On January 17th, guests arrived to the Biltmore Hotel’s ballroom for day two of StyleWeek Providence’s famed fashion week. With opening night having kicked off with New England designers Sam Mendoza, Avni Trivedi, and Sarah Prost, fashion week attendees already had high expectations for the day two. Opening the evening was Rhode Island-based designer Kara Wickman who created her self-titled fashion label for its runway debut during StyleWeek. Expecting her second child, Kara appeared to effortlessly balance life as a mother, her pregnancy, and the creation of a 21 piece collection inspired by a woman whose spirit resembled much of her own: glamorous and always on the go.
After attending StyleWeek’s inaugural fashion week in June, Wickman knew that January would be the platform she needed to launch her line. Her debut collection entitled “Oui” is comprised of office-ready separates, playful cocktail dresses and rompers, along with silk satin ball gowns. Her initial inspiration came from the timeless corset top, a sensual yet sophisticatedly structured piece whose silhouette is slimming on almost any frame. With a modern take, Wickman added hidden zippers and kept the notion of the back lace for ornamental detail, making her items as easy to wear as they are flattering.
Kara Wickman’s collection hit the runway on leggy models sporting big hair and the revival of the beehive. Styled with satin gloves, tea hats, and chokers, the models walked to French pop and carried an air of playful mystery. Some garments even included handmade flower pins attached to backs and hips of the garments which were custom made using the collection’s fine fabrics.
One collection favorite include a reversible corset top in navy silk satin featuring black bust detail (reversible to black with navy bust detail) showcased with a black silk satin skirt. The outfit was styled with a cameo and crystal choker, tea hat, and black satin gloves along with a wide black belt cinching the waist.
Another featured a sheer sleeved silk gown in a rich floral print. The gown was styled over leggings and one of Wickman’s signature black brocade corset tops which fit over the sheer gown creating a flattering silhouette; the shape highlights the bust and waist while also creating an airy, flowy feel from the sheer silk beneath.
Most of the looks were styled featuring Poetic License shoes whose playful designs complimented the essence of the designer’s vision. Satin booties featured black glitter platforms and heels while a black suede open toe bootie featured black snake trim. Another red suede pair of heels had gold trim and a ruffled flower at the ankle, featured with one of Wickman’s more simple designs to pull the flowers and color of some of the other garments.
For more information on Kara Wickman or to find out where to purchase the collection items, visit her website.