StyleWeek Northeast Spring/Summer 2014 Runway Shows


Season 7 of StyleWeek Northeast came to a close after 5 days of fashion shows at the Providence Biltmore last week. 15 local designers showed their collections for Spring/Summer 2014.

Highlights included:

Chances R Designs by Toni-Lyn Spaziano

Known for her Upper East Side / Mad Men appeal, Toni is always a favorite at StyleWeek.  In this line as in last season’s, she showed lots of leather and peplum tops.  I loved her beachy color scheme of blues and sandy browns, not to mention the fact that her garments really compliment the female form, giving them the “wearability” factor that not all designers can boast.

Susan Troy

Susan Troy earned a standing ovation for her line, full of classic silhouettes and not-so-classic hairstyles – all the models had mesh-wrapped tree branches on their heads!  Her simple but beautifully done linen and brocade shifts were styled with Restored by Design‘s floral statement jewelry.

Jess Abernethy

Jess Abernethy took her classic, clean line and added huge gold earrings and headscarves for a look I’ll call “tropical gangster”.  She always makes at least one fabulous pencil skirt in her collection and this one, below center, paired with a floral top, was one of my favorite looks all week.  The top on the left was stunning as well but had a completely open back that demanded bralessness, a deal-breaker for me!

Yellow Clover by Sarah Prost

At Yellow Clover, the models walked the runway barefoot on tiptoes, wearing painted on strappy sandals.  Sarah’s aesthetic has always reminded me a bit of Anthropologie’s:  whimsical and feminine.  Her attention to detail is exquisite, as noted on the unique touches she gives each garment. 

If you missed the shows this time around, mark your calendar for StyleWeek’s 8th season, coming January 19th through the 25th.  Visit for details.

All images by Daniel Gagnon Photography.

Jill Marinelli is a personal stylist who appears regularly on WPRI’s “The Rhode Show” and in her “My Style” segment on 92 Pro-FM.  She is passionate about helping every woman look and feel fabulous.  Learn more about Jill and her Personal Stylist Training Program at