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A sneak peek of Katwalk 2015: Noir

Seniors designers like Megan Buysee (left) are busy finishing up their final collections under the guidance of faculty member Carol Mager (right).
Seniors designers like Megan Buysee (left) are busy finishing up their final collections under the guidance of faculty member Carol Mager (right).
Photo by Ashley de los Reyes ’15

Forty-five apparel, merchandising and design students will showcase their looks at the Katwalk 2015: Noir fashion show this Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in The O’Shaughnessy on the University's St. Paul campus.

Sustainable practice is incorporated at every level of St. Kate’s apparel design program curriculum, from re-purposing textiles to creating looks from recycled material. Each year, this commitment is showcased in the Katwalk.

This year’s show features a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton line, a TerraCycle up-cycled line, a re-purposed collection, and other sustainable pieces.

St. Kate’s Fashion Association, a student organization, coordinates all aspects of the annual Katwalk from the design of print materials and event marketing, to staging and music.

Featured senior designers

Apparel design seniors will present full collections, which represent a culmination of their work at St. Kate’s.

Sneak Peak 1

Designs from the senior collections of Janet Bishop, Megan Buysee and Alisha Caldera. Photos by Rhea Pappas.

Janet Bishop’s fall/winter collection “Namaste” is inspired by the bright fabric markets of India and vintage American clothing. This collection plays on fabric texture, color, and weight to create a sense of mystery and elegance. Namaste is designed for strong, independent women who wish to reinvent the meaning of traditional dress.

“Storm Clouds” is a fall/winter collection by Megan Buysee. Inspired by nature and the many stages of a thunderstorm, her evening collection uses a dark color palette with rich flowing fabrics to express how beauty emerges out of darkness.

Inspired by the seasonal change from winter into spring, Alisha Caldera’s line is “Lacey Snowdrop.” The collection uses the sparkling white from winter, an array of colors from spring, and the earthly brown of the in-between. The line features crop tops for Spring and hand crocheted and knitted pieces reminiscent of winters past.

Sneak Peak 2

Designs from the senior collections of Sarah Cook and Mandy Kaczmarek. Photos by Rhea Pappas.

Sarah Cook’s line “Lasya,” means goddess of beauty. The collection is inspired by her study abroad experience in Tibet, where she studied the comparison of Tibetan Buddhist and Christian ethics. She uses gold, red, blue and white in her collection – colors frequently found in Tibetan art, and symbolizing rootedness and renunciation, protectiveness, purity and knowledge in Buddhism.

Mandy Kaczmarek’s collection is inspired by ancient Greece.  Fascinated by the way Grecians created beautiful art from cloth, Kaczmarek uses rich red and royal blue, soft creams and white, and ocean turquoise. She believes draping can be flattering on many body types and allows for a piece to be truly unique.

Sneak Peak 3

Designs from the senior collections of Kayla Thompson and Xee Vang. Photos by Rhea Pappas.

Kayla Thompson’s “WAVES” collection is inspired by the women — including her grandmother — who served in the WAVES division of the Navy during World War II. A nod to the 1940’s era, the collection features tailored pieces that incorporate different characteristics of the WAVES uniform, expressing the strength and pride of the women. The clean lines and classic silhouettes offer versatility and simple elegance.

The spring/summer collection “ZING” by Xee Vang brings an energetic color palette and prints to women’s sportswear. It consists of structural and fluid silhouettes that can be worn for a casual and fun occasion, to something formal for an event. ZING is inspired by high street fashions that mix and match a variety of bold colors and prints to just wearing minimal.

Katwalk is open to the public. General admission is $15 ($8 for students) and tickets are available through The O’Shaughnessy.

May 12, 2015 by Sharon Rolenc

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