Local and not-so-local fashion, beauty, and design trends
Apr 20, 2012
08:52 AMStyle Council
Spree Style with Erin Habes: Runway 5.0 sneak peeks
Runway 5.0 takes place tomorrow night. Below are sneak peaks from some of the senior designers.
“Synthesis: the combining of separate elements to form a coherent whole, offering new, unexpected combinations that can confront opposites. A transformational balance is created that ignites cooperation within two or more substances.”
After working on Runway for five years, the theme of Synthesis epitomizes what the event has become.
The culmination of a year-long collaboration between Buffalo State College students, faculty, industry, and community, Runway involves hundreds of volunteers working towards one common goal. Students hustle all semester, perfecting and learning their craft, whether it be on the design or production side of the runway. They quickly gain a tangible taste of what the real-world fashion/textile industry entails.
The stress of deadlines, the clashing of personalities, and the importance of clear communication add fire to the belly as students find their way. Fashion collections come to life and student dreams are fulfilled
This year, the Runway 5.0 experience will begin with a cutting edge visual effect called “light mapping.” Buffalo’s own visual artist extraordinaire Keith Harrington will bring the Runway 5.0 poster to life on the landscape of the Pierce Arrow Building. It is an isolated projection that works off of the architectural properties of the unique and historic venue Runway calls home.
Starting the show off strong, we welcome back Tess Hitchbichler, a past winner and alumni all-star. Currently living in Boston, Hitchbichler will be debuting a stunning collection featuring small floral patterns.
Not only is the theme of “synthesis” visible in each student and faculty collection, but the show itself combines elements and genres from around the world. Outstanding collections include those of visiting Chinese professor Li Hong Mei, Cotton Inc.’s show stopper, a streetwear vibe collection from industry giant New Era, and Vitaminwater’s graphic t-shirt contest.
Senior designers will wrap the show and are well worth the wait. A video introduction for each designer sets the tone for viewing. Design themes include playing with notions of originality vs. the adjusted, consumption vs. production, primal vs. modern, and cinematic vs. substance. All hit the mark.
Fashion will flood the runway with 20+ designers as models strut their stuff. Besides the excitement of what’s on the runway itself, the funky, Brooklyn-esque Pierce Arrow space will be alive with colorful fiber art exhibits, a stellar lounge experience for VIP ticket holders, cash bar, raffles, auctions, and much more. For more information and live blogging from Shannon Campbell, Runway’s student producer, visit www.BSCrunway.com.
Come, see for yourself and you be the judge … who do YOU think will win Runway 5.0?