The models sported vibrant looks from local designers on the second night of Syracuse Fashion Week 2022, held upstairs at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
The audience at the “Local Love” showcase enjoyed Dinosaur’s signature mac ‘n cheese and other finger foods as they cheered on local designers, creators and models.
One of the biggest projects was Ambition by Night Kids, as the brand brought its NFTs – or non-fungible tokens – into the physical world by creating a museum collection. Rather than having traditional canvases, Ambition by Night Kids uses the models as canvases and the museum becomes the escape route every model walks on.
The models displayed deconstructed and destroyed fashion looks as they walked the runway for a remix of Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”.
Creators David Lopez and Keith Ward explained their concept as the “walk of shame” after a party. Models wore ripped and pierced pieces, bodysuits and long white tutu-style skirts. One of the more unique looks was a model wearing a curtain as a dress.
“All of this is temporary, we are temporary – why not do beauty and destruction at the same time?” Ward asked.
Here are some highlights from the Friday night show:
· With Styles P.’s ‘Good Times’ playing, the models of the The superior calling (THC) she wore red, black and green hats, sweaters, jumpsuits and pullovers with the words “cultivate” and “higher”. The lifestyle brand is based on a mission to break the drug, race and community stigmas around cannabis through fashion.
· Sun shadow designs was the only jewelry brand in the Friday night show. The craft line includes gold and silver knives, fencing weapons, sunflower-shaped chains, necklaces and earrings. The models wore neutral colored clothes so that jewelry was the main focus; each piece of jewelry is forged by Page Steinhardt, a local blacksmith who won History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” blacksmith contest in 2017.
· Lucky Mae’s wardrobe shared her modern, grunge twist with women’s clothing styles from the 1950s and 1960s.
The models paired their looks with curled hairstyles, leather jackets and mesh headdresses. Many of the models wore bustiers and corsets; while one model wore an animal print, another wore a pink and yellow suit with a lemon print.
· University sports shop showed trendy and traditional Syracuse University clothing, including hoodies, jackets, hats and pullovers accessorized with blues and oranges.
· Cell Showcase V featured bohemian, fun, and workplace-friendly looks, including neutral-colored cardigans, silver silk tops, and sage green jumpsuits. Each model paired her look with a bag and comfortable ballet flats or ankle boots with heels.
· The closing designer was Without remorse, formerly known as art. Artist Margot Elizabeth is known for hand-painted recycled clothing. On Friday, the models wore colorful denim and letterman jackets, painted with aliens, lightning and flowers. The models paired these looks with food-themed hair confetti and earrings designed by Margot Elizabeth.
Syracuse Fashion Week continues tonight with “Lux” at the Washington Place Luxury Apartments, 300 E. Washington St., Syracuse. Designers include Khang Le, Ezmira Neshawait, Kathom Al Jiboury, Elissa Brundage, Susan Fix’s Fashion Fix, Projex 214, Lucky Mae’s Closet, Cazenovia College Fashion Dept. Designers and Bliss Bridal Boutique.
The show starts at 7:30 pm; tickets cost $ 40 on CNYtix.com. For more details, visit SyracuseFashionWeek.com or follow the action on Instagram, @syrfashionweek.
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