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Open Runway 2017

Summer weather may be dragging its feet, but the Boston fashion scene was heating up at Open Runway 2017!  Smack in the center of Boston’s Downtown Crossing, the fashion show took place on the newly iconic stone steps. Tourists, passersby, and business men and women alike were able to experience a taste of what new and emerging Boston designers have to say. With rows of designer/model duos ascending the stairs, it was a perfect picture of the best of what Boston has to offer. It was a colorful fusion of silhouette and style, with the designers and models to match. The mix of talent was diverse and dynamic, as were the clothes exhibited.  It’s the mixed bag of the Boston fashion scene; one I am proud to be a part of!

Something that is unique to Boston is the inclusive, supportive, and collaborative nature of the local industry. As a blogger, and now a designer, I am always moved by the local industry mentality; a success for one is a success for all of us. Congrats to all the amazing designers that showed their work at Open Runway. Let’s keep designing and continue to develop Boston as the amazing fashion hub it is!

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Olga Photo and Iggy Barskov

Shout out to Jay Calderin for an amazing event!

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Snow White

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Tomorrow may be the first day of spring, but here in New England, winter remains. Of course I’m excited for budding trees, longer days, and lighter jackets, but to me there is nothing more beautiful than a wintry scene. For this ensemble I wanted to capture the stark polarity of winter; the frozen, sharp, and sleek lay of the land, in contrast with the plush, frothy, and glittering, sweeps of snow.

The inspiration behind my coat is sheets of ice and hanging icicles. The boxy fit is a representation of wide expanses of ice and snow. The hem of the coat cascades down to a sharp point like icicles on a frozen waterfall. When designing this garment, a lot of thought went into the front closure. I did not want to include visible buttons or a zipper because it would disrupt the look I was going for—untouched snow. The coat fastens with hidden magnetic snaps, making it sleek in design, but also really easy to get in and out of. The fabrication for this coat is snake-skin vinyl (very hard to sew, but super fun to wear)!

The cocktail dress is the coat’s whimsical counterpart. The flounces around the arms and hemline have a life of their own! Full of body and movement, I wanted to capture the essence of snowdrifts and falling flurries. The body of the dress is made out of a white and silver brocade, which looks like freshly fallen snow, sparkling in the moonlight. The silhouette of the dress is part ice skater, part ballerina…think Waltz of the Flowers from Disney’s Fantasia (You can start the clip at 3:00 ☺).

The unsung hero of this ensemble are my earmuffs, they are so fun to make! The muff is made out of a beautiful sheepskin that keeps your head insanely warm on those particularly frosty days. I hand beaded the band with glass beads that capture the light like shards of icicles.

Hopefully the spring weather will come soon, but in the meantime, appreciate the beauty around you. It won’t happen again until next year!

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Danielle Goodman

 

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American Dream

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I don’t know what I’ve been anticipating more… the long weekend, or the perfect occasion to wear this vintage style dress! I found it at Tatyana, a vintage pin-up store in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Walking down the main drag, the city booms with the sounds of live music, it buzzes with excited tourists, and sizzles in the heat of the southern sunshine. With some good whiskey and a bit of county on my mind, this vintage red, white, and blue dress was the cherry on top of a true American adventure!

This feature however, was not shot in Nashville, but it was shot on location in Boca Raton, Florida, at the Polo Club. With the surroundings of the perfectly manicured lawns, pristine golf courses, and families toting to and from the pool, it was the perfect backdrop for this all-american shoot.  The dress is undeniably USA themed, though the vintage cut gives it a more subtle, familiar, and classic feel. I decided to pair the dress with a black leather jacket, a staple I associate with America, freedom, and the open road.

Stars or stripes? Red, white, or blue? Whatever you decide to wear this July 4th, have some fun and show some styling spirit! Cheers, and happy birthday to the USA!

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Pop Art

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For spring 2015 soft silhouettes in dewy blues, frosted pinks, and pristine whites fill the streets and our closets. With spring style in full bloom, it seems as though the whimsical fashions have us all living in a pastel haze and white washed day dream. While I love this ethereal esthetic, particularly the blithe attitude it emanates, it also beckons me to go against the grain. It’ s as if we’re all in an airy bubble of pale and muted hues—I’m tempted to pop it.

I satisfy this desire to stir the pot with the anti-pastel look pictured above. My inspiration for the styling and original dress design was Andy Warhol’s pop art, specifically his use of vibrant colors. The literal display of Warhol’s influence is the baguette, which is covered in prints of his iconic Marilyn Monroe silkscreen painting. Though more subtly, is the way he influenced my dress design. The black lace detail reminds me of Warhol’s blotted line technique, where the irregular lines of a print would be filled in with dynamic colors. For my dress design I chose complimentary hues to generate a true pop art feel. The calm and deep quality of the purple is amplified in contrast to the bright and active tone of the yellow backing fabric (and vice versa).

The point is not to reject the pastel color trend. I truly enjoy the refined and soft nature these hues poses, however as a designer, I’m always trying to find new ways to be inspired by color. In this instance, it took pastel colors to allow me to truly appreciate and explore the power of bold colors. My hope is that this dress snaps everyone out of their pastel trance, just for a moment, so it’s like seeing the true beauty of vibrant color with revirginized eyes.

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Feast on Fashion

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Welcome to my fantastical dinner party, a true feast for the eyes. What’s on the menu? Strewn about the table are heaping piles of necklaces on gilded plates. Their layers of bold gold flavors, mixed in with richly colored gemstones, make for a tantalizing Hors d’Oeuvre. Crystal vases overflow with silken scarves and the buffet table is overrun with bags of all shapes and sizes. To top it off, the aperitif this evening is a decadent pearl martini infused with crystals for a sweet and sumptuous ending. This is a celebratory dinner in the honor of accessories, a banquet of fashion nourishment.

Now what does one wear to this imagined revelry? Pictured above, the dusted gold sheath dress (Theia Couture) paired with champagne opera gloves, and ornate peep toe shoes (Audrey Brooke), capture the exorbitant mood. The fine beadwork detailing adorns this dress so it illuminates like perfectly polished gold, though it also makes the dress undeniably heavy. They say a queen’s crown, in all its magnificence, should have substantial weight. This is not only because it’s made up of precious metals and stones, but it’s to remind the queen of the grave responsibility and power she bears. Wearing this dress, a woman holds the power of untouchable opulence and the responsibility of great fashion upon her shoulders.

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