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RISD Collection 2016

RISD Apparel Design Seniors — Runway Shows

(5.7) Apparel design seniors at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will debut their creations on the runway at Collection 2016. Two fast-paced runway shows, 4pm and 7pm, take place at the RISD Fleet Library on Westminster Street this Saturday. The eye-opening designs shown at Collection are

todd oldham


Entering the Todd Oldham exhibit is like waking up in Munchkin Land . . . or emerging from the shadows into the sunny green of Fenway Park . . . if Fenway Park was covered in sequins. This is instant joy. The curators have created

brooch dress

Todd Oldham Exhibit Opens At RISD

“Before leaving the house, always remove one accessory.” What would Coco Chanel have made of Todd Oldham’s Brooch Dress? This strapless eye-popper features 400 pieces of hand-molded Swarovski crystal jewelry and is one of the pieces featured in “All of Everything : Todd Oldham Fashion”

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‘Swagged and Poufed’ At RISD

Shades of Scarlett O’Hara— I saw it in the window and just had to have it. A new exhibition ‘Swagged and Poufed: The Upholstered Body in the Late 19th Century and Today’ opens Friday at the RISD Museum. In 1890, designer William Morris quipped that

What Cheer Vintage

Costume Jewelry Collectors Converge This Weekend — From Glam To Groovy

In Warwick?! Providence should be mecca to costume jewelry collectors — how did we not book this event? Coro . . . Trifari . . . the Jewelry District anyone? Oh well, welcome to Costume Jewelry Collectors International (CJCI) who will be meeting nearby this

Carmen & Ginger

Vintage Bridal Bonanza — Providence Flea

(9.13) This goes way beyond bridal. Carmen & Ginger proprietor Christine Francis will be selling a unique collection of never-worn brides and bridesmaids dresses from the 40’s and 50’s at the Providence Flea this Sunday. Creative types found off the beaten bridal path — apparel

slater mill

Chambray Shirts — Blue Collars On The Red Carpet

An article in The New York Times illuminates the working class roots of the current fashion must-have, the chambray shirt. Turns out chambray in America has a local provenance. The early history of chambray ­stretches to the French town of Cambrai and a dense linen,

golden glamour

Heavy Metal Threads At RISD

Extraordinary garments from the première fashion houses of the early 20th century (there’s an amazing two-piece Fortuny) are on display now in ‘Golden Glamour’ at the RISD Museum. The wall text explains their local provenance. Raised in Newport, Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry . . .

Gangsta Graphite

Guitar Strings Qua Jewelry — Wear Your Music

Check it out, someone is still making jewelry in the Jewelry District. Artist Hannah Garrison solicits used guitar strings from noted guitarists and turns them into bracelets. Providence-based Wear Your Music also sells key chains, earrings, etc. Participating musicians include Brown alum Lisa Loeb, Les

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RISD Fashion Show

(5.10) After months of conceptual development, experimentation and meticulous construction, final garments designed by Rhode Island School of Design students will make their runway debut at COLLECTION 2014. Seniors in the RISD Apparel Design program will show their collections this Saturday at the R.I. Convention

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Boys’ Bow Tie Event

(5.3) Join the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society at the Old Brick Schoolhouse in Providence for the annual Boys’ Bow-Tie Event. The Boys’ Bow-Tie Event is a chance for boys ages 6-12 to learn to tie a bow-tie and a number of other useful skills

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Urban Vintage Bazaar Postponed — May 3rd Raindate

[Update: The UVB has been moved to Saturday, May 3rd due to the rainy weather predicted for this Saturday.] Check out the Urban Vintage Bazaar a spring fashion event featuring clothing, accessories, and jewelry for men and women. This is not a rummage sale. It

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Manic Pixie Tees

T-shirt technology has come a long way in the last decade. The cut, particularly for females, is more flattering and sophisticated, and the fabrics are finer. Some of those old tees were actually too hot to wear in the summer. Even the sports franchises have

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Providence Geek Dinner At AS220

(3.19) Sooner or later . . . you’re gonna crash. Make sure you are wearing these crash pants from G-Form. From their headquarters in the Jewelry District, G-Form has been shaking up one industry after another with their Reactive Protection Technology™ — a proprietary composite, that

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Interesting French Guy Subject Of Athenaeum Salon

(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

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Myopia Utopia — Cool Eyewear Downtown

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.