Last week was the industry Meet and Greet Open House for the Designers in Residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's On State Street. It was great to catch up with the designers and see what's new in their collections since they were announced in the spring of this year. These designers each offer a very different design aesthetic, all of which are very marketable. A great group of designers…well chosen for the 2010 program.
Miriam Cecilia Carlson – M.C.C. She incorporates shells, raw edges and natural shapes inspired by nature into her pieces. Not just eveningwear, she has some cotton dresses with the same modern edge.
Leah Fagan – PELOTON Her athletic inspired designs with cool modern lines can transition (comfortably) from day to evening.
Christina Fan – C/Fan I loved this asymmetric velvet sheath. Her line of modern feminine silhouettes is very wearable and affordable.
Stephanie Kuhr – Dottie’s Delights Her vintage-inspired lingerie and foundation wear can be worn under clothes, but is better to be seen!
Donaldo Smith – Killian Gui His menswear brand mixes traditional with contemporary in these elegant shirt designs. Can answers the guys' question of "What should I wear?" for so many occasions.
Jonnie Rettele – Nonnie Threads Her menswear line with an early-mid 1900's inspiration takes on a modern look. Some of these pieces may work for the ladies!
— Carol Calacci
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