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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

StyleWeek Begins!

ImageTickets are still available for the awesome StyleWeek Northeast shows this week, and all the fabulousness unfolds at the Providence Biltmore. Monday’s opening night shows included PINI presented by Flaunt Boutique, Chances R Designs by Toni Lyn Spaziano and GREGORY PAUL— all to rave reviews. The excitement continues through Friday–here’s the exciting line up:

Tuesday, August 27th

7pm Stephanie Kolanko
8pm NoMy Style
9pm Amy Stetkiewicz

Wednesday, August 28th

7pm kelly Zogheb
8pm Evan Michael Industry
9pm Alistair Archer

Thursday, August 29th

7pm Jillian Banta – Apparel Designer
8pm Karla Marie
9pm Susan Troy Designs

Friday, August 30th

6:30 pm installation by Phil Shaw
7pm Sarah Prost
8pm Jess Abernethy
9pm Jonathan Joseph Peters

For more information and tickets, CLICK HERE. Stay plugged in on Newport Stylephile’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @newportSTYLE.

August 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm 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 www.childandfamilyri.com.

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

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June 25, 2012 at 7:29 am 1 comment

Five Questions with Designer Nicole Lebreux

For the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island is brimming with talent. Tiverton’s own Nicole Lebreux personifies our creative spirit with her line of funky, fresh, globally-inspired design, which turned heads at January’s StyleWeek Providence. Here’s what Nicole had to say about the experience and what she has in store moving forward:

What inspires your design in general, and what was the inspiration behind your StyleWeek collection? My main inspirations for design are the female form, nature, bright vintage fabrics, bold prints, comfort, and simple utilitarian silhouettes. I took these main ideas a step beyond for my StyleWeek Fall 2012 collection by furthering my study on ancient Egyptian dressing techniques and surface design. I spent some time at the local library but also the MET in NYC looking at Egyptian pottery and carvings. I used a lot of their “organic geometric” shapes of zigzags, swirls, and hard edged florals and incorporated them into the silhouettes of my garments, but also into the design of the original screen print that I created and printed onto organic knit fabric. That fabric was an experiment for me but it was a huge hit!

Your line’s signature may be unexpected patterns that meet in feminine silhouettes—pieces that make women look beautiful. Would you describe your work as a celebration of the female form? Absolutely! The female form is one of the most beautiful of nature’s creations. Every woman should celebrate the physical traits that make her feminine as well as the characteristics that make her different. When you start exploring, accepting, and flaunting what makes you unique you can really let your personal style shine through!

What can we find you wearing on a comfortable, relaxed Saturday afternoon? A pair of my signature long leggings with a fitted tank or tee and a long thrift store cardigan accessorized with vintage jewelry and my bright red Toms.

Where do you source your fabrics? I find my spectacular fabrics in a million places from basements to midtown Manhattan fabric showrooms, from mills in California to the thrift store a block away from my house. Most of my vintage fabrics come from yard and estate sales, thrift stores, and auctions while some are donated by people who want their collections to be put to good use. My organics come from California mostly and mill surplus comes from a few old mills in RI and MA.

Where do you dream of taking your line? Your closet!

Shop Nicole Lebreux on Esty by CLICKING HERE and follow Nicole Lebreux Original Apparel on Facebook.

To see more of Nicole Lebreux’s designs, click the MORE link below!

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March 29, 2012 at 6:43 am Leave a comment

StyleWeek Providence Runway Inspiration as Seen on The Rhode Show

From Nicole Lebreux

The runways are alive at the Providence Biltmore as the show-stopping fashions seen at StyleWeek are the talk of the town, and I went to The Rhode Show this morning with some StyleWeek-inspired shoes and accessories. (There was much hometown pride in the house when Tiverton’s own Nicole Lebreux, an FIT grad, unveiled a collection last night that showcased vintage-inspired prints in a modern take of classic silhouettes.)  Though designers spend months sketching and constructing garments, the final look goes far beyond the clothing. Hair, make-up, shoes and accessories are all part of the style equation and we have seen some extraordinary pieces sashay down the runway (you can practically hear fashion guru Tim Gunn advising, “Use the accessories wall thoughtfully!”).

Arguably Rhode Island’s best known designer, Jonathan Joseph Peters crafted a collection that earned explosive applause during his opening night show with looks he described as a “wandering warrior gypsy” and “post-apocalyptic”  which included feathers, chains, medallions and tribal influences (accessories by House of Cach). I brought chandelier earrings, bib necklaces and chunky cuffs from Newport’s Sequin, and a bamboo clutch and double-roped belt from J. McLaughlin,  to capture an inspired look by Peters.

Whether you call them shooties or booties, the chunky shoe was all over the runway this StyleWeek (like these ones by Sam Edelman from Active Sole in Newport). For a more understated approach, designers paired looks with a subtle nude stiletto—always sexy and a handy wardrobe staple—with ensembles, like the pair I brought this morning also by Sam Edelman.

On opening night, Selahdor by David Chum juxtaposed ultra-feminine frocks with decidedly masculine-inspired footwear for women. I found the exact same look with this Lola Brogue Oxford for women from Rockport in Newport–amazing!

Stylist extraordinaire Christina K. Pierce gave me the scoop the common thread woven throughout many of the shows she’s working with (which includes Nicole Lebreux, Candice Wu, Chances R Designs by Toni Lyn Spaziano, Harpy by Jen Greeke and Yellow Clover by Sarah Prost): crystal embellishments! From edgier interpretations with gun metal gray and rich bronze to rich jewel tones, designers brought the bling.

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Find out more about the StyleWeek Providence designers by clicking here, and see more of design Nicole Lebreux’s collection on our Facebook page!

January 26, 2012 at 1:44 am Leave a comment

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