Students storm catwalk at annual fashion show

By Karina Ultreras

Backstage drama, high heels and perfect lighting led to Cal Poly Pomona Fashion Society’s annual MDRN fashion show on Thursday. This year, Fashion Society showcased today’s trendy futuristic looks.

While models were in hair and makeup, attendees cruised along vendors including Origami Owl, Beauti Control, Cha for Tea and a few others. The event also featured a silent auction.

Fluorescent pipe lights brightened up the runway and gave a modern feel. According to Fashion Society’s Creative Director and fourth-year international business and marketing and apparel merchandising and management student Mary Gotelli, the arches indicated a space-time travel concept as the models were coming down the runway.

“My favorite part of the show was the lighting,” said Gotelli. “I really liked the MDRN logo and the space-time travel idea. I thought that was very creative and futuristic.”

Live music by the Vast Alps played throughout the show. Band member Carlos Cardenas, an international business and marketing graduate student, is a former Fashion Society member and was more than happy to continue being a part of the annual show.

“I think it is so cool,” said Cardenas. “I don’t know how it got started, but I’m glad it did. I feel like every year, it is getting better and better, and I can’t wait for what it is going to be like next year.”

From grunge to Disney-inspired looks, all designers worked hard to put their collections together. Designer Elizabeth Lee, an apparel production graduate student, is no stranger to the fashion show. With this being her third show, Lee decided to change things up and go for an edgy line. Models strutted down the catwalk in an out of the ordinary circus-themed collection.

“I went for that whole avant-garde look,” said Lee. “It took months in preparing and hours in sewing.”

Some challenges she came across included working with tulle and using balloons as props.

Alice Vo, a fourth-year apparel merchandising and management student, opened the show with a youthful and adorable Japan-inspired line. Her inspiration arose from a recent trip to the country. Bubblegum pink, bows, wings and platforms completed her “Candy Nightmare” collection.

“I feel exhausted and relieved,” said Vo. “I can finally breathe. The show gives me a reason to get my work done. It’s a motivation to actually sit down and sew. I always wanted to do it ever since I joined Cal Poly Pomona [my] first year.”

Ashley Lucero, a first-year apparel merchandising and management student, shares how much she enjoyed the fashion show. According to Lucero, her favorite was Vo’s unique collection.

“[Vo’s] was my favorite, especially because of the top with the dolls,” said Lucero. “I think it was amazing, fabulous and just perfect. I’ve never been to a fashion show before. I want to be a model next year.”

Geena Massara, a third-year apparel merchandising and marketing student, encourages students who have plans like Lucero to participate as a model. Massara has participated in the fashion show for two years.

“It is super fun,” said Massara. “Honestly, I tell everyone to put it on their bucket list, because walking down a runway surrounded by people and 5,000 cameras at the end is the coolest feeling in the world. You really feel like a superstar.”

Julian Semaan, a fourth-year kinesiology student, has never attended a fashion show before, but did so to support Massara. Even though he thought some of the models were walking very slow and looked uncomfortable, Semaan had a good time and liked the show.

“It was really cool,” said Semaan. “I liked the athletic line. I would recommend it to everyone, just because it’s cool and it is right here.”

Professor and Apparel Merchandising & Management Department Chair Peter Kilduff believes in the potential of his students and benefits the show has to offer.

“We are not a design program,” said Kilduff. “[The students] learn the creativity on their own or they [have] been to fashion school before they came to Cal Poly. They come to us to do the business and technology side, and it is a nice compliment, and I think this show epitomizes that.”

With the show selling out, Fashion Society members were more than happy to see their success. President Teresa Padilla, a third-year apparel merchandising and management student, appreciates the effort the executive board, designers and models put in for the show to come alive.

“We literally have the best e-board ever,” said Padilla. “Everyone was on top of their jobs and had great communication. We couldn’t have asked for a better show. The models were so nervous when they tried out, but after coaching, they are ready for Fashion Week.”

Vice President Kourtnee Kanemaru, a third-year apparel merchandising and management student, said that without the executive board, the show would be nothing. She and Padilla thanked everyone who was involved with the show.

A fabulous night out was what many CPP students and staff needed with the stresses of approaching finals. The bar is getting higher with every show, and, according to Gotelli, the Fashion Society will continue to spread style in the future.

“My hopes for the future are for the show to get bigger and for us to move to a different venue ” off campus or something crazy outside ” because I think we should have a 500-person show,” said Gotelli. “We are ready to move on.”

2015 Fashion Show

Racieli Andrada / The Poly Post

2015 Fashion Show

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