StyleWeek Spring/Summer 2014 Designers
Toni Lyn Spaziano
Toni is mostly self-taught, with only a bit of formal training from Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) College of Continuing Education and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Local runway shows have showcased her work and several regional magazines have featured her incredible story.
StyleWeek Providence marks the debut of Toni’s first ready-to-wear collection. Channeling vintage fashion for inspiration, the line draws from the 1950's and 60's, while incorporating contemporary elements. It is Upper East Side chic meets “Mad Men.”
The modern woman who appreciates classic style will love Toni’s designs. For this collection, she worked with natural and versatile fabrics including cotton, wool, silk and tweed. Toni’s pieces can go from day to evening, a critical consideration for the modern career woman. She needs outfits that can transform from office to cocktail party in minutes.
Learning as much as she could, her subjects studied while at URI ranged from the construction of garments, art classes, photography, to floral design. Anything that involved a creative mind was intriguing. Participating in the Fashion Merchandising Society’s EcoChic fashion show and Spring Splash, she was awarded Audience Favorite for her line ‘Professional Flirt.’
Travel has always been a passion for Stephanie as well. After spending a month in Lyon, France, fascinated with high end fashion and small artist communities took hold. Visiting museums and trips to luxury fashion houses and boutiques, inspired aspirations to run her own business one day. Not being able to stay away, Stephanie returned to Europe with the university’s Winter Fashion Study Tour. An intense two week tour of Paris and London’s fashion industry linked real-life situations to material learned in class.
Naomi has a passion for helping all women feel and look their best. Naomi has the ability to be honest in a way that shows support to the client while at the same time having clients try new things that will flatter their figure. Many times what looks great on the hanger doesn’t look good on everyone, and she has a way of explaining that and truly finding what works on the client. Many times it is all about knowledge of the fabric and the cut of the garment when it comes to fit.
Naomi has over 9 years of retail experience and enjoys working with clients who want to look their best. Naomi is self taught when it comes to her sewing skills and you can see her passion through her designs. She develops custom clothing that will work for every client while considering their budget and comfort level.
Educated at Parsons School of Design NYC in the early 1990s and inspired by all things modern, stetkiewicz is a reflection of the designer's own personal style. Her aesthetic blends edgy minimalism grounded in technical perfection and unexpected fabrics, construction and styling. The Spring 2014 Collection debuts this August at StyleWeek Northeast. Expect clean lines, luxe fabrics and a chic downtown vibe.
With experience ranging from sample making, assistant styling, and event production, it is clear that manifesting his personal self reflections on the human experience through fashion design is where he belongs.
Evan Michael will receive his BFA in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in May 2013 and looks forward to future collaborations with like-minded industry professionals.
Jillian was a participant in StyleWeek’s inaugural student design competition in January of 2012. Prior to graduating with her degree, Jillian accepted a position designing fashion jewelry under the T Tahari label for Elie Tahari and currently holds this position.
Susan combined these attributes as she completed her BFA in Textiles/Fiber Arts at UMASS Dartmouth. While in school, she experimented with digital photographic processes and sustainable fibers, which lead to her current design techniques. She returned to her root of sewing and fashion when she attended classes at the School of Fashion Design in Boston, MA. It was at this time that she combined her knowledge of textile design and fashion.
Susan’s inspiration lies mostly in natural and architectural textures and shapes. She creates sophisticated, feminine garments that are modern, thoughtful and sustainable.
Yellow Clover by sarah elizabeth has been featured in numerous publications ranging from newspapers to fashion magazines. She has showcased her one-of-a-kind statement pieces at The Wearable Art Awards in Vancouver, BC, StyleWeek Northeast, and The Liberty Hotel. Sarah Prost is also the winner of the Ovations for the Cure's Teal Dress Challenge for which she designed a teal dress for charity.
Jonathan Joseph Peters
Phil Shaw will be presenting a designer installation on closing night of StyleWeek, Friday 8.26.