On Sunday we attended a brunch and fashion show to preview the Spring 2013 collection by Nieves Lavi, hosted by Sun-Times Splash and SARCA. Known for its effortless jersey dresses, Nieves Lavi has moved beyond the trademark fabric and branched into other fabrications including silk georgette, ultra-light voile and silk jersey. The designers’ mutual love of bold prints makes Nieves Lavi one of our go-to brands sold at a Chicago favorite, SARCA. Mimosas and fashion – they sure know the way to a girls heart!
Hosted in the main dining room of the newly opened Boarding House, the venue was perfectly set up for an intimate brunch and informal fashion show. Featuring exposed beams, hardwood floors, large bay windows, and did we mention the ceiling fixture created from more than 4,000 wine bottles?
Models walked the room wearing the new Nieves Lavi collection, while guests enjoyed brunch. The designs demonstrated a knack for draping and contoured lines that contribute to the line’s flattering fit for every body type.
The bold designs were paired with Damen & Division jewelry, designed by Sonia Barrett.
Guests mingled post brunch. Samantha Saifer Berngard of Sun-Times Splash and Kevin Aeh of Time Out Chicago, along with the designers themselves Sharon Lavi and Sam Nieves Velez. Stay tuned next week; We chat with Sam and Sharon about their inspiration for the collection, launching a brand, and when they feel most creative.
Photos by Rumala for L+C