Art School(ed): Collection 2015, RISD Apparel’s annual runway show

A look by Ka Brianna Lee


The first thing to notice when attending a RISD Apparel Department Runway show is the decorum of the Providence Performing Arts Center. From the lobby’s archway to the exquisite mixture of red and gold that colors the entire space, the Center – once known as the Palace Concert Theater – is nothing short of beautiful. In the 70’s, the space was used exclusively for rock concerts and one can only imagine the spectacle of chaotic rock ‘n’ roll contrasting with the ornate, royal beauty of such a space.

That contrast seemed present this past weekend at RISD’s runway show, Collection 2015. Often with heavy electronic tracks playing in the background (mixed by Jackson Hallberg ’15), the student designers showcased their best work. The main crux of the show was the senior thesis work of 17 graduating students who presented an all-encompassing range of work with tickling collection titles such as “*tween Queen *” (Yuan Peng Wu ’15) and “What’s your Packaging” (Elizabeth Hilfiger ’15).

Noah Berch - "Real Gone"

Noah Berch – “Real Gone”

That’s not to say the sophomores and juniors didn’t present strongly. Notable collections included Adam Dalton Blake’s (’16) outlandish “Judy’s Boys” inspired by wrestling, as well as more subtle collections like Jingxin Xu’s cut-and-sew project “Coleoptera.” Each student’s vision felt present in the designs; some flamboyant in their choice of colors and fabrics, others more bespoke. This was in part due to the different projects each class year had been assigned. The work from the Class of 2017, for instance, was broken up into two projects: Re-Innovative and Print. The Re-Innovative Project, centered around the use of recycled materials, stood out at the show; Noah Pica’s collection “Untamed” used materials like shredded backpack straps to mimic the aesthetic of fur. Pica cited a “tumultuous relationship with my body hair” as inspiration for the look.

Erato Hadjiyianni - "Pulp"

Erato Hadjiyianni – “Pulp”

The senior theses expanded upon some of the ideas and concepts present in the collections of the younger classes. Each student’s collection was supplemented by an introductory video – sometimes as simple as a close-up shot of a young woman eating brightly colored macarons or as pacifying as watching a figure standing out in the ocean, balancing on a jut of rocks, her large white and blue cloak flapping in the breeze. With sounds of heavy bass reverberating throughout the theater, models presented the senior projects, sometimes with astute poise, and at other times eating bananas. Pushing the envelope was Andrea Dyes’ “Congenital,” a collection of spherical designs that seemed to question modern notions of beauty and appeal. The elegant collections inspired the typical jaw-dropping that RISD Apparel is known for inducing, while the aristocratic, sometimes pompous, glitterati that NYFW and other fashion shows are known for was noticeably absent. Every single collection felt sincere and determined in its vision, however peculiar that vision might be.

Andrea Dyes - "Congenital"

Andrea Dyes – “Congenital”

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Art School(ed): RISD Apparel Design’s runway show, Collection 2015, is open to the public


If you missed out on NYFW15 or “StyleWeek Northeast” at the Biltmore Hotel, this is the moment to culturally redeem yourself. RISD’s Apparel Design department is hosting its annual spring runway show on May 9th at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Featuring work from seniors, juniors, and sophomores, the show promises innovative and unconventional pieces ranging from recycled fabric haute couture to bespoke sports jackets. The runway show will be guest juried by a really cool group of fashion gurus including designers Simon Spurr and Derek Lam as well as Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) senior projects manager Neil Gliks.

There are two chances to see the show: one at 2 p.m. and then again at 7 p.m. You should buy tickets here. Check out the department’s Facebook page and snazzy new website to get a sense of all the amazing work that will be in the show. Continue Reading

Ben Stiller announces “Zoolander 2” and it’s really, really ridiculously good-looking

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are back at it. The two announced the arrival of Zoolander 2 by walking in the Valentino runway show as a part of Paris Fashion Week. These two really, really ridiculously good-looking men [Ed. really?] have been mulling over a Zoolander 2 for several years now, but the Valentino show this morning marked the official announcement.

On the runway, Ben Stiller rocked a Night Butterflies brocade suit with overcoat and black Creeper shoes, while Owen Wilson wore a Silk Continent print Pajama suit with Double Cashmere overcoat and Black sneakers. The normally subdued audience of Paris Fashion Week went wild as the two strutted down the runway and exchanged a hateful glare. As they strutted back, Stiller ripped Vine star Jerome Jarre’s phone out of his hand and took a Snapchat video. The whole exchange can be seen in the live Snapchat story “Fashion in Paris.”

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Introducing CLNK, a new fashion line by Brown students


If you’ve been searching for a clothing line that seamlessly blends African prints with modern street style, your dream has just come true. If that search hasn’t kept you awake at night, well, your dream might have just come true anyway, because four Brown students have just dropped a gorgeous fashion collection that appeals to all crowds.

Everything started last semester, when Chimezie Udozorh ’16 was looking for African inspired pieces to add to her wardrobe. She commented, “It was really hard to find clothes I liked, and if I did, they were really expensive.” Her and her brother, Kelechukwu Udozorh ’18, were working with their dance team’s sewing machine to make performance outfits, when the idea fell on them to make clothes of their very own. What started with family sweaters for Christmas, turned into a winter recess project to launch a fashion line. Leadz Dorcé ’16 (also featured on folkmade) and Nora Hakizimana ’16 joined the team, and after weeks of nonstop work, the collection launched in mid February.

Chi and Kele are from Nigeria, and they are primarily responsible for producing the clothes. Leadz is from Haiti, and she’s in charge of advertising, logo design, and the website — with the help of computer science concentrator, Joshua Chavez ’16. Nora is from Rwanda, and heads up the business and numbers end of the line from abroad this semester. CLNK is a special opportunity for consumers to purchase unique fashion with a rich cultural heritage. As Leadz put it, “we are the source material.”

If you haven’t fallen in love already, check out some specific reasons why you should after the jump. Continue Reading

How to wear long underwear this winter

Listen up, kiddos: Father Winter is here and he’s not going to move his fat frigid ass until April. But fret not. The key to enjoying winter is to dress warmly, and the key to dressing warmly is to wear long underwear. Though long underwear is traditionally worn on the legs, it works almost anywhere on the body. Here are a few suggestions that will keep you feeling warm and looking cool all winter long:

1. Undies-over-Collar


Legend holds that this classic looks dates back to the Tudor Dynasty. A long underwear scarf functions much like a normal scarf, but is lighter and more sexy.

2. Outdoor Hand Warmers


Main Green is deserted in winter because most people can’t stand the cold. But if you arm yourself with thermals, you’ll have the quad all to yourself on those clear November days.

3. Pippi Long Johns


Forgot your hat at home? No worries. Just whip out your thermals and put ’em on your noggin. The elastic waist band makes for a snug fit while the legs offer endless braiding opportunities. Continue Reading

A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: WIB presents WhatWeWearWhere


Wear Where will you be tonight? Join Brown Women in Business (WIB) at 8 p.m. in Kassar for an event hosted by a mother-daughter duo. Kelley Harrison ’13 and her mother, Kathy, co-founded the fashion app and wardrobe guide WhatWeWearWhere!

Wait, what does your startup WhatWeWearWhere do? Basically, it’s an Instagram for those who never know what to wear, curated by those who always know what to wear.

WhatWeWearWhere allows you to see what people are actually wearing at different colleges, workplaces, restaurants, and events and where they bought their outfits. Yeah, you can even see what people wear to The Whiskey Republic because, well, you probably forgot. More popular categories include “Brown University,” “financial analyst,” “charity event,” “wedding,” and “4th of July.” If you’re really struggling, there’s even an “at home” category. Basically, anyone can share photos of their unique style and see what others are wearing.

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