recently had the privilege of attending a fashion show for a new local clothing designer, who by trade is a professional belly dance instructor. Her line is called Starbelly Clothing, and it grew out of her passion for dancing & costumes, with a unique functionality-meets-fashion perspective!
The show was at Shangri La Tea House, Boise’s famous vegetarian cafe. The fashion show was… surprising! I’ve known a few new designers in my line of work, but rarely have I seen such out-of-the-gate original style and creative ingenuity! When one particular piece hit the runway, you could literally feel the buzz of energy as every woman in the room drew in a little gasp of air and thought: “I want one of those!” The excitement was palpable! I’ll get to that particular item in a moment; first, a little background on the designer…
Cecilia Rinn is a company director, producer, clothing designer, and Belly Dance instructor! To fully understand WHO she is, the fullness of her creative spirit, and the direct involvement of her entire family in her life’s work, I highly recommend you check out their beautiful website: http://ftbproductions.com. Cecilia’s son Joseph Rinn is a gifted and award winning young artist; his artwork is featured prominently in Cecilia’s new line of dance and street wear, Starbelly Clothing!
Starbelly Clothing was created to be soft, comfortable clothing that you can wear anywhere; in a gym, at a dance class, or out for a walk downtown. A majority of the fabrics Cecilia uses are recycled, reclaimed materials; sustainability and comfort are her functional goals, transformed into something beautiful by her costume-design background and her son’s edgy art! Everything is hand-painted, and so cozy to the touch!
The fashion show was, overall, a swirly mix of movement (with performances by Cecilia’s StarBelly School of Dance students!), luscious colors, touchable-soft fabrics, and body-conscious designs. I loved the mix of Cecilia’s femininity and dance, with Joseph’s bold, gritty paintings. They work together so brilliantly; a true harmony of art and motion!
The Starbelly Clothing line currently features t-shirts for men and women, Kimono tops, skirts, a 3-in-1 dress that looks stunning on any body type, a Big Bad-Ass Bag (reversible, with 16 pockets!!!), and the one item that made a roomful of people gasp…
The Starbelly Wrap Hoodie! This piece is shear genius; it’s so functional, and wearable by ANY woman, regardless of height, weight, or style! The material itself is so cozy; every woman will want this in her closet, to bundle up in when the weather turns crisp. You can tie it around your waist for a more body-hugging silhouette, tie in front for a casual look, or wrap it around yourself like a scarf.
It would pack well, too, for vacations or business trips, and you can wrap it around yourself to keep warm on the plane! Can you tell I’m a fan? I would LIVE in one of these all Fall, if I could! 😉
Overall, I think the fashion show was a huge success, and I’m excited to see Cecilia’s business grow. Keep your eyes out; one of these days, you’ll see Hollywood celebrities strutting the streets with their ginormous sunglasses, buff security teams… And custom-made Starbelly Wrap Hoodies! 😉
Cecilia and Joseph are continually creating new pieces, with new adorning artworks. Check out Starbelly’s website for more pictures, and where-to-buy information! They also do custom orders; I’m already dreaming up my perfect wrap hoodie – what would YOURS look like?