Last night we were so delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the graduating students of MC College. One of WCFW’s goals is to support our up-and-coming designers and the future of our local fashion industry, so it is incredibly exciting when we get to see such strong collections from these graduates.
Each collection had a strong, cohesive theme, and employed an impressive understanding of construction techniques, including piecework, pleating and folds, and some excellent corsetry. I was so happy to see that the designers clearly had a theme in mind as they created their respective collections, since each one could be clearly identified. I was very happy to see fabric choices that were very clearly chosen for their collection, it was very clear why each fabric was chosen. It was also nice to see how much attention to detail was included in each piece, with details like tiny bows at the end of zippers from Jessica Helena, and perfect use of delicate chains and pearl drops from Life’s New Risk (Lesia Rybalka).
While each collection was beautifully executed, standouts for me were Jessica Helena, for her use of striped fabric, and ingenious pattern cutting to creating interesting designs with the stripes with flawless results. Ashanti (Emma J) was my other highlight, for her overall design and styling, I appreciated how she expanded on her design inspirations to perfectly accessorize her outfits and how she had her models act on the runway.
I was also very happy to see that while each collection clearly represented the designer and her imagination, all of the pieces were very wearable and were very well received by the audience. I believe that all of last night’s graduates have a strong design future ahead of them!