Story by Skylar Richardson

CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising program will hold its annual fashion show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.

VIP tickets, valued at $50, will allow guests to arrive at 5 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, as well as a silent auction featuring goody bags donated by sponsors. VIP ticket-holders also enjoy premium seating.

The show, titled “ASCENT,” will showcase 14 senior collections as well as junior design and draping concepts constructed out of recycled war parachutes generously donated by Aspen Pointe mental health services.

Over 40 models who attended a model call in February have been selected to wear the student designers’ unique collections.

Showcasing achievements

The one-night-only event highlights what it means to burst onto the scene, overcoming metaphorical mountains that have yielded creativity and vision. The 14 collections created by graduating apparel design students is a way for them to present their individually designed, constructed and styled pieces. It’s an opportunity to provide acclaim for the designers and unveil the progress of their valuable academic careers.

The theme “ASCENT,” according to director Nicole Pink, was chosen because for inventors and visionaries, the “goal of ‘ascent’ is to rise above and strive for greater.”

The diverse collections reflect the concept of “ASCENT” and the trending designs accessed via the Worth Global Style Network. WGSN, a global trend forecasting service paid for with contributions from local sponsors, is a valuable educational resource for CSU students.

“The collections required countless hours and extreme effort,” Pink said. “Whether it’s beachwear or evening gowns, the designers arose to the challenge and created a collection that represents them.”

“ASCENT” will primarily consist of women’s wear, but men’s wear and a family collection — including pieces worn by child models — will be presented. Designer Samantha DiPilato is responsible for the family collection, which reflects a modern, hipster vibe. It is suitable for a younger couple and child who could be seen enjoying contemporary music in a park on a sunny day.

‘Spunky and strong’

Designer Nina Mascheroni, who is currently interning at Tanya Taylor in the design and production department, describes her collection as “bold, spunky and strong.” Each look in her collection is named after a modern female name such as “Kyleigh.”

She has targeted her collection towards young, professional women who are pounding the pavement in major cities across the U.S. in hopes of changing the world with every step they take.

Each year, the theme of the fashion show is carefully selected by the prior year’s student and directors. As fashion followers, the influences come from the top designers and most stunning, inventive and trending fashion shows in the industry seen throughout the year.

During “ASCENT” expect the set design to be “luxurious, millennial-targeted and exotic,” according to set design manager Cooper Siville.

Siville paints the picture for the audience and the inspiration from which in stems: “Our proposal follows on the heels of Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton’s use of the Himalayan mountains and backdrops for his Fashion Week 2013 Menswear collection,” said Siville. “Spring F/W 2017 also contributed, in less stellar ways, to the inspiration of this fantastic set.”