I was invited to Styleweek 2016 at the Providence G Hotel, located in the Heart of our beautiful City of Providence, R.I. Immediate thrill and excitement overcome.I chose opening night to attend.
I interviewed the lovely Angelica Timas AT Angelicatimas.com -you go girl- and we had a fabulous time! She filled me in on what it meant to be a designer, what it meant to leave what the world expects you to be, to become who you are. An immense amount of respect goes to the designers who took the time to create clothes for this show.
When I arrived at the Hotel a line of 6 beautiful girls in all black, a must for employees that evening, checked in guests and press, the room buzzing with life. The room filled with various people. Mostly beautiful, in 6 inch platforms. I look down at my combat boots, and I still think it’s ok to be unique. It’s fashion, right?
There is a long wait before the show starts, or the doors open to get drinks. At 6:30 we can enter the grand ballroom.The Ballroom is stark white. White curtains hang from the tall ceilings to separate the cocktail area from the stage. A runway is set up in a rectangle, with the middle of the stage cut out and filled with chairs instead, lining the runway. Blue lights flash and The Weekend plays loudly over the speakers. It’s more club than high fashion. The lights turn red, and we are asked to get to our seats. The music still blaring, I can’t get to seem to get what is going on.
I get why fashion is important. I get that it is art, and it is creative and it can lead to good things. It’s a billion dollar a year industry because clothes can make a person transform. They can make a person feel like a million bucks. I good suit or a perfectly fitted dress can make a person feel...important.
People chatted, laughed. The Founder of Styleweek Rosanna M. Ortiz and her assistant ran around minutes, seconds before the show, getting things prepared for the show. I had mixed feelings of being excited to be there and wanting to leave. It felt like a good reason for a housewife to leave the house. But it was also wicked chill,like being one of the ‘it people. It was a mix inside of wanting to buy it, but not quite buying it.
The Fashion, nothing new. A whole collection of dual sequins, and peplum...which is not relevant.
I know people worked hard to produce these clothes, but there is only so much laser cut out leather a person can take. The highlight of the show was a sequin gown by Jeffery Dickerson. The dress was high fashion. The model wore the dress...the dress didn’t wear her. It was beautiful, and a dress I wish I could own.
I left the show feeling happy to be involved in this project. I left feeling like it is the start of something, and want to see where it goes. When Miss Ortiz created Styleweek in 2009 she had a vision of creating a platform for emerging designers. She is an award winning business women and she is well on her way to creating an empire. Styleweek, in its first few years, it’s infancy, was a success for the people involved.
I’ll take Styleweek for what it is: A good time and a reason to dress up. Kudos to all!