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SLIDESHOW: Local designer J’Amy Tarr’s fall 2012 collection. Bronze-foiled leather creates an abstract design on black leather.

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Tarr: ‘Leather is chic. It will always be in fashion to some degree, but designers seem to be going bonkers for it at the moment. Leather technology has improved over the last several years; it can now can be made stretchy, washable, foiled, printed… you name it. This makes it even more comfortable to wear. I personally think everyone should own a pair of leather pants—there is just something about wearing a pair that make you feel quite sexy and a little badass. Once they are on, the skin molds to your body and is incredibly comfortable.’

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Tarr: ‘For this collection, I thought of a woman who looks for luxurious fabrics and clean design lines. I am not a ruffles type of girl, so I didn’t want lots of things hanging off the designs. Just chic versatile clothes made to be styled by their owner. I wanted to let the wearer be empowered to add their own twist—dress it up or down.’

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This is one of my favorite looks from Tarr’s fall collection. ‘This dress is named after my aunt who is incredibly elegant and always impeccably put together,’ says Tarr. ‘It is made from 100 percent heavy silk crepe so the fabric has good weight to it. It is also lined, so it feels great on the body. This dress has a complicated pattern, since there are no vertical armhole seams, the fabric has to be cut horizontally. The seaming is really interesting. This is something other fashion people would notice. On first glance, you might not know how much went into designing that dress, since it appears simple. That is just the point, I love a simple dress with an innovative seam detail.’

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Tarr: ‘This textile technique is my signature. It is created from hand-cut lambskin, lamb suede, and bronze-foiled leather which are then hand-placed and appliqued onto a lambskin base. The amount of labor involved with these pieces is extraordinary. I made these myself, and am still looking for a factory in the USA that can replicate this work. The lambskin circle skirt was engineered so that the pieces would line up on a curve. Each of these pieces take about four or five full days to make.’

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Although Tarr currently has no retailers lined up to sell these looks, she’s working on it. ‘I am looking to have a trunk show with a special retailer this fall in Seattle and San Francisco. I will be updating my website and Facebook page
with announcements regarding retailers and trunk shows. I also update the Facebook page with insider info and pictures of how I made the garments, so if you are interested in seeing behind the curtain, please come check it out, but the best way to find out where I will be selling in the near future is to go to http://jamytarr.com/where-to-buy.

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This look is a cornerstone of the designer’s fall outlook. ‘I practically made my entire collection so that I could make those bronze side-zip leather pants. I think those are quite versatile; wear them with a long sweater, short jacket, t-shirt, tank top – whatever!’ says Tarr.

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