By: Alexis Schroeder
Nomia — Factory by Erik Hart — Daniella Kallmeyer
AmyClaire — Lars Andersson
Factory by Erik Hart, known for his cut outs and interesting shapes, fell nothing short of his title for his Fall 2012 Fashion Week collection. This season he kept the inspiration flowing beginning to work with vegan leather, which feels like real leather. Many of his pieces incorporate leather detailing, whether very minimal or a more drastically faceted design. A man of many talents, he considers himself more of an artist than a designer, always incorporating his artistic talents into his clothing. Instead of inundating us with more hackneyed prints, he took a close up shot of the lunar surface printing it in shades of blue on a dress. The best part about his clothes is that interesting and stimulating designs don’t have to be stiff and a challenge to wear. His clothing attests quite an accessible and easy to wear collection, while still preserving its innovation. Now, while our fashion taste buds begin to salivate, the question is how can we afford this great designer? Well, our prayers have been answered because nothing retails for over $300.
LA designer, Amy Claire, now based out of New York shares her collection with Fashion Week for her third season. A product of the laid-back Californian designer, her collection exudes a more whimsical vibe, keeping it pretty and feminine. One of her most exciting pieces was a coral shirt that she first sketched beautiful female bodies of and then had a custom made burnt velvet fabric. A designer fad, leather, she also decided to integrate into her designs. Ms. Claire expands her designing talent by often collaborating with an artist each season. This season we saw fun watercolor custom prints on several dresses that kept it simple and happy. A couple knits also made their way down the runway, along with a personal favorite, lace pants, which are always super sexy.
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