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Wednesday, June 8,2011

New York, Paris, Milan... Lansing?

Local designers dress up The Loft Saturday night

by Rich Tupica

While Lansing is worlds away from posh fashion hotspots
like Milan, London and New York, a collective of local designers is
looking to create an outlet for determined Lansing stylists. 


The designer collective Pomp was founded this year by
locals Kristy Warner, Keisha Thomas, Christine White and Bryenna
Reinicke, who met in the Lansing Community College fashion technology
program, where they’re all enrolled.


Their first runway show is Saturday at The Loft. 


The show features new lines by each Pomp
designer; David Kim will also unveil his new urban-modern line. The
night includes art by Rufus Rhea and Rob Shelburg, a vintage and pin-up
clothing sale and music by DJs Andy Lynch and Nic Bouldin.  


Reinicke, 34, whose primary influence is
the raw, New Wave stylings of British designer Vivienne Westwood, said
her line is a cross between Marie Antoinette and punk.


She said she often revitalizes old pieces into something brand new. 


“I really like the paradox of frilly and
feminine yet edgy and rough,” Reinicke said. “Most of the line has been
revamped from pre-existing, thrift store pieces. I often get more
inspiration from something that’s already put together than a just a
bolt of fabric — it becomes something quite different.” 


Not everyone in the show has a
rock-n-roll edge; Reinicke said the 30-minute runway show will feature
Pomp’s broad spectrum of designs and tastes. 


“Kristy Warner is doing kind of an
ethereal garden theme — a lot of florals, sheers, lace, and diaphanous
dresses,” Reinicke said.


“Whereas Keisha (Thomas) is doing what
she calls: contemporary sportswear separates. She’s really into the idea
of an outfit that can be worn during the day, and then, for example,
you can swap out the pants for a skirt at night and make it an evening
look.”


Meanwhile, White’s unusual line draws
from Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head, and fashion risk-takers
like Colleen Atwood and Jean-Paul Gaultier.


“For this show, Christine’s line is more
avant-garde,” Reinicke said. “Everything is one-of-a-kind pieces you
wouldn’t find in a store. This is wearable art for the fashion
innovator, definitely not for the shy.” 


As for the future of Pomp, Reinicke said its members are looking to combine fashion with other artistic outlets in Lansing. 


“We’d like to continue designing and
organizing fashion shows, and collaborating with other artists,
designers, and musicians,” she explained.


“We’re definitely open to letting it all
just kind of take its own direction and evolve. The more Lansing’s art
community grows, the more Lansing will grow — this city has so much
potential.”



POMP
fashion show
6 p.m. Saturday, June 11
The Loft at Harem Urban Lounge,
414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
Runway show starts at 7 p.m.; networking reception at 8 p.m.
All ages; bar is open  
$6
(517) 913-0103
theloftlansing.com

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