StyleWeek Season 14: Avant-Garde and Ready-to-Wear Rule the Runway
Jamall Osterholm, Carissa Lynne Designs, Nathalia Jmag and Devinto debuted new collections for 2018.
Night two of StyleWeek Season 14 was a well-curated spectacle. In a welcomed twist, the runway show hosted slow, locally made fashion that also made you think.
Osterholm, a RISD grad who grew up in Providence, delivered a jolt of energy through the room with his androgynous, futuristic designs. Osterholm’s ethereal, flowy dresses, paired with sheer black veils, were decidedly haunting. Other looks were memorable purely for their shock factor — think: a mesh tunic on an otherwise nude male model. The designer’s showpiece was a quilted jacket dress, an almost reptilian design that is as artful as it is functional. Osterholm’s well-tailored suits also shined on the runway. Check out his Instagram for more looks; he’s worth a follow.
CARISSA LYNNE DESIGNS
This vampy collection hit every romantic mark: all-black, sheer fabric, lace, off-the-shoulder details. Every woman — or man — looking to bolster their lingerie closet could find something to love from designer Carissa Frazier’s Carissa Lynne Designs. Favorites included a a sheer hooded robe, a la Little Red Riding Hood (but devilish) with a lace bodysuit; an off-the-shoulder, low-backed lace bodice one-piece with a sheer skirt; and a stunning embroidered kimono with bralette.
More androgyny hit the runway with Nathalia Jmag‘s colorful streetwear collection. Jmag employed checkered print and pops of orange and royal blue throughout, as well as dangling ties that elevated the bounce and energy of her work. Stand-out looks include the show opener, an orange jumpsuit with massive cargo pockets (“Orange is the New Black” meets “Project Runway”); a checked jacket and miniskirt; and striking wool coats in orange and blue.
After a torrent of widely different energies, designer Aiste Zitnikaite’s Devinto, a collection of eco-friendly designs, was the calm before the close of the night. In blacks and grays, Zitnikaite’s organic cotton, hemp and bamboo pieces are ready-to-wear and chic. The best-executed styles were the separates, including a cropped, long-sleeve black turtleneck paired with a black high-waist skirt; a peplum top with miniskirt; and an elegant maxi-dress with a hooded cardigan.
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