Photos courtesy of LC Photography, Breanna White Photography, Endless Photography, Ryan Houston
The runway has made its way to Utah Valley via Provo Fashion Week. In this photo essay, we take a look back at the haute highlights of the Spring 2014 show. The semi-annual event (with shows in October and February) was initially created by Melanie Brook and Janay Robison. When Melanie moved to Portland, Janay brought on Bree Wilkins and Natalie Workman to help produce the 2015 shows. So take your seats and prepare for some wow factor.
1. Back in Black
This fabulously simple silhouette was created by BYU grad Brandon Perry, who has a passion and a talent for designing women’s couture and evening gowns and is currently attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.
Why we love it: We love this gown’s understated elegance, and the styling is spot-on with touches of turquoise and feather accents.
2. Well Suited
This sharp-dressed man is outfitted in Beckett & Robb, a custom suit company started in Salt Lake City in 2009. The company brings fine menswear to Utah County with their location at The Shops at Riverwoods.
Why we love it: We love that Beckett & Robb is elevating men’s fashion here in Utah County. Our valley is home to so many working professionals who deserve clothing that matches their talent.
3. Blue Belles
Natalie Workman of Natalie Wynn Design is a producer for Provo Fashion Week 2015 as well as a mega-talented local designer. Whether it’s a ready-to-wear piece or a custom gown, her attention to detail sets her apart.
Why we love it: Can we talk about this beautifully blue and white palette? It’s simple yet dramatic, and the collection in its entirety is seamlessly stunning.
4. Showstopping Sequins
This Bree Lena look by Bree Wilkins is actually two pieces, a black sequin top paired with a high-low skirt. “The outfit as a whole would be fun for a black-tie event or prom,” Bree says. “But if you paired the skirt with a grey tee you could get away with wearing it to dinner.”
Why we love it: Bree’s penchant for designing separates is refreshing — and practical. If you’re going to splurge on something custom made, this is the way to go — three outfit possibilities in one.
5. Striking Simplicity
This black-and-white dress was created by Lauren Whittier of ThreeTwoSevenSix. Lauren studied fashion design at Auburn University and has created custom wedding gowns for Avenia Bridal.
Why we love it: Talk about stripes in all the right places. The fit is flawless and the silhouette is fresh.
6. Midas Touch
This Bree Lena gown below is made with gold, metallic brocade by designer Bree Wilkins. “I love the high-low with a train because it gives a little pop of leg and shoe which is fun,” Bree says. “I would love to see a fashion-forward bride wear this on her wedding day. It would also be amazing to see this on the red carpet.”
Why we love it: Bree Wilkins has a thing for gold — and we have a thing for her! This dress is an example of choosing a great fabric and letting it shine.
7. Cool Tulle
This scallop pattern tutu dress is by Taylor Joelle Designs, a children’s clothing line created by Eagle Mountain’s Jenny Moyer. The piece is one of the line’s most popular items and comes in several different color combinations.
Why we love it: This is one of those pieces that both moms and kids love — it’s comfortable, easy and cute.
8. Wow-Worthy Wool
This wool toggle coat at right was created by Utah County native Julie Nguyen, who loves designing ready-to-wear pieces and had her hands on the gorgeous blue wool for years before she knew how she wanted to use it. When she started designing her collection for Provo Fashion Week, the blue wool happened to match her color palette and she sketched up this stunner.
Why we love it: Keeping warm during Utah winters isn’t always fashionable. But this blue beauty stops excuses dead in their tracks. Warm, wearable and fashionable — done, done and done.
Provo Fashion Week has runway shows on Friday and Saturday. Click here for the schedule.