Category Archives: Local Designers

Sneak Peek of Amy Kirchen Boutique

Amy Kirchen, owner of the Amy Kirchen Boutique

Ladies – clear your cal on May 24. It’s the big day when Amy Kirchen opens the doors to her new fabulous shop in Milford, the Amy Kirchen Boutique!

Amy Kirchen Boutique (click to enlarge)

From 10am-8pm, she’ll host a Grand Opening Event, where you can sip on champagne, indulge in chocolate and shop to your heart’s content (sounds like heaven, right?!).

She has incredible cocktail dresses (I got a sparkly LBD for the Fashion Week Finale!), great tops and skirts for work (like what I’m wearing in the video below), accessories and handbags. And the prices range from $30-$200, so you’ll find something for you, no matter what your taste or budget might be. You’re going to love it!

Accessories at Amy Kirchen Boutique (click to enlarge)

Amy will also be featured in Cincinnati Fashion Week‘s finale event on Saturday. So, if you go, you’ll see her new line, which will also be carried in-store.

Amy also does custom couture gowns, too, so keep that in mind if you don’t find anything on the rack, you can have something custom made just for you!

I’ll see you at the grand opening – can’t wait! Check out the webcast below where Amy gives us a sneak peek of her new store and what you can expect at the grand opening on May 24!

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Suit Up with Cala Ossidiana!

Cala Ossidiana swimwear (click to enlarge)

Ladies, whether we want to believe it or not, bathing suit season is right around the corner.

Last night, I met up with my friend Anne Pachan, the creative director for Cala Ossidiana (a NY-based swimwear line she created), who’s in town for Cincinnati Fashion Week.

Anne is originally from this area, but she’s since moved to New York to pursue her dream of designing swimwear. It’s amazing – and you can see for yourself, as she’s one of the featured designers on Saturday!

When we chatted last night, she told me all about the latest color and cut trends for this year’s swimwear so you can heat things up this summer. Check out the video below!

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Styling a New Future – Today!

Some of my fav gals (Amy Kirchen, Lori Colwell and Cara d’Ambrosio – who I introduced last fall) are joining forces for an event tonight “Styling a New Future.”

Cara’s salon, Me Salon, and Lori with MTM Cincinnati (who provides all the models for our Cincy Chic events) are partnering for a great cause: to raise funds and awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. At the event, you can enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and fashion show featuring models from MTM Agency, hair and makeup by Me Salon, and clothing by Amy Kirchen.

The ticket price is $50, but with all that’s included – and considering the great cause – it’s a small price to pay for a big night of fun! I *highly* recommend checking it out, my fashionista friends! It’s going to be a great event!

Friday, May 06, 2011 from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Shops at Harpers Point
11328 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Click here to RSVP

A Few Facts about Pancreatic Cancer:
• Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

• This year, 43,140 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, and 36,800 will die from the disease.

• Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which
the survival rate has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years.

• Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis – only 6% will survive more than five years. 75% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis.

Indie Pop Up Market at Kenwood Towne Centre

I’m so excited! My favorite local mall and my favorite local boutiques and designers are joining forces for an event this weekend! It’s called the “Indie Collection Kenwood: Pop Up Market” and it’s going on this Friday and Saturday at Kenwood Towne Centre. Local designers such as Amy Kirchen with ALK Fashion and local boutiques such as Elizabeth’s Closet will be there showcasing their wares. So, bring your mom, take her shopping at the Indie event and let her pick out something special for Mother’s Day! Here are all the details:

Friday, May 6, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Kenwood Towne Centre
(Lower level in front of Macy’s and Center Court)
7875 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236

An Artisans Event: enjoy unique specialty and one-of-a-kind jewelry, apparel, handbags, decor and more from local artisans!

For more information call Kelly Koeller at 513.745.9100

Fabulous Bridal Designs Royal Wedding-Inspired Dress

It’s said that Princess Diana’s dress was replicated and on the market within hours of her Royal Wedding. And Princess Catherine’s big day today is no different.

I just got an email from Donna Salyers, founder and CEO of Fabulous-Bridal and Fabulous-Furs. She told me that her bridal designer, Kristen Bolt, just designed a dress inspired by Kate’s to carry at Fabulous-Bridal. Here’s what her email said and below is the picture! So exciting!

Hi Amy – were you up at 4am?  I was – am fading fast   : )

Reason for writing – At Fabulous-Bridal, the Royal Wedding has inspired us to do our own version of a dress fit for a princess . . . developed by our own in-house designer Kristen Bolt. Have attached a news release and sketch.

Best,
Donna

Royal Wedding-inspired dress at Fabulous-Bridal. Click to enlarge.

I read through the release and found this interesting as well:

With sketches and samples already in development, bridal designer Kristen Bolt is racing to create her more contemporary versions of Kate’s dress to be available at Fabulous-Bridal within 60 days.  Wearing a tiara and jeweled sweater for Kate-ly inspiration, Kristen was sketching before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge climbed into their carriage. With a passion for bridal design, the DAAP graduate and in-house designer at Fabulous-Bridal will remain true to the basic design, with a nod to the contemporary bride:  “Our dress could possibly have a lace overlay that slips on and buttons down the back. The bride may request shorter sleeves or a different neckline … that’s the beauty of having our own label.”

“The fitted lace bodice and sleeves, lace detail at the hem and a billowing train will be in demand,” confirms April Smith, General Manager at Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Bridal.  “But many brides will want detachable sleeves or a jacket that’s removed at the reception,” April continues.

It’s so exciting that Cincinnati has the talent like Kristen’s and the mega-powerhouse-business-women like Donna who turned this around so quickly, and will be supplying what is sure to be an international demand now that Kate walked down the aisle in that beautiful dress. It exuded elegance and simplicity with a tinge of tradition. Love love loved it!

Treat Mom, Help Local Women with Sarah Center Spring Sale

Thinking back to Mother’s Day, I remember my mom cherishing the gifts that I made myself. I remember painting a cardboard box with something that kind of resembled an “M” “O” “M” and she kept it for years… she used it as the container that held her hairspray and brush in the bathroom. (She used those a lot – Lots of hairspray and teasing in the 80s you know)

As I grew up, I made things like jewelry. And I’d use stones like Amber (her fav) that would make it special and personalized for her. The things that took the most time and were from the heart seemed to mean more than a simple store bought card or an unoriginal gift card.

But as I grow up even more, I’m getting too busy to make those hand-made items I would love to make for her. Now she’s spoiled though (but I still love you mom if you’re reading this! haha!) so I can’t revert back to Planet Unoriginal and get her boring gifts.

An example of Sarah Center jewelry (click to enlarge)

That’s why I was so excited to learn about Sarah Center. They’re helping you out with giving a deep meaningful gift for those us busy bees for this coming Mother’s Day.

Sarah Center is affiliated with the St. Francis Seraph Ministries and is located in Over The Rhine. The center will be hosting a Spring Sale which will include handcrafted quilts, jewelry and lots more!

The women who make these unique gifts are the real reason to give this sale your time and business. Because OTR is mainly populated with poverty, Sarah Center brings the women of OTR together to build lasting friendships and help each other reach their full potential, helping to give the women stability regardless of their home life.

If you can’t make it to this sale, then check out the site for the Sarah Center to help give back or give information on how to help by clicking here. You can even check out the jewelry and quilts that have been made to get an idea of what will be showcased at the sale. Giving heartfelt gifts to our own mothers is a blessing, so let’s give back to those mothers who deserve it most!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Eco-Chic Designer Courtney McCrone

Hope everyone had fun at last night’s Eco-Fabulous Fashion show yesterday at Lexus Rivercenter. I know I had a blast! Click here to check out pics Metromix took! If you were there and got pics in our photobooth, click here to go to our Facebook page and tag yourself in the photo album!

So, to build on all this green and glam fun, and this week’s earth-friendly theme, I wanted to spotlight a young fashion designer who strives to make the planet as beautiful as her clothes.

Courtney McCrone has been obsessed with clothing design since the tender age of 9 and strives to have her own vintage inspired line one day. She recently applied to both Parsons The New School for Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology located in the Big Apple. After looking at McCrone’s portfolio, it’s clear that she loves to create beautiful clothes out of everyday, reusable items. I personally love her new abstract swim suit collection made from cardboard, balloons, and wood! She also made a fab dress out of cigarettes! How creative!
She has been working with a slue of top designers in the Ohio area and currently is working with Valerie Mayen with her clothing line Yellowcake. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Valerie was on season 8 of Project Runway! After working with a number of designers, Courtney has big dreams. But she doesn’t want to take the easy route when it comes to actually producing the clothes. Many designers are turing to China for cheap labor but McCrone wants all of her clothes to be made in the US where she can help the economy grow.

Make sure you keep an eye out for this young designer. Who knows, maybe one day she will follow in the footsteps on Valerie and be on Project Runway!

Thanks to Holly Hoover, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Eco-Fab Fashion Show Sneak Peek

To say I’m excited about today’s Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show is an understatement. First of all, I brought on two national clients for it (Vitamin Water Zero and Lexus). Second of all,  we have 350 RSVPs and it’s sold out. Third of all, it’s benefiting the Civic Garden Center which is an amazing organization making our city pretty. And lastly…. it’s going to just be a ton of FUN!

There will be food, drinks, music, shopping and a eco-fab fashion show with clothing made out of re-purposed materials. And the jewelry is also made out of re-purposed/recycled materials. The jewelry vendor, Serket Jewelry, sent me a sneak peek of some of the jewelry that will be in the show. The pics are just showcasing some of the jewelry that will be at the show.

For a sneak peek of some of the clothes that will be in the show, check out the bottom of this post for a segment we did on Wednesday on Fox19!

Hope you got your ticket to the event! We’re all sold out! The next Cincy Chic event is “Night in White” on April 29, so save the date! Enjoy the pics and video!

Model Brenna Nicole' Lee Principato (also model for Fox 19) is wearing a skirt made out of a variety of ribbons. The light blue top is made from a bed skirt. Jewelry: necklace is made from plastic lids that are on milk jugs, juice, etc then added chains and butterfly components. The headband is made from red bull labels.
Model Nataly Silva is wearing a 2 piece dress; top is created from ladies fashion belts woven together then cut to shape the bodice. The layered green and gold skirt is made from curtains. The jewelry: necklace is made from the lid of a jewelry box with attached beads and the flower is made up of bridal flower pedals and rhinestones.
Model Nataly Silva with hat with magazine clipping fringe

EVENT INFO:

Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show

Brought to you by vitaminwater zero

Date:
Friday, March 25, 6-9pm

Fashion Show at 8pm, showcasing eco-fabulous designs from several local DAAP students. Drinks provided by Lexus Rivercenter. Food provided by Behle Street Cafe.

Location:
Lexus Rivercenter
633 W. 3rd St. Covington, KY 41011

Vendors include:
SerketJewelry
Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa
FENNOfashion
Keep It Tight Fitness
Miche Group
Spice and Tea Exchange
Votre Vu by Julena Bingaman
Purdy Everyday
Yelp
Nature’s Bath

After Party: Join us for the official after party at Behle Street Cafe. Complimentary parking in the rivercenter garage directly behind Behle Street Cafe.

Event is free to attend. Those who purchase a $10 ticket will receive a swag bag and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Civic Garden Center. Hosted by: Cincy Chic, an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

PHOTO CREDITS:
The photographer: Alicia Calton located in Lexington, Kentucky check her out on Facebook: “Alicia C. Photography
The makeup artist: Galvin Mason
The hairstylist: Amanda Fiehrer
Jewelry: Serket Jewelry
Clothing: made by Courtney K., who is only 17 and attends the School for Creative and Performing Arts

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Tailoring At Your Service…Literally!

So, if you don’t know about The Brush Factory…Well you should know about The Brush Factory (read this article here on Cincy Chic to learn more).

The company is just as modern as they are dedicated to keeping a unique touch to integrate the history of Cincinnati. As if having sewing workshops and classes, a boutique exhibiting their handmade clothing, an in-store tailoring service, and a woodworking shop wasn’t enough, now they even offer a mobile tailoring service. That’s right folks, they come to you! All you have to do is call and make an appointment. Pretty nifty, eh?

If you’re like me, then you have many pieces of clothing that -thanks to Ben & Jerry’s and a long winter- no longer fit anymore, or a pile of clothes you just stare at wondering what to do with because you have just worn them so many times that it’s almost embarrassing…Yeah, well BF’s Mobile Tailoring service can also transform that part of your wardrobe into all new looks.

This service caters to many parts of Cincinnati, which are listed at their site, along with a complete price sheet, that way you know what you are looking to spend beforehand.  If you are ever in the area, you should stop by and take a look at their boutique displaying their pieces of woodwork and also their homemade clothing located in Oakley. Check it out!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Menswear Trends, Profile Launch, Corwyn’s New Store

Cincinnati Profile Launch Party invite
Cincinnati Profile Launch Party invite

It’s raining men! Not really… it’s raining slushy snow today unfortunately, but it’s also raining lots of exciting news for men this week! : )

New menswear trends were recently strutting the runways at New York Fashion Week, Cincinnati Profile (basically the male version of Cincy Chic) is having an event to launch its new online-only format and Corwyn Apparel (a local tie designer) is opening a new store in Springdale next week.

You wont want to miss the Corwyn event if you’re in the market for new ties. He’s doing a 50% discount on all neckties from his Spring 2011 collection!

Below is a video from when I went on Fox19 to highlight some new menswear trends! Enjoy!

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One of the things I didn’t get to focus on much is the “swazer” the last model was wearing. It was a blazer, but it was more of a soft, sweater material. It even had a detachable quilted, leather trimmed neck under the lapel, which I thought was interesting. So, it gives a more relaxed look to a blazer if you want it, or need the extra protection (with style) from the elements. Here’s a close up pic of the swazer. I got it at Nordstrom Rack for $129.