By Shaila Parashar
Photos: Jessica Jiang
Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of attending the Runway Ready Preview Party for StyleWeek Northeast. This party was the kick-off to a series of fashion shows taking place within the next couple of days, where the public was encouraged to swing by, have a drink, and meet with the designers. Attendees mingled in the W Hotel’s luxurious lounge while having the opportunity shop an accessories showcase.
Although these pieces were not featured in the shows following the next couple of days, I found them to be my favorite part of the Runway Ready Preview Party. After carefully maneuvering through the crowd I was able to view an intriguing setup of handbags by Kent Stetson. All had completely different designs, feels, and aesthetics, but were still connected through their focus on abstract art and fine design. Based out of Rhode Island, Stetson focuses on combining the worlds of fashion with art by keeping a traditional craft aesthetic while using fresh techniques and new technology.
Walking further around the perimeter of the lounge I happened upon a table of jewelry created by Restored by Design. These quirky yet beautiful pieces are each one of a kind and hand made in their studio in Rhode Island. After speaking with Martha Jackson, the Founder and CEO of the company, I learned that Restored by Design is a business based upon eco-friendly techniques and processes. All raw components are carefully chosen and made within the United States, but many components are vintage pieces that have been reused and recycled. Jackson currently works out of the Rhode Island studio, but also sells online, as well as hosting jewelry parties within clients’ homes. One of her most recent parties was a workshop where the clients provided their own vintage pieces to be used in creating their own custom one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Last, but certainly not least, was a collection of jewelry from Flaunt Boutique. Once again based out of Rhode Island, Flaunt Boutique gathers collections of jewelry from famous names such as Alex and Ani and Vera Bradley. This particular collection of jewelry was my favorite, featuring young pieces with a cool vibe. Some were sparkly, some had spikes, but all fell within a common aesthetic. One of the simpler pieces that caught the eye of both my roommate and myself was a wire necklace reading “flaunt,” that was custom made for the boutique.
Overall, the Runway Ready Preview Party was a great way to kick off StyleWeek Northeast’s Boston event. The designers that would be showcased in the following days had the chance to network and meet with the audience that would soon be viewing their collections, the accessories boutiques featured around the perimeter had the chance to spread the word about their work and receive recognition, and the attendees had the chance to experience what StyleWeek Northeast had in store.