“Intrigue” by GASP Industries – Designers and Vendors

By Jamie Ducharme
Photos: Maja Bradaric, Annika Morgan, Stephanie Zhang

Boston fashion often gets typecast one of two ways: college couture (aka North Face jackets, sweatshirts, and Uggs) or head-to-toe winter layering. At GASP Industries’ multi-designer show “Intrigue,” those stereotypical looks were nowhere to be seen. Each of the eight lines brought something unique to the show, coming together to form a diverse celebration of Boston style.

Aley by Ashley Howard started the show off with a bang. The clothes were sophisticated but edgy, and ran the gamut fom a lace dress with embroidery to a turquoise velour crop top. My favorite piece—both from this line and the show as a whole—was a long, sheer gray skirt that moved beautifully as the model walked.

Doce Swimwear by Cherese Ross is not your mother’s swimwear. Think lime green, plunging necklines and geometric shapes. This is beachwear for the risk taker.

Rowing by Claude Michelle, a line for men accented by the vintage fabric bow ties of Blixboy Dujour Vintage, featured all the preppy staples you could ask for. Though the show was a bit repetitive—lots of rugby shirts and tank tops in different colors—the clothes were classic, classy pieces that wouldn’t have looked out of place at Ralph Lauren.

Flygirl Couture by Unique was all about the attitude. Set to a soundtrack of Rihanna’s “Rockstar 101,” this street wear line was heavy on denim, leather, and studs. I especially loved the military-inspired jackets.

The House of Nahdra put forth a show of tribal-influenced dresses, skirts, and jumpsuits. Though the looks sometimes veered towards the costume-y, they would definitely make a statement. My favorite look, a long beige dress with dramatic cutouts, closed the show.

Chevalier Homme is a line of classic clothes with a twist for the seriously stylish guy. Although I have trouble imagining any guy I know wearing the Alexander McQueen-esque kilt that walked the runway, I’m so obsessed with the line’s oyster-shell necklaces that I want one for myself.

Jhoanka and Company closed the collection with a line of club looks that were not for the faint of heart. Neon colors and graphic prints ruled the runway in this unabashedly sexy show.

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