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!
Disclosure: SCAD paid for my travel and accommodation.
I love the way Ashley Austin mixes leather with prep.
Gabriela Reagan's collection was definitely my favorite of the show. I want to buy every piece! (Including this coat--the top is by Wilma Augustus and the skirt is by Adrianne Ekwensi.)
Merida Miller won an award from SCAD for her innovative take on snowboarding gear.
Lindsey Hopkins' prints and pleating were decidedly chic.
I loved Chloe Post's tribal black and white theme.