Depending on your location, the changing of the seasons is noted by the temperatures and number of sunshine filled days. However, if you’re one of the fortunate people who live in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel-Hill and the smaller towns in between) you look forward to SPARKcon to celebrate the arrival of cooler fall weather. The event celebrates the last days of summer while showcasing the region’s culture and talent -- music, art, film, fashion, big ideas, inventions, cuisine, and everything in between.
SPARKcon invites residents and visitors to discover and connect with passionate individuals who are deeply embedded in the creation of the Triangle’s culture. SPARKcon 2013 is the 8th annual event, organized by the Visual Art Exchange, and will be held September 12 - 15 in downtown Raleigh. It’s recommended that you carpool, bike, or walk to downtown Raleigh -- unless you enjoy detours and hunting for parking. The festival is an exciting showcase of the diverse local talent in the Triangle that presents incredible opportunities for interdisciplinary connections among the creative scenes.
Every event happening throughout the weekend is worth a visit, but fashionSPARK is particularly exciting if you’re keeping up with the Triangle’s fashion scene. The fashionSPARK runway show is happening this Saturday, September 14th from 8pm - 9:30pm at Main Stage. This is one of the area’s most electric fashion shows with the kind of energy that sparks inspiration and pride within all who are present for the show. Year after year, fashionSPARK organizers curate an intriguing and fun show that captivates the audience and connects them to local designers.
fashionSPARK will feature eight fashion brands on the runway this year all of which promise to unveil phenomenal fall lines. Looking through the list of the designers there’s evidence that sustainable fashion brands are becoming more popular on the runway! Here are a few brands to watch for:
One-of-a-kind designs custom made for your specific needs. Jessica works with her clients to develop garments that flatter their style, figure, and personal taste. Last year JFaith’s runway show featured blushes and peach colors, easy flowing silhouettes, and noteworthy adornments.
This brand captures the essence of the American, young-professional man with their slim fitting trousers, classic button-down shirts can skinny ties. Produced in America, Lumina is an easy going lifestyle brand suitable for recent graduate and twenty-somethings looking to invest in their professional wardrobe.
Sophisticatedly playful children’s clothing produced using sustainable and resourceful solutions utilizing outgrown button-down shirts. An architect by trade, Jessica Johnson Moore incorporates crisp lines, impeccable tailoring techniques, and unexpected design elements that transform an ordinary garment into new, classic pieces with a twist. (Tell her to make these dresses for adults!)
Made in Raleigh, NC by designer Kristin Robbins, the brand incorporates deconstructed and up-styled vintage clothing to create new one-of-a-kind pieces. Tyger Alexis’ re-purposed line offers great pieces for young women who want to dress professionally but also maintain an original sense of style in their outfits.