Bell by Alicia Bell
Originally from Chicago, Alicia Bell was educated at Parsons School of Design in New York. As Bell by Alicia Bell approaches its 6th year in business, her line has evolved into a blend of feminine Victorian style and clean modern cuts. Details and tailoring are impeccable in every garment whether it is a frayed skirt hem, a ruffled collar on a cape, or a small grouping of box pleats at the back of a hobble skirt. Bell has been featured in Italian Vogue, Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, W, Jane, Wallpaper, In Style, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Lucky, US Weekly and The New York Times.
Over the past few years Bell has developed a strong celebrity following, with loyal fans including stylish actress Shiva Rose, Grammy-winning singer Vanessa Carlton, Madonna and Oprah (who have recently been spotted wearing a Bell pleated cuff shirt). In fact, the shirt was one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.”
Meet Alicia Bell in person at 7th in Chicago.
Bell by Alicia Bell is available at:
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Red Head Boutique (in August)
Kara was a finalist in Bravo TV’s recently completed second season of Project Runway. After completing a degree in architecture, she moved to New York City from South Africa. When she first arrived in New York she worked as an architect for four years. It was during that time when she began to feel herself drawn toward fashion, and now works exclusively as a professional fashion designer. Kara’s classic cuts and unique accents have given her a reputation in boutiques across the country and internationally. Her collections embrace the urban girl, a lifestyle with which she has become accustomed to. She describes her work as “feminine with an urban slant”. Her clothes are hip, colorful and functional, embracing not only the technique with which she skillfully does her work, but also the city in which she lives.
Kara translates her skills and techniques into her clothes, which have a concentration on various surface treatments. Most of the pieces are both hand-cut and hand-screened, lending to a very tactile finish. All graphics are hand drawn and pull inspiration from the clean lines and precision of architecture. Her line is represented in New York City and is currently selling nationwide and internationally. Kara’s collection has received great appreciation in the press including television and various fashion and lifestyle publications.
We think she is cool. Especially since she so deftly handled Santino.
Meet Kara Janx in person at 7th in Chicago.
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