Last Tuesday evening, Cal’s very own student-initiated nonprofit organization, Fashion and Students Trend (FAST), executed its spring runway show titled “Fantasy”. With over 200 guests in attendance, all the show go-ers had a chance to feast their eyes on everything from delicate, minimalist garments to structured pieces with bold, look-at-me colors.
FAST students had been arranging the full-fledged production since the commencement of spring semester. They had their hands on every component of the show — from the designs to the set, to details like music, lighting and choreography. With three segments featuring over 30 models, I’ve come to the irrefutable conclusion that the night was a success, thanks to the 11 student designers whose collections stole the limelight.
During Segment I, Lucy Zhou presented her “Bubble Pop” collection. The collection was filled with lightweight, angelic pieces marked by pastel colors nestling between spring wear and summer wear.
Gina Su debuted an idiosyncratic collection called “Hereafter”— she incorporated found objects that had been repurposed into baubles and many other one-of-a-kind embellishments. She was inspired by the concept of not overlooking or regretting anything, so cheers to the past and hereafter.
Jane Luo’s “Transparency” collection featured many fitted silhouettes that were characterized with cutouts and sheer fabrics. Her gowns were inspired by the liberating feel of exposing natural beauty.
Christine Fukushima, a FAST veteran (now her fifth and final show), paid homage to the fashion of Japan. Her “Itsuka, Nihon” (translates to “Someday, Japan”) collection featured many multi-colored prints and eye-catching purple hues. She plans to sell the items from her collection on her Etsy shop to raise funds for relief efforts in Fukushima.
Initiating Segment II, Ryan Roschke debuted the armor look with his “Warrior” collection, bringing much theatricality to Berkeley. His striking black and red pieces were distinctive, as he sought to carry out the visceral strength of the contemporary warrior to center stage.
Two is better one, they say. John Kim and Jennifer Huang debuted their collection titled “The Last Grand Adventure”. A slew of whimsical pieces inspired by the concept of Manifest Destiny and the playful American landscape came down the runway.
FAST’s graphic designer at large, Rae Zhuang, challenged herself with her “a” collection — this was her first time sewing clothes. She appropriately named her collection “a” because it reflected a starter’s experience in fashion design.
During Segment III, Sarah Mount’s “Such Are the Daffodils” showcased full-skirted silhouettes in bright colors —all with a vintage twist to them — to recreate the summery, warm weather look.
Ming Cong, the designer for “The Virgin Collection,” is another rookie, but that doesn’t mean she’s an underdog. She whipped up a few looks that represented what reminded her of fantasy — pure light, airy, feminine elegance. Many whites, pastels, loose draping and sharp cuts dominated her designs.
Last but not least, Jaymie Ngov (this is his seventh and last collection with FAST!) debuted his “Rockin’ A Grit” collection, inspired by his habitual addition to cigarettes. His collection was revealing; he told his personal account of how his addiction unfolded over the span of his college career. Essentially, he mixed a dose of his personal touch with some artistic vision and voilà, a strong collection to wrap up the show.
As an added treat, Superdry, an urban clothing store that attracts customers like Pretty Little Liars starlet, Lucy Hale, and 90210’s AnnaLynne McCord, raffled off some goodies, including a pair of headphones and a backpack.
Missed the fashion show this semester? Be sure to stay tuned for next semester’s runway show — it always falls on Dead Week!
All images taken by the author, except for (6) which is courtesy of Rae Zhang.