Wednesday, January 19, 2011

StyleWeek: Day 2

StyleWeek Providence kicked off day two with newcomers to the StyleWeek scene, Kara Wickman and Maria Del Carmen Mercado, both based out of Rhode Island. Coming off the opening night high, Kara Wickman had a high bar to raise; Sunday's shows were met with an applauding success and a full house. Showcasing around 20 looks each, both designer's fall collections depicted a strong, sophisticated woman utilizing rich fabrics.

Debuting her first collection, Kara Wickman has a lot on her plate; already a mother of a young child, Kara is due with her second child within the next few weeks. In addition to expecting, Kara expertly created a collection entitled "Oui" inspired by the corset top. Utilizing amethyst, onyx, gold, and ruby, Wickman's collection included every wearable silhouette from gowns to daytime suits. Inspired by the Parisian chic woman, she designed each item as wearable staple pieces able to transition on their wearer from day to evening. Her show kicked off the evening and received a standing ovation, the first over for StyleWeek January! Wickman's collection was not just superb for a newcomer designer, but would have been equally well received had she been designing runway collections fulltime for years!

Maria Del Carmen Mercardo showcased a collection of silk satin dresses in hip season colors. Utilizing green, orange, gold, black, and blue, her flowing collection included wearable separates in addition to colorful headscarves. Her collection was soft and delicate yet powerful.

In addition to the two runway shows of the evening, Jeff Lahens held a fashion presentation while Chantal Ambroise sang to the buzzing cocktail hour. Showcasing the designer's signature bespoke suits, rivaled designer jackets included Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee's blazers in addition to some non-denominational suiting.

Photos coming soon, check back for day three!

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