Boston’s up-and-coming designers fashion sheaths, silver, and 3-D swaths.
Candice Wu creates daring apparel made from 3-D-printed material. Photo above in collaboration with Providence design house House Of Cach and photographer Bob Packert.
Trendsetting women, make some room in your jewelry case for a quartz and twisted-silver ring designed by Ashley Vick of Filomena Demarco Jewelry. Influenced by her travels in the Southwest, Vick also credits her bold style to the artistic flair of her great-grandmother Filomena Demarco. Joy Street Studios, No. 30, 86 Joy St., Somerville, 401-301-5382
Material takes on a whole new meaning for Candice Wu, whose focus is 3-Dprinted apparel. Inspired by her Chinese ancestry and her childhood in Hong Kong, the designer creates ready-towear prints and pieces that juxtapose modern and retro motifs, like military-style jackets and khaki shirtdresses. Her couture line of voluminous dresses in unstructured fabrics calls to mind exotic flowers and unrestrained glamour.
Don’t let the exotic moniker fool you. Chynna Pope’s aesthetic is country-club chic with its fair share of swagger. The designer renders her dresses in gray, black, and white silks with leather accents, adding a dash of nontraditional flair to attire meant for formal events like polo matches, high teas, and galas. Pope is also inspired by menswear, as in her coveted “lady tuxedo.”
A scientist for 10 years (most recently at Harvard Medical School), Dominique Quinque now channels her creativity into an edgy ready-to-wear collection featuring dresses, tops, and skirts, designing “with practicality, transformation, and multifunctionality in mind,” she says. Quinque, who prefers subtle colors and single hues to patterns, loves to put a unique spin on a garment by reversing materials or adding pleating and beading where you’d least expect it. By appointment
The future is now for Rhode Island–based designer Jeffrey Dickerson’s standout designs, often crafted in silk taffeta and dupioni. Dickerson, who creates structured pieces with classic silhouettes, “takes chances being provocative but also infuses artistic energy” into his work, he says. He views his clothes as “theatrical pieces” that draw attention for their detailing, such as a crop top and high-waisted skirt, a full A-line patterned dress, and a balloon ball gown with a metallic shimmer.
Old Hollywood would have adored Luke Aaron, a former model who blends the past with the present in his clothing designs. He draws on the idea of storytelling to fashion a visual, wearable narrative that helps bring his clients’ personal stories to life. Aaron creates both fluid and structured pieces (including formal gowns) using materials like silk crepe or silk and wool woven together. 46 Waltham St., Courtyard Ste. 700, 617-728-2829
Flash just one piece of Sophie Hughes jewelry and you’re guaranteed to stand out in a crowd. Hughes creates raw yet refined items, each one meticulously crafted by hand in her studio, located above her South End store, Ore. She particularly enjoys fashioning engagement and wedding rings for the significance that each piece carries. 80 Dartmouth St., 617-247-7426
Ty Sinnett learned early on the value of personal style and a discerning eye: Her family owns the famed Martha’s Vineyard clothier Bramhall & Dunn. A graduate of Bard College and Boston’s School of Fashion Design, Sinnett now turns out several collections a year inspired by her island upbringing, with pieces including airy dresses made from floral-patterned fabrics.