On a rainy Friday, dozens of MU's most fashionable students filed into Perlow-Stevens art gallery, decked out in platform heels, shiny gold jewelry and chic ensembles. This dazzling array of people fit right into the "Pastels and Paparazzi" themed fashion show, which featured designers from St. Louis, Chicago and Columbia. The event was sponsored by the Black Programming Committee at MU.
Main takeaways for the upcoming summer fashion season were floral prints, breezy maxi dresses and lots of color. The Protagonist Collection by MU student Cyndi Robertson featured a funky juxtaposition of masculine and feminine inspired pieces. Striped ties accented girly white dresses, and models rocked white vests and pants.
Yan by Hannah Cusack showed several dresses the women in the audience couldn't wait to get their hands on after the show. Many of her dresses had an evening event in mind, and the final white gown was a showstopper. Cusack also won the heart of the judges and walked away with a $500 cash prize and a free photo shoot for her clothing line.
Fellow MU student Elise Lammert looked to tribal prints for her summer-ready collection. Models hit their stride in strappy sandals and hi-low maxi dresses in sunny yellow and orange hues. These pieces are a girl's best friend for vacation, a pool day or even an afternoon out with the girls.
Mother and daughter design duo LaRoyce and Rikki Byrd's line Roi & Rik focused on color and featured a multitude of items in lime green, yellow and powder blue. A standout was a shiny metallic skirt, which had a futuristic feel and is just the piece for girls that don't like to shy away from bold fashion.
Other highlights included tropical swimwear by Jasmine Stocking, urbanwear and classic graphic print tees by Arrognt Empire, Basic Bots and Lost Liberty and L.A. chic clothing from new downtown boutique Muse. This summer is all about fun, so let these designs inspire you to play with your look and try something new.
By: Kayla Elam