Here's What Went Down at SU's 2016 Fashion Conscience Show
Reminiscent of the “Front Row Only” themed Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week, Fashion Conscience runway show did not disappoint. The runway wrapped around the floor of Goldstein Auditorium creating a square, which allowed for an inclusive presentation. Artwork adorned the perimeter and interior of the floor adding to the “studio” theme. It’s theme, titled “The Studio” was a fantastic blend of music and fashion, and backed by two DJs, DJ Strikah and Shy Guy. The tunes worked flawlessly with the featured garments.
One of the most anticipated collections was from sophomore Brittany Belo. Her collection featured three looks with clean designs and an earth toned palette. When asked what inspired the looks she said, “I’m just inspired by what I want to wear, and it’s fitted.” Designers Marques Almeida and Vetements inspire her as well because of their oversized designs and fabrics. Also featured was designer Darrius Ford, whose line “Spray Kid” is a positive take on the negative aspects of graffiti and “making street art fashionable.” He’s had the line for about a year and a half, and it’s seen considerable growth with offers to appear in trade shows and pop ups. He also has a few celebrity wearers such as Bryson Tiller, Post Malone, and Dom Kennedy. When asked about how art and fashion influence him and his work he said, “Art and fashion are one to me, it’s another form of art.”
Following the fashion presentation, rapper Tory Lanez performed a short set. He performed his smash hit “Say It” and older hits from his mixtapes. It was supposed to be longer but because of transportation issues, it was cut (typical rapper issues). But to make up for the short set Lanez stayed after and took pictures with all the fans who stayed.
By the end of the show the intersection of music and fashion was impossible to deny. Each is intrinsically tied to each other, playing off the vibes and emotions. The name of the show was titled “The Studio," which brings up memories of artists in the booth recording a song or designers in their space sketching their next piece. This concept is reminiscent of the Drake line, “And we wanna be them/ And they wanna be us.” Though the lyrics talk about athletes and rappers, the fashion's influence is most definitely there.