Runway Revolution

By Rachel Winter

The models flaunted their stuff on the catwalk like pros last
Tuesday, but it wasn’t at the latest fashion show in New York or
Paris.

In fact, it was at Runway Revolution, Cal Poly Pomona Fashion
Society’s first fashion show since its formation as a club two
years ago.

Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Major was transformed into what
seemed like the biggest of fashion shows: a catwalk dominated the
middle of the room, the flash of cameras were everywhere and models
strutted like the best of them, showing off top designs of local
designers.

Each designer was loudly cheered and applauded when they came
out at the end of each line’s presentation.

The runway show featured nine clothing designers and two jewelry
designers. Modeling duties were mostly filled by Cal Poly
students.

Fashion ranged from swimwear to clothing inspired by the streets
of Los Angeles to high-end fashion with an island inspiration.

The first line shown ” going by the motto that it doesn’t have
to be “itty bitty” to be sexy ” was Rey Swimwear by Jessica Rey, a
swimwear line inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s classic look.

Models strutted in Rey’s swimsuits and showed that what is left
to the imagination is just as sexy as wearing a revealing
bikini.

The line featured full coverage swimsuits, with the use of one
pieces and boy shorts, and classic cuts that could flatter any body
type.

The classic “Hepburn” aesthetic gave the line a classy feel but
still maintained a fun, flirty attitude.

A line by Cal Poly Pomona’s own Savannah Crawford, a first-year
apparel merchandising and management student, was also shown.

“My mom started teaching me to sew when I was 14,” said
Crawford. “Since I didn’t really know how to use a pattern, I would
just [think] ‘Oh, I don’t like this shirt anymore so I’m going to
make it into a different kind of shirt’ and so then I just started
learning more.

“For the collection I’m showing, that’s just really what I was
inspired by: Me just taking old stuff and making it new.”

All of the clothing in her line ” from shorts to mini-dresses ”
were made from T-shirts.

Crawford’s line gave off a fun 80s-vibe with her use of bold
colors and fun shapes.

Pabai Vang’s “Apocalypse” featured designs and colors inspired
by nature and the theorized apocalyptic destruction of 2012.

Browns, greens and blacks dominated the line’s color
palette.

One dress seemed to be perfect for a mermaid: It’s long,
shimmery, layers and fitted top looked like something a maiden of
the sea would wear.

Another design in Vang’s line featured tops that had a shine to
them, with fabric pieces showing faces of people on them.

The fabric pieces were sewn in triangular shapes, as if they
were patches to cover up holes caused by the destruction of the
apocalypse.

Last in line for the fashion show was Basil Malicsi, a
fourth-year fashion design and merchandising student at Cal State
Long Beach.

Malicsi was raised in the Philippines and much of his
inspiration was drawn from his life there.

Malicsi’s line featured flowing, exotic dresses in brightly
colored reds, yellows, oranges and other colors.

Patterned floral tops with blues, greens and colorful flowers
blended together were matched with long, flowing, brightly colored
skirts ” designs inspired by Malicsi’s archipelago homeland.

Jewelry designers Maria Bougioukos, a landscape architecture
student, and Livie Mota had their jewelry worn by the models in the
show.

A jewelry designer since the age of 12, Bougioukos,’ jewelry
line is made using recyclable materials.

The works featured ranged from elegant to trendy.

Mota is a local jewelry designer who designs for her own company
LivJewels, which she started in 2003.

She attends Mount San Antonio College and plans to transfer to
Cal Poly’s Apparel Merchandising and Management program.

The show was entirely paid for by sponsor Tukatech, which
supplies product development solutions for the fashion and apparel
industry.

One of its products is a 2-D and 3-D imaging software program
that allows designers to “fit” their designs onto virtual
models.

“Instead of the designer having to go in and fix everything
after a model tries it on and waste time, supplies and money, the
program will help the designer get it right the first time,” said
Harry Wessels, research and development manager for Tukatech.

Before the show was an industry mixer and pop-up boutique where
attendees were able to check out products by some of the featured
designers as well as other designs that were not featured in the
show, such as Cal Poly Pomona’s own clothing line “Building 45,”
designed by Apparel Merchandising and Management students.

Attendees could also ask designers about their lines, to see
what designers had for sale and to find out if any of the designers
were looking for interns or employees.

A networking mixer followed, which gave attendees a chance to
buy items from a few of the featured designers, as well as other
who came to show off their products to sell.

The mixer also gave attendees the chance to socialize with
designers and learn more about them if they did not have the chance
to before.

Christa Argueta, vice president of the Fashion Society, said the
Fashion Society has been planning the show since last summer and
that they hope to have a yearly fashion show with new designers and
new collections each year.

With about 300 people in attendance, Argueta said the Fashion
Society plans to use funds made to make next year’s fashion show
even better, as well as use funds for their end of the year banquet
and for scholarships.

Runway Revolution

Trevor Wills / The Poly Post

Runway Revolution

Runway Revolution

Trevor Wills / The Poly Post

Runway Revolution

Runway Revolution

Trevor Wills / The Poly Post

Runway Revolution

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