It’s five minutes until showtime and the energy in this place is palpable! Kristyn Hartman from WBNS 10-TV, the night’s emcee, gives the audience a few fun facts about our 21 designers, and the house lights are dimmed. The chatter from the crowd dies down and two high-energy videos (one produced by S77 and the other by Ologie) begin to play. The moment that all of these designers have been waiting for since last summer is finally here.
Sarah Wong‘s four-piece collection is starting off the show with a colorful bang. Appropriately named A Preppy State of Mind, her collection is chock full of bright chevron prints and bedazzled crop tops. The folks in the crowd from Tween Brands must be loving these looks.
Another crop top is coming down the runway, this time a part of Rachel McElvogue‘s gypsy-inspired line. The people in the front row are likely getting a fabulous view of the decorative hook-and-eye closures, exposed zippers, and chunky metallic bangles that give the looks an eclectic feel.
Dawn McLaughlin is up next, and her model is really working it. He’s wearing a slashed red sweater and black pants that are inspired by a character in a screenplay she wrote this past semester in an independent study class at CCAD.
Cue the ooing and ahhing—three adorable little girls are strutting down the runway sporting playful looks designed by Julie Ward and the crowd is going WILD. Each outfit features mixed prints, one of which was engineered by Julie herself. The models are even carrying long-stemmed flowers and wearing sparkly crowns, completing the whimsical look.
Nicole Mazur‘s collection definitely appeals to the girly-girl. It’s flirty and futuristic, with hints of Asian street wear. And the models are carrying balloons—that’s a change from last night’s dress rehearsal. Fun fact: She designed and applied the screen print to her mini dress on her own.
Abandoned buildings inspired Maggie Tanner‘s collection, and it shows. She designed the only pair of denim jeans to grace the runway tonight. They fit the model perfectly and feature just the right amount of distressing.
Soft, feminine looks designed by Emma Andrews float down the runway next. Her collection is a flurry of luxurious, yet comfortable textures and fabrics. One of her looks perfectly contrasts a luxe fur jacket against a slinky silk slip dress.
Nina Rehner brings a more casual feel to the runway with her four-piece line of outdoor wear. She used all kinds of unconventional materials, like ripstop (it’s used to make water-repellent tents and jackets), feed sack, and table cloth fabric. And here’s an interesting tid bit: She also designed and made all of the jewelry that her models are wearing.
Betsy Judd‘s collection is a breath of fresh air. The audience went crazy for her first frock. It’s light and airy, with hand-beading accents that catch the gleaming lights on the runway. Oh, and we’ve got another crop top. They’re everywhere!
Katsiaryna Khadzko and Audrey Swart bring darker, edgier looks to the runway. Katsiaryna’s collection has a glam-rock feel. Audrey’s reminds me of a stormy ocean scene. One of her models’ hair is dyed almost the same color as the strapless green velvet leotard she’s wearing. The word is that the model didn’t even plan for her hair color to match the garment, it was just a happy coincidence.
Layers, prints, and textures characterize Ryun Harrison‘s five-piece collection. His androgynous looks are juxtapositions of dark and light with chunky knit scarves, a graphic tunic, and a printed fabric that he designed himself. Engineered prints seem to be a trend this year.
Jessica Driscoll‘s five-piece collection is one of only a few to feature both men’s and women’s wear. Her looks are edgy and detailed, with handmade leather harnesses and accessories, chunky machine-knit scarves and sweaters, and custom-designed prints that mimic wood grain and marble.
Crop top alert. This time it’s a part of SaNasha Gent‘s armor-inspired collection. Her obsession with shoes is apparent. All of her models are wearing cool kicks–ankle booties, black pumps, and black leather boots.
Jessica Griffis’ collection is made almost entirely out of neoprene, the same fabric that’s used to make scuba gear and, oddly enough, mouse pads. Her garments have a distinctly futuristic look to them. The models’ uniform hair and makeup almost make them look like robots.
Authentic Burmese python skin makes Bridgette Bianca Stevens’ collection pop on the runway. Her collection features diverse silhouettes—jumpsuits, capes, and a white leather jacket are a few highlights.
I wonder if Madonna was Seth Stephens’ muse. His second look is right up her alley—an all-white suit with a barely-there jacket that shows some skin. Lots of hand beading in his collection as well.
Water was a big inspiration from both De-Ann Maughn and La-Neka Richards. De-Ann’s Barbados-inspired gown flows beautifully as the model glides down the runway. And the crowd is, literally, going wild. La-Neka’s look features printed pants and a silky blue peplum top.
Next up is Ashleigh Jones. Her six-piece collection makes me want to buy a one-way ticket to Miami Beach. It’s bursting with colorful prints (that she engineered and designed herself) and sleek silhouettes. I’ve been waiting to see one of her outfits in particular—crisp lavender-colored shorts and a printed cape. Love it.
Side note: These models have got it goin’ on. They’re strutting their stuff like pros and are obviously loving every minute of it.
The gowns in Bryston Walters’ collection are inspired by what happens to childhood fantasies when the
dreamer grows up and no longer fuels the energy of a make-believe world. The gowns and jackets look as though they’ve seen better days, but that’s how he designed them. He started with impeccably made floor-length gowns, and then added signs of wear and tear. Bryston’s last look, a show-stopping rosette-covered gown, is the perfect way to end the show.
As the train of Bryston’s last gown leaves the runway, the show is over. How did those 55 minutes pass by so quickly? I want a do-over!
Suddenly the mood changes, and the crowd erupts into thunderous applause as each designer emerges to be recognized individually. I’m getting chills as each one stops half way down the runway to wave to family and friends. It’s obvious that the crowd recognizes the unbelievable creative visions and technical talents of these 21 designers.
Ryun Harrison greets Suzanne Cotton on stage with a hug and a bouquet of flowers, and Kristyn Hartman presents Ashleigh Jones with the Easton Fashion Award, sponsored by Easton Town Center. Ashleigh is all smiles as receives the award and takes one more walk down the runway.
Now that another astounding runway show is in the books, it’s time to let loose.We’re off to the Après-Runway Dance Party… stay tuned!
Tags: 2014 Senior Fashion Show
The CCAD Fashion Show is an annual fundraising event that showcases the talent of graduating Columbus College of Art & Design Fashion Design Seniors. This popular event sells out every year and this blog is a portal through which to view the behind-the-scenes goings on.