From the Runways of Philadelphia - PIFA Fashion Event

1.) A look from Art Institute student Asia Keomannanh
2. and 3) A digitally printed look from Drexel Fashion Design student Kristi Eissler. This primitive,post-apocalyptic headpiece was a show-stealer and warranted lots of gasps from the audience.
4.) Another Drexel student, Sarah Mindel. Loved the 50's glamour of the silhouette, that was highlighted by the plunging V necklines. I also liked that a strong-shoulder effect was created by something as whimsically ethereal as feathers.
5.) Moore College of Art Design student Katherine Perez' evening gown. Great texture and aggressively placed and pop of black of that huge bow in the front
6. and 7.) Pieces from students of University of Delaware.
8. and 9.) Nino Brand by Bela Shehu - She showed a lot of dark, moody colors and shapes - a lot of body-hiding capes and overcoats, but the materials were drapey enough to elude to some kind of femininity and sensuality.
10.) and 11.) 50's inspired, totally feminine pieces by Katie Ermilio. She showed a lot of the "primary colors" of the runway - White, black, red, electric blue and pink. Her pieces were equally simple in design - lots of A-line and empire waists with full circle skirts, but the rich materials really lent a sense of luxury to the clothing.
12., 13. and 14.) Melanie Von Alexandra - all about movement and shape. LOVE that white restricting cape with that pouf of feathers breaking out of the bottom, and the hair styling is right on point, in a wild child, almost derranged way.

Again, very impressed with out local designers. Usually, fashion here in Philadelphia is very homespun, but the pieces here were very well curated, well designed, current, and well made. Way to go, Philly, try to keep this up.


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