Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boston Fashion Week 2014: Dress for Success & Denise Hajjar


           Denis Hajjar teamed up with Dress for Success once again, for a fun night of fashion, empowering women and donating to charity. Her event celebrated the 20 year anniversary of Boston Fashion Week while highlighting powerful women like Yolanda Cellucci and Janet Wu. Hajjar has always been an advocate of "real women" in fashion, so just about every body type walked her runway. The entire show never lost an ounce of excitement. Not only were her models engaging and enthusiastic, but a duo of professional dancers tangoed and waltzed around the stage between sets of the collection.

           Hajjar broadened the spectrum of her target consumer. In the past, most of her clothing has been geared to the 35-65 age range. But her AW15 collection gained youth and vibrancy with sequins, slinky dresses, and higher hemlines to include women in their 20s and 30s. Her designs still lack modernism, as many of her patterns and silhouettes follow trends from the early 2000s. However, her success and following prove that she makes women in Boston happy. She understands the lifestyle of Boston women who need professional suits and separates during the day and elegant cocktail dresses and gowns at night, without sacrificing comfort or glamor.



































* As a journalist, it is my priority to deliver accurate and unbiased information. When I do express my own opinions, it is my obligation to explain my exact observations and be true to my stylistic taste and views. I will not give a designer a good review to be in their favor, nor will I abstain from giving a designer a bad review to avoid their disapproval.

Boston Fashion Week 2014: Copley Catwalk Series


          The mall at Copley Place held a catwalk series during Boston Fashion Week to showcase local designers. Unlike most fashion week events, it was open to the public on a first come, first serve basis, generating a long line of college students and fashion enthusiasts eager to get a taste of the fashion scene.

A look from Eileen Fisher's collection.
          The show I attended on October 6th featured a collection from Eileen Fisher, followed by an awe-inducing showcase by students of the School of Fashion Design. Fisher's looks were cool and casual - denim, tees, a couple cozy sweaters and winter coats, clothing you can find in most retail stores. But the real spectacle was the student work. The audience actually murmured "Ooo" and "Aaah" upon seeing these couture pieces.

           Among the student designers were Khatu Ho Wong, Yue Wu, Lindsay Calderon, Patricia Coombs, Ali Bianchi, Ty Sinnett, Mamatha Kothiwale, Sangya Acharya, Chynna Pope and Ada Uzuegbo. All ten artists proved their talent with evening gowns and cocktail dresses, dripping in elegance, detail and quality fabrics. Some like Wong and Calderon made striking pieces through structure and color-blocking. Others like Sinnet and Pope used draping for drama and romanticism.


White coat and full skirt by Khatu Ho Wong

Cropped black & white jacket with black mini skirt by Yue Wu

Red and black romper by Lindsay Calderon

Purple poof mini dress by Yue Wu

Cranberry and navy dress with belt detail by Lindsay Calderon

Black lace top with ivory skirt by Ali Bianchi

Beaded copper and black strapless dress by Ali Bianchi

Silver evening gown with blue lace sleeves by Lindsay Calderon

Dark crimson gown with full skirt by Ty Sinnett

Dark crimson gown with full skirt by Ty Sinnett

Blue lace evening gown by Mamatha Kothiwale

Gold baby doll dress by Sangya Acharya

Pink lace strapless with tutu skirt by Khatu Ho Wong

Pink lace strapless with tutu skirt by Khatu Ho Wong

Black gown with white ruffle by Khatu Ho Wong

Dark grey gown with silver beaded bodice by Chynna Pope

Dark grey gown with silver beaded bodice by Chynna Pope

Black beaded gown with white insets by Ada Uzuegbo

Wedding dress by Chynna Pope

* As a journalist, it is my priority to deliver accurate and unbiased information. When I do express my own opinions, it is my obligation to explain my exact observations and be true to my stylistic taste and views. I will not give a designer a good review to be in their favor, nor will I abstain from giving a designer a bad review to avoid their disapproval.