On Thursday, November 21st, the graduating class at John Casablancas Institute put on a feast of a grad show, titled I.IV.II (one forty two). The runway was wider than most, and it fit a long buffet table styled with candle holders, cakes, and floral decor. The Mad Hatter-esque host of the evening announced that the students were featuring spring looks, and truly romantic, fresh looks came down the runway.
Mark Abenir kicked off the show with a series of fun, feminine, and sexy dresses. It was a much different look from what we’re used to seeing from his cutting-edge Averynthe collection.
Then the students showed of their styling and merchandising skills in teams. Andrea Young & Roy Wilcox styled a contemporary womens look, with looks that you could take to the office and out to town. Kelli Klassen, Sophie Coltellaro, and Linda Le’s joint efforts included fun prints that brought energy to the stage. Aranyxa Maussan and Niasha Drydgen styled jewelry by local brand Army of Rokosz, showing off the sleek pieces with models in bra tops.
Jessica Moneo ended the night with her designs that literally were above everyone else’s. The models used the buffet table as their catwalk, bringing food, florals, and fashion together. We liked Jessica’s modern designs and nicely tailored pieces, especially the cobalt blue paired against vivid prints.
The business of fashion can be a difficult one, but we have a feeling JCI grads will be strong players in the industry.