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Off the Cuff
Monday, Oct. 26, 2009
In the notoriously fickle realm of fashion, looking “last year” can be your worst nightmare. Supported by a sales model able to meet the swift demands of today’s fashion-conscious consumers, a new breed of multifaceted apparel designers is calling upon the power of “add to cart” to put that fear to rest...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Within the sphere of fashion, readyto-wear has been popularized as an efficient and economical way to produce garments. Its antithesis, haute couture, incorporates client-requested features made to exact measurements. Milwaukee’s Safronia Ivory, a fourth-generation seamstress, caters exclusively to size 12...
A&E Feature
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009

Fashion designers looking good

On the heels of the fiasco of Milwaukee's first-ever Fashion Week, canceled 24 hours before it was scheduled to begin, subsequent runway events ended the season on a high note and kept the spotlight lingering on the local fashion scene. Shows at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Iron Horse Hotel drew capacity crowds, affirming that the city's interest in haute couture fashion hasn't dimmed...
Album Reviews
Monday, Oct. 20, 2008

Esque (Ripped Off Music

Like the free-flowing stream of consciousness one finds scribbled in a diary, Milwaukee's The Rip Off Artists emote their lightly jaded point of view with a sense of understated wakefulness on their recent CD, Esque. All songs are written and produced by Nick Pipitone and Peter Batchelder, who engineered and mixed the tracks at Milwaukee's Independent Studios. Taking a cue from Batchelder's background in film, their quirky, grown-up, retro British vibe is refreshing-at times sarcastic, even humorous-and sharp-witted in an unassuming way...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008
Nick Waraksa is redefining what it means to be a free-lance artist bit by bit. The MIAD design and UW- Milwaukee music graduate who fused passions for painting, fashion, performance and motion graphics has cropped up in Milwaukee and Chicago commercial and indie scenes.

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