Looking back on Retro Reinvention

As you all know, Sacramento State’s Student Fashion Association had its spring charity fashion show, “Retro Reinvention” on Saturday, April 14th. Designers included SFA past president Tamika Bellamy, Christen Brown, Sacramento Fashion Week 2012 designer and past SFA public relations director Joycelynn Brown, Elijah Caldwell, Shoua Khang, past vice-president Fiona Lau, Lidia Mendez, recent high school graduate Allison Mora, and Kelsey Moon. For the styling section, I styled fashions featured at Article Consignment Boutique.

The theme of the fashion show was “Retro Reinvention” with design styles that incorporated sustainable design, decades, and reinvention. There were many vendors at the fashion show including: Dress Me Up, Mademoiselle, Stella & Dot, and U BE U Fashion, just to name a few. Sponsors for the show also included Chocolate Silk, Downtown Grid, Federico, The Hornet Bookstore, and The Stylist Online.

The chosen charity to donate proceeds to was Shriners Hospitals for Children:

Past president Tamika Bellamy, past vice president Fiona Lau, and past treasurer Nai Saeteurn went to Shriners to drop them off a big check:

SFA also put together a fleece pillow and blanket workshop which was taught by Joycelynn Brown. They were also later donated to Shriners Children Hospital:

The fashion show was hosted by Miss Africa California:

With special guests such as Kari Shipman and her interns from Juniper James and the princesses from Miss Asia Sacramento:

My favorite line of the night was created by Fiona Lau and entitled, “Gaffe Set 1,” meaning error or mistake.” Inspirations for the line come from the styles of 80s’ glam rock. She definitely had the best overall look, and accessorized and styled the models accordingly from earrings to tights. I would have worn every single item in her line. I can’t wait until she starts selling her creations. Fiona was also the only designer to create bags to go with her line:

Joycelynn Brown had the best color scheme and ready-to-wear designs.  We can be sure to see her designs in boutiques within the next couple of years or possibly months. Her line entitled, “The 60s,” is inspired by the 60s decade influences:

Kelsey Moon was the designer that I felt had the most distinct vision. Her designs were reinvented, yet looked on-trend. Kelsey’s line entitled, “Optical,” is inspired by white and black optical illusions which Kelsey says she “applies subtly” in her collection. Here are my top 3 favorite looks from her Optical line:

And now, for a few behind-the-scenes shots:

Photos are courtesy of Fred Jennings, Ken Shames, and my camera phone.


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