Monday, February 8, 2010

In Review: U of M Senior Show

By Lauren Gantner

Last Saturday, the University of Minnesota’s College of Design hosted its (In)sight senior fashion show at Rapson Hall on the U of M’s snowy campus. A sold-out crowd of fashion-savvy ladies and gents filled the Hall to watch the 11 graduating students’ collections make their way down the runway.

[A look by Emily Bryngelson; Photo by Stacy Schwartz]

Emily Bryngelson’s cutesy and wearable set caught our eye right when the first heel hit the runway. We totally loved her opened back, billowy jumpsuits and multi-button high-waisted shorts, and her Gaga-esque one-shoulder dress in a lush to-die-for magenta was the perfect finale piece to the collection. This summer, we can totally see ourselves wearing her more basic pieces, such as the adorable multi-button high-waisted short-shorts.

[A look by Shirley Schlievert; Photo by Lauren Gantner]

Shirley Schlievert’s collection of grey, silky gowns and cocktail dresses were perfect for prom and a ball alike. Her sleeveless grey cocktail dress was one of our favorites; the chiffon shoulder detail added a simple yet statement-making touch.

[A look by Carmen Tsang; Photo by Stacy Schwartz]

Later in the show, we couldn’t keep our eyes off of Carmen Tsang’s collection of brightly-colored dresses and separates. The oversized hoods and cinched waistlines in draped knits and chiffon were totally on-trend. Each piece was interesting on its own and still managed to come together as a cohesive collection.

[A look by Judy Bender; Photo by Lauren Gantner]

Office apparel seemed totally chic through the eyes of designer Judy Bender. Her collection of classy, well-tailored womens' wear—complete with cute brown jackets and hand-sewn detail—were the perfect pieces for looking completely sophisticated, on or off the job.

[A look by Mae Rodgers; Photo by Stacy Schwartz]

Overall, we were pleasantly surprised to see the potential many of the designers exhibited. Everything from chic business outfits to unique costume designs showed innovation and impressive construction. We’re betting that we’ll be seeing some of these designers in local boutiques soon.

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