Staten Island Designers Give the Lowdown on Winter Fashion

The Hottest Trends can be Found in Your Community

By Jennifer Baez

Winter is approaching and fashion designers in Staten Island are keeping up with the hottest trends.

From accessories, dresses, and sweatshirts to beanies and casual t-shirts, designers are providing a range of colors, patterns, and prints, which are all perfect for your inner fashionista.

This season, fashion designers have been influenced by celebrities and are inspired by famed runway fashion.

Each designer noted the reinvention of fashion trends and has incorporated them into their upcoming clothing lines. Trends such as grunge, hip-hop, punk rock, and layered looks are some worth noting.

“The inspiration behind my fashion is how can I make something that will create conversation,” said Dave Noodles, founder of Stereotype Co. “The things that inspire me to make fashion are music, art, people, and traveling; especially driving over bridges.”

Noodles is an active member in the Staten Island artistic community. His line consists of t-shirts, accessories, beanies, sweatshirts, and snapbacks.

His snapback hats are popular amongst the community and are styled with Aztec-esque floral, leather, and solid prints.

Each hat is accented with a brooch in the center that can range from bees – a tribute to Staten Island hip hop group Wu-tang Clan – to King Tut, Buddha, chiefs, crosses, cassette tapes, or even the American flag.

For the winter months all of these designers suggest heavier materials, darker colors, and colorful materials.

Floral and plaid patterns are a hit this season as well. A great go to outfit is a flannel shirt paired with skinny jeans or tied around the waist as an accessory to finish off the outfit.

Jasmine Walton is the founder of Her clothing line specializes in customized dresses for women.

Walton also prides herself in making women feel sexy, confident, and loves to cater to women with curves. Her upcoming winter collection will consist of glitter, crop tops with peplum or pencil skirts, and darker shades of heavier materials.

“As the season changes so does the fashion so I love going darker, also using heavier fabrics,” said Walton. “Black, burgundy, even nude are my three favorite colors for this season always chic and sexy.”

According to, Emerald is also going to be a big color for the Fall/Winter 2014-15 season.

Designers Christian Dior, Bottega Veneta, and J. Mendel have all displayed them on their runways for the colder weather. has named Emerald its 2014 color of the year. pegged it as a must have for your closet in its “The Colors of Fall-Winter 2014/2015 Fashion Season,” citing its elegance and distinction.

Malcolm Penn, known to the Staten Island artistic community as Apocalipps, is the founder of the EBT brand.

EBT is streetwear that represents “nothing to something.” EBT is an acronym for “EveryBodyTrappin.” Penn describes trapping as a slang term for hustling to meet your goals.

“The winter collection will be influenced by NFL and NBA Basketball sports wear with a EBT art swag,” said Penn. “The designs will consist of crew necks, hoodies, and long sleeve cotton shirts.”

According to, if you’re looking for some chic street wear cashmere, leather, and denim are the way to go.

For women, this look can be paired with a purse and a pair of stiletto’s to turn it city chic for a night on the town.

“My inspiration for fashion is the city in which we live–NYC,” said Walton. “There is so much diversity, which allows individuals to express their fashion and style.”

To find more styles and keep up with the upcoming fashion trends for the winter months visit,, and

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