2: Rock the Runway 2016 / by LaQuann Dawson

So last night, basically my first time out of the house or classroom all semester, my school hosted it's annual Rock the Runway Fashion Show/Competition. Basically, a bunch of student designers, whatever year, whatever major, can submit pieces and be considered to be apart of the show. This year, 13 designers made the cut and showed their mini collections to a packed house under the theme "The Jacksons". Each year there is a different theme and basically the contestants were to create a 3 piece collection with the umbrella "inspiration" being "The Jacksons" - meaning anyone apart of the Jackson family (Michael Jackson in case you are still confused). 

I've gone the last three years and it is always really exciting to go to (especially if you at least moderately know any of the contestants). I'm not sure I am actually qualified to review a fashion show but I took some pictures of the show last night that I really wanted to share. 

Congratulations to Kelly Nieser who made a show stopping collection, clearly inspired by Michael Jackson, with beautiful red and black leather fabrics with rhinestones (that I hear she hand pressed into the fabrics). She ended up being the winner and won half a semester's tuition paid!

Rhinestone Revolutionary Collection - by Kelly Nieser

Rhinestone Revolutionary Collection - by Kelly Nieser

Rhinestone Revolutionary Collection - by Kelly Nieser

Rhinestone Revolutionary Collection - by Kelly Nieser

Rhinestone Revolutionary Collection - by Kelly Nieser after accepting first place. 

Rhinestone Revolutionary Collection - by Kelly Nieser

Asia Parker, last year's Rock the Runway winner (and an actual goddess), designed one of my other favorite collections from last night. She designed some amazing separates with a jacket (not pictured) that stopped the show for

Can You Hear Me? - by Asia Parker

Can You Hear Me? - by Asia Parker

Can You Hear Me? - by Asia Parker

Can You Hear Me? - by Asia Parker

Other stand out looks came from the ABC: Akhundova Brand Collection (get it? eh?) Anastasia Akhundova & Matthew Brand. They were inspired by the Young Jackson 5, if I remember correctly, and they delivered a refreshing 70s retro collection.

ABC: Akhundova Brand Collection - by Anastasia Akhundova & Matthew Brand

ABC: Akhundova Brand Collection - by Anastasia Akhundova & Matthew Brand

ABC: Akhundova Brand Collection - by Anastasia Akhundova & Matthew Brand

ABC: Akhundova Brand Collection - by Anastasia Akhundova & Matthew Brand

Other favorites:

Highly recommended show, you guys. Congratulations to Kelly, the runner ups and all of the contestants.

Happy Sunday, y'all.

- Lackwhen