Students, friends and faculty buzzed in front of the Northridge Center in California State University, Northridge’s University Student Union for the 35th annual TRENDS Fashion Show on April 26.
Family and consumer sciences and apparel design merchandising students teamed up with the fashion show production class to showcase their culminating designs. Seventeen graduating seniors presented their collections of five to six different pieces with the help of student models who walked the runway.
After a high-energy opening performance by the CSUN dancers, the show, hosted by CBS 2 News’ Rick Garcia as well as graduating CSUN journalism student Rachel Spensatelli, was themed Fantasy: Once Upon a Dream. The collections dazzled the runway as the designs – each with their own theme – left the audience in awe.
The judges and the audience reveled in the collections as the performance duo took the stage once more during a brief intermission. When the show resumed, the ADM Pattern Making Class showcased a small preview of what was to come for the future designers next semester.
The judges, who were comprised of stylists Mark Tango and Estel Day, vice president of Milani Cosmetics; Susan McCready; designer Priscilla Ratcliff; stylist Tami Orloff; and studio services supervisor Trisha Farah, made the final decisions about who would receive the special awards of the night. First, senior design studio professor Jongeum Kim unveiled her award-winning, Japanese-inspired wedding dress.
The awards presented for the evening were for most creativity, best pattern techniques, most trendy and best-of-show. Elvis Smith won for most creativity with his collection, “Remains.” Rie Yoshida won best pattern technique for her collection, “Modern Geisha.” Bolortuya “Crystal” Ulziibat won for most trendy with her collection, “Le Femme Mystique.” Caitlin Pynes stole the show with her collection, “Bilk,” which won her the best-of-show award.
The show was made possible with contributions and sponsorships from Fashion Supplies Inc., Milani Cosmetics, Cache, Just Fab Shoes by Kimora Lee Simmons and Sephora, to name a few.