Two hundred miles away, two weeks after the New York Fashion Week – Boston threw down the gauntlet again this year and didn’t disappoint. Northeastern New England’s biggest fall fashion show with international and local emerging designers and hundreds of guests in attendance sure was worth the drive in the pouring rain.
Held on September 24th at the Cyclorama on Tremont St., a somewhat romantic vintage venue on the outside but very industrial and roomy on the inside, the show featured 11 collections throughout the night. During intermission guests had a chance to pose for red carpet photos, grab a flute of rosé and mingle with their favorite designers. The Examiner sat down with a few of them, including Andy Jacques – Boston native, who launched a collection of mens sportscoats, jackets, trench coats and blazers inspired by travel, aviation and his three favorite cities – Boston, New York and London. Having come from a family of tailors, Andy’s main focus is the perfect fit at a reasonable price.”I want anyone and everyone to be able to wear my pieces”, he says. He premiered his very tailored, edgy line GATE26 in collaboration with Caseable, a hi-tech fashion forward creator of customizable cases for iPads, Kindles and laptops. Co-owner Marvin Amberg recently moved from Germany and kick-started Caseable with a business partner two years ago in Brooklyn. On the website you can choose from either an existing design inspired by city life, art and diversity or upload an image of your own to be imprinted on the case at no extra charge.
Shoes by Halldora drew undivided attention. A peculiar combination of materials such as leather, pony and horse hair, salmon skin and lava stones topped by impeccable execution and original design was both visually and tactilely tantalizing. Halldora’s inspiration was her home – Iceland, with it’s rich and mysterious nature and ancient traditions.
Canadian designer Naanafya of Garde Del Avante was in the spotlight with a collection of extravagant feather and chain accessories and statement jewelry. She stood out of the crowd with her extreme short bleach blond hair and a puffy white tutu, Naanafya’s models were wearing mohawks and intense eye make up that complemented the collection.
Emerging Trends premiered in 2008 as part of the Boston Fashion Week and has been providing a unique networking opportunity for new designers ever since. Every year it’s growing and attracting more and more talent, press and fashion celebrities.
Reaz Hoque, the man behind the movement, is looking forward to 2012. However still has a few projects up his sleeve for this year, including Synergy’s James Bond 007 themed NYE exclusive celebration. Stay tuned!
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