The annual Charity Fashion Show was held on February 16.
Although I don’t want to pursue a future in fashion, I still have a passion for and interest in it, as many others do. This is why the annual Charity Fashion Show (CFS) is one of my favorite events at ISB. As a participant in years past, I can tell you that this show is not an easy one to put on. When I was interviewing them, I asked the heads of the show as well as the designers to give an estimate of how long they spent on CFS, and all parties could not come up with an answer. The show takes months to plan and design. I would like to tip my hat to the core team for putting on a more than enjoyable show this year.
I was pleasantly surprised this year by the range of designs as well as the spectrum of color that designers chose. Although I did not particularly like every single collection, all of them were creative.
The winner of this year’s show, senior Grace F., is also the co-head and has been a part of CFS since 10th grade.
“It felt great to end strong,” she told The Break. “My favorite memory over the years is from 10th grade—the exact moment I found out I had been accepted as one of the 10 designers out of 30 or more that signed up”.
Her most recent collection was inspired by Black Panther, she said. It wasn’t immediately clear to me while I watched the show, but it definitely makes sense considering her choice of black material and chains. It also explains why her music was “Pray for Me” by Kendrick Lamar. Although Grace could not say which piece was her favorite, I definitely think that the chain mask worn by Lachlan O. (11) was a crowd pleaser. Grace is an aspiring designer and has put on a fashion show of her own outside of school, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that she created the winning collection.
My favorite designs were part of a collection by Daniel N. (12), who was inspired by Korean street style. Attendees of last year’s show might remember when he collaborated with an alumni. Last years collection included paintings and drawings on the clothing, all done by the designers themselves. As most designers for the show simply sketch their ideas and work with a tailor who actually makes the pieces, I admired the fact that this group took on the production stage as well. This is something that Daniel followed through with this year, collecting the materials, and, because he was short-handed, working with his mom on the sewing. What stood out was how he mixed materials— wool, flannel, and leather all sewn together. He created pieces I could see myself wearing, which is why I asked if they were up for sale. (They are, by the way, for any of you fellow Nammies out there.) Daniel hopes to continue his fashion career at Parsons next year and one day launch his own label.
At each year’s show, I wonder how many people applied to be designers. One of the co-heads, Liliane K. (12), confirmed that the usual number of a dozen or so applied this year. However, I have to ask the question: is the quality of the designs consistent each year? I definitely think this year was a success, but what about the years to come? Liliane explained, “The vast majority of designers were in 11th grade this year, compared to only two last year.” Next year’s show will be just as exciting, although the crowd favorite and winner this year, Grace F., will be graduating. I am curious to see if the Starfish Project will be reconnecting with Charity Fashion Show next year as well.
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