Last Wednesday night I ran out of my doctor’s appointment, threw on a dress and hurried downtown to the Pfister Hotel. I couldn’t miss another one of Timothy Westbrook‘s creative fashion presentations. I still remember the first time I saw his work at the Pfister. It was a small outdoor show with a couple dozen curious onlookers during his time as the hotel’s artist in residence. Now, after appearing on Project Runway and gaining publicity, he easily fills a ballroom with Milwaukee’s most fashionable crowd.
Even if you aren’t into clothes, you would have enjoyed this terrific spectacle. Here’s how Timothy explained the event, called Legacy: “Experience a visual journey that questions how one simultaneously blazes a trail while following the footsteps who inspire us to move forward.”
I learned that before he started sewing, he was an ice skater. And he skated for the audience live, in a choreographed routine along with local students. You’re not going to see that every day! Of course, there is a history of connections between skating and fashion — Vera Wang immediately comes to mind. Timothy literally tied his two interests together in some of the more whimsical looks, with clothing accented by skate blades and boots. Some of my favorites pieces were the painted dresses that appeared to be inspired by abstract art.
Legacy makes you think about the kind of impact that you want to leave behind. Timothy’s career is just beginning, but he’s already making a strong impact on Milwaukee and beyond.
Last Friday was Gallery Night in Milwaukee, so my husband and I dressed up to take in a couple of local art shows. I especially liked Claire Stigliani’s work at the Dean Jensen Gallery. Her pieces feel fresh and whimsical, with amusing nods to fashion, fairy tales and pop culture.
Afterward we attended the final Gallery Night fashion show for Pfister Hotel Artist in Residence Timothy Westbrook. His creativity and use of unconventional materials to make fabulous wearable art continues to amaze me. When we first saw his work during Fashion Night Out, only a handful of people were gathered for his runway show. This time, the show had to be moved into a hotel ballroom to accommodate several hundred attendees. See, Milwaukee does care about fashion! Before he leaves town, I need to give him a call–I have a tragic Zac Posen for Target tuxedo jacket in my closet that needs a Timothy makeover!
The first official Fashion’s Night Out event in Milwaukee was a success. More than 1,500 attendees enjoyed an evening dedicated to style. I dressed up in my new Jason Wu blouse, Celine pants and Lanvin heels. My husband and I attended a great fashion show at the Pfister Hotel featuring Timothy Westbrook‘s beautiful and innovative designs, created with repurposed materials such as plastic bags, umbrellas and cassette tapes. I wonder if I can get him to make me a custom dress…
Then I headed down to the trendy Third Ward neighborhood to meet up with friends, stopped by my favorite boutique, Lela, and checked out the Boston Store pop up shop. The department store did a wonderful job on this space, with a minimalist, modern look that highlighted a well-edited selection of their trendiest items and hottest brands.
It was a fabulous night, but I am very jealous of a good friend who lives in Paris — she spent FNO drinking bubbly at Chanel, and even spotted Karl Lagerfeld. Wow.