Fashion Association showcases designers

Marissa Montoya

The Student Fashion Association of Sacramento State showcased student designers and stylists at their annual spring fashion show on Friday, April 17. The fashion show, held at the California Auto Museum, culminated SFA Fashion Week 2015 which included events such as hair and make-up workshops, styling and social media workshops, a fashion forum and a launch party.

Six student designers – Celia Boyce, Diana Langi, Nancy Her, Fatima Qavi, Jose Raul Rosales and Theresa Truong – featured their original designs during the show.

“Being a designer consists of our participants creating designs and constructing them from scratch,” said Jessica Wilde, SFA president. “With designing, it has a lot to do with bringing the elements together.”

Langi described her collection as playful, nostalgic and fashion-forward.

“My kids’ collection is called ‘Bow-nanza.’ I was inspired by larger, over-sized bows,” explained Langi. “I wanted to take an avant-garde approach with the use of big bows while creating balance with the use of soft pastel colors in each of my designs.”

Her, a senior majoring in fashion merchandising, was inspired by a combination of Scottish and Asian influences.

“The theme of my collection is pleats and plaids with a vintage flair,” described Her.

In addition to original designs, most production is done solely by the student designers, although Langi and Her credit the support of family members as well.

“I do all design work by myself from sketching designs, cutting and sewing,” said Langi. “However, I do get a lot of help and support from my sister. I’m very blessed to have their love and support.”

Her expressed thanks for the support of her mom and dad. They critique her designs and help with fittings and alterations.

Although designers get most of the attention and limelight, there are many other aspects that go into organizing and executing a fashion show.

SFA also teamed up with local Sacramento boutiques.

Members of SFA who are more interested in the styling aspect of fashion, were able to pair up with one of the sponsoring boutiques and create looks for the show.

“Our sponsors and vendors are invited to participate in the show as well,” said Wilde. “We work really hard at marketing and try building good relationships with everyone who supports us.”

The fashion show was a great way for students to gain some exposure and grow as designers. Although they are not yet available in stores, SFA designers and stylists have big dreams.

“After graduation I hope to work in the fashion industry designing kids’ formal wear,” said Langi. “I want to create options for little girls. Eventually, I want to design for little boys as well.”

As a graduating senior, Her plans to work and intern, but also wants to continue her education and improve her skills to eventually become a freelance designer.