“I like clean lines and pieces that will stand the test of time,” Jess Abernethy says of her design aesthetic. “My clothing is classic and sleek. I’m very inspired by the first half of the 1900s and try to bring a little bit of those time periods into each of my collections.” Though Jess now calls Providence home, she spent many years in Germany and attended the Munich campus of ESMOD, the esteemed French fashion design university. That European influence is present in her new collection. “For the upcoming StyleWeek show I took inspiration from the 1950s and the French Riviera,” she explains. “I wanted the clothes to give off a feeling of casual beach wear, but also European chic.” Watch for the interplay between her timeless silhouettes and bright, summery colors and patterns on the runway. When not designing entire collections – she has participated in every StyleWeek since its inception – Jess spends a lot of time doing custom pieces out of her studio. “I love seeing people in something that I have created,” she says, “seeing them happy, comfor table and looking great.” Jess’s work is available at Lola in Providence and by custom order. Her Spring/Summer 2013 collection is sponsored by the Savory Grape. Jess Abernethy will be presenting at 9pm on Sunday, August 26 at the Providence Biltmore.
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