Last Thursday evening I was thrilled to be the guest of Christine Francis (Founder of Carmen & Ginger Vintage) and Rosana Ortiz, Founder and CEO of Styleweek NE, for the opening night of the SWNE 17th Season: S/S 2020.
Founded in 2009, STYLEWEEK Northeast (SWNE) is New England’s premier fashion week held in Providence, RI. It's one of the only regional fashion weeks that has been visited by the CFDA from NYC. The venue is dedicated to the growth of designers as artists and, since it's inception, has showcased over 192 designers from all over the U.S. STYLEWEEK also works with elementary schools, high schools and universities to expose young talent through the “SEED Student Design Challenge”, which is dedicated to the advancement of emerging student designers and their businesses. The SEED Challenge has had participants from FIT, Parsons, Mass Art and SFD Boston. (Source: STYLEWEEKNE.COM)
I was fortunate to attend the night of the SEED Student Design Challenge. The participants, from Mass Art in Boston, were Brick Chapman, Chuxin “Teresa” Shi, Shirley Inocente, Hanfu Xiao, Edna Chery, Matthew Knight & Jacqueline Mones. The panel of judges selected Brick Chapman's entry for the win - Congratulations, Brick!
After a brief intermission, the runway show continued, featuring designers Jeena Ercolini, Tatyana Ayriyan and Mikayla Frick. Most of my favorite designs were by Tatyana Ayriyan; probably because her work had a very vintage 1930's / 1940's vibe to it. The quality of her work was exquisite.
It was such a fun and inspiring night out on the town. Brendan Kirby and Ashley Erling of The Rhode Show emceed the event (he's adorable!) and it was so refreshing to be out and have everyone around you dressed to impress. (You never know who's going to be in the crowd, right?) I opted for a strapless floral dress I found in the back of my closet with my favorite 80's vintage Giorgio Sant'Angelo black blazer and a pair of cute but practical heels as I had no idea how far I'd have to walk. There was a small bar with plenty of top-shelf cocktail options and plenty of standing cocktail tables and various mini-parlor vignettes with gorgeous vintage seating provided by Uniquely Chic Vintage.
So do yourself a favor and follow STYLEWEEK NE on their Social Media channels to see more fabulous photos from the event and for updates about their next venue. Here's a few hashtags to help you find more highlights from the show:
#swneseason17 #season17 #swnesept2019 #rifashionweek
#fashionweek #styleweekne #styleweeknewengland
Thank you, Christine and Rosana for the invite,
I can't wait for the next one!