Style Week Day Four – Eident and Vartan

Regina and Elizabeth Hopkins
Last night Style Week Providence descended upon Hotel Providence in downtown the location where it will be held for the rest of the week.  The crowd was very lively in anticipation of the Kelly Eident and Samuel Vartan shows.

Kelly Eident, Providence designer with a killer presence, is the designer for her line of unique clothes with a vintage spin named I’m Your Present. Etsy is the website that gives designers of all levels and aesthetics a place to sell their garments and connect with other designers. Etsy shows that Ms. Eident established her store in November 2006, and currently has 100% feedback from over 5200 customers and she’s sold over 7000 items.  Her online presence is significant and her work is also sold in the Queen of Hearts Boutique and Second Time Around in Providence. It’s seems very fitting that she show her work at Style Week.

The collection certainly held true to her Etsy roots and styling with the first model dressed appropriately like a present complete with  birthday hat and harlequin style hosiery with one leg black and the other in white. It was quite the way to launch her show. The present theme held throughout the performance with self-screened prints of either bows or birthday cakes on the front of ultra minis and elastic bottomed jumpsuit shorts. The pieces were professionally finished definitely true to her unique aesthetic. Cute met sexy on several levels where the shortness of the dress met with a cute kitty on the back or faux fur details and a pale pastel color scheme.  As odd as it seems to write this you almost had to see it to know that it worked and worked well.

After a jam-packed between show cocktail at Aspire we ventured back in for Samuel Vartan’s show. I was definitely looking forward to this show as his work since he’s been a staple of Boston Fashion Week and I was not disappointed. I loved his collection! It featured gorgeous linen dresses with a light and airy feel with a very classy level of sophistication. I was immediately transported to the Mediterranean for a high style vacation. He left no stone unturned in the finish of his work. Invisible zippers added to the delicate feel of his designs and very unique hemlines only added to the allure of the pieces. The highlight piece for me was a gunmetal black linen one shoulder piece with an asymmetric hem that was just perfection!

Style Week Providence continues to show the level of design and craftsmanship that exist in our area. I was fortunate enough to sit next to Elizabeth Hopkins of The Rhode Show and we discussed how impressive Style Week Providence has been and how we both can’t wait to see NEXT year’s event because now that everyone can see what kind of talent we have here in the Creative Capital more and more designers, sponsors, and press will want to be involved. Fantastic!

Were you there? Check out pictures HERE!

About the Author

Regina Foster Bartlett is a mother of two teenagers who recently married her soulmate and believes her favorite wedding gift was the addition of four stepchildren and four grandchildren! She’s a confessed tech-nerd who loves all things social media. She’s also a published freelance writer and she’s been blogging since before blogging was cool. She's the voice behind the radio broadcast and writer behind this blog. Always on the lookout for interesting stories she can be reached by emailing: or using the Contact form by clicking the link above.