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RAW: Natural Born Artists event teams designers, jewelry makers, artists and photographers

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Over the past few months and years there have been some pretty amazing events that have showcased the wealth of artistic talent in the city.

First, there was the architecturally designed warming huts at The Forks, then the Raw: Almond river restaurant and, more recently, the spectacular Table for 1200 event that took over the Esplanade Riel on May 31.

Of course, it would only be natural to see something of that magnitude extend to the Winnipeg fashion scene, given how many fabulous independent designers that have emerged here.

Featuring the creative works of more than 40 local fashion designers, jewelry makers, artists and fashion photographers, the RAW: Natural Born Artists fashion show is going to be one of those must-see events this summer that you definitely won't want to miss out on.

"I'm pretty excited about this event because it's the first time I have had the opportunity to have creative input into all aspects of a fashion show from styling, hair, makeup and music," says designer Kelly Ruth. "I think this will be the most authentic representation of my clothing line yet."

Ruth, who is known for her natural-dyed garments, is teaming up with jewelry designer Tara Davis on a collection that incorporates daring silhouettes in rich hues with funky and edgy jewelry pieces that complement the overall look.

"I'm designing jewelry that this femme fatale created herself with found rough stones and tons of base metal chains," says Davis. "The collection includes chunky chokers and bracelets, shoulder duster earrings and sexy, edgy harnesses."

And what these two talented designers have come up with is a collection that sets itself apart from mainstream trends. What I really like about the pieces is that they create this sort of cohesive look that is really put together.

With more than 800 people expected to grace this fabulous event, you might not want to wait too long to snap up a ticket.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets visit www.RAWartists.org.

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 7, 2014 D13

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