Friday, October 1, 2010

JBCStyle: Rising Star Style

Designer Kristin Klonoski's debut line Astrophel and Stella is pure romance. Fitting, since any lover of Renaissance literature will recognize the name as an homage to Sir Philip Sidney's collection of romantic love sonnets. Derived from Greek, Astrophel translates as "star lover" and Stella, of course, is Latin for star - Sidney made them immortal in his sonnet sequence which is widely regarded as one of the greatest poetic achievements of the Elizabethan age. Klonoski shares, "The line is inspired by historical figures, ballet, and easy glamour."

Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve. . .

Klonoski is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and recently left the French fashion house Emanuel Ungaro to boldly step out with her own line this Spring.

Rising Hollywood starlet Yaya Dacosta is a fan and The Post was quick to take notice, and What2WearWhere's founder Karen Klopp commissioned a dress in seersucker when she chaired the polo matches this summer. (yep, the best part of this line is that all the dresses are made to order. . .you can pick your fabric, request a shortened hemline, a longer sleeve. . . the sky is the limit. Or should we say stars? (We're so clever we crack ourselves up style)

Check out Kristin's blog for pictures of girls around town sporting Astrophel and Stella, as well as shots of the designer's latest achievement: a pop up store at The Plaza for FNO!

To debut our We Got Wall program, we are honored to feature Kristin's sketches in our reception area this month:

We're even more excited about showcasing her versatile, beautiful cocktail dresses right in time for holiday season.

Place your orders now - Astrophel and Stella is available at The Plaza Emerging Designer Boutique, or by emailing

If you're an emerging designer interested in having your label showcased, please email - we leave you with Bryan Zaslow's matter-of-fact declaration:

There are about 800 companies in the fashion industry employing around 175,000 people. JBCStyle sees fifty plus percent of them out of our New York office on an annual basis. How much more of a niche exclusive eye can we have to showcase fashion to fashion? Or talent to fashion?

Show us your line and let's get it out there.

Prime Reality style.

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