The following is from a press release about Camille Wood
As the daughter of a 1940s Vogue model, Camille Wood is no stranger to fashion. Although her 5-foot 2-inch frame was too short to follow her mother's footsteps down the runway, she instead took a circuitous route to center stage, including stints as a portrait artist with her own gallery, appearing in radio for a number of years during morning drive time (playing a dumb blonde—a testament to her acting talents), and then to the unlikely position as manager of a 300 acre ranch.
It was while working on the ranch Wood fell in love with baseball caps, so much so that she wanted to wear them out on the town, but was frustrated by the lack of fashionable, chic caps available.
Hats lead to swimsuits. It wasn't long before she was encouraged (some might say pressured) to begin designing dresses, and as had become typical with newly-introduced Wood designs, the dresses were a success. Although she continues to create swimwear, hats and headpieces, dresses have become her main focus, including every style from short and funky to long and glamorous. “I like sparkle and bling,” Wood says. “But this show is more about the stunning tribal fabric that I'm using. My clothing should be worn by women who want to be noticed.”
As a woman ages, finding flattering dresses becomes increasingly difficult. Too often, a dress that hides problem areas, such as an overly-ample behind or untoned arms, often looks blasé and old-fashioned rather than exciting and stylish. Fashion designer Camille Wood aims to change all that with her new line of tribal designs that obscure less than perfect parts while still allowing ladies to dress at the height of fashion. The public will get their first peek at the designs—including dresses, swimwear, and head pieces—at the first annual Kenneth Barlis Fashion Show at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier in San Diego, California on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Tribal fashion is an ongoing craze that shows no signs of slowing down. Its kaleidoscopic patterns are being integrated into everything from accessories to evening wear, creating a fashion fusion that stands out in a crowd. Wood creates designs that are very unique but wearable, both during the day and on into the evening. “My focus is on creating edgy, adventurous and glamorous clothing that's a little on the sexy side but always classy,” Wood says. “I want women to feel beautiful and elegant, but I want them to have fun too, and tribal fashion fits that philosophy perfectly.”
“Sometimes a woman's tummy isn't always as flat as she would like, or her upper arms aren't toned, or she has saggy neck syndrome that some women get as they age,” Wood says. “These designs hide all that while accentuating the parts that always look good, like the shoulders and back.”
In addition to Wood, the Kenneth Barlis Fashion Show features designs by Alana Crain and Shari Ellis, Allen Huang, Evelyne Aguilar and Kenneth Barlis. Ashley Henshaw from The Hunger Games will host. Tickets to the show are available at Eventbrite. For more information about Camille Wood, visit her website or Facebook page.