It’s that time of year again, when the city’s models, both amateur and career alike, strut their stuff while adorned in innovative student designs. Runway, Buffalo State College’s annual fashion show, gives students enrolled in the Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) department a chance to unveil and showcase a cohesive collection based on their personal inspirations within a given theme. This year’s show, to be held on April 25, marks the eighth annual Runway event.
Runway 8.0’s theme is innovation. According to Erin Habes, Spree’s contributing fashion editor, a lecturer in the FTT department, and the show’s director and producer, “students have created designs that aren’t repetitive or often seen.” Their designs will range from loungewear to sportswear and everything in between. A visit to Runway’s blog provides an introduction to each senior designer and their vision. Descriptions of their collections are everywhere from “urban” and “rustic,” to “au naturel” and “animated.”
If you haven’t been to Runway in previous years, you are missing out. It’s a grand event, with two showings, attended by more than a thousand people. Last year’s event raised over $25,000. All proceeds are donated to the FTT Department Scholarship Fund. In addition to the students’ original designs, this year’s event will stand out from other years with the announcement of the winner of an on-campus design contest. Students studying textile design were challenged to come up with a plaid pattern that will be incorporated into the college’s future merchandise.
For those studying the business side of fashion, Runway is an opportunity to organize a serious event, with corporate sponsorships and the involvement of local companies and merchandisers. The evening show includes a VIP ticket level, which provides ticketholders with reserved seating, access to a private lounge catered by students in the Hospitality Department, and a gift bag of donated goodies from local merchants.
Speaking of goodies, attendees will have the chance to bid on handbags to raise money for the FTT Scholarship fund. The bags have been donated by a handful of great local stores: Modern Nostalgia, Anna Grace, Blue Collar, Blush Boutique, Oo La La Boutique, O’Connell’s, Urban Leisure & Luxury, and major brands Michael Kors and Dooney & Bourke.
Additionally, attendees have a chance to win some swag and rub shoulders with the city’s movers and shakers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Runway's website.
Jessica Railey is a frequent contributor to Spree.