When we think Fashion Capital, one place comes to mind: New York City. This frame of reference was recently changed with the creation of a new fashion destination, Providence, Rhode Island. On June 6th, the fashion community poured in to the small state for StyleWeek Providence, a runway fashion week attracting Northeast designers as well as nationwide names; the success of Project Runway has left few fashion community members unaware of up-and-coming designer Jonathan Joseph Peters who closed the fashion week.
Jonathan Joseph Peters is a character. A fantastic designer and all around great guy, the Rhode Island native was excited to participate during the week. As many watched Jonathan on TV, his design aesthetic is described as “combining the elements of the avant-garde and ready to wear in his personal collection.” Though an accurate description of his overall style, anyone could gather this information after visiting his personal site. What many don’t know is Jonathan is equal part showman as designer, a characteristic which is portrayed in the style of his collection.
In his StyleWeek Providence show, guests wondered as the lights dimmed and not a model walked the runway. Instead a singer emerged wearing one of Jonathan’s designs as she sang Enya. In case the singer had not grabbed the audience’s attention, he also incorporated two interpretive dancers who twirled and swayed on stage. At the conclusion of the performance, the show began and the audience was transported to a dream-like state as they viewed muted colors in addition to cascades, folds, and draping. The highlights of the show included leggings and lace shorts for men as well as a mermaid inspired romper and jaw dropping closing gown which appeared to levitate down the runway.
Jonathan’s method is equal parts theatrical as it is fashion; he orchestrates performances by way of background designs, props, and performances to set the stage of his story (he even considered a snow machine for his StyleWeek show!). This dramatic portrayal also resonates through his collections whereas each piece makes a statement. Although pushing the envelope and almost blurring the lines between sculptural art and apparel, his pieces remain easy to wear--In the era of Lady Gaga, fashionistas are growing more and more open to adopting a unique sense of style as opposed to reverting to traditional shapes.
Jonathan Joseph Peters is certainly one designer to watch. For New England and New York locals, Jonathan will have a trunk show on July 11th to show some of his designs. Though statement pieces, do not fear the ability to blend a unique dress or top into your wardrobe. Yes, the Lady Gaga look is in, but even more importantly statement pieces are like art and never go out of style!
*Jonathan’s trunk show is scheduled on Sunday, July 11th, from 1:00-4:00pm at the Hotel Providence. Kindly RSVP by July 7th to firstname.lastname@example.org