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Can You Tame Your Thirst For Fashion?

Reneau by Carla Reneau Collection Photo Credit: Michelle Lawton

BY: MABEL MARTINEZ

Spring Week at Long Island University wouldn’t be the same without the annual fashion show. This year the Student Government Association along with Dynamic Designs organized the “Can You Tame Your Thirst For Fashion?” event in the Paramount Gym on April 26. The show drew large crowds and was filled with neon colors, preppy bow ties, body-conscious dresses and performances.

The show opened up with a professional dance crew from New York City “Strykeforce.” Strykeforce has performed with a number of artists ranging from Maroon 5 to Ne-Yo and in venues including Madison Square Garden and at Atlantic City.

The six-member group wore red and black clothing and danced to popular hits from Drake, Jay-Z and Chris Brown. Two dancers from the group are LIU students – Johnny Sadowski, who is in his senior year, and Steven Fisher, a freshman. Sadowski performed a solo dance, freestyling and performing bone-breaking moves that left the crowd cheering for more.

“It was interesting to watch, each performer came with their own personality,” said Jamella Johnson, an audience member. “They showed that they’re not just dancing to rap, but that they are versatile as well.”

The fashion show continued with the unveiling of an assortment of womens and menswear collections and accessories. Among them, Reneau – produced by designer Carla Reneau. The line had ensembles that were bohemian chic hippie meets rock ‘n’ roll. Models strutted down the runway wearing sequined silver body-conscious dresses with black jackets and Jeffrey Campbell platform boots. One of the pieces included high-waisted pants with a black bandeau top and a magenta jacket with leather sleeves.

The signature piece in the collection was a white and black tribal print halter maxi-dress that was paired with black platform pumps and simple accessories. Reneau’s collection had color combinations of silver, metallic and magenta. It was ready-to-wear clothing, feminine, and sexy. To view the collection please visit: www. carlareneau.com.

The next collection in the spotlight was Emigee Couture, which featured approximately 20 pieces. Among the highlights was an orange neon body-conscious dress with a mesh center that was styled with gold heels.

Each outfit was styled with platform sandals and pumps that featured no accessories, presumably to prevent audience attention from straying too far away from the clothes. “Our target is the unconventional girl who loves to be different and isn’t afraid to step out,” said designer Matthew Graham of Emigee Couture. All the items seen in the show can be purchased online at www.emigee.com.

Ma-dest Meets Fashion by Paulene Lingard was the next work to showcase their 15 pieces. The models wore leotards in a variety of prints and colors, tribal print, shorts and body-conscious dresses — which clearly seems to be a trend for the Spring and Summer. One model wore what appeared to be the signature piece in the entire line – an orange crushed velvet mid-waist legging with a peek-a-boo black bodysuit and pumps.

The gold vintage buttons, bows and ribbons in the collection are all handmade by the designer. The best part about the collection are the prices, which range from $15-$55.

For more information check out the blog, madestmeetsfashion.blogspot.com or email madestmeetsfashion@gmail. com for inquires. “Quintessence [is] the purest and most perfect essence of a woman,” said Lingard with a reference to her fashion line. “I’ve focused on accentuating a woman’s curves with style.”

Next up was Opio Creations by Opio Chung and Joshua C. Joseph along with their stylist Jah Menin. This collection featured African-inspired traditional wear. There was a variety of sleeveless shirts for men in white, red, purple and more colors. The models wore white shorts and khaki pants to complete the look. The line also included exotic leather, jean shorts, green skirts with sky-high pumps for women.

However, Opio Creations gave the audience a glimpse of their fall 2012 collection – which featured bomber jackets, blazers and sleeveless jackets with their logo on the front. To purchase the items email Opio Creations at opiocreations@hotmail.com or check out their Facebook page Opio Creations.

ScarfiaDesigns, an accessories line by Angela Brown, appeared to be a crowd favorite. This line — styled by Ibrahim Traore — featured two of her collections, Aquamarine and Aquarium. The collection draws inspiration from Egyptian culture and the accessories – which includes jewelry, belts, and purses – are priced from $5-$100.

Wide belts, chunky necklaces, intricate earrings and of course fringe accessories were the highlight of the show. The signature piece had to be the Scarfia Long Fringe Necklace, which comes in a variety of colors. Fashionistas can pair this item with a simple LBD (little black dress), cropped top or body-conscious dress.

“My collection is definitely for the urban chic population. Every piece created by Scarfia is a statement piece,” said Brown. “Your accessories will be the focus of your outfit when you are wearing Scarfia.” To purchase items from the collection email scarfiadesigns@gmail. com and make sure to check out the website www.ScarfiaDesigns.com which debuts in June.

For many who attended, the event was clearly a memorable hit. “The fashion show was definitely a step up from last year. A lot of people filled the house and it brought good attention to LIU,” said Quwon Morris. “I loved all the dancing and performances – it was a new and different twist to the fashion show.”

Category: Arts | Entertainment, Fashion