Saturday, February 23, 2008

Stitches West Fashion Show

Susan Lazear and Rick Mondragon hosted an absolutely stunning fashion show featuring over 100 fabulous designs and a surprise appearance by Vickie Howell. Alex was delighted to see Susan at the show because they knew each other in a previous life -- in the high-tech industry! She was a little more than surprised to see it was a fun reunion.

We couldn't take photos, unfortunately, or I'd have dozens up here. There was so many wonderful fashions to see!

Among my favorite garments featured was a Swing Coat designed by Full Thread Ahead using Cherry Tree Hill's Oceania yarn. The drape of this garment was lovely...and the colors were, of course, spectacular. Cheryl's hand-dyed combinations are always magnificent.

Gaia, a complex Celtic-inspired piece, was designed by Jonelle Raffino in SWTC's Terra. It was a lovely piece for spring, in celery green yarn with a pattern that looked straight from the Book of Kells. I checked the SWTC site and they don't have the yarn or the pattern up yet. But keep an eye out for them because they're absolutely stunning.

I also loved the South West Trading Company Karaoke Mitered Jacket designed by Joan Somerville. Turns out that we sell it as a kit at Yarnmarket -- which makes it even better!

My very favorite piece of all was the Shore Cardigan in Mission Falls 1824 Cotton. No, it wasn't the most dramatic piece, but it was by far the most flattering for virtually every body shape. Check it out on the Mission Falls site. The horizontal lines at the top, with the empire waist and vertical stripes on the body are wonderfully slimming.

Overall, I'd say there was a lot of lace and romance in wraps, capes and shawls. Colors ranged from muted pastels to vibrant jewel tones, plus sparkles and feathers. The funniest point in the evening was the appearance of a runway model wearing her garment upside down! It was a Fiber Fiend sweater with a terrific cable pattern along the sleeve. How she managed to put it on upside down is a mystery. Yet, oddly enough, it actually looked okay.

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