The night was all about style at the 14th Annual Eloise O’more College of Design 2012 Student Fashion Show. I knew the night was in for some fun and fresh looks as soon as I took my first step into The Factory where the show was held. From the gorgeous color block maxi dress worn by show co-host, CMT’s #1 Music and a Movie host, Alecia Davis, to the pale peach asymmetrical hemline dress worn by a fellow attendee, the latest trends in fashion were not only on the runway, but also in the seats surrounding it.
The show started off with individual collections representing eight separate O’More Juniors, followed by a whopping nineteen O’More senior collections - the largest class ever to graduate from the school. There was no shortage of variety in style -- from grunge to feminine, vintage inspired pant suits and dresses, to looks that brilliantly brought together the essence of Alice & Wonderland meets Robin Hood.
Junior, Kate Seaton, took home the Design Achievement Award for her collection, “Mrs. Robinson”. Inspired by the 1950’s housewife, Kat Seaton created a number of vibrant, high waisted dresses that emphasized the beauty of the female silhouette.
The intricate details of her designs, were an impeccable foreshadowing to her eventual honor, which also granted her a nice cash scholarship.
A personal favorite, “Moments”, designed by senior, Anastasia Morozova, was the winner of the Designer Look Book award. The honor included winning a designer look book featuring models from the Reflection Model and Talent Agency. Among Anastasia’s almost medieval-esque collection, one piece in particular caught my eye, the very first of her’s to grace the runway, with its full and feminine, sheer layers of navy and brown.
Senior, Jennifer Evans, the creative mind behind the collection "Urbanization," inspired by humans’ impact on the environment, was the winner of the The Distinguished Designer award. Jennifer’s designs were rich in hues of greys, blacks and creams.
A certain grey and cream fur striped, hooded coat was one of my absolute favorites among the entire collection. In addition to the honor of receiving the award, Jennifer Evans also took home a top-of-the-line sewing machine from SVP Worldwide and a cash stipend.
Though the night was mostly focused on women’s fashion, we were treated to the adorable stylings of children’s wear both in Laura Lester’s “Ruffled Feathers” as well as Krista Allison’s “Sea Legs” who eventually took home The Eloise Award for People’s Choice which included a PGM dress form.
(Laura Lester's "Ruffled Feathers")
(Krista Allison's "Sea Legs")
It’s no surprise that the overwhelming cuteness of little girls in adorable, well designed, nautical dresses and rompers would win over the hearts of all in attendance. I believe there was even a kiss blown to the audience from one of the little models that sent the entire crowd into a tizzy.
Krista Allison’s collection also include a number of iconic women’s pieces in red, white and navy that brought to mind picturesque vacations and weekend escapes to the cape.
With inspiration from seasons,
freak show performers,
old Hollywood glamour,
just to name a few, each remaining collection presented the uniqueness and interpretation of style within each student, a result that surely left all of those in attendance feeling nothing short of inspired -- that and, hoping to purchase a few of the items in the near future.