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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pratt Fashion 2014 - Part Two

pratt fashion show
pratt 2014 fashion
The first half of the Pratt Institute's fashion show was spare, minimalist, was it "NORMCORE"? I have heard that buzzword a lot lately, described as non-style style, designed to blend in.  The collections of Hana Pak, Kay Frank, Lauren Sander, Rachel Borghard, Jesus Chavez, and Semaj Bryant presented collections in the most neutral of palettes.  Black, white, nude, clear, sheer and grey.

The design challenge here must have been to create a collection using non-colors, the most basic of items or silhouettes, yet still make each piece stand out.  That would be tough for any fashion designer, but this group succeeded beautifully.  The solution by the Pratt fashion graduates was to create unique cuts and edges.  Using monotone colors can be made interesting by diversifying the texture and weight of the fabrics.  Mixing sheer with thick opaque, shine versus matte can create a canvas for artistic pieces on the body.  In this case the single color emphasizes all the design decisions of each individual piece.

Look out for these collections a few years from now, the future of fashion has been seen.  Congratulations to all of the Pratt Fashion designers, class of 2014!
lauren sander
semaj bryant
photos by Mariana Leung

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