Archive for the ‘ Fashion ’ Category
BY Beth Comery
(2.28) Really interesting French guy. The Providence Athenaeum hosts Fashion Institute of Technology Museum Director Valerie Steele for “Octave Uzanne: La Mode Femme in Fin-de-Siècle Paris.”
Octave Uzanne (1851-1931) was a French writer and bibliophile, who is known today (if at all) primarily as the creator of luxurious illustrated books. Yet he was a strange and interesting individual whose life intersected with an array of literary, artistic, and bohemian figures, from the poet Mallarmé to the pornographer Felicien Rops.
Ha. Now we’ve got your attention.
When Marcel Proust fought a duel with the louche gay journalist Jean Lorrain, Uzanne was Lorrain’s second [See also: Gay Blades]. Uzanne was also extremely interested in women’s fashion, especially as it related to the image of the Parisienne. He wrote a number of books on this subject, including La Femme à Paris and Les Modes à Paris,which associated the history of fashion with women’s changing lives.
Steele will focus on Uzanne’s role as a pioneering fashion historian, his theories about female psychology, and what his work reveals about the culture of fin-de-siècle Paris. Salon will feature a pop-up exhibit of first editions of works by Uzanne from the Special Collections of the Athenaeum and the Fleet Library at RISD.
5pm to 7pm, Friday, February 28, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street
BY Beth Comery
Forget the Lasik. Frames are now highly desirable fashion accessories and way too much fun to give up just so you can actually see things . . . all the time. Frankly, a low rez start to the day is not such a bad thing.
Stylish myopics, tired of the mass-produced Luxottica labels, can head down to Providence Optical on Westminster Street and let licensed, board certified optician Lee Kuczewski hook you up with unique, often vintage-inspired, eyewear (check out the flocked (!) shades after the jump) from independent eyewear companies from around the world.
Or really step it up with some custom, bespoke frames; Kuczewski also happens to be creative director of Lee Allen Eyewear, founded 10 years ago with business partner Declan Halpin. For the interesting origin story of this local custom design and manufacturing firm check out Jenna Pellatier’s piece last October in the ProJo — more proof of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Success is a function of persistence” hypothesis. The frames are made mostly out of vintage acetate.
While Kuczewski, 31, and Halpin, 37, consider Lee Allen Eyewear Providence-based, they design and manufacture frames — custom work as well as two collections each year — in a Fall River mill space.
. . . Their frames are sold at Providence Optical as well as at Labrabbit Optics in Chicago and Silver Lining Opticians in New York. They have also worked on collaborations with other brands, including New York shoe designer Oliver Clark.
This is not an inexpensive shop but these frames are good value. Plus, good sunglasses protect your eyes.
Providence Optical, closed Sunday, 210 Westminster Street, 401.351.4994
BY Daily Dose
Every four years we get to check in with Loudmouth, the American sportswear company established in 2000 by Cranston native Scott “Woody” Woodworth. Mr. Woodworth graduated from Brown University a few decades ago with a degree in semiotics, so these fabrics must mean something. Seen here is the Norwegian curling team now in Sochi. The Norwegian curlers made big news back in Vancouver with their Loudmouth uniforms prompting this reminiscence from a former Woodworth classmate in The Brown Alumni Magazine:
Scott “Woody” Woodworth ‘82 showed up on campus his freshman year wearing three-inch high boots, blue velour bell-bottom pants, and an unbuttoned matching shirt whose tails he tied together just above his belt buckle.
Even by the standards of the day, that took stones. As does curling.
The Norwegian Curling Team Pants have their own Facebook page.
BY Beth Comery
At a time of year when the city seems drained of all color, we need this. Meet Nashville native and fashion blogger (Girl with the Flower) Zoe Schlacter, currently a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. Zoe caught my eye in the Feb/Mar issue of Bust Magazine which has a regular ‘Looks’ feature highlighting a young style maven, with an emphasis on originality, thrift, and creativity. What a vivid and glorious creature.
Although new to Providence Zoe soon discovered Shop Bananas — the fun modern/retro clothing store on Broadway — and notes in the article that her “I Do Nails” necklace had been purchased there. This image is borrowed from her blog with the caption, “This awesome frog purse and this necklace are both from Shop Bananas in Providence. Bananas is definitely my favorite store in the Providence area. They have so many cute things… I never leave the store empty-handed!” (Proprietor Lizzy Colley is no slouch in the eye-popping apparel department.)
Now about those exquisite headbands! Zoe tells Bust that it all started with store-bought hairclips back in Nashville.
Then I started making my own headbands from craft-store flowers, and added little figurines, and animals, and glow-in-the-dark aliens, and tea sets, and mermaids, and rhinestones, an googly eyes.
Never have these materials been put to such sublime purpose; and the construction is flawless. And they are for sale, along with wrist corsages and sunglasses, at her Etsy page at very reasonable prices.
BY Beth Comery
StyleWeek Northeast 2014 starts tonight with all events being held in one place this time around. Jenna Pelletier at the ProJo has this event covered complete with a schedule of events and list of designers with what to expect from each.
StyleWeek Northeast is rolling out the runway once again. The latest installation of the twice-yearly fashion week takes place at the Providence Biltmore Jan. 19 to 25. Open to the public and industry pros alike, the event features nightly runway shows, cocktail receptions and shopping from accessories vendors.
Tickets cost $60 for Sunday, Friday and Saturday night runway shows and $40 for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night runway shows. College students who present a valid ID receive half-price standing-room admission to all shows. Click here for tickets.
And a special shout-out to StyleWeek Director of Hair, Betha Wood! Ms. Wood owns Salon Bianco and cuts my own hair twice a year. I should go more often but I’m lazy, so it’s not her fault when it doesn’t look good. She’s a wizard with those scissors and likes to talk about music (we bonded at a Band of Skulls show). So check out the hair.
StyleWeek, Sunday, January 19th through Saturday, January 25th, Providence Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance Street
BY Daily Dose
(10.3) New York street style icon, stylist and model Tziporah Salamon will perform her one woman show: “The Fabric of My Life: A Sartorial Autobiography,” in which Tziporah will use her legendary vintage and designer wardrobe to illustrate the story of her life. This free event is hosted by Wayland Square’s Clad in boutique, which encourages all women, of all sizes and ages, to develop a creative, personal style and to have fun with fashion.
A favorite subject of acclaimed photographers Bill Cunningham, Iké Udé and Ari Seth Cohen, Tziporah regularly graces the New York Times Style section and is frequently featured in Advanced Style. In addition to working as a stylist, performance artist and teacher at Parson’s, The New School for Design, Tziporah has modeled for Lanvin and in Australian Vogue. Her internationally-sourced archival wardrobe has served as inspiration to such designers as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Photo by Dan Rous.
BY Beth Comery
(8.18) Having just taken one more stroll through the wonderful Artist/Rebel/Dandy exhibition at the RISD Museum (ends Sunday!) I would like to register a minor quibble, an oversight in the modern practitioners category: How does André Benjamin (aka André 3000) not get a mention?
Maybe his name will come up Sunday at the Bow Ties For Boys Workshop with Attorney Richard W. Rose being hosted by the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society — check out the RIBHS website for a how-to video — although I would understand if they’re trying to steer the conversation away from celebrity culture.
Workshop participants, boys aged between 6-14 will receive a dynamic presentation with Attorney Rose, who will guide the young men through the process of how to tie a bow tie. Attorney Rose is a longstanding advocate of Rhode Island’s youth, and is widely appreciated for his energetic and impactful approach with young people. All young attendees will take home a new, designer bow tie to begin their own collection.
This workshop will offer the opportunity to explore other social protocols with veteran actor Robb Dimmick. Dimmick, a children’s theater teacher, director, and writer, will lead young participants in a lively demonstration, rehearsing effective ways of introducing oneself and how to shake hands.
Following the workshop, participants will walk across the river to the RISD Museum in order to enjoy a free guided tour of the celebrated exhibit, Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion. The event is free for the first 40 boys to register, or you can sponsor a boy for a $12 donation. Contact Michael Rose at 401.421.o6o6 or email: email@example.com.
Bow Ties For Boys Workshop, 1:30pm to 4pm, Sunday, August 18, the Owen Building, 101 Dyer Street
BY Daily Dose
The Museum marks the final days of this sumptuous show with a free Design the Night celebration on Thursday, August 15, 5-9 pm. Photographer Corey Grayhorse, local gourmet food trucks, a dandy film, and activities for all ages are on tap, enticing visitors to dine, drink, and dip into creative endings—and possibly new beginnings. Self-proclaimed “Black country soul rocksteady music group” Boo City wraps up the night with a special concert on the Chace Center Plaza.
Artist/Rebel/Dandy features myriad manifestations of the dandy’s style and persona, from the discreet sophistication and consummate elegance of Beau Brummell (1778–1840) to the romantics and revolutionaries of today. Seen here is a suit, circa 1968, worn by Richard Merkin (painter, illustrator, RISD faculty member).
Free, 5pm to 9pm, Thursday, August 15, “Design the Night,” RISD Museum, Chace Center Plaza, 20 North Main Street
BY H.L. Parker
A new exhibition Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion opens Sunday at the RISD Museum.
Rather than following strict definitions, Artist/Rebel/Dandy features myriad manifestations of the dandy’s style and persona, from the discreet sophistication and consummate elegance of Beau Brummell (1778–1840) to the romantics and revolutionaries of today—including Rick Owens, Patti Smith, Ouigi Theodore, and Waris Ahluwalia.
The show includes a shirt once worn by Oscar Wilde and several suits from the collection of the late Richard Merkin, noted painter and longtime RISD Professor. Bill van Siclen has a great write-up in the ProJo.
(The toffs will be attending a $500/ticket gala on Friday night at the Chace Center featuring the big black voodoo dandy himself, André Leon Talley, a force of nature and editor at Vogue.)
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BY Beth Comery
(2.15) In anticipation of the exhibition “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion” opening at the RISD Museum on April 28th, the Providence Athenaeum is hosting a series of salons. This Friday, exhibit curators Kate Irvin and Laurie Brewer will present the many perspectives that meet and sometimes collide to illustrate the range of the dandy spectrum.
The RISD Museum celebrates the dandy, tracing the variety of ways in which this personality has blazed through two centuries and investigating where he resides today. Rather than following strict definitions, Artist/Rebel/Dandy features myriad manifestations of the dandy’s style and persona, from the discreet sophistication and consummate elegance of Beau Brummell (1778–1840) to the romantics and revolutionaries of today—including Rick Owens, Patti Smith, Ouigi Theodore, and Waris Ahluwalia.
The exhibit will include a suit jacket worn in the 60’s by local dandy, painter, illustrator, and longtime RISD professor, Richard Merkin (also noted for being on the cover of “Sgt. Pepper’s”). Part 3 of this salon series “‘Fresh Dressed Like a Million Bucks’: A Cultural History of Black Dandyism” will be held on February 22nd.
(Photograph of Guy Hills by Geordie.)
Salon, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, February 15, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street
BY Beth Comery
Okay, while we are on the topic of design (typography division), aren’t there too many slashes in that date format? I object. Let’s hope the fashion designers in town for StyleWeek Northeast 2013 know better than to overdo the froufrou.
There are too many events and too many venues to mention so just go to the website where you will find all the designer bios, including Providence designer Jason Aaron Segal who according to the Project Runway scorecard has survived Week One of the new season.
The Providence Journal has photos of Sunday’s opening night runway show at the Biltmore.
StyleWeek Northeast 2013 runs through Saturday, February 2, schedule here.
BY Daily Dose
Providence has another designer on “Project Runway.” (Jonathan Joseph Peters represented on Season 7.) Joseph Aaron Segal currently teaches Industrial Knitting at RISD while working as a freelance knitwear designer and lead designer for his two brands, World of JAS and Pretty Snake. He could probably retire right now on the success of his Crazy Kitty sweater (this is one of many iterations, colors, styles).
To see his looks from the 2011 StyleWeek Providence go to ProJo.
“Project Runway” premieres Thursday, January 24th at 9pm on Lifetime.
BY Beth Comery
(11.16) Friday’s Salon at the Athenaeum — “Proust’s Duchesse: The Making and Unmaking of a Society Style Icon” — continues the ‘Proust and fashion’ conversation started Tuesday (see below), this time with Columbia University Associate Professor of French Caroline Weber.
Weber examines Proust’s friendship with the three leading salon hostesses and taste-makers upon whom he based his novel’s iconic anti-heroine, the Duchesse de Guermantes, and the complex relationship between this fictional muse and her real-life counterparts. The importance of fashion and style in the Belle Epoque, including the rise of such couturiers as Fortuny, and the evolution in the nature of celebrity and social prestige at that moment, emerge as particularly important elements of the Duchesse’s – and her models’ – personae.
Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, November 16, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street
BY Beth Comery
Swanning about in the stacks. From the Providence Athenaeum Director of Programs, Christina Bevilacqua, ” Join us for two conversations that reconsider conventional assumptions about both Proust and fashion – in part by showing how Proust “read” and used fashion to write about everything from the frivolous to the profound.”
Tuesday’s Salon: Proustfest part 1: Bard Graduate Center Assistant Professor of Clothing and Textiles Michele Majer on “Dress and the Dandy in Proust” (part of the “Artist/Rebel/Dandy” series presented in conjunction with Museum of Art RISD).
“Contrary to what many thoughtless people seem to believe, dandyism is not even an excessive delight in clothes and material elegance. For the perfect dandy, these things are no more than the symbol of the aristocratic superiority of his mind.” This Baudelairean manifesto found nuanced expression in the work of Proust, for whom the evocative, multivalent aspect of clothing—its ambiguity in being intimately connected to but not of the body, its transformative ability to reveal, conceal, or disguise the body and the inner self, and our deeply personal, psychological relationship to what we and others wear—made it a serious object of study. Characters like the aristocratic dandy the Baron de Charlus, the cultured aesthete Charles Swann, and the supremely elegant Princesse de Guermantes are each associated with their highly distinctive styles. Majer will examine fashion’s fin de siècle moment and the ways that Proust used dress as a manifestation of his characters’ personalities and to deconstruct the meanings of their sartorial choices.
More later about Friday’s event, or go here for information about upcoming Athenaeum programs.
Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday, November 13, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street
BY Daily Dose
Collection 2012, the Apparel Design department’s popular fashion show, will take to the runway on Friday, May 18 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. After months of conceptual development, experimentation and meticulous construction, students have an opportunity to showcase their one-of-a-kind creations to the public at this annual event. For the enthusiastic audience, it’s a fun and fast-paced evening of entertainment offering a sneak peak at the fashion tastemakers and trendsetters of the future.
The designs shown in each year’s Collection are juried by a panel of guest critics – professional designers who carefully review and discuss the work together, give students critical feedback and select the best garments for the runway show.
All proceeds benefit the RISD Scholarship Fund. (Seen here: Designs by senior Hope MacDonald.)
$42-$62, 8pm, Friday, May 18, RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street
BY Daily Dose
And if you don’t care for football . . . StyleWeek Providence starts today at 4pm with an accessory show, culminating next Saturday, January 28, with shows from Peach Carr and Ben Chmura, followed by a designer showcase and after-event soiree (complete schedule). All events will be held at the Biltmore in the Grand Ballroom and L’Apogee. Go here for a list of designers.
Local talent and Project Runway veteran Jonathan Joseph Peters returns as creative director and vice-president of StyleWeek brand development; Peters shows his line tonight Sunday, January 22, at 9pm.