April=Fashion, Art, Wild Women and Laughs!

So much has happened in the last 6 weeks and I have just not had the time to write about it!  I have had the opportunity to take 2 workshops– one on mixed media with Christine Guillot Ryan and one on 3D embroidery with the amazingly talented and soon-to-be featured, Larissa Boiwka of Wilde Hunt Corsetry.  In addition to those educational and entertaining events, I have attended and volunteered at a few events during then Alternative Fashion Week, taken in some art show openings, met some new artistic folks and caught up with some previously featured artists and celebrated a couple of graduations!  WHEW!!!20150307_124903

Now that I have some time to write about what I’ve been up to, I’m gonna do just that and show you LOTS of pictures of the talent that exists right here in our capitol.  If you check out my “In the Studio with Vicki” page, you will be able to read about my experience with Christine’s workshop so I won’t repeat that info here.  I will, however, tell you that it was AWESOME-SAUCE!  I am so very glad that I took this as it has had a huge impact on my own creations, especially for the upcoming CAW show, Remnants-–come check my art and other CAW members’ creations at our opening reception on May 30th at the Urban Arts Space (downtown in what used to be the basement of the downtown Lazarus store…my how times have changed!)  And while at McConnell Arts Center, I also had the chance to check out the B.R.A.V.E. exhibit and Kellie McDermott’s exhibit.  Here are some pics of Kellie’s incredible encaustic works.

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The month of April started off with attending Michael Bush‘s show at The Vanderelli Room, The Road Won’t Love You, and Rob Jones‘ show at Tacocat: “Anyone, Everyone, No One: Portraits and Painted Blues”

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Michael Bush Works

masks by Rob Jones

masks by Rob Jones

In the middle of the month, I headed to Franklinton to check out Joshua James Stewart‘s show at 400 West Rich and fell in love!  I Just love his playful works and ended up purchasing one of his prints (Buddies—crocs and fish) plus got him to agree to an interview…yippeee! Continue reading

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Alternative Fashion Week Continues Along with Other Art!

Alternative Fashion Week

Men of Cloth Documentary

Thursday April 23rd

5:30 p.m.

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Alternative Fashion Mob is joining in the fun of Columbus Documentary Week for a fashion-focused film. View “Men of the Cloth, ”an inspiring look at traditional Italian tailors and the art of their professional craft.
5:30 – Happy Hour
6:45 – Skype discussion with the director
7:00 – Movie (Men of the Cloth – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2273417/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

Angela Meleca Gallery

Degrees of Freedom- Nick George

Opening Reception

Thursday April 23rd

5:30-8:30 p.m.

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Angela Meleca Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of photographic works by gallery artist Nick George.
George’s practice centers on photography, both as medium and subject. His upcoming exhibition, Degrees of Freedom, includes two new bodies of work. The first series titled The Weather, features large photographs surrounding the unsolved 1970 bombing of Rodin’s The Thinker at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The second body of work, You need 12 squares., utilizes geometric abstraction through the lens of a perceptual awareness game to question an artist’s capacity to act independently in making their own creative choices. These works consist of unique, large format, silver gelatin paper negatives.
George has a bachelors in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his MFA at The Ohio State University in 2014. He lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

Occupation: A Thesis Exhibition by Gavin Bruce

CCAD

Friday April 24th

5-7 p.m.

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You are invited to come view a thesis exhibition by Gavin Bruce located in the Acock Gallery of the Canzani building on the CCAD Campus.

Ace of Cups

Face Melting for Fashion

Alternative Fashion Week

Friday April 24th

10 p.m.-2 a.m.

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The Alternative Fashion Mob teamed killer local bands with awesome fashion photographers and badass designer/stylists, and they got together to do a photo shoot and ended up with some seriously great photos of these bands!
The resulting photos will be revealed on the night of this kickass rock concert at Ace of Cups.
So come on out and see this awesome band lineup, along with the fruits of their shoots!
10:00 Estee Louder
Photo styled by Tabitha Abney of Designs By Tabi; Shot by Little White Rabbit Photography – Debra Tope
10:50 The Salty Caramels
Photo styled by Ashley Wills of Ashley Wills Designs; Shot by Meghan Ralston
11:40 The Skashank Redemption
Artistic Direction by Kathryn Daker. Photo shot by Elliot James Studios, on location at Seven Studios.
12:30 She Bears
Photo styled by Tabitha Abney of Designs by Tabi; Shot by Meghan Ralston
Your low, low cost of entry ($5) goes to help  put on Alternative Fashion Week, which provides a platform for emerging and independent local fashion designers. Support ALL of your local artists!

Alternative Fashion Week Finale

Columbus Idea Foundry

Saturday April 25th

7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

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DON’T MISS COLUMBUS’ HOTTEST FASHION EVENT. Close out Alternative Fashion Week with a runway-side view of 12 breathtaking collections from some of Columbus’ most fabulous designers.
ALL TICKETS INCLUDE THE RUNWAY SHOW AND A KILLER AFTER PARTY.
Celebrate after the show with our designers and models. Enjoy some adult drinks, dancing to music from DJ Papageorgio, and pics in our photo booth.
VIP TICKETS ALSO INCLUDE SEATING + PRE-PARTY. Along with your reserved seat, you’ll enjoy early access to the event for a VIP pre-party with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and DJ.
LIMITED FRONT ROW TICKETS ALSO INCLUDE RESERVED FRONT-ROW SEAT + VIP PRE-PARTY.
Along with your runway-side, front-row seat, you’ll enjoy early access to the event for a VIP pre-party with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and DJ. Front-row seats are extremely limited. Don’t miss out!

https://www.universe.com/events/alternative-fashion-week-grand-finale-runway-show-tickets-columbus-2LCTH?ref=universe-discover

The Art and Artists of 614

Wild Goose Creative

Sunday April 26th

2-6 p.m.

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Please join us at Wild Goose Creative on April 26th from 2 pm to 6 pm, for our next social mixer. This mixer will be a potluck, so bring your favorite dish or beverage. We will also have Artist Trading Cards for everyone to make. We are hoping that everyone will make and donate a card to add to the AAAO, ATC collection. Once enough cards are collected, they will be used for a future AAAO exhibition. Thank you! We hope to see all of you there!

Mother’s Day Open House

2996 Trentwood Road (43221)

Sunday April 26th

2-5 p.m.

martina open houseCome and shop for all of the special ladies in your life. Mother’s Day isn’t just about celebrating the ladies that gave birth to you, but also the ladies that inspire you to live!  Stop by Martina Morton’s Pottery Heaven to find the perfect gift for those ladies or any special person in your life.

Fashion, Art, Crafts- This Weekend Has it All

The Alternative Fashion Mob is kicking off it’s 3rd Annual Fashion Week this weekend.  There are events planned throughout the coming week with the finale featuring local designers’ collections on Saturday April 25th at Columbus Idea Foundry.  You can get information about all of the events here:

https://www.facebook.com/AlternativeFashionMob?fref=nf

Tickets are still available for most events…I plan on being at most of these and will be volunteering at Reconstruct and the finale.

AND, there are so many other creative folks showing and selling their work too.  Check out all of the coming events:

Columbus Idea Foundry Date Night

Thursday April 16th

6-9 p.m

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Coming up Thursday: Spring Maker Date Night season kicks off with Eric Lanese in the woodshop–build this zen-inspired candle holder, and then forge your own bottle openers with blacksmith Adlai Stein.

Register here: https://www.ticketbase.com/events/springdatenights

MINT 

42 West Jenkins Avenue

Opening Reception

Friday April 17th

7-10 p.m.

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ROY G BIV Gallery partners with MINT to present NEW SCHOOL, an exhibition of the best cutting-edge work by current undergraduate students. Juried by Erin McKenna (Canzani Gallery), Mark Zuzik (Pizzuti Collection) and Ken Aschliman (ROY G BIV Gallery), the exhibition showcases 15 student artists from 9 schools around the region.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, from 7–10 pm
Exhibition runs April 17–May 17, 2015, at M I N T (42 W. Jenkins Ave., Columbus, OH)

Dublin Arts Council Garden Party Fundraiser
Friday, April 17
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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Support Dublin Arts Council by attending the annual Garden Party fundraiser Friday, April 17, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the lovely atrium of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Kilgour Building, 6565 Kilgour Place in Dublin. Enjoy a variety of culinary offerings from some of Central Ohio’s top restaurants, a silent auction, live music and more. NBC4’s Colleen Marshall will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Tickets: $100 per guest. For more information, visit www.dublinarts.org or call Dublin Arts Council, 614/889-7444.

Craftin’ Outlaws

Spring Fling

Saturday April 18th

12-5 p.m.

craftin outlawsCelebrate a decade of craftiness with Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Festival Spring Fling as it embraces its DIY roots with a scaled-down show an intimate new space.
For more info visit www.craftinoutlaws.com
SHOP : Noon – 5pm at the High Line Car House, featuring just under 40 handmade crafters from all over the midwest.
ENJOY: Tasty treats will be offered from Sweet Carrot Casual Cuisine Ice Cream from CD102.5 fm.
Sweet pastries from pattycake bakery
Quench your thirst at the full service bar.
Shopping tunes provided by Wholly Craft.
DONATE:
The Columbus Diaper Coalition was born out of a need within the community. Craftin’ Outlaws has partnered with them over the years by holding diaper drives at our shows. Over the years we have helped raise over $1500 to assist babies and families in need.

Green Velvet

Vintage Vamp Trunk Show

Granville

Saturday April 18th

1-5 p.m.

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Come out this Saturday, April 18, for Green Velvet’s  long-awaited trunk show featuring Teresa Morbitzer of Vintage Vamp jewelry! For many years, the shop has carried Teresa’s jewelry and it has been loved by all…the shop is excited to have her back from 1pm-5pm on Saturday afternoon! This is a great opportunity to pick up a lovely Mother’s Day gift! 

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Getting Back in the Groove!

Man, I’ve been a slacker with posting in the last three weeks.  Between recovering from this stinking surgery, a 10 day trip to Florida and getting back into the ‘real’ world this week, I just haven’t been motivated.  BUT all of the great things going on this weekend have inspired me, if a little on the late side, to get crackin’!

So, here’s what’s happening this weekend, that I know of!

TONIGHT:

Vintage Vamp Studio Open House

3-6 p.m.Friday

11-5 Saturday

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Bring on Spring with Bling with one of my fav jewelry artists Vintage Vamp Open House this Friday, April 10, 3 to 6pm!

Get 20% off entire purchase Friday night only. Sat. 11 to 5.  At Vintage Vamp Studio,Lathrop Street, German Village

Ethical Arts Collective

6:00 p.m.

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Come visit the artists, movers and shakers of Ethical Arts Collective onFranklinton Fridays. We’ll feature pop-up food with Azteca catering, Patrick Wayner‘s (one of my fav artists!) artwork in the Rich Street Gallery, several visiting artists, a new and improved pear….yes, it’s back! and spring weather.

CCAD 

Homeport Gallery

779 East Long Street

6-9 p.m.

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CCAD‘s annual, off-campus illustrative gallery show!  Come see some of the best student work selectively chosen by a group of practicing professionals.  Stay for food, live music, good art and the reveal of our top three winners. This year the event is being hosted at a new venue so check it out!

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ROB JONES
Show Runs: April 5 – 26
Reception – Friday April, 10

(6pm – 9pm)
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Columbus artist Rob Jones takes over the Tacocat Gallery to show is unique, painterly portraits of loved ones as superheroes in this solo exhibition. Rob’s brash, no-nonsense paintings are a staple of the Columbus art scene and Tacocat is proud to host this prolific artist in our first single-artist exhibition. Ajumama Food Truck will also be on hand serving it’s amazing and delicious Korean street food.

As an awareness of artists in the community, Tacocat Cooperative has chosen a select group of artists to spotlight. The Tacocat Cooperative Artist Spotlight allows artists who have shown a high level in quality in the production of their work, a professionalism about their previous opportunities, and a positive attitude toward the community. The goal being that these solo opportunities for selected artists to show their work will allow them a greater platform for success with their artistic goals.

400 Days–Franklinton Fridays

400 West Rich Street

7-11 p.m.

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Another 400 DAYS show this time featuring art from the amazingly talented Joshua James Stewart! Enjoy his whimsical works, and some awesome spring weather on your April tour of Franklinton Fridays!

“The Road Won’t Love You”

Vanderelli Room

On view dates: April 10 thru April 25th 2015

Gallery reception date: April 10th

7-11 p.m.

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This show is rooted in Michael Bush’s traditional abstractions and the study of creative collaboration. Inspired by artistssuch as Rothko, Richter, de Kooning and Bourguignon, Michael’s takes on the movement of abstraction have a dreamscape feel that is completely original. As an active member of the Columbus arts community, Michael continually draws creative and personal encouragement from his contemporaries. This exhibit is composed of collaborative works between himself and other local standout artists, including Stephanie Rond, Dan Gerdeman, Lisa McLymont, AJ Vanderelli and Chris Tennant.

For the show, Michael created an abstraction for each artist to then create work on top of, with or inspired by. The interpretations are refreshing and exciting examples of modern creative collaboration and the conversation of what one’s art means to others

Unfortunately, I missed this opening on Tuesday evening but you can still check out the show at Dublin Arts Council!

Family and Friends

Barbara Vogel and Marjorie Bender

April 7 – May 16, 2015

Dublin Arts Council

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Marjorie Bender and Barbara Vogel: Family and Friends offers a moving and amusing look at the pivotal relationships of our lives: those with our families and friends. Bender and Vogel have both exhibited extensively in the Columbus area. Bender is best known for her clay sculptures, but also produces and exhibits drawings and paintings. Vogel’s background is in photography. Many of her works continue to connect to photographic images, often in unexpected ways. The artists excel in conveying the many dimensions of our closest relationships and in utilizing humor — sometimes whimsical, sometimes dark — to undercut sentimentality. Family and Friends brings together earlier and more recent works by both artists and will feature a new collaborative project that pays homage to a number of their mutual friends and mentors.

Gallery hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details: www.dublinarts.orgor 614.889.7444.

TOMORROW,SATURDAY APRIL 11:

Hayley Gallery

Shannon Godby

5-9 p.m.

hayleyHayley Gallery is so excited to welcome Shannon Godby to  his 3rd solo show, entitled “Beyond the Familiar” opening this Saturday, 4/11 from 5 to 9 pm.

AND…SAVE THE DATE!!!!

Alternative Fashion Mob’s Fashion Week is only 1.5 weeks away!

April 18th- 25th

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Once again, the Mobsters have planned an amazing week of activities to celebrate alternative fashion designers here in the Columbus area. Check out how to purchase tickets for all events including the finale on April 25th at Columbus Idea Foundry at:

 https://www.facebook.com/AlternativeFashionMob?fref=ts

The week kicks off with this:

Opening Night Runway Show

Land- Grant Brewery Company

Franklinton

7-10 p.m.

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START ALTERNATIVE FASHION WEEK OFF WITH A BANG!
Kick off Alternative Fashion Week 2015 with a runway show of 8 of Columbus’ most killer emerging and specialty designers.
ALL TICKETS INCLUDE PRE-SHOW HAPPY HOUR AND FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE SEATING
Celebrate before the show with cocktails and specialty beers at Land Grant Brewery. Then join us at the runway for a show of spectacular mini-collections.

THEN:

Indulge in a three-course brunch while eight local designers show us their take on the

LITTLE BLACK DRESS.

The Chintz Room

11-1 p.m. April 19th

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Tickets are $40.00 and include:
-A cocktail (Bloody Mary or Mimosa)
-Quiche with Breakfast potatoes and greens
* there will be a vegetarian option
-A dessert tart (determined by the freshest fruit available)
Extra cocktails will be available for an additional charge.
Click on the link below to purchase tickets!
https://www.universe.com/events/alternative-fashion-week-little-black-dress-brunch-tickets-columbus-CGYDM

Also, during April:

ROY G BIV Gallery

5-7 each evening

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This month, Jennifer Hansen Gard’s “Relational Table” transforms our gallery into a gathering place for shared meals. Each evening from 5-7 one host prepares a meal for one guest, and the next night that guest becomes the host and invites a new guest, and so on. Each night reveals a little more about interrelationships in our community.

This Town is Hopping for the Holidays!!!

As the holidays and a new year approach, there is plenty to do in our fair city!  First off, a couple o business matters with CIF and AFM:

CIF

INSTRUCTOR/NEW INSTRUCTOR MEETING

7 P.M.

TUESDAY

instructor CIFInterested in teaching at Columbus Idea Foundry?  This is the meeting for you! If you’re a new or prospective instructor and have questions about teaching classes or workshops, need to see spaces or need help developing a new class, nailing down dates, etc. this is a good place to start!  There will be a general meeting and then Casey McCarty will be happy to meet with you as needed!
For more information about teaching at the CIF, please visit their instructor page:

http://www.columbusideafoundry.com/#!instructors/c13lh

DESIGNERS GET READY!!!
AFM
2 weeks until Alternative Fashion Week 2015 designer apps go out!!

Are you a designer that would like to apply?? Go sign up to “Become a Designer” at www.AlternativeFashionMob.org to be notified when apps are released!

 

Next, let the supporting local artists and their art  begin (or continue!!!) with the following events:

 

I am soooo very excited to say that not only will I be attending the ‘Woman As__’opening at Tacocat this Thursday, I will have a piece in it!!!  My very first show!  I am beyond psyched to be part of this collaborative effort between CAW, Tacocat and the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.  Read on to learn more about the show.  I hope that you will come out to support the phenomenal artists who will be featured here (including me…hehe!) and this worthwhile organization!

Passion for Empowering Women Evident in New Exhibit “Woman As_____”

OPENING RECEPTION

DECEMBER 4TH

THURSDAY

TACOCAT

6-9 P.M.

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I’m so excited to be part of this show!!!  This will be my first exhibition of my mixed media art and is for a great cause…I hope you will come out and see the talent of the CAW members who will be participating!

“Woman As___” runs from December 4th 2014 through January 18th 2015 at TacoCat Cooperative Studios and Gallery, 937 Burrell Avenue ColumbuS OH 43212.
The opening reception will be on December 4th 2014 6:00-9:00pm with a special performance by artist Heidi Madsen between 6:20 and 6:45pm. The exhibit is curated by member artists Catherine Bell Smith and Mollie Hannon.

The Creative Arts of Women (CAW) and the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio have teamed up to present “Woman As__” a provocative new exhibit that explores gender, identity and womanhood. The exhibit will feature over 100 original works by members of the artist collective CAW representing diverse mediums such as painting, installation and performance. The centerpiece of the exhibit will feature a collaborative mosaic created by member artists that addresses theme of “Woman As____.”

CAW and the Women’s Fund are compatible organizations with the same goal of empowering women. CAW is a group of professional artists representing a wide range of disciplines including: performance, sculpture, installation, photography, ceramics, painting, and printmaking. As one of the premier women’s arts groups in Columbus, CAW is committed to being a safe place for women to be nurtured in their artistic goals. CAW has also had a notable history of community involvement starting with the 2011 exhibit “Strands” which featured visual and performance art about hair, fibers, DNA and other “strands.” The proceeds of the exhibit were donated to the Hair Theater Fund, which helps patients experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy buy wigs or hats. In 2014 CAW members embarked upon a three month partnership with Fort Hayes High School art students. The mentorships between CAW’s professional artists and Fort Hayes students resulted in the powerful exhibit “Exchanges” which blurred the lines of the mentor/mentee dynamic.

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is a public foundation that transforms the lives of women and girls by mobilizing the collective power and passion of all women working together. The Women’s Fund creates gender equality and influence through its research and collaborations, promotes social change by growing women’s philanthropy, and by making grants to programs that raise awareness and educate on issues affecting women and girls.

For more information please visit www.cawcolumbus.com,www.womensfundcentralohio.org, tacocatcooperative.com. For all inquiries please contact info@cawcolumbus.com.

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Catching Up!

OK…I am trying to get back into the swing of things after two weeks in Florida.  We had a great time and got to explore so many new places plus go to the beach.  I got to prove what a total klutz I am too by trying to use an older treadmill that requires some type of agility to get started.  Ron wished he had recorded my attempt because I looked like something on America’s Funniest Home Videos.  However, it didn’t feel very funny as you can see from this pic!

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Not doing that again!!! LOL!

But I sort of digress…first, I wanted to talk about the Sunday before I left to go South.  I had the opportunity to be part of the group photo of The Art and Artists of 614 at the Main Library and see the exhibit curated by Stephanie Rond (she is on my list of soon-to-be-featured artists!).  Later that day, I made another trip downtown to Rehab Tavern in Franklinton to meet with some of the members of Cap City Creatives.  As always, I am in awestruck by the sheer number of creative, artistic folks in our Cow Town!  I LOVE it!!!  It was a beautifully warm day and I was fortunate to meet many people that day, including Gavin Bruce who will be featured later this week right here on my blog!

Some of the artists of 614

Some of the artists of 614

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Some of the gorgeous works of art in the Women of Color exhibition at the library's Carnegie Gallery

Some of the gorgeous works of art in the Women of Color exhibition at the library’s Carnegie Gallery

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Bigger IS Better in Fashion

OMG—The AFW is SOLD-OUT!!!!  NO MORE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE SOOOOO….I am super psyched that I scored tickets a long while ago!  And on top of that, WCMH-Channel 4’s own Monica Day will be the emcee for the event!  I am so excited that I cut short my trip to Florida to make sure I was home in time for the evening.  Right now I am sitting in a somewhat seedy little motel in Jonesville NC and will make the rest of the trip to our fair city tomorrow.

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Had to show one photo of the beach, of course!

I’ll write more about my trip, my reflections and the fun we had while away and lots of other things after tomorrow night but I wanted to make sure to share a final write up about the remaining designers who will be joining in this fashion extravaganza in Franklinton

Big hair, big fashion…what more could we ask for?  These lovely ladies will be providing both for the AFM’s finale for Alternative Fashion Week tomorrow night at Strongwater.  Make sure to come and check out their offerings!

 

Brianne Jeanette: Synthetic Rebellion

Brianne and Kaylen, Laura Dark Photography

Synthetic Rebellion was founded by Brianne Jeanette in 2010 and was initially a business that created various styles and structures of synthetic hair art.  Brianne and assistant Kaylen recently branched out into hair fashion just this year as a way to challenge themselves creatively.  Their primary purpose and specialty is styling avant-garde hair for photo shoots, events, and the runway.

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 I started building hair structures for photo shoots when I was just starting out as a model in Columbus. I gained a reputation for them rather quickly, and soon after began styling hair and creating both wigs and structures for Laura Dark Studios. Kaylen got her cosmetology license in 2011 and has worked with hair ever since. 

Our general aesthetic is usually categorized as large and elaborate. We really focus on taking inanimate objects and making them come to life as wearable pieces of art made almost entirely out of synthetic hair. Since everything is entirely one-of-a-kind, we never duplicate what we’ve made before, and we always try and push our own limits and boundaries. 

 


 

Laura Dark PhotographyClients are mostly performers, models, photographers, and even other designers. Eventually, they would love to eventually span out and create signature hair pieces and outfits for drag queens, and theater productions.      

They’ve already  been published internationally and nationally in over 30 magazines, and have been featured on 10TV News for their Female Spotlight!     

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These lovelies had so much fun participating in AFW last year as hair sculptures for Aaron James of Ruby Hill Designs. So much so they decided to try creating their own collection. Columbus has been such a wealth of support that it’s really bolstered the Rebellion’s confidence. Seemed the only sensible thing to do was to submit themselves for the finale and see if they accepted… And they did! 

Alternative Fashion Week is HUGE for us! We’re spending all of the time we have outside of the studio to work on our collection. We have a small collection that is going to grace the stage for Drauma, courtesy of Label Yourself’s designs, but other than that, we’re at full focus for AFW.

Q&A

What fuels your passion?  A challenge! We get so much energy and passion from just trying to figure out how something could be done, and then once it is, we’re just elated. It’s that feeling, and the entire process that totally keeps us inspired for the next project- And for what we do!

How can someone get one of your lovely creations?  You can book us to create pieces for a project that is totally unique and just for you. We don’t build without a project to build for! If you’re interested in having us get involved with your project, or total look, just shoot us a message! We construct pieces behind the scenes, and then we show up on set to install the piece! All of the work for our clients is just in the development of what they want the hair to look like. We can also be booked to style hair for shoots, events, etc. Again, all you have to do is message us!

  

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Describe your creative process.  Everything we do has been self-taught, so a lot of our creative process begins with some massive head scratching. Hair can be easily turned into a useful textile if you just think outside the box. We hope to prove that during AFW!

What sets you apart from other designers?  Creating clothing out of hair has certainly been done before, but we hope to take it to the next level. Not only do we have our clothing collection though, we also have enormous hair structures that will accompany each piece, making it as awe-inspiring as possible.

Contact info for readers:

https://www.facebook.com/SyntheticRebellion

 Brandee Bailous:  House of Baboski,

 

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Meet Columbus native Brandee Bailous of the House of Baboski, (previously Baboski Fashions but changed in 2004 when she began creating gowns and high fashion) who be joining the AFW for the first time this year.  Her granny was the impetus for her dive into fashion, teaching her at a young age how to sew and use patterns.  The fashionista bloomed from there with Brandee a one year stint at Centenary College in NJ for fashion design and merchandising followed by training at the Ohio State Schools of Cosmetology.

Creativity is a way of life for her 24/7, hearing colors and seeing patterns and letting them flow out onto her mannequin…she very seldom sketches!

 Specializing in plus size clothing, Brandee has found her niche creating designs for confident, willing-to-take-a-risk kinda people…everyday folks who want some pizzazz in their look. Inspired by nature and music, she believes that natural designs flow and calm her clientele. Although she is designing mostly for women she does also create menswear.

 

 

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Selling her clothing at Royal Factory, a boutique in the Short North is how she got connected to the AFM gang.  As she puts it: I felt that this was a great opportunity to give designers and models a shot who aren’t considered mainstream. It gives us “crazy/weird” designers and models a platform to showcase our talents.

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Last year this talented lady won 2013 POSED Fashion Awards Best Plus Size Designer and Best Plus Size Runway Model!!  You go girl!!!!  And, in addition to AFW Finale in April, she will be showing her fashions at the Great Lakes Fashion Showcase in Cleveland, The Full Figured Fashion Weekend in Cincy  and then in June will be participating in the RAW Artist event. This is one busy fashionista!!!

Q&A

What sets you apart from other designers?  I am hands on. I do hair, make up, styling and I am a model, so I also do runway coaching. I sew 100% of my designs with no team and no assistant.

 What is your fav piece of clothing to wear?  My favorite piece of clothing surprisingly is a pair a sweat pants or lounge pants. I like to be comfortable. Lol. Sometimes I dress like a hobo, but when I clean up I get red carpet ready.

If you could pick a rock/punk/rap/blues star for a muse who would that be?  I would pick Prince. I feel he is a mix of all those genres. His style of hair. Music and clothing is timeless that’s why his career is so long lived.

 What fashion would you not be caught dead in??  In not really sure what I wouldn’t be caught dead in. I’m a risk taker when it comes to fashion. I like to mix textures, patterns, prints and especially decades.

Contact info for readers:

email: bigbaboski04_99@yahoo.com
ig: baboski0499
twitter: baboski04_99

www.phantumsphantastyapparel.com

Fashionistas and Then Some!

More amazing designers will be joining the throng at the Alternative Fashion Mob’s Finale on April 26th.  These three designers’ lines are very feminine but not run of the mill by any means.  I can’t wait to see what they produce for the upcoming finale…should be awesome!

Janus Koziuk: Glamazonjayne 

 

Janus Koziuk, Glamazonjayne (her alter ego!) and Alterations & Design,  attended last year’s events and was so blown away and inspired that she just HAD to participate this year. She and Kelli Martin worked together at Rag-O-Rama (longer ago than both of them would want to admit I am sure) and has followed her career ever since, supporting her whenever possible.

Roller Derby Bride

I wanted to participate in this year’s event because it seemed like the opportunity of a life time. I could not be more excited to share my own visions, and see the work of my fellow local designers.  

Kim Webb Photographer

She’s been obsessed with fashion since age 5 and began sewing professionally as soon as she could legally work. High fashion and avante garde are her game, specializing in:

Brides who are looking for something non-traditional for their special day. Musicians who want to stand out on stage. Drag queens and MC’s who have a particular look in mind, Professional dancers, (ballroom, salsa, or even exotic) who want to make a statement. Pageant participants who need something to set them apart from other contestants.

So, can you even imagine what she’ll come up with for the finale??

Q&A

What fashion era would you like to be transported to?  I very much enjoy the formality of the early 1960’s; especially the men’s wear and I enjoy the volume of the dresses from the 1800’s. BUT if I had to choose one, it would be the 1920’s by a long shot. So much glamour and creativity. Oh and THE HATS!!

What is your fav fashion trend from the last 20 years?  Skinny jeans, love the skinny jeans. I also really appreciate the moving trend to wear color at your wedding. As an unconventional bridal designer, it is really good for business!

What is the most outrageous request for fashion that you have received? custom work?  I once made pasties and matching panties out of candy for a stripper. Skittles (for color), jolly ranchers (for shine), and gumdrops (for texture)

Who is your favorite designer?  I love Valentino, because I am a formal dress gal, but Jody Krevens really stood out for me last year and inspired me to think outside of my comfort zone. My fellow local designers are all so talented and inspirational, I don’t have to go far! Especially Kelli Martin. Her drive and effortless talent with dyes have always been a big motivation for me.

Musician, Steve Fox

Describe your fashion nightmare.  My fashion nightmare is looking like a middle aged Mom. Now, this is interesting, because I AM a middle aged mom, but the idea of dull cardigan twin set and khakis with a pair of Keds, makes me really sad and depressed! Nearly equally difficult to tolerate are the Ugg boots and Northface jackets that I see all over campus. Both of these looks scream conformity into the masses! Like, this is what normal people wear, and if you want to fit in and be normal, you better wear Ugg boots and Northface jackets until you reach 35, and then twin sets and khakis until you DIE!! IT”S NOT TRUE PEOPLE!! You can wear whatever the hell you want!! Even if it is not my own personal aesthetic, it is better than the default. Putting absolutely no thought into what you wear is my fashion nightmare.

 Contact info for readers:

614 -370 -7150

glamazonjayne@yahoo.com

 

Betsy Stevenson: Elizabeth Ashleigh Designs

Photography by Staley Cook for Staley Design

Betsy Stevenson, the creative lady behind Elizabeth Ashleigh Designs, started in 2004 as an alterations and custom clothing business. and now continues to do alterations, but specializes in custom dressmaking and vintage restyling with a small ready to wear selection! WOOT!!

Betsy designs for the woman who appreciates a couture quality garment with style…wants to be fashionable but unique…wants to be a fashionista without seeing others in her look!

Photography by Staley Cook for Staley Designs

Betsy is inspired by everything in her world but lately, she’s been really inspired by her customers.  I want to bring them ready to wear at an affordable price, quality pieces in limited runs, with the option of personalizing details of each garment.  I believe that clothing should be as unique as it’s wearer!

Betsy has Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, majoring in textiles and clothing. but also studied at a fashion school in London, England for a semester during college and worked as an apprentice dressmaker during school.  She has also expanded her skills by attending several workshop series post grad, including pattern-making, draping and couture sewing.  

Matt Reese, Photographer

Q&A

Give us the low-down on how you got involved with AFM  I participated last year, and had a blast!  I’ve been working with mobster Jefferey Steele for years now, collaborating for photo shoots, fashion shows, etc.  I met Kelli Martin on set for a photo shoot a few years ago.  These guys are always fun to work with and the creative energy when we all get together is insane!  Looking forward to an amazing show again this year and big things in the near future.

What’s up for you besides AFW Finale this spring?  I will be showing a 3 piece collection at DRAUMA!

 Have you shown anywhere else recently?  Showed a collection at PLITZ NY Fashion Week, Oct 2013

 What sets you apart from other designers?  I prefer to make clothing on a customized basis, a one-of-a-kind garment for an individual customer.  I’m a perfectionist and love to spend many hours on one detailed garment instead of cranking out lots of the same style.  I also prefer higher end materials…polyester and glue make me cringe!!!

Sen Bai, Photographer

Tell us a fun fact about designing.  I absolutely LOVE my job and can’t imagine doing anything else for a living!  I’m glad there are people here in Columbus who appreciate handmade clothing, and the creative community here is amazing and so supportive of each other

Matt Reese, Photographer

 What is your fashion nightmare?  Ill-fitting garments!  I hate seeing people out with pant hems dragging on the ground, or strapless dresses that are way too big in the bust.  I have to fight the urge to run up to them with my business card and say “Call me, I won’t let this happen to you again!”  A bit of tailoring can make even the thriftiest garment look like a million bucks.

 Who is your favorite designer from past eras (since you do lots of vintage)?  Coco Chanel-  I love her story, and her classic style!

Contact info for readers:

http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethAshleighDesigns

740.412.2711 

 

 Isolda Marie Meade: Isolda Couture

Isolda Couture, the brainchild of Isolda Marie Meade, was established September 2007 after Isolda graduated with a BA in Fashion Design from Marymount University in Arlington VA. As she explains:

 From 2003-2004, I attended various courses at FIT while I was working for Betsey Johnson as a Design Intern at her 7th Ave design firm and showroom in New York City.  Furthermore, I studied abroad and worked as a Freelance Designer during the summer of 2007 in London, England…where I began to shape the idea and logistics of launching Isolda Couture!  

 My experience since has included being an outsourced vendor for alterations for the Lane Bryant Flagship store and JCrew at Easton Town Center, working as a Technical Design Temp of Women’s Woven Tops/Dresses for Hollister and  Gilly Hicks at Abercrombie & Fitch Home Office in 2009, making handmade pillows using fabrics of interesting prints and color palettes for Swanky Abode along with various privately commissioned projects.

However, by day,she works as a Team Lead for JPMorgan Chase in Customer Claims, As intellectually stimulating as this day job is, she absolutely loves coming home to spend time with her family and to focus on creative Isolda Couture projects in her”spare time”!

Sometimes bright, sometimes dark, but always playful, a bit rebellious and alluring describe her pieces that are tastefully risqué and personalized to cater to her client’s wishes, including color choice, fabric selection, preferred length and proper fit to ensure it conforms to their curves in a flattering manner!

She discovered the Alternative Fashion Mob through her friend, Jody Krevens, who was involved in AFW last year. After attending the show last year, she was quite impressed with the professionally produced, large scale, runway show she witnessed.  ‘Sure, there’s always room for improvement …but let me assure you that lessons from last year will prove to make this year’s show AMAZING!  And needless to say, I reached out and got involved!’

Isolda Couture is gonna be uber involved in AFW this year!  Yippeee!! Isolda will be participating in:  Couture Cuisine and the events of AFW including DRAUMAMonday’s a DRAG and the Grande Finale Runway Show where she will be launching her FIRST EVER Lingerie Collection! 

Then in May, she will be working with Rachel Katz, AFW model and photographer, on a photo shoot for an editorial publication submission!  Very exciting!

 Q&A:

Why fashion?  Barbie Dolls initially sparked my interest in design.  I made outfits of toilet tissue, tinfoil and tape! Haha… Gotta start somewhere I guess!

How do you integrate a day job with fashion design?  The experience I’ve gained at Chase over the past 3 years has really taught me how to run my own business in Isolda Couture. I’ve taken that knowledge I’ve gained about how to make good business decisions, stick to your guns when you have to and stay calm when you have to, stay organized in order to be efficient, prioritize my responsibilities to meet deadlines but be able to be flexible on the fly, show confidence even when I have no idea what I’m talking about and be resourceful enough to find the necessary information …and I apply those lessons towards developing the same successful work environment in my design studio.  It’s difficult because a lot of time and energy is invested into both, but the outcome is rewarding enough to me to be worth it!  Passion and persistence are KEY to being successful in the fashion industry!

Describe your design aesthetic.  My original aesthetic involves passion, creativity and uniqueness. Sometimes it’s bright, sometimes dark, but it’s always playful, a bit rebellious and alluring! Overall, my designs tend to consist of a blend in vintage, bohemian, and lingerie styled looks.  My garments are custom and made-to-order so they’ll always fit by conforming to your curves properly.

What is YOUR fashion mission?  My mission is to create beautiful, handmade, wearable garments for the modern fashionista with a playful, chic style.  She craves classic and contemporary couture looks with a twist that only Isolda Couture can uniquely provide!  It’s even better that the garment is custom made just for her and done on a personalized budget!

What/who is your fashion muse?  My inspiration comes from various sources including contemporary and generational pop culture (often times Gil Elvgren pinup girls, icons like Marilyn Monroe, Dita Von Teese and Adriana Lima, the lifestyle as exhibited in Mad Men, etc.), music (specifically Trip Hop, Brit Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz, Electronica and Industrial Dub Step), films, art, beat poetry (Allen Ginsberg is my favorite!), nature, my travels abroad and the fabric itself.

What is your “pet” project?  I plan to continue raising money for Pet Promise, a local non-profit pet rescue, by making made-to-order pet bow ties along with (optional) matching pin-back bowties and bow barrettes for their owners.  We fostered, and later adopted, our dog dog Sophie through them and the process was smooth and organized …so if you’re looking to foster and/or adopt a pet, I highly recommend going through them!

Contact information for readers:

Isolda Couture

P.O. Box 1743

Westerville, OH 43086

(Photo credit for floral garments is Billy Bradford.)

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging Designs Debut on April 26th

Welcome to the Alternative Fashion Week some brand new designers….no really…brand new as in they have never shown their fashions to the public!!  Woot!  AFM is so psyched that they will debut with the grand finale on April 26th!  Read more about these emerging artists:

Cleopatra Slough and Caroll Kern: Caroll+Cleopatra

Cleopatra Slough and Caroll Kern

Self-proclaimed cat people and  juniors at CCAD pursuing undergrad degrees in fashion design, Caroll Kern (from Nashville) and Cleopatra    (from Lawrence, Kansas)  of Caroll + Cleopatra are collaborating for the AFW finale.  They have worked together for a few years in classes and personal side projects. Both are also in the honors program and showcase their work in campus galleries every semester. Although fashion is their passion,  they both are also interested in photography and jewelry design/making.

Caroll Kern, Photographer

The 70’s strongly influence the designs they create for young confident women (like them!!)  Music and textiles from that era really inform our work, and we tend to put a slightly girly twist onto things.  

 Attending CCAD provides lots of inspiration for their work…friends and fellow artists at the school certainly fuel creative juices for both young ladies.  One example of this was learning Shibori and Nuno Felting in their Surface Design class last week and observing not only what they were taught but what their peers created!

At this point, they do not sell their designs anywhere but do take commissions when they have time, creating only one-of-a-kind clothing.

Caroll Kern, Photographer

 Q&A  What is essential to your design process?  .We sketch A LOT.

Why the AFM/AFW?  We found out about AFW through our school’s Career Services program! We think of ourselves as alternative designers, so we definitely thought it would make a great fit!

 Dylan Kasson, Photographer

What fashion trend do you wish would go away forever? We HATE Uggs!

 Who are your musical muses?  Our favorite bands are The Smiths,  Psychedelic  Furs, The Clash, and Nirvana.

What other fashion era helps you get your groove on?  Right now Cleo and I throw back a lot to the 80’s and 90’s.

 Dylan Kasson, Photographer

Contact for readers:

CKern.1@go.ccad.edu

Eslough.1@go.ccad.edu

Shannon Kelleher :Shannon Kelleher Designs 

Made entirely from recycled materials!

Shannon Kelleher of Shannon Kelleher Designs is our neophyte designer having just created her label a month ago!  She is a student at OSU (originally from Xenia) and we are so excited to have her on-board with AFM this year!!

So far, her design aesthetic is simple silhouettes, bright colors, loud patterns but she’s still working defining herself and her style…come on she’s just getting those creative juices flowing, folks!  She def wants to design for women who are comfortable in their own skins and don’t want the run-of-the-mill boring, off the rack fashions.  Someone who WANTS to be SEEN!!!! 

As  newbie to the fashion world, Shannon believes that she can bring a fresh eye to the game/ “something big to the table.”  Inspiration comes from online, walks, dreams, you name it.  After seeing an ad for AFW 2013, she attended the show.  That was all it took for her to make the decision to get involved in AFM as a designer and volunteer.

In addition to the AFW Finale, she will be showing at The OSU Fashion Production Association 2014 Fashion Show: Incrementa in April 2014.

What current fashion trends do you wish would go away forever?  Crocs, or anything that looks like them.

If you could live in any fashion era, what would it be?  70’s hippie chic is my all time fave, great era for inspiration.

Who is your rock star/musician or artist muse?  Katy Perry!

What is your absolute go-to fashion accessory?  Statement necklaces, big and colorful.  I’ve been told I have a good neck for those lol.

What is your fav color combo?  What color would you like to see this spring?  various blues and pinks. Green!

Contact info for readers:  kellehsm08@hotmail.com

Olivier Peng Zhang: O.Z

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Olivier Peng Zhang for O.Z. (his eponymous label, initials from his full name) hails from China and is completely self-taught…no art school or design education …but who would know? He has only had a name for his fashion line in the last few months…taking part in the AFW finale was the impetus to create a label…WOOT!

Zhang came to the U.S. to work on an mechanical engineering degree at OSU but fairly quickly found out his passion for fashion was really where his future lay.  He feels that fashion chose him rather than the other way around!

xiaoxiao

His clean and minimalistic design aesthetic is perfect for those who prefer simple but fun fashion that combines different materials and colors.

zheng

Those who want to look chic while buying one piece that goes with everything are gonna be wowed by his designs.

Q&A

What inspires your creations?  My surroundings including colors and funny materials

Who is/are your fav designer(s)?  My favorite designers are Raf Simons and Phoebe Phillo.

Are your fashions available locally or online?  I will be selling my stuff soon on my partner’s website : www.fashionmomo.com

Are you inspired at all by your Asian culture?  Do any of your designs incorporate Chinese styles or is it mostly just inspired by simple lines?  Undeniably, Asian culture is a huge part of who I am but I never like to source my inspiration to a specific culture context. I love something that is more universal like shapes and colors.  There is something very tasteful and ravishing about a sharp clean line and that is where I want to explore with my collection.

What is your fashion nightmare…what fashion do you absolutely HATE?  I loathe anything that resembles something out of cheap costume shop. It also giving me physical pain when I see a design that is too cluttered and poorly executed. I don’t have anything against costumes but they should  be costumes, not every day clothing!

How long have you been designing?  Designing to me is a very personal experience it’s ready hard to put a time frame on it. It is something I have liked to do since I was a child. I guess what I am saying is that my creativity is always the safe place for me to go when I am feeling down. Fortunately, Fashion Mob gave me the opportunity to share my vision with the pubic. Although I just  showed 3 pieces to apply  to the show, I  felt so blessed to see  positive reactions to my designs.  I hope with my participation in AFW finale, more people can learn about my designs and help me launch a fashion line.

What is your fav piece of clothing to wear?  a  white T-shirt and denim jackets 😉  they are truly my closet staples .

Contact for readers: EMAIL: nathanzhang1991@gmail.com; FACEBOOK: PENG ZHANG  (https://www.facebook.com/nathan.zhang.100)

 

 

 

 

Meet Newbies to the Columbus Fashion Scene

We are lucky enough to have 3 designers joining the Alternative Fashion Mob’s Finale (April 26th at Strongwater in Franklinton) that have moved to our fair city in the last year.  We are thankful that they found out about the AFM and have chosen to get more involved in this promote local event… more designers to be featured soon!

Celeste Malvar-Stewart: Malvar=Stewart

Celeste and her buddy Metric

Celeste Malvar-Stewart, MALVAR = STEWART, is a relative newbie to the Columbus Fashion scene but is a seasoned designer that rocks fiber, textiles and so much more!!!  She first got involved with AFM last year during Independents’ Day and has since conducted a felting workshop at the AFM’s Black Friday event. This world traveler is originally from the Philippines and  has lived and studied in London and Spain, San Fran, Seattle, Michigan and New York before settling in German Village with her hubby.  Her designs are organic, sustainable and inspired by nature, flight line marshallers (The guys with batons waving them around to park planes on the RAMP)…yes, that’s her dream job!!! LOL! and just about anything in her surroundings like blueprints, piano rolls and more!  I got to see the beginnings of one of her designs for the AFW finale and it is to die for!!!  And, NO, I will not divulge what it is or looks like so don’t waste your breath

Q&A:

What is your favorite thing in your closet? My favorite thing in my closet is an old Burberry smock that I bought when I first went to London in the 80’s.  It was when Burberry didn’t have the same image as it does today; not as popular back then.

 What is your ‘go to’ accessory?: A MALVAR = STEWART one-of-a-kind scarf, of course!

 

What’s your fashion nightmare?  skirts that are too short and too tight

 What current trend do you love?  I love the fact that more and more designers/artists are considering sustainable practices within their creative processes.

 What trend do you wish would go away forever?  sweats with big name logos

 ** For a more in depth interview with Celeste, check out this blog’s past posts!

 Contact for readers:

celeste@MALVARSTEWART.COM

 Horacio Nieto: Arlo Menswear

 Hey, you DO know that AFM is not just about women’s wear and woman designers, don’t you?  Well if you didn’t, it’s high time that you learned that it is also about cutting edge men’s fashions and up and coming male designers.  And we are pretty lucky to have some amazingly talented men on board this year.


We are pleased to announce that one of the menswear designers is Horacio Nieto, named by Michigan Avenue Magazine in 2012 as one of Chicago’s “Top 12 Noteworthy Men” in the fashion industry. Nieto started Arlo Menswear in 2007 as a small line that made custom jackets for private clientele.  Since that time, his line has expanded to include shirts, pants, vests and will soon feature underwear and handbags.

All photos courtesy of Dean Paul

Originally from South Texas,he was always  that ‘arts and crafts’ kinda kid, loving to sketch and think outside the box. In middle school, he began watching fashion programs on TV and began designing.  By high school, the design bug was pretty much entrenched in his psyche so he jumped on the fashion band wagon and has never looked back!  A Chicago design school was his next destination. After graduating in 2004, he worked for 10 years at a number of companies such as  1154 Lill Handbags, Ultimate Bride and Soulder (they make guitar straps for many bands across America like Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, and many more) learning in depth about the fashion industry. This diversity in background is what he believes sets him apart from other designers and assisted him in developing his own line. While working full time for others, he took the ultimate leap and started his own clothing lines, working on them part-time.  


His design aesthetic is very tailored and detailed yet wearable. He loves fabric with texture, detail and color.  He always keeps his customers in mind, wanting to provide them with fashion pieces they’ll want to wear on a daily basis.

He describes the man he designs for as:

” a man that wants to express his personality and emotions with his clothing. We have a range of men that purchase the clothing, such as the man that wants the more minimalistic pieces, to the man that is really fashion forward and wants to stand out. We always want to keep our customer in mind yet still stay true to the brand.”

 Inspiration for his designs comes from just about everything : a leaf on the street, fine art, music, food, culture… our surroundings should be used in the creative process.  He also states that making mistakes while creating in inevitable but should be not be viewed as a negative but rather as a means to improve skills and, therefore, the end product.

Prior  to showing at AFW event, Arlo Menswear will be a featured designer with his  the Fall/Winter 2012 “Men of Mines” line at the Circa Fashion Show on April 4 2014 at Vue Columbus (for more details visit: circacolumbus.squarespace.com ).  

 

Q&A:

Why Columbus and AFM?    A job opportunity and then found Highball, met AFM folks and loved ’em…applied for the AFW finale and aren’t we lucky.

What is your favorite aspect of fashion?  It’s never boring…whatever we hate stays and what we love will be transformed!

What’s your goal for Arlo?   I would like for Arlo Menswear to become a brand that men across the nation will recognize and want to wear.

Considering how innovative and snazzy his clothes are, the fashion-minded man would be crazy not to help him make this dream come true!

 Contact for readers: 

 www.arlomenswear.comarlomenswear@gmail.com; Twitter, Instagram & Tumblr: @ArloMenswear

Jennifer Felizardo: Philliped Fashions

 

Phlipped Fashions, brainchild of designer Jennifer Felizardo, is a clothing line dedicated to the girl in her late 20’s to early 30’s who likes to be fashionable but doesn’t want to look like everyone else. “She is all about being ahead of the trends and looking her best,” says Jennifer. A 2012 graduate of the Art Institute of York, PA, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion and Retail Management, she developed this fashion line 2 years ago. Her love for fashion started when she was a little girl who created doll clothes from mismatched socks. Then at age 14, she was given a sewing machine and she has been sewing ever since!


Born and raised in a little burg outside of West Chester PA (West Grove), Jen moved to Columbus last August when her future brother- and sister-in-law insisted it was huge into fashion. Doubting that to be a reality, she researched and found that we are the THIRD largest fashion city in the US!!!! Holla! At that point, she was convinced that if she wanted to take Phlipped Fashions to the next level, she better “Go West, young… lady!”

While still working on her undergrad degree, she used her passion for revamping gently-used and second-hand clothes into unique, one of a kind styles… and flip, Phlipped Fashions and her design aesthetic were born! Jennifer tells us:

The reason I started Phlipped Fashions stems back to when I was a child. I was the middle child of five. Parents and older sisters came to America from Africa and we didn’t have a whole lot. I got a lot of hand-me-downs which where never in season. So I began to take them apart and make them into things that were in season. I didn’t really think that I could make a career out of that until I spoke with a designer names Michael Tull, based in Lancaster, PA. He said “Fashion is everything. If you buy something like a tee shirt and add some glitter and a pocket, that’s fashion. You’ve created something that no one else has thought of.” That had me thinking of all the things over the years I have reconstructed; realizing that I can make my passion into a career and doing reconstruction doesn’t make me any less of a designer than the person next to me!!! 

Besides that, she likes being her own boss while using recycled materials to produce fashion-forward items as an integral part of her philosophy for life, and doing her part to create a greener America.

 When doing some serious stalking on social media after moving to Columbus, Jen came across the AFM and liked us on Facebook. When we posted a call for designers wishing to participate in AFW 2014, she thought, “It won’t hurt to try! Why not?” and here she is!

What’s Jennifer’s favorite inspiration? Music, she says: 

Put on my favorite song, dance around my house and start cutting fabric! The rest is history! People who indicate that she can’t succeed are also inspirational because she doesn’t like being told that she can’t do something that is not the norm. It pushes her to prove them wrong…Yeah, I can do this, watch me!

Going with her gut is how she creates with what she says is a “cut first, ask questions later” kind of attitude. So far, it looks like this process has worked for her.

Not having a Columbus following because she is the new girl in town weighs on Jennifer a little, but hasn’t stood in her way. She views Alternative Fashion Week as her introduction to the Columbus fashion scene and as something that will help her push her line forward. We’re excited to give her that opportunity and to be featuring her spring line in AFW 2014 ~can’t wait to see her design star rise!

 Jen’s fashions are available for purchase atwww.phlippedfashions.com

Contact for readers: www.facebook.com/phlippedfashions 

jen.felizardo@phlippedfashions.com