Friday night, April 28th 2017, a line formed for over an hour outside of the Lasell College athletic center. As the doors opened and allowed guests to file in and try to find the best possible seats, it felt like you had been transported far from the Lasell College campus. This transformation happens every single spring in preparation for the night’s big event: Runway.
Runway, the annual two-night fashion show event, was kicked off by the undergrad show on Friday night. Saturday night, the senior collections will take the stage.
The transformed athletic center quickly filled with students, parents, Lasell alumni and staff, and even the college’s president, Michael B. Alexander. The screen encouraged the guests to use the night’s #LCRunway2017 Snapchat filters, and students handed out the latest POLISHED issue at the door.”This is the best event the school puts on,” said one alumni who had come back to see the show. The attention to detail was obvious, not only in the clothes on the runway, but in the entire show itself.
8 months of work finally pays off for Lasell College’s fashion department students with this event. Runway is a department-wide effort that features clothing produced by Lasell’s fashion design students. Fashion merchandising and fashion communications students assist in the fashion show production, marketing, and other aspects of the show required to make it come together so beautifully. Bella Ferragamo, a Fashion Communications student who walked in the show as a model, reflected on her night saying, “the entire experience truly opened my eyes to all the opportunities the fashion department offer.” Lasell students from many departments joined in and walked the runway as models, as well.
There were many people involved in the show’s success, and many parts to be played to make it happen; Some students even took part in a multitude of roles. Sophomore design student Libby Castaldi walked in a number of collections for fellow designers ans still managed to catch sight of her own designs being debuted down the runway. “As [both] a designer and a model I got an all-around insight of the industry last night. After all of the blood sweat and tears put into the garments I made, it was exhilarating to let loose and strut down the runway,” she said of the experience. Castaldi was quick to give gracious recognition to the massive team responsible, wishing a “big thanks to everyone who made it all happen!”
CASTALDI AFTER THE SHOW
Many POLISHED staff members could be found both on stage and behind the scenes at last night’s show. Despite not even being in the fashion show production class, POLISHED Media Director Amy Macdonald was spotted lending a hand backstage. Erika Patnaude, another media director for POLISHED, was seen on stage in a beautiful white gown during the couture collection.
Senior Creative Director Sophie Weidhaas was accredited for her hard work and months of training the models as the show’s model manager.
The show opened with an awe-inspiring look at designer’s creations from non-textile materials. Everything from shower curtains, to cotton balls, to zip ties were used to construct incredible, avant-garde ensembles. This section is definitely rooted in Lasell’s fashion departments focus on incorporating sustainability into their coursework. The remainder of the show consisted of many collections with various inspirations, including lipstick red separates, gender neutral clothing, and even study abroad inspo.
Many of the collections were heavily researched and influenced by the fashion of the past. The hats constructed for the show were inspired by the 1920’s and 1930’s Kentucky Derby styles; The swimwear and career sections of the show in particular displayed major retro and vintage vibes.
The last collection of the night were Cocktail dresses inspired by the gilded age; The design students behind this collection’s creations took a trip to a mansion in Rhode Island earlier in the semester to gather inspiration from a curation of clothing named “Fashion and Satire.” One of Lasell’s fabulous fashion professors urged audience members to read in to the backstory behind the pieces as she introduced the collection saying, “Look at the fabric, look at the silhouette, and look at the historic detail.”
As the show closed and designers and models came out to see their supportive friends and family, the smiles on everyone’s faces made it clear the show had been a success on many levels. Congratulations to the entire Lasell College fashion department on Runway 2017!
DESIGNERS AFTER THE SHOW
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