Electric gun handbags and lace hoods, oh my. Boston fashion is quickly changing.
“Everyone’s ready for something a little different,” commented Fashion Boston editor Alexandara Hall. “Boston fashion is more than Uggs and umbrellas.”
Macy’s celebrated fashion week Tuesday night by hosting Fashion Group International of Boston and the Launch Designers. Spectators sipped on cocktails as models stood on platforms and a DJ blasted top 40 remixes over the speakers.
“It’s a really nice way to experience fashion,” commented spectator Karen English, an Emerson College student. “Usually at a show you cant get that up and personal to the pieces. The model walks past you and bam they’re done, that’s all you get to see.”
Guests had a chance to walk up to the models, ask them to turn, actually touch the clothing. The designers were also standing close-by and available for any discussion of their collection.
The Launch Designers was a group of five up and coming designers in Boston, handpicked by FGI.
Millie Bautista of the Dominican Republic showcased a line inspired by everyday upscale fashion with tiny details to make you drool.
Paulina Gilson drew her inspiration for her impressive silhouette of jackets from a castle in her native Czech Republic. “The architecture, and how everything works together. I feel like it just clicks,” she said. For Gilson fashion is about a balance. “It’s not overpowering. It’s wearable.”
Eddie Phillips of Southbridge had designed a more simple collection of cocktail wear. “I like things simple,” said the former accountant. With clean lines, and astounding texture, his collection is far from ordinary.
Nara Paz started out as a bathing suit designer in Brazil. After moving to America she had different hopes and dreams, “I want to move to the high end of the market. I want it to be more than a dress, to me fashion is a piece of art.” With her dramatic use of colors, sharp attention to detail, and innovative shapes, Paz has definitely created her own pieces of art for the human form.
Elena Sanders of Watertown showcased her line of “steampunk.” Sanders was inspired by Victorian-era steam powered technology, and the coal-stained faces of the workers. WIth a variety of different textures and materials, lots of metal and gears, her pieces look like a bit like costumes. “But it’s a lot more than your Halloween costume,” Sanders defends. It’s the kind of costume you’d be intrigued by for hours, and takes a creative ingenious mind to create.
“This provides a great opportunity for new talent to be featured and kick-start their businesses,” commented Jay Calderin, Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week.