Jonathan Joseph Peters (fashionably) ROCKS StyleWeek Providence
Growing up in Rhode Island. Going to college in Rhode Island. And now raising my family in Rhode Island. It's pretty safe to say... I love Rhode Island.
The only time I ever left Rhode Island was to move to NYC and pursue a career in the fashion industry. I was a "New Yorker" for 5 1/2 years... and then I came back "home." I missed the fashion industry so much that it gave me the very idea to start my own fashion blog, with a mom twist! Which was how and why Mom Fashion Report on MomGenerations.com was born. I thought I was alone in Rhode Island with my passion and love for fashion... and then I heard about StyleWeek Providence last March, and I knew I had found "my people."
Rosanna Ortiz Sinel founded StyleWeek Providence in 2009 with the forward vision of showcasing emerging, as well as established designers in Providence, Rhode Island. StyleWeek Providence's mission is to create a successful model of a regional fashion event that economically impacts its designers, sponsors, partners, and employees.
She's on to something gigantically big because last week there was so much buzz and delight and fashion excitement over these talented designers...
I was a fan of Jonathan throughout all of Season #7. I obsessively watched the show (and tweeted and facebook'd during it... I was one of those people). And I just didn't just love Jonathan because he was from Rhode Island, I genuinely would have worn anything he created... he cared about what he made, and he crafted and sewed and created with such passion and life and energy that it was inspiring to watch.
I felt the same way watching the Jonathan Joseph Peters Collection grace the runway this past Saturday (January 22, 2011) night. The crowd was electric for Jonathan... and as soon as the music started pumping and the models started to walk... you knew you saw something very special being revealed. It was hot. It was sultry. It was sexy. It was luxury. It was style and grace and fashion. And it ROCKED.
I had the opportunity to chat with Jonathan after his incredible StyleWeek Providence show...
What was your inspiration?
The collection was called "The Garden of Colorless Flowers". The inspiration was a meditation on depression and sadness...a place where all of the happy colors- red, yellow and pink had been drained. I like the idea of taking something dismal and making it beautiful. The masks, headpieces, and blonde hair were to transform the girls into these cookie cutter creatures to signify that this is something we all go through, and the color palette and details were inspired by faceted emeralds and sapphires.
How do you go from an idea to an actual look on a runway?
For me, garment development is very organic. I take a look at what already exists in the collection and balance it out with the next pieces. I drape alot...I feel it gives me a better fit. Then I embellish until there is just less than I think there should be-which usually ends up being right.
How long did it take you to create this runway collection?
From beginning to end about 4 months, but I mull over my concept for much longer.
What's your favorite look from this runway collection?
I love any of the hand-dyed fabrics like the silk organza finale gown and the sateen cocktail dress and skirt and emerald. I am also a fan of where the vinyl/transparency concept really worked like the blue finale gown.
I absolutely love that Rosanna Ortiz Sinel has brought StyleWeek to Providence. Why are you so excited and passionate about being a part StyleWeek Providence?
StyleWeek is a no brainer. We are providing New England designers a platform to show their work and promotional media coverage to increase their brand awareness.
OK, Jonathan... I loved everything in your runway collection. EVERYTHING. What's the 1 thing you could see me in?
I love the entire color story for you Audrey, but if I had to dress you, I would most probably put you in the little green hand-dyed cocktail dress with the metallic belt.
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