StyleWeek SWIM was located at the Providence G Rooftop, modeled after my favorite NYC rooftop hotspot the Gansevoort. Local designers, artisans and fashionistas flooded the rooftop while cocktails and lively music were constantly being served.
My style is sophisticated, chic and cultural. The outfit I wore was inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures. I wore a mosaic print maxi dress by Hale Bob purchased at Runway Couture with vintage earrings and the Turks Head building bag by designer Kent Stetson. Purchase the Turks Head Building mini clutch here.
My personal style is sophisticated, sexy, and rocker. The ensemble I wore was inspired by Prada’s 2012 Ready to Wear Collection. Hot Rod cars were displayed on handbags and dress in a variety of colors. My interpretation of Prada’s collection was wearing my red dodge viper envelope handbag by Kent Stetson along with a tie dye abstract patterned red and blue dress.
The Pre-show Marketplace
Founder Stephanie was featured in the providence journal for her java skincare collection. We purchased the JAVA skin care trio, cellulite smoothing collection that is coffee infused. Since the purchase I have noticed a huge difference of my body. The package comes with a body serum, coffee bean raw sugar body scrub and all natural green coffee extract bar of soap. Get scrubbing and see what a little caffeine can do.
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Precious jewelry pieces handcrafted by a small group of artisans in Dominican Republic. Noted the "stilettos of the jewelry world". They are very comfortable to wear because there is almost no metal. All the jewelry pieces are hand-weaved. Most jewelry is created in sterling silver and gold fill with Swarovski and semi-precious stones. Earrings ranged from $49-$160 and necklaces ranged from $100-$250. Become an exotic goddess with a piece from Esmeralda.
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Restored by Design
Restored by design specializes in all eco-fashion that are reclaimed and reinvented. All locally handmade in Rhode Island. A lot of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and limited edition. Designer Martha Jackson, inspired by vintage, gives new life to old looks. Custom designs and requests welcomed. Martha also teaches classes in an intimate setting with 2-4 people ages 8-100. From creating a fun and eco-friendly t-shirt bag to fun renewable necklaces, Martha Jackson gives personal attention to her small classes. Come in to create and support the green movement.
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Ash & Willow
Flaunt Boutique always arrives with a splash of sparkle. Owner Amanda Doumato showcases trendy looks and designers. One of my favorite accessories were the GIVING keys. The GIVING keys are old keys that are recreated with words such as "faith" and "love" that make great gifts to friends and family. Get them today!
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Eight / Artiss Akarra
Designer of Eight, Artiss Akarra’s, designed exotic bathing suits, sunglasses and coverups. I purchased a sheer tiger print jump suit that will be featured on a later blog post. Artiss's pieces bring a tropical vibe to any summer day.
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Ntrendsic boutique features hand-picked trendy and stylish clothing and accessories. Everything I saw was completely my style. I loved the aztec printed romper, colorful swimwear and crochet shorts. Visit the boutique at the Arcade in downtown Providence!
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Whiting and Davis
One of my personal favorite handbags I own is a vintage Whiting and Davis bag. The metal mesh is painted black with an amber handle. At the swim event only their jewelry was represented. My favorite pieces were the classic metal mesh with pools of enameled color. Each bracelet is enameled, platinum tone plated, flexible and some are reversible. My favorite feature of the reversible bracelet was the slide clasp. Be sure to check out their three closest retail locations in Massachusetts.
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Synrgy is a fitness facility located in Providence that is all about luxurious surroundings with hard core fitness. Not only will Jerome treat you like a Queen he will kick your butt. Various classes are offered and hours are from 5am to 10pm Monday through Thursday, 5am to 9pm on Friday, and 7am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. There hours cater to any schedule.
The Fashion Show
Amy snake skin and light blue hues created a calming to the eye look. Printed peasant tunics with athletic triangle bikinis are the perfect combination for a long day at the beach. I liked the almost jersey texture in the bikinis paired with the cotton linen feel of the tunics.
Eight / Artiss Akarra
Old Hollywood is back with Artiss Akarra’s bathing suits. The one piece white gathered halter top and rouging black bottom is the perfect 50s retro swimsuit for summer. The high waist bottoms accented with an opposing color belt gives the 1950s a current look. My favorite feature of the suits was the design element of having four side seams on the bottoms instead of two. Its summer and “Some Like It Hot!”
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No shoulder pads here only, only the best 1980s trends were represented in Jess Abernethy’s collection. Each model’s was adorned with neon colored visor. Blue hues, sheer fabrics, foil metallic, and hot pink were the main color scheme. The blue floral print brought another texture to the collection.
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Jonathan Joseph Peters
Jonathan Joseph Peters never seizes to amaze me. Not only is he an amazing women’s wear designer he now has incorporated men into his newest collection. This collection was about sophistication and flash. One example was the herringbone print paired with green sequins. Black lace and red sequins were another and the high low trend was present. Spandex and herringbone gave the collection the feel of being active and partying, as well as being a part of society.
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