Getting Festive with Fab'rik!

Story by Anna DeBald
Photos by Dom Khun

Much like you, we at River City Fashion Uprising adore the holidays. We love it for the unlimited Starbucks drinks, the exclusive sales, the aroma of fresh evergreen trees and more importantly, the fun that lies within dressing appropriately for seasonal festivities. We search for the perfect attire so that during Christmas dinner or when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, we are picture ready.

Well, the good news is, your hunt for the perfect holiday apparel is over. Fab’rik of Carytown provides racks full of the season’s finest. Fab’rik is prided in their core concept of “fashion under $100 without sacrificing quality.” Although Fab’rik has many locations across the country, the small boutique in our very own Carytown offers unique garments that are elegant and chic. The store decor combines rustic and glamorous adornments to enhance the well made and fashion-forward clothing inhabiting the shelves.

Our collaboration with this charming boutique is focused around romantic silhouettes that are both comfortable, yet polished. The editorial-like shots embody the appearance of a classical winter catalog, with an interesting twist as the shoot was photographed in lighting provided solely by the Christmas lights visible in each shot. Thus, dimmed lighting sets the tone for romance and a holiday glow. Each look yields a sort of outfit quintessential for a winter night out on a decked town.

Our model, Rubie wears a velvet wrap dress with a tie that wraps around her waist, along with the use of velvet fabric allow a sort of comfort to transpire. Stylist, Adora’s use of gold shimmery socks with strappy heels also reiterates that there is no saying you have to compromise warmth when dressing fashionably during this cold season. Flowers are embroidered on the bell shaped sleeves of the dress, which add drama and volume. The magenta color replaces the typical red dress often sold during this season. Our model’s hair is curled and tied into a low ponytail. Curled pieces of hair frame her face and rosy cheeks. The pink color and elegant strands of hair that free themselves from her hair tie reinforces the theme of romance.

This season is full of enjoyable festivities to get us in the holiday spirit. Ice skating, baking cookies, buying a Christmas tree and searching stores for the perfect gift make for a busy day. Stylist, Zshavoni Shulterbrandt , layered a floor-length sweater over flare pants to set her on the path to conquer a Christmas errand list. The velvet material is the ideal fabric to stay stylish and warm simultaneously. Winter florals are carefully stitched into the garment. Often we think after the fall months, floral patterns go out of style. However, silver and blue threads create a whimsical winter scene. Zshavoni’s decision to add a black rag and bone hate to top if off is integral to the outfit as it takes it from a festive look to an entire ensemble for busy winter day.

Lastly, the attire we sport to lavish holiday parties are a cheerful way to get us in the Christmas spirit. Since you can never go wrong with a little black dress, Eve models a black mini. The silhouette is timeless, but the iridescent gemstones that line the dress are a fun holiday addition. There is a sort of sophistication in a dress like this that does not overshadow the wearer, but still glistens in the light. Eve’s hair is pulled back into a velvet scrunchie. Playful hairstyles emit a light-hearted ambiance that supplies our individual styles holiday cheer that we all strive for during this season.
The holidays are our favorite time of the year because it brings us together with family and friends dear to us. We gather in dim lit rooms decorated with tinsel and garlands of evergreens to past time and celebrate the season of gift giving and a new year approaching. We know you have decked your halls with boughs of holly, but how will you be adorning yourself this winter season? We hope it is cheerful looks inspired by our holiday shoot!

Junior Fashion Editor Aayesha Poudel 
Fashion Director Aysia Ward
Stylists Adora Correia, Shade Ali, Zshavoni Shulterbrandt 
MUA Ayesha Ahmad, Phoebe Anderson, Shelby Lynn Woods
Models Dalvida Palmer, Eve McLernon, Rubie

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