StyleWeek Returns with SEED Student Design Challenge and Runway Shows from Lalla Bee and Jess Abernethy

The twentieth season of the fashion event we know and love returned with a "Micro-Fashion Week" event held on the Capital Grille patio in Providence.

The SEED Student Design Challenge at StyleWeek. All photos by Myke Yeager Photography.

The twentieth season of the StyleWeek we know and love returned on Thursday, June 10 with a “Micro-Fashion Week” event held on the Capital Grille patio in Providence.

“It was such a great thing to experience everybody getting together after a full year and a half of having to deal with this pandemic,” says StyleWeek founder and President Rosanna Ortiz. “I think we all needed this event to feel normal again. I know I did.”

The evening kicked off with the first ever Student Design Art Challenge, which was a gallery presentation of self-portraits created by eleven students at the Grace School that were silently auctioned off to raise money for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Runway shows followed, including the SEED Student Design Challenge for which seven students from the Lincoln School designed garments made from recyclable materials. The students presented wearable fashion constructed from items like cereal boxes, candy wrappers, tinsel, plastic shopping and produce bags, soda bottles, Mylar balloons and trash bags. A panel of judges determined a winner, and it was designer Isabel D’Hondt-Gorbea from the Lincoln School for her design that intricately weaved together plastic shopping bags into a tank top and produce bags were sewn together as pants. All of the students did an amazing job crafting innovative and edgy looks.

See a slide show of all looks from the SEED Student Design Challenge, and lalla bee and Jess Abernethy’s runway shows. All photos by Myke Yeager Photography.


Next came a runway presentation by international designer Melina Cortes-Nmili of lalla bee. Born and bred in the Dominican Republic countryside, Lalla bee’s timeless style has a Victorian English garden appeal with vivid floral prints in A-line dresses and flowing skirts. We could envision “Mad Men’s” Betty Draper strutting her style in these beautiful numbers that are always classic and never go out of style.

For the finale, Jess Abernethy made a return to the StyleWeek runway debuting a brand-new collection featuring breezy looks in cotton, lightweight wool and other breathable fabrics, featuring whimsical designs with full skirts, delicate floral prints and shorts that can go from a preppy tennis match to dinner.




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