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“I’m inspired canada goose outlet shop by the Japanese way of wabi sabi,” Hamerlik said. Wabi sabi is an aesthetic that embraces imperfection, evident in her gown in its raw edges and asymmetry.

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Canada Goose sale https://www.canadagoose-jackets-online.com Hamerlik, who moved to Chicago when she was 26, taught English at the Polish Consulate for several years before deciding it wasn’t for her. Creative since she was a child, she decided to reinvent herself and enrolled in Columbia College’s fashion design program, keeping her teaching job to put herself through school. She graduated in 2012 and was accepted into Macy’s incubator. Canada Goose sale

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The Red Dress Collection show pairs each designer with a celebrity who will wear the dress on the runway, from YouTube star Bethany Mota to TV personality Star Jones.

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“Not everybody embraces (my aesthetic),” Hamerlik said. “I knew from the very beginning that the right person would show up.”

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