Fashion And Student Trends had their spring semester fashion show today titled “Destination: FASHION.” Just the sheer number of designers that presented, 22 in total, should give anyone an idea of how great the show was. Every designer showcased five to as many as nine looks. We saw everything, from androgynous costumes to shapeshifting dresses. Four collections in particular truly conveyed a distinct message, one strong enough for us to point out. Here are our BARE favorites:
Though we saw a lot of Bollywood influences (and we’re sure glad we did), Aalia Maan’s focused vision of Indian Hollywood gave John Paul Gaultier a run for his money. She wasn’t afraid to shock the audience from the beginning, with fluorescent pink silks adorned with antique gold. Statement tops and dresses in bright colors flounced on the runway, all what seemed to lead to the presentation of a draw-dropping turquoise dress. The American perspective Aalia had on Bollywood fashion was perfected by a blend of both worlds, neither scary nor shocking. Nicely done.
Ella Zhan and Zara Khan, veterans at fashion design, made color look easy in their spring collection. Literally, each look contained unique fabrics from Zara’s recent trip to Africa and it was refreshing to see these traditional prints (one of which were featured in our recent Travel Issue photoshoot) cut into modern ways. A standout one-sleeve dress combined two beautiful prints of orange and white, which surprisingly meshed into one knockout piece. Black basics were added in to ease the eye, but done shrewdly to make the colors jump. They must be glad to know that they have left a colorful imprint on FAST fashion.
For her final show with FAST, show director Helen Hyon looked back to childhood and channeled the playful denizens of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are." Giant faux-fur ensembles, feathered headpieces, and voluminous silk dresses came together in a collection that cleverly blurred the line between casual wear and luxury. Knitwear, whether as buttoned belts, over-sized vests, or seemingly endless scarves slung around the neck, added the subtlest touch of texture.
What began as a study in body-con knitwear for Paul Tran—dresses, leggings, and fringed dresses—slowly evolved into a fascinating dialogue between modernity and primitivism. Models played as hunter and prey swathed in knits with bleached white branches attached to their heads or carrying toy rifles that evoked a savage childishness. Sporadic doses of gradient colors leapt off clothing in an otherwise subdued palette of beiges and creams. An exploration in craft and metaphor, Tran's work played the theatrical and conceptual against one another to astounding effect.
The big transition FAST has made within the past year has been tremendous. We have seen a growth not only in the number of designers, but the dedication of their work as well. As the Pauley Ballroom slowly starts to mimic the catwalks of Bryant Park, we at BARE look forward to even more improvement in our fellow fashion club.
Keep your eyes open for a collaboration soon!
BARE Layout Director