If you know me, you know that I’m not exactly the most fashionable person. My style is very Midwestern-meets-wannabe-urban. One day I’ll be wearing flip flops, jeans and a Red Wings hoodie, and the next I’ll be in a sleeveless blouse, slacks and ballet flats. I think the most expensive pair of shoes I own are a $99 pair of flats from Banana Republic— which I didn’t even have to pay for. On the other hand, my most trendy/fashionable shoes are a pair of $30, 5″ strappy heels by Alice + Olivia from Payless. My most expensive pair of jeans come from Express, and the only labels I have on my shirt are JCrew and Express. But that’s only 10% of my wardrobe. The rest consists of cheap finds from JCPenney, Charlotte Russe, H&M, etc. Bottom line: my wardrobe is a wreck.
So I’m not really one to critique fashion by any means, but I love looking at pretty clothes just as much as the next [average] girl. I’m just very picky and don’t find the majority of the fashion world even remotely appealing.
That being said, I just stumbled across some thesis projects for students in the fashion program at Parsons. Out of the five or six that I saw, only one caught my eye in a good way. The rest kind of looked like someone gave a hipster a glue gun and some leftover fabric and let them run wild.
Her name is Tara LaTour Lindemeier, and from the looks of it, she specializes in wedding apparel. As a recent grad, I really hope she breaks into the industry full force very soon. I mean, she even has a very fashion-designer-ish name! But I could be completely wrong, what do I know about fashion? See her designs for yourself at TaraLaTour.com. Weddingchicks.com also did a lovely writeup showcasing her work, and you can check out her blog that documents her senior thesis project throughout the year.