International flair is brought to Boston Fashion Week once again with the 4th annual Emerging Trends 2011 Runway Show. Another successful year showcased the global talent of designers from Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Iceland and more. A gathering of jewelry, shoe, men’s, and women’s collections from diverse cultural backgrounds not only makes this event interesting, but also lands Boston on the map for fashion in the United States. “Each designer participating in The Emerging Trends 2011 Runway Show was carefully chosen to represent a unique euro-chic style that strengthens the image of Boston as an important global fashion resource,” stated producer and CEO of the SYNERGY Events, Reaz Hoque. Here, we recap a few of our favorites from the show.
Canadian designer Candice Dillon brought a striking contrast of delicate lace and heavy chains to the Lady Baptiste collection. Sheer black lace tops and leggings paired with neutral silk separates juxtaposed with leather and chain details created looks with personality reminiscent of opposing hard and soft feminine characteristics. Our favorite pieces included high-waisted ivory pants with lace pocket details and a short sleeve tailored blazer with leather details at the collar and waist. Casual sheer button down tops paired with liquid leggings and accompanied by statement jewelry lent the collection an air of simplicity that allowed the accessories to make a bold statement. And make a statement they did. We loved the body chains wrapped around torsos and the chokers that, with layers of chains, draped asymmetrically over the shoulder and down the arm. Finished with bright coral lips, the Lady Baptiste collection proved to be replete with the perfect accessories to accomplish your rocker chic vibe.
Ashley Zaba showed a bright, playful, and undeniably spring collection. The line, composed of swim and ready-to-wear, was right on trend with the bright colors and love affair with orange we saw on Spring 2012 designer runways. The swimwear featured graphic cutout one pieces and color blocked bikinis. We saw an assortment of separates including tanks and rompers in bold graphic prints, bright cigarette jeans, and a few neutral basics. A black, snakeskin jacket over a neutral shift dress with draping detail at sides was a favorite look. Beaded jewelry in the same bright hues along with sleek, topknot hair styling brought each look together into a cohesive collection. Modern and fun, we recommend outfitting in Ashley Zaba come spring if you’re in the mood to turn some heads.
Emerging Trends 2011 marked the first runway presentation for Gate 26 by Andy Jacques. Preppy menswear (think plaid pants and pastels) paired with robust outerwear brought to mind the cosmopolitan metro man, multitasking on his iPad as he rides the subway to work. It may have been the Caseable accessories carried by models that painted such a vivid image, but take our word, it worked. The hip line of iPad and laptop cases featured music inspired imagery (guitars, stereos), classic plaids, and prints dedicated to New York and the UK. Business casual pants and button downs showing an affinity for tailoring became comfy, hooded weekend wear as the show progressed. Outerwear in a variety of styles accompanied each look. Double breasted, military inspired pea coats, classic trenches with leather details, and a bomber style jacket with a fur collar were all handsome interpretations of classic pieces.