Fresh Talent, Fresh Looks on the Runway at Annual Student Fashion Showcase


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Designer: Julie Anderson

With her bold, oversized polka dots paired with pastels, Julie Anderson was spot-on (literally) when it came to the spring 2018 trends. But thanks to her use of exaggerated silhouettes and unusual color combinations, the designer was able to avoid creating a collection that was overly fixated on trends and forged her own unconventional path. While not a lot of it was everyday-wearable—at least not by the average person—the fabrics were well-chosen, the colors were eye-catching, and the overall effect was fun, irreverent, and playful. 

Designer: Kelsey Lee

Combining elements of knitwear, patchwork, fringe, and distressing, Kelsey Lee's senior collection was inspired by the motifs of consumerism and waste in the movie, Labyrinth—and making something beautiful out of what others might consider garbage. The designer counts David Bowie and K-Pop boy bands among her muses, and accordingly, her line was equal parts rock 'n' roll and avant-garde. Lee has a background in knitting, and its showed in her funky, eclectic collection—particularly in a shaggy navy-blue knit cardigan and a multi-color knit poncho. She also played with tone-on-tone and distressing in a plaid jumpsuit that was both rugged and chic. 

Designer: Stephanie Wang

For her whimsical, sweetly detailed collection dubbed "Rainflower," designer Stephanie Wang drew inspiration from the styles of ancient China, incorporating loose fits, layering, and pleats within the collection. Wang added a modern touch by mixing prints, combining juicy colors with soft pastels, and adding quirky touches. The collection was designed with the intention of layering, so pieces could be added or removed for versatility as the weather changes. The most impressive piece on display: a pale green rain jacket with a pleated, caped back and intricate pleating details at the shoulder. 

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More designer collections from the Apparel Design Fashion Show: 

Designer: Quinessa Stibbins

Designer: Spencer Versteeg

Designer: Rachel Oestreich

Designer: Lexine Schumm

Designer: Wren Tilbury

Designer: Holly Carota

Designer: Evan Inde

Designer: Alyssa Johnson

Designer: Bebe Namnakhone

Designer: Emily Laurich

Designer: Ray Myers

Designer: Emily Seifert

Designer: KaYing Lee

Designer: Julia Adamson

Find out more about this year's designers at fashionshow.design.umn.edu.

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