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Electric City fashion show to include local designers
May 23, 2013 - Mohawk Currents
SCHENECTADY — A local group will participate in the Electric City Couture Fashion Show on Friday at Proctors.
Kristin Marshall and Sarah Roberts, both Mayfield natives, founded their own fashion design label three years ago, and they will debut their fall collection in their second appearance at the Schenectady event.
Roberts said she and Marshall have been best friends since kindergarten, and they graduated together in the Mayfield High School Class of 1999. Along with the designers, their team includes three other local women: models Lynnae Kettle, a Northville native, Chrissy Croft, a Mayfield native, and photographer Sara Baldwin of Gloversville.
Other models included in the Marshall-Roberts lineup are Tony Iadicicco, Erin Vannella, Jennifer McDonald, David Alliger and Danielle Brocker. Marshall and Roberts will show two male outfits and five female pieces in the fashion show.
“For this collection, the designers opted to go with vintage lace, delicate fabrics and immaculate details,” according to a news release. “The palette they chose reflects the soft sunset of the early fall. They found inspiration in the fabrics produced by both Amy Butler and Heather Bailey. This collection reflects the ‘flower child’ looks of the ‘60s and brings a modern playful spin into the mix.”
Marshall is has a master of arts in teaching degree from Union College and a master’s in literacy from the College of Saint Rose. She is the director of Pre-K in the Park in Saratoga Springs.
Marshall also has taught various sewing classes for more than a decade.
Roberts, who now lives in Johnstown, spent much of the past decade studying in an apprenticeship to local furniture artist Jonathan Sweet. Three years ago, she left the furniture world to begin pursuing her first love, painting, full-time, according the news release. She is a nationally exhibiting oil painter and writes an online column for the website That’sWhy You’reMyEx.com and is art editor and a blogger for the website 518.NY.com.
The Marshall-Roberts design team is sponsored by the Gloversville Sewing Center, which is owned by Diana Marshall, Kristin’s mother.
The 4th Annual Electric City Couture Fashion Show will take place at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in the Proctors Complex in Schenectady.
Admission will be free. The event will showcase the fall 2013 signature collections of eight regional designers and will include roughly 70 male and female models.
This year’s lead designer at the event will be Kristina Collins of Saratoga Springs.
“Proctors is proud of Electric City Couture, which had its premiere here in our Art Night program,” Proctors Marketing Director Richard Lovrich said in a news release. “It has grown since then in quality of content, scale, mission and reputation. As a free arts-meets-fashion-focused event, it has become a regional stalwart, and its effect upon designers, artists, models, photographers and audience members has been priceless. One can foresee a time when there will be a vibrant fashion scene in our cities and it will be due in no small part to Electric City Couture.”
For more information about the show, see www.electriccitycouture.com.
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From left, Blake O'Dell of Amsterdam, Emily Swartz of Rotterdam and Lee Marie of Gloversville model the Marshall-Roberts mini-collection at last year's Electric City Couture Fashion Show in Schenectady. This year, the designers will have a full Fall 2013 collection in the show, which takes place at 8 p.m. Friday at Proctors. (Photo courtesy of Sara Baldwin)