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Sophistication and pizzazz

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Any opportunity a fashionista gets to break free from the constraints of conventional style or the racks upon racks of cookie-cutter mass-produced garments is a good opportunity in my books.

Individuality is so often touted by people but rarely practised. It should be embraced and celebrated and not be something we are afraid of for fear of standing out.

I have always said the worst feeling in the style world has to be when you show up to an event feeling pretty good about your outfit choice only to find someone wearing (gasp) the exact same thing.

Edgy urbanites tend not to have this problem. They fully embrace those unique one-of-a-kind pieces created by local designers.

But for the average and somewhat older woman, the trend-setting avant-garde look, for lack of a better term, isn't always the best choice for office.

Sure they are gorgeous to look at and would be a statement piece if worn to the right soiree. But if you are looking for something classic chic for the Monday to Friday nine-to-five gig, odds are you may want something a little more practical.

For those looking for a more contemporary yet sophisticated look, U.S. private label Barnwell is offering clients an escape from the fashion mould with its made-to-order limited edition collections. Barnwell's latest work features the Madagascar Collection -- with vibrant, floral linen printed sheath dresses, A-line and swing skirts -- and the Kabuki Collection for men featuring bold hued linen bow ties.

While not necessarily one-of-a-kind, the garment styles in each of the collections come in a limited number. They are perfect if you want something that not everyone would be wearing at a price tag that isn't synonymous with haute couture.

For more information on Barnwell and to check out the men's and women's collections, visit www.barnwellluxe.com. The fall/winter 2014 collections haven't been released just yet, but since they too will be limited, you might not want to wait too long to check out the site.

 

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 August 23, 2014 D13

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