Columbus wowed me again last Saturday night at the CMH Fashion Week Finale Runway Show. Some of the best designers from the area showed collections at the Columbus Athenaeum, a beautiful historic building in downtown Columbus. The runway show, part of the 5th annual Columbus Fashion Week, featured 10 designers and concluded with Project Runway's Althea Harper as the headliner. I was so impressed with the talent this year. As great as last year's show was, the designers seemed to have really stepped it up to an even higher level. It makes me really excited about the future of fashion here in Columbus. And while all of the collections are certainly worth seeing, since I got over 300 photos of the event, I narrowed it down by picking some of my favorites in a CMH Superlative-style recap. Enjoy!
Most Unexpected (and Swoon-worthy) Use of Sequins
This may have been the standout look of the night for me. I never in a million years would have thought that white sequin trousers would look so amazing, but when she turned the corner it was like seeing magic happen. They look so luxe and chic. I am now forever obsessed with the sequin trouser.
Designer: Akili Cooper for Jahi
Best Pair of Non-Sequin Pants
These pleated palazzo pants were elegant and understated but still manage to make a major statement. I can see them working for so many body types and styles.
Designer: Stephanie Foster for Prissy Duck
Most Rock & Roll
I love the many layers of this look, from the lace thigh-highs to the half gloves- each element is just really cool and totally wearable.
Designer: Ray Marsh
Most Likely to be Crowned "Fresh Prints"
How do you wear head-to-toe prints? By keep everything sharp and impeccably tailored as evidenced here. This entire collection gets my vote for best use of prints. It was absolutely stunning. (And they have women's wear, too!)
Designers: Danielle and Ashleigh Jones for D&A
Best Reenactment of my Ballerina Daydreams
The picture doesn't really do it justice, but this look was so fluid and breathtaking walking down the aisle. This entire collection was so dreamy and romantic that it was like watching a beautiful spring wedding unfold.
Designer: Lubna Najjar for Lubna Designs
Coolest Form of the Muppet Coat
Crazy-colored shaggy muppet coats have been everywhere lately, but I thought this deconstructed denim coat was such a cool, innovative take on that. I don't even care that it's menswear- I want one.
Designer: Marquis Engle for Popular Culture
Most Attractive Way to Avoid Plague in a Future Dystopian Society
This was the most "concept" of all the collections with a little Renaissance, a little post-apocalyptic, a whole lot of McQueen. I loved the rich mix of textures and the blocks of contrasting colors and fabrics. I also applaud the commitment to a strong concept.
Designer: Dee Hayes for D. Hayes
Most Wowza Effect While Showing Just a Little Skin
What woman in the world doesn't want to look exactly like this? This look is so sexy, which is interesting since it is also mostly covered up. That silhouette, that color, that balance- it's all perfect.
Designer: Althea Harper
Most Likely to be What I Want to Wear Every Single Day
I just think this is the most perfect slouchy/sexy silhouette I've seen in a while. It's the perfect amount of skin to look pretty but still seems just incredible wearable. She really makes the kind of clothes women want to wear. And the dreamy textile definitely doesn't hurt either.
Pretty awesome, right? You can find more info on the designers at the CMH Fashion Week site here. And congratulations to the whole CMH team on another amazing year! I'm already looking forward to seeing what you bring in 2015!
Photo credit: Mike Powers