The first showcase display was a collection of four live models wearing designs by Truly Alvarenga, the designer of Pink Elephants. Her pieces were edgy with a touch of elegance. The mixture of layers balanced rock ‘n’ roll with Harajuku, and the attention to detail did not go unnoticed. Green and blue lights dimmed the room, but splashed across a forest setting complete with moss stands, tall grasses, and swamp trees.
Five models displayed the 2012 pieces of Amy Breen, the designer of Amy b. designs. Not only were these girls standing on soft, white fur, but the fur was laid over real blocks of ice. The dark makeup and crunchy grey hair fit well with the simple pieces. The color palette consisted of black, subdued blues, layers of grey, and a tiny touch of red floral. If there was a collection that would glamorize a skim for an elegant event, this was it.
Black and white, men and women, silver chains and black face masks. Abigail Franklin and Kyah Hillis have founded the first mobile boutique in the southeast, the Trunk. Together, they host men’s fashion collection, state, and women’s leather goods collection, sleeveless. I enjoyed the mixture of gender in this display, including the intimate black and white video playing on the back wall. Subtle touches of leather and chains added a finishing touch to the beautiful, simple, and graceful designs on each model.
First, a round of applause to the model holding the cupcake up for two hours. Second, a louder round of applause to Brittany Blair, the young designer behind this collection of charming grace. These pieces oozed elegance, and the feminine touch was extremely prominent and well received. With a touch of sparkle and floral, this collection’s blush color palette was a perfect balance of simplicity and sophistication.
If a well-travelled rock star ever needed a new addition to her closet, Maria silver should be on speed dial. These five looks blended luxury and rock ‘n’ roll together with ease. The variety of fabrics and the subtle detail of studs nestled perfectly into this setting of red velvet couches and plush fur rugs. The martini glasses and messy hair added the final touch of atmospheric design that completed this artistic collection.
Not only did Jessica Jones create a gorgeous collection for the 2012 Tuft line, but she put together the cutest girl rock band I’ve ever seen. Even down to the pink microphone stand, these five models were silent-rocking to the happiest song in the room. There was an obvious 50s inspiration in these pieces, showcased in the full skirts and cat eye glasses. With a youthful color palette and a girly touch, this collection contained classic silhouettes and whimsical ideas.
The final room consisted of five pieces by Julianna Bass, the first recipient of the fashion forward fund. Hanging from the ceiling and spinning for all to see, her collection was the epitome of classic. Each dress was beautifully constructed and artfully draped. I can only imagine what these pieces would look like on a model, but from below, they seemed to be timeless and elegant.