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Everyone wins at the Telluride AIDS Benefit fashion extravaganza: beneficiaries get much needed discretionary funds, audience members have the time of their lives at this show of shows, models get their fifteen minutes of fame, and the careers of many talented young designers get a jump-start. Onerary is an example: the line premiered on TAB’s in 2004.
Onerary is a line of street-wear for women and men created by Danielle DeRoberts of San Francisco, and Katy Parnello of Brooklyn, N.Y., who first met here in town.
In four years, the company has evolved to incorporate the urban influences of the ladies’ East and West coast addresses, Danielle’s background in painting and Katy’s background in theater.
Katy, who is also the choreographer of this year’s fashion show, earned a BA in Theater Arts/English/Women’s Studies from Boston College. She then attended a two-year conservatory at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.
The name Onerary (pronounced “honor-ary”) was inspired by the Spanish word oneraria, which means “in a dreamlike state.” Danielle and Katy dub themselves “Oneironauts,” explorers of the dream world, where they journey to find inspiration for their wearable art.
Onerary is a member of the co-op “Trunk” on Haight St. in San Francisco, where you can shop for their latest designs. Onerary fashions can also be ordered via the website, onerary.com.
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