April 15, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Student Designs Captivate the Catwalk:

Cameras flash, the audience cheers, and graceful models strut the runway in brilliant ensembles. On Thursday, June 16, Santa Monica College’s (SMC) Fashion Program held its annual LA Mode fashion show at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica. Enrolled in SMC’s Fashion Program, 13 student designers from all over the world produced an individual collection as their two-year fashion studies came to a close.

Each with a different inspiration for his or her collection, the designers created four distinct looks worn by student models on the night of the show.

In addition to the designers, a student-run production team was divided into committees in charge of coordinating the technical aspects of the show, including public relations, casting models, creating a social media presence, set design, working with student photographers and the art department, and making sure the entire night went smoothly.

A competition element of the evening saw a judging panel of professional designers, stylists, costume designers, and retailers ultimately selecting the best collections to be awarded in four categories: marketability, technical achievement, creative achievement, and outstanding collection.

The show featured a variety of fabrics, colors, and styles in general, reflecting the designers’ inspiration – many hailing from far-away places like Sweden and Japan, as well as nearby San Francisco and Los Angeles. Producer’s assistant, public relations coordinator, and SMC student Raquel Medina expressed excitement about each of the collections prior to the event.

“I’m so excited for the collections because we have such a wide range of designers, it’s not just one specific category,” Medina said. “Nothing is exactly the same, none of them are inspired by the exact same thing, none of them have the exact same colors, so it’s really beautiful to see how we are so diverse, coming from different parts of the world, and how we all come together for this event.”

The first collection shown on the runway, Love Bug, was designed by Alicia Hicks. Hicks’ goal was to bring back “simplicity, innocence, and fashion” through the looks, created especially for children.

Another collection, Nissa, combined western, classical, and Middle Eastern styles through its four individual looks. Designer, Turkia Douaodabou, said she was inspired by the gray and silver colors of the ocean before sunset.

The winning looks in the categories of creative achievement and outstanding collection were designed by Kathy Zarbakhsh. Named Katz, the collection represented a new, different style that Zarbakhsh described as “avant-garde.”

“I love fashion, so I’m going to be designing collections more and more with all kinds of crazy fabrics and crazy designs,” Zarbakhsh said. “I really love to challenge myself with things that are new and aren’t common, so I will continue doing that.”

The winning collection in the other two categories, marketability and technical achievement, was fri.elisab.sjøn, designed by Frida Sjoedin. Sjoedin took her inspiration from childhood memories of her heritage and culture as well as her experiences in Los Angeles.

Truly a collaborative event, the night came to a close with all of the designers, models, and members of the production team taking the stage to be showered in colorful balloons.

in News
Related Posts

Ulta Beauty Burglary Suspects Apprehended

April 14, 2024

April 14, 2024

Detectives Suspect These Individuals Are Part of a Larger Organized Retail Theft Ring Several suspects in a recent burglary at...

Registration Now Open for Summer at New Roads

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

New Roads School is accepting registration for its summer program, a vibrant selection of classes and camps curated to meet...

CodeREV Inspires Kids to Code

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

Budding coders, robotics engineers, game developers, animators and STEM campers are invited to join CodeREV this summer for a memorable...

YMCA Santa Monica: When School Is Out, Camp Is In

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

As the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District nears its end,  YMCA Santa Monica is setting up for its popular Summer...

Venice Shorts: Media Trucks Scour Canals After Saturday’s Violent Assaults

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

Just How Safe Is Venice? By Nick Antonicello Car vandalism, tool theft, break-ins, property theft, pick-pocketing at the beach, rampant...

Accents Owner Steven Hanna Reflects on Decades Long Legacy

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

For 37 years, Accents Jewelry has transcended mere commerce, evolving into a vibrant community, a crucible of creativity, and a...

Santa Monica Breakfast Club Hosts 8th Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

Whimsical Event Raises Funds for Local Families’ Dental Care Needs The Santa Monica Breakfast Club is gearing up for its...

Council Advances Plans for 120+ Affordable Apartments

April 11, 2024

April 11, 2024

The Development Aims to Serve Individuals and Families Earning Between 30 to 80% of the Area Median Income The City...

(Video) The New Menu Experience at Cassia Restaurant in Santa Monica is Delicious

April 11, 2024

April 11, 2024

The Southeast Asian dishes satisfy. Friendly ambiance, flavorful food, subtle cocktails, beer and wine, and scrumptious desserts. @smmirrornews The New...

Lyft Driver Charged with Sexual Assault Following Investigation

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

The Incident Occured in September By Zach Armstrong A Lyft driver who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman last year has...

SB 1509 Advances: Malibu Officials Rally Behind Negligent Operator Treatment Bill

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

Senator Stern’s Legislation Gains Momentum in Effort to Curb Reckless Driving SB 1509, the Negligent Operator Treatment bill spearheaded by...

“New Girl” Actor Sells Palisades Abode for $3.1M

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

He and His Wife Undertook a Renovation of the Unique, Two-Story Abode, Transforming It Into a Picturesque Beachfront Dwelling Actor...

Nationwide Retail Theft Scheme Leads to Five-Year Prison Sentence for Santa Monica Man

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

The Man Led a Group That Hoodwinked Department Stores Across 23 States By Zach Armstrong A Santa Monica man was...

Two Women Assaulted and Injured Near Venice Canals, LAPD Initiates Investigation

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

The Venice Community Will See an Increase in Patrols Along With Black and White Police Vehicles By Zach Armstrong An...

Report: State Farm’s California Policy Shakeup to Hit Palisades the Hardest

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

Customers Affected Will Receive Notifications Starting July 3 for Property Holders and August 20 for Commercial Apartment Holders The San...