City Pulse

By Candice Sabatini

You probably already know where this is going: you sight a gorgeous garment from across the store, select it in your size, excitedly enter the dressing room, disrobe, and start to slip it on only to experience overwhelming disappointment. It will not make it past your hips, the zipper won’t move more than inch, and even a double layer of Spanx couldn’t solve this crisis. Or, alternately, you find that you’re swimming in fabric, waist baggy enough to fit two of you, hem puddling all around your feet. We’ve all been there and it’s not a happy place.

Award winning designer Carrie Parry has been there, too. So, she’s collaborated with apparel fit expert Alvanon to organize a Fit Trial and Trunkshow event, in which women sized 2-12 are invited to try on her Fall/Winter 2012 collection, play fit model, and provide their feedback.

Oh, and there’s a Goody Bag for you too, but we’ll get to that in a sec…

The event is part of Carrie’s comprehensive commitment to responsible sources and practices. She believes that clothing should be produced, and presented, ethically, that fashion, at its best, serves to make women feel comfortable, confident, and chic. Her clothing is, in her words, “designed for real women.” She partnered with The Self-Portrait Project to have women from New York photograph themselves in her collection, “celebrating the individuality of the everyday woman,” she explains. The result is a series of beautiful photographs of smiling women who look to be having genuine fun dressed in Carrie’s Leharia collection of strong modernist silhouettes in saturated hues and vivid prints, all inspired by the Hindu Festival of Colors.

And, because Carrie knows that the only thing a woman loves more than fabulous, figure-flattering clothing is finding it marked at a deep discount, she’s offering 50% off of all apparel purchased during the event and a 20% off coupon code for a future purchase.

Now, about that Goody Bag: As a thank you, participants will receive over $100 worth of cool swag from The Laundress, Lotus Wei, Caldrea, Glee Gum, Priri NYC Nailpolish, Grateful Body, Ecco Bella and Dr. Hauschka.

Date: December 5th and 6th
Location: Midtown Manhattan – exact address given when appt is made.
To participate: Fill out a short survey and book a half-hour appointment.
Click for deets.
http://www.123contactform.com/form-412875/CARRIE-PARRY-FIT-TRIAL-AND-TRUNK-SHOW

Originally published December 2012
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