Santa Cruz Good Times

Saturday
Apr 25th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

The Thistle in the Kiss

blog_beauty11On Friday, July 9, a team of innovative designers changed the face of fashion forever in Santa Cruz, in a powerful, dynamic, creative, inspired, gorgeous way. With the incarnation of The Thistle in the Kiss fashion show at Stripe, a popular clothing, jewelry, and house wares boutique in Downtown Santa Cruz, we saw fierce fashion hit the runway in a show like nothing we’ve seen here prior. It felt like you were a privileged invitee at a top-notch runway show at Bryant Park. And there at the center of everything was apparel designer Alexis Meschi of Lex Designs and accessories designer Terry McInerney of Nuala. Together, the pair joined creative forces with the staff of Stripe, who created an original line of jewelry for the show, and the team threw an unforgettable fashion show that will be gushed about for a long time.

They excelled at each stitch, each ruffle, every dripping jewel, every bow, every piece of leather and hardware. The resulting creation of a several months long collaboration was an inspired collection of beautiful designs that reminded you of a chic woman’s hard day at the office, with a job that requires her to be on the cutting-edge of fashion, and take a lot of risks. It reminded you of Anthropologie if they pushed things a lot further. Truly, though, the collection looked like anything you might see on a professional runway at a top designer’s show.

From the beginning of the evening to the end, the entire production was well conceived and there wasn’t a misstep. It was a flawless party and fashion show. From the ambiance at Stripe, with beautiful clothes to fawn over hanging on racks, and vintage finds in every corner, the store meets any fashionista’s daydream. There were displays of each designer’s work—a table full of newly designed leather cuffs, belts, purses and more from Nuala, original jewelry with a romantic flair by Stripe, and shirts and more by Lex Designs.

blog_beauty3Wait staff perused the venue and passed around appetizers and drinks. People milled about, checked out the merchandise, and buzzed about fashion (a first in this town), until the show started. Upon its commencement, two dancers in cages above our heads rocked out to eclectic music. And then each girl came striding down the runway.

What made this show particularly unique is that it had a twist—Meschi created 10 stunning designs, one outfit worn by each girl, with accompanying, outstanding accessories by blog_beauty5Stripe and Nuala. After the first round of designs hit the runway, the women went backstage to get a little “roughed up” looking—more makeup, hair fuller and wilder, ripped up stockings, and the like. Then they came out wearing the same designs, but each was altered somewhat—more ruffles, leggings, a shorter dress, and so on. And then they did this a third time around with even more edge. The result showed us that fashion is versatile, and a single outfit can be exquisitely designed in myriad ways. It also revealed to us that Santa Cruz has officially birthed three new stellar designers in our midst—Nuala, Lex Designs, and Stripe. Look for them someday in the fashion Bible, Vogue, and on the New York runways. There’s no doubt that their futures will be wildly successful.

For more information on the designers or the show, visit madebylex.com, nualaleather.etsy.com, or stripedesigngroup.com.

 

Comments (1)Add Comment
...
written by Deva B., July 13, 2010
The Thistle in the Kiss was an outstanding celebration of creativity and talent! An exceptionally fun and fashion-forward event. Congratulations to Stripe, Lex Designs and Nuala!

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Mission Critical

How reading Lisa Jensen’s reviews taught me to love film
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Oral Fixations

Blown away by a Tuesday night dinner at Oswald

 

What would you like to see a TED talk about?

Hydrogen-gas cars that are coming this summer. Scott Oliver, Santa Cruz, Professor

 

Sarah’s Vineyard

Sarah’s Vineyard of Gilroy is known for crafting fine wines—and one of my all-time favorites is its Chardonnay. But this time, its Viognier has my vote.

 

Munch

East Coast meets West Coast in new meat lover’s paradise