Personal Style: Leschi’s Erika Dalya Massaquoi is a fashion chameleon, absorbing and reflecting the many moods and styles of her influences, which are as diverse and far reaching as the Miami of her childhood and her parents’ interest in civil rights and modernism. “I’m all about the high/low mix,” Massaquoi says. “You see me in vintage mixed with Africana and JCrew, Marni or Prada with a pair of beat-down Converse. I’ve been wearing those since 1986.”
Gingerlyn Bellus has been designing custom one of kind garments for about 20 years to individual clients. Some of the examples of her projects, have been everything from; Costumes, Cos-Play (Anime), to Ready-to- Wear for Men and Women.
As for the Ready-to-Wear collections, the Bellus brand focuses on classical styles of clothing with an edgy but a modern twist, with attention to detail work. Influenced by historical, and sometimes anime inspiration, and a mixture of fabrics that gives its defined look.
Chinatown–International District-based Jessica Park, the designer of the ultrachic Ampersand As Apostrophe line of bags (and one cool necklace), is really into the concept of transformation. “Almost all of my bags can be transformed for multiple ways to wear,” she says. Her most popular bag, the Buffalo Parcel ($795), for example, has at least seven possible incarnations, considering it has a black metal chain, two shoulder straps and can also be carried as a clutch.
Inspired by architectural and structured designs, advanced technology, and an alternative lifestyle, Onyx was my attempt at experimenting with stretch fabrics of varying textures. My target customer is a single 20-something woman living in a metropolitan city.
The Taylor & Landon brand uses modern prints in bright-bold colors. The designer, Emily Hopkins, is a self-taught seamstress that started her career sewing while in college earning a Chemistry degree at the University of Texas. Her use of fabric manipulation, with techniques such as smocking and pleated tucks, sets her apart from other designers. The Taylor & Landon brand targets women of all ages that are looking for a functional addition to their wardrobe, but who also want to stand apart from the crowd with a pop of color.
Label Name: Semblance
The pieces in this collection are very much textile based. Using a very light handed lined hemp blend each garment was individually hand dyed with natural dies such as log wood, hazel nut husks and chestnut. This line of clothing is a semblance of a feeling, a feeling of pride, the followings of heritage, and a sense of journey. The auras evoked by beings, their wisdom, and the traces left behind
Not a Cookie Cutter
Garments for younger professional women for work or casual wear, that are unique and classy, wearable for most of the year. I like to use darts in a way that will accentuate a woman’s body as well as design lines and color blocking to make the garments more visually interesting and better fitting than a comparable garment.
Cory Ellen is a vintage-inspired collection of dressed-up womenswear designed to flatter the hourglass figure. These designs are inspired by and made for creative, intelligent women who love to express themselves through clothing: from the college graduate at her first job, to the new mom who likes to dress up, to the executive who likes a little vintage flair in her work wardrobe.
ODDINARY is a brand influenced by Work wear, Classic American Menswear and Outdoor Garments. ODDINARY’s philosophy revolves around building garments that can withstand the test of time and are appealing to the eye. With a keenness for classic lines, modern silhouette and longevity, ODDINARY values the detailing often looked over in modern menswear and brings it back with functionality and authenticity.
Rend & Hew fall 2014
Tightly fitted conceptual outerwear with crisp design details. Mixed fabrications to and versatility. Sculpted silhouettes as if carved or hewn from stone. Inspired by Japanese patternmaking techniques. Paired with soft, comfortable, draped base layer garments.
Conte de Fées, fairy tale in French, is a collection that takes its name and inspiration from the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The stories of princesses, magical forests and true love are reflected in the delicate chiffons and the floral lace. It features delicate textures with a mix of flat lace and a flower-like detail. Soft pink and ivory silks give the line a romantic and luxurious aesthetic.
The DALBY collection is inspired by Kodachrome film from the early 60′s. The vibrant hues and soft textural elements pay homage to the revolving snapshot of the slide projector, the soft focus and radiant light echoed in the plush cashmere wool blends and sumptuous fur collar. The coats feature oversized patterns, draped, cape-like silhouettes and rounded, raglan shoulders that suggest both vintage glamor and modern elegance. The DALBY customer is a creative professional in her mid-thirties who makes around $80,000 a year.