Backstage images/words-Judith Ecochard
Runway images/video MBFashionweek.com
AND plenty of media peeps we ran into over the weekend-who did go to this AAU outing, maybe for the first time in a few seasons---were surprised just how "retail ready" the runway ensembles were. We weren't though...not a bit. And when we saw NY Times' fashion journalist Cathy Horyn backstage-looking at the racked clothes with approval---ha ha---SEE.
|in theory-hair style could be done at home by one person---w/o a fashion show w/o team|
|Aveda products-including Volumizing Tonic helped get the look|
|freebies backstage included Bath and Body Works body lotion and hand sanitizer.|
|Bravo to Smasung-kept us all charged up|
|various skin tones made this editorial look of|
|silvery shadow, black liner---drawn out in almost a cat's eye shape...loved this for an evening look--with glossy rose lips, peachy bronze cheeks for sculpted look|
|Heather Marie Scholl|
|fuschsia wool jacket|
|orange and electric blue hand beaded wool shorts -also inspired by African beading...|
Next, we talked with Heather McDonald-a Fashion and Knitwear Design Student-hailing from Canada. Her Fall collection "... was inspired by Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis-exploring the relationship between human and technology, demonstrated by the angular silhouettes and contoured knitwear..."
A duo of talent-designer Janine M. Villa-a NJ native paired up with Knitwear Design MA-er Amanda Nervig-courtesy of the pairing by Simon (Ungless-Director of Fashion...who "... put us together...it was great ---we have the same work ethic...")
|Janine M Villa and Amanda Nervig|
|Nervig's hand made chunky knits were also inspired by the colors and patterns found in the vintage welsh blankets|
|James Thai, Leah Aripotch and Teresa Field holding the former's hand cast bronze 'carry-all'|
A trio of talent was responsible for these luxury pieces that would easily sell toute de suite at some high-end boutique...
Designer Teresa Field---a smart, smart lady, incredibly articulate---(Stanford grad/ MA Fine Art in Fashion Design))...was "inspired by artistic representations of the human body, including graphic representations of human anatomy and musculature, as well as the process sketches from H.R. Giger's "Alien."
Once again-"Simon" referred---the talented James Thai (a Textile Design Program student) and jeweler Leah Aripotch (Fine Arts BA in sculpture)---who "just clicked" with Field for this terrific collaboration.
|front of etched bone leather pant|
|back of etched bone leather pant|
Chenxi Li-who took inspiration from the fashions of the 1950's-featuring exaggerated silhouettes and voluminous shoulders and sleeves...
AND Qian Xie---inspired by the ways in which natural light creates shadows in interior spaces at different times of the day---interpreted into geometric silhouettes.