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StyleWeek Finale Featuring Sarah Prost, Jess Abernethy & Jonathan Joseph Peters

Local fashionista and style blogger Mia Lupo attended StyleWeek this past Friday featuring designers Sarah Prost, Jess Abernethy and Jonathan Joseph Peters. Her blog, Penser Sourvent (which translated from French means “to think about often), is all about style finds, trends and Newport musings. Check out the amazing gallery of pieces from the StyleWeek Accessories Showcase by CLICKING HERE.

Mia describes the collection presented by Providence’s own Jess Abernethy as “retro-inspired resort wear,” noting Abernethy’s penchant for designs with graphic prints fashioned into classic silhouettes. Headscarves and dramatic makeup polished off each look:

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For the finale, Jonathan Joseph Peters presented a collect Mia said was “funky and fresh.” The craftsmanship and detail manifested itself via thoughtful cascading ruffles, feminine necklines, sequin and studs,and surprising elements like intricate back detail:

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Bravo to the incomparable Rosanna Ortiz Sinel and her StyleWeek Northeast team on another extraordinary showcase of regional talent!

September 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

StyleWeek Thursday: Jillian Banta, Karla Marie & Susan Troy

Thursday night’s StyleWeek shows opened with Jillian Banta, a recent graduate URI’s Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design program who says she draws inspiration from Europeans architecture and street style. Aquidneck Island’s own Stacie Waleyko, seen below, walked the runway in two of Banta’s designs. Stacie, represented by The Beauty Within Model Management, will wrap up her runway week (appearing every night) at tonight’s finale shows. A B IMG_2462 IMG_2477 IMG_2476 IMG_2474 IMG_2470 IMG_2469IMG_2485

Karla Marie Quiroz paid homage to her Dominican Republic homeland with a collection bursting with bright color, midriff bearing silhouettes and vibrant patterns. Just 22 years old, the URI student finished her ensembles with models sporting cool green eye-color and flowing tresses.

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Susan Troy holds a BFA in Textiles/Fiber Arts at UMASS Dartmouth and attended the School of Fashion Design in Boston. Her collection Thursday evening was stunning–natural fabrics (lots of linen), elegant silhouettes and exquisitely styled models created an ethereal vibe reminiscent of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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August 30, 2013 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

Stephanie Kolanko, Naomi Sauro and Amy Stetkiewicz Make a Splash at StyleWeek

The seventh installment of StyleWeek continues this week showcasing the work of regional designers with a passion for fashion. Last night’s trio of shows at the Providence Biltmore wowed with bold color, reinvented silhouettes and a whimsical point of view.

North Smithfield-based designer Stephanie Kolanko, who studied Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at URI opened the show:

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Next up was the debut of NoMy Style by Naomi Sauro who specializes in designing plus-size women’s clothing:  

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And summing up the evening was the Spring 2014 collection by Amy Stetkiewicz, a Parsons grad with an affinity for modern simplicity with luxe appeal:

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Tickets still available for shows this week. see post below for the line-up.

August 28, 2013 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Sew Fabulous! Au Courant Returns

ImageIt’s always a treat when the stars of StyleWeek head to the City-by-the-Sea—especially for an extraordinary cause” Child & Family. On Friday, June 28, 2013 from 6-11 p.m., StyleWeek returns to Ochre Court with a runway show featuring debut pieces (read: wearable art) by:

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Attendees will also have the exclusive opportunity to discuss fashion trends with and purchase one-of-a-kind designs. A live and silent auction includes enviable experiences like lunch with the lovable dandy doyenne of fashion himself, Tim Gunn.

Enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, killer ocean views and fabulous fashionable friends. Tickets start at $100 and can be bought by clicking here.


June 11, 2013 at 12:18 am 1 comment

StyleWeek Northeast is Here!

It’s a thrilling time in the capital city as StyleWeek Northeast unfolds on the top floors of the historic Biltmore, showcasing the fresh talent of more than 14 designers. Avant-garde to elegant, daring to drop-jaw, the excitement is palpable as over 100 looks grace the Alex and Ani Runway Room (the hotel’s renamed Grand Ballroom) every night, Aug. 26 through Aug. 31. Each evening opens with an Accessory Showcase featuring the talent of local artisans, jewelry makers and fab finds from local boutiques, plus a cocktail hour—all before the fashion frenzy begins—and most nights are fêted with a chic after-party. Check out photo from opening night in the ProJo by CLICKING HERE.

For more information, schedules and to buy tickets, CLICK HERE.

Top look by Jessica Abernethy, photo Newport Stylephile

August 27, 2012 at 8:52 am Leave a comment

Au Courant: An Evening Too Marvelous for Words

What is being dubbed Newport’s fashion event of the summer is coming this Saturday and fashionistas across the region are anxiously awaiting the chance to don their best duds the oceanside fete. Au Courant: An Evening Too Marvelous for Words, unfolds at Ochre Court and will feature eight of New England’s top fashion designers, including Jonathan Joseph Peters, Avni Trviedi, Jessica Abernethy sending their head-turning Resort Collections looks down the runway. While sipping cocktail amid the backdrop of the sea, attendees will be able to see the looks up close and buy directly from the designers. The event, organized by the stellar team behind StyleWeek (Providence/Northeast and Miami), benefits Child & Family. “StyleWeek is thrilled to partner once again with Child & Family for Au Courant,” says StyleWeek founder (and all around amazing gal!) Rosanna Ortiz Sinel.  “Newport can expect to see progressive, creative and talented collections on the runway as well as have a personal experience with the designers who have so perfectly made StyleWeek what it is today. We are elated to share this experience with Newport, where art and culture is part of its foundation.”

Child & Family’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Keith Tavares, agrees, adding, “Whenever you put the City of Newport together with fashion and style in order to create a social event to benefit families in need, the outcome is bound to be a big success.” For tickets and information, call 401-848-4150 or visit

Local retailers are toasting the event by hosting Style Night Newport on Friday, June 29th (5-8pm) along Bellevue Avenue. Shoppers check in at International Tennis Hall of Fame for a map and get the 411 on special offers (many boutiques will be offering discounts/promotions and refreshments!). The Hotel Viking is the last stop on the fashion trek where shoppers can unwind with refreshments and enter to win Au Courant tickets. Click MORE below for a list of participating retailers and designers.

Photo, top left: Hilary B. Photography


June 25, 2012 at 7:29 am 1 comment

StyleWeek Providence Returns, Kicks Off with Go Red Challenge benefiting American Heart Association

For the first time ever, StyleWeek Providence is opening its doors to the public offering tickets to shows and events August 26-September 3rd (click here for a full schedule). But it all kicks off with one powerful event this Friday evening: The Go Red StyleWeek Challenge benefiting American Heart Association, which raises awareness and funds for the fight against heart disease in women.

The theme of this season’s challenge is “Little Hearts. Big Love.” The runway show features female survivors between the ages of 8 and 13 outfitted in original ensembles custom created by StyleWeek and inspired by the survivors personalities. “It’s been wonderful for our team and all the designers to work with the adult and young survivors,” says Rosanna Ortiz Sinel, founder and president of StyleWeek. “This experience has moved and changed all of us.”

“Little Hearts. Big Love.,” will take place at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $40-$150 and can be purchased by clicking here. For more information on this event and the entire StyleWeek schedule, visit or “like” the StyleWeek page on Facebook.

Pictured above, designer Jonathan Joseph Peters at this winter’s sold out Go Red StyleWeek Challenge. Photo by Anibal Melo Photography,

August 23, 2011 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

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