About: Monstruosité (formerly House of Donshey), a high fashion millinery brand, was established in 2010 by designer and creative director 23-year-old Dolly Donshey after studying the art of hat making under renowned milliner Jan Wutkowski, alumni of the Melbourne School of Millinery in Australia. Since inception, the brand has been featured in publications and media around the world and worn by celebrities such as Sasha Pieterse and Carmen Electra.
Monstruosité focuses heavily on bringing concepts to life by integrating music, art and theatrical elements to showcase the ideas behind the designs. Monstruosité views fashion and millinery as a way to tell a story and push creative boundaries, while also focusing the utmost attention to detail.
Brand: Gregory Apparel
About: Since graduation from the Apparel Design Program in Seattle 2001, it has been a winding road of different experiences. From theater costume building to technical design for production at Elie Tahari with many odd jobs in between, the Rachel Gregory has learnt many different facets of garment creation. The Gregory Apparel brand philosophy is making fashion forward, modern designs accessible for almost any figure.
About: A French word for bird, Oiselle alludes to the powerful sense of freedom that most runners know and love. Helping women get there – and enjoy its emotional and physical benefits – is what the brand is all about.
Simple. Clean. Enduring. Every aspect of our apparel was created to look as good as it feels.Our goal is to deliver the ideal garment: one that is refreshingly unique, fashion forward, and precisely designed for women runners.
About: Designer Jennifer credits the years of her life as a woman in New York City as her most influential. Family and her passion to design contributed to her love of fashion, drawing and sewing. Coming from a family of fashionable women, kept Jennifer updated on the latest trends and styles.
Jennifer’s hunger for fashion continued into her teenage years, so she attended Fashion Industries High school. FIH is where she decided to turn her dreams of being a fashion designer into reality. Jennifer spent several years in the industry and completed her BA in Science of Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Jennifer takes her most pride in being a full-time mother. Motherhood in New York City inspired her to create a line that gives the ultimate chic look after having children.
Brand: Charles and Ron
About: Charles,born in Malta and Ron originally Dutch met in Amsterdam in 1992. Shortly after they met Ron moved to Malta where they set up their first studio and launched their first collection. The mostly self-taught designers have become Malta’s leading fashion house and have participated in many prestigious fashion events throughout Europe. Charles & Ron were also guest designers at Toronto Fashion Week.
For Spring 2015 Charles and Ron were inspired by the architecture and beauty of Malta’s capital city Valletta.
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