The sheer size of the event would impress even Anna Wintour. But for the sake of time, I’ve broken down the favorites of the night…
Business Favorite: Diana Kohan debuted a collection full of tweed separates and conservative satin dresses. While each would look like any business frock, colored bows added the dramatic, yet unexpected, touch. It got us thinking that any mundane outfit can be flared with a fluorescent bow.
Most Creative: Camille Villanueva showed a collection properly named “Paper Dolls.” Models walked like live mannequins and pranced with clothing that incorporated butcher paper. Nothing short of precise craft, Villanueva showed thoughtful pieces on the “cutting edge” of innovation. Definitely someone to keep an eye on.
Best Menswear: David Tehrani reminded men that clothing does not have to be the cookie cutter pant and shirt combo. He took basics, such as a pair of shorts, and twisted the construction by colorblocking sections. Not every man can announce himself as the All-American, so why dress that way, right?
Best Construction/Detail: Stephanie Sartori closed the show for the evening, and stayed true to the maxim that the best certainly does come last. Though there was no overarching theme to this collection, the message seemed to be one of perfection. As a harsh critic, it was even hard for me to point out an obscure missing detail. But alas I had met my match, and accepted that these Red Carpet-ready pieces were flawless.
Best Overall: Our dear friend Hector Marquez is a veteran in fashion. This collection clearly showed his evolving spirit as he used Gucci-esque prints with Margiela-like disco ball details on his garments – though never the same. He challenged the dress of modern streetwear by putting men in satin harem pants and women in gowns of separate. There was a lot to see and all very pleasing to the eye.
BARE would like to thank the staff of UCLA FAST for the hospitality. The music, goodies, and talent were all a real treat. We’re expecting even bigger and better things next year!
BARE Editor in Chief