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Innovative, avant-garde designs emerge as top runway trends

April 29, 2014

New engineered, custom, fabric design, innovative design lines and avant-garde fashions emerged as the top runway trends featured Saturday at the 70th annual Stephens College fashion show.
Called The Collections, the event showcased the best weekend wear, career wear, swimwear and dresses, all designed and made by students in the School of Fashion and Design. Each garment was judged and chosen by a Jury of Selection comprised of industry professionals from the likes of California, New Mexico and Italy.
“The Collections did not disappoint,” Dean Monica McMurry said. “We were thrilled with the turnout and thrilled with audience members’ reactions. This was, perhaps, one of our best shows yet.”

Senior Effie Frank took home the Best Collection, as well as the Best Tailored Design and Award for Outstanding Surface Design. Her collection, "The Grammar of Ornament," featured a leaf print sheath dress with hand-dyed bands; a one-piece knotted swimsuit with an applique hem short; a two-piece floral swim suit; and a floral romper and a dress with engineered pleats and hand-dyed panels. The latter won the most points during jury, earning Frank the coveted Best of Jury Award.
Senior Holly Hmielewski also dazzled audiences with her collection, "Bioluminescence,  which included a long sleeve one-piece blue swimsuit with cutouts; a short, fitted dress with side peplum detailing; a black and blue jumpsuit with side peplums and cutout details;  and a mermaid fit gown with side peplum and fiber optic fabric details. The collection earned the Alumnae Choice Award and the Stargazer: Most Avant-Garde Award.

Kelly Ferguson models Hmielewski's black and blue jumpsuit.

Hmielewski also presented her Dallas collection, which debuted at Fashion Group International’s Night of the Stars event in Dallas last semester. The collection, which was not part of the judging, featured fringe and monarch-inspired swimsuits and dresses—garments well received by the audience.

Garments from Holly Hmielewski's Dallas collection.

Kali Pewitt and Taylor Barber received top honors from the event, as well, receiving Awards for Outstanding Performance as a Model, winning Jurors’ Choice and Students’ Choice, respectively.

Here is a list of all of the awards from the show:

Outstanding Fashion Design Freshman Student: Kathryn SingerOutstanding Fashion Design Sophomore Student: Brittany BellOutstanding Fashion Design Junior Student: Logan BlaggOutstanding Fashion Design Senior Student: Breosha WilliamsAward for Outstanding Surface Design: Steffanie FrankBest of Jury Awards:(highest score in each category)Best Childrenswear – Sonja TabbBest Patternmaking Dress – Brittany BellBest Swimwear – Alayna NietersBest Weekend Wear – Audrah DavidsonBest Career Wear – Logan BlaggBest Tailored Design – Steffanie FrankOutstanding Workmanship – Ariana JaimeOverall Technical Excellence – Kayla GibsonAlumnae Choice Award: Holly HmielewskiStargazer: Most Avant-Garde Award: Holly HmielewskiMost Marketable Award: Breosha Williams

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