Unapologetic Edge from Stone Crow Designs

This local women’s wear line mixes the drama of Alexander McQueen with the edginess of Rick Owens.
Jennifer Charkow (center) takes style to the urban edge

For any style maven who’s tried to make Blackbird boutique’s edgy, urban menswear work for her, Belltown-based designer Jennifer Charkow is a godsend. Her new Stone Crow Designs women’s wear line combines the drama of Alexander McQueen with the showstopping edginess of Rick Owens.

“I want to take the avant-garde or over-the-top and make it understandable,” says the 34-year-old Charkow. “I use it as a starting-off point. It’s [about] maintaining the idea and then making it work within your real-life designs.”

The result: an eco-conscious selection (organic cottons and recycled scrap leathers) of city-smart separates that appeal to the motorcycle chic in even the most conventional lady. Unapologetic edge exudes from a smoky couture evening gown made from a surplus parachute and topped with a high-neck leather collar; cotton-jersey-draped tanks with open backs or side cowls; and the classic black legging toughened up with leather kneepads and stitched detailing. Prices range from $30 for tanks to $450 for leather jackets; available at stonecrowdesigns.com.