Boston fashion and tech glitterati were out Saturday, January 17th, for Blade’s Fashion Up! hosted by Paul English where Nineteenth Amendment previewed four of our latest independent designers, many hailing from Boston. You may have missed the in person preview, but we have you covered with event photos and designer bios of our current and coming soon designers!
With a contemporary approach to fashion, Boston-based brand Graciela Rivas presents designs that are gracefully refined, artistic, debonair and inspired by the “it” girl looking for unique expression. Designer Graciela Rivas grew up surrounded by strong, fashionable women and, after obtaining her degree in international business in Mexico, she set forth to pursue her career in fashion inspired by the east coast with an infusion of color. The label uses bold patterns immersed in feminine silhouettes to create statement pieces for all occasions. With a vision for wearable innovations and comfort, the imaginative details of her line are worn effortlessly, allowing the brand to empower the modern woman and embrace her femininity.
Kevin Shahroozi is a New York-based clothing designer creating innovative modern menswear. Shahroozi offers new edge to classic looks that can be worn from day to night. Kevin Shahroozi clothes are made with authentic high quality fabrics and materials (real leather, silk, wool, and cotton) for the city man with a busy lifestyle. His collections, High End Nightclubs and Resorts and Hotels, draw from experiences and journeys of the modern man. For the cosmopolitan, the active-prone, the style-conscious – for the active city dweller presenting their own individual style. Kevin keeps you looking chic, whether you are heading to a meeting or taking a stroll down the beach.
At Kréyol, designer Joelle Jean-Fontaine and her team celebrates individuality through bold and enticing visual aesthetic tied to the cultural artistry of hand dyed fibers. Kréyol is inspired by humble beginnings and revolution through its rich reimagining of bohemian silhouettes drawn from the designers experiences as a child in Haiti. Her skill and inspiration can be traced back generations to traditional fabrics and prints from Afro-Caribbean culture. Incorporating colors and textures that are bold and vibrant, the silhouettes are reminiscent of the classic and timeless sophistication of the Haitian woman in the 50’s and 60’s with a hint of modernism. Whether it’s bold patterns or design, Kréyol aims to impact the world one garment at a time, making it about more than just fashion but a movement to enlighten, educate and empower – most recently partnering with the Boston “Safer is Sexy” HIV/AIDS Awareness initiative as well Boston Mothers Care’s philanthropic efforts in Haiti. When you think of Kréyol, think of audacious individuals who fight, aspire to more, and aspire to move. Envision warriors in a-line dresses and combat boots. Envision you.
The New York based line L.O.R was born out of a desire to challenge the status quo and a look back at the expressionism of African culture. Formed in 2012 by recent Northeastern graduate Dorothy Mensah, the name – coming from the French word “l’or” or gold – symbolizes being rich in confidence, individuality, and quality. The line is inspired by simplicity, bold cuts, and the reuse of unconventional fabric. These inspirations transform into designs that are comfortable, innovative, and simple. Dorothy believes in challenging the status quo in fashion by creating looks that are fresh and creative. Though relatively new, L.O.R’s collection has shown at Plitzs New York City Fashion Week in 2013, has been featured in the street style section for Clicé Magazine, and has been invited to take part in the upcoming 2015 Nolcha New York City Fashion Week Show. L.O.R is primed to continue to bring captivating statement pieces to young women who are confident and expressive in their style.
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All amazing photos by the talented Maggie Main Photography.