Mar 292010
Authors: Matt Miller

Monday night, models took to the runway in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom, showing off CSU student creations in the 2010 Student Apparel Design Show.

Models strutted to booming club music wearing clothes that ranged from contemporary clothing, menswear, children’s clothes and even yoga apparel.

Audience members were captivated as the models emerged from a student-built set covered with aged newspapers and flanked by projectors, cameras and flashing lights.

The annual student-organized event, themed “Haute off the Press,” featured pieces from 19 senior undergraduate designers concentrating in apparel design and production.

Student designer and senior apparel design and production major Caitlin Rae Menhennett unveiled her line “Tatami,” yoga wear designed for exercising and everyday use.

“I want to do clothes that are both functional and create something larger than just fashion,” Menhennett said.

Menhennett’s models took to the runway in stretching, comfortable clothes, saying, “That’s a yoga mat.”

“I have never done active wear,” Menhennett said about her line, which she began work on fall semester. “I hope the audience got the idea of how comfortable they (the pieces) are and the overall appearance I was trying to convey.”

Menhennett was pleased to see the hard work of her department pay off.

 “It turned out really great. All of the designers’ lines looked how they wanted them to,” Menhennett said. “Everybody had a different niche and creative theme ­­–– it was very interesting to see.”

The show was organized as a final project by a class of 27 students to show students and community members what they have gained from the program.
“The girls who organized it did a really good job making it look professional,” said fashion show model and sophomore apparel merchandising major Kara Cuje.

“I think they really liked all of the variety,” she said. “All of the music the designers chose helped set the mood and made it a lot of fun.”
Audience members roared with laughter as child models bashfully walked across the stage to model the line “Cupcake Cuties,” made by Mallory Ritter.

“The one with the kids was definitely the highlight for me,” said junior business administration major Amanda Champion. “I thought they were adorable.”

Champion said that Monday’s fashion show flowed better and had better themes than any she had seen before.

“All the unique designs and materials that the students came up with were really interesting,” Champion said.

The event was hosted by 99.9 The Point radio personality Kama McDonald and featured door prizes donated by local businesses.

Tonight at 7 p.m. in the LSC Main Ballroom, there will be a second showing of the event hosted by Paul Wozniak from local radio station TRI 102.5. This evening’s show will also conclude by awarding the 2010 designer awards.

Tickets are $15, $8 for students, and are available at the CSU box office or at the door.

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