I hosted the Fashion E.D.G.E (Emerging Design Gauntlet Exhibit) on November 5th and I saw great local talent coming from the show! The show had 3 judges who were all local fashion industry professionals; Mezo Riccio, owner of EgoLab Boutique, John Mangle of Digital Tiger Photography Studios, and Kevin Lapalme, owner of Lapalme Magazine.
The show consisted of a competition where the judges and the audience voted for their favorite designer based on the collections on the runway, and let me say each design was noteworthy and wowed the crowd! The first designer, a student from Stanford Brown named Dorothee Hillaire, described her collection as "classic pieces that are wearable art." Her models wore bold colors that showed tribal African print, asymmetrical tops that were well constructed with bottoms that complimented. The second set of designers were the couple Richard Dean and Norelis Arroyo, presenting their line "Muse." This collection had a mixture of soft textures and crafty print that ranged from wrap dresses to casual work outfits using their favorite details, lace and grommets. After them was Katarzyna Zuzak with her line "Dreamy Tears," vivid colors, eye catching prints that were incorporated into form-fitting pants and flirty skirts. Her explanation for the line was to compare it to "winter in Miami." Scarlie Paul used her versatility to create designs for dresses, bodysuits, and rompers that accented Old Hollywood, creating her line "Vintage Love," inspired by the song and video of superstar Beyonce's "Partition."
In the end, the judges chose couple Richard Dean and Norelis Arroyo while the people's choice was Katarzyna Zuzak. The winners were awarded a prize package that included a plaque, a photo shoot with Digital Tiger Studios, a feature in both Lapalme Magazine and Orlando Fashion Magazine, a spot in Florida Fashion Week and also a collection sold in EgoLab Boutique next year.