Philly designers at New York Fashion Week

Vaunt & Sol are Najva Sol (left), Philadelphia's Nicole Vaunt.
Vaunt & Sol are Najva Sol (left), Philadelphia's Nicole Vaunt. (SABA GRAY)
Posted: February 06, 2014

Dom Streater isn't the only Philadelphia-based designer anticipating a New York Fashion Week debut.

As the week of Fall 2014 presentations gets underway Thursday, a handful of local designers are gearing up to show their work.

On Wednesday, Mount Airy-based Nicole Vaunt, one half of the design duo Vaunt & Sol, will present nine knitwear looks as part of the inaugural showcase of Manufacture New York, a Chelsea-based collective created by former Philadelphian Bob Bland, designed to help emerging designers keep garments sewn Stateside.

Annina King, a designer-in-residence at the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's, will dress sportscaster and NBC personality Jill Martin for Thursday's annual Go Red for Women/The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection, a joint effort by celebrities and designers to help raise awareness of heart disease, the number-one killer of women nationwide.

King, who designs under the label Granate Couture, made a fitted midi-length red sheath with ribbons that create illusion details in the bodice.

This year's Red Dress Collection also will star celebrities Lindsey Vonn, AnnaSophia Robb, Colbie Caillat, and Giada De Laurentiis.

Art Institute of Philadelphia designers Anna Charest and Samuel Ciccone will join other alumni and students in a collaborative fashion show Tuesday.

Ciccone's six-piece womenswear collection, Chiaroscuro, is a grouping of black-and-white, soft-knit layered pieces that are very Alexander Wang-inspired.

"It's very clean-cut, Americanized urban and edgy with contrasting details," Ciccone said. "And it features laser-cut details like leather flowers and slits."

Charest's collection, Honor, is inspired by Civil War surgeon Mary Edwards Walker.

The dresses, blouses, and trousers in the slim-fitting collection are fashioned in both Union and Confederate navy, grays, and browns. Late-19th-century details like cloaks and cinched waists give the pieces a tailored look.



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