Cotton was king at the OneofaKind Baton Rouge Fashion Week finale runway show at the Capitol Park Museum on Saturday night. At least for four LSU Apparel Design students.
The all-cotton fashion designs of seniors Nimia Cabrera, Jane Gressaffa, Kiyada Jenkins and Eric Prestley were a big hit with the crowd of a couple hundred fashionistas. The students participated in the show thanks to a grant from Cotton Inc. secured by professors Lisa Barrone McRoberts and Chuan Lan Liu.
“We got approval from Cotton Inc. for them to take the garments from their draping class plus a few extras and enter the show,” said a proud McRoberts. “The grant paid for the fabric and the entrance fees.”
As cool as cotton was, the night may have belonged to the very young, sassy models strutting the runway in designs by Ms. Smitty by Jennifer Smith, of Maumelle, Arkansas.
Emceed by Igor Matkovic, of Style Savvy with Igor Matkovic, the show also highlighted the “comfort-meets-chic” designs of Perfectly Taylored by Peyton Simms, of Baton Rouge; fashion artist Christopher Youngstar, of Dallas; Balloonatic Fashions by Jonathan Darden, of Shreveport; MEROCKI by Treva DivaStyl, of Dallas; iME by show creator Brandon D. Campbell, of Little Rock, Arkansas; and Little Rock Fashion Week’s 2014 Clothing Line of the Year, Cupani Fashions by Laci Cupani, of Little Rock.
Cupani’s “Simply the Best” crocheted collection was dedicated to Baton Rouge. “It reminds me of how Baton Rouge looked in 2005, after (Hurricane) Katrina.”
Campbell said a portion of the proceeds from the show will go to the Louisiana Museum Foundation in support of an exhibit that features the work of Carnival costume designers Helen Clark Warren and John Scheffler.