Jess Abernethy is a familiar face on the StyleWeek scene. Her runway show opens January’s event, and she has participated in every StyleWeek since its inception. “I love seeing people in something that I have created, seeing them happy, comfortable and looking great,” she says.
Though Jess’ aesthetic is rooted in vintage inspiration – she’s particularly fond of the first half of the 20th century – her Fall/Winter 2013 collection looks to the future. “This show will be darker than any other I have done,” Jess says. “The inspiration is a kind of a mash-up of William Gibson’s high tech sci-fi future and Mad Max.” Expect to see a lot of versatile separates that can be mixed and matched (as Jess says, they are “simple pieces to go with more extravagant ones”) in fabrics ranging from cashmere to cotton. A graduate of the Munich campus of ESMOD, the esteemed French design school, she isn’t afraid to get creative in her upcoming collection. “It’s the world of the future,” Jess says. “You take what you can get, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look spectacular.” Jess Abernethy will be presenting at 7pm on Sunday, January 27, at the Providence Biltmore.