NEW HAVEN >> Just days away from his latest fashion show, local designer Neville Wisdom’s fall collection is set.
That doesn’t mean all the work is completed, though. Wisdom on Tuesday still was trimming cloth and constructing pieces at his showroom and production studio on Whalley Avenue. While showcasing his latest design is the primary goal of Friday’s show, his 4th annual Fall/Winter Runway ShowWisdom, he’s setting other goals, too.
“People still have somewhat of a vision of us ... just catering for a particular size,” Wisdom said.
But Wisdom’s fall collection is focusing on showing the different kinds of body shapes his mostly female clientele have, which serves as a reminder that he doesn’t just cater for those with model physiques. Wisdom said his collection is inspired by the array of sizes he creates for his customers.
“A majority of our customers are people with varied sizes,” Wisdom said. “What this collection was about was trying to capture that essence of the comparison of that.”
The runway show is serving as the centerpieces for this month’s On9 New Haven, the open house initiative promoting shopping, dining and entertainment in the city’s Ninth Square district. The show is taking place outdoors on Orange Street, outside Wisdom’s flagship retail store at 63 Orange St.
This fall’s show is the company’s 12th since it launched in 2008. The show will feature models with different body types, including some special guests. Brand Director Lauren Sprague said the collection addresses women who may feel like they can’t see themselves in the type of clothing Wisdom designs.
“We really made it a point to give people an opportunity to see how the clothes fit in different shapes and sizes,” Sprague said.
Wisdom’s collection is comprised of 30 pieces, most of which are dresses and jackets. Most of the pieces are made of fabrics and patterns most associated with autumn, such as wool and plaid. The collection features earthy tones with designs Sprague describes as vintage-inspired.
Despite the chic design work, Wisdom also wants to remind people that he’s a local business owner. The show gives him an opportunity not only to display his craft as artwork, but offer a glimpse of clothing available to anyone. Sprague said Wisdom also offers tailoring and fitting services at his shops.
The show, along with the On9 initiative, help introduce nearby businesses to a wider audience.
“Times are tough,” Wisdom said, referencing the loss of a local restaurant on Orange Street this summer. “We are trying to keep that energy alive down there. It’s a nice area and it’s good for businesses.”
The runway show starts at 7 p.m. near 63 Orange St. The event is free, but reserved seating can be purchased for $10 online at nevillewisdom.com/events. The ticket also includes a drink and appetizers after the show.
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