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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fashion at RAW Artists

Posted by Toby Robboy on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Last Thursday at the Bossanova, RAW Artists hosted Spectrum, a multi-media creative showcase featuring local talent. I was there to check out designer Faye Cuneo's premiere collection for CANDACE, the line she is launching in conjunction with the opening, this month, of a custom clothing and alteration shop of the same name. Custom, hand-crafted fashion is something I always love to see, so naturally I was excited to see the newest player in town.

Before Cuneo's presentation started, I got a chance to browse some of the booths featuring the work of other local creatives, including that of Myriam Marcela, a Mexican born designer who uses both new and repurposed materials. Marcela's collection was filled with bright, vibrant prints that ranged from Cheetah spots to Litchenstein art, along with some highly structured pieces in neutral colors. The vibe was fun and cheerful, yet modern and chic.

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For her CANDACE presentation, the list of inspirations that Cuneo cites include Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Chanel, Versace, Hunter S. Thompson and Nicky Minaj. This wide range of references was pulled together into a collection that felt sort of hip-hop meets classic vintage, made mostly using Indian Sari silk. Highlights included a couple of demure 1930's silhouettes, a much flashier asymmetrical cocktail dress in an iridescent, metallic blue, and the final look - a striking tribal printed pants, crop-top and jacket ensemble.

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The collection definitely went in a lot of different directions, but that seems kinda fitting for a custom clothing designer. Overall, it was a strong showing that communicated a playful but sophisticated point of view. I'm excited to see more from Cuneo in the future.

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