Monday, October 20, 2014

Boston Fashion Week 2014: Emerging Trends Runway Show - Part 2

In the past year blogging has given me so many great and fun opportunities and today I'm going to talk about the most exciting opportunity that has come my way.  I was able to cover the Emerging Trends Runway Show as press.

Last week I wrote a post summarizing what to expect at the show and you can read that post HERE.  The Emerging Trends Runway show was put together by Synergy Events.

The day before the show I attended a press meeting where I met some of the designers that were presenting their designs at the show the following night.

Maj was founded by Jamie Johnson in 2007.  Jamie sews all of her designs herself and is inspired by the Alaskan sunrise where she's from.  She says that the biggest challenge of being a designer is money and breaking into the industry which is one of the things she hopes to gain after the show.  She'd love to start selling her designs in boutiques.  Here are some of the designs she showcased in the show.  I love the soft pinks and blues!

Brigid Horlander
Brigid designs "Ready-To Wear" clothing with southern charm and sass.  She is a Georgia native and this is her first fashion show.  She says her biggest challenge in designing is finding the time to do so and her favorite part is the creative process.  She'd love to sell in boutiques and someday even have her own store.  Here are some of the designs showed on the runway.

Jungsu "J" Choi
Jungsu is from South Korea and studied fashion at Parson The New School for Design.  The inspiration for his designs are sci-fi tv shows like Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars.  He's been designing men's wear for the past 3 months.  Below he shows us his favorite piece which I loved and asked him to make a women's version!

Joyce Penas Pilarsky
Joyce just showcased her gowns at New York Fashion Week.  She's from the Philippines and owns a store there in Manila.  She focuses on wedding gowns and evening wear and recently started designing plus size gowns.  She believes that women of all shapes and sizes should be able to feel beautiful.  All of the sequins on her gowns are hand sewn and the materials she uses are light weight for maximum comfort.

Aussi Bella Bags
Aussi Bella Bags are designed by Kelly Gehman.  Kelly is from Pennsylvania and takes her inspiration from fashion and photographs.  She uses leather and vegan materials as well as wool, silk, and linen.  
All her bags are named after cities and are available for sale online.  When the Boston Work Tote (tan bag on the right in the photo below) which is part of the spring collection, becomes available for sale, a portion of the proceeds will go to Boston Strong!

Taylor Lane Designs
Taylor designs custom corsets with steel boning.  Her corsets are high quality, comfortable, and flattering.  Her designs showcase elegant day to day corsets that are work appropriate and sexy.  Her form of corsets are even incorporated into belts and dresses.  She sells her corsets in a few boutiques and would like to spread out and work with more boutiques.

Here's what I wore to the press meeting:

Top: Gap, Skirt: Express, Necklace & Bracelet: J.Crew, Boots: DSW

Saturday night was the actual Runway show.  The Emerging Trends Fashion show took place at the Cyclorama Center for the Arts in Boston.

Here's me and Tanya at the little red carpet photo area:

 Dress: H&M, Shoes: Marshalls, Necklace: Banana Republic, Bracelet: J.Crew

There were a few vendors as well as a Beauty Bar Station for complimentary hair and makeup application.  I had put some curls in my hair that were becoming flat so I had them recurl my hair for me and the stylist gave me a slight poof.

The hair stylists were from Avanti Salon in Boston.  I LOVED my voluminous hair!

Here are the best photos from the runway shows.  I do apologize for the quality of my photos.  There were blinding lights right across the runway from me so I did the best I could. 

A photo of the runway before before showtime.

Joyce Penas Pilarsky

Aussi Bella Bags

Jungsu J Choi


Capital T

 Taylor Lane

Gate 26-Modern Vintage

Brigid Horlander

Anya Liesnik

NuVu Studio

Open Style Labs
At the end of the show we learned about a wonderful program at MIT.  Open Style Labs is an educational program that offers clothing solutions for people with disabilities.  Often people with disabilities can't attend events due to their limited clothing choices.  Teams of designers, occupational therapists, and engineers work together to create clothing solutions for their clients that are both functional and stylish. This is an amazing program so please take the time to learn more about it by clicking onto their informational website!

Overall I had such an amazing time at the Emerging Trends Fashion Show.  It was a great experience to be able to cover such a big fashion event!  I look forward to attending more Boston Fashion Week shows next year.

Have you ever been to a big fashion show?

*I was given a ticket to the show in exchange for a blog post.  All statements are 100% honest and my own.

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