By Prisilla Contreras-Soto
It was a luminous night as models glided down the runway for this year’s Fashion show, entitled “Luminosity.”
Friday night’s event was set up by Fashion Society, which is run by Apparel Merchandising and Management students at Cal Poly Pomona.
The two-hour event consisted of 11 designers with 10 different collections.
The fashions featured in the show varied from swimwear to menswear to a collection of wedding dresses that were donated to the AMM department.
“Luminosity” was hosted by Fashion Society President Cristalyn Kenison and Vice President Savannah Crawford.
Kenison, a fourth-year AMM student was a happy and busy woman the night of the show as everything was being put together.
“I think the night went well,” said Kenison. “It went better than expected; we actually sold out of the event and had to have standing room only and even had to turn away people from the event. Our press and marketing really worked for us this year.”
The audience may have seen the show from one perspective but Kenison viewed it from different vantage points.
“My favorite part of the night was seeing the event pull together,” said Kenison. “Half an hour before the show, the lights were on, the drapes were ready and people were lining up outside the door. Seeing all this work come together and turn into something was the best part.”
Just like any event, however, “Luminosity” had some problems along the way.
“Previously in the day we had some models saying that they couldn’t make it,” said Kenison. “We had to quickly find new models and fit them in the garments that were fitted for another person. We also had some problems with the length of songs. We had a couple glitches in the music but they were covered very well.”
According to Kenison, who is set to graduate this spring, she will be coming back in the future to support the program and even said she’d be honored if she could come back next year to be able to watch the show as an alumna.
“We had the support of last year, this year,” said Kenison. “So I hope to do that as well next year.”
Many of the designers for the night were also pleased with the way the show turned out.
“[The night] was a relief,” said Elizabeth Lee, a fifth-year AMM student and designer for the event. “We planned this for almost half a year. I started [designing] in the beginning of the quarter so it was even more hectic because I go to school full time and I work full time.”
Lee featured a number of dress designs that she called her “Tea Party” Collection.
“I’ve had this tea party inspiration for a while,” said Lee. “All I know is that I’ve been infatuated with the whole tea party setting. I wanted to create it in real life. It’s fun, girly, whimsical, and cute.”
The event featured a number of volunteer models that were enthusiastic about being part of the show.
“I loved it,” said Erika Nuetzel, a second year fine arts, arts history and real estate student. “I did it last year and I’ve worked with some of the designers in the show since and throughout the year. I’ve really been looking forward to this [event] for a while.”
Nuetzel was able to participate for two of the designers showcasing that night. She was involved in a swimwear design, from a collection by Rachel Aihara as well as an evening gown collection by Michelle Herbert.
From 11 designers, only one featured menswear and male models.
Danny Arbanas, a fifth-year music industry student, was one of the volunteers for designer Michael Sedig, who made an entire collection of t-shirts and sweaters.
“It was pretty cool,” said Arbanas. “I was pretty relaxed with it and my designer was pretty cool too. It was exciting and fun. I think it’s always good to stay up on your sense of style.”
Nathan Guerard/The Poly Post
Nathan Guerard/The Poly Post
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