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Recently amidst the flurry of fashion week and the onslaught of "Nemo" in New York, back here in Chicago two young designers to watch launched their line Remi Canarie. SAIC alums Liz Patelski and Lisa Rigney have together created a women's ready-to-wear line that is both approachable and subtlely elegant.
The line veers away from the designers more conceptual student work that they created at SAIC (Rigney's award winning Junior collection infamously involved a knit with tampons) and brings to the plate a readily marketable collection. Remi Canarie's inaugural presentation was a relaxed affair with the clothing on display in a wall mounted installation that allowed for close inspection of each garment. The collection's vibe of casual cool reflected it's inspiration of the Rollingstones and 1920s football uniforms. It's a collection that we can easily imagine women across the board donning with ease for a look of effortless chic.
With Chicago 'it girl's' such as City Blue and CB's Mallory Ulaszek and Dose Market's April Francis on hand at the presentation it seems that Remi Canarie is already gathering its cool cred and it seems only a matter of time before this bird takes flight. -Samm Mackin
· Remi Canarie [Official Site]