These Student Designers are Such Dolls!

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These Student Designers are Such Dolls!

d 1Let Dzine2Show take you back to your childhood with its fantasy dollhouse-themed spring fashion show.  After all, why should just Paris, London, Milan, and New York have all the fashion week fun?  Don’t miss tonight’s show featuring looks designed and modeled by students, plus professional apparel from your favorite local boutiques.

Penn Fashion Week’s grand kickoff event starts at 8 pm at Houston Hall’s Bodek LoungeTickets are $10 for regular admission and $15 for VIP seating (complete with front-row access and a gift bag).

The WALK got a sneak peak at some of the fierce looks from student designers that know how to “make it work.”  See you on the runway!

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Dress designed by Tara Gonzalez C’14 and modeled by Bonnie Arbittier C’14.

Nicole Malick C’15 

The WALK: How long have you been designing clothing?

Nicole Malick: I started sewing in ninth grade and I did fashion shows in high school.  I went to the Rhode Island School of Design pre-college summer program and I learned how to sketch.

WALK: What is the hardest part about being a designer?

NM: For me, it’s executing the designs that I make.  Creating the designs is a very natural process, but actually putting the look together is a whole different step that sometimes requires modification.

WALK: Have you participated in previous D2S fashion shows?

NM: Yes, I’ve participated in three previous shows.

WALK: As the Head of Student Apparel, does that make you the Tim Gunn of Penn fashion week?

NM: (laughs) Well, the students submit designs to me and then I choose which designs get shown, distribute budget money, help them through the progress, and connect them with the models. Unlike Tim Gunn, I’m not here to criticize designers, but I do give suggestions and things like that.

WALK: What designers do you look up to and why?

NM: I love Diane von Furstenberg because she has a very strong message about empowering women behind her brand.  I also look up to Marc Jacob’s ability to be able to design whatever he wants and do no wrong.  To get to that place in the fashion world is very impressive.

WALK: What three words would you use to describe your personal style?

NM: Neutral, sharp, and textured.

WALK: Do you plan on pursuing fashion design in the future?

NM: No.  While I love the fashion industry, I’m more interested in writing or styling. Design is a really enjoyable hobby that I love doing now.

WALK: What is the inspiration behind your latest collection?

NM: I took the dollhouse theme somewhat literally.  I’m using lots of plaids and I’m showing different types of dolls with different styles.  It was really fun to create such whimsical clothing!

WALK: What is your favorite piece in the collection?

NM: I’m showing three pieces and my favorite is a green dress that has a giant plaid bow on the back.

 

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Dress designed by Alexis Richards C’15 and modeled by Grace Guan C’15.

Alexis Richards C’15 

WALK: How long have you been designing clothing?

Alexis Richards: Since I was about 16. I’m very specific about the clothing I wear. I imagined a perfect dress that I couldn’t find.  My mom told me to just make it myself and a really good family friend taught me how to sew.

WALK: What is the hardest part about being a designer?

AR: Checking myself within my abilities. Sometimes, I want to design beyond what I can personally make. It is hard to get across what I want in a garment with limited time and ability.

WALK: Have you participated in previous D2S fashion shows?

AR: Yes! I was involved in every fashion show that I have been on campus for. They all have been amazing, but I’m most excited for this one. As the Professional Apparel Coordinator for this show, I’m in charge of getting clothing from all the stores around Philadelphia like Club Monaco and Intermix.

WALK: What designers do you look up to and why?

AR: DVF is every young female designer’s ideal since she created an empire and still manages to be committed to important chartable causes. I also love Oscar de la Renta’s ability to design clothing that is able to transcend boundaries and appeal to people of all ages.

WALK: What three words would you use to describe your personal style?

AR: Class, edgy, and easy.

WALK: Do you plan on pursuing fashion design in the future?

AR: Right now, I’m not sure.  I might keep it as a hobby.  Ideally, I will be working in fashion PR and my dream job is to be the OscarPRGirl.

WALK: What is the inspiration behind your latest collection?

AR: I really went with the Dollhouse theme. I’m showing three dresses. One is a Cabbage Patch-inspired dress with youthful ruffles down the back, and another is a skater skirt dress with a more classic doll feel.  My favorite is a sequin Bob Mackie for Barbie style dress!

 

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Suit designed by Nonyerem Onyeador C’13 and modeled by Shayla Cole W’16.

Nonyerem Onyeador C’13 

WALK: How long have you been designing clothing?

Nonyerem Onyeador: I have been designing clothing for fun since sixth grade. I think that clothing in stores can be a little bland.  I always wondered what it would look like if I made my dream clothing.

WALK: What is the hardest part about being a designer?

NO: Making your designs feasible. It is hard when you don’t know how to sew because you have a clear vision of what you want your piece to look like but it doesn’t always work out!

WALK: Have you participated in previous D2S fashion shows?

NO: This show is the first time I have participated.

WALK: What designers do you look up to and why?

NO: I don’t look up to one specific designer. Instead, I’m all about certain styles like bright colors, embellishments, pleats, interesting buttons, and cutouts.

WALK: What three words would you use to describe your personal style?

NO: Patterned, colorful, and eclectic.

WALK: Do you plan on pursuing fashion design in the future?

NO: I do, now that I’ve gotten into it! It could be a really cool side project while I figure out how I specifically want to enter the fashion world. Next year I’m going into management consulting in NYC.  NYC is a great place to learn about fashion!

WALK: What is the inspiration behind your latest collection?

NO: I’m Nigerian so I incorporated a lot of prints, colors, and patterns into my designs.

WALK: What is your favorite piece in the collection?

NO: I’m showing four pieces and my favorite is a versatile dress that can be dressed up or down.

-Augusta Greenbaum 

Photography by Tara Gonzalez. Images courtesy of D2S & Cocoandcreme.com.

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