New York Fashion Week brought the future of the fashion industry into the world of designing clothing apparel on Saturday, September 10 as Albright College’s Fashion Department of students walked down the runway at NYFW On Fifth at 608 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street near Rockefeller Center, to prove the immense talent they have to work in fashion, and possibly launch their own brands for long-standing success.
In a group made up of 8 students, Jennifer Raineri kicks off the parade of participants being a Costume Designer who graduated from Albright in 2017, Camille Fuller also graduated in 2017, specializing in sustainable design emphasizing on natural dying techniques, Na’yalaijah Fournillier found her passion for fashion in streetwear, Liz Polley walks her second collection at NYFW, who’s an Assistant Professor in theatre in costume design and technology at Albright, Nicholas Kedge strives to find ways to take the basic shapes of the body and clothing silhouettes and transform them in a way that feels organic and fluid, Olivia Connor’s passions for painting and sketching evolved into an interest in fashion illustration, Jonathan Otero’s design elements are defined by elegance, over-the-top volume, art and expression of freedom, and Sarah Kim’s primary focus is on period and theatrical costumes.
Albright College is a Liberal Arts based College that has a Fashion Design/ Merchandising and Costume Design Program located about 2 and a half hours from New York City in Reading, PA, where this town use to be a manufacturing town for the fashion industry, it offers hands on instruction to ensure graduates are skilled in technology and ready to take on the fast-paced industry.
Jennifer Raineri was inspired by menswear styles during the regency period of history, using such details as tuxedo bottom-fronts, lantern sleeves, and ruffle detail.
Camille Fuller presented a collection of naturally dyed ensembles consisting of environmentally-friendly fabrics that are sustainable.
Na’yalaijah Fourniller’s collection consisted of upcycle denim silhouettes such as mini-dresses, bra tops, crop jackets, bustier dresses, and denim jackets with long-braid fringe.
Liz Polley was inspired by the various places visited in her travels during the numerous relocations her career required, one piece was the New York City skyline with mini chemise dress, tie-dyed surplice back halter slip dress, and bustier mini-dress under lace cage detail ball skirt.
Nicholas Kedge presented his take on gender-fluidity with a collection of edgy pieces that involved fashion pieces of the 1980’s.
Olivia Connor showed and elegant dressy sportswear collection, with styles consisting of one-shoulder ombré pleated top, ombré dyed draped detail evening dress.
Jonathan Otero presented evening wear collection that was very colorful, his styles consisted of a full-sleeve blouse with tiered ruffle hem pencil skirt, bubble skirted sleeveless bustier evening dress, and ruffle neckline bustier gown with full skirt.
Sarah Kim presented a collection that are evening gown at elegant levels, consisting of leg of mouton sleeve mermaid skirt evening gown, off the shoulder bustier bodice full evening gown, and exaggerated poof sleeve evening gown with pleat godet skirt.