Bringing Fashion Back to the ‘Burg

Designer-Michael-CallowayThey’re bringing it back to the ‘Burg.

This weekend brings a little something special to the mix as we welcome back 3 pioneering Brooklyn-based fashion designers to A&F — individuals who have been on the scene in Williamsburg and Bushwick for some time and are coming back for a spin through the market to show, share and get their latest collection pieces out there.

Brooklyn-based designer Jen Vanilla of Vanilla Medallions practices many art forms depending on the venue. Her graf-inspired work finds its home this Saturday in fluffy pillows that sneaker heads will instantly recognize, from the iconic (Nike Air Jordans) to the equally brill Jeremy Scott Wings. Of course, Vanilla has other tricks up her sleeve—including pillow-inspired jewelry—but you’ll have to check out her return at the market to find out what that’s all about. Saturday only

Vamps is designer Michael Calloway’s (pictured above) womenswear line from desconstructed, vintage and found objects that result in super avant garde, one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. Think outsider art as fashion. Years ago he captured the attention of sweater designer Koos Van Den Akker (best known for his sweater designs worn by Bill Cosby) and Koos has served as a mentor and advisor to Michael. (Some linkage here about him). Vamps has been featured in Vogue (Italy) and Bullet Magazine and pieces have been sold at Beautiful Dreamers (Williamsburg), Malin Landeaus Select Vintage (Williamsburg) and Any Old Iron (LES). Saturday & Sunday

To call Joann Berman a designer would be short-changing the scope and approach that this NYC original brings to the world of fashion and design. Her fashion is art, her art is fashion and its roots are firmly in the world of deconstruction/reconstruction and then some. She’s no stranger to the New York street fashion scene and her bio and shows reads like a who’s who and what’s what to some of what has made this place thrive since the 1970s. She’s bringing some of it back to Brooklyn where magic happens. Saturday & Sunday