ANTHRO ON: #NYFWSeptember 5, 2014
Physically speaking, we’re 90 or so miles from the biannual hubbub otherwise known as New York Fashion Week, but let’s face it: it’s pretty much all we can think about. (Note our sneakily situated open browser glued to NewYorkFashionWeekLive.com.) So what does one do when S/S15 daydreams beguile, but dutyotherwise known as the daily grindcalls? Why, call in Kate Seward of TheStyley.com to capture all the glorious eye candy frosting the streets of Manhattan, that’s what! Have a read as Kate checks in with Jennifer Worman, who rocks a statement skirt like nobody’s business.
‚ ‚ Jennifer Worman, designer & CEO of t+J Designs, spotted outside of Lincoln Center.
Let’s talk a little bit about how t+j started. Have you always done design?
I’ve been in fashion for over ten years. I was a merchandise manager in New York, and then I moved to Chicago with my husband.
So the move was made for love?
Yes. It was for family and love. After we moved, I started my business because I really wanted to work for myself, and I had two babies along the way.
Congratulations. It sounds like it was a very smart move.
Yes, it was. (Laughs.)
Why jewelry design in particular?
I love that you can wear jewelry any time, any day, no matter what size you are. When I was pregnant, it was my biggest go-to. It’s something that styles every outfit.
Is the gorgeous necklace you’re wearing one of your pieces?
Yes. Everything I wear is mine except for my bag and my shoes.
It seems like you have a pretty well-defined visual voice. How would you characterize it?
I like glamorous things. Accessible glamour.
Bling for all.
Let’s also talk about your skirt.
I designed it, and someone else sewed it. But I found the fabric and everything. I love the impact of a maxi. You can wear it with flats, you can wear it with a tank top. You can wear it in the wintertime and the summertime.
What’s interesting to me is the checkered fabric, and the choice of a large check in black and white.
I know. My husband calls it picnic table fabric.
So where did that idea come from?
You know, I’m weird. When I see something I love, I just know. That’s it. Everything is about the size and the fabric.
And in this case, it totally makes sense to have a large check.
It has an impact. Kate Seward is the founder and creative director of The Styley, a creative agency specializing in social media strategy and content production. She blogs about fashion and lifestyle at‚ thestyley.com‚ and‚ allthegoodjuice.com.