This year my family hosted Thanksgiving at our house. While we were planning logistics and the menu, I had the idea of doing a Thanksgiving Costume Party. I first polled some of the group for interest, and then sent out an email making sure that everyone would come in American history attire.
We had a great diversity of costumes including Typhoid Mary (my mom, because she was the cook!), Eleanor Roosevelt (my grandmother in a second hand mink at all), Sacajawea (my other grandmother with a feathered cap), Mr. Rogers and Charles Lindbergh (my two grandfathers).
I chose to go as Walt Disney because of his great imagination. One of the things I like best about myself is my great imagination, so I couldn’t think of a more perfect costume for me.
What do you wear to a springtime matinee? Simple!
The reason I picked this outfit is because it was a mix of cold and warm. I am wearing a velour jacket in the slate grey to keep me warm and a purple plaid short sleeve shirt in case it heats up. My tie is gold and cornflower blue checker-stripe and it creates some great light for the outfit.
Not everybody dresses this nice but I am the Tobster and I live to dress fancy.
During Boston Fashion Week, I was invited to a bunch of shows by Jay Calderin, the founder of Boston Fashion Week himself! He was incredibly kind and introduced me to everyone and saved me seats in the front row. He also gave me two of his books, and inscribed them. These books, The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book and Fashion Design Essentials, show budding designers everything they need to know to become a designer. I can’t wait to memorize them.
Though my BFW experience started with DeScience more than a week ago, the shows I attended with Jay were: the Launch, Ministry of Supply, Luke Aaron, Carla Fernandez. And, today I am going to Teen Talk.
Pretty much all the fashion shows were different in a cool kind of way. Some of the shows were gallery style, while others were runway shows. One of the shows, Ministry of Supply, wasn’t even a show at all, but an explanatory tour around their super cool store. And others, like Carla Fernandez, were in interesting places and featured after parties like the one at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s garden.
Carla Fernandez was a fashion show that had beautifully flowing clothing, with intricate Latin American patterns that were inspired by the Spanish tiles inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. As an artist in residence, she not only took her inspiration from the museum but had her show hosted in the new entertainment space as well. If you have time go check out the tiles and see the mermaids and lions for yourself. But, go twice: once in the day to see all the natural light flow and examine the collections, and once at night to see how beautiful it is when lit up. I couldn’t stop saying, “This is so beautiful!” as I walked through her whole house.
Carla’s fashions stood out to me because of the beautiful draping. You have to really understand fabric and cutting and sewing and how it all lays to get that right. I haven’t yet tried it, but I know from what Jay Calderin has told me, it’s not that simple.
Luke Aaron, a special occasion designer, had a gallery style fashion show at the Union Club in Boston. I have some opinion on gallery style shows, and there are some pros and cons. The pro is that you get to look at the fashions for a longer amount of time, but the con is that there is not as much movement to the materials as you would see when the models walk.
Luke’s dresses are the kind that you would wear as a guest to a fancy wedding, but you’d still like a magical princess. My favorite dress t-collar chevron paneled dress with a full skirt, made out of storm grey sea cliff silk jacquard with platinum silk/wool body, fully lined in silk. Jacquard, for those of you whom don’t know (and I didn’t know until I looked it up) is a fabric with an intricate patten woven into it, as opposed to printed on top of it.
While at the show, I met Candice Wu (who I wrote about after Boston Fashion Week 2012) and Janet Wu, a fabulously smart and stylist, who by the way is a local news reporter for WHDH-7 and is Toby-sized without her awesome shoes, and Luke Aaron himself, and took a picture with all them on the Wu Phone. (Pronounced Wuuuuu Phone!)
One of the most interesting Boston Fashion Week shows wasn’t even a show at all, but a tour of the Ministry of Supply store. Gihan Amarasiriwardena, the CEO of Ministry of Supply, gave me a tour some pretty comfy socks.
He showed me several things that set his clothing apart. From button down shirts with small, laser-cut holes under the arms for ventilation, to less formal shirts which get warm or cool depending on the weather, it was clear that they understand more than just fashion.
The coolest thing Gihan showed me were the water resistant pants, which allowed you to pour some water and just float it around on top of the pants, and it would roll right off and the pants would not be wet at all. He showed me an experiment that they had set up in their shop, which explained how the pants work: it was a pump where you could pump air into a piece of fabric while there was water coming from the top, and showed how water resistant fabric could still be breathable.
But the socks took it to a whole new level. These socks were made from coffee beans! Ministry of Supply takes thread and ground up coffee beans (soaked to remove the coffee flavor) and melts them together, resulting in socks that are not not only comfortable but odorless. The comfort pads in the socks and the javafresh technology make your feet feel like they are walking on stink-free air.
Formal clothes can be hot and uncomfortable, but through technology, Ministry of Supply is making them comfy and breathable. Sadly, they only thing from the store that fits me are the socks the Gihan gave me, but I bet my dad will be back (for grown up clothes and socks of his own).
The winners of Descience runway show were:
For Most Inspirational Outfit, Chosen By The Prestigious Panel: Cytocouture, the one male-modeled outfit, a unisex Transformable/Reversible clothing system. I would wear this, but maybe in a different configuration, as it doesn’t work well with fifth grade gym.
And For Peoples Choice, chosen by the jury of the world, one of my favorites, Orphacure. It was designed by Candice Wu, whom I’ve blogged about in the past, and was inspired by cerebral cavernous malformation and endothelial cells.
My favorite design, however, was Cryptic, a beautiful flowing design inspired by dynamic nuclear envelope. My favorite part of this outfit was the necklace, which was made to look like the outside of the envelope and was a perfect finishing touch to this outfit.