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Collection: Arias’ eveningwear designs owe much to her art background: she studied at Miami’s main art magnet school, Design and Architecture Senior High School, and continues with her painting and sculpture today. Her favorite technique echoes the former — Arias piles on small organza appliqués to create texture and ombré effects on her gowns. “It’s like brushstrokes,” she remarks. “I love texture and working with my hands.” Another influence behind her collection? Gustav Klimt, which also explains the theatrical and mosaic vibes throughout.
Stats: Gowns in the collection, available at Ikram, are priced from $640 to $900.
Backstory: Haleh Nematzadeh hails from Tehran, Iran, but emigrated as a child to Israel, then New York, because of the Iranian revolution in 1979. “I like to tell people I’m a child of the revolution,” she quips. “But I have no memories of Iran, actually.” Still, her clothes do have a rebellious streak. The FIT graduate, who has worked at Necessary Objects, Patricia Field and as a freelance stylist, has been dabbling in design for several years, doing one-off deconstructed punk pieces. “It was a lot more raw,” says Nematzadeh, “a lot of very torn-up T-shirts and reconstructed Boy Scout shirts as dresses.” Last year, she decided to try her hand at a full-fledged collection and launched her eponymous line for fall 2008.
Collection: Nematzadeh cites the 1981 flick, “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains,” about a three-girl punk band, as a major inspiration. Singer Debbie Harry is another. Not surprisingly, her collection is street-chic edgy with an Eighties disco vibe. “I love theatrical clothing and things are sparkly and glittery,” explains Nematzadeh. “I want to inspire women to play dress up fearlessly.” Her fall lineup, dubbed “On the Fringe of My Spirit,” includes such kicky wares as a leather fishnet catsuit, fringed pants and allover fringed tops. “My mission is to light up women’s lives with the clothes,” she says. “Have fun, and enjoy it.”
Stats: The collection, available at Patricia Field in New York and 25park.Com, is priced from $100 to $500 at wholesale.