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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 15, 2014 Page 9 8oeiall00/ 8eerie by 00lngela Cornacchio | iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ;i ,i .... 1%  iii i i!iil A painter's splash of fashion showed last week when Al/stair Archer designs created by artist Robert F. Merton hit the Bond runway. (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) Socially Scene Reviewed ... This past week Bond Boston resumed their "Timeless Tuesdays" fashion show, but this one with a twist of a painter's pattern. The evening featured well- known painter, who has now taken his-brush to the sew- ing room and created his own identity on the runway. Alistair Archer evolved from the unique experience of its founder, Robert F. Merton, a contemporary painter who has exhibited his artwork in Boston, Miami, New York and Washington, D.C. The night started off with some of Boston's most fash- ionable sipping cocktails and enjoying the complimen- tary Aperitivo Peroni that is always a part of the show. Backstage was AGW makeup dolling up the Dynasty mod- els to blend well with the fantastic wearable art that rocked the Bond runway. Some of the first looks shown were simple cut dresses that caught atten- tion with colors of vibrant turquoise blue, deep poppy purples and a design that had you thinking you were bidding at an art show. The casual dress suitable for the office also came in a stun- ning orange and pink com- bination toned down with that brilliant turquoise color. To compliment these beau- tiful styles and take them into a different season were similar style rain jackets with matching umbrellas and solid boot color as to not make the outfit busy on the eye. Every few models or so one would walk with a com- plex painting by the designer that demanded attention it- self and had each wondering if they were buying a dress, jacket, painting or just the whole package! The story behind this fash- ion and art guru is warm and inspiring just like his collec- tion. The premature birth of his first son, Archer, served as the catalyst for change. Life became the priority, both literally and metaphorically, so Merton had absolute faith in redirecting his own path to become Archer's primary caregiver. Before entering toddler- hood,At was clear that Archer needed the focused love: his dyspraxia, a motor planning issue, made verbalizing nearly any sound an ardu- ous task and the related weakness in manual fine motor skills made sign lan- guage impossible. Father- son communication focused on art: sitting side-by-side on the painting studio floor, Merton and Archer listened to music and created large, free-form abstract art. To Merton's surprise, Archer influenced his own paintings as much as vice versa; Merton's subsequent work included luminous and textured rich jewel tones that communicate his pas- sion for life and serve as the basis for all of the Alistair Archer textile patterns. Alistair Archer targets a highly successful female population who balances strong responsibility in the workplace, family and com- munity. Their clothing and accessories are "wearable art" that may be worn in layers as well as individu- ally. The designs range from complex, colorful images to bold, geometric patterns, with titles embodying femi- ninity, such as Chloe, Citron and Blythe. Much like the artist wielding a paintbrush, the clothing serves as a can- vas for savvy women and may be enjoyed for genera- tions to come. The 2014 collection fea- tured a dress line that dazzled everyone in the audience with the unique presentation and a fun appeal. Timeless Tuesdays are always a great pro- duction but this specific show was one to remember. Fashion is about expressing yourself and creating looks to suite your target audi- ence, yet this designer found a way to appeal to many. You can shop-online at, view more of his collections and art and see upcoming shows Boston Local Food Festi- val ... Returns for its 5 th annual Festival on Sunday, September 14 th from 1. 1:00 am - 5:00 pm on The Rose Kennedy Greenway. This year is going to be big- ger and better than the last with tents upon tents of Boston's best. Listed below are highlights to see what Chef Demo and Do-It-Your- self Stages are going to be on site. Chef Joe Gatto is a per- sonal chef and the star of a new show, From Scratch, where everything is made completely from scratch -- no shortcuts! On his show, which has been described as "equal parts Alton Brown and MacGyver with a splash of Epic Meal Time thrown in," you'll learn to make mouth- watering homemade cuisine all on your own. Bacon? He Will break down a whole hog, smoke it and cure it. Flour, he grinds his own to make pasta. Butter, he milks a cow and makes it! Chef Gatto cannot wait to demonstrate his fresh tamale recipe at the festival, where he will be shooting the last bits of the Mexican seg- ment for From Scratch! Dr. P.K. Newby is a serious home cook; with some seri- ous credentials (she received her doctorate in Public Health from Harvard Univer- sity)! After cooking in a local vegetarian restaurant and in various other restaurants for ten years, P.K. now brings in a unique, science-based perspective to her food. At this year's festival, P.K. will demonstrate healthy cui- sine with a focus on bring- ing principles of sound, sci- ence and sustainable eating to people's plates in delec- table ways. Throughout her demon- stration, P.K. will be dis- cussing nutrition, sustain- able eating, and avoiding food waste -- all while making fabulous food. If you want recipes that not only look and taste good, but also make you feel good, check out her blog at! 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