[Cothing by Jenny Carle / Image by Stephanie Hynes]
Local boutique Cliché's fashion show are always worth noting on your social planner, but its annual summer fashion show is its biggest of the year. It will be held this Thursday, June 11 at Plaza Verde, an old dance hall that turns out to be a surprisingly ideal setting for such an event. Fifteen of the shop's top-notch roster of up-and-coming, hard-working local designers will show summer and fall 2009 collections, paired with accessories from Cliché's local accessory designers. Below is a preview of what you can expect.
Recent Fashion Feud contestant Jenny Carle is really stepping it up with her summer collection. The gorgeous shoot the '08 St. Kate's grad did with photographer Stephanie Hynes shows Carle's newly-focused aesthetic. Her summer collection is a girlish take on country living, and incorporates her love for vintage fabrics and feminine silhouettes.
[Clothing by Jenny Carle / Images by Stephanie Hynes / Modeled by Raina Hein & Kara Knutson for Ignite]
Ghanaian-born designer has flown under the radar for some time, but her designs are typically one of the high points of the various nightclub shows she's participated in over the past two years. The St. Kate's 2008 grad is known for a feminine yet structured silhouette full of flounces, pleats and ruffles. Her summer line mixes flower prints and solids in airy fabrics.
[Dress by Renate Adjei / Image by Stephanie Hynes / Modeled by Greta Sundquist for Ignite]
Carmichael Claith by Christine Carmichael
Voltage '09 designer Christine Carmichael takes inspiration from the Scottish Highlands and historical English sporting attire. She says her summer collection is based off the French art and interior designer style of the 18th century Rococo period.
[Jacket by Carmichael Claith]
kjurek couture by Kimberly Jurek
One of the few Cliché designers carried by other local boutiques, longtime local designer Kimberly Jurek is creating a small, exclusive collection for the anniversary show. It includes "romantic drapey cowl necklines with saucy hoods in dresses and tunics" as wella s European-style skirts and shorts.
[Coat dress by kjurek couture / Image by Loren Kollmar / Modeled by Nikki Miller for Ignite]
After her Voltage 2009 collection made a big impression on local fashion writers, we're all looking to Emily Weich's follow-up with big expectations. Her feminine, easy-to-wear clothing will take inspiration this summer from the English countryside. She tells me that she hand-dyed all of the silks for the garments with natural dyes from spinach, saffron, turmeric, paprika, and raspberries.
[Sketches by Emily Weich]
One of my favorite local designers is Amanda Christine, not only for her insanely-perfect attention to detail, but the fact that she's so great to work with. (I've worn her designs this past spring at Voltage and Envision fashion shows.) She'll be previewing her fall 2009 line, which I helped style for her lookbook shoot. Here is a sample of the images, where you can see an increasingly edgy yet still wearable silhouette and unified vision.
[Clothing by Amanda Christine / Images by Nic Marshall / Styling by Eclecticoiffeur / Modeled by Lauren Wade for Wehmann]
Kelson by Brianne Jones
Brianne Jones seemed to have gone off the radar for some time; after her promising line Belle was shown at Voltage 2008, she all but disappeared from the racks of Cliche. It turns out she was busy graduating from the University of Minnesota's apparel design program. I caught her senior line showing earlier this year and it truly stood out among the many other designers showcased. Now she's back with a new line, Kelson - still modern, structured, and discretely feminine. She says the line is inspired by "the iconic female magician's assistant and her captivating stage presence." (She'll be hosting a Kelson trunk show next Friday, June 19 at Cliche.)
[Dress by Kelson / Image by Ryan Cloutier]
Rose White by Amanda Chaffin
I wasn't able to get any images from brand-new Cliché designer Amanda Chaffin, who is launching her line Rose White. I review the recent St. Kate grad's senior line here. She says her summer line "is all about fun, easy summer pieces with unexpected pops of color." It includes high-waisted shorts in stretch lace, knit tops, off-the-shoulder silhouettes and racerback tanks.
Check the flyer for more info:
[Flyer design by Will Work for Clothes]