Primavera Collection - UFW 2018

Utah Fashion Week has been one of the best things I’ve done with my 20’s. Each year since 2014, it has pushed me to try new things, and grow as a designer, and I am so proud of my 2018 collection. This year I did something new, and made an entire collection of jewelry to go with each of my dresses. I sourced materials ranging from vintage items, specially cut crystals, and brass stampings, and taught myself to solder, and I am so happy to say that this was one of those times where in trying something new, I discovered a whole new love.

My song for the runway was Carnival of the Animals, R.125: Aquarium by Camille Saint-Saëns

The inspiration:

The Primavera collection is inspired by my recent trip to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and Sandro Botticelli's painting of the same name, meaning "Spring". The painting's homage to millefleur ("thousand flower") tapestries is referenced in the many floral elements brought into the dresses and hand-made jewelry of this collection, along with other natural and celestial elements inspired by the depicted characters from Classical mythology. You may also notice elements inspired by Catholic art of the same time period, specifically in the headpieces made to match the gowns.

Look #1- “Flora” - A periwinkle lace gown featuring 3-d flowers and bell sleeves

Modeled by Kaylee Watson

Look #2- “Rhea” - A champagne lace appliquéd on mesh in a mermaid silhouette with cape sleeves of dripping lace leaves

Modeled by Alexandra Day and Kaylee Watson.

Look #3- “Zephyr” - An ethereal, cloud like ball gown with a subtle lavender under cloudy white organza strategically appliquéd with lace leaves

Modeled by Caitlyn Greenburg and Kaylee Watson

Look #4- Grace - A Swiss dot mesh A-line gown appliquéd with 3-d flowers

Modeled by Alexis and Kaylee Watson

Look #5- “Chloris” - A sky blue strapless gown with an asymmetrical cape sleeve and 3-d flowers wrapping around the body

Modeled by Alyssa Walters and Lillian Casscells

Look #6- “Thalia” - A white 3-d floral covered gown over a bodysuit

Modeled by Miranda Averett and Kim Kienow

Look #7- “Queen B” - A black mesh column gown with a slit in the front under a row of black buttons, adorned with embroidered gold bees, dramatic bishop sleeves and a ruffled skirt

Modeled by Jenna Delarusso and Lillian Casscells

Look #8- Venus - A 3-d flower covered gold and scarlet bustier with a flowing English net skirt

Modeled by Kim Kienow and Kaylee Watson

Look #9- “Virgo” - Tiers of midnight blue mesh embroidered with sparkling stars

Modeled by Lillian Casscells

Look #10- “Calypso” - A finale gown with a dramatic cape covered in champagne stars, and a mermaid skirt featuring a slit in the front

Modeled by Nichole Olson and Kaylee Watson

Photos by Ryan Houston Photography (runway) and Rachel Green (other)

Backstage Photos by Megan Robinson

Natalie Workman