Alicia Czerwiec: Most Artistic Line

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The line: Czerwiec unconventionally combines print, color and texture to create a strong sense of personality and promote a lifestyle anchored in creativity. “I want to…push the boundaries of using basic materials in an interesting way—like the use of strips and remnants of knit jersey to create braided medallions as appliqués for coats and outerwear,” says the Nordstrom fit and product specialist, who hand-stitched many elements of her collection

Creative spark: The Lake City-based designer’s multicultural focus lends an artistic depth to her print-laden designs, which include intricate coats, evening gowns and mixed separates. “I definitely design for a creative and artistic person, someone who wants to make a statement with her clothes,” says the 24-year-old, who attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles for her schooling. “For this collection, I was really inspired by a past trip to Lyon, France. I witnessed such historical beauty in the architecture and sculpture, and was inspired by the immense detail, texture and layers of buildings, parks, cathedrals and art.”

Mission statement: “I want to push people to value materials that may have been discarded as too small or not the right color and find a way to use them to reduce our waste and promote a higher yield ratio for garments.”

Biggest fashion faux pas: “I had a model in a show in Palm Desert Fashion Week and, unfortunately, was unable to be there to represent my collection. I noticed later in the photos that one of my looks had the pants worn backwards. They were wide-leg pants that could have easily been mistaken for front of back. It wasn’t noticeable on the runway, but I had a little chuckle to myself about it.”

Least favorite fashion trend: “My least favorite fashion trend would have to be animal prints. It’s more of a personal taste, but I’m never very fond of them. I love, however, almost every other type of intricate print.”

Line: Alicia Czerwiec Design

Find it: aliciaczerwiec@gmail.com or the Alicia Czerwiec Fashion Facebook page

Clothing pictured (From left to right): Long cotton print coat with contrasting stripe lapels; oversized Melton wool vest with hand-beaded, jersey knit braid and cotton French knot appliques. Czerwiec wears her own designs, a button-up silk blouse with placed print and wool gabardine pants with an asymmetrical reverse appliqué; shoes, belt and accessories are her own. Double-layered, hand-appliquéd wool gabardine coat with hand-embroidered decorative topstitch and asymmetrical collar layered over a teal silk charmeuse tank.


New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.