Study of the '80s

"If we can get away with serving wine at 2 p.m., why not do it?" laughed Tara St James at the Fall presentation of her collection at The Standard.

James is a recent Ecco Domani Fashion Fund honoree, and the vino streamed from that precious connection. But more importantly, James’ latest effort took its roots from her mother’s 1980’s closet.

"My mom was a chic woman who wore a lot of texture, and warm, interesting fabrics and I tried to bring out those moods with this Fall presentation," explained the designer.

And what were James’ own 80’s obsessions? "Gummy Bracelets were huge for me, and so were the Plastic Chain Bracelets," she said. "But I’m Canadian so I didn’t know American girls were obsessed over the same things. Sometimes a border makes a difference."

–Valentine Uhovski

Photos courtesy of BFA

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