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Hats Off to Headwear

In January, I was delighted that designer Kara Wickman offered to dress me for the StyleWeek finale featuring Project Runway alum and Providence’s own Jonathan Joseph Peters, the divine Daniela Corte (who is over the moon about having one of her bikinis featured in the just-released Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue), and textile designer Joseph Aaron Segal. I saw Kara’s show a few days before and adored the look pictured at left–the flowing blouse, the tweed trousers and chic accessories, none more fantastic than the floppy felt hat. Kara told me the hat was the addition of the event’s stylist, Christina Pierce.

Since then, I’ve been on a lighthearted hunt for a similar hat. Of course, some Newporters will indubitably correlate floppy hats with Mia Farrow’s portrayal of Daisy Buchanan in the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby filmed here in the City-by-the-Sea. Brigitte Bardot also rocked the look, as evidenced by the shot at top. And last month, when I was in New York for an event during Fashion Week, it seemed fabulous floppy hats were everywhere.

I found some online at for $40, but with spring around the corner, I didn’t bite the bullet. Instead, I’ll be checking out local vintage shops, like Vintage to Vogue on Lower Thames Street and Closet Revival on Broadway, and I’ll see if the gals at Karma have any fun head-wear. Think about picking up a little something fun and funky for the season ahead.

Top left, Kara Wickman desing, photo by Michael Cress.

March 4, 2011 at 9:48 am 4 comments

One on One with Project Runway Winner and Rhode Island-Bound Seth Aaron Henderson

Fans of Project Runway watched designer Seth Aaron Henderson, a punk-rock-meets-glam-meets-goth garment guru, sew up top honors during Season 7 of the immensely popular reality TV competition in The Battle for Bryant Park. As New York Fashion Week kick off in the Big Apple tomorrow, Henderson has his sights set Lil’ Rhody, as he’ll join Season 8 runner-up Mondo Guerra for an insider’s look behind the scenes of Project Runway at the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, February 16 (8-11 p.m., ticket information below).

I chatted with the delightfully candid Seth Aaron from his Portland, Oregon, studio in advance of his URI appearance, and it seems the future is nothing but bright for the burgeoning designer.

Reflecting on your Project Runway experience, do you feel the show accurately depicted who you are, and how has post-Project Runway life been?

It was totally real. It was a lot of work, a lot of stress, and you do that 7 days a week, on like 3 or 4 hours sleep. Not everyone can operate on just that little amount of sleep, and people can start to get cranky but it was all real. … I get emails from all over the world—France, Germany, China, Japan—every single country, and it’s really cool. I do get recognized, and I look at is as my job. I signed up for it. You can’t runway and hide, that’s why I love these events (URI). I love meeting like 2000 new people…I’d rather be with them then like 50 in a room I already know. I like randomness, I don’t like staging or scripting. I’ll do an interview on TV or something and they’ll be like, ‘Here’s the questions,’ before and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to know!’

Some of the challenges seem limiting, especially when you have to stay within set parameters that can require using specific materials. Do you feel you were able to stay true to your aesthetic? (click MORE to read after the jump) (more…)

February 9, 2011 at 11:35 am 1 comment

Go Red StyleWeek Challenge

This year’s StyleWeek Providence has adopted a philanthropic element as evidenced in last night’s Go Red StyleWeek Challenge, an extraordinary Project Runway-like competition where 14 of the week’s showing designers dressed a heart disease or stroke survivor to benefit the American Heart Association.

As cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, the Go Red for Women movement began in 2004 to raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women. The red dress has become the national symbol to promote the cause, and events surrounding the now iconic symbol include fashion shows like last night’s standing-room-only event at the Providence Biltmore. With boatloads of crystals at their disposal supplied by Rhode Island’s own Swarovski Elements, the red dresses shimmered under the lights as models sashayed down the runway escorted by their assigned designer. Project Runway Season 7 standout and the Ocean State’s own Jonathan Joseph Peters debuted a floor-length evening gown (pictured above), Kara Wickman (who we featured HERE) showed a bustier top with a crystal-embedded tank neckline and floor-length skirt with a train gathered at the back with a detailed rosette, and Jessica Abernethy designed the evening’s crowning look (above left), a tea-length cocktail dress with a stunning over-sized pleated collar, fitted waist, and full skirt with red-on-red biased stripes. Sarah Prost, mastermind behind Yellow Clover and Cologne, fashioned a gown with a banded waist and tiered skirt that flowed down the runway (at right) .

Daniela Corte stole the sentimental spotlight with her strapless evening gown she designer for her mother (see below).

In truth though, they were all winners, celebrating fashion and health and a bright future ahead.

All photos by Anibal Melo Photography,

January 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm 1 comment

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