Today and tomorrow are going to be two busy days of meetings for me, mostly themed around a fashion project I am working on for this spring.
I was thinking last night about how much New England’s fashion happenings & culture have grown over the past few years, which has been exciting to see. If you haven’t yet done so, you really ought to check out the Mario Testino: In Your Face exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. It is his first exhibit ever in the United States and we lucky Bostononians have it in our backyard. It ends on February 3rd, so as you solidify your weekend plans, you may want to work this into the mix. I’ve been twice since it arrived and I will tell you it’s well worth it. It is impactful, provocative and really just stunning, I left very inspired by his masterpieces.
As you know Mario Testino is a celebrity photographer and also a contributing photographer to Vogue and Vanity Fair. The exhibit has 3 rooms of celebrity and model photographs that are bright and vivid in color with complimentary bright colored frames for additional dramatic effect – they are STUNNING!! His photography is incredible in magazines, imagine the impact when blown up to these larger than life sizes? The walls are a bright cobalt-blue and perfectly done in such a way that the border around each frame is a shade lighter, to give the illusion that the prints are backlit.
There is also a separate room on the second floor of the museum with British Royal portraits. Mario Testino has been the photographer for the British Royal family for years and worked a great deal with Princess Diana, some of these highlight photos are on display and this exhibit will stay until June 16th.
Also, opening this Sunday evening is StyleWeek Northeast and it runs through February 2nd at the Providence Biltmore. I am not sure how aware you are of StyleWeek Northeast but it was founded four years ago by Rosanna Ortiz Sinel who created the program in an effort to connect buyers and press with emerging designers. She has received major accolades for the success the program has generated for designers and Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Design of America has dubbed StyleWeek as having “the authenticity, enthusiasm, and creative energy to connect emerging talent with retailers and press in an effort to celebrate style and fashion”.
The week consists of formal and informal fashion shows with a roster of emerging talent including Jonathan Joseph Peters, former Project Runway contestant and up-and-coming womenswear designer. Additionally there will be a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and community events. You can view the full schedule of events here and there are always tickets set aside for the public to purchase, so if you want to catch some great fashion shows of emerging fashion design talent, you should definitely attend. Select tickets are still available can be purchased here.
During the week there are also 2 really special events:
1. SEED which is presented by Swarovski January 30th.
SEED is a student design competition where 10 student designers will create a one of a kind garment based on criteria provided from StyleWeek. The event will consist of a runway presentation of the designs who will be judged by a jury of 8 industry professionals. I can’t wait for this event, and to see what these talented students come up with. Tickets available to order here.
2. The second is, Red on the Runway on January 28th which is an event to benefit the American Heart Association.
An amazing group of male and female survivors will model one of a kind RED looks, specifically created for this event by participating Styleweek designers. Tickets are available here.
So we have a few options this upcoming weekend and week to get our fashion culture in!! I hope to see you at some of these events. Now to figure out what to wear!! I will share some highlights with you next week.
Have a great day!