Jillian Banta might be showing her first collection at January StyleWeek, but she’s no newcomer to the runway. The recent grad from URI’s Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design Program participated in the inaugural SEED Student Designer Competition last January. She has also participated in several design workshops in London and Paris, and that influence translates into her work. “I’ve had a passion for design and styling for as long as I can remember,” Jillian says. “It felt like a natural progression from hobby to career.”
For her Fall/Winter 2013 collection, “I’ve employed a lot of embellishments and beading, as well as Swarovski crystal elements,” she describes. Those who see her runway show should expect a rich palette of mustard, deep orange and charcoal gray, and to see leather work as well. “It’s feminine with a kick,” Jillian says. “The woman that wears my clothing is fashion-forward, confident and appreciates fine craftsmanship. My clothing is very wearable, but always contains unexpected and unique elements.” Jillian Banta will be presenting at 7pm on Friday, February 1, at the Providence Biltmore.