As Philadelphia Fashion Week rapidly approaches (two days and counting!), we thought it apropos to spotlight one of the city’s up-and-coming designers, Marina Makaron. A Drexel graduate originally from Russia, Makaron specializes in beautiful silk hand-made accessories bearing her vibrant signature prints which are sure to infuse any ensemble with an instant boost of rich color. Currently, Makaron keeps herself quite busy jet-setting between Moscow and the City of Brotherly Love to support her budding brand, a whirlwind of promotion which of course includes participation in events for PFW.
The idea of wearing these vivid, inspired hues (perhaps even more vivid in person!) with an all-black look… puts big smiles on our faces. Big smiles.
Makaron is quite an accomplished young woman, receiving a degree in International Business from Drexel and later going on to study at the London School of Economics and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. However, nearing the end of her prestigiously practical education, Makaron got the creative call, drawing much inspiration from classic Russian folklore depictions. The result? A business-savvy gal poised to create her first silk collection, successfully fusing cultural nostalgia with fashion-forward modernism and ultimately yielding an irresistible mélange of color and imagery.
So where might one unbury such treasures? At numerous fine boutiques in the Philadelphia area such as Matthew Izzo in Old City and Belle Abeille Boutique in Newtown, PA. Fashionistas will also have the opportunity to purchase MM accessories during Philadelphia Fashion Week, where the designer will be maintaining a booth throughout. The culmination for Marina will be on Saturday, October 10th with the debut of her 2010 collection at her first-ever runway show.
And what’s a fashion show without an after party?! Post-show, the festivities continue at Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Rittenhouse Square, where guests get the chance to sip Makaron’s signature drink and indulge in “Tran-tastic” performances.
Exciting times ahead for a truly unique Philadelphia designer. Remember the name. This won’t be the last of it.