Krista DeJulio & Samantha Greaves – Features & Opinion Editors
Three Lasell fashion design graduates’ collections were showcased at The Bond Restaurant and Lounge in Boston earlier this month. Each collection and outfit was beautifully crafted with care and precision with gasps and excitement excreting from the audience at each new piece shown down the small runway. The three graduates showcased were Charles Newman, class of 2011, Sinora “Norie” Noun and Julianna Caduto, both class of 2014.
The runway was crafted specially for the show, each model strutting around in a circle around the lounge. Caduto was the first to be showcased, her collection with deep, dark colors, minimalism and asymmetrical sleeves and skirts. This was Caduto’s third fashion show since graduating in May. She participated in Boston Fashion Week this fall and a show at RAW Boston this past summer.
“The look I’m going for is street sense and street style,” Caduto said about her current collection of urban designs. “I just want everything to be wearable.”
Second to be showcased was Noun, who hand-knitted each dress in the show. Noun stated that the longest dress to knit took five weeks but “depend[ed] on the piece.” Noun’s knitted dresses were backless and geometrically shaped, with draping at the bottom of each piece.
“I wanted to create a collection where it was okay to be different,” Noun said. She stated that she wanted the knitted collection to positively be a “black sheep” in the fashion industry.
Concluding the show was Newman, his inspiration coming from a recent trip to Colorado. Although graduating in 2011, Newman heard about the show from a professor here at Lasell, who recommended he come back East for it. Newman’s collection has bohemian-chic and West Coast influences but calls his collection “minimalist.”
He said, when working on a collection, he gets “stuck in his work.”
Newman will be reapplying for Project Runway this spring after winning a fashion design show in Connecticut earlier this year.