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Fashion Spotlight: SMC’s “Can’t Stop Fashion” Shines The Spotlight on Young Designers

In a profusion of colors, textures, fabrics, and innovative styles, students in the Santa Monica College Fashion Program unveiled a dazzling collection of outstanding designs in its annual “LA Mode 2008” fashion show.

The presentation, which featured over 70 outfits designed by 25 students, fell into four categories – After 5, Fantasy, Casual, and Office/Career. With a carefree attitude, and unencumbered by immediate commercial considerations, the outfits, some of which had a distinctly Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican influence, were beautifully modeled by students who strutted their stuff to upbeat music with grace and confidence.

Some of the outstanding pieces created by the young designers were in the evening wear collection, with a recurring theme of basic black short dresses displaying an assortment of shoulder treatments including draped, off the shoulder, strapless, and pulled to one side. Very low cut, plunging necklines appeared in some of the designs, many of which used taffeta and satin fabrics with interesting flourishes and hem details.

According to Santa Monica College, graduates of SMC’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Program have found jobs in their field, and from the stunning array of styles presented on the runway, these young designers should be assured a place in the wonderful, exciting world of fashion.

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