For most Boiseans, fashion week in New York City isn't something you mark on your calendars with eager anticipation. Yet the industry-sponsored event Fashion's Night Out has even hit little ol' Boise.
Boise Towne Square is hosting a Fashion's Night Out event on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6-9 p.m., complete with a fashion show featuring local America's Next Top Model runner-up Chelsey Hersley, sales at participating stores, and a "trend closet" to help even the most clueless of us figure out what's actually in style this decade.
But before you start rolling your eyes or mumbling something about consumerism, there is a worthwhile, and charitable, portion of this event. As part of the evening's activities, anyone who attends is encouraged to bring one accessory or a pair of dress shoes to donate to Dress For Success. The nonprofit organization works with disadvantaged women to help them get back on their feet by providing job counseling and development, including supplying them with a professional outfit to wear on job interviews.
Anyone who donates to Dress For Success during the event will be given a receipt that can be traded for a special thank-you gift from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics inside Macy’s. See? You can look good and feel good.
Who says Boise doesn't have fashion sense? OK, so a lot of people say that, but the fact that a Boise fashion photo showed up on a New York Times street style fashion blog gives us just a bit of cred.
Photographer Thomas Lea's image showed up in the New York Times photo slideshow earlier this week in a blog about the trend of neon. Lea is no stranger to highlighting fashion and style in Boise. His blog Boise Style, is the go-to website to find images of bold Boise fashionistas (and fashionistos). Lea's image is sandwiched between pics from London and Paris, so at least he's in good company.
Want to read more about Boise's own fashion? Pick up the new edition of BW's Annual Manual beginning on Wednesday, July 27, to learn more about Lea's take on Boise style.
Arriving on Eighth Street for the Tanzanite Salon and Spa Fashion Show, I found a spot that gave me a good view of the catwalk—a black platform that would later bring the models above the crowd. People stood in clusters: women in wedge sandals and summer dresses and a few men, most of whom were sporting wayfarers and light button-up shirts. Everyone seemed to be wearing a fedora.
Fashion is as creative an outlet for some as painting or sculpting and allows both the designer and the wearer of the finished product an opportunity for self-expression. I'm interested in fashion—especially what is being created in Boise and the people behind it.
So I attended Bricolage’s “Re-vamp Yo’ Closet” workshop with a camera and a notepad in hand. As the participants pulled out baggy shirts and worn dresses to work on, I wished I had grabbed something from my closet, too.
The class was designed for thrifters who buy clothes because of fabric patterns or unique styling, although anyone was welcome—we’re all guilty of keeping an item in our closet far past its expiration date for one reason or another.
The instructor, Backstitch Betty designer Sandra Kafka, explained the various ways a thrift store find can be altered into something flattering. Because the class size was limited, Kafka was able to walk around the table, individually helping attendees with their clothing reincarnations. Kafka worked on making a color-block dress out of a large jersey-knit crew neck.
Limited interest has kept Bricolage from hosting classes like this, but with a move to the corner of Sixth and Myrtle streets planned by August, co-owners Juliana McLenna and Chelsea Snow are hoping to offer more like it. The next class (which will be held in the current location in the Idaho Building) will be a Terrarium Workshop, working with desktop gardens. There’s also talk of book-binding and screen-printing classes.
Bricolage is located at 280 N. Eighth St., Suite 118. Visit bricoshoppe.com for more information.
At the Reconstruct Benefit Fashion Show Saturday night models were wearing 95 percent recycled, reused and repurposed materials as they strutted down the catwalk at Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa. The fifth annual event was a fundraiser for Dress for Success.
Five local designers were put to the challenge of designing outfits around the theme “The Illusionist,” which challenged them to put together creations that were more than what they appeared to be.
Check out a slideshow of the runway, as well as a secondary show with street apparel from Nampa boutique White Pine, a sponsor of the event. Renda Palmer took first place with “Madame Poppy,” an outfit made from a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle and over 250 painted coffee filters. Darcy Beattle and Kay Seurat’s “Magician’s Assistant” came in at second.