What do you get when you mix a big white tent, 37 designers, an international charity and dozens of hard working students right before finals week?
The 2009 Stanford Charity Fashion show, which took place Saturday, May 2nd on the Stanford campus. In a large and elegant white tent, the show featured a large array of designers, from local up and comings to the internationally famous. The sold-out event took place against a tasteful backdrop, featuring only the colors black, white and red. A theme running through the entire show was diversity, from the models to the designers and the fashions they created. Most of the designs featured were wearable with a fun sprit. Short hemlines and mixed fabrics ran through all of the lines in the show, but in color and inspiration there was plenty of variety.
Wayne Hwang’s designs opened the show, exalting in full skirts, glitter, and a royal blue and gold palette. Unfortunately, the designs inclined toward costume, with what seemed to be a futuristic superhero theme, and the music was far too slow paced for the opening segment. Energy was pumped into the show through the two male underwear lines: Andrew Christian and aussieBum. Both segments received substantial audience reaction, although the female underwear designs featured more originality.
One of the evening’s standouts was Molly Murphy, the winner of Stanford’s Future Faces of Fashion contest
The designs in her line, MBGMX, stood out for their juxtaposition of interesting fabrics in colors like white and subtle gold. A current student at Menlo-Atherton High School, she will be attending Parsons the New School for Design in the fall. The show featured four other student designers: Wayne Hwang, Karen Lum, Monica Miklas, Molly Murphy and Aileen Quiambo.
Karen Lum’s line was another highlight, which featured elegant, wearable clothes. My favorite was a witty aquamarine dress whose neckline mimicked the paired necklace. The Tibi line had the best prints of the show with many fun short dresses. A long peacock ruffle dress stood out with an inventive design and an unexpected beige color. The Edith Palm collection featured a sober but adorable muff dress. The Tadashi segment featured a short dance segment, with many of the models performing. The line itself presented flowy designs that maintained an edge.
The models on the show were by and large Stanford students, who had the opportunity to attend photo shoots in places from the Stanford campus to Las Vegas
There were three models from local high schools, also chosen as Future Faces of Fashion. One model pointed to the Stanford campus’s relative lack of an arts scene as a primary reason for participating.
The excitement was palpable on the campus as the white tent dominated a field otherwise occupied by Frisbee players. Benefiting the charity Doctors Without Borders, the show was an enjoyable exposure to some rising stars of fashion, and a great way to support a worthy cause.