!!!
–Do you have a secret talent? I am a fine artist for many years….I suppose my secret talent lies in my paintings. I paint large murals that are often backdrops for window displays in my showroom.
~FWTB Stylista Rechael