At the Emerging Trends,
an event that showcases burgeoning and yet-undiscovered talent during
Boston Fashion Week each year, an eclectic crowd mixed, mingled, and guzzled
free Vitamin Water, browsing the vendor stands around the runway and waiting
for the 11-designer show to begin. Miss New Hampshire posed for photos, her
crown glittering, while sleek young girls in stilettos air-kissed friends, hip
urbanites with streaked hair and studded leather chatted quietly, suburban-mom
types in their Saturday-night finest clucked over accessories tables, and
starch-shirted college-age dudes and their girlfriends vamped for photo ops at
the pop-up red-carpet area. A small army of black-clad photogs darted about,
snapping pictures of anyone who might be of interest. That seemed to include
everyone that night, and that was exactly the point.
Tess Aquarium, designer/costumer and fashion adviser at NuVu Studio
The instant Tess's
aquamarine steez caught our eye, we had just one word for her: seapunk? "That's
kind of a mixture of '90s-retro punk
rock, but with barnacles instead of studs," she said. "Some people say my look
is seapunk, but I think it's more mermaid."
A San Francisco
native, Tess recommends fashion scavenging in the Mission,
should you ever wind up in her 'hood. Here, she scours secondhand spots like
the Garment District, Urban Renewals, and Goodwill, the source for her whole
outfit - except for the awesomely zany shoes, which she snagged at
This member of the Vermin Street experimental arts
collective wasn't always so
fashion-forward. "In my early 20s I went through a very conservative phase,
where I divorced myself from my weirdo past and wore a lot of bad slacks," she
admitted. "A lot of slacks. I don't know what was wrong with me!"
For more photos of this party, go to thephoenix.com/parties.