'Distortion' Fashion Show features student designers stretching boundaries
|Carol Lee, photo by Stacy Schwartz|
The evening kicked off with a look at the next class of creative minds, as the junior designers presented their own take on the evening's theme. Fully embracing the challenge of stepping outside of the norm, the young designers pushed the limits and incorporated non-traditional materials that included melted, recycled crayons and wood.
|Heather King, photo by Stacy Schwartz|
A handful of designers demonstrated a heavy African influence, with rich colors and unique accessories utilizing fur, feathers, and leather. Others chose to take a more traditional route, featuring ready-to-wear looks with a twist, incorporating bright colors and creative prints. The biggest reactions of the evening, however, were reserved for those that chose to really flex their creative muscles.
Designer Carol Lee shook things up with some of the most striking looks of the show, showcasing a number of extremely intricate and elaborate designs that demonstrated a fearless passion and vision for each and every piece.
Color palettes ranged from the loud to the subdued, but the most noteworthy of the evening had to be the designer who chose no color at all. Designer Heather King's line featured a "nude" theme, with a monochromatic color scheme of tan and beige and designs that emphasized the female form of each of her models. It was a daring and stark contrast to some of her fellow designers that paid off with an extremely memorable turn on the runway.
|Autumn Kirchman, photo by Stacy Schwartz|
Regardless of your taste or knowledge of the fashion world, the Distortion fashion show provided something for everyone and proved that the U of M's College of Design continues to be a rich talent pool that will be leading the way for up-and-coming design talent for years to come.
Looking for more fashion? Photographer Stacy Schwartz snapped pics of all the hot looks the event had to offer. You can check it out at our slideshow: U of M 'Distortion' Fashion Show: Next crop of local designers?