Urban Edge Fashion Show—Day 2
Welcome back for Day 2 of the Urban Edge fashion reveal! This newly released crochet pattern book by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby still has some surprises to share! You’ll also continue to get the inside scoop as Shannon’s own words share the thoughts behind each design!
“Every wardrobe needs a “WOW” piece; something with bold lines and sleek design features with just enough edge to set it apart from anything else in your closet. This stand out jacket is that piece. I started with a strong silhouette and stitched the jacket in an exciting fabric that really brings out the asymmetrical lines of the garment. The sharp edges of the collar, layered open front and the wider set of the sleeve caps make this a striking piece to look at and a very special piece to wear.”
Los Angeles Jacket
“This piece is another example of real versatility in a garment. I love the fit of a really great long coat that flares a little at the bottom then comes in just the slightest bit for some shaping around the waist. I punched up that classic shape with a very structured stitch pattern to give this jacket visual appeal then finished the front with hook and eye clasps for a very flattering fit. Wear this piece to the office or the theatre then give it a little rock ‘n’ roll edge by adding the satin ribbons on the sleeves and wear it out on the town to make a real impression.”
“Being on the front edge of fashion doesn’t always mean creating something brand new on the scene. As in the case of the Taos Poncho, edgy can be as simple as tweaking a classic design. I took the shape of the poncho and opened up the top seam with buttons so you can adjust the fit and drape to accompany the whims of your personal style. Simple and classic with a twist… just can’t miss!”
Milan Cowl Neck Top
“Often, the city where you work during the day is the same city where you play at night. The challenge has always been to come up with the right wardrobe choices that can make this work to play transition with you. Wear this piece with a jacket and slacks or a skirt and you have the perfect office ensemble with just enough fashion edge. After work, remove the jacket and slip into your favorite jeans or a pair of tights and you quickly transform into that cool woman sipping coffee at the bookstore that everyone wants to get to know.”
“I first envisioned this design years before this book was even a blip on my radar. This piece takes multi-functional design to a new level. No matter what your body type, the simple geometric pattern created by the stitches creates body-flattering lines that will really surprise you. Because of the directional stitches, the resulting fabric has two very different characteristics: one form fitting and another with drape and movement. Express your personal style by wearing the ties around your waist as a skirt or around your neck for a dramatic, stunning dress or cover up.”
“FAB!! That’s about all I can say about this dress. I love combining classic crochet techniques with visually stunning, fashion forward designs and this piece just about wraps that up for me. Classic motifs rule the day and give this edgy dress the impact that will make people stop, stare and, yes, be jealous that they didn’t make one first.”
Meet The Designer!
Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is a fashion designer, crochet artist, and avid gardener. He’s also the co-founder of Shibaguyz Designz and Shibaguyz.com. His crochet designs have appeared in Crochet! Magazine, Inside Crochet, Interweave Crochet, Crochet World, and Crochet Today. He has also designed pieces for yarn companies, including Caron, Bijou Basin Ranch, and Mango Moon. In 2011, Shannon won the Fearless Leader Award for Haute Couture at the Crochet Liberation Front’s annual Flamie Awards. Shannon works in his West Seattle studio, where he is occasionally visited by his partner of 17 years and their 3 dogs—all of which, he says, are basically well-mannered.