I have a strong appreciation and admiration for designers who have the ability to translate their personal experiences, perspectives and vision into beautiful works of art – art that’s tangible and unlike anything else. Designers’ creations undoubtedly have a major influence within the rest of the industry and in our society. This brilliance doesn’t just pertain to the leading designers in the industry. The industry is full of emerging designers who are more interested in the diverse, inclusive future of fashion. This has been noticeably evident in the past couple seasons of NYFW as young designers are making their mark.
I was invited to the Moda Magazine Fashion Week fashion show at the University of Wisconsin and saw firsthand the amazing visionary of these student designers. The fashion show was the finale of UW Fashion Week (UWFW) and was put on by Moda Magazine, the student-run style publication. This was my first time attending a university’s fashion show and I was very excited and intrigued to see these young designers’ work.
The designers and retailers that made up the show included: Good Style Shop Vintage, White House | Black Market, Z. Bella Boutique, Rethreads, Don’t Ask Why + Tailgate, Jazzman, Free People, 140500, Alex Hysel, Obasi Davis, Mastef, House of Anteros, August, Michael Sachen, Moda Muneca, Allison Gorniak, Viago by Sarah Corlett, and Le Vie Lucian.
The energy in the venue escalated immediately as the first look walked down the runway – a men’s look entailing a mustard corduroy jacket and cuffed denim. As the show went on, there were an abundance of destructed denim pants and jackets, tailored trousers, sequined blazers, prairie-esque looks, and dresses with 80s patterns and long trains. One of the designer’s collection, Mastef, included logo sweatshirts, track pants, and even featured the Balenciaga stretch-knit sneakers.
The collection by Michael Sachen stood out to me because through the presentation on the runway, a story was told. The looks were a prairie aesthetic that were made to be worn in multiple ways on the body. Two models walked out on the runway and manipulated the garment to flow down as a long skirt, pulling over a sheer mesh black coat stuffed with dried brown flowers that would be seen in a field.
Each collection was extremely unique and personal to the designer. Their creativity and vision really shined through each and every garment. Anyone in the audience could see the passion, dedication and work that was put into the pieces. The fashion show was very genuine, positive, carefree, inclusive, and truly supportive.
I had such a great time, thank you Moda Magazine for inviting me!