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Toni Lyn Spaziano

“I’ve loved fashion for as long as I can remember,” says Rhode Island native Toni Lyn Spaziano, the creative force behind Chances R Designs. But it wasn’t until Toni met a boy …

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“I’ve loved fashion for as long as I can remember,” says Rhode Island native Toni Lyn Spaziano, the creative force behind Chances R Designs. But it wasn’t until Toni met a boy named Chance, a little person who perseveres despite his disabilities, that she was inspired to star t her own line, which she debuted at January StyleWeek 2012. Her Spring/Summer 2013 collection is inspired in equal parts by the classic design houses – Chanel, Dior, Yves St. Laurent – and by chic, polished Upper East Side fashion. “But true to the season,” Toni describes, “it will consist of much lighter colors and fabrics. I like to envision the very stylish working city girl, but then think about what she would wear while vacationing in the Hamptons.” Expect to see a bit of summery, bohemian flair in her show. “While the pieces stay classic and refined, I want to subtly incorporate that liberating feeling of the time,” she says. A portion of the proceeds from Chances R benefit Team Chance, which funds a summer camp for disabled kids. Toni’s clothing is available by special order and at select stores on the East Coast. Toni Lyn Spaziano will be presenting at 8pm on Thursday August 30 at the Providence Biltmore.