Shelby Smith

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From the moment they received their syllabuses, UT’s apparel design seniors work tirelessly on five pieces for UT’s annual fashion show. Each design is meant to encompass the year’s theme. This year, the theme was Fusion.

After countless sleep-deprived nights, the 24 designers showcased their work at the Frank Erwin Center on Thursday. A panel of local designers, retailers and fashion journalists judged the designs and selected winning students based off their collections and in categories including evening gowns, bridal gowns and active sportswear.

Active Sportswear: Both the winner and runner-up in the active sportswear category used vibrant pops of color. Runner-up Carissa Melendez’s design featured colorful patterns under a vest and on the peplum, while winner Tina Tran designed a bright pink jacket that contrasted heavily with the outfit’s pair of black tailored pants.

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Bridal Gowns: Although her collection was elegant and minimalist, winner Sandy An designed a decadent wedding dress. While others chose to take risks by using unconventional colors in their dresses, An made her dress stand out with an exaggerated high-neck shawl over the dress’ sweetheart neckline.

Collections: Crowd favorite Seihak Long was met with the loudest applause of the night when his collection, Golden Hour, made its debut on the runway. Looking like Greek gods and goddesses, the models wore three different styles of outfits, but the satin fabric tied them together as one cohesive collection. Long was awarded the title of Most Innovative Collection, and won runner-up for the Best Collection of 2015. Designer Shelby Smith was named winner for Best Collection with MidKnight by using shining fabric in her pieces to play off darkness and starlight. Ros Bellenger won Best Technical Collection for Stardust. Her use of sheer fabrics, cobalt blue and silver gave her collection a futuristic feel.

Evening Gowns: Seihak Long also stole the spotlight in this category, capturing the audience’s attention with an elaborate white dress complemented by a golden headpiece. The runner-up was designer Shelby Smith, whose champagne and midnight blue dress flowed elegantly as the model walked down the runway.

Members of the University Fashion Group who attended New York fashion week shared photos and experiences with the rest of the group at their meeting Tuesday evening. 

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Several members of the University Fashion Group took their annual trip to New York last week to participate in Spring Fashion Week. 

From Feb. 7 to Feb. 11, UT students were exposed to the city and its fashion while acquiring hands-on experience backstage. To kick-start its first meeting since the week spent in New York, the group compiled a montage of clips and photos to summarize an unforgettable experience.

UFG is a student organization that promotes discussion and interaction between students interested in the apparel, textile and retail industries. According to its website, the UFG provides networking opportunities through internship and volunteer activities in the local fashion community. Select members also have had the opportunity each year to become involved in New York Fashion Week.

Throughout the week in New York, UFG members worked for top designer brand shows including Timo Weiland, Tess Giberson and Lela Rose. The group coincidentally bumped into Kelly Cutrone, the famous American fashion publicist and television personality. She invited students to sit in the front row at Sergio Davila, winner of Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award for Best Menswear Designer 2009 in New York.

Textiles and apparel junior Shelby Smith said the trip was beneficial because seeing the atmosphere in person instead of sitting in a lecture hall makes the industry feel real.

“People have this stereotypical idea that fashion designers are on top,” said Smith. “This trip really proved that wrong. I never met so many famous people that thanked us and made us feel at home backstage. I learned from them that you can still be true to yourself in such a big city.”

UFG President Angeli Aguilera, who accompanied members of the group, said she has been going for the past three years and each time she feels more inspired.

“It’s a good experience because a lot of people are impressed by having Fashion Week under their belt,” Aguilera said. “New York is the major leagues for fashion. Just being there inspires you to apply it to our fashion show.”

Every year, UFG organizes the senior fashion show at the Frank Erwin Center. The event is open to the public and about 5,000 people attend, Aguilera said. 

Textiles and apparel sophomore Jade Watermiller said she learned one of fashion’s most important lessons last week.

“You never know who you’re going to run into, so you always want to be well dressed and make a good impression,” said Watermiller.

Published on February 20, 2013 as "Fashion group participates in NYC trip".