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The Synergy fashion show has been in existence for over 30 years and is entirely student run! It is put on by a wonderful group of designers who work hard all year to make this fashion show happen. This show is next month and so important to the designers and fashion lovers at UD. Please help us host the annual Synergy Fashion show by making a gift today! Thanks so much!

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Jean Paul Gaultier, Winter 2017

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Fashion Show Review

Illustrated and Written by Krista Webster

Jean Paul Gaultier's long awaited Winter 2017 show focuses on ski style, but from an angle of worldly elegance rather than practicality. He predominantly uses a neutral palette, playing with black, white and various shades of warm grays. Often, he integrates bright, bold colors - such as a scarlet red - into many of his pieces.

Gaultier uses his fabric in a variety of ways: sometimes it extends past the body in sharp angles and shapes, and other times it is wrapped tightly around the body. Either way, he succeeds in using the material as a medium to frame the female form in a crisp, avant-garde way. Many pieces have clean lines that are defined by large blocks of intensely contrasting colors, that create a dramatic effect reminiscent of many modern art paintings.

Throughout the collection, Gaultier uses materials and patterns that go along with winter motifs. Argyle sweaters, pom-pom hats and furry boots are abundantly coupled with gradient patterns and embellishments that suggest snow. It's relatively easy to overdo these techniques and make them indistinguishable from the whirl of mass-produced items with overused winter motifs; however, Gaultier employs them in a very intentional, elegant manner.

Gaultier even strays from Western fashion entirely and uses fabric draping around the body and face similar to that of Arab hijabs. Many models wear piercings on both the nose and ears in a Southeastern Asian style. These pieces with small exotic touches also tend to have a very regal essence. As Gaultier enormously spans his stylistic focus with nodes and respect to multi-cultural elements, his consistent use of colors and motifs throughout the collection create some sense of inexplicable unity. 

Source: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-couture/jean-paul-gaultier

Spring 2018 Versace Show

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Fashion Show Review

Illustrated and Written by Katarina Mejean

 

Breathtaking, this was the sentiment from every guest who attended the Versace Spring 2018 show. The show was held at the Terrazza Triennale in Milan on the evening of Friday, September 22nd. It was an incredible tribute to one of the greatest designers this industry has known, Gianni Versace, and his love for empowering the female body and mind. Bold patchwork body suits and the iconic gold and black patterns of the House of Versace danced down the runways as Donatella celebrated the power of women. But beyond the incredible archives that illuminated the runway, the shining moment was when the curtains parted to reveal the most iconic supermodels from the 90s; Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and Claudia Schiffer. The song Freedom by George Michael began to play as these incredible women strutted down the runway with Donatella herself, creating the perfect breathtaking end to the show.

Moncler Gamme Rouge Show, Spring 2018

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Fashion Show Review

Illustrated and Written by Krista Webster

While ballet is often portrayed as a highly elegant, and revered skill practiced only by prima-ballerina professionals, Moncler Gamme Rouge’s recent Spring 2018 depicted the art in an entirely new light. Inspired by the “hiplet” movement, a trend that showcases a hybrid of hip-hop and ballet, the show features a mixture of street fashion and classic ballet elements, making ballet seem more accessible and relatable to the urban dancer-- professional or aspiring. Models-- whom many were true “hiplet” dancers-- sported everyday, youthful pieces such as oversized color blocked jackets, bombers, and floral blouses. These elements were tempered with classical ballet costume details-- such as tulle and precise embroidery.

Both urban and traditional costume styles were carefully tied together with an overarching color palette of pastel pinks and black, alluding to the staple colors of a ballerina’s everyday practice leotards. All 45 looks presented in the show not only successfully capture the grace and beauty of ballet, but the personality and adaptive lifestyle of the modern dancer. Writer for Vogue, Amy Verner puts it best:  “Essentially, [the designer] created the fairy-tale version of a dancer on the move”.