The Pin Show: Meet the Designers, Vol. 1

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With the much-anticipated return of The Pin Show on February 23rd, Dallas welcomes to the forefront 33 designers and four student designers, all showcasing their work before an audience of Dallas’ most influential fashion personalities. Leading up the event, DFW Style Daily will be introducing a small group of these designers each week. They represent a wide range of ages, experience, and design aesthetics, making this show one of the best Dallas has to offer.

 

 

 

Shemara Couture by Shemara Jeyarajah

 

Originally from Sri Lanka, Shemara studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

 

 

 

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“My design aesthetic would best be described as sophisticated elegance.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“My collection is inspired by my trip to Sri Lanka this past summer. I am inspired by nature, art, and travel. I love to use exquisite fabrics in my creations.”

 

 

 

Yomono by Charlotte Elliot

 

A native of Dallas, Charlotte studied at The Art Institute of Dallas.

 

 

 

 

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“The aesthetic of the brand is a balance between dramatic style and idiosyncratic quirk. I find the concoction of the two provides an opportunity to present the unexpected.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“The key elements of this collection come from 1930’s and 1940’s film noir. I want each look to intermingle sophisticated lines and provocative color. I draw inspiration from classic films, vintage clothing, music, written words, or from something entirely intangible, such a mood or general ambiance.”

 

 

 

Rubys & Olives by Megan Stoner

 

After growing up Charleston, South Carolina, then moving to Brazil, Megan now lives in Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“Funky. Sexy. Vintage. Hippie.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“I work in a resale shop, and have collected quite a few broken garments that were destined for the dumpster. They might be the essence of this collection, 100% recycled and transformed. I find inspiration in almost everything, which make me a hoarder extraordinaire.”

 

 

 

Cherelle Yvette by Cherelle Sowell

 

Born in Galveston and raised in Houston, Cherelle is a self-taught designer.

 

 

 

 

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“Modern. Edgy. Feminine.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“My collection seeks to portray the modern female form in structured silhouettes and vibrant colors. I find inspiration in the most unlikely people and places. Nothing is off limits!”

 

 

 

Sharon Clay

 

A native Texan from the town of Commerce, Sharon holds a degree in Fashion Design from Texas Woman’s University.

 

 

 

 

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“My design aesthetic incorporates color and clean lines that create feminine shapes to elevate the appearance of the professional woman.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“I use nature as my inspiration for color and shape, and the corporate environment for the mood of my designs. I am inspired by successful women such as Hillary Clinton, Irene Rosenfeld, and Jill Abramson.”

 

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