I should probably admit something: Before last weekend, I’d never been to a student fashion show. We cover just about every big one–from Central Saint Martins to Parsons–but I’ve never been able to attend, whether because of a last minute appointment or a massive body of water.
But that all changed Saturday at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I witnessed the senior class’ incredibly well-produced fashion show. Not only were the clothes impressive–there were plenty of subtle, non-offensive references to Christopher Kane, McQueen and Mary Katrantzou–but the styling (done by our favorite guy/SCAD mentor Chris Benz and editor extraordinaire Kym Canter) and overall feel of the show was more professional than amateur. I could have done without some of the ruffles–why do students/Project Runway contestants always seem to feel the need to create pleated high collars? Who actually wears those?–there were legitimately pieces I would consider ordering. Click through to see some of the standouts from this year’s senior collections. And congrats to the students and fashion school dean Michael Fink!