This year's design competition had the artistic theme of "RAW", and 10 designers created 6 outfits with this theme as inspiration. Two designers from London, Andrea Kuntz and Charlotte Ghesquiere had designs under their label "ORB" in the competition. This was the first time that I attended this event, so I had no idea what to expect. In addition to the work of the designers competing for the title of "Most Promising Designer" and "Best Exhibit", there were cocktails, appetizers, live entertainment, and a number of attendees wearing really cool outfits - definitely a step up from my usual Saturday night. I took a lot of photos so I thought I'd split them into two posts, the first focusing on the designs and designers in the competition:
Ryan Joelson, left, shown with his designs, had the distinction of being the only male designer in the competition
Londoners Andrea Kuntz and Charlotte Ghesquire pose in front of their designs
Designer Anouk Moran, on the right, poses with a model wearing a gorgeous dress that Moran designed. Her collection was titled "The Resplendent Warrior".
Another of Moran's designs - the large folds of fabric around the hips would be great places to store your cellphone and some snacks!
There was a lot of Big Hair on the models. This young woman said it took about 30 - 40 minutes and a lot of hairspray to get her hair like this.
Gravity-defying hair on a model for one of the designs from Mary Duldouras
I loved the pleating and leather details on this piece by Jennie Uhlman
Designer Robyn Germanese, far right, with models wearing pieces from her collection entitled "Morsus"
Designer Devlyn Van Loon, in her fabulous glasses
Tomorrow's installment will feature the eye-catching style of some of the other attendees of the event. As usual, I did not get anyone to take a photo of me with my own camera, so I'm depending on the kindness of strangers to email me the photo they took of me at the event...