StyleWeek Providence

StyleWeek Providence is a weeklong celebration of the fashion, design and culture. At its core are daily formal, invitation-only runway fashion shows for buyers, press and stylists from the Northeast and major metropolitan areas throughout the country. Modeled on major Fashion Weeks in cities like New York, Milan, Paris and London; StyleWeek Providence is New England’s only fashion week event that focuses on the business of fashion. StyleWeek’s shows feature a range of designers, introducing both new talent and latest collections from internationally recognized fashion houses to buyers and media.

StyleWeek Providence’s “What’s Your Style?” contest has officially launched!! Show us your personal style and be entered for a chance to win tickets to the January shows. Watch the video for details on how to enter. 

Aug. 17, 2011

StyleWeek Providence is proud to present the Little Hearts. Big Love, Go Red challenge. This “challenge” will take place on Friday, August 26th and will be held at the Providence Preforming Arts Center. StyleWeek Providence has partnered with The American Heart association, to not only raise money, but also awareness for the fight against heart disease. Twelve incredibly talented designers have each been working towards creating one of a kind, red dresses for young girls who have survived heart disease, all that will be revealed on this night full of fabulous. Beginning with cocktails at 5:30pm the Runway show starts at 7:00pm and is open to the public. Tickets may be bought either online, or at the door - please join us to support a wonderful cause and to admire, hope to see you there!

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Aug. 2, 2011
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The StyleNight Out Launch Party marks the first of StyleWeek Providence’s many August 2011 events. The perfect time to meet and greet other sponsors, designers, vendors, and fabulous people, this soiree is sure be fashionable fun. Other than the lovely people and garunteed great time, this event is free and open to the public! The launch takes place this evening (8.2.11), beginning at 6:00pm at The Salon Providence, and sponsored by Providence Monthly - please join us for a delectable blend of designer duds, drinks, and most likely a bit of dancing.

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Jul. 7, 2011

StyleWeek Providence is proud to present some of our premier fashion designers; this particular fashion forward designer will show her collection this upcoming August and has appeared on Lifetime’s hit show, Project Runway. Check out our fabulous, first time designer below.

Peach Carr has been designing for years, originally from Lake Forest Illinois, she finds inspiration in deco patterns and classic structure. Now onto a tennis and sportswear line, Carr has found where her true design interest lies and continues to mix and match bold colors and patterns, for a funky, yet put together look. Carr is ever evolving, taking even her tennis wear to the streets - StyleWeek Providence so looks forward to seeing what this sporty fashionista creates next.

Be sure to check out and shop for her most recent collections at:!shop

Jun. 24, 2011

With August StyleWeek just around the corner, more fabulous designers are emerging. Check below to get to know some of StyleWeek’s first-time designers, all of whom are extremely talented and unique.

Denise Hajjar

Boston-based designer, Denise Hajjar, was originally inspired by her grandparents, both in the design business in both Syria and Lebanon. Hajjar came onto the scene with a great passion and with a line of classic pieces, with a modern twist. With now 30 years of experience, Hajjar has her own clothing boutique in Boston, as she looks to continuously inspire her clients by introducing classic pieces with a modern edge. Pairing unusual fabrics, colors, and textures, Hajjar creates cohesive pieces that are unlike any others; we are so pleased to host her first StyleWeek and are looking forward to see her new collection. 

From August 28th - September 3rd, 2011, StyleWeek Providence will be held at the city renowned venue, Providence Preforming Arts Center. For the first time in the history of this week-long event, StyleWeek is offering limited seating to general the public. Premier ticket buyers will be given a “swag bag” full of fashionable goodies that will be offered on both opening and closing night, while all purchased ticket holders will receive complimentary cocktails to kick off the week on opening night. StyleWeek Providence is presents the unbelievable opportunity to experience over 20 established designers while enjoying an unforgettable, fashion forward soiree - so don’t miss out!

On Stage seating will be sold for between $40.00 (Monday - Thursday) and $50.00 (Friday - Sunday) and Mezzanine seating will be sold for between $20.00 (Monday - Thursday) and $25.00 (Friday - Sunday). StyleWeek Providence is also offering packaged ticket deals that are priced at $300.00 for Stage seating and $200.00 for Mezzanine Seating. Tickets are sold beginning today (June 13th, 2011), be the first to guarantee yourself a seat at this fabulous event - hope to see you there!

For more information, a schedule, etc. and to purchase tickets online go to:

Jun. 13, 2011

StyleWeek Providence has many greatly appreciated, well-esteemed sponsors - all of whom recognize the importance of local arts and community. Check out some of our wonderful sponsors and their paired designers, below!

  An upscale optics boutique, OPTX in Johnston RI, carries designer glasses to ensure both quality and style. Dedicated to perfecting customer service, OPTX offers a unique and intimate shopping experience. Carrying option lines such as Cartier and Tiffany’s, OPTX has a wide and variedselection of eye wear to fit all needs, presenting a world of luxury, one that is fit for the chic shopper.



Boston based designer, Samuel Vartan, has been creating sleek, modern looks for decades. Vartan uses luxurious Italian fabrics as he showcases intricate patterns and eclectic accents. A StyleWeek Providence veteran, Vartan appeals to a variety of women with his alluring dresses and creative collections, this Canadian-born designer keeps his pieces fresh and new.

For a full write up go to: and to check out some of his amazing designs, go to:

Jun. 6, 2011

StyleWeek Providence has many greatly appreciated, well-esteemed sponsors - all of whom recognize the importance of local arts and community. Check out some of our wonderful sponsors and their paired designers, below!

     Located in East Greenwich, the savory grape one of  Rhode Island’s premier wine shops, featuring hundreds of hand selected wines from around the globe. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, perfect for a sip-while-you-shop outing. With impeccable attention paid to wine selection and customer service,  your experience is sure to be savory, as will your Cabernet.


Providence based designer, Jess Abernethy creates clean, wearable pieces. From the runway to the streets, Abernethy provides every woman with with effortlessly chic,  flowing garments. For a full write up go to:

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Jun. 2, 2011
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Last week, I introduced you to some of StyleWeek’s veteran designers - who just so happen to be extraordinary women - and lucky for everyone, there are even more fabulous designers who have shown at more than one fashion week Providence. Check out a few of them below!

Andrea Valentini

RISD graduate and former interior decorator, Andrea Valentini, took her love of textiles and design and created a collection of lifestyle bags for men and women. These amazing bags feature Valentini’s foam interior, a pattern that she created with the intent to modernize and make wearable her textured pieces. Her work is truly unique and is efficient enough to wear everyday - Valentini has also crossed over into clothing and jewelry design and with fresh, unexpected looks, keeps her clients on their toes. We are thrilled to have Valentini show for a third year at StyleWeek and are looking forward to what she does next…with her creativity, the possibilities are endless.

Today is the unofficial first day of summer. And with a high of 90F today, it seems like Mother Nature is making up for lost time. While beautiful weather may inspire many of us to wear lighter clothes and lighter makeup it certainly doesn’t mean we want to be any less lovely. The heat does present a few challenges to us though. Melt proof makeup that is still gorgeous requires a bit of finesse, but is by no means difficult.
I find that when it is muggy out, I want to spend no more than a few minutes applying my makeup. I want it to be feather light. And I want it to be longwearing even in the heat. These requirements mean that we need to find products that are not only light and easy to apply but they also need to be durable.
·         I start by tightlining (also known as French lining) the upper lash line. This is done with a flat brush: I like Laura Mercier’s, and Paula Dorf’s, a cake liner: I like Laura’s, and Trish McEvoy’s and some sort of long wearing transforming product: Laura Mercier’s Activator and Paula Dorf’s Transformer are two of my favorites. Simply press on your upper lid so that lashes point upward and wiggle the brush dampened with the activator and cake liner into your lash line.·         If the multi-product approach is too intense you can take the same approach with a pencil, but make sure you use a water proof formula: I like Chanel’s waterproof (favorite color Cassis) and all ofMake Up For Ever’s Aqua Crayons (try 4L) or their Aqua Cream Liner with a flat brush (I love 5). And again, just wiggle in between the eye lashes. I typically only line the top on hot days to minimize midday smudging.·         After lining the upper lash line I will normally press a single shimmery color on the entire lid. This is always best to do with a brush, regardless of whether you use a cream shadow or powder, but in the summer, I am often guilty of just pressing on the pigment with my fingers, and that is okay. Just pick light, forgiving, colors. For powder shadows: I am currently OBSESSED (hee hee word play!) with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics loose powder pigments. (Flawed and Clove look beautiful on almost everyone!). If you want to use cream shadows hands down my two favorites are: Laura Mercier’s Crème Metallics (try Platinum or Gold) andMake Up For Ever Aqua Crème Shadows (try 11, 13 or 15) and press sparingly on the lid. When using a cream shadow use very little, and go light, to avoid creasing.·         Curl your lashes and apply a coat of mascara. Now, my eye cream addiction has made me one of those people who even waterproof mascara smudges. The only mascara that will stay put on me is the kind of mascara that form little tubes around your lashes. A few companies make these (Kiss MeTrish McEvoyKevyn Aucoin, and L’Oreal Paris) ranging in price from $10-$30+. Pick the one with the price and the brush that you like best. They really are all incredibly similar.·         Now is when we talk about foundation. To many women, the thought of wearing foundation in the summer is almost repulsive. To others, the thought of going out without foundation is a far more nauseating prospect. The good news is companies have figured out that even the foundation-phobic want beautiful skin and have created formulas to satisfy everyone’s needs. For the summer I have two favorites: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics tinted moisturizer has incredible texture and feels absolutely weightless. It is beautiful buildable coverage that photographs like flawless skin, and feels like nothing on. It comes in a vast array of colors and is incredibly easy to apply. My other favorite is Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It is a water based foundation that is medium coverage, with a weightless feel. It is limited in colors (not as many darker shades as I would like) but has the bonus of an SPF 15. With both formulas you will be shocked at how little is needed to create near flawless skin.·         If there are a few spots that need additional coverage (for me it will always be my under eyes) a good creamy concealer is essential. I love Too Faced cosmetics and RMS concealer. Both provide a ton of coverage in a beautiful texture. Each company only make a few colors though, all of which are pretty light; so I would recommend for my friends with darker complexions try Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage. She recently expanded her range to accommodate almost every tone. Another safe bet for all skin tones is Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer (fair warning though use the teeniest amount conceivable, like head of a pin teeny, a little goes a LONG way). Try to apply as lightly as possible when applying concealer in the summer so you won’t have to set with powder. If you know you crease no matter what, than setting with loose colorless powder like Laura or MUFE is wise. But be sparing.·         If you like a bronzed look, might I suggest a bronzing gel. Laura Mercier’s bronzing gel is an essential part of my kit. And it is so easy to use; your dog could probably apply it for you. Don’t be scared by the color. It is so sheer, I can use it, and I am so pale I may as well be clear. Whether you bronze or not, you definitely will still want to pop a bit of color on your cheeks (I don’t care what anyone says, everyone looks better with at least a little blush). In the summer, my blush brush gets a vacation though; it is all about cream blush for me. I have three favorites this season, RMS (I love the color Smile), Inglot (83 is gorgeous), and MUFE’s new liquid blushes (I LOVE 14-Star Struck and 4-Walk of Shame). Just dab on the apples of your cheeks to look fresh and alive.·         Last but no least, lips. I have a few favorite things to wear depending on my mood. I love a pop of color with dewy skin andOCC Lip tar in Anime is by far the BEST pop of color I can find (we used it during the Sexy Period installation at last StyleWeek ). 

If you see me in a bright lip color, there is a 98% chance it is an OCC Lip Tar. That necklace btw is Martin and Ricci.

      I also love a soft wash of color, especially for a casual look. TryChanel’s Rouge Coco Shines which are like super shiny tinted lip balms (faves are Liberte and Fetiche). And of course who doesn’t love lip gloss?  If I could, I would sing from the mountain tops about my new most favorite lip gloss: Armour Beauty! God I love this stuff! They have the most insane range of colors; from superdemure beige (Diana), to my favorite Fuchsia (Grace), to black (Femme Fatale) which is stunning on the fearless! This gloss isn’t too gloopy, wears super long, and is loaded with good for your lips ingredients like avocado oil. Seriously, I will own all of their colors one day (and if *ahem cough cough* they ever needed a New England spokes woman….) I digress.
 I do want to take a moment and remind everyone that while bronzed skin is gorgeous, healthy bronzed skin is even more beautiful. So instead of getting that “base tan” which is aging and damaging, and will eventually leave you looking like this.
Or this.
 Try one of two things, fake bake it (sunless tanner has come a long way and many salons offer fantastic spray tans), or embrace your pallor (I swear pale can be pretty).

There is no denying the loveliness of Karen Elson

 No matter what, protect your skin! Skin cancer is never sexy. You don’t have to be pasty and blue to fully protect your skin. There are some brilliant lightweight sunblocks out there for everyone’s budget. These are my favorites: LaRoche Posay-SPF 60, Chanel-SPF 50, and Laura Mercier-SPF 40. All are water-like in texture, provide broad spectrum protection, and won’t break you out. No more excuses. Wear your sun block.Now that you are gorgeous AND your skin is safe, go have a beautiful summer!
See you next week! Send your questions