Savannah College of Art and Design’s First Fashion Weekend

Photo courtesy of SCAD.

The Savannah College of Art and Design held its first “SCAD Fashwknd” late last month focusing on original student designs from its School of Fashion. The four-day event took place at the university’s Savannah and Atlanta campuses, and served as a chance for senior and graduate student collections to be showcased.

Each year, students from SCAD’s School of Fashion located in Atlanta, Savannah and its satellite Hong Kong campus are invited to contribute their final collections for critique by fashion industry experts. Students participate in a “Project Runway”-style jury review of noteworthy industry professionals and SCAD professors, who select the most outstanding collections to be exhibited at the annual SCAD event.

This year, 43 students were chosen to present their collections during this special event, which included up to three looks per designer. It was the first time SCAD extended the event to a four-day affair while the runway event is in its 16th year.

Lottie Bertello, a fashion design major and fibers minor, unveiled her “Sobre Hielo” collection during the event. Inspired by a series of wintertime Canadian Rocky Mountain road trips, the collection speaks to the experience of seeing snow for the first time.

To see a video of the runway show, follow this link.

“Even though the collection is mostly composed of ready-to-wear pieces, I employed several eveningwear construction techniques in order to get such voluminous shapes,” Bertello said. “Through an incredibly successful collaboration with accessory design student Jose Criales and fibers graduate Juliana Vargas, we developed knitwear, embroidery and utilized upcycled fur to create an oversized hat. All the pieces in the collection are meant to be mixed and matched with each other, allowing the customer to style them in a way that fits their personal aesthetic.” Upon graduation, Bertello has plans to move to L.A. to work at Vince in men’s wear.

In preparation for the weekend event, the university’s “Style Lab” mentor program connects its budding fashion talent with reputable designers that offer guidance to students as they add final touches to their collections throughout the semester. Style Lab mentors this year included David Ruperto, senior director of Ralph Lauren footwear and Francisco Costa, a former Calvin Klein women’s wear creative director, as well as SCAD alumnae Marv Graff, a fashion designer and Emily Smith, a creative director.