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up2tempo Launch Party Nov. 8

You don’t typically expect to learn about anything on the fashion front from your accountant, but I did the other day.

My accountant connected me with another one of his clients, Deanna. She’s a local woman who graduated from DAAP and has since launched a new business called up2tempo. The concept is great: fashionable, affordable clothes sold through trunk shows and home parties.

I love the concept so much that I’m going to help Deanna launch with a bang! I’m helping her to plan her launch party on Nov. 8 at Obscura downtown and I hope you can join us! It’s going to be a great night where you can see her new line work the runway in a fashion show, shop in her pop-up boutique, all over a yummy craft cocktail in a super chic setting! Hope to see you there! Details below! Click here to RSVP!


You’re invited…
Exclusive Launch Party & Fashion Show
Saturday, Nov. 8, 7-10pm
Fashion Show at 8pm
Obscura 645 Walnut St. Cincinnati OH 45202

Enjoy a fun night out with your fellow fashionistas, grab a craft cocktail, and view a fashion show that launches up2tempo, a new fashion line featuring affordable and comfortable pieces brought to you through trunk shows and your own personal stylist. Learn more at www.up2tempo.com


UC DAAP Students Find Inspiration at IKEA!

Did you ever look at your shower curtain or linen sheets and imagine a beautiful evening gown or a printed summer dress? Well, that’s just a day in the life of sophomore students at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).

That’s why IKEA recently supported a project that encouraged aspiring designers of the UC DAAP program. Their task: to create fashionable pieces inspired by elements within the store. Students found the home textile department to be truly inspirational, as they adventured through hundreds of fun, bold, eccentric fabrics to be the muse of their designs. UC staff and IKEA co-workers agreed when presented the final looks, that these young designers created truly one-of-a-kind pieces.

“We hope this project will open many more opportunities to showcase IKEA’s iconic looks designed by talented DAAP students,” says IKEA store manager Heather Spatz in a recent press release.

This was an amazing opportunity for both IKEA and the DAAP students to design and showcase such great prints from your every day home items! If you are looking for some inspiration of your own, check out the pictures below of some of their creative designs!


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DAAP Fashion Show Highlights

Since I’m on vacation this week, my intern Devon Barnhard covered these DAAP fashion show events. Read her blog post about the events below!

My to-do list just took a grand hit. It’s now gigantic. I now want to know how to design and sew unique looks, to model like it’s effortless and to produce fashion shows that are awe-inspiring. These things weren’t on my to-do list two days ago, and I know why. Two days ago I hadn’t been exposed to the amazing world of DAAP fashion and their end of the year fashion show that is now filling my head with garment greatness.


This series of events began two nights ago, Thursday June 7th, with the working rehearsal. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant but as I walked in and saw the show’s producer, Laurie Wilson, blocking out the model’s walks and poses I realized that they were truly ‘working’ on the show. It was a dress rehearsal, so you still go to see the clothes, or moving works of art I should say, but the fact that you could see how the show was coming together gave it a special ‘behind the scenes sort of feel’. I felt like I was looking in on something I wasn’t supposed to see …. but I was completely okay (no. actually infatuated) with seeing it! The fact that I was sitting next to two of the seniors made it even more special as they were finally seeing their hard work pay off.


Last night, Friday the 8th brought the rest of the series of fashionable events. First up was the pre-show cocktail party with endless appetizers and drinks. The appetizers looked delectable but the people looked more so. It was quite the ‘chic’ crowd, and I couldn’t be more thankful that I dressed my best! The attendees were equipped with soaring stilettos, unique cocktail dresses, and wide brimmed glasses (sported by those ‘chic’ men that were present).

On the way from the party to the show there was a procession of giant posters displaying work of the ‘product development’ seniors including projects displaying everything from dog hoodies to  ‘river clothes’. It was quite the eclectic mix!


Finally it was time for the big show. The audience had to be begged to sit down because everyone was so hyped up! The show began with speakers and honorees, but let’s be real – you guys probably want to hear about the looks…


First up, after the corporate sponsor, Macy’s, ‘Brasil’ line was shown, was children’s wear. My favorite was a collection called, “Olivia”, by Mary Boeddeker with a bright pink and green theme. The kids skipped down the runway and hugged at the end showing off their star-patterned sweaters, tutus, exotic leggings, oversized stocking caps, and glasses adorned with bows. I literally couldn’t stop smiling at the cuteness and you could tell the mom’s in the audience were drooling.


From there, the “Reminisce” section of the show took off. The “Homesick “ collection designed by Amanda Dunigan caught my eye first off, and while I’ve already raved about it in my tweeting coverage of the show multiple times, I must emphasize again how adorable it was! The looks were mix-matched patterns with a sort of ‘urban prairie’ feeling that was inspired by the designer appreciation for American culture after studying abroad.


In the “Resonate” scene of the show there were non-stop collections that were more ‘wearable’ and ‘everyday’, yet extremely unique. Because of this … I wanted to personally buy EVERYTHING. If I had to settle on a couple of favorites I would go with the “Neon Dreams” collection designed by Karly Kleiman, whose looks consisted of sophisticated long, slim fitted pants and a-line skirts, accented with quirky neon colors. I also liked “Berkley Mornings” by Lizzie Asher. With neutral cottons and comfortable fitting layered pieces, the looks are supposed give you a sense of personal comfort, inspired by changing weather – allowing for “elegant mobility” and adeventure.


The last third of the show titled, “ Renegade” had a more futuristic and experimental feel. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the men’s collection designed by Kristy Nguyen called “Salute”. The collection was inspired by the tailored aspects of military uniforms …. with a twist, of course!  She created each jacket and suit to come to different lengths of the body with such extremes of a cropped bomber jacket and pea coat that came to the floor.


Once the collections came to an end, we were left with the finale of all the models, and the senior designers on stage. If it weren’t for everyone in the audience’s sudden need to either, like me, break into the fashion world, or go congratulate a designer, I don’t think anyone would have left! If you missed the show this year I would STRONGLY recommend you come next year!


As for me? I have a date with my sewing machine …


DAAP Fashion Show Tonight

This evening, some of the brightest fashion students in the world will be showcasing their designs right here in the Tri-State. The DAAP Fashion Show kicks off in a few hours – you can learn all about it here in our Cincy Chic feature on the event, and if you’d like tickets, click here. If you can’t make the event, you can watch it on the jumbotron on Fountain Square starting at 7:30, or you can check out our Cincy Chic Twitter feed. My intern Devon will be there to give you live updates and show sneak peeks. Then, tomorrow, we’ll have a full report on the show, complete with pics and Devon’s favs, right here on the blog so check it out!

Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show Next Friday!

I know I already told you about our March Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show, but I have some updates! After we sent out the first email invite, I got a bunch of emails from people who wanted to be vendors. So we added some new faces to the group of green vendors we’ll have at the event.

I probably shouldn’t show favoritism among my vendors, but I can’t help myself… the one I’m super excited about is Vogue Vert. They specialize in eco-conscious luxury goods. It was started here locally by a green-minded gal who loves her fashion. So, she launched the site (love the name by the way), forged relationship with green designers, started to sell their items on her site, and gives 10% of her proceeds to the Foundation she founded to provide scholarships to budding green designers. How awesome is that?!

So, make sure you come to the event to learn about Vogue Vert, all the other amazing vendors we’ll have there, and the talented DAAP students who will have their designs in the fashion show! Check out the press release below for all the details about the event! See you there!

Cincy Chic, DAAP Host Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show
Eco-centric event with fashion show featuring DAAP student designs, benefits Civic Garden Center

Who said it isn’t easy being green? Cincy Chic, an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati is not only making it easy, but also fashionable, to be green. Friday, March 16 from 6-9pm, Cincy Chic will host its third-annual “Eco Fabulous Fashion Show” at Lexus RiverCenter in Covington (633 West 3rd Street, Covington, KY 41011).
The event will feature a fashion show with 20 looks designed by students from University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) program. Each look will incorporate repurposed, sustainable, or earth-friendly materials, dyes and production processes.
In addition, the event will feature shopping with several local vendors and boutiques, complimentary refreshments, a photo booth, as well as raffles to win a weekend Lexus lease and raise funds for the Civic Garden Center.
The event is free to attend. However, with a $10 donation to the Civic Garden Center, attendees will receive as a reusable Cincy Chic tote bag filled with “swag.” To purchase tickets or make a donation, please click here.
“This event is a three-pronged win,” says Amy Scalia, CEO and Publisher of Cincy Chic. “It showcases young designer talent, shows local ladies how they can easily ‘go green’ with their wardrobe, and it raises funds for the Civic Garden Center.”
The Civic Garden Center, located at 2715 Reading Road, is a non-profit horticultural resource that enriches lives through education, community beautification and environmental stewardship. One hundred percent of all proceeds will benefit this philanthropy.
Presenting Sponsor: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

Fashion Show Sponsors: Mitchell’s Salon & Day SpaGlass Zipper Boutique
Supporting Sponsors: PNCThe Plastic Surgery GroupKrombholz JewelersSt. Elizabeth HealthcareLexus RiverCenterPerformance Lexus

Vendors Include: Bella Forza FitnessMary Kay by Britt BornVotre Vu by Julena BingamanA Village Gift Shop at the Century HouseVogue VertStella & Dot with Beth Harris and Summer Weidenbein, and Charmed by Galite.

RSVP to: http://ccgogreen2012.eventbrite.com