On Thursday, 10/19 from 5-10pm, we will have a Pop-Up Shop during the annual StyleChicago FashionChicago event at Revel Fulton Market in the West Loop (Chicago)Read More
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 7th! We'll be showing our latest collection at Midwest Fashion Week: Fashion For A Cause. The event is benefitting the Lynn Sage Foundation which raises money for breast cancer research.
I hope to see you there!
Make an appointment to view our collection at Capsule NYC.Read More
Models: Camryn Herold @camrynherold @ElitenycKeltie Straith @keltiestraith @elitenyc
Photographer: Kevin Kim @kevinkimphoto
Wardrobe Stylist: Caroline Kessick @carolinemarie5047
See the editorial spread in Pattern Magazine called 'FLOORED: Celebrating Rugged Individualism', starting on page 12 of the print edition.
You can find both the VARYFORM Evening Coat as well as some *new* Spring 2017 Silk/Hemp Pants styled eclectically with some bold and exotic home furnishings and accessories from @mykbdhome
Pattern Magazine Volume 11 can be ordered here.
Thank you to Polina Osherov, Esther Boston Photography, Erin Carter Styling, Kate Shaw MUA, Raquel M (BMG Model), and Kitchens by Design.
Lots of exciting things going on at VARYFORM....read ahead.
I'm happy to announce I've relocated to a new studio space at PSS in Logan Square. This marks the end of my two year residency at the Chicago Fashion Incubator. I'll be sharing my room with one of my best friends and former coworkers Alicia Enrique. We hope to have a small open studio soon, keep your eye on your email inbox and our Instagram for updates.
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK APPEARANCE
I was lucky to be chosen from the incubator program to design an evening gown for the beautiful & strong Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is The New Black, Law & Order...). She wore it on the runway at the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women - Red Dress Collection show on February 9, 2017. This event brought much needed attention to heart disease and stroke care. It was also a fantastic experience to be able to do custom eveningwear and debut my work on the first day of fashion week in NYC. It really put my design skills to the test as I had a little under 10 days to go from nothing to final gown for a client based in another city! Thank you to Macy's for the opportunity and to Go Red For Women for Organizing such a wonderful event.
In the next several weeks, I'll be posting existing styles on the website for sale in a shoppable format for the FIRST TIME. I'll also be announcing the date for the new Pre-Order period on NineteenthAmendment.com for the Spring/Summer 2017 collection. It's an optimistic and very romantic collection of silk & hemp/silk separates. I can't wait to share it with you! In the meantime, reach out to me with any questions you have. I welcome custom and made-to-order requests.
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Nina Garcia of Marie Claire approves of our Classic Sheath Dress, calling it "the perfect LBD". Crafted in 100% wool crepe, complete with belt, as well as *POCKETS*, this is an absolute must have.
Just 7 days left for the VARYFORM Holiday Capsule sale! Shop at about HALF off designer prices, just as a thank you for pre-ordering. Get on it!
The Fall Winter 2016 Collection Lookbook is now available!
View the collection here.
Please sign up for The List on the right side of the blog for special offers on pre-orders and wholesale orders.
Retail prices range from $155-$895 with quality to match, so sign up here to take advantage of offers coming up.
Lookbook Shoot FW2016 Team: Kliq Studio (Carissa Lancaster & Le Wang- Photography), Mary Pierce (Model), Masha Titievsky (Design), Andie Peirce (HMUA), Jennifer Servin & Victoria Guir (Styling Assistants)Read More
Mark your calendars Chicago!
Thursday, October 8:
The Chicago Fashion Incubator Designer Showcase, presented by Virgin Hotels, will include a runway show featuring the work of 10 designers who are either currently in the incubator at Macy's State Street or are alumni of it. The showcase starts at 5 p.m. at Virgin Hotels Chicago, The Commons Club, 203 N. Wabash Ave. Admission is free, but tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve by emailing VHCFashionShow@skoogproductions.com.
I am very excited to be a part of this showcase, even as I am still developing my collection. I am producing two looks: One that fits a "British Music" theme, as a tribute to the roots of the Virgin brand, and another look to give a glimpse into my collection.
Friday, October 9th: The Chicago Fashion Incubator Opening Reception presented by iD
6-9pm, Light Refreshments Served
Location: iD (375 West Erie Street, suite 101, Chicago) is a unique lifestyle showroom featuring modern furniture, accessories, lighting with optical services, and interior design consultations.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, October 6, 2015
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10TH & 11TH: DESIGNER SHOPPING EVENT PRESENTED BY ID
Designer Shopping Event will include the work of current and past incubator designers, such as Agnes Hamerlik, Lagi Nadeau, Olivia Hwang, Anna Brown, Alyssa Kahle, Shruti Kirti, Grace Lee-Lim, Masha Titievsky and Gabrielle Zwick . It's 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at iD Chicago, 375 W. Erie St. Admission is free; idchicago.com.
For this event, I am supporting past designers and helping the event run smoothly! I will have a garment or two on a dress form however, and would love to get to know you if you stop by! If you love fashion & interior design, you'll enjoy your time at iD at our shopping event. Come see us 10am-6pm either day.
Thank you for your support!
Additional details on Fashion Focus Events can be found in this Chicago Tribune article: 10th anniversary of Fashion Focus Chicago includes CFDA
It's been a very exciting time at the Chicago Fashion Incubator. Since we returned from our NYC Sourcing Trip, we've officially started developing FW 2016, which will be the very first official collection. Up until this point, it's been a lot of experimenting with various silhouettes and a lot of research on everything from special finishes to fabrics to tags to dying techniques! The possibilities are endless and I can't wait to share my collection with you when it is real in several months.
On top of that, we are preparing for a special event & pop-up shop during Fashion Focus in October that will benefit the incubator program so it can continue to support the local industry. Details to come!
With so much going on, it's time to take on a 2nd intern! See this post: FASHION DESIGN INTERN WANTED. Please share the link with anyone you think might be a good fit and encourage them to apply.
Highly recommend this free exhibit in Chicago.Read More
The Chicago Fashion Incubator is heading to NYC for a 5-day sourcing trip in late July!
The primary purpose of the trip is to start choosing fabric for the FW 2016 season. We will be checking out two textile shows: Première Vision & Texworld. After these shows are over, we'll be perusing the wide selection of fine fabrics in the Garment District.
In addition to sourcing, we'll also be doing some studio visits and checking out the great museums & galleries around the city.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to go to NYC not only for the activities with CFI, but also for the opportunity to visit my family & dear friends in the city. If I know you or knew you, please reach out as I would love to reconnect.
Follow @VARYFORMdesign to stay updated on my adventures in NYC and the behind the scenes of building my next collection!
All the best,
P.S. I haven't been to the city in years, so leave a comment if there is a cafe, gallery, or something else you recommend!
It's been "fun" tweaking every layout detail in Wordpress ad nauseum, so good bye to that! It's time to embrace Squarespace for its streamlined beauty. Now is the start of a new period where I rely on one less social media channel, centralizing all future blog posts here on VARYFORMdesign.com. Here I will provide a context to my work and will hopefully inspire you. You will see posts about fashion mixed with playlists, art reviews, product recommendations, design news, interviews, and the like.
By the way, the beloved Tumblr will still exist separately as a stream of visual inspiration.
I am very excited to announce I will be spending the next two years growing my business as a Designer in Residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's on State Street . Thank you to everyone who has supported me up to this point! It's just the beginning of a beautiful journey.
If you'd like to keep up with my daily whims & inspirations, please follow my Instagram @VARYFORMdesign.