Style Week Northeast Spring/Summer 2013

A friend of mine called fashion week my “tax season” –alluding to how busy I am twice a year when the collections are shown. Last week was no different as Style Week Northeast coincided with my kids’ first day of school, my daughter’s birthday and an already packed schedule! It was a crazy week, but I managed to make it out to four of the six nights of fashion shows.

One of my favorite things about Style Week Northeast is the accessory showcase. Each night before and after the runway shows, you can have a cocktail and shop a variety of local designers and artisans. And yes, this is a dangerous combination!

I think that great accessories are the best way to complete an outfit and key to creating an individual style. If you tend toward solid colors as I do, accessories add the texture and interest that your outfit needs. One of the jewelry designers at the showcase, Nitza Attali, owner of Exit by Nitza, always has something I love. On opening night, I saw this incredible hammered gold necklace, bought it and put it on immediately. Nothing like instant-gratification accessorizing!

Here are my favorite lines of the week:

Kara Wickman

This season, Kara focused on lace and color blocking as major themes in her collection. Later in the week, I was lucky enough to wear a Kara Wickman original. I'm pictured on the left and Kara is on the right, also wearing her own creation. ( The romper on left can be custom made for $90, Italian wool dress is $225)

 

 

Jess Abernethy

Abernethy studied design and pattern-making in Germany, and specializes in custom designs. I loved this outfit and was drooling later in the week when I saw Style Week’s Director of Hair Styling wearing it. 

Love the colors; love the chevron stripes, very French Riviera.

 

 

 

 

Toni Lyn Spaziano

 

Chanel-inspired designer Toni Lyn Spaziano showed her collection for the 2nd time here in Providence. Her use of tangerine, bows, and shirt dresses was fresh and ladylike. Her collection was very wearable, including two of my favorite looks: pencil skirts and peplums.

 

 

 

Jonathan Joseph Peters                                                                                                   

Jonathan Joseph Peters from Project Runway Season 7 closed Style Week Friday night. I told him afterwards that his was the most fun I’ve ever had at a runway show. His models strutted the runway lip synching Cazwell’s “I seen Beyonce at Burger King” while talking on cell phones, picking their (huge) wigs, and checking their nails. Using aqua and saffron yellow, layered swimsuit looks, and lots gold  bling, JJP’s collection was pure fun.

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