Lighting. Projectors. Sound. Food. Cocktails. A private entrance. Free parking. Prime location. These are all the building blocks for Columbia’s sixth annual fashion week June 13-17, to be held at the Venue on Main, commonly referred to as the Hampton Room. In short, it’s the alley between Michael’s Cafe and Good Life Cafe on Main Street downtown.
“For the entire week, we’ll be able to be in one spot for the first time,” said coordinator Alicia Zeigler. “And we’re really excited to have Main Street right outside.”
Another exciting announcement is this year’s featured designer, Bill Evans of “One Ofs.” The 6’4” Charlotte-based designer began designing for himself out of college. “I was the guy that wore my uncle’s hand-me-down tweed jackets and gray flannel trousers rather than jeans and sweatshirts,” said Evans.
The internationally known designer has focused on reworking vintage tweeds with vintage buttons and using upholstery fabric to create everyday clothing. Evans has been recognized as a visionary for his fusion of furniture fabric and fashion. “For Columbia’s fashion week, I’m going to do three things: made-to-measure, woman’s wear and menswear.”
Evans will join 25-40 designers and retailers set to showcase their wares between Thursday and Saturday night.
“We’re really excited to have some featured menswear this year,” said Zeigler. “We’ve had big-box retailers that have done men’s collections, but we’ve not had very many designers that were specifically for men. So we’re really excited to have a bespoke men’s clothier here and dressing a full runway showcase of men.”Read more at:formal dresses melbourne | formal dresses adelaide
After nine days of fashion, including canine couture and "Project Runway" shows, Fashion Week El Paseo wrapped up Sunday with a trunk show showcasing the designs of New York-based designer CD Greene, who was on site, offering styling advice to those wishing to purchase from the collection or set up a private appointment.
The designs ranged from daring sequined mini dresses which would look perfectly at home on a Grammy’s red carpet to timelessly elegant gowns which could be worn to a White House State Dinner.
Heavily-jeweled jewel-toned dresses hung next to black and navy gowns covered with pearls and mesh panels. One design in particular, a light pink number with a pearl collar and attached cape, looked like it could have been designed for former first lady Jackie Kennedy herself.
The designer estimated 90 percent of each collection he created was black or navy, but said he did like to play with color, especially jewel tones.
Greene said while he does sell samples, the overwhelming majority of his designs were made-to-order couture pieces.
“I want women to know we can address any issue they need a beautiful dress for, whether it’s the color or the theme of the event,” he said. “A lot of women don’t want to feel like they try too hard. They want to slip it on and feel gorgeous.”
Greene said many of his designs were inspired by the glamor of Old Hollywood and movies from the 1930s and 1940s. He said the work of Academy Award winning costume designer Orry-Kelly, who worked on films such as “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Some Like It Hot” and “Arsenic and Old Lace,” was one of his greatest inspirations.
Last week was Greene’s first time showing at El Paseo Fashion Week and his first time to Palm Desert.
“I was thrilled to be extended that invitation and I just didn’t want to let anyone down,” he said as the show wound down.
By the looks of excited patrons and the numerous women who stopped on their way out to tell him they loved the collection or had made an appointment for a private fitting, he hadn’t.
Food and Wine Festival
Around the corner from the trunk show, the Palm Desert Food and Wine festival also wrapped up Sunday, with more tastings and cooking demonstrations from Food Network star Aarti Sequeira and almost a dozen local chefs.
The three-day festival was filled with creations from and demonstrations by local and celebrity chefs, a four-course luncheon and, of course, lots of food and wine tastings.Read more at:formal dresses perth
Lace is one of those tricky grey areas of fashion. While it’s a recurring fabric in the markets, season after season and decade after decade, it’s also one that, for some, sounds a bit icky, bringing up memories of cheap and itchy childhood dresses. For others, it’s welcomed, but these women often go overboard with the textile, so much that it can lack taste, class and overall style. If you recall, a very pregnant Kim Kardashian once wore a black lace bodysuit, and while her intent may have been to appear empowered, the look wasn’t one bit flattering.
Right now, however, there are some fantastic lace offerings in stores, and many would be perfect for this weekend’s race festivities. No doubt inspired by the Gucci movement, these designs combine Victorian undertones with eclectic, modern-day attitude. It’s a marriage of inspirations that works astoundingly well, and has provoked brands across the board to follow in suit.
Parisian label Claudie Pierlot’s new capsule collection puts the spotlight on lace, in sorbet shades such as salmon, mint and tea-pink, and silhouettes play with ruffles, panels and peplums. Stradivarius also has some pretty frilled lace tops in store, while Zara’s latest range includes subtle peek-a-boo options – where a hint of lace is used as a trim under a hoodie or dress.
Where things get murky is when lining is done away with altogether, and lace garments are made completely sheer. A few years ago, a customer’s instinct would tell them simply to wear a skin-coloured tank top or subtle bandeau underneath, but as you may have noticed, many women today aren’t so discreet, and would much rather take a more flamboyant approach to wearing lace. No judging here, but think about which woman you want to be – alluring and elegant, or, well, the other kind.Read more at:formal dresses melbourne