I was surprised that Valentine was the first show of the evening. With all of the Nashville fans of Amanda Valentine, I assumed it would be second or third in the lineup. But, regardless, this was a wonderful opener for the night and I enjoyed the musical accompaniment by five knives. Amanda valentine is known for her clean lines and blocking techniques, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the addition of psychedelic glitter fabric into her pieces. This line was definitely a transition from last season, but I saw similarities between her shapes, an obvious love for a good legging, and cropped tops. The extra touches of leather and sparkle added a 90s inspiration that seemed well-received.
This collection is all about bright colors and bold patterns. With musical accompaniment by Humming House, all of the pieces were easy to throw on, consisted of chic fabrics, and sophisticated. The styling was simple, and I obviously loved the addition of the multi-color fabric used in a couple of the closing pieces. Smith Sinrod, the designer of by SMITH collection, has a wonderful talent with her use of silk. This collection seems accessible to a large number of women who are interested in looking professional, comfortable, and chic.
With t. rains, there almost isn’t too much to be said. With musical accompaniment by shinobi ninja, this show just needed to be the final event for the evening. T. rains impressed everyone in 2011, and you could feel the anticipation of his theatrics before his show even began. Traver rains, the designer behind t. rains, has a wonderful combination of fantasy, nudity, glitter, and color. When a collection has an obvious inspiration and a theme that the audience can pull from, the looks are always well received. From the oversized wigs to the undersized swimsuits, every look was a “wow” moment. With everything from screen prints to custom couture, t. rains never forgets the details, and each model was styled from head to toe in a manner that can never be forgotten. This is the kind of collection that makes eye bug, palms sweat, and girls wriggle in their seats from pure happiness.