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Stephanie Kolanko

Polished Femininity

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“The travel bug has always been in my blood,” Stephanie Kolanko says. “I love absorbing all the different ways people express themselves. I constantly search for new inspiration and my observations run over into my work.” A recent graduate from the Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design program at the University of Rhode Island, Stephanie is showing her second collection at StyleWeek this January.

“My girl wants to convey an effortlessly chic, polished look during the fall/winter season,” she explains. “In my sophomore collection, I will be expanding the foundations already seeded,” in her first collection. “I want the show to have the same vibe as the last: a fun feminine edge, but with a darker color palette and more texture.” For Fall/ Winter 2013, Stephanie will present a floral theme carried out through interesting textural pairings. Expect to see velvet, faux fur, studs. “It’s feminine, with a luxe edge,” she says.

Because she draws her inspiration from so many places (she studied photography, fashion and floral design, among other artistic pursuits), Stephanie takes a broad view in how she envisions her work. “I want my pieces to be versatile for all,” she says. Stephanie Kolanko will be presenting at 7pm on Tuesday, January 29, at the Providence Biltmore.

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