On April 23, 2016, we had the pleasure of attending the Threads fashion show at Central Michigan University. The show is an annual event produced by the Fashion Merchandising and Design students and provides aspiring apparel designers a platform to showcase their work while collaborating with other various departments across campus. Students gain experience in numerous aspects of fashion production including public relations, photography, video production, graphic design, model management, choreography, stage lighting, web design, and program development. This year, 30 student designers showcased a wide variety of RTW, Avant Garde, and formal wear collections that displayed excellent craftsmanship and creativity. 

From futuristic elements, to interesting and unique textiles, the designers did not disappoint when it came to creating one of a kind, unique, quality pieces. One designer even incorporated twinkling lights into a dress! As far as trends go, high necklines, intricate and uncommon back details, two piece sets, and clean, modern designs, were apparent elements seen repeated throughout many different collections. 

We particularly loved a small but resourceful & unique detail that we noticed included in one of the designer's collections who adds to clothing she finds in thrift stores. The boots her models were wearing looked so sophisticated and high fashion, but were not actually "boots." To create this high end shoe look she simply stretched a black sock over the shoe to create a "sock boot." This was just one of the many examples of the innovation and talent that was present throughout the entire show. 

We're excited to have new talent emerge onto the fashion scene and are pleased to see the amount of passion and dedication that young aspiring designers have for growing, developing, and evolving the future of fashion and design. 

Katyln (Left) and Chelsie (Right) pictured with local style blogger Alexis Kelly (Middle) from ThatChicLex