Monday, October 12, 2009

New local designer alert: Tender Cuts

[Emily Bryngelson modeling a look from her Tender Cuts line / Image provided by the designer]

If you've been to local clothing boutique Cliché since last spring, you've probably noticed the extremely tall blonde working the register, as well as helping backstage or modeling in their fashion shows. Turns out Miss Emily Bryngelson is also a fledgling fashion designer. The fresh-faced designer is currently an apparel design student at the University of Minnesota and she shared with me brand-new images of her debut collection under the name Tender Cuts - currently being sold at Cliché, of course!

Emily had this to say on her new line: "These are very retail-friendly looks, so I thought a lot about sellability with these. My senior collection is a bit more extreme - think big volume, wild colors and patterns, and interesting lines," as well as "electric bright beetles and insects, and a little bit of '80s and futurism."

I have yet to see the collection in person, but from the looks of it, Bryngelson has done her homework. Everything appears to be well-constructed and wearable with enough supercute details to make it special. I'm calling it first: Bryngelson is one to watch in the year to come.

Here are more images of her collection:

Love the puff-sleeve detail on this one - vintage-y and on-trend with the strong shoulder look. The skirt also has some interest at the waist, and it's all very well-styled.

Another vintage-inspired look. Love the buttons and the ruffle at the hem.

The top (vest?) has an interesting shape and texture.

Plaid, of course, is huge right now. I like that she added a ruffle at the front of the coat for a bit of charm. And it seems impressive that she's already doing jackets and separates instead of the usual dresses that beginning designers trot out.

[Emily Bryngelson modeling looks from her Tender Cuts line / Images provided by the designer]

Love me a jumper. I might have to run over to Cliché tomorrow - there just might be something worth adding to my fall wardrobe!

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